POSTPONED: New Spring High Five! Sessions

Note: The April meetings of High Five! will be rescheduled and new dates and times will be announced on the library website. In the meantime High Five! families are invited to our Story Hours and Movement & Music classes, which will be held virtually through Zoom videoconferencing during the library’s temporary closure. Email for more information.

Parents are the first and most important teacher in their child’s life. To celebrate that fact Hudson Area Library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are offering High Five!, a 4-week early literacy family program, now in its fourth year.

Our new spring themes include numbers and counting our pets and (for the parents) special information on Census 2020, the importance of community, healthy food and a trip to the Hudson Farmers’ Market, and books, books, books and a trip to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival.

Date/Time: Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, April 11, 18, & 25, and May 2, 2020.

Audience/Registration: High Five! is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend). Transportation to the library is available upon request. To register for High Five!, email, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library.

“I started attending Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s Mommy & Me classes and wanted to stay in touch with the kids and parents and learn about mommy duties so I now attend High Five!,” stated Savoia Jones, High Five! Recruitment and Outreach Person, “It is like growing up with your child; talking, watching and reading books. It’s good to get down and do something with your kids. My daughter Harmoni has lots of books and word games on bookshelves in her room and, of course, I read to her a lot. Every year High Five! is a new experience.”

Each week the program begins with Story Time in the library with High Five! facilitator Alyssa Moore. Pamela Badila, master educator and performer joins Alyssa on April 18 and May 2. Crafts and literacy activities for the children follow while families engage in discussion on easy ways to develop literacy in their child. Everyone has the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books available for check-out at the library. Participants receive free books and prizes each week. Farmers’ Market tokens are given to all families attending the trip to the market. Gift certificates for the Hudson Children’s Book Festival are awarded to all families with excellent attendance! Lunch is also provided and we emphasize healthy foods kids like to eat. This project is supported, in part, by the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.