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: September 13, 2019
Adults, Children, Fundraising, Programs, Young Adults

19th Annual Ghostly Gallop

Program Description: The Ghostly Gallop 5K Race is an annual highlight of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region fall running season, held at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School. Proceeds from the event benefit the library. The 19th annual Ghostly Gallop also includes a free one-mile run for runners ages 11 and under.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 20. The Kids Fun Run starts at 10am and the 5K run/walk starts at 10:30am.

Registration: To register and view the many opportunities to help the race and support the library, visit the race website at www.ghostlygallop.info. Students age 18 and under run the 5k race for free.

Registration for the 5K and Kids One Mile Fun Run is open. Each participant in the Kids One Mile Fun Run will receive a free book. The book giveaway is sponsored by Furniture Plus and made possible by the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. Ronsani Brothers Paving is the lead sponsor of this year’s Ghostly Gallop. Runners in the 5K will follow a USA Track and Field-sanctioned out-and-back course. The race is looking for sponsors and volunteers. Visit ghostlygallop.info for more information and to register!

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Posted: September 11, 2019
Children, News, Programs

High Five! Fall Sessions

Program Description: We are proud to announce the fall series of High Five!, our 3-week early literacy family program, done in collaboration with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. High Five! meets at the library and sessions include “Fall Family Activities and Vocabulary for your Child”, “Developing Fine Motor Skills Needed for Writing” and includes a trip to an apple orchard and a Halloween party curated by master storyteller Pamela Badila.

Date/Time: Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, October 12, 19, & 26

Audience/Registration: High Five! is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend). Transportation to the library is available upon request. To register for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Each week the program begins with Story Time in the library with High Five! facilitator Alyssa Moore and special guest readers. Crafts and literacy activities, with an emphasis on dictated writing, follow. Families will engage in discussion and have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books available for check-out at the library. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week. Gift certificates to Spotty Dog books will be awarded to all families with excellent attendance! Lunch is also provided and we will be emphasizing healthy foods that kids like to eat.

High Five! facilitator Alyssa Moore stated: “This is my third year teaching first grade for the Hudson City School District. I’m also a graduate of Hudson High School. I went into teaching to make a difference with students’ social and emotional learning because I believe that social emotional learning is just as important as academics. I believe that families should be involved in students’ social emotional and academic learning. Because of this I make it a priority to be a “school mom” for all my students and a partner for all my families.” We welcome Alyssa to our High Five! family.

The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood is thrilled to be partnering with the Hudson Area Library for the High Five! early literacy program. The GHPN works to support children and families in the Hudson City School District from birth through college to career. Promise Neighborhood, established in 2011 through a Planning Grant from the US Department of Education, has built a strong foundation of partnerships and programs supporting families in the Hudson community and beyond.

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Posted: September 8, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Second Saturdays Story and Craft Hour

Program Description: Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, collaborates with children’s librarian Janice Scali on special Story & Craft Hour every second Saturday of the month. September features books on autumn leaves and crafting with potato stamps. In October children make tissue paper cat collages. All materials provided.

Audience: For children 2 – 7 years old & their families

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Posted: September 5, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Drop-In and After School Children’s Activities

Program Description: Children’s library assistant Kathy Parchuk & Americorps worker Rajmina Chowdhury provide shared reading, arts & crafts, games, free play, homework help, and more for children during after school hours during the week. On Saturdays children’s library aide, Janice Scali, offers Drop-In Children’s Activities.

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

Audience: All ages of children and their families are welcome to join others in crafts, stories and more. No registration required.

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Posted: September 3, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Tots: Get on Board for Movement & Music w/ Abby Lappen!

Program Description: For the past two years, moms, dads and caregivers bring their tots (the program is for 0 – 5 years old)  to the library each week for Movement & Music for Little Ones & Families with Abby Lappen for an hour of books, songs, exercise and community. Abby involves adults and children in play, rhythm and discovery.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 10-11am. The fall series begins on Tuesday, September 10. 

Registration: No registration necessary for this popular drop in program. For more information, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

Abby has been a driving force in the performing arts in this region for over 30 years as founder, director, and dancer/choreographer of Amble Dance. In addition she has led groups and taught at Camphill Village and The Hudson Opera House for twenty years, and has been a consultant in movement and music in mental health. She has recorded five albums, one of which is devoted to quality family time: Generations of Music and Miracles. She is delighted to join in programs for the Library.

This program is free and open to the public and takes place in the library’s Community Room. The library is wheelchair accessible and strollers are welcome.

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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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