March Children’s Programs

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March is Youth Art Month, so let’s create & get messy! According to The Council for Art Education, Youth Art Month is an “annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art & art education for all children.” On Tuesday afternoons, Ms. Jaclyn will facilitate different art projects that will be displayed in the library, so be sure to stop by! Youth Art Month will culminate with a special watercolor landscape class with artist Lea Springstead.

We have a new monthly program beginning this month called “First Friday Mosaic of Hudson.” This program will celebrate, from children’s perspectives, the diverse array of cultures in our community through storytelling, dress, food, games, toys, & special customs. We are looking for kids & families to come in & share stories from their own cultures, so if you are interested, let us know! 

Also new this month is “Story Time on the Go,” an early literacy program that will visit a new location in Hudson each month. Our first Story Hour on the Go will be at Camphill Solaris. Story Hour on the Go, along with our second month of special early literacy story hours at the library, are made possible with support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Early Literacy Grant. 

The Children’s Room special events calendar is listed below. To see a list of ongoing programs, visit our programs page on our website.

Special Events
Youth Art Month Kickoff Painting Program: Tuesday, March 4th from 4pm-7pm, All ages
First Friday Mosaic of Hudson: Friday, March 7th from 3-5pm, All ages

Join us to learn about and celebrate Irish culture with storytelling, games, and traditional customs.
Storytelling with Movement: (Rescheduled from February 22nd) Saturday, March 8th from 1-2pm, All ages 
Join Dancer & Visual Artist Victoria Wilde Langley in learning storytelling through physical play & communication.
Youth Art Month Fun With Clay Program: Tuesday, March 11th from 4pm-7pm, All ages
Story Time On The Go: Saturday, March 15th from 1-4pm, Ages 0-6 & siblings welcome!

Our first mobile story time will be at Camphill Solaris (360 Warren St., Hudson). Stop in for stories with puppetry & songs throughout the afternoon.
Youth Art Month Flower Collages: Tuesday, March 18th from 4pm-7pm, All ages
Lunch For Bear: Thursday, March 20th from 10-11am, All ages

Bear wakes up from hibernation & is HUNGRY!  Sing songs, hear a story, & walk like a bear during this fun & interactive program with Mud Creek Environmental Center educator Chelsea Benson.
Mommy & Me / Daddy & Me Story Time, Saturday, March 22nd from 11am-12pm, Ages 1.5-3 years
Enjoy great stories, songs & rhymes, finger plays, & movement activities designed for toddlers & their caregivers.
Youth Art Month Pencil Self-Portraits: Tuesday, March 25th from 4pm-7pm, All ages
Baby & Me Story Time: Wednesday, March 26th from 5-6pm,  Ages 0-18 months
We will share books for babies, learn fun songs & rhymes, & meet other families in this interactive & fun family program.
Youth Art Month Watercolors Class: Saturday, March 29th from 12-1pm, All ages
Join us for our Youth Art Month finale program with Artist Lea Springstead. Learn watercolor techniques & create your own landscape paintings to bring home!

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Hudson Area Library’s Kids First Initiative Launches “Storytime on the Go”

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The Hudson Area Library’s Kids First Initiative (KFI) announced Thursday a new early literacy effort, “Storytime on the Go.” The Kids First Initiative seeks to connect with parents and caregivers of infants in toddlers in Hudson, Stockport, and Greenport in order to foster early literacy skills. KFI also aims to provide parents and caregivers with important techniques in reading, talking, and bonding with their young children with books, stories, and songs. By bringing the Hudson Area Library’s resources for young children to locations throughout our community, KFI seeks to provide unique and ample opportunities for parents to expose their infants and toddlers to books and language.
 
“Reading books and sharing stories with infants and toddlers is essential for childrens’ intellectual development and future success in school. It is never too early to read to your child,” said Hudson Area Library Youth Services Coordinator Jaclyn Bruntfield.
 
According to “United for Libraries,” a division of the American Library Association, “Early literacy (reading and writing) does not mean early reading instruction or teaching babies to read; it is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between babies and parents, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences. Literacy development begins at birth and is closely linked to a baby’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Babies learn language through social literacy experiences – parents interacting with them using books. These experiences also serve to associate books with parental affection, attention, and approval.”
 
The first “Storytime on the Go” will be at Camphill Solaris at 360 Warren St., Hudson, from 1:00-4:00PM on March 15, 2014. The event is free and open to the public and geared toward children ages 0-3, their parents and caregivers, and older siblings. Storytime on the Go is made possible with early literacy grant support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
 
The Kids First Initiative – By putting kids first, we nurture lifelong learners.
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