Virtual Children’s Programs in May

Even though our doors are still closed, our youth services staff is hosting fun virtual programs for kids in the month of May, using Zoom.

Our Virtual Art Show on May 11 (grades K-5) allows kids to share their artwork and enjoy the work of others in this virtual art gallery opening.

During our Virtual Pet Show & Tell on May 13 (grades K-5), kids can bring their pets (real animals or stuffed animals) and show them off.

Our Virtual Crazy Cravings Cookbook Club on May 18 (grades 2-5) will be making Mexican sweet corn salad together (recipe here).

Book lovers in grades 3-5 are invited to be part of our fun and friendly Virtual Buckeye Book Club on May 20, as we discuss the book Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (available on Hoopla here).

Finally, young artists can bring paper, and crayons, colored pencils, or markers, and join our Virtual Art Crew (grades K-2) on May 21 or Virtual Art Club (grades 3-5) on May 28.

Registration is required for each event and can be found on our main website here.

We miss you! We hope to see you on Zoom at one of these fun events!

Living Through an Infodemic with Kids

We’ve been hearing it everywhere, from work correspondence to every commercial: we are living through challenging, uncertain times.

What makes these times so challenging and uncertain is how difficult it is to figure out what exactly is going on and what it all means. There is a lot of information to take in about coronavirus and its larger impacts, that information changes daily, and there is a whole lot of misinformation to sift through, too.

All of this is especially hard on children and teens. They already have a harder time processing information and difficult emotions, even when they’re not scared and only partially informed.

Fortunately, there’s a lot we can do to get a handle on living through this pandemic and “infodemic” together.

First and foremost, limit children’s direct exposure to the news as much as possible. Get yourself informed and understand your own emotions and biases before talking younger people through what’s happening. Be careful to only tell them the basics, but answer their questions honestly if they want more details.

When we first hear about a current event, it’s essential to ask ourselves how it makes us feel. (It can make us feel lots of ways all at once.) And, then, we must ask ourselves why it makes us feel that way. Did we learn about it in a shocking or harsh way? Does it involve people we like or dislike? Does it involve subjects that make us uncomfortable or that we don’t understand?

Once we’re aware of our initial feelings and what’s behind them, we can start to gather more detailed information and make sure it’s up-to-date and accurate.

To evaluate a source or a claim, first consider the source as a whole. Some websites will try to dupe you with URLs like,, or Explore the full website to see their other content. Is the source a blog or forum? Is it trying to sell you something? Has it made other claims that seem outlandish or that you already know are false?

Whenever you’re doing any kind of research, but especially when you’re trying to understand current events, consider what multiple sources are saying. If you only see something in one place, it may not be true. Additionally, a source may only be giving you one side or one part of the story. Be sure to check lots of sources and check out their sources to get a more complete picture. (Also, check the dates! And be extremely wary of alleged cures. The vast majority of these claims are not based on medical research and can even be dangerous.)

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, remember to take breaks from the news and social media to rest, relax, and help. It’s okay and, in fact, essential to log off and spend some time outside, reading or watching something funny or soothing, or talking to friends and relatives. Help your family and neighbors in whatever ways you can (while maintaining appropriate social distancing!). Keep your eye out for community groups and individuals who are working to make things a little easier and find ways to join in, too.

Fun Holidays in May

May is right around the corner! And every month brings something to look forward to. For example, did you know that May is both National Bike Month and National Hamburger Month?

At the library, we love that it is also Get Caught Reading Month! Where do you like to read?

Check out these other fun annual celebrations in May:

  • National Pet Month
  • National Smile Month
  • Home Schooling Awareness Month
  • National Comfort Month
  • National Community Action Month
  • National Inventors Month
  • National Strawberry Month
  • National Youth Traffic Safety Month

How can your family engage and celebrate together this month? We’d love to hear about the fun things you do!

Staff-made Videos for You!

Members of our Youth Services staff have made a variety of videos for our young patrons: from storytimes to crafts to experiments!

Links to each video are on our “Videos” page here on our blog, and most will be on our facebook page, too. And we will keep making more, so check back here often!

We would love to hear your ideas for more fun children’s videos that you would like to see from us, so feel free to leave a comment.

HLHS Online Children’s Resources

Even when our physical building is closed, the Hudson Library (HLHS) has a wealth of learning and entertainment opportunities for kids and families. Here is a list of our most popular services and databases for kids and teens:

Tumble Book Library: Online ebooks website for kids, including storybooks, chapter books, graphic novels, nonfiction, puzzles, and games.

Tumble Math: Fun math-based ebook storybooks and quizzes for kids, with a variety of searchable math concepts.

OverDrive: Ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video, with selections for all ages.

OverDrive Kids: Ebooks and audiobooks for kids.

Hoopla: Movies, music, and ebooks for all ages.

World Book Online: Encyclopedia, dictionary, multimedia, ebooks, and research material.

Early World of Learning: Common Core and state standards in an engaging, playful, and interactive site, with games, videos, stories, and activities for emergent learners.

World Book Kids: A colorful and engaging multimedia environment for elementary-aged children that includes STEAM-based content along with articles, games, and projects.

World Book Ebooks: More than 2500 ebooks (fiction, nonfiction, plays, and poems) with both classic literature and exclusive content for students. (Follow the link, and choose the ebooks icon.)

Teen Book Cloud: Fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks for teens.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: A database of literary and specialized research content for students (use password: clevnet).

Kids InfoBits (Gale): Age-appropriate curriculum-related content for many educational subjects for elementary-aged students.

Flipster: The most popular digital magazines.

RBdigital Magazines: World’s largest newsstand with full-color digital magazines.

Stingray Qello: Watch a large selection of full-length films and music documentaries (must have a free RBdigital account).

Welcome to the HLHS Youth Services Blog!

Hello! Welcome to “Notes from Wonderland,” the new Youth Services blog from the Hudson Library and Historical Society (HLHS). Here we plan to post a variety of informative and entertaining material relevant to our Youth Services department, its staff, and our patrons. Look for resource lists, new material reveals, book reviews, staff interviews, fun photos, videos we have created, and much more in the weeks and months to come. Check back often, and feel free to comment and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions!