Register Today for Our Free Summer Programs for Kids!

Join us this summer for one or more of our fabulous, free programs for kids and teens!

Every Hero Has a Story
Summer Reading Program

Every Hero Has a StoryDates: July 7 through August 7, Tuesday through Thursday, 10am-12pm
Ages: All ages welcome

Stories, crafts, special guests, book giveaways, and more. Keep track of your reading over the summer and you could be eligible to win some special prizes. Stop by to pick up your free reading log and to learn how it works.

Register at the library or by calling 518-828-1792.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the BooksDates: Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm, July 9-September 10
Battle: Saturday, Sept. 12
Ages: Grades 6-9

Battle of the Books is a regional book trivia contest for youth. All Hudson participants have the opportunity to participate in the Bound By Books radio show! Battle books will be supplied.

Register at the library or by calling 518-828-1792.

Spark Media Moviemaking & Animation

Spark SharkWorkshop: Mini Movies
Dates: Saturday, July 18, 1-5pm
Ages: 13-18
In this workshop, youth will learn the entire process of filmmaking including scripting, cinematography, and editing their own narrative short films.

Workshop: Animation Mania
Dates: Wednesdays, July 29-Aug. 19, 4-6pm
Ages: 7-12
In this workshop, youth will learn the art of stop-motion animation to create a short animated video. Participants will write the story, create the backgrounds and characters, use animation software, and record voiceovers and sound effects.

Both workshops are led by Spark Media Project. To register contact Spark Media Project at 845-485-4480.

Make a Graphic Novel

graphic_novelDates: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-2:30pm, June 30-July 23
Ages: 10-14

Create your own comic! Make your own characters, dialogues, and story. Learn how to combine words and images in panels to tell a story. Led by Barbara Slate. Space is limited.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Register at the library or by calling 518-828-1792.

We look forward to seeing you this summer at the Hudson Area Library!

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

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It’s time for back to school shopping, so don’t forget to pick up the most important school supply of all…a library card! A library card can give your children almost unlimited access to books for school projects and book reports, but that’s not all! Kids will love using Kidsport, a great site created by the Mid Hudson Library System especially for children from preschool to age 10 and their parents. Through Kidsport, kids can browse books in the Kid’s Catalog, get Homework Help, and even get a taste of community service in Kid Power Counts.

For older children in junior or senior high, there is a separate Homework Help site. From here, students can study for high school and college entrance exams, such as the SAT, PSAT, ACT and more. Students with a library card will also have access to online encyclopedias and journals on subjects such as history, science and the arts. Some sites even come with video tutorials!

Still not convinced that you need a card? Here’s 52 Ways To Use Your Library Card.

In order to Get a Library Card, you will need to fill out a registration form at the library. Also, you will need to bring in a current photo ID and proof of residency (such as an envelope mailed to your current mailing address). Children under the age of 18 who want a library card must come with a parent or guardian who can meet the listed requirements. A library card is the smartest tool in your wallet, so be sure to sign yourself and your kids up for this great free resource!