High Five! Fall Sessions

Program Description: We are proud to announce the fall series of High Five!, our 3-week early literacy family program, done in collaboration with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. High Five! meets at the library and sessions include “Fall Family Activities and Vocabulary for your Child”, “Developing Fine Motor Skills Needed for Writing” and includes a trip to an apple orchard and a Halloween party curated by master storyteller Pamela Badila.

Date/Time: Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, October 12, 19, & 26

Audience/Registration: High Five! is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend). Transportation to the library is available upon request. To register for High Five!, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Continue reading

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Second Saturdays Story and Craft Hour

Program Description: Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, collaborates with children’s librarian Janice Scali on special Story & Craft Hour every second Saturday of the month. September features books on autumn leaves and crafting with potato stamps. In October children make tissue paper cat collages. All materials provided.

Audience: For children 2 – 7 years old & their families

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Drag Queen Story Time w/ Ella Ghent

Ella Ghent & unicycle at Hudson’s Flag Day Parade 2019.

Program Description: The library in collaboration with Out Hudson is proud to present this special Story Time. Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event. Striving to celebrate differences, breaking down barriers and of course dressing up! There will also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, 11am-12pm

Audience: The program is free and all kids and families are welcome.  Continue reading

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Puppet Play & Craft w/ Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Program Description: For a special library Story & Craft Hour, the Early Childhood teachers from the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School present, “Nkosnati and the Dragon: A South African Tale of Courage,” a puppet play for young children, with drumming, singing and a craft.

Time/Date: Saturday, March 23, 11am-12pm

Suggested Audience: Children from birth to 8 years old and their families.

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News from our Story & Craft Hour: 2019 Edition!

AmeriCorps Mary Shivers & Christa Shook work on a craft with a young library patron.

Wednesday 10-11am Story & Craft Hour Americorps workers Mary Shivers & Christa Shook read picture books and lead children in theme-related crafts. Recent craft activities include making superhero capes, designing children’s book bags, and creating turkeys from pine cones and pipe cleaners.

Americorps is a voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”

Janice Scali oversees the work of two of our youngest patrons.

Thursday 10-11am, Saturday 11am-12pm, Story & Craft Hour Children’s librarian Janice Scali reads picture books and leads children and families in theme-related crafts. 

Story & Craft Hour: Second Saturdays w/ Robin Weber – Saturdays, January 12, February 9 & March 9, 11am-12pm Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, collaborates with children’s librarian Janice Scali on special Story & Craft Hour every second Saturday of the month. Each session will have a seasonal theme with a story reading and craft activity.

All materials provided. For children 2 – 7 years old & their families.

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Second Saturdays Story & Craft Hour w/ Robin Weber

Program Description: In the second Saturday Story & Craft Hour in March children will craft a yarn nammas (god’s eye) and will be read an Ashley Bryan book with our our wonderful High Five! team member, Robin Weber.

Date/Time: March 9, 11am-12pm

Audience: Children 2 – 7 years old & their families

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High Five! Our Early Literacy Family Program Is Back!

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 27 Continue reading

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Lucy Swope Reads! A Special Story Hour at the Library

Image from Lucky Dog: A True Story, Lucy Swope, 1994

Local artist and book maker, Lucy Swope, will read from a selection of her children’s books at the library on Saturday, July 8 at 11am.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the children’s area of the library, which is wheelchair accessible, during the regular Story and Craft Hour. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her children’s books will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Hudson Area Library. There will be refreshments after the story hour and a chance to speak with the artist. Continue reading

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