Holiday Fun in the Kids Room!

The Children’s Room is always a fun place to be, with opportunities for reading, drawing, painting, imaginative play, and crafting. This week, in addition to our regularly scheduled programs, we have some special programs to make it that much more exciting!

Kwanzaa celebration

Kwanzaa Celebration with Operation Unite
Wednesday, December 18, 5:30-6:30pm postponed – stay tuned for an updated day/time

Operation Unite will host a special Kwanzaa celebration, including drumming, singing, & a candle ceremony.

Holiday Party
Thursday, December 19, 3-5pm

Join us for some holiday fun, including holiday-themed crafts and stories. Snacks will be served too!

The Children’s Room will also be staffed while the Hudson City School District is on Winter Break. We hope you’ll join us!


The Hudson Area Library Children’s Room Presents “The Kids First Initiative”


Starting this September, Hudson Area Library will host a brand new set of children’s programs for kids of all ages called The Kids First Initiative. The Initiative aims to help foster positive outcomes and support academic achievement for the children of our community through new educational programming. Here are the new programs which will be added to the regular children’s schedule:

Tuesday: Kids Fun Night
3:30-7:30pm- Weekly- All Ages

Join us for an evening of all-ages activities, including Twister challenge, music, poetry, puzzles, games, as well as jewelry, collage, and bookmark making.

Wednesday: Learn to Read Program
3:30-4:30pm- Weekly- Ages 3-6
This early literacy program aims to foster a love of reading in the youngest members of our community. Through age appropriate activities, children will practice the alphabet, learn sight words, and read stories. Parents are welcome to participate.

Thursday: Kids Lego Club
3:00-4:30pm- Weekly- All ages

The Kids Lego Club is open to children ages 2-14 who are ready to put their imagination and building skills to work in a fun and creative atmosphere. Children can work on their own creations or in teams. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver aged 13 or older. The library will provide Legos and Duplo bricks for use in the club.

Friday: Time to Dance!
September 13- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages

Through music, dance, and collaborative online research, kids will learn about a new type of music at each session while being physically active and having fun! Our first session will cover salsa music. NOTE: This program will continue each 2nd Friday of the month.

Friday: Kids Career Workshops
September 27- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages

Join us in exploring a different career at each session. Our first session will be about becoming a teacher. NOTE: This program will continue each 4th Friday of the month.

Saturday: Drop-In Children’s Activities
12:00-3:00pm- Weekly- All ages

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by and join us in crafts, stories and other fun activities in the Children’s Room.

For a full listing of the library’s children’s programs, visit the Programs page of our website. 


Join the Hudson Area Library Kids Lego Club!


Whether you’re a seasoned Lego builder or a first timer, this is the place for you! The Kids Lego Club meets weekly on Thursdays from 3pm-4:30pm in the Children’s Room, starting Thursday August 8. The club is open to children ages 2-14 who are ready to put their imagination and building skills to work in a fun and creative atmosphere. Children can work on their own creations or in teams.

Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver aged 13 or above. The library will provide Legos and Duplo bricks for use in the club. Please do not bring your own Legos to the Kids Lego Club, as we would hate for children to lose their favorite pieces. Donations of Legos in good condition are welcome!


Art Classes for Kids Starting Friday, July 12

Art Classes For Kids

Make art at the Hudson Area Library this July with artist and teacher Alison Fox! Three free classes for children ages 5 and up will be held during the last three Fridays in July from 3-5pm in the library’s children’s room. Kids are welcome to join us for 1, 2, or 3 classes!

Registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcome. Call 518-828-1792 for more information or to sign up.

First Class:  Fast Words/Slow Words
Friday July 12, 3-5pm

Kids will make silk-screen prints of words that they would like to slow down and examine. We will explore how poetry creates space to imagine what the poet is communicating and how different a word can be when we make art with it.

Second Class: Library Totem
Friday July 19, 3-5pm

Kids will go through the library and find images that they would like to take out of context and put within their own context. They will start a collection of images that they like, make photocopies of them and then paint them.

Third Class: Beautiful Book
Friday July 26, 3-5pm

Kids will practice making an accordion-fold book with a sewn binding cloth cover and do water colors and water color pencils on the inside.



Amazing Animals

pictures of a boy being shown a corn snake and a girl holding a chinchilla

images courtesy of Animal Encounters, LLC

On Wednesday, November 28, Amazing Animals will be coming to the Hudson Area Library! This hands-on presentation by Animal Encounters, LLC, will introduce participants to a variety of small mammals and reptiles. Species may include such animals as a chinchilla, hedgehog, box turtle, bearded dragon, corn snake, rabbit, and even a baby alligator. Many of the animals can be touched by the children. The program will run from 6:30-8pm on Wednesday, November 28, and is intended for children ages 4 and up. Pre-registration is required – to sign up for this hands-on presentation please call the Hudson Area Library at 518-828-1792 or email hudsonarealibrary @


2010 Summer Reading Program Comes to an End

Children from the Hudson Area Library Summer Reading Program

Marlene Parmentier (center) and Director Corey Fleming (right) with the participants of the Summer Reading Program

This year’s Summer Reading Program at the Hudson Area Library came to a end last week.  We would like to thank all of the participants and guest readers that made this year summer reading program great.


JLE Elementary School Students visit the Hudson Area Library

Students from Edwards Elementary School Hudson NY visit library,  Theresa parsons readsDuring the months of  May and June students from the John L. Edwards Elementary School  were able to have individual classroom visits to the Hudson Area Library.  Students were greeted by library  staff  members or volunteers and took a tour of the library.  They listened to a story, perused the children’s room collection and received applications for library cards. The hope is that the children will become acquainted with the library, get their own library cards and be able to frequent the library during the summer months.  The children were invited to be a part of the library’s summer program entitled “Make A  Splash” which will focus on the aspect of water.

In the picture: Theresa Parson leads a reading session. Picture by Rhiannon Leo. Story by Sharon Getty.