Caps For Sale Puppet Show

Caps for Sale postcardWe’re pleased to welcome PuppeTree back to the Hudson Area Library for a puppet show based on the classic children’s book Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.*

On Tuesday, July 19 at 6pm, the Vermont-based theater workshop and puppet company will perform an updated puppet production of Caps for Sale. The performance will celebrate diversity by retelling the classic tale several times with puppets from a variety of world cultures – Africa, India, Estonia, and the Middle East. Children and families are sure to have a raucous good time with Caps for Sale’s tale of mischief.

Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For questions or further information please call Brenda Shufelt, Program Director at 518-828-1792 x101.

*Some of you will remember PuppeTree from last summer’s fabulous Swimmy/Swimmer puppet show, based on the Leo Lionni classic picture book, Swimmy. We couldn’t wait to get them back to Hudson!

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Meet the Mayor! Hudson’s Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton Visits the Summer Reading Program

13331027_10153637176842592_7205774518419880628_nJoin us in welcoming Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton to our summer reading program on Friday, July 15 at 10:30am. The mayor will speak with the children about various aspects of her job, the importance of civic engagement, and reading enjoyment. The children will be able to ask questions and discuss concerns with her.

The Meet the Mayor event is open to all children interested in this unique opportunity. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a very special event in our summer reading guest speaker series. Marlene Parmentier, teacher at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, and Janice Scali, the Hudson Area Library children’s librarian, have planned a mix of reading, activities, field trips, and guest speakers for the summer. The summer reading program runs Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 12pm. Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public.

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Amazing Animals at the Library

pictures of a boy being shown a corn snake and a girl holding a chinchilla

images courtesy of Animal Encounters, LLC

On Saturday, May 28, Amazing Animals will be coming to the Hudson Area Library! This hands-on presentation by Animal Encounters, LLC, will introduce participants to a variety of small mammals and reptiles, including a chinchilla, rabbit, bearded dragon, milk snake, and more. Many of the animals can be touched by the children. The program will run from 10:30am-11:30am and is intended for children ages 4 and up.

This special program is made possible with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.

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Sports is the Hook

Kwame Alexander poses with teens and his book The Crossover

Author Kwame Alexander says his best award (he’s received several including the prestigious Newbery) was kids’ reaction to The Crossover.  “One kid said, ‘I don’t even like books, and I couldn’t put yours down.’”

An award winning kids’ author, Kwame Alexander, has made boys his target audience. He says, “You want to reach all kids. You want to reach librarians and teachers. But you often hear that boys don’t read or boys are reluctant readers.” Not so, with his book “The Crossover”.  Here’s what the 12-year-old, dread-locked protagonist Josh Bell says:

With a bolt of lightning on my kicks …
The court is SIZZLING.
My sweat is DRIZZLING.
Stop all that quivering.
‘Cuz tonight I’m delivering.

And, just like that, readers – even those hard-to-reach boys, are hooked.

Kwame Alexander will be appearing at the Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th Street, in the Community Room on Friday, May 6 at 3:30pm. The event is free, open to the public. And, unlike most author readings, Alexander will be reading in his signature blend of fast-paced verse combined with sports lingo and rhythmic raps. – Not so far removed from the vocal styling heard on kids’ iPods or the Broadway stage in this year’s runaway hit, Hamilton.

Alexander is a recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal recognizing the year’s “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” and the 2015 Coretta Scott King Award given annually to outstanding African American authors of books for children and young adults that demonstrate both an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

“I believe that boys don’t have anything that’s relatable [in literature],” he said. “Basketball, sports is a hook. Once you get them hooked…  we’re all interested in the same things, but I think sometimes with boys you have got to…reach them a different way.”

The poet, educator and author has written 21 books, most recently “Booked” – this time featuring 12-year-old soccer player, Nick, standing up to a bully and trying to impress the girl of his dreams.

Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/
eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/
can’t nobody stop you/can’t nobody cop you…

“All the woes and wonders of the tween and teen years,” Alexander says, “…love, loss, friendship, family, school [and] homework.  I [try] to write …to show boys – and girls – that poetry [can] be cool.”

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Valentines Day in the Kids Room

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Get ready for Valentines Day in the Kids Room!

Join Ms. Pam on Tuesday, February 9, starting at 6pm, for Valentines Day stories and a craft.

Join Ms. Kathy Tuesday through Friday, February 9-12, from 3-5pm and make a Valentines Day card for someone special in your life.

Join Ms. Janice Wednesday and Thursday, February 10 and 11 from 10am-11am and Saturday, February 13 from 11am-12pm for Valentines Day themed Pre-K Story and Craft Hour.

We’ll have all the craft supplies you need; you just need to bring your creativity and heartfelt messages. All ages are welcome.

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Webcomics Workshop with Spark Media Project

Constantine,Zoe_Phillip-The-Parrot_22-15Our friends at Spark Media Project are back this month to host a brand new, free Webcomics Workshop! On Saturday, November 21, from 10am-4pm, young artists, ages 10-15, are invited to explore visual storytelling techniques while creating their own original narratives, and illustrating them in comic strips using tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Wacom Tablets.

While this program is expected to fill quickly, there is still plenty of time to register. You can sign your child up online at sparkmediaproject.org/workshops, or by calling 845-485-4480 for more information. We also have paper registration forms at the library. Please stop by the library office if you want assistance registering your child.
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FASNY Museum of Firefighting visits Pre-K Children’s Story and Craft Hour

fran fasnyJoin us Thursday, November 12 from 10am-11am in the Children’s Room for a morning of learning and fun! Come to our Pre-K Story Hour and meet your friendly neighborhood firefighter, Fran, as she reads a book and teaches about fire safety through interactive games. After the program, make a Dalmatian puppet to take home and practice fire safety with! All are welcome!

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Multi-Media Animation Workshop For Kids!

animationworkshopOur friends at Spark Media Project return on Saturday, September 19 for a free one-day animation workshop for kids ages 7-12. Students in this class will learn 2 different types of animation – stop motion animation and digital animation.

First, they will create characters out of paper and learn how to create the illusion of movement. Then they will use a brand new, state-of-the-art program to create their own digital animations – choose a character, create an original background, and then use a computer program to animate the character using facial recognition and voice recordings.

The workshop runs from 10am-4pm on September 19. Space is limited and registration is required. Reserve a spot for your 7-12 year old by calling Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480, email maryellen@sparkmediaproject.org or register online.

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