Virtual Programs for Toddlers, Young Children, and Families

Ms. Christa plays the Sleeping Game with children on Zoom.

All of our virtual programs for toddlers, young children, and their families will continue through June 2020.

  • Virtual Story Hour: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10-11am. Our dynamic mother/daughter duo, Louise Costello (Ms. Louise) and Christa Shook (Ms. Christa) are leading our weekday story hours with book readings, games that can be played at home, and crafts that can be done with simple materials found in many homes. Click here to register.

 

  • Virtual Movement & Music: Tuesdays, 10-11am. Master educator, musician, and songstress Abby Lappen leads toddlers and their families in songs and movement activities. And, in this time of new normal, we thank the Claverack Library for the use of their parking lot and their free WiFi where Abby leads the program! Click here to register.

 

  • Virtual Story Hour: Saturdays, 11am-12pm. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, Pamela Badila of Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater performs simple folktales and leads the children to enact portions of them. On 2nd, 4th, and 5th (when applicable) Saturdays, Library assistant, Thea Ezinga, leads children and families is stories, rhymes, and games. Click here to register.

For more information on our virtual classes email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

First and Third Saturdays Story & Craft Hour w/ Mrs. Badila

Photo Credit: JD Urban

Program Description: Arts educator, writer, director, and performer Pamela Badila reads and tells traditional stories from around the world, with music and performance and a related craft.

Date/Time: 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11am-12pm

Audience: Children of all ages and families. Continue reading

Second Saturday Story & Craft Hour w/ Robin Weber


Program Description: For the December Second Saturday Story & Craft Hour, children and families will make a snow person craft and read Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser. With Robin Weber, High Five! volunteer, and children’s librarian Janice Scali

UPDATE: This program is canceled as of March 2020 but will return for a special Mother’s Day gift making session Saturday, May 9, 2020, 11am-12pm 

Date/Time: Saturday, December 14, 11am-12pm

Audience: Ages 2–7 and families.

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

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/

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

April Children’s Programs

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In April, we celebrate National Poetry Month & Earth Day on April 22. Throughout the month, the Children’s Room will host activities that celebrate our amazing Earth, including recycled art, seed planting, & an educational nature program. In honor of National Poetry Month, we will have a special workshop with poetry & songs in Spanish & a program where we invite kids to draw pictures of what comes to their imaginations while listening to poems. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will wrap up the month with a Kids Poetry Reciting Contest. During the Hudson City School District’s Spring Break, the Children’s Room will have extra staff hours: Tues., April 15 (12-8PM), Wed. April 16 (10AM-8PM), Thurs., April 17 & Fri., April 18 (10AM-5PM). The Children’s Room special events calendar is listed below. To see a list of ongoing programs, visit our programs page on our website.

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Third Annual Super Summer Kids Book Sale

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Attention parents, teachers and kids of all ages! Come find great summer books for reading fun, books for school or even a special interest or subject.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library are having their Third Annual Summer Kids Book Sale for two days so that all kids can have the opportunity to own great books at little cost. The sale will be held on two days, Friday, August 9th and Saturday, August 10th in the Book Sale Room from 10am until 2pm each day. In addition, there will be music sing-a-longs, story time and activities in the Children’s Room at the library both days.

Raffle tickets for a gift basket of great children’s books, book bag and gift coupons will also be available for purchase those days. Tickets will be sold for just $1 each, or 6 for $5. This terrific gift basket is valued at over $50.

The Friends welcome donations of gently used books and other media throughout the year. Call the library at (518)828.1792 in advance of donating to arrange a drop-off time Tuesdays through Saturdays. Please, no encyclopedias, textbooks, periodicals, technical publications, manuals or books in poor condition.