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

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.

Author Talk With Award-winning Author Kwame Alexander

KwameOn Friday, May 6 at 3:30pm join us in welcoming Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover (winner of the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King award) and Booked to the Hudson Area Library.

Kwame Alexander is known for his signature blend of fast-paced verse combined with sports lingo and rhythmic raps, with which he creates an accessible mix of drama and poetry. A former reluctant reader himself, Alexander hopes his books will show young readers, in particular African-American boys, that books can be as exciting and fun as sports or video games. He travels the world each year speaking to young people about the power of books and poetry. We are pleased to join the Hudson Children’s Book Festival in welcoming him to Hudson. Continue reading

Don’t Miss the Hudson Children’s Book Festival!

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Saturday, May 4th marks the day of the 5th annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the biggest gathering of children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators you’ve ever seen! There will be exhibitions, arts and crafts, workshops, and book readings. Also, you won’t want to miss the live performances by:

Aaron Nigel Smith, Call to Action at 11:00am

Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek, Amazing Astonishing Air at 12:30pm

John Farrell, We Can Do It Together at 2:00pm

The Festival will take place at the Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools, located at 215 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free! Hudson Area Library will have a table at the Festival, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Meet the Authors (and Illustrators!) of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival!

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Did you know that there will be over 90 authors and illustrators showcasing their work at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival? There will be well known authors like Bruce Coville and new debuts such as Jon Apple. Here are just a few of the many children and young adult authors and illustrators who have copies of their work at Hudson Area Library: