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: October 13, 2021
Adults, Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Animation Saturdays!

Program Description: Sarah Timberlake Taylor, The Art Effect’s award-winning animation instructor, will visit the Hudson Area Library this fall to lead a series of dynamic, experimental animation workshops, with opportunities for both young adults and adults.


  • Saturday, October 9: Digital Animation, 12pm – 4pm, for ages 10-14.
    Get animated on iPads using apps like Flip-a-clip and Procreate as you learn the steps you need to become a skilled animator.
  • Saturday, October 30: Spooky Stop Motion Animation, 10am – 4pm, for ages 10-14.
    Join us for some ghoulish fun as we set up stop motion sets and animate our very own supernatural stories.
  • Saturday, November 20: Mixed Media Animation, 12pm – 4pm, for adults.
    Mix it up by incorporating multiple mediums! We’ll push the limits as we combine different styles of animation to create our own unique experimental shorts.

Location: All workshops will take place in person at the Hudson Area Library. Masks and social distancing are required for all attendees.

Registration: Space is limited. To register for a session, email or call 518-828-1792 x101. 

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CREATE Council on the Arts.

The Art Effect is located at 45 Pershing Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY. The Art Effect’s core mission is to empower young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change.

Sarah Timberlake Taylor has been teaching videography, animation and experimental film at The Art Effect for over five years. A Bard Film  alumna, Sarah often works with fellow alumni documentarian Kevin Schreck as an assistant editor, and line produced Persistence of Vision, his award-winning work focused on animator Richard Williams.

CREATE Council on the Arts’ mission is to support and advance the arts and cultural community by broadening and enriching creative resources and economic growth in the region.

Posted: October 12, 2021
Children, News, Programs, Young Adults

Book-Themed Art Contest!

Do you love books AND art? The inaugural Hudson Area Library Book-Themed Art Contest will be right up your alley! Create a piece of art inspired by a book of your choosing and drop if off at the library by October 31 to have your art featured in the library and on the library’s social media accounts – and for a chance to have your art featured in the Hudson Area Library’s 2022 calendar!

Submissions for the calendar will be evaluated by age group (14-18 years, 11-13 years, 8-12 years, 5-7 years, 4 years & under). Kids whose submissions are selected for the calendar will receive a free 2022 Hudson Area Library calendar in November!

Submission guidelines

  • Kids and teens 18 & under are encouraged to submit
  • One submission per person
  • Art pieces up to 18”x24” permitted, flat paper or canvas (no frames)
  • Non-digital media encouraged (marker, paint, chalk, crayons etc)
  • Please put the following information on the back of the art
    • Artist name (as you’d like it depicted when presented)
    • Artist age
    • Name, email, and Instagram handle (optional) of adult contact
    • Title and author of book depicted
    • Indication of whether you would like the artwork back or not

Drop off at Hudson Area Library main desk (51 N 5th St, Hudson, NY) by October 31

Email for more information. Thank you for participating – we are so excited to see your art from your favorite books!

Posted: October 11, 2021
Children, News, Programs

Pumpkin Painting with Ms. Kathy!

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

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 20, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Location: Hudson Area Library Community Room

Space is limited. To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101. Masks will be required for all participants over the age of two.

Posted: October 10, 2021
Children, News, Programs

Virtual, In-Person, and Bilingual Storytimes!

Program Description:
This fall, the Hudson Area Library will offer a mix of virtual, in-person, and bilingual storytimes for little ones and their families. On Tuesdays, join local musician, Abby Lappen, on Zoom for an hour of live, engaging, virtual fun, including music, stories, and easy stretches. On Wednesdays, join Pamela Badila for interactive folktales, stories, music and dancing. Then, on Thursday, October 14 and Thursday, October 21, join Señora Sonia for a couple of special bilingual storytimes presented in Spanish and English, including a themed craft activity. El jueves 14 de octubre y jueves 21 de octubre, únase a la Señora Sonia para un par de cuentos bilingües especiales presentada en español e inglés, que incluye una actividad artesanal temática.

Movement & Music with Abby Lappen
Tuesdays at 10am (through October 26)
Location: Virtual, via Zoom

Folktales & Stories with Pamela Badila
Date/Time: Wednesdays at 12pm (through October 27)
Location: Library Community Room

Bilingual Storytime with Señora Sonia
Thursday, October 14, and Thursday, October 21, at 10am
Library Children’s Space

Registration: Space is limited for the in-person storytimes. Registration is also required for the virtual storytimes (to receive the Zoom link).
To register, email or call 518-828-1792 x101.
Masks and social distancing will be required for all in-person storytime attendees over the age of two.

Posted: September 29, 2021
Adults, Children, Fundraising, News, Programs, Young Adults

Ghostly Gallop 2021

Program Description: 2021’s Ghostly Gallop 5K will be another virtual race!

Participants can register online at, then run or walk a 5K between October 16 and 31, and submit their time on the Ghostly Gallop website. The fastest men and women runners will receive a Cranna Cup, the traditional trophy for the race’s top finishers. Every participant will receive a free t-shirt, which are available in men’s and women’s sizes.


21st Annual Ghostly Gallop
The 21st Annual Ghostly Gallop Virtual Race 2021

This year, Ghostly Gallop participants are also encouraged to raise their own funds in support of the library, as part of participating in the race. It’s easy to do: When you register on, you’ll receive info about how to set a fundraising goal, and you can track your progress against others fundraisers. Prizes will be awarded to the top individual and team fundraisers in the Ghostly Gallop Fundraising Contest.

The library is still considering holding a small event for children ages 12 and under on Halloween at the Jr./Sr. High School. The library board will make that decision in the next few weeks, based on the public health situation, so stay tuned!

We are also looking for sponsors to help offset the costs of the race and to provide prizes to winning fundraisers. Anyone interested in sponsoring the race should visit the Ghostly Gallop website.

Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, October 16-31.

Registration: Runners and walkers can learn more and register at

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

Ongoing Children’s Programs

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