Children’s Programs

Children’s Program News

Suggested for children 0 – 10 years old

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April 16, 2018

High Five! Heads to Greenport Conservation Area

The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 21, 11am – 1pm features a trip to the Greenport Conservation Area with nature educator Heidi Bock, program facilitator Kathy Mabb and outreach and recruitment person Savoia Jones. Families should meet at the library. Transportation is available to the library if needed and there will transportation to the conservation area. Heidi will be leading a nature walk and nature activities for the children and their caregivers while Kathy and Savoia will discuss how these activities develop reading skills in children.

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 program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend), and is wheelchair accessible.

Heidi Bock is stewardship and education manager at the Columbia Land Conservancy. She is a native of Columbia County and has been at the CLC since 20016. Heidi has always been amazed and the beauty and abundant natural resources of this area. She looks forward to working with our High Five! families on the joys of nature education.

Savoia Jones is a graduate of Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s Mommie and Me class. She is an active community member and, as the parent of a young child, believes that exposing children to nature and the world around them, books, community resources and experiences can develop reading skills in children.

High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb is a dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in Columbia County including as child care director and parent educator at Questar’s Teen Parent Education Program. Working with children and their parents has always been her passion, and her belief that communities should nurture their youngest members and their families, makes her a good fit for High Five!


April 10, 2018

Saturday Movie Matinee: Matilda

Saturday, May 5, 4:30pm.
In celebration of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council will host a free screening of Matilda (1996).

Matilda is the feature adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father (Danny DeVito) and mother (Rhea Perlman). Worse, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.

Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council, is a committee made up of youth (ages 8-12) who take on a leadership role in creating and hosting library events and workshops for their peers.


This program is free and is open to tweens and families in the community! The council will also be providing free popcorn, treats and door prizes! For more information: please email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792


April 7, 2018

Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow’s Literature: A Presentation by Jack Gantos

In collaboration with the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, we are pleased to present Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature: Using Your Journal to Write, Organize and Polish Great Stories. a special presentation from acclaimed Newbery Award-winning author Jack Gantos on Friday, May 4, 3-4pm in the library’s Community Room.
 
Hudson Children’s Book Festival, established in 2009, strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools. This free, public event fosters a love of reading as families meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages. 
 
Today’s Journals Are Tomorrow Literature will give an exciting in-depth look on how to set up a journal, map out and brainstorm ideas, and then pull ideas from the journal to work into a short story and goes over elements of storytelling such as character development, problem/solution, and the importance of double endings of both physical and emotional plots. Although the presentation is centered on third and fourth graders and up, Gantos’s writing techniques can be utilized by all ages. We encourage all ages of the general public to attend the workshop.
 
Jack Gantos has written books for readers of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, the 2012 Newbery Medal Winner, and the Scott O’Dell Award Winner for Best Historic Fiction.
 
This program is open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. For more information please email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792.

April 1, 2018

Drag Queen Ella Ghent Is Story Time Guest at the Library

The library, in collaboration with Out Hudson, is proud to present Drag Queen Story Time, Saturday, May 26 from 11am-12pm. 

Drag Queen Story Time is a family-friendly and inclusive event with Ella Ghent, a local drag performer. Striving to celebrate differences, breaking down barriers and of course dressing up. There will be stories, activities, snacks and fabulousness! Ella Ghent will be reading stories, accompanied with a ukulele, that celebrate diversity, self expression and creativity. There will be also be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven.

Ella Ghent lives in the city of Hudson; she is a multi talented performer in speech, drama, movement, storytelling, song and clowning.  Locally she was in the 2015 Hudson Pride Parade; was featured in the sitcom play ‘Twisted’ at Red Dot; unicycled in the 2016 Out Hudson parade and has performed at Waterworks Pub in Albany.

All kids and families are welcome. This program is free and open to the public.

OutHudson was formed to bring awareness of LBGTQ issues in Columbia County, NY.  In addition to sponsoring multiple events throughout the year, it is the sponsor of the LGBTQ Pride Weekend in Hudson, NY on June 16-18. In early 2017, OutHudson applied for its not-for-profit status to become a recognized 501(c)3 in the state of New York.


April 1, 2018

High Five! Using Music & Song to Develop Your Child’s Reading Skills

Learning Rhythm & Song w/ Abby Lappen

The library and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! at the library Saturday, April 14, 11am – 1pm features musician Abby Lappen. Abby led a session with families during our fall High Five! Series and the families asked for her return for more! This program is a time of song, exercise and community. Abby involves adults and children in play, rhythm and discovery. Program facilitator Kathy Mabb will discuss how song and music develops reading skills. Lunch for all participants will be mac ‘n cheese and salad.

Participants will receive free books and prizes! 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. Participants can also register on April 14 at the library, before the program begins. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend), and is wheelchair accessible.

Abby has been a driving force in the performing arts in this region for over 30 years as founder, director, and dancer/choreographer of Amble Dance. In addition she has led groups and taught at Camphill Village and The Hudson Opera House for twenty years, and has been a consultant in movement and music in mental health. She has recorded five albums, one of which is devoted to quality family time: Generations of Music and Miracles. She is delighted to join in programs for the Library.

High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb is a dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in Columbia County including as child care director and parent educator at Questar’s Teen Parent Education Program. Working with children and their parents has always been her passion, and her belief that communities should nurture their youngest members and their families, makes her a good fit for High Five!

The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood is thrilled to be partnering with the Hudson Area Library for the High Five! early literacy program. The GHPN works to support children and families in the Hudson City School District from birth through college to career. Promise Neighborhood, established in 2011 through a Planning Grant from the US Department of Education, has built a strong foundation of partnerships and programs supporting families in the Hudson community and beyond.


March 27, 2018

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.

Join our supportive community of families. The program begins with Story Time in the library with our facilitator Kathy Mabb and special guest readers. Then during Craft Time, children ages 2+ can stay in the library while parents attend the discussion and activity session. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch is also provided and we will be emphasizing healthy foods kids like to eat.

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 program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend), and is wheelchair accessible.

High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb is a dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in Columbia County including as child care director and parent educator at Questar’s Teen Parent Education Program. Working with children and their parents has always been her passion, and her belief that communities should nurture their youngest members and their families, makes her a good fit for High Five!

The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood is thrilled to be partnering with the Hudson Area Library for the High Five! early literacy program. The GHPN works to support children and families in the Hudson City School District from birth through college to career. Promise Neighborhood, established in 2011 through a Planning Grant from the US Department of Education, has built a strong foundation of partnerships and programs supporting families in the Hudson community and beyond.


March 26, 2018

Songs and Storytelling for Children of All Ages: A Special Performance at the Library

The library is proud to host a free children’s concert of Krik Krak: Animal Tales from the Philippines, Haiti and ‘Round Here. This program of songs and storytelling for children of all ages will be Saturday, April 14 at 2:30pm and will be presented by the innovative Duo 1717. Comprised of Indian-Filipino-American pianist Veena K. Kulkarni-Rankin and Haitian baritone Jean Bernard Cerin, Duo 1717 synthesizes a broad cultural heritage with western classical training, telling stories and performing music from around the globe. This program features art and folk music about animals from the United States, the Philippines, and Haiti alongside two original musical adaptations of the Haitian and Filipino folktales “Tezen” and “Allah’s Favorite Butterfly.”

Praised for his “burnished tones and focused phrasing,” baritone Jean Bernard Cerin has charmed audiences throughout the United States, France, Austria, and his native Haiti, singing both contemporary and early music. He currently serves on faculty at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

Veena Kulkarni-Rankin is a solo & collaborative performer, activist and arranger. Lead Instructor at the Faber Piano Institute, she has taught at Madonna University and University of Windsor. She enjoys all types of musical improvisation, the spirit of play and discovery in children, and combining music and social justice.

Krik Krak is sponsored by Sparks & Wiry Cries through the Casement Fund Song Series and will also be performed at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on April 15th. Sparks & Wiry Cries is a global platform for art song. The Casement Fund Song Series, hosted by Sparks & Wiry Cries, presents live performances in changing venues throughout New York City. A home for poetry and classical music, and newly commissioned works, the song series highlights world-class artists in intimate spaces.

Duo 1717 can be heard next at the Haddonfield Center for Performing Arts on May 19, 2018.

For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the library’s main desk.


March 26, 2018

Greenport Garden Club Offers Free Program to Hudson Area Youth at Library

The library, in collaboration with the Greenport Garden Club, is pleased to present a youth workshop, Planting, Growing & Composting for Young Gardeners on Sunday, April 8, 2-3pm.  There will be hands-on activities in which young people ages 6 – 10 years old will plant seeds and cuttings, and exploring the importance of composting.

Registration is limited to 15. Please register in advance by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518.828.1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. This program is free and all materials will be provided to participants.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.


March 24, 2018

Family Program: Mealtimes & Early Literacy with Kathy Mabb & Chef Nicole LoBue

Nicole LoBue teaching a teen & senior cooking library program.

The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s High Five! program Saturday, April 7, 11am–1pm will feature Chef Nicole LoBue and our facilitator Kathy Mabb. Nicole and Kathy will read to the children and their families during Story Hour, there will be a parent discussion on using mealtime to develop children’s reading skills, and then parents and children will make a salad together under Chef LoBue’s direction. 

Lunch for all participants will be a rice and vegetable dish and salad.

Participants will receive free books and prizes! 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. Participants can also register at the library on Saturday April 7, before the program. This program is free and open to all families with children five and under (older siblings are also welcome to attend), and is wheelchair accessible.

Nicole Lobue is a chef, herbalist, and educator. Nicole’s work has linked food, wellness, service and education in various collaborations, organizations, and in her own private practice. She is a co-founder of Wild Gather, an herbalism school in the Hudson Valley, a co-founder of Kite’s Nest, an alternative learning center for young people in Hudson, NY. She is also the Culinary Arts Director of the Alimentary Kitchen in Hudson, where she facilitates workshops and experiences that offer a supportive environment for children and teenagers to pursue and develop a relationship to herbalism, wellness, self care, food access and food justice. Across her work — in her herbalism practice, in the kitchen, or in the classroom — Nicole creates spaces that foster critical inquiry and systems-thinking, connection to plants and to the natural world, and that speak to the intersections between political, personal, and ecological well-being.

High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb is a dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in Columbia County including as child care director and parent educator at Questar’s Teen Parent Education Program. Working with children and their parents has always been her passion, and her belief that communities should nurture their youngest members and their families, makes her a good fit for High Five!

The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood is thrilled to be partnering with the Hudson Area Library for the High Five! early literacy program. The GHPN works to support children and families in the Hudson City School District from birth through college to career. Promise Neighborhood, established in 2011 through a Planning Grant from the US Department of Education, has built a strong foundation of partnerships and programs supporting families in the Hudson community and beyond.


March 21, 2018

Cookie Decorating Workshop for Children + Grandparents

In collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center we are excited to co-present a cookie workshop for children and their grandparents Wednesday, March 28 from 3:30 -4:30pm

Kathy Parchuck, children’s library assistant teams up with culinary artist Theresa Corrigan, proud grandmother of eight and former student of the Culinary Institute of America. Theresa will share her icing techniques and whimsical style to help you and the little ones turn sugar cookies into edible works of art. While this program focuses on grandparents and grandchildren, families in general are warmly invited.

So hippity hop on over to the library with your favorite Easter bunny to create festive springtime treats!

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. To register for this workshop, call 518.828.1792 x101, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, or visit the main desk in the library.


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Ongoing Children’s Programs

Pre-K Children Story and Craft Hour

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-11am; Saturdays, 11am-12pm
Stories with crafts and free play.

Children’s Supervised Out of School Time

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3pm-8pm, Thursdays and Fridays 3pm-5pm, and Saturdays 10am-3pm.
Fun, creative, and educational activities. Play board games, make Legos creations, solve puzzles, paint, color, draw, read and share stories, engage in free play, and more.

Language Enrichment Program

Ages: 2 and up
Dates: Wednesday, 6pm-8pm
Literacy skills practice for youth ages 2 and up who are wishing to improve their English language abilities. Coincides with Wednesday evening Adult ESL classes.

For more information call 518-828-1792 or email info @ hudsonarealibrary.org.