Register for our Summer Learning Program 2021

Registration for our annual Summer Learning Program begins this Friday, May 14! The Summer Learning Program runs from June 14 through August 7 and offers kids in preschool through grade 12 the opportunity to read and earn prizes. It also includes optional reading and activity challenges, ​virtual and in-person programs of all kinds, and our mascot map, ​featuring Boky the ring-tailed lemur!

Please see https://www.hudsonlibrary.org/children/summer-learning-program-2021/ for more information and registration. 

More information and links can also be found on our 2021 Summer Learning Program blog page, which is accessible from the menu at the top of the page or by clicking here.

We are excited for the summer!

Week of the Young Child: 50th Anniversary

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Week of the Young Child (WOYC)! Sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the WOYC is held annually in early to mid-April.

The NAEYC site explains that “the purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

NAEYC first established the WOYC in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The WOYC is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.”

This year’s themes are Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday. For more information, to check out some activity resources, and to see how your family can celebrate, visit the official WOYC site here.

You, on a READ poster!

Celebrate National Library Week … Get your own READ poster! To commemorate National Library Week, we are creating READ posters.

Hudson Library patrons are invited to submit a photo of themselves or their children with a favorite book, and we will print them a poster.

Send your photo to mail.child@hudson.lib.oh.us any time from now through April 10.

Happy reading!

Virtual Program Feature: Andy Warhol Museum

We enjoyed our virtual visit with the Andy Warhol Museum this morning! We got a guided tour of the museum, learned all about the artist and his work, and watched a screen-printing demo.

Then we participated in a hands-on learning activity about the color wheel and then painted our own watercolors of Warhol’s Spring bugs.

The museum has a variety of online resources for kids and families. Here are a couple of links to further resources that you might want to explore with your children: 

If you would like to sign up for any of our live virtual programs for kids – storytimes, book clubs, arts and crafts, STEAM, and presenters of all kinds – please visit our website or call the Children’s Desk at 330-653-6658, ext 1020. We have lots to offer!

Columbus Children’s Theater Shows Online

Beginning next week, the Columbus Children’s Theater will post full performances of some of their touring shows, available for free on their website. The first show is The Three Little Pigs. More shows will be added on a regular basis, too. Check it out here!

Study guides are also available here for the posted shows, as well as for shows from the past few years.

The mission of the Columbus Children’s Theater (CCT) is “transforming families through the power of the stage. Through our programs, we foster self-esteem and self-discovery by emphasizing discipline, integrity, team-building, and communication skills in a positive and creative environment. We promote access to theatre arts for families who do not have regular opportunities to appreciate theatre in their lives because of either economic, cultural, or other barriers.”

Spring Storytime Session

Our daily storytimes are on a brief spring break for the next two weeks. The Spring session of storytimes begins on Monday April 5 at 10:30 a.m. and lasts for five weeks.

Families are invited to pick a day they would like to attend — Monday through Thursday — and register once for the Spring session. Registration can be found here.

All daily storytimes are live and interactive on Zoom with your favorite Hudson Library children’s librarians. They are geared toward ages 2-5, but all children are welcome!

Read Across America Day!

Today — Tuesday, March 2 — is the annual Read Across America Day! This year’s program focuses on celebrating a nation of diverse readers and diverse books. Are you ready to read?

We have lots of new children’s titles, old favorites, and interesting books just waiting to be chosen. You can pick up materials inside the library, at the window, or on the curbside table.

Come in and find some new selections, or call us at 330.653.6658, and we will help you choose.

You can find more information about Read Across America at NEA’s Read Across America site.

Happy reading!

Learning About Copyrights

In this ever-changing, fast-paced information age, no student is too young to learn about fair use and copyright issues.

Everyone is a copyright user, to some extent, and everyone is a copyright owner, even children. The youngest students in kindergarten, up through the oldest in high school, can learn about what a copyright is, why it is important, and how to use copyrighted material correctly.

The Library of Congress has written all about copyright for kids here:

It includes information for kids of all ages, as well as links to more related information.

Here are a few additional sites with helpful information for children all about copyrights:

Library Reopening Today!

We are open! Our library has reopened to the public again, as of today.

Our hours at this time are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
  • Closed on Sundays

Face masks are required at all times in the building for people ages 2 and up. Temperature checks are required at the front door for all visitors.

All programs will remain virtual at this time, and study rooms and tables are not available. The children’s and teen rooms are open, and the second floor is also now open for browsing and limited computer services.

You may still pick up materials at the drive-up window and at the curbside table. For curbside, be sure to call ahead and let us know when you would like your books or materials ready on the outside table.

Here are a few additional helpful pages:

Please call us at 330.653.6658 if we can help or if you have any questions. See you soon!

STEAM Kits for Kids!

Our STEAM kits for children are a dynamic set of coding toys and games, math manipulatives, science tools, engineering materials, musical instruments, and more, which you can check out with your library card.

STEAM represents science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

We have an updated webpage that lists the kits and provides links to our online catalog: www.hudsonlibrary.org/children/steam-kits/.

You may request STEAM kits by calling the children’s desk at 330-653-6658 ext. 1020.