NEW Parent Child Academy at the Hudson Area Library

A mother, a father, a son, and a daughter all happily reading the same book together.

If you have a child, birth to five, we encourage you to join the Parent Child Academy to celebrate and strengthen your role as your child’s first and best teacher. Join a supportive community of families and learn how to develop your child’s vital early literacy skills so they will enter school ready to read. Receive free books and prizes each week! A cash incentive will be given for exceptional attendance.

Our 5-week Parent Child Academy will empower parents as the first and most important teachers in their children’s lives. The Academy will provide a friendly environment in which to learn about using activities to build children’s literacy in their daily home lives. These activities, and the resources provided by the Academy, will help prepare children to learn to read and write when they enter Kindergarten. This is our second series of 5 workshops and all are welcome including parents who have already attended.

The Parent Child Academy will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 at the library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, NY. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Children’s activities, including a Story and Craft Hour, by our Children’s Librarian and AmeriCorps workers for ages 2+ will available in the library while parents attend a workshop and discussion session.

For further information and to sign up email or call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the Hudson Area Library. The Parent Child Academy is made possible in part by a privately funded grant.

Webcomics Workshop with Spark Media Project

Constantine,Zoe_Phillip-The-Parrot_22-15Our friends at Spark Media Project are back this month to host a brand new, free Webcomics Workshop! On Saturday, November 21, from 10am-4pm, young artists, ages 10-15, are invited to explore visual storytelling techniques while creating their own original narratives, and illustrating them in comic strips using tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Wacom Tablets.

While this program is expected to fill quickly, there is still plenty of time to register. You can sign your child up online at, or by calling 845-485-4480 for more information. We also have paper registration forms at the library. Please stop by the library office if you want assistance registering your child.
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Learn Persian at the Library

ShamimSeventeen year old Shamim Amiri grew up in Bamyan, Afghanistan. She has been a student at the Berkshire Waldorf High School since the Fall of 2014.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project Shamim has created a special six-session program called Learn Persian, which will meet at the library on Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm starting August 4 and running through September 8. All are welcome.

In the program, Shamim will introduce participants to the Persian language, including the alphabet, numbers and some basic phrases. She will also share her knowledge of Afghan culture and religion.

Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to do When Disaster Strikes

americanredcrossIn partnership with New York State, the American Red Cross will be offering a free Citizen Preparedness Corps training session titled Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to do When Disaster Strikes on Tuesday, November 18 from 6-8pm at the library. A trained representative from the American Red Cross will conduct a session of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program. The program lasts approximately two hours, and gives a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, and how to respond to and recover from them.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated. Please call the library at 518-828-1792 to register.
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