STEAM Into Imagination – free science and art workshops for kids and teens!

We’ll be teaming up with HATCH (Hudson Area Teaching Cooperative for Homeschoolers) this fall to offer fun, educational STEAM programs for youth ages 5 to 11 and 12 to 16. STEAM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math.” STEAM into Imagination will spark children’s curiosities as we ask questions about the emerging intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

The program will meet on Tuesdays from 4pm-5:30pm starting Tuesday, September 9 and continuing through Tuesday, December 16.

Older students will join the Programming Club where they’ll learn how to use computer coding and programming during a 12-session class with RPI Computer Science student, Rachel King.

microscopeYounger students will participate in two 6-session classes. HATCH co-founder, Will Pflaum, will offer a 6-session class called “Islands of the Imagination,” a creative investigation of geography, math, and drawing, in which students create their own fictional island. The second 6-session classes will again invite students to explore the arts and sciences through diverse experiments, painting and crafts, the use of a USB microscope and Snap Circuits, and more!

STEAM into Imagination is geared toward homeschooling families, kids in school, and anyone considering homeschooling or looking for more choice in education.

To register your child or teen, come to our registration party on Tuesday, September 9 at the library. For more information, call the library at 518-828-1792.

STEAM into Imagination is made possible with grant support from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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Kids Learn about Nutrition and Food Science at the Library!

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The library’s “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer programming for youth kicked off with “Food Scientists,” a two-day program taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Educator Jaime O’Donnell.

Created with Nokia Smart CamThe kids learned that celery sitting in a cup of food coloring will draw the color into its stalk and that vinegar and baking soda create a foamy fizz. They also learned why sugar is bad for one’s body and took turns measuring how much sugar is in soda and energy drinks. Ms. Jaime finished up the program by helping the kids make healthy strawberry banana smoothies.

Thank you to Ms. Jaime for kicking off our summer children’s events with such a fun and educational program!

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Last Chance to Register for “Food Scientists” at the Library!

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Join us for our first special kids program of the summer! “Food Scientists,” with Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education Jaime O’Donnell, will be held on Tues., June 24 and Thurs. June 26 from 4:00-5:00PM each day.

Kids will find out the answers to such questions as, “Why does food steam and sizzle when it cooks?” and “Why does soda have bubbles in it?”

Be sure to register today for this fun and exciting program suitable for kids of all ages! Friday, June 20 is the last day to register. For more information, please contact Youth Services Coordinator Jaclyn Bruntfield at jbruntfield @ hudsonarealibrary.org

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SAT, Regents, and AP…Oh My!

No matter what tests you need to prepare for, there is a website to help you do it!

  • For Elementary/Intermediate Tests, the Office of State Assessments is the place to go for real examples of subject tests, scoring, and teacher directions from past years. The subjects provided are English Language Arts (ELA), Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies for grades 3-8.
  • For High School Regents Exams, the Office of State Assessments is also the place to go for examples of past exams and scoring keys. In addition to the subjects listed above, there are also examples of past exams for six foreign languages. You may also find the current testing schedule for the high school exams here.
  • For AP exams, College Board gives you information about AP courses, including what subjects are available, what careers are available per subject, and what to expect from the course and final exam. You may also find this year’s list of exam dates , including how to register for exams, information on fees, and more.
  • For SAT and SAT subject exams, CollegeBoard also can be used to practice for the test with free sample questions, full length exams, and official study guides. This site may also be used to register for the SAT and look up your scores after you take the test.

And don’t forget about the Testing and Education Reference Center that is available through the Reference page of the Hudson Area Library website. You can find practice tests and review for these exams, as well as many other exams, on this site. All you need is a library card to log in!

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Khan Academy: Online Learning Made Easy!

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Whether you’re a high school student studying for the SAT or an adult who wants to learn the basics of computer programming, Khan Academy has the tools you need to succeed. Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization that provides educational services online free of charge to anyone willing to learn a new subject. All you need to do is sign up with your Google, Facebook or email account and you’re ready to start learning!

Some of the subjects available on their site are math, science and economics, computer science, and humanities. There is even test prep for the math section of the SAT, the GMAT, competition math, and more. Their database contains practice questions and answers, hints and help, as well as over 4000 instructional videos.

If you would like more sources for homework help, test prep and more, visit the Online Databases link listed under “Reference” on the Hudson Area Library homepage. Here you can find databases that you may use free with a library card, such as Mango Languages (for learning a new language), College Prep Tools (for free practice tests), and HomeAccess (for homework support, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and just about everything else!)

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