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: April 15, 2021
Children, Programs

Book and Activity Bags for Kids (ages 0-5) – April 2021

This spring, we are distributing special giveaway bags for kids ages birth to 5 and their parents each month. Every bag will include books, crafts, and activities to help encourage early literacy skills development in fun and meaningful ways. We will also hold a raffle each month for gift certificates to local businesses for participating families. We have a limited supply of bags! To reserve a bag and schedule a pickup date/time, email or call 518-828-1792 x101. The April bag will feature books, crafts, and activities celebrating spring and getting out in the garden!

This project is supported by a mini-grant from Talk Read Sing Columbia, spreading the message that Talking is Teaching so every young child in Columbia County has the opportunity to thrive.

Posted: April 9, 2021
Children, News, Programs

Library Time with Ms. Kathy

Program Description: For many children, and their parents/caregivers too, “library time” means a visit with Ms. Kathy. Children and families are invited to join Ms. Kathy for one-on-one visits, to catch up, enjoy some books, and get creative.

To register for a virtual or in-person visit, call 518-828-1792 x100 or email

Date/Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons (by appointment)

Posted: April 7, 2021
Children, News, Programs, Services

Spring Virtual Story Hours


Program Description: Join Abby Lappen (Tuesdays), Pamela Badila (Wednesdays), and Christa Shook (Thursdays) for fun with stories, songs, games, and crafts to develop literacy skills and inspire a love of reading, singing, and storytelling.

To register for these virtual children’s programs, click here.

Date/Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am


Posted: April 6, 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: February 1, 2021
Children, Programs

Snow Moon with Mud Creek

Photograph of a full moon taken from the ISS

Program Description: Pamela Price, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Education Program Coordinator at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, will lead a virtual nature event for kids and families. Learn fun facts about the moon, including moon phases and why the full moon has a different name each month.

Date/Time: Friday, February 26, 7pm

Registration: Email to register and receive the Zoom link.

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

Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District provides educational programs and services to help residents and communities manage and protect the natural resources of Columbia County. Visit to learn more.

This program will include a Moon Phases Calendar craft. Materials and instructions can be found here. Email if you would like support printing out the craft materials and we can arrange a contactless materials pickup for you.

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