Summer Learning Program Begins on Monday!

Our annual Summer Learning Program, “Imagine Your Story,” begins this Monday, June 1! Children of all ages, from babies through twelfth grade, are invited to sign up and take part in our reading challenges, prizes, and programs. Even though we have to do things a little differently this year, we still have lots of fun, entertaining, and educational opportunities to help fill your summer and keep the kids reading! For more information and registration, please visit here.

Also, remember to sign up your family for our virtual SLP kick-off musical event with “Didgeridoo Down Under,” on Monday June 1 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom! This high-energy, Australia-themed show combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, and storytelling. This is a great, fun event for families to Zoom together! Details and registration can be found here.

Stay tuned here on the blog for updates, program announcements, daily storytime videos, and lots of other fun and informative content during the Summer Learning Program!

Fun Holidays in June

Can you believe that June is almost here? Each month ushers in a variety of annual celebrations that are great ways to get the family together and have some fun or learn something new. For example, did you know that June is both National Candy Month and National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month?

On June 1, you can celebrate Say Something Nice Day. And the first Friday of June is always National Donut Day.

At the library, we love that June is Audiobook Appreciation Month. Want to listen to an audiobook? Check out our online services.

Here are some official special days in June this year:

  • June 1: Trails Day
  • June 4: Cheese Day
  • June 5: Hot Air Balloon Day
  • June 6: Yo-Yo Day
  • June 7: Frozen Yogurt Day
  • June 8: Best Friends Day
  • June 11: Corn on the Cob Day
  • June 12: Flip Flop Day
  • June 14: Flag Day and Monkey Around Day
  • June 15: Nature Photography Day
  • June 18: Go Fishing Day and International Picnic Day
  • June 19: Take a Road Trip Day
  • June 20: Ice Cream Soda Day and World Juggler’s Day
  • June 21: Father’s Day and Selfie Day
  • June 23: Pink Day
  • June 24: International Fairy Day and Swim a Lap Day
  • June 26: National Canoe Day
  • June 27: Sunglasses Day
  • June 29: Hug Day
  • June 30: Meteor Day

Here are several other fun annual celebrations in June:

  • Accordion Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Cat Month
  • Camping Month
  • Children’s Awareness Month
  • Foster A Pet Month
  • LGBTQ Pride Month
  • Ocean Month
  • Potty Training Awareness Month
  • Safety Month
  • Smile Month
  • Sports America Kids Month
  • Zoo and Aquarium Month

June is a great month for family fun! How can your family engage and celebrate together during this first month of summer? We’d love to hear about it!

Virtual Children’s Programs in June

Even though our summer looks very different from last year, our youth services staff is busy preparing fun virtual programs for kids in the month of June, using Zoom and Facebook Live. Please note that registration is required unless otherwise noted.

Daily storytimes begin June 8! Join your favorite Hudson Library librarians every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning at 11 a.m. for books, rhymes, and songs. Storytimes are available on the blog here! (No registration is required for summer storytimes!)

Join us on Monday June 1 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom for our Summer Learning Program kick-off musical event! Feed your traveling bug with Didgeridoo Down Under, a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. Great for families to Zoom together!

Imagine Your Story … and write it, too! Beginning on June 1, children in preschool through fifth grade are welcome to join our fun and creative “Write Your Story” program this summer! Registered participants will pick up a blank booklet (by appointment) from the Children’s department and then write and illustrate their own stories. More details will follow on what we will be able to do at the end of the summer for all of our young authors!

Join us for a Facebook Live family event on Thursday June 4 at 2 p.m.! Author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Cozbi A. Cabrera will read aloud and discuss their children’s book “Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks” with a Q & A session afterwards. In 1950, Brooks became the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize. This live event is in conjunction with PBS’s “Trailblazing Women for Kids” summer-long celebration in honor of the women’s vote centennial.

On Saturday June 6, Cleveland magician Rick Smith Jr. will astound and amaze with his cutting-edge magic & illusions, and you can watch right from the comfort of your own home! Join us for the Magic of Rick Smith Jr., which is another great event for families to Zoom together!

Children entering grades 1–3 are invited to attend our Virtual Story, Snack, and Chat on Monday June 8 on Zoom. Grab a snack and join us for a story (or two) and chat with your library friends. Another session will occur on June 29.

Join us on Saturday June 13 for Virtual Mad Science presents “Imagine Your Story!” This highly engaging event follows a friendly dragon and fairy tale friends through a series of exciting adventures, including launching a hot air balloon. We couldn’t imagine more fun!

Miss performing for others? Want to enjoy “live” music again? Kids ages 4–11 may join in for our Virtual Music Show and Tell on Tuesday June 16. All are welcome to play or sing or just be the audience!

Book lovers entering grades 3–6 are invited to be part of our fun and friendly Virtual Buckeye Book Club on Wednesday June 17, as we discuss the book The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel (available on Hoopla here).

Hey, young artists! Gather your crayons, colored pencils, or markers and your paper and join us for Virtual Art Crew on June 11 (for children entering grades K–2), or for Virtual Art Club on June 18 (for children entering grades 3–5)! This month we’ll practice our landscape drawing together.

Slime is back! Kids entering grades 3–5 are invited to join us for Virtual Summer Slime on Monday June 22. Participants will pick up a program packet and supplies from the library before the date of the program, and we will make the slime together on Zoom.

Children entering grades K–2 may bring a caregiver and join us on Zoom for our Virtual Bookworm Buddies book club on Tuesday June 23! This month’s book is Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater. It is available digitally on Hoopla here.

Children in preschool – grade 2 may sign up for our Virtual Junior Naturalists program that will take place on Wednesday June 24. This month’s theme is “Welcome, Summer” and includes a virtual walk to explore different parts of our natural world.

Join us for a Virtual STEAM Storytime from your very own home! Children ages 2–5 may take part in this program on Thursday June 25 via Zoom.

Calling all the littles! Our Virtual Toddler Sensory Program will be on Friday June 26. Join us for stories and fun sensory-based activities geared toward children ages 2–3 (but all children are welcome)! This will be a live event via Zoom, and we will provide a bag of supplies for each child before the program date.

On Saturday June 27, the Ohio Shakespeare Festival returns for a virtual production of “Robin Hood: An Adventure with Music.” This original play features favorite characters from Sherwood Forest in an entirely new, swashbuckling musical adventure designed for children and adults. This production will premiere on the library’s Facebook page. No registration required.

Young do-it-yourselfers, gather your crayons or markers and your paper for a meeting of the Virtual DIY Club for grades K–5 on Tuesday June 30 on Zoom. This month we will create our own collective coloring book.

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!

Meet the Staff: Ms. Louise

In this installment of “Meet the Staff,” we catch up with Ms. Louise!

Ms. Louise loves being a youth services librarian because she gets to see so many wonderful kids learn and grow into bright, smart, kind individuals. Her favorite part is the look on a kid’s face when they start to understand just how much there is to learn.

“I love libraries because they open so many opportunities for people to do and learn just about anything. I owe everything I know to libraries!”

Her favorite storybook is Thank You, Omu by Oge Mor, while her favorite storybook characters are Strega Nona and Frog & Toad. In her spare time, she likes to read nonfiction, especially history. Graphic novels and tween realistic fiction are both close second favorites. She enjoys any book that gives her a glimpse into the lives of everyday people around the world and across time.  

Louise’s hobbies include quilting, puzzles, music, baking, and drawing. She lives in Cleveland and enjoys all of the free museums, art classes, and gardens the city has to offer.

She also enjoys playing with her cat Ketsi, who she describes as sweet, clever, playful, and talkative. “Ketsi knows two tricks, sit and come, and we are teaching her fetch! She loves it! All of her toes are different colors, and each foot looks like a little white sock!”

Fun facts about Ms. Louise: 

  • She has eleven library cards from systems all over the U.S.  
  • She plays the banjo.
  • Her past jobs have included being a gardener for clowns (where she learned ballooning), an art therapy assistant, a teacher assistant at a school for kids with disabilities in New Hampshire, a nanny in New York City, and more!  

“Drawn Together” on Facebook Live Today

Join us on our Facebook page this afternoon, Thursday May 21, at 3:30 p.m. EST for a live children’s event! Author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat will read and discuss their award-winning children’s book Drawn Together.

The Hudson Library is partnering with PBS Books to offer this live program to our patrons.

Lê and Santat will provide fun behind-the-scenes insights into their art and their process, as well as interact with viewers during a Q&A session. No registration is needed for this Facebook Live event.

This program celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander month, which is observed annually during May. More information can be found at the Asian Pacific American Heritage page here.

To find out more about Minh Lê, visit his page here. To read more about Dan Santat and his books, see his page here.

We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 3:30 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!

Edited to add: You are able to access and view the recorded video of this program by going to the videos section of the Hudson Library Facebook page!

Living Through an Infodemic with Teens

In a recent post, we addressed one of the greatest challenges of the present moment: the information (and misinformation) overload we experience each day.  

The primary place we encounter this misinformation is social media, where the challenge of avoiding it is amplified by the very nature of these platforms, especially those frequented by teens. Content on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter comes directly from other users. We see their faces, hear their voices, feel a connection to them. These connections put us at even higher risk of falling for false authority. For instance, someone in scrubs is not inherently an expert on viruses, no matter how convincing their “treatment” for COVID-19 is.  

The unfortunate reality is that some segments of the internet are dedicated to misinformation. Young people are often targets of conspiracy theories about governments and supranational governments as well as false advertising about home cures, beauty products, and “life hacks.” Falling for these hoaxes, especially now, can take them down some strange and potentially dark paths.  

Fortunately, however, these platforms also have safeguards against negative rabbit holes. TikTok and YouTube users can curate a positive online environment for themselves by simply focusing on what they enjoy. Skipping right over content flagged with a coronavirus label will eventually remove it from their feeds altogether. The same goes for content that is just awful or infuriating. On Instagram and Twitter, users choose who they follow and can mute or block topics and other users. Again, not looking at upsetting content will keep them from seeing it!  

Caretakers of teens can help them avoid ruining their own days by engaging them in regular conversations about what they’ve been seeing and hearing. Encourage them to not watch or engage with content or people that upset, anger, or scare them. Remind them that they are in control of their experience online, and they can make it a wonderful place by refocusing on the funny stuff, the dance videos, the craft tutorials, or whatever helps them cope, relax, and grow.  
Also, be sure to keep yourself informed of hoaxes, conspiracies, and misinformation that’s circulating. The Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center provided by NewsGuard and official sources like WHO,  CDC, and FEMA can help with this. Remind yourself and the teens around you to double check what’s shared on social media with other sources. (This is especially important for information found on TikTok as the date and geographical location of a post is not always clear!) 

And, of course, remind yourself and the young people in your life to just log off sometimes! 

Meet the Staff: Ms. Laura

Ms. Laura reading with a statue of Charles F. Kettering in Loudonville, OH

Welcome to our very first installment of “Meet the Staff,” with our fearless leader, Ms. Laura! Ms. Laura has been working at the Hudson Library for 18 years. She started in Circulation, then became a Youth Services Assistant, then a Youth Services Librarian, and now has been Head of Youth Services for three years.

Ms. Laura has two grown sons and lives here in town with her husband, their two dogs, Sasha and Ruby, and betta fish Bluey. Her favorite things about Hudson are the beautiful parks and neighborhoods, and the library!

In addition to reading books (of course!), Ms. Laura enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and dancing. Her favorite storybook is “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch, and her very favorite storybook character is Winnie the Pooh. When she is not reading children’s books, she enjoys reading historical fiction.

What is Ms. Laura’s favorite thing about the library? The people: both the staff and the patrons! She loves her job because she gets to be around books and kids all day.

Fun fact: Ms. Laura used to live in Mexico and brought home a dog from there that she named Stinky!

Fun Educational Sites for Summer and Beyond

As the school year winds down, parents and caregivers may be looking for resources to keep the kids engaged and learning throughout the summer, so that they beat the summer slide and are ready for classes in the Fall.

But since fun is the name of the game in the summer, will kids really want to feel like they’re still in school? Well, probably they will not, but never fear, because there are some great sites that are not only educational, but lots of fun, too!

Here is a list of ten free learning websites, with games and lots of entertaining and educational content for kids in the summer and all through the year. Check them out!

Emotional Resilience Through Picture Books

Raising healthy children requires not just providing for their physical health, but also their mental health. In order for any individual to develop and maintain good mental health, they need a set of skills and attitudes known as emotional resilience, or the ability to cope with failure, difficult feelings, traumatic events, significant life changes, and other adversities.

Emotional resilience lies in the ability to recognize and accept negative experiences for what they are and then effectively heal from them. Fortunately, there are a number of picture books out there to help children and caregivers hone their emotional resilience skills together.

Here are a dozen great choices …

Mistakes and Trying Again: 

  • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beatty and David Roberts  
  • It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr 
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Difficult Emotions and Personal Experiences:

  • Pilar’s Worries by Victoria M. Sanchez & Jess Golden
  • When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland
  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up by Dan Santat
  • A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams  

Scary World Events:

  • Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee and Pascal Lemaître 
  • The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul 
  • What Are You Scared Of, Little Mouse? by Susanna Isern & Nora Hilb
  • Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna

Several of these books are available digitally on Overdrive and Hoopla for free with your library card.