Snow Moon with Mud Creek

Photograph of a full moon taken from the ISS

Program Description: Pamela Price, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Education Program Coordinator at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, will lead a virtual nature event for kids and families. Learn fun facts about the moon, including moon phases and why the full moon has a different name each month.

Date/Time: Friday, February 26, 7pm

Registration: Email to register and receive the Zoom link.

This program is offered in collaboration with the Hudson Area Library, Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library and Roeliff Jansen Community Library.
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Book and Activity Bags for Kids (ages 0-5)

This winter/spring we are distributing special giveaway bags for kids ages birth to 5 and their parents each month. Each bag will include books, crafts, and activities to help encourage early literacy skills development in fun and meaningful ways. This month’s bag focuses on Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and Chinese New Year. We will also hold a raffle each month for gift certificates to local businesses for participating families.

We have a limited supply of bags! To reserve a bag and schedule a pickup date/time, email or call 518-828-1792 x100.

This project is supported by a mini-grant from Talk Read Sing Columbia, spreading the message that Talking is Teaching so every young child in Columbia County has the opportunity to thrive.

Virtual Library Time with Ms. Kathy

Program Description: For many children, and their parents/caregivers too, “library time” means a visit with Ms. Kathy. Children and families are invited to join Ms. Kathy on Wednesday afternoons via Zoom to catch up, enjoy some books, and get creative. We are also scheduling one-on-one visits with Ms. Kathy Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

To register for the virtual drop-in sessions, click here. To register for an in-person visit, email

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30pm (virtual); Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons (virtual or in person by appointment)

Winter Virtual Story Hours


Program Description: Join Abby Lappen (Tuesdays), Pamela Badila (Wednesdays), and Christa Shook (Thursdays) for fun with stories, songs, games, and crafts to develop literacy skills and inspire a love of reading, singing, and storytelling.

To register for these virtual children’s programs, click here.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am


Contribute to our Local History Archive

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 clicking here. 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.

Virtual: 20th Annual Ghostly Gallop 5K and Kids Fun Run Challenge

Competitors in the 2019 Ghostly Gallop

Program Description: This year’s Ghostly Gallop 5K and Kids Fun Run Challenge will be a virtual race!

Each registrant is invited to run a 5K distance over the race weekend and submit their times on the Ghostly Gallop website. The male and female runners who record the fastest 5K times will receive the Cranna Cup. The first 100 people to register will receive a t-shirt celebrating the 20th year of the race and the 60th anniversary of our library. For the Kids Fun Run Challenge, parents and caregivers are asked to take and submit a photo of children (12 and under) running any distance (costumes encouraged). We will share the photos on the Ghostly Gallop website and, for each photo received, $1 will be donated to the library by a private donor.

Date/Time: Friday-Sunday, October 16-31 (end date extended!)

Registration: Runners and walkers can learn more and register at

Read Around The World

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 through stories?

To submit your recent reads to the Read Around The World map, click here

Bedtime Storytime and Book Release Party: A More Graceful Shaboom

Description: Join us for a special bedtime storytime and book release party celebrating Jacinta Bunnell’s picture book debut A More Graceful Shaboom with illustrations by Crystal Vielula. Both Jacinta and Crystal will be joining us for this celebratory event! This is a child-friendly event that is open to all ages. For more information and to register, visit the library website. This program is offered in collaboration with OutHudson.
Date/Time: Sunday, October 18, 7pm via Zoom
Registration: Register via Zoom.

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