Children’s Programs

Suggested for children 0 – 10 years old

Children’s Program News

Only the most recent ten Children's Programs are shown here. Go to Children's Programs Archive for complete listings.

Posted: February 28, 2024
Children, LGBTQ+, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

BLACC Collection Exhibition: Youth Workshop (Saturday, March 9) & Educator Event (Saturday, March 23)

Youth Workshop: In connection with the BLACC Collection Exhibition, Curator Tanya Jackson will share clips from the BLACC Collection, followed by discussion that will creatively connect young people to the collection’s legacy. The workshop will then break into sessions with one taught by Nkoula Badila, which will focus on local home remedies, and the other, led by Zien-Celeste, which will transform a photo through the cyanotype process. In this way, participants will be able to have a creative conversation with the collection while adding to the exhibit themselves.

Date/Time: Saturday, March 9, 12 – 2pm

Educator Event: As a final part of our BLACC exhibit the library will offer an educator workshop to familiarize local public, private, home, out-of-school time and community educators with the BLACC Oral History Project collection and help them discover how it can be used to support learning. Jackson will facilitate the event along with Youth Researcher Jayden Cross, as well as Elaine Eichelberger and Brenda Shufelt, who are also assisting with research and curation for this project. 

Date/Time: Saturday, March 23, 11am – 1pm

Location for both events: In person at the Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: For more information and to register, email or call 518-828-1792 x106. Please include which event(s) you’d like to attend in the subject line.

This program was funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed through this exhibition/programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tanya Jackson is a Philmont-based, Hudson-raised polymath in media, education, and curation. As a curator, exhibit designer, and program developer, she’s a dynamic force. Co-founder of the Hudson Juneteenth Celebration, Tanya has curated and directed the artistically immersive Who We Be! exhibit for three years, spotlighting Black life in Columbia County. With roles ranging from educator to administrator, she’s a cultural memory worker, weaving diverse narratives into impactful experiences.

Zien-Celeste is a Queer Black-Creole Louisiana-born multidisciplinary artist, doula, chef and life learner. As a sister, companion and community-tender, they are inspired by rites of passage, ritual making, connection to land and ancestry in both human and non-human forms. Zien showcases these elements in their artistic cakes–Altar Cakes, cyanotype, shrine making and other illustrated and poetic works. Zien will be using cyanotype to engage youth participants in the riches of the BLACC collection.

Nkoula Badila is a multidisciplinary artist, healer, musician and gardener in the Hudson Valley.  Born into a Congolese dancing and drumming family, Nkoula takes up many of her inspirations from her traditional Congolese upbringing to do the work she does with Grow Black Hudson, a movement she created with intentions to re-introduce Hudson’s Black community to the importance and ancestral healing that comes with growing their own food. Nkoula will use her study of traditional African and Black American remedies to explore medicinal tradition with the youth participants.

Posted: February 27, 2024
Children, News, Programs

March Early Literacy Giveaway/Marzo Obsequio De Alfabetización Temprana

This giveaway is intended for children ages birth to five and their caregivers. It includes a Spanish/English bilingual board book, Rain! / ¡Lluvia! by Linda Ashman, and fun activities for children and caregivers to do together.

Pick-up begins: Friday, March 1
Pick-up location: Hudson Area Library Main Desk, while supplies last

Este obsequio está destinado a niños desde el nacimiento hasta los cinco años y sus cuidadores. Incluye un libro de cartón bilingüe español/inglés, Rain! / ¡Lluvia! por Linda Ashman, y actividades divertidas para que niños y cuidadores hagan juntos.

La recogida comienza: viernes 1 de marzo
Lugar de recogida: mostrador principal de la biblioteca del área de Hudson, hasta agotar existencias

Posted: February 27, 2024
Adults, Children, News, Programs

La Leche League (Wednesday, March 13)

Join La Leche League for these free meet-ups and support for nursing families. Whether you are pregnant, caring for a newborn, nursing, pumping, supplementing, weaning, or beyond – all are welcome!

Dates/Times:  Wednesday, March 13, 4 – 5:30pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Visit “La Leche League Columbia Greene NY” on Facebook or contact a leader to confirm meeting times.

Lee 413.561.3070
Sara 802.733.4765
Mary 518.392.7919
Connie h: 518.392.5854 Connie c: 518.965.8295

Posted: February 27, 2024
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Movement & Music Storytime (Thursdays, through March 28)

Come and warm up this winter with songs, stories, and fun moves led by local musician, Abby Lappen, as we continue this joyful storytime. All are welcome!

Date/Time: Thursdays, through March 28, 4 – 5pm
(except for Thursday, March 14)

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated, but not required. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: February 27, 2024
Children, News, Programs

Make Lucky Slime (Tuesday, March 12)

For this STEAM-based children’s program we’ll make ‘lucky slime’ and read the book Three Ways to Trap a Leprechaun. This activity is a great first chemistry lesson and sensory activity for early learners.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 12, 4 – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Space is limited and registration is required. To register, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.or or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is presented in collaboration with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and Talk Read Sing Columbia, with support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Posted: February 15, 2024
Children, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Bound By Books Youth Radio Show

Our youth radio crew records their weekly Bound By Books radio show remotely on Tuesday afternoons. Tune in Friday evenings and Sunday mornings to hear tweens and teens, along with our library director Emily Chameides discuss books they love, books they’re currently reading, and other tween and 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.

Recording: Tuesdays, 4-5pm

Broadcast: Fridays, 7pm and Sundays, 6:30am on WGXC 90.7FM

Register: Contact Emily at to learn more.

Posted: December 7, 2023
Children, News, Programs

Bilingual Storytime / Hora de cuentos bilingüe (Wednesdays 4/3 – 5/29 / miercoles 4/3 – 5/29)

Join Señora Sonia for a special series of bilingual storytimes, presented in Spanish and English, which will include craft activities.
Únase a la Señora Sonia para una serie especial de cuentos bilingües, presentados en español e inglés, que incluirán actividades artesanales. 

Date/Time: Wednesdays, April 3 – May 29, 4 – 5pm
In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Miércoles, 3 de abril – 29 de mayo, 4 – 5 p.m.
En persona, sala comunitaria de la biblioteca del área de Hudson

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room
en persona, la Sala de Comunitaria de la Biblioteca del Área de Hudson

Registration: Registration appreciated, but not required. To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101
Para registrarse, envíe un correo electrónico a o llamar al 518-828-1792 x101 (Se agradece el registro, pero no es obligitorio)

Posted: December 6, 2023
Adults, Children, Music, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Free Concert: Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes Quartet (Saturday, April 6)

Join us for a free jazz concert with The Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes Quartet. All are welcome!

Date/Time: Saturday, April 6, 12 – 1pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is required. To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is brought to you by The Music Performance Trust Fund, The Jim
Clark Memorial Fund and the Albany Musicians’ Association, Local 14 of the
American Federation of Musicians.

Percussionist Michael Benedict received a Bachelor’s degree in music education
from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master’s degree in Jazz
Studies from Rutgers University.

In his group JAZZ VIBES, Michael plays the vibraphone, a jazz instrument
modeled after the xylophone and marimba. His band plays original compositions,
jazz standards and Brazilian influenced jazz called Bossa Nova. He has toured the
United States extensively, performing at numerous concert halls, colleges, clubs,
and festivals and has performed in Europe. In 2012, Michael went on a US State
Department tour of Tunisia, Africa where he taught and performed with the Planet
Arts Trio.

Michael has released six recordings to date. His album, CIRCULATION, was an
Editor’s pick in Downbeat Magazine and listed as one of the Best Jazz Albums of
2015 by National Public Radio. His newest album, “1-2-3 GO”, earned him the
Local Hero Award for Best Local/Regional Release by J. Hunter for Michael recently won an award for the Best Jazz Musician
of the Year for 2023 given by WCDB Radio, SUNY Albany, 90.9FM.
The band personnel for the concert at Hudson Area Library will be Michael
Benedict-vibraphone, Joe Finn-guitar, Michael Hurt-bass, and Pete Sweeney-

Posted: December 1, 2023
Children, News, Programs

Drop-in Creative Playtime!

Drop in to the library to paint, draw, craft, build a Lego tower, read, or play with our wide range of toys. Our children’s area team is here most weekdays for your free-form fun!

Miss Israt, our crafting queen, is here Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am – 3pm
Miss Kathy, our playtime pro, is here Tues – Fri 2 – 4pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Children’s Area

Registration: No registration required for this ongoing drop-in program.

Only the most recent ten Children's Programs are shown here. Go to Children's Programs Archive for complete listings.