“Get Up and Move!”: A Fitness and Literacy Program

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center will partner with the library and the Blue Hawk Nation Afterschool Program at the John L. Edwards Elementary School to offer a movement series designed to attract all ages. The “Get Up and Move!” class will be held Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45pm beginning February 7 and will be in the community room of the library. The class is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Join Us in Supporting Early Literacy and Our New Library

We are launching our first crowdfunder this week on Indiegogo! The focus is the Early Literacy Storytime Nook to be located in the turret of the Hudson Armory when the library moves in 2015. The video below, filmed at the library by Lauren Keenan, emphasizes the benefits of reading aloud to even the youngest infants.

Storytime Nook Video from Hudson Area Library on Vimeo.

We hope you’ll take a look at the campaign and help us raise $5,000 (or more!) so that we can furnish this space designed to help our children learn and grow. Please also share this link with all your friends through social media: hudsonarealibrary.org/storytime/

Storytime on the Go Visits Bliss Towers!

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Stop by for Storytime on the Go in the courtyard at Bliss Towers (State St. and 2nd St., Hudson) this Saturday, June 21 from 10AM-2PM. The event will include stories, songs, and puppetry for children ages 0-5 and their families. FREE board books will be available to bring home!

Storytime on the Go is made possible with grant support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Fund for Columbia County.

May Children’s Programs

tulipsBe sure to visit the library’s table at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 3rd for a sneak peek at our exciting summer programming! Our “Story Time on the Go” early literacy program will visit the Hudson Farmers Market this month on Saturday, May 17th. Stop by the library to check out books by our May Author of the Month, Leo Lionni, whose birthday was May 5, 1910. Check out the list of special events in the Children’s Room listed below! To see a list of ongoing programs, visit our programs page on our website. Continue reading

Want to Learn the Most Widely Spoken Language in the World? Now You Can!

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to announce a new language learning program for adults coming soon to the library this spring. Starting April 16, this series of free classes will offer community members the opportunity to learn to read, write, and speak Mandarin Chinese from a native speaker.

The Mandarin Chinese for Beginners class will introduce students to basic vocabulary and phrases using Chinese pinyin – writing and reading phonetically using the Romanized alphabet. Students will also learn how to read and write simple Chinese characters. The class will run for 8 weeks from April 16 through June 4, meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 at the Hudson Area Library, located at 400 State Street in Hudson.

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New Graphic Novel Section in the Children’s Room

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Our children’s graphic novel section has something for all levels of kid readers, from preschool to junior high, including award-winning titles and popular series. Here you can find graphic novels of all kinds – fantasy, science fiction, adventure, history, biography and more! A graphic novel is a book in which the story or information is conveyed through a combination of words and illustrations. Graphic novels are great resources for reluctant and struggling readers and help young readers of all reading levels to develop visual literacy skills.

The Hudson Area Library Children’s Room Presents “The Kids First Initiative”

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Starting this September, Hudson Area Library will host a brand new set of children’s programs for kids of all ages called The Kids First Initiative. The Initiative aims to help foster positive outcomes and support academic achievement for the children of our community through new educational programming. Here are the new programs which will be added to the regular children’s schedule:

Tuesday: Kids Fun Night
3:30-7:30pm- Weekly- All Ages

Join us for an evening of all-ages activities, including Twister challenge, music, poetry, puzzles, games, as well as jewelry, collage, and bookmark making.

Wednesday: Learn to Read Program
3:30-4:30pm- Weekly- Ages 3-6
This early literacy program aims to foster a love of reading in the youngest members of our community. Through age appropriate activities, children will practice the alphabet, learn sight words, and read stories. Parents are welcome to participate.

Thursday: Kids Lego Club
3:00-4:30pm- Weekly- All ages

The Kids Lego Club is open to children ages 2-14 who are ready to put their imagination and building skills to work in a fun and creative atmosphere. Children can work on their own creations or in teams. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver aged 13 or older. The library will provide Legos and Duplo bricks for use in the club.

Friday: Time to Dance!
September 13- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages

Through music, dance, and collaborative online research, kids will learn about a new type of music at each session while being physically active and having fun! Our first session will cover salsa music. NOTE: This program will continue each 2nd Friday of the month.

Friday: Kids Career Workshops
September 27- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages

Join us in exploring a different career at each session. Our first session will be about becoming a teacher. NOTE: This program will continue each 4th Friday of the month.

Saturday: Drop-In Children’s Activities
12:00-3:00pm- Weekly- All ages

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by and join us in crafts, stories and other fun activities in the Children’s Room.

For a full listing of the library’s children’s programs, visit the Programs page of our website. 

Friends of the Hudson Area Library Annual Meeting Coming Soon

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announces its Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, April 18th at 6:00pm at the Library. The Friends are privileged to have Lisa Dolan as guest speaker that evening. She will be discussing children’s literacy and creating a culture of literacy in the community.

Lisa is the founder of Hudson Reads, a reading mentorship program in the Hudson City School District, as well as Literacy Coach for over three decades. She co-founded and co-directs the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the largest book festival in New York State.  Lisa is also an educational consultant for New York State, serves as a board member of Investments in Youth and writes a weekly book review for the Register Star.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Call the Hudson Area Library for more information at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook at the Friends of the Hudson Area Library page and “Like” us.