Take a StoryWalk this summer to enjoy an outdoor adventure while reading a good book. The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is partnering with the Columbia County Library Association to install StoryWalks at several of their Public Conservation Areas: Drowned Lands, Greenport, Hand Hollow, High Falls, and Siegel-Kline Kill. Each StoryWalk will feature pages of a children’s book posted in order along a trail so kids and families can enjoy a story while taking a walk through nature. CLC is also working with partners who are creating StoryWalks along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, at the Roe Jan Park, in the Village of Philmont, along Warren Street in Hudson, and at PS21. Many of these are works-in-progress, so visit clctrust.org/storywalk to confirm the walk is ready for you, and for more information, including an interactive map of StoryWalk sites.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program.
Read books set in various places around the world and help the library chart our collective adventure on a world map. How many cities, states, countries, and continents will we visit and explore this summer through stories?
To submit your summer reads to the Read Around The World map, click here
Program Description: In collaboration with Out Hudson we are proud to present a special Virtual Story Time. Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event, striving to celebrate differences, and breaking down barriers.
Suggested Audience: Children birth to seven and their families.
This session features Joni Magdalene, a Philadelphia Queen, who enjoys a long walk with her Standard Poodle, an acoustic open mic, and a vegan carrot cake. Joni does a story/singing time that will interest the toddler set but also has a beautiful message for all of us. This program is recommended for all ages in this month of Pride!! Continue reading →
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire globe in a historic way. The killing of George Floyd has sparked protests in our community, nation, and around the world as well as demands for police reform and restructuring to combat systemic racism in society. Both of these events serve as the inspiration to collect the history of our community during this time for use by future researchers. The Hudson Area Library History Room Committee invites you to submit images (photos, artwork), videos, and words (poems, stories, journal entries, personal essays) that help to document the personal experiences of our community in 2020.
Those wishing to contribute to the archive can submit work through the library’s website by following the link “Community Archiving of Local History” found underneath the main banner on the home page or by clickinghere. If you are contributing works as physical items rather than digital submissions, please also submit using the form on the website to schedule your drop-off. In keeping with the mission of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room, we request that all submissions be either from individuals who live in the library’s service area – Hudson, Greenport and Stockport – or that feature these areas as the main subject.
To learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.
The New York Regional Census Center is running a Kids Census Art Contest! The contest is open to children and teens with entries to be judged by Age Group – Pre-K/Elementary (Group 1), Middle School (Group 2), and High School (Group 3). Each age group will have a county-wide winner and one overall contest winner! The Columbia County Libraries Association will serve as the Columbia County county-wide contest judge. We can’t wait to see your submissions!
How to participate:
Conduct a census from your home! Choose a subject to count (e.g. animals, trees, flowers, books, toys, etc.)
Create artwork to show us the census project – draw a conclusion.
Project Example 1 Subject: Flower species in my yard Count: 3 species in bloom Observation: They can all tolerate cold weather Art: Drawing of snow-covered flowers
Project Example 2 Subject: Books in my house Count: 326 books Observation: 120 are fiction and 206 are non-fiction books, 141 about nature, 45 about history, 20 about geology, 120 about superheroes Art: Collage with subject/theme size based on quantity
Registration is now open for the library’s Summer Reading Program, Imagine Our Stories. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have developed special virtual programs and initiatives for families, tween/teens and adults for this year’s Summer Reading Program to take place from July 7-August 7.
We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Claverack and Philmont Libraries as well as other partners to serve the needs of the community at this time. This year’s summer reading theme, “Imagine Our Stories”, serves as the inspiration for shared experiences celebrating our similarities and differences. For more information and registration of our various programs click here.
Ms. Christa plays the Sleeping Game with children on Zoom.
All of our virtual programs for toddlers, young children, and their families will continue through June 2020.
Virtual Story Hour: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am. Our dynamic mother/daughter duo, Louise Costello (Ms. Louise) and Christa Shook (Ms. Christa) are leading our weekday story hours with book readings, games that can be played at home, and crafts that can be done with simple materials found in many homes. Click here to register.
Virtual Movement & Music: Tuesdays, 10-11am. Master educator, musician, and songstress Abby Lappen leads toddlers and their families in songs and movement activities. And, in this time of new normal, we thank the Claverack Library for the use of their parking lot and their free WiFi where Abby leads the program! Click here to register.
Virtual Story Hour: Saturdays, 11am-12pm. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, Pamela Badila of Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater performs simple folktales and leads the children to enact portions of them. On 2nd, 4th, and 5th (when applicable) Saturdays, Library assistant, Thea Ezinga, leads children and families is stories, rhymes, and games. Click here to register.
For more information on our virtual classes email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.
Broadcast: Thursdays, 6pm and Sundays, 9am on WGXC 90.7FM
While the WGXC studios and library are temporarily closed, our youth radio crew continues to record their weekly Bound By Books radio show remotely. Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, after the local news, Emilia, Lina, AJ, Mashuda, Fahim, and our library director Emily Chameides discuss books they love, books they’re currently reading, and other teen media and literary topics. Bound By Books has been broadcasting on WGXC since 2011. In addition to the weekly show, past Bound by Books radio shows can be accessed online via the WGXC Audio Archive.