Children’s Programs

Suggested for children 0 – 10 years old

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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: May 24, 2022
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Family Pride Craft: Make a Rainbow Dancing Ring (Wednesday, June 1)

Get ready for Hudson’s 13th annual Pride Parade by making some fun and flashy flair! All ages are invited to get crafty at the library and make a rainbow dancing ring that they can bring with them to dance around at the parade.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 1, 5pm – 6:30pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is required! To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is presented in collaboration with OutHudson.


Posted: May 22, 2022
Children, News, Programs

Movement & Music with Abby Lappen (Thursdays through August 18)

Join local musician, Abby Lappen, for a story hour full of live guitar, creative storytelling, and fun movements. Toddlers, kids, and families of all ages will enjoy this bright, animated program as they learn how to use songs and motion to develop early literacy skills.

Date/Time: Every Thursday, May 26 – August 18, 4 – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated, but not required. To register, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101


Abby Lappen is a singer/songwriter who lives in New York State’s Hudson Valley. She displays her passion for live musical performance with a collection of original songs and meaningful covers in a cross genre mix, from haunting folk and satirical blues to jazzy ballads and syncopated melodies. Abby is an accomplished artist whose unique voice and “crisp guitar” mesmerize audiences with warmth and agility. She has worked with young children through music and movement for many years.


Posted: May 15, 2022
Children, News, Programs

May Early Literacy Giveaway: Ranger Time Activity Kits

This Spring, we’re partnering with the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site to offer free Ranger Time Activity Kits for children of all ages and their caregivers. This month’s theme is “National Park Rangers and Going Outdoors.” Including a book about National Parks and activities to engage both the child and adult, these kits offer a fun opportunity to learn more about the National Park Service, Park Rangers and America’s National Parks.

Date/Time: Pick-up begins: Monday, May 2

Pick-up location: Hudson Area Library Main Desk

While supplies last. First come, first served.


Posted: May 15, 2022
Children, Programs, Young Adults

Bound By Books Youth Radio Show

Recording: Wednesdays, 4pm
Broadcast: Fridays, 7pm and Sundays, 9am on WGXC 90.7FM

Our youth radio crew records their weekly Bound By Books radio show remotely. Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, after the local news, 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.


Posted: May 14, 2022
Children, News, Programs

June Early Literacy Giveaway – Flowering Fun

This June, we are distributing special giveaway bags for children ages birth to five and their guardians. Promoting fun in the garden and kind gestures to the people who help us grow, these giveaways include a card-making craft, stickers, a seed planting activity, and a bilingual (English/Spanish) storybook.

Pick-up begins: Wednesday, June 1

Location: Hudson Area Library Main Desk

Registration: No registration necessary. While supplies last. First come, first served.


Posted: May 10, 2022
Children, News, Programs

STEM Storytime: Color Mixing with Ice Cubes (Wednesday, June 8)

For this special story time, we will read The Wonders of Summer by Kealy Conner Lonning and we will experiment with mixing colors using cold ice cubes and warm water! Kids will get to blend different colors of ice cubes while working on color identification and fine motor skills. This program is best suited to children ages 1 – 4 and their caregivers.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 8, 12 – 1pm

Location: In Person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration is appreciated, but not required. To register, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1791 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: May 3, 2022
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Youth Craft Fair (Saturday, June 25)

Meet Hudson’s newest entrepreneurs at the Hudson Area Library’s Youth Craft Fair! The talented teens from our “Crafting for Money” program will be selling their original creations, which they’ve been working hard to make over the last six months. Treat yourself to a handmade and unique item, while supporting up-and-coming teen makers in our area. 

Date/Time: Saturday, June 25, 12 – 3pm

Location: In Person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.


Posted: May 1, 2022
Children, Programs

Join Us For Greenport Family Day! (Sunday, May 22)

Update: Thank you to everyone who made it out to our adapted Greenport Family Day at This and That Food Truck. We hope to reschedule the full event at the Greenport Town Park for a future date. Thank you to the local businesses who supported this event: This and That Food Truck, Bagel Tyme, Bodhi Holistic Spa, Hudson Children’s Book Festival, Letterbox Farm, Lil Deb’s Oasis, Luxxe Nails, Nine Cakes, Red Dot Hudson, Spotty Dog Books, and Supernatural. We will be announcing raffle winners this week!

Original post: Families from Greenport, Hudson and beyond are invited to join us for a fun family day at the Greenport Town Park. The day will include music and movement with Abby Lappen, storytime with local authors, folktales and stories with Pamela Badila, crafts and games with Ms. Kathy, book giveaways, and more! This and That Food Truck will have lunch and snacks available for purchase. Geared towards families with children ages 0-6, but all families are welcome. 

Date/Time: Sunday, May 22, 11am – 3pm (rain or shine!)

Location: Greenport Town Park, 413 Joslen Blvd

Registration: No registration required. For more info, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1791 x101.


Posted: April 27, 2022
Children, News, Programs, Volunteers, Young Adults

Hudson Area Library’s Tween/Teen Advisory Council (HAL TAC) (Tuesday, May 24)

The Hudson Area Library’s Tween/Teen Advisory Council is made up of youth (ages 9-18) who take on leadership roles in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers and participating in community events representing the library.

Next Meeting Date/Time: Tuesday, May 24, 4-5pm

For more information and to participate in HAL TAC’s monthly meetings, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101


Posted: March 22, 2022
Children, News, Programs

Bilingual Storytime / Hora de cuentos bilingüe (Thursdays, May 5 and 19)

Program Description: Join Señora Sonia for bilingual storytime, presented in Spanish and English, including a themed craft activity.
Descripción del programa: Únase a la Señora Sonia para los cuentos bilingües, presentados en español e inglés, incluida una actividad artesanal temática.

Date/Time: Every other Thursday, April 7 – May 19, at 4pm
Fecha/hora: Cada dos jueves, del 7 de abril al 19 de mayo, a las 4pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Library Community Room
Ubicación: la Sala de Comunitaria de la Biblioteca del Área de Hudson

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


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



Ongoing Children’s Programs

Kids’ Out-of-School Time Activities and Free Play

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Tuesday through Friday 3pm-5pm by appointment
Join Ms. Kathy for arts and crafts, games, free play, homework help, and more.

For more information call 518-828-1792 or email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org.