High Five! Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child: Spring Edition!

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

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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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/

In Our Community: “Families of Promise”

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The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood (GHPN) announces a free seven week program for parents who are expecting in the Hudson City School District. This program will cover a different topic each week, including nutrition, health, childhood development, safety and discipline. Participants will also be able to join in classes such as prenatal yoga, knitting, and workshops for dads. On top of that, participants will be entered into raffles and may receive give-aways, including the chance to win one month’s free rent (up to $500)! Childcare will be provided if needed.

This program begins August 10th and will take place on Saturdays until September 28th. Registration is required and the deadline for applications is August 2 at noon. In order to register, please fill out the Families of Promise Registration Packet PDF (English), or the Families of Promise Registration Packet PDF (Spanish), and return to 431 E. Allen Street in Hudson, or fax to 518-828-4016. For more information, contact GHPN at 518-828-8660 or ghpn@cathcharcg.org, or visit the GHPN blog.

Join Hudson Area Library’s New Book Club for Parents

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The Hudson Area Library announces a new reading group for parents. This book group will meet on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Hudson Area Library, starting on Saturday, May 25th from 10am-12pm.

The reading group is tailored for parents of kids of all ages who wish to connect with others through books and life in general. Participants will discuss parenting books, adult fiction, children’s literature, teen literature, and more. For the first meeting, parents are encouraged to bring a book to share with the group that they or their children have enjoyed. The June book club pick will be decided at the first meeting. Babies and young children are welcome to accompany their parents, and children who can use the bathroom independently are welcome to join Ms. Janice in the library’s children’s room for stories, crafts, music, movement, and free play.

This reading group is co-sponsored and facilitated by Linda of Green Momma Bear. For more information contact Linda at greenmommabear@yahoo.com or call the library at 518-828-1792.