This spring, we are distributing special giveaway bags for kids ages birth to 5 and their parents each month. Every bag will include books, crafts, and activities to help encourage early literacy skills development in fun and meaningful ways. We will also hold a raffle each month for gift certificates to local businesses for participating families. We have a limited supply of bags! To reserve a bag and schedule a pickup date/time, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. The May bag will feature books, crafts, and activities celebrating Mother’s Day, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and having fun in the kitchen!
This project is supported by a mini-grant from Talk Read Sing Columbia, spreading the message that Talking is Teaching so every young child in Columbia County has the opportunity to thrive.
UPDATE: Woke Baby Book Fair, originally scheduled for April 4, will be rescheduled on a date to be determined. Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are suspended through March 31. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.
UPDATE (4/3): While the library remains closed and our Woke Baby Book Fair is still postponed. We have started a Woke Baby Challenge celebrating diverse children’s literature for the month of April. For more information on the challenge and to participate visit this link.
Program Description: 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 presenting her Woke Baby Book Fair, a celebration of diversity in Children’s literature with readings, face-painting, and fun for the whole family.
Woke Baby Book Fair is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational public program that includes storytelling, crafts, and other hands-on fun activities. The fair will focus on social justice-themed children’s books that highlight diversity from classic children’s picture books by authors such as Eloise Greenfield and Vera B. Williams to the latest children’s authors.
Date/Time: TBD – Originally to be held Saturday, April 4, 11am-1pm
This program is part of the library’s inaugural Curator-In-Residence program with Mahogany L. Browne, in celebration of the library’s 60th Anniversary and is made possible through the generous support of Club Helsinki Open Mic, The Maker, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, and John Knott.
Program Description: The library’s and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood early literacy program “High Five!” is back. Our new spring session includes “Using Gardening Activities to Develop Literacy”, “Literacy Activities to do on a Rainy Day” and trips to Hudson Farmers’ Market, Greenport Conservation Area and Hudson Children’s Book Festival.
Each week the program begins with Story Time in the library with High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb and special guest readers including the ladies of the Greenport Garden Club, crafter Robin Weber, and educators Pamela Badila and Hosneara Kader. Crafts and literacy activities, with an emphasis on dictated writing, follows. Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books available for check-out at the library. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week. Gift certificates to Rolling Grocer 19 and Hudson Children’s Book Festival will be awarded to all families with excellent attendance! Lunch is also provided and we will be emphasizing healthy foods kids like to eat.
Date/Time: Saturdays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4 & 11, 11am – 1pm.
Registration: To register for High Five!, email email@example.com, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. Transportation to the library is available upon request.
Target Audience: Families with children birth to 6 years old. Older siblings welcome.
Program Description: The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s early family literacy 5-week program includes “Weaving Tales & Oral Traditions to Develop Literacy”, “Cooking as a Means of Encouraging Literacy in Your Child” and “Stuck Indoors? Literacy Ideas for Snowy Days”. Story & Craft Hour, parent discussion & lunch. Door prizes & free books each Saturday. $25 gift certificate to Rolling Grocer 19 for regular attendees.
Date/Time: Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26 & February 2/11am-1pm
Registration: For families with children birth to 6 years old. Older siblings welcome. Transportation to library is available upon request. Registration is appreciated. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the main desk at the library.Continue reading →
Program Description: The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce another 5-week series of High Five! Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn everyday, fun activities to help build their child’s reading skills! Trips, free books & prizes! October 27 Our last High Five! of the fall season will be with folkteller & performance artist Pamela Badila and Library Exploration educator Eileen Ordu. We will have a special Halloween story hour (not too scary!) and a Halloween party for our High Five! families. Lunch, free children’s books & door prizes!
Date/Time: Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, September 29, October 6, 13, 20 and 27Continue reading →
The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce High Five!, our fifth 5-week early literacy family program. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 2018. Our spring session includes “Using Mealtime, Using Music & Song, and Using Nature to Develop Pre-Reading Skills” as well as “How Farmers’ Market Trips Develop Vocabulary”, and a trip to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. Guest readers/instructors include chef Nicole LoBue, musician Abby Lappen, and Heidi Bock of the Columbia Land Conservancy. Families will also have the opportunity to explore the hundreds of high-quality children’s books available for check-out at the library. There will be special events during and following sessions.Continue reading →
We are proud to announce a special High Five! on Saturday, January 27, 11am-1pm. Musician Seth Travins will be singing to and with children and their families during our Story Hour. After Seth sings with the children they will engage in a related craft activity in the library while parents discuss the power of song in literacy development with Seth and our facilitator, Kathy Mabb, in the community room. Bring your own songs and music traditions that you have with your child!
Seth Travins has lived and played music in Columbia County for the last 20 years. He plays upright bass with The Wiyos. He is also a multi instrumentalist and songwriter. He has collaborated with many musicians in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. He enjoys singing American Folk Songs for children, and draws from the records of Pete Seeger, Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie. Continue reading →