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: March 30, 2020
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VIRTUAL: Movement & Music w/ Abby Lappen!

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

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. NOTE: While the library is closed, Movement & Music will be offered virtually from Abby Lappen’s home via Zoom video conferencing services. To receive information on registering email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or tezinga@hudsonarealibrary.org.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, 10-11am on Zoom.

Registration: To receive information on registering for the sessions held on Zoom, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or tezinga@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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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Posted: March 30, 2020
Children, News, Programs

VIRTUAL: Story & Craft Hour: Girls with Dreams become Women with Vision

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

This program will now be offered virtually due to the temporary library closure using Zoom video conferencing services.

Program Description: During Women’s History Month, the library’s weekly Story & Craft Hour will focus on exploring inspiring women who’ve created extraordinary roles for themselves and moved forward the dial of culture. 

Date/Time: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am on Zoom. To receive information on registering, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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Posted: February 18, 2020
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Intergenerational Cooking Workshop: Chinese Dumplings

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: Members of the community are invited to join us for a intergenerational cooking workshop on Chinese dumplings facilitated by long time Library employee Wendy Kanel.

Wendy Kanel was a chef in Hangzhou, China, before relocating to America 17 years ago. Upon her arrival to the area she came to the library to attend ESL classes, which eventually led to her volunteering at the library, before transitioning as a staff member working at the circulation desk.

Wendy reflects on her time at the library: “After working here [at the library] I’ve learned so much about American culture by reading and interacting with the community that led to improving my English.” In the past, Wendy has taught Mandarin classes at the library and has offered Chinese dumplings workshops for a wide range of ages in the Hudson Valley area. With this program, she is excited to continue the tradition of cultural exchange within the community. 

Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 5:30-7pm. This program is open to all ages.

Registration: To register for the program email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is part of the on-going intergenerational programming collaboration between the City of Hudson Senior Center and the Hudson Area Library. 

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Posted: February 18, 2020
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Postponed – Woke Baby Book Fair

UPDATE: Woke Baby Book Fair, originally scheduled for April 4, will be rescheduled on a date to be determined. Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31.  For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Program Description: 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 presenting her Woke Baby Book Fair, a celebration of diversity in Children’s literature with readings, face-painting, and fun for the whole family.

Woke Baby Book Fair is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other hands-on fun activities. The fair will focus on social justice-themed children’s books that highlight diversity from classic children’s picture books by authors such as Eloise Greenfield and Vera B. Williams to the latest children’s authors.

Date/Time: TBD – Originally to be held Saturday, April 4, 11am-1pm

This program is part of the library’s inaugural Curator-In-Residence program with Mahogany L. Browne, in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary and is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, and John Knott.

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Posted: February 7, 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 – Residence. Browne 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 Jive 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 will be held on Friday, February 21 at 6pm and is co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

(updated 3/14) – As a precautionary measure, we will be postponing Mahogany L. Browne’s Woke Baby Book Fair, originally scheduled on Saturday, April 4, to a later date. New event date for the program is TBD.

In April, Browne will present her Woke Baby Book Fair, a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other fun hands-on activities. More programs TBA! Stay tuned!

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 &amp, Black Girl Magic, Kissing Caskets, and Dear Twitter. She is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign) and 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.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, John Knott, the New York State Writers Institute, and Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Support our Curator in Residence Program by donating online via PayPal or mailing a check (with letter or memo noting support for “Curator in Residence”) to Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th St, Hudson, NY 12534.




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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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