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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Our NEW Spring Parent Child Academy at the Library Begins Saturday, April 29!

Our new 5-week Parent Child Academy will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community of families and learn how to help your child read. We will be having fun activities, field trips, book giveaways and prizes and more!

On Saturday, May 6 families will each be given a gift certificate to spend at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. After meeting at the library and receiving a bag lunch and the gift certificates, attendees and the Academy teacher Kathy Mabb and other library personnel will ride the festival bus (which will be stopping at the library) to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival for a day of fun, activities and shopping for children’s books.
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“Get Up and Move!”: A Fitness and Literacy Program

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center will partner with the library and the Blue Hawk Nation Afterschool Program at the John L. Edwards Elementary School to offer a movement series designed to attract all ages. The “Get Up and Move!” class will be held Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45pm beginning February 7 and will be in the community room of the library. The class is free and open to the public. Continue reading

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Join Us in Supporting Early Literacy and Our New Library

We are launching our first crowdfunder this week on Indiegogo! The focus is the Early Literacy Storytime Nook to be located in the turret of the Hudson Armory when the library moves in 2015. The video below, filmed at the library by Lauren Keenan, emphasizes the benefits of reading aloud to even the youngest infants.

Storytime Nook Video from Hudson Area Library on Vimeo.

We hope you’ll take a look at the campaign and help us raise $5,000 (or more!) so that we can furnish this space designed to help our children learn and grow. Please also share this link with all your friends through social media: hudsonarealibrary.org/storytime/

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Storytime on the Go Visits Bliss Towers!

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Stop by for Storytime on the Go in the courtyard at Bliss Towers (State St. and 2nd St., Hudson) this Saturday, June 21 from 10AM-2PM. The event will include stories, songs, and puppetry for children ages 0-5 and their families. FREE board books will be available to bring home!

Storytime on the Go is made possible with grant support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Fund for Columbia County.

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May Children’s Programs

tulipsBe sure to visit the library’s table at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 3rd for a sneak peek at our exciting summer programming! Our “Story Time on the Go” early literacy program will visit the Hudson Farmers Market this month on Saturday, May 17th. Stop by the library to check out books by our May Author of the Month, Leo Lionni, whose birthday was May 5, 1910. Check out the list of special events in the Children’s Room listed below! To see a list of ongoing programs, visit our programs page on our website. Continue reading

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Want to Learn the Most Widely Spoken Language in the World? Now You Can!

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to announce a new language learning program for adults coming soon to the library this spring. Starting April 16, this series of free classes will offer community members the opportunity to learn to read, write, and speak Mandarin Chinese from a native speaker.

The Mandarin Chinese for Beginners class will introduce students to basic vocabulary and phrases using Chinese pinyin – writing and reading phonetically using the Romanized alphabet. Students will also learn how to read and write simple Chinese characters. The class will run for 8 weeks from April 16 through June 4, meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 at the Hudson Area Library, located at 400 State Street in Hudson.

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New Graphic Novel Section in the Children’s Room

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Our children’s graphic novel section has something for all levels of kid readers, from preschool to junior high, including award-winning titles and popular series. Here you can find graphic novels of all kinds – fantasy, science fiction, adventure, history, biography and more! A graphic novel is a book in which the story or information is conveyed through a combination of words and illustrations. Graphic novels are great resources for reluctant and struggling readers and help young readers of all reading levels to develop visual literacy skills.

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