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. Continue reading

High Five! with Seth Travins: Experience & Discuss the Importance of Song in a Child’s Life

We are proud to announce a special High Five! on Saturday, January 27, 11am-1pm. Musician Seth Travins will be singing to and with children and their families during our Story Hour. After Seth sings with the children they will engage in a related craft activity in the library while parents discuss the power of song in literacy development with Seth and our facilitator, Kathy Mabb, in the community room. Bring your own songs and music traditions that you have with your child!

Seth Travins has lived and played music in Columbia County for the last 20 years. He plays upright bass with The Wiyos. He is also a multi instrumentalist and songwriter. He has collaborated with many musicians in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. He enjoys singing American Folk Songs for children, and draws from the records of Pete Seeger, Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie. Continue reading

A Special High Five! on Folktelling for Families this Saturday, January 20

Pamela Badila of Diata Diata

This week Saturday, January 20, 11am-1pm join our High Five! program, a collaboration with Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. This will be our first in the new High Five! series (as last Saturday was canceled due to inclement weather). Pamela Badila, local resident and member of the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater will be doing a folktelling session with the children. Then she and our High Five! facilitator Kathy Mabb will be discussing how to incorporate story telling into family life as a means of encouraging early literacy development. There will be free books, prizes and a fresh cooked lunch will be served. Transportation is available. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library to register for the program and to make transportation arrangements. Continue reading