Children’s Programs

Suggested for children 0 – 10 years old

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Children’s Program News

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

Posted: January 3, 2020
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Registration is now open for school winter recess programs

Program Description: Update (1/24) – Registration is now full for winter recess programs. To be added to the wait list email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Registration is now open for the library’s youth winter recess programs!

WINTER HACK: Video Poetry with Jive Poetic
Winter Hack is a digital arts media camp for tweens and teens, taught by practicing artists. This session, youth participants will have the opportunity to take a writing workshop with poet and educator Jive Poetic. Participants will create video poems, taking language into image, using their original poems to make videos. These poems will be published on the library YouTube channel and be on display at the library. Poet Mahogany L. Browne guest curates this year’s Winter Hack session.

DIBS: Streetwear Design with Bergen Hendrickson
Local artisan Bergen Hendrickson (Big Ant) will work with participants to create their own unique designs for caps, shirts, and patches. DIBS, or Do It Better Series is a series of workshops that pairs participants with an expert in a particular field to help define, refine and explore in a judgement-free zone. This program is sponsored by HAL TAC (Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council).

Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, February 18-20, 10am-3pm

Suggested Audience: Tweens and Teens (8-15)

Registration: Lunch and materials provided. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. To register email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 or stop by in person at the circulation desk at the library.

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Posted: January 1, 2020
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Mahogany L. Browne, Curator In Residence at the Library

We are excited to announce that in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary, Award-winning poet, writer and organizer Mahogany L. Browne will be the inaugural Curator – In- ResidenceBrowne has worked closely with the library programming staff to curate special programs to take place in 2020. 

In February, Mahogany L. Browne has curated poet and educator, Jive Poetic, as an instructor for the library’s signature youth program, Winter Hack. Youth participants will work closely with Poetic to create visual poems and later in the week present them to an audience of community members during a special presentation of  Living Poetry at the Library , curated by Mahogany L. Browne and featuring a performance by her, Jive Poetic and local youth poets. This presentation of Living Poetry is co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute. In April, Browne will present her Woke Baby Book Fair, a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, inter generational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other hands-on fun activities. 

Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer & educator. Interim Executive Director of Urban Word NYC & Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby & Black Girl Magic (Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books) & Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books). She is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign) & as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration investigating its impact on women and children. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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Posted: December 5, 2019
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Out-of-School Time Children’s Activities

Program Description:  Shared reading, arts & crafts, games, free play, homework help, and more for children during out-of-school hours. With children’s librarian Janice Scali, children’s library assistant Kathy Parchuck, and AmeriCorps worker Rajmina Chowdhury.

Date/Time: Monday-Friday, 3-5pm and Saturday 12-3pm

Audience: Children of all ages and their families. No registration required.

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Posted: December 3, 2019
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Second Saturday Story & Craft Hour w/ Robin Weber


Program Description: For the December Second Saturday Story & Craft Hour, children and families will make a snow person craft and read Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser. With Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, and children’s librarian Janice Scali

Date/Time: Saturday, December 14, 11am-12pm

Audience: Ages 2–7 and families.

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Posted: December 3, 2019
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Watercolor with your Grand Person

Program Description: Local artist Gretchen Kelly facilitates this intergenerational program where participants paint from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. Offered in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center.

Date/Time: Saturdays, November 16 and December 21, 2-4pm

Registration/Audience: All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by an adult parent or caregiver. Registration is encouraged. To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk at the library.
Attendees can learn basic techniques or just hang out and paint with others.

The November class will focus on seasonal flowers, fall foliage, still lifes created with Thanksgiving holiday items and more. In December attendees can create watercolor holiday cards.

Gretchen Kelly works in a variety of mediums and styles, primarily painting figurative, landscape and flowers. Her fashion and home decor background influence her work at times. She is inspired by the beauty of what is natural in the world and embellishes with her own personal touches of color, pattern and ornament. Gretchen endeavors to capture the gestures and nuances of fleeting moments which are the details that bring life and beauty to her work, as she sees it in her subject. Simplicity is the mark that she strives for.

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



Ongoing Children’s Programs

Pre-K Children Story and Craft Hour

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-11am
Stories with crafts and free play.

Children’s Story and Craft Hour

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
Stories with crafts and free play.

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

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3pm-8pm, Thursdays and Fridays 3pm-5pm, and Saturdays 10am-3pm.
Join Ms. Kathy for arts and crafts, games, free play, homework help, and more.

Language Enrichment for Kids

Ages: 2 and up
Dates: Wednesday, 6pm-8pm
Literacy skills practice for youth ages 2 and up who are wishing to improve their English language abilities. Coincides with Wednesday evening Adult ESL classes.

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

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