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: July 5, 2021
Children, Programs, Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2021: July 6 – August 13

We are excited to announce this year’s Summer Reading program, which will include all of the following, for ages birth to 18:

Free Backpacks, created in collaboration with Columbia Land Conservancy, packed full of free activities, crafts, and books. These bags will be available for pick-up at the library beginning on July 6. While supplies last!

Raffle Prizes for participants in our reading incentives program. For every five books read, a raffle ticket may be submitted to the library for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to a local business of your choice! Visit the library to pick up reading logs and tickets.

In-Person Programs including weekly story times with Mrs. Badila and Ms. Christa, weekly craft times with Ms. Kathy, and a special pollinator exploration and seed planting event with Columbia Land Conservancy.

Virtual Programs including Virtual Movement & Music with Abby Lappen and weekly special events on Zoom:

Friday, July 9, 10am-11am: Zoom In! Sing-a-Long with Mike Pagnani
Friday, July 16, 10am-11am: Zoom In! Mush with Karen Land and Noggin
Friday, July 23, 10am-11am: Zoom In! Celebrate Zookeeper Week with Trevor Zoo
Friday, July 30, 10am-11am: Zoom In! Sing and Dance with Will Parker

Craft-to-Go Kits will also be available for pick-up Monday through Thursday of each week leading up to our Zoom In! programs. Each week’s kit will include a craft that corresponds with that week’s special event.

To register for all of this and more, email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. You may also use this form to sign up for any or all of our special Zoom In! programs.

The Zoom In! programs are offered in collaboration with Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and Roeliff Jansen Community Library.


Posted: June 24, 2021
Children, Programs, Summer Reading

In Person This Summer: Story Time With Pamela Badila & Christa Shook

Program Description: Join local performers and storytellers, such as Pamela Badila and Christa Shook, for an hour of crafts, games, and stories at the library.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, July 7 – August 11, 10-11am

Registration: Email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.


Posted: June 12, 2021
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, Emilia, Lina, Georgia, AJ, Mashuda, Fatheah, and 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: June 9, 2021
Children, Programs, Summer Reading

Zoom In! Celebrate National Zookeeper Week with Trevor Zoo

Program Description: Join us for a Zoom In! celebration of National Zookeeper Week, and learn about the animals at the nearby Trevor Zoo! The Trevor Zoo is the only zoo in this country that is located at a high school. The zoo was established in 1936 at Millbrook School, a coeducational independent high school in Millbrook, New York. Its founder, Frank Trevor, was Millbrook School’s first biology teacher and a man with a passion for sharing his love of wildlife with all people, especially children.

Learn more on the Trevor Zoo Website or check out one of their live webcams that give you a window to the lives of their lemurs, pandas, and other animals. To visit the zoo, check out our free museum pass program!

Program registration also includes a free craft-to-go kit available for pick-up Monday through Thursday of the week leading up to the program.

Date/Time: Friday, July 23, 10-11am

Registration: Email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101 or use this form to sign up for any or all of our Friday Zoom In! programs.

This program is offered in collaboration with Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and Roeliff Jansen Community Library.


Posted: June 8, 2021
Children, Programs, Summer Reading

Zoom In! Sing and Dance with Will Parker

Program Description: Join us for a Zoom In! song and dance party with musician, Will Parker! Will Parker is a children’s songwriter and teaching artist who writes and performs music for “kids ages 1-100.” During Will’s whimsical and interactive shows, he plays guitar and harmonica and sings original songs that engage the audience in singing along, dancing, high-fiving, and imaginative play.

Program registration also includes a free craft-to-go kit available for pick-up Monday through Thursday of the week leading up to the program.

Date/Time: Friday, July 30, 10-11am

Registration: Email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101 or use this form to sign up for any or all of our Friday Zoom In! programs.

This program is offered in collaboration with Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and Roeliff Jansen Community Library.


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



Ongoing Children’s Programs

Early Literacy Story Hours

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-11am
Tuesdays explore music and movement with Ms. Abby Lappen. Wednesdays dive into folktales, stories, and crafts with Ms. Pamela Badila. Thursdays enjoy stories, games, and crafts with Ms. Christa.

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.