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

Online Resources

Here is a guide for free online resources to enjoy while the doors to our facility are closed. Some of these resources require a library card. If you do not have a library card, you can apply for a virtual card here.

Online Resources for Families and Kids

How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus via PBS

Resources accessible with a Library card. If you do not have a library card, you can apply for a virtual card here.

  • Universal Class Homeschooling Videos – Online school courses that includes examinations. 
  • OverDrive Kids Collection – Children’s e-books, audiobooks, and streaming video.
  • RBDigital Kids e-Magazines
  • TumbleBooks – electronic versions of kids’ favorite picture books with added animation, sound, music and narration.
  • Kanopy Kids – On-demand streaming service that features educational TV series, movies and story times for children.
  • hoopla – e-books, audiobooks, television shows, movies, e-comics, and music (turn on “Kids mode” to limit search results and browsing to kid-appropriate content).

Free resources available online 

Virtual Field Trips – A collection of various museums , zoos and farms that have guided digital tours and activities for kids.

Educational Video Games 

 

Online Resources for Tweens and Teens

Untitled by Natasha Wedd, Hack The Library Summer 2017 Session

Resources accessible with a Library card. If you do not have a library card, you can apply for a virtual card here.

  • Universal Class Homeschooling Videos – A variety of online school courses that includes examinations. 
  • OverDrive Teen Collection – Young Adult e-books, audiobooks and streaming video.
  • Mango Online language learning classes.
  • Kanopy – On-demand streaming service
  • hoopla – e-books, audiobooks, television shows, movies, e-comics, and music (turn on “Kids mode” to limit search results and browsing to kid-appropriate content).

Digital Arts Media ToolKit– Free programs for digital arts media production (video, audio, coding and photography )

Computer Games 

Other free resources available online

Online Resources for Adults

 

Resources accessible with a Library card. If you do not have a library card, you can apply for a virtual card here.

  • OverDrive – e-books, audiobooks, and streaming video.
  • RBDigital – Digital magazines.
  • Universal Class – Continuing education classes on a wide range of subjects.
  • Kanopy – On-demand streaming service that includes The Great Courses, a series of college-level classes.
  • hoopla – e-books, audiobooks, television shows, movies, e-comics, and music.
  • Mango – Online language learning.

Free resources available online 

Mahogany L. Browne, Curator In Residence at the Library

We are excited to announce that in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary, Award-winning poet, writer and organizer Mahogany L. Browne will be the inaugural Curator – In – Residence. Browne has worked closely with the library programming staff to curate special programs to take place in 2020.

April 2020: Woke Baby Challenge

Mahogany L. Browne and our library team will be challenging children and families to take on weekly challenges inspired by children’s books celebrating diversity throughout the month. Each Saturday in April, a new challenge will be announced and families will have one week to take on the challenge and post their entries on social media. Mahogany and Library staff will choose two winners each week who will receive a prize pack of books including Woke Baby and Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne and an additional selection from Mahogany’s Woke Baby Book List. We are excited to see what you come up with!

We will post the weekly challenges and announce winners on our social media pages and right here:

Challenge #4 (Saturday, April 25-Friday, May 1): 

For the last week of our Woke Baby Challenge we ask Children and families to show us their signature dance moves! This challenge is inspired by I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

 Challenge #3 (Saturday April 18-Friday, April 24): 

Children and families are challenged to take or draw a picture of something they are thankful for.This challenge is inspired by Thank you, Omu! By Oge Mora.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

Challenge # 2 (Saturday, April 11-Friday, April 18):

Children and families are challenged to take or draw a picture of shapes you can find in your home. This challenge is inspired by City Shapes by Diane Murray with illustrations by Bryan Collier.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

Challenge #1 (Saturday, April 4-Friday, April 10):

Children and families are challenged to draw or take a picture of what a rainbow represents to you. This challenge is inspired by “In Between, There Is Light” by Olivia Gatwood, featured in Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice.

How to enter: To join the fun, make sure to follow Mahogany L. Browne and the Hudson Area Library on Instagram and Facebook. To enter the contest tag us (@hudsonarealibraryny) and Mahogany L. Browne, and use #wokebabychallenge. Submissions are open from Saturday 9am until Friday 10am each week; winners will be announced at 9am each Saturday. We will repost submissions on our Facebook and Instagram stories all week.

(updated 3/14) – As a precautionary measure, we will be postponing Mahogany L. Browne’s Woke Baby Book Fair, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4, to a later date. New event date for the program is TBD. Woke Baby Book Fair is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other fun hands-on activities.

February 2020: Winter Hack and Living Poetry at the Library

Mahogany L. Browne curated poet and educator, Jive Poetic, as an instructor for the library’s signature youth program Winter Hack. Youth participants worked closely with Jive Poetic to create visual poems, which were presented to an audience of community members during a special presentation of Living Poetry at the Library, curated by Mahogany L. Browne and featuring a performance by her and Jive Poetic. This presentation of Living Poetry was held on Friday, February 21 at 6pm and was co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

More programs TBA! Stay tuned!

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Leapin Line Dance : An Introduction to Line Dancing

Program Description: Leapin Line Dance: An Introduction to Line Dancing is a one time dance workshop led by Diane Teutschman. Dancers will learn the steps in unison to choreographed country or popular songs. No experience or partner needed!

Date/Time: Saturday, February 29, 4:00-5:30pm in the library’s community room.

Registration: Email info@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 X101
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Living Poetry at the Library with Mahogany L. Browne & Jive Poetic

Program Description: Living Poetry at the Library with poets Mahogany L. Browne and Jive Poetic is an evening of poetry, prose, and performance. A discussion and reception follows the reading, allowing audience members to share their reactions, and to interact with the poets and each other.

Date/Time: Friday, February 21, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: Free and Open to All!

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Book Club October Pick: A Discovery of Witches

The Hudson Area Library Book Group has chosen to read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness for their October meeting. Discussion will be held at the library on Wednesday, October 29 at 4:30pm. Stop by the Hudson Area Library or call 828-1792 to order a copy of the book.
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Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

All are welcome! Contact the library at 518-828-1792 or email Sharon Getty at BookGroup@hudsonarealibrary.org for info.

June Computer Classes for Adults

The Hudson Area Library is offering two free computer classes this month for adults interested in learning more about social media and Internet safety. Both classes are open to adult library patrons with basic computer & Internet skills and are held in the Children’s Foundation Room of the Hudson Area Library.


Social Media (2 sessions)
Tuesdays, June 14th & 21st, 6:30-7:30pm

What is social media? How does it work? What are facebook and twitter and how can you use them?

Caution! Internet Safety!Internet Safety
Tuesday, June 28th, 6:30-8:00pm

Are you putting too much information on the Internet? Can you share your personal info on facebook without the entire world seeing it? Who is looking at you (or your children) on the Internet? Can you buy something online without your identity being stolen?

For more information or to sign up, stop by the library or give us a call at 518-828-1792.

Free Adult Spanish Classes Every Tuesday

Learn to express yourself in real life situations and improve your Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! This free programs offers adult patrons of the Hudson Area Library an opportunity to develop and enhance conversational Spanish skills in a fun, mixed-level class.

The class meets Tuesdays from 6:15-7:15pm at the Hudson Area Library beginning May 3, 2011. All are welcome to join in! For more information or to sign up, visit the library office or call 518-828-1792.