Summer Reading Program

Only the most recent five Summer Reading Programs are shown here. Go to Summer Reading Programs Archive for complete listings

Posted: July 11, 2018
Children, Programs, Summer Reading

Folktales & Stories for Little Ones & Their Families

Program Description: While Pamela Badila is on summer hiatus, Sam Gruber, Summer Reading teacher and Library Assistant, reads and tells traditional stories from around the world with music, performance and crafts for children and their families.

Date/Time: Sundays, 1-2pm. July 1 through August 26.

Suggested Audience: Children of all ages

Preregistration: Not required


Posted: July 10, 2018
Children, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Sounds of Summer for Youth of All Ages

Program Description: Sounds of Summer, our youth summer reading program, focuses on music, sound and books and activities on those topics. Summer Reading helps to build literacy skills while also maintaining a positive attitude towards reading and learning during summer vacation.

Date/Time: Monday – Friday, July 9 – August 10, 10am – 12pm

 The Sounds of Summer is led by children’s librarian Janice Scali; Marlene Parmentier, MC Smith Intermediate teacher; and one of the newest members of our staff, Sam Gruber. This summer reading program includes stories, lessons on a variety of topics, arts and crafts projects and fun physical activities for kids! Guests, like Hudson Mayor Rick Rector, Earth Scientist Wayne Kinney and Music Teacher Patricia Almstead read and do activities with the children. This program is recommended for Pre-K to elementary school aged children, but all ages are welcome.

Youth are also invited to log their reading this summer. Each time you read a book this summer, submit your book info via our online Summer Reading Book Log or pick up a paper book log at the library, the Greenport Town Park Little Free Library or the Greenport Town Hall Little Free Library. There will be special prizes and rewards for program attendance and summer reading log entries.

workshops for tweens and teens 

In addition to our daily Summer Reading Program, the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council, composed of youth ages 8-12 who create and host library events for their peers, have planned DIBS (Do It Better Series). DIBS is a series of workshops that offer participants the chance to work with an expert in a specialized field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement free zone. This program will include workshops on painting with artist Jeffrey Gibson and sound exploration with Deep Listening Institute, as well as a Creative Writing & Performance workshop.

The library continues its partnership with the City of Hudson Youth Center and various art organizations and spaces in the Mid-Hudson region to offer collaborative field trips for tweens and teens. This includes Watch + Talk, a new film screening series with Basilica Hudson in collaboration with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, and a private tour of El Anatsui, the new exhibition at Jack Shainman’s The School Kinderhook.

 Happy Summer Reading!


Posted: July 3, 2018
Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

DIBS: Do It Better Series


As part of our Summer Reading Program the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council is pleased to present “DIBS” or Do It Better Series. A series of free workshops throughout the summer. Each workshop pairs participants with an expert in a particular field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement free zone. This program is open to ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE. Space is limited for these workshops! Register today by email: or call: 518-828-1792.


Wednesday, August 15, 12-3pm

A music free for all! Bring your instrument or grab one in the workshop!

Here Comes Treble is a youth education project by musician/artists Rebecca Borrer and Thomas Roeschlein.



Creative Writing & Performance with Joey de Jesus, Tuesday- Wednesday, July 24-25, 12-3pm

Non-fiction prose, poetics, fiction. Learn to not only develop your voice through your word but also the confidence to perform them.

Joey de Jesus is a poet and editor. He is the is Poetry Editor of Apogee Journal and the New York Foundation of the Arts  2017 Poetry Fellow.


Exploring Sound with Deep Listening Institute, Tuesday, July 17, 12-2pm

Exploring the difference between hearing and listening, promoting improvisation and playfulness.   

Deep Listening Institute (DLI) promotes the music and Deep Listening practice of pioneer composer Pauline Oliveros, providing a unique approach to music, literature, art, meditation, technology and healing.  It fosters creative innovation across boundaries and across abilities, among artists and audience, musicians and non-musicians, healers and the physically or cognitively challenged, and children of all ages.

Charles Zotique is a composer, teacher, and PhD candidate based in New York and the Berkshires. He has studied at Fordham University, Juilliard Evening Division, and University at Buffalo. Charles enjoys creating, conducting, performing, and studying with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Current teaching appointments at Berkshire Country Day School (MA) and University at Buffalo (NY).


Sha-He, Tuli & Kai painting in the studio of artist Jeffrey Gibson. June 27,2018

Painting with Jeffrey Gibson. Wednesday, June 27, 11am

Jeffrey Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, England and elsewhere. He is also a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee. This unique combination of global cultural influences converge in his multi-disciplinary practice. Gibson’s artwork intermingles elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary artistic references. Gibson’s artworks are in the permanent collections of many major art museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Canada, the Nasher, the Nerman, Crystal Bridges, and the Denver Art Museum. Recent solo exhibitions include SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah and Atlanta), the National Academy Museum in New York, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Cornell Museum of Fine Art.





Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.




Posted: June 12, 2018
Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Hack The Library Open Registration

Program Description: We are happy to announce the third year of the library’s Hack The Library program. Hack the Library is a week long digital art workshop series. Participants will learn how to create music, gifs, video and using open source or free software and smartphones all while collaborating with digital arts professionals currently working in the field. Instructors include filmmakers Zia Anger and Theo Anthony, NYC-based music non-profit Sonic Arts for All, musician Angelina Dreem, photographer Emma McCann and musician Peter McPartland. Space is limited please email or call 518-828-1792 or stop by the circulation desk to register today! 

Date/ Time: Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 from 10-3pm

Suggested Audience: tween and teens aged  8 – 17 years old

Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use the differing programs necessary to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create on site at the Hudson Area Library. These labs encompass sound, video and images made for but not limited to digital distribution. Labs will be run by artists whose work are specialized in the field.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided during the sessions. To see past work by HACK participants check out

Hack The Library is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of NYS Council on the Arts, Administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grant.



Posted: May 18, 2018
Children, Programs, Summer Reading, Young Adults

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party!

Program Description: Join us to celebrate and register for the library’s Summer Reading Program. Participants will make their own musical instruments and later be able to join with the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater for a drum circle and musical games. We will have other special guests, craft activities and will also be providing families with Summer Reading Logs, book giveaways and ice cream!

Date/Time: Saturday, June 2 from 3-5pm.

Suggested Audience: This is a family event!

Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre, is primarily a ballet Africain modeled in preservation of traditional African heritage. The company was founded in Paris, France by Elombe Andre Badila, co founder of the First National Ballet of the Congo, and wife Pamela Badila, who met Andre after touring the Ivory Coast. These days, Pamela is joined by several of her 10 children as they continue to perform educational concerts and cultural festivals throughout the Northeast.

The library’s summer reading program is Mondays – Fridays, 10am – 12pm, from July 9 through August 10. In addition, there are special programs including those planned by the library’s Tween Advisory Council. Visit the library website ( for more information.

Diata Diata is an organization of seasoned performers who enjoy bringing a message of humble acknowledgement for all nature’s gifts. Programs are available to serve youth audiences and the general public with a focus on appreciation of the values derived from a healthy community dynamic. This is achieved through a variety of programs featuring music, song, dance, and folk life stories as established by our ancestors.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the library, which is wheelchair accessible. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


Only the most recent five Summer Reading Programs are shown here. Go to Summer Reading Programs Archive for complete listings


Summer Program Meet and Greet

12973130_10201914344496656_4149230093426765180_oWondering what your children can do this Summer? Join us in the library’s Community Room on Saturday, May 21 from 1-4pm to meet representatives from local youth-serving organizations. From band camp to sailing, sports to computers, find out what’s available this summer for kids and teens at this summer program meet and greet. At the event, pick up a copy of the Summer Festival Guide — a booklet highlighting activities for children and teens in the area. The event will include light refreshments and free pen giveaways for the first 50 students that attend.


“You Can Do A Graphic Novel”: Free Workshop Series with Veteran Marvel and DC Comics Graphic Novelist, Barbara Slate

slateTweens and teens ages 10-14 are invited to join graphic novelist, Barbara Slate, for a series of her critically acclaimed “You Can Do a Graphic Novel” workshops at the Hudson Area Library this summer.

The free workshop series will run 1pm-2:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 30 through July 23.

Described by comic book legend Stan Lee as “titanically talented,” Slate will offer tips and instructions to participants as she leads youth participants through the creation of their own original comics. Topics covered will include tapping into the creative process, creating memorable characters, developing the plot, writing compelling dialogues, and laying out a successful graphic novel page. Bring your sketches, doodles, cartoons, or if you don’t have anything, just bring your enthusiasm for comic books!

For more information or to register for this exciting program, contact us at 518-828-1792 or drop by the library office.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.


New Summer DVDs!

the call

The Friends are pleased to announce the addition of eleven newly released movies this summer, now available on our library shelves. Included in this new selection are the following titles: The Call, starring Halle Berry; The Host, adapted from the book by Stephenie Meyer; Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie Smith; Venus and Serena, a documentary film about the Williams sisters; Boy, a coming of age film set in New Zealand; No, an Academy Award-nominated Spanish language film; and Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise based on the popular book series by Lee Child. Coming this month will be four new films, including Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby; Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, Amour; The Sapphires, and The Place Beyond the Pines, a drama filmed in Schenectady starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eve Mendes.


Check Out the Friends’ Summer Book Selections!

big girl panties

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announce their most recent contribution to the collection of the Hudson Area Library for July. The new summer selections include ten new releases on a variety of topics and age ranges to encourage summer reading for everyone. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services of the Library.


Four new children’s titles include: Home Sweet Horror (Scary Tales Book 1) by James Preller for ages 7-10; A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury, an historical fiction book for young adults based on the lives of three teens in India in 1947; The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers for ages 3-7;  and Night Night, ZooBorns, by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland for ages 4-6.

sweet paper crafts

Six new titles in the adult category include: Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by bestselling author of the acclaimed Italian Renaissance novels, Sarah Dunant; The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer is a novel about a woman who finds herself transported in time to visit her alter egos; Big Girl Panties, a novel by Stephanie Evanovich is a sexy page turner with heart; Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda, a riveting literary mystery set in Brooklyn, New York; Rendezvous With Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War by Michael Fullilove, tells the remarkable untold story about World War 11; and for the do-it-yourself crafter, Sweet Paper Crafts: 25 Simple Projects to Brighten Your Life by Mollie Greene, a fun and clever craft book for all skill levels.

All titles will be available at the Hudson Area Library or can be requested online at and can be borrowed for up to 21 days with a library card from any library in the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the library’s services.

For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, please contact the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook and Like us.


New Non Fiction Titles


farmacology dear mark twain scatter

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library announce their most recent contribution to the collection of the Hudson Area Library. The new summer lineup of books and audio books includes fourteen new adult nonfiction, including three cookbooks, and seven new audio books (three of which are suitable for family listening). The titles were all carefully chosen to reflect our patrons growing interest in these media. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy and services of the Library.

New cookbook titles include: Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison; a vegetarian cookbook with 300 recipes as well as descriptions of edible plants and their relationships to one another; Mediterranean Cooking (at Home with The Culinary Institute of America) by Lynne Gigliotti, with over 200 recipes featuring light fare and less meat; and Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi featuring 120 recipes from Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities.

Other new nonfiction titles include Dear Mark Twain by R. Kent Rasmussen: 200 letters from Mark Twain’s fans from around the world reveal the impact he had on his 19th century readers; The Incidental Steward by Akiko Busch, a book that provides reflections on our changing world and how “citizen scientists’ try to bring us closer to nature; The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli: how to recognize and avoid “cognitive errors” and shape your decision making; VB6 by Mark Bittman, the story about a “flexitarian” diet; Double Double by Martha and Ken Grimes, a memoir told by bestselling author and her son about the struggles of alcoholism; National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs by Rebecca L. Johnson; Farmacology by Daphne Miller, M.D., explains how organic farming can help increase health and prevent disease. 

Also on the list are: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by Annalee Newitz: this book suggests that while the Earth is overdue for a worldwide natural disaster, humans will be able to adapt, evolve, and ultimately bounce back; Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson: a biography of Nikola Tesla and the contributions he made towards the electrical revolution, including television and radio; Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson: a guide to self-improvement, happiness and personal transformation; and Backyard Foraging by Ellen Zachos: how to identify edible herbs and plants that grow everywhere.   

Seven new audio books are also available for loan this summer. Three titles are suitable for families and are: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, an adult fairy tale about a young boy who discovers a supernatural secret of the family next door; The Engagements by J.Courtney Sullivan: the tale of four different marriages over a hundred years, while also tracing the tale of diamonds in America; Beautiful Day by Erin Hilderbrand: a novel about a couple planning their wedding while seeing their loved ones lives begin to crumble.

Also available on CD are The Heist by Janet Evanovich: a mystery/thriller; Joyland by Stephen King, a murder mystery in a small town amusement park in 1973; Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky: a tale about two women whose friendship is tested when they join up for a summer to write a book in Maine; and The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes: a science fiction/crime thriller about the lone survivor of a serial killer bent on bringing him to justice.

All titles will be available at the Hudson Area Library or by request online on the Hudson Area Library website and may be borrowed for up to 21 days with a library card from the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and all proceeds from its fundraising go to the library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the library’s services.

For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook and Like us.



Summer Programs for Kids and Families

Come join the Hudson Area Library for some fun and educational summer programs!

Dream Big! Read!
Summer Reading Program

July 10 through August 9
Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-12pm
All ages welcome
Stories, crafts, special guests, book giveaways, and more!
Download the registration form or pick one up at the Library.

Battle of the Books

Wednesdays 3:30-5:30
June 27—Sept 5
Battle: Saturday, Sept. 8
Grades 6-9
Participants needed! Battle of the Books is a regional book trivia contest
for youth. All Hudson participants receive a copy of each Battle title and have the opportunity to participate in the Bound By Books radio show!

Kids Movie Night!

July 3 through August 8
Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm
Films rated G and PG
Escape the heat and watch a film with friends! Popcorn and snacks included! Check with the library for a detailed schedule.

Birds of Prey at the Library!

Wednesday, July 11
Join us to meet and learn about: a falcon, a flying hawk, a problem-solving raven, and two owls! See the Talons! live presentation on bird adaptations, flying techniques, hunting skills and more!


SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones!

Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and required reading classics this summer. Each week from June 14 – August 22, 2012, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title’s theme and is likely to show up on a student’s summer reading lists. For example, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.

To find out more about this summer’s audiobooks, visit or text syncya to 25827 (texting will sign you up for notifications, letting you know when the next audiobook pairing is available for download). Audiobooks will be downloaded using Overdrive Media Console, the same system that many of our patrons use to download audiobooks through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Read by Dan Bittner (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati [Adapt.], Read by Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, and a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

Irises by Francisco X. Stork, Read by Carrington MacDuffie (Listening Library)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Media)

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud, Read by Simon Jones
(Listening Library)
Tales from the Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang, Read by Toby Stephens
(Naxos AudioBooks)

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Read by August Ross (AudioGO)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Read by Ian Holm (AudioGO)

Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka [Ed.] et al., Read by Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Bronson Pinchot (Harper Audio)
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain, Read by Norman Dietz (Recorded Books)

Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, Read by Kirsten Potter (Oasis Audio)
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, Read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

Pinned by Alfred C. Martino, Read by Mark Shanahan (Listen & Live Audio)
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Brilliance Audio)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Read by Khristine Hvam (Hachette Audio)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Read by Simon Prebble (Blackstone Audio)

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Read by Rupert Degas (Harper Audio)
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard, Read by Jennifer Aspen and a Full Cast (Galaxy Press)

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, Read by Jay Laga’aia (Bolinda Audio)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Read by William Roberts (Naxos AudioBooks)