Summer Reading 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have developed special virtual programs and initiatives for families, tween/teens and adults for this year’s Summer Reading Program to take place from July 7-August 7.

We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Claverack and Philmont Libraries as well as other partners to serve the needs of the community at this time. This year’s summer reading theme, “Imagine Our Stories,” serves as the inspiration for shared experiences celebrating our similarities and differences. More information on programs and registration below. 

Imagine Our Stories: Virtual Story & Craft Hour via Zoom

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday*, July 7 – August 7, 10-11am

Journey with us around the world to explore mythologies and folktales from different cultures through literature, music, crafts, and movement. Virtual Story & Craft Hours will be offered via Zoom on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and are led by Abby Lappen, Christa Shook and Pamela Badila.

To register your child(ren) for our Tuesday-Thursday virtual story hours, click here.


*On Fridays, we will partner with the Claverack Free Library and the Philmont Library to welcome special guest presenters. Registration information for Friday guest presenters is forthcoming.

To register your child(ren) for our FRIDAY guest presenter series with claverack Free Library & philmont Library, click here.

Read Around The World

Read books set in various places around the world and help the library chart our collective adventure on a world map. How many cities, states, countries, and continents will we visit and explore this summer through stories?

To submit your summer reads to the Read Around The World map, click here


HACK the Library Digital Art Media Workshops

Thursday, July 9 & Thursday, July 16, 12-2pm

We will be offering two virtual HACK the Library workshops for tweens and teens in July with digital artist, Rebecca Borrer. HACKers ages 8 and up will have the opportunity to learn how to create their own visual effects, animated art, 3D models and online broadcasts using open source software programs. Participants will also be encouraged to participate in The Green Screen Project. 

The Green Screen Project is a public art installation that invites any passerby to transform their surroundings through video editing techniques. By the simple act of painting a wall green, we will open up citywide access to this pivotal component of video production. With this project, you don’t need to have an expensive studio, or proper lighting to make a movie– all you need is to get outside (safely) and start filming! This project is offered in collaboration with artist Rebecca Borrer and the City of Hudson Youth Center

registRATION IS NOW CLOSED for the HACK the Library workshops.


Summer Reading Book Bag Program

Update – We have distributed all of the available Summer Reading Book Bags. We want to give a special thank you to our partners Columbia Land Conservancy, Hudson Little Free Libraries, Friends of Hudson Youth and the Early Literacy and Learning Network.

With access to the library limited due to the virus, the library team wanted to support children and families – especially those who do not have the means to participate in the library’s virtual programs – in accessing quality reading materials and activities to support their learning and reading this summer. Through the Summer Reading Book Bag Program, we are distributing free exploratory bags for kids, tweens, and teens in the greater Hudson area that include books, activities, crafts, and a summer reading log. This program is co-sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy and presented in partnership with the Friends of Hudson Youth and the Hudson Literacy Fund.

Track Your Reading!

All participants are invited to keep track of their reading using the free READSQUARED program or you can pick up a paper reading log at the library through curbside pickup.  Instructions for setting up a READSquared account.