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Posted: February 19, 2019
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Film Screening & Celebration: I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan by Robert Shetterly, courtesy KaneLewis Productions

Program Description: In culmination of our month-long celebration of children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, join us for a screening of “I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan.” Directed by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly, this documentary explores how Bryan has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith and create loving community. This screening is co-hosted with the library’s Tween Advisory Council. Families and youth of all ages are welcome. Special presentation, before the screening, of work created in our craft hours throughout the month. Fresh popcorn during movie &home-cooked food from Kayah Payton of the newly formed Grandma’s Kitchen!. 

Date/Time: Thursday, February 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: families and youth of all ages.

Born in the Bronx in 1923, Ashley Bryan entered the tuition-free Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering, after being denied entry elsewhere because of his race. Drafted into the segregated US Army during World War II, Ashley preserved his humanity by drawing, stowing pastel crayons in his gas mask. After the war, he completed his Cooper Union degree, studied philosophy and literature at Columbia University on the GI Bill, and went to Europe on a Fulbright scholarship, seeking to understand why humans choose war.

Ashley returned to the United States, teaching art at several schools and universities, and retired to Maine’s Cranberry Isles as professor emeritus of Dartmouth College. Ashley Bryan has published over fifty books, including children’s books on African American spirituals and oral tradition. Among Ashley’s awards are the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the New York Public Library’s Literary Lions award. Ashley has stated: “If you put art into the world, you get beauty in return.”

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Posted: February 19, 2019
Children, News, Programs

Ashley Bryan Celebration

Beautiful Blackbird illustration by Ashley Bryan courtesy of The Ashley Bryan Center

Program Description: In celebration of Black History Month we are proud to present a month long tribute of famed children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan. The library’s regularly scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Story & Craft Hours will be showcasing the different works and artistry of Ashley Bryan and his impact in the field of children literacy and education.

Date/Time: Wednesday & Thursday Story & Craft Hour, 10am-11am. Saturday Story and Craft Hour, 11am-12pm

Born in the Bronx in 1923, Ashley Bryan entered the tuition-free Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering, after being denied entry elsewhere because of his race. Drafted into the segregated US Army during World War II, Ashley preserved his humanity by drawing, stowing pastel crayons in his gas mask. After the war, he completed his Cooper Union degree, studied philosophy and literature at Columbia University on the GI Bill, and went to Europe on a Fulbright scholarship, seeking to understand why humans choose war. Ashley returned to the United States, teaching art at several schools and universities, and retired to Maine’s Cranberry Isles as professor emeritus of Dartmouth College. Ashley Bryan has published over fifty books, including children’s books on African American spirituals and oral tradition. Among Ashley’s awards are the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the New York Public Library’s Literary Lions award. Ashley has stated: “If you put art into the world, you get beauty in return.”

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Posted: February 5, 2019
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News from our Story & Craft Hour: 2019 Edition!

AmeriCorps Mary Shivers & Christa Shook work on a craft with a young library patron.

Wednesday 10-11am Story & Craft Hour Americorps workers Mary Shivers & Christa Shook read picture books and lead children in theme-related crafts. Recent craft activities include making superhero capes, designing children’s book bags, and creating turkeys from pine cones and pipe cleaners.

Americorps is a voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”

Janice Scali oversees the work of two of our youngest patrons.

Thursday 10-11am, Saturday 11am-12pm, Story & Craft Hour Children’s librarian Janice Scali reads picture books and leads children and families in theme-related crafts. 

Story & Craft Hour: Second Saturdays w/ Robin Weber – Saturdays, January 12, February 9 & March 9, 11am-12pm Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, collaborates with children’s librarian Janice Scali on special Story & Craft Hour every second Saturday of the month. Each session will have a seasonal theme with a story reading and craft activity.

All materials provided. For children 2 – 7 years old & their families.

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Posted: February 5, 2019
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Second Saturdays Story & Craft Hour w/ Robin Weber

Program Description: In the second Saturday Story & Craft Hour in March children will craft a yarn nammas (god’s eye) and will be read an Ashley Bryan book with our our wonderful High Five! team member, Robin Weber.

Date/Time: March 9, 11am-12pm

Audience: Children 2 – 7 years old & their families

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Posted: February 1, 2019
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Monthly Watercolor Workshops for Families: February

This month’s February 16 workshop focuses on seasonal still life from local fields and forests: iconic imagery of snowy farms, barns, and more along with presidents, groundhogs, etc.

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library are hosting monthly watercolor painting workshops with local artist Gretchen Kelly. This series is titled Watercolor with Your Grand Person. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to bring children from their families; children must be accompanied by a grandparent, parent, teen or other adult.

Date/Time: Saturdays 2-4pm, February 16, & March 16

Registration: Interested persons should register ahead of time by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk at the library.

In these workshops beginners and intermediate painters paint from seasonal still lifes, objects, and photos. Attendees can learn basic techniques or just hang out and paint with others. All materials will be provided. This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

On February 16 Gretchen focuses on seasonal still life from local fields and forests: iconic imagery of snowy farms, barns, and more along with presidents, groundhogs, etc. The March 16 class is about seasonal still life from finds on local nature paths along with iconic images of lambs, lions, shamrocks, seeds, sprouts and birds as we welcome spring. Each of these three workshops can add to developing regular attendees’ personal calendars featuring their watercolor painting.

Gretchen Kelly works in a variety of mediums and styles, primarily painting figurative, landscape and flowers. Her fashion and home decor background influence her work at times. She is inspired by the beauty of what is natural in the world and embellishes with her own personal touches of color, pattern and ornament. Gretchen endeavors to capture the gestures and nuances of fleeting moments which are the details that bring life and beauty to her work, as she sees it in her subject. Simplicity is the mark that she strives for.  

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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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