Children’s Programs

Suggested for children 0 – 10 years old

Children’s Program News

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

Posted: September 28, 2023
Children, News, Programs

October Early Literacy Giveaway/Octubre Obsequio De Alfabetización Temprana

This giveaway is intended for children ages birth to five and their caregivers. It includes a Spanish/English bilingual board book, Fall/Otono by Ailie Busby, and fun activities for children and caregivers to do together.

Date/Time: Pick up begins on Monday, September 2
Pick-up location: Hudson Area Library Main Desk, while supplies last.

Este obsequio está destinado a niños desde el nacimiento hasta los cinco años y sus cuidadores. Incluye un libro de cartón bilingüe español/inglés,  Fall/Otono por Ailie Busby, y actividades divertidas para que niños y cuidadores hagan juntos.

La recogida comienza: Lunes 2 de Octubre
Lugar de recogida: mostrador principal de la biblioteca del área de Hudson, hasta agotar existencias.

Posted: September 9, 2023
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Bindlestiff Exhibition and Celebration (from Thursday, September 28)

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is pleased to announce The Art of the Cirkus, a special exhibition and celebration at the Hudson Area Library that honors the craft, visual, and photographic artists who have collaborated with Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School program over their 14-year history in Columbia County. The exhibition will showcase unique artworks tucked into corners of the library, suspended from the rafters, gracing the walls of the building’s entrance hall, and emanating from video screens.

The Art of the Cirkus includes photographs by Zach Neven, B. Docktor, David Lee, S. Trianna, and Eric Ferrer; hand-painted costume artifacts from The Memorial Project by Ifetayo Cobbins, Ntchota Badila, NaQuera Roach, Amy Chen, and Stephanie Monseu. It will also feature wearable art by Cirkus After School junior staff Romello Robinson, Cashmere Whitmore, Serenity McGriff- Phillips, and Jasiah Riley, made during a residency with local artist and fashion designer, Loki Anthony. A slide show documenting the creation of a mural for the Hudson Youth Center in 2019/2020 and a series of video interviews with the The Memorial Project artists will also be on show.

Exhibition: On view from Thursday, September 28 – Saturday, October 14, during library hours
Celebration event: Thursday, October 12, 6 – 8pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Main Space and Community Room

Registration: Registration required. Click here to register.

Photo credit: Loki Anthony

Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School uses skills like juggling, stilt walking, tumbling, partner acrobatics, prop manipulation, and physical comedy to help youth to become stronger learners, community members, and leaders. The program encourages them to express themselves creatively, challenge themselves physically, and work inventively with others. The work takes place at the intersection of creative arts and physical discipline, and is grounded in the values of life-long learning, safety, choice, trustworthiness, practice, collaboration, empowerment, compassion, and respect. Activities include weekly after-school classes, a summer Juggling Club, teen workforce development, field trips to professional circus performances, visits from world-class teaching artists in the circus and variety arts field, community performances by youth, and collaboration with numerous cultural and arts organizations.

Posted: September 8, 2023
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Columbia County Community Read (Monday, September 18 – Saturday, November 4)

The Columbia County Libraries Association is launching a countywide read this month, encouraging community members throughout Columbia County to read a common book and come together for discussions and programs centered around the book’s themes. The book is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba – the true story of a boy who helped a drought-stricken Malawi village by constructing a windmill to generate electricity and pump water, after seeing an example in a book at his local library.

Upcoming events to celebrate this community-wide program will include:

Make a Pinwheel Drop-in Craft
Monday, September 18 – Saturday, November 4, anytime during library hours. No registration required. Ask for a kit at the library’s Main Desk.

Meet the Illustrator with Elizabeth Zunon
Thursday, October 5, 7pm on Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, email

Webinar on Wind Energy with Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York
Monday, October 30, 6pm. To receive the Zoom link, email

Hudson Area Library’s Nonfiction Book Group Discussion
Monday, October 23, 6pm on Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, email

Crandell Theater Film Screening: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Sunday, November 5, 1:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

For further information about events happening at all of the Columbia County Libraries, visit

Posted: September 7, 2023
Children, News, Programs

Movement & Music Storytime (Thursdays, October 5 – December 14)

Celebrate the fall season with songs, stories, and fun motions led by local musician, Abby Lappen, as we continue this bright, animated storytime. Registration is not required. All are welcome!

Date/Time: Thursdays, October 5 – December 14, 4 – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is appreciated, but not required. Email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

Posted: September 5, 2023
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Community Read – Meet the Illustrator (Thursday, October 5)

In connection with our Community Read of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Columbia County Libraries will host a webinar with illustrator Liz Zunon, to discuss the picture book version of the beloved story.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 5, 7pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link, email

Posted: September 4, 2023
Children, News, Programs

Pumpkin Painting with Ms. Kathy! (Tuesday, October 10)

Have fun painting and decorating your own pumpkin with the help of Ms. Kathy!

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 10, 3:30 – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Space is limited and registration is required! To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.

This program is made possible by a generous donation from Samascott Farms.

Posted: September 3, 2023
Children, News, Programs

Bilingual Storytime / Hora de cuentos bilingüe (Wednesdays 10/11 – 11/15 / miercoles 10/11 – 11/15)

Bilingual Storytime / Hora de cuentos bilingüe
Join Señora Sonia for a special series of bilingual storytimes, presented in Spanish and English, which will include craft activities.
Únase a la Señora Sonia para una serie especial de cuentos bilingües, presentados en español e inglés, que incluirán actividades artesanales. 

Date/Time: Wednesdays, October 11 – November 15, 4 – 5pm
Miercoles, 11 de octubre – 15 de noviembre, 4 – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room
en persona, la Sala de Comunitaria de la Biblioteca del Área de Hudson

Registration: Registration appreciated, but not required. To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101
Para registrarse, envíe un correo electrónico a o llamar al 518-828-1792 x101 (Se agradece el registro, pero no es obligitorio)

Posted: August 11, 2023
Children, News, Programs

Make a Pumpkin Volcano! (Tuesday, October 17)

Enjoy a fall story, Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper, and make a Pumpkin Volcano! Children will carve out a mini pumpkin, then fill it with baking soda, their favorite food color, and vinegar for a spooky explosion. All ages are welcome.

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 17, 4 – 5pm

Location: In person, Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Registration is required. To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101

This program is presented in collaboration with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and Talk Read Sing Columbia, with support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Posted: August 11, 2023
Adults, Children, News, Programs

Arte y Lugares Especiales (miércoles 18 de octubre)

La biblioteca del área de Hudson y Olana los invitamos a asistir ARTE y LUGARES ESPECIALES.
Una programa familiar gratuito en la biblioteca del área de Hudson. Presentado en español.

GRATIS Visita a la biblioteca
GRATIS Actividad de creación de arte con The Olana Partnership
GRATIS Refrescos

Fecha y hora: miércoles 18 de octubre, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Ubicación: En persona en La biblioteca del área de Hudson, sala de la comunidad

Las familias con niños a partir de los 3 años son bienvenidas. No es necesario registrarse.

This project has been supported by the Ackerman Foundation and the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Este proyecto ha sido apoyado por la Fundación Ackerman y el Sistema de Bibliotecas Mid-Hudson.

Posted: August 10, 2023
Children, Programs, Young Adults, teen

Bound By Books Youth Radio Show

Our youth radio crew records their weekly Bound By Books radio show remotely on Tuesday afternoons. Tune in Friday evenings and Sunday mornings to hear tweens and teens, along with 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.

Recording: Tuesdays, 4-5pm

Broadcast: Fridays, 7pm and Sundays, 6:30am on WGXC 90.7FM

Register: Contact Emily at to learn more.

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