Kids of all ages can watch an online puppet show event right here, performed by Alex & Friends and made for the Hudson Library! It’s lots of fun for the whole family! This video will be available for only a couple of days, so please enjoy it soon! …
With the school year fast approaching, and mandated masks a new way of life, parents are faced with the challenge of teaching their children how and when to wear a mask, and helping to make them feel comfortable and safe, as well. Learning about masks and practicing with them now will make it easier for your child to transition to wearing one at school.
A few basic strategies include finding a mask that your child wants to wear (maybe with a favorite character, print, or color), wearing your own mask comfortably and confidently while you’re around your child, and having your child get used to wearing a mask in your home while doing familiar or fun activities.
A very timely and relevant article we have found online is How to Help Kids Adjust to Masks Before School Starts. It covers 16 easy, practical, fun activities you can do with your child to practice mask-wearing.
University Hospitals has published an article entitled How to Help Your Child Get Used to Wearing a Mask. It explains that masks can be unsettling in a number of ways for children and suggests ideas for caregivers to ease that anxiety.
Here are a few more related sites, with videos and ebooks for kids, and articles for caregivers:
- Elmo Learns About Face Masks (a video by Sesame Street and CNN)
- Masked Heroes: A short cartoon video about wearing masks for kids (by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital)
- Wearing a Mask, printable coloring book
- Wearing a Mask, ebook for kids
- Putting a Mask on My Toys, ebook for kids
- My Mask, ebook for kids
- Helping Kids Get Used to Masks (an article by kidshealth.org)
- Cloth Face Coverings for Children (an article by healthychildren.org)
- Tips to Help Your Child Wear a Face Mask (an article by childrens.com)
- Ways to Get Your Child to Wear a Face Mask (an article by Akron Children’s Hospital)
We hope that those resources will help you find some tips and ideas that work for your family.
When you are ready for your child to practice wearing a mask outside your home and to interact with others, consider a trip to the Hudson Library to choose a few books and chat with our friendly mask-wearing librarians!
Summer is a great time to talk about and enjoy nature with your children. This summer is certainly different from what we are used to, but it still provides plenty of time to get outside together.
Author and environmentalist Elin Kelsey has written several children’s books that incorporate nature into their stories, including You Are Never Alone, with illustrator Soyeon Kim. The book shows readers that even when they feel alone, they are surrounded by and supported by nature. Its appeal is especially relevant right now, when children may feel fearful of all that is going on in the world around them.
The author, along with OwlKids, has made a short video for children, entitled “How Nature’s Got Your Back”:
Week 9 (July 27 – August 1), Mascot Map Clue:
Don’t give him coffee …
Don’t give him tea …
Just open the door …
Now where can he be?!
In today’s “Meet the Staff” post, we learn a little more about Ms. Bethany!
Ms. Bethany is a Youth Services Assistant who joined our staff last year. Her favorite things about working at the Hudson Library include all of the free resources that are available to patrons, as well as working with “amazing people who love to help others.”
Like many of her colleagues, she enjoys reading children’s books. Her favorite storybook is Frog & Toad Together, while her favorite storybook character is Tigger.
In her free time, Ms. Bethany loves to read a variety of fiction, especially something scary with a plot twist, graphic novels, or books that help her see the world from someone else’s perspective. Her other hobbies include video games, photography, and watching movies.
Though she currently has no pets, she looks forward to the day when she can have dogs and guinea pigs.
Ms. Bethany’s favorite thing about being a library staff member is helping people find books they want to read and seeing their excitement about reading.
In addition to working at two different libraries, she is also pursuing her Master of Library & Information Science degree at Kent State University. Good luck, Ms. Bethany!
Fun fact about Ms. Bethany: She loves everything Pokémon… the video games, cards, movies, shows, everything! She has almost completed the Pokédex for every Pokémon there is in the video games.
Week 8 (July 20 – July 25), Mascot Map Clue:
Our dragon, Norbert, is on the move.
And this week he needs a new ‘do.
A little “snip” here and a little “snip” there,
And soon he’ll look good as new!
For this edition of “Meet the Staff,” we are catching up with Ms. Christine!
Ms. Christine has been working at the Hudson Library since she started as a shelver at the age of 16! She has held many roles during that time and has also graduated from Hudson High School and Kent State, both with her undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Her favorite storybooks are Frog on a Log by Kes Gray and The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems. And her favorite character is Mo Willems’ Pigeon.
When she’s reading for pleasure, she loves audiobooks, especially fantasy and science fiction. In addition to reading, her hobbies include baking, hooping, and playing ukulele. She is currently the department’s main uke player and often plays during her storytimes and other children’s programs.
Ms. Christine has two cats, named Bunny and Peter, who she adores. She also enjoys visiting and playing with her parents’ new dog, Cody Bear.
What is her favorite thing about the library? “The staff, and all the great things we have to offer, like programs, STEM kits, and tech items.”
Ms. Christine especially enjoys having the opportunity to do programs with kids of all ages, from babies to teens. “I love interacting with our patrons, and seeing their ideas and creations.” And of course, you may have noticed that for many of her programs, she invites a special costumed friend or two!
Fun facts about Ms. Christine:
- She’s a Hudson native, though she now lives just a little farther away.
- She has a twin brother. She also has an older brother who is a librarian, too.
- She played the flute in the Kent State University Marching Golden Flashes and the tenor sax in Flasher Brass, Kent State’s pep band.
- She enjoys playing her ukulele in two local performance groups: the Highland Square Ukuleles and the Rubber City Ukes.
- Both of her cats are three-legged due to an accident when they were feral kittens. Bunny is missing a front leg, and Peter is missing a back leg.
Join us on our Facebook page this afternoon, Thursday July 16, at 2 p.m. EST for a live children’s event! Award-winning author Vashi Harrison will discuss her Little Leaders children’s book series with a Q & A session afterwards.
Ms. Harrison will also talk about the inspiration for her work, her process in researching and writing about the trailblazing women in her books, and her intricate and playful illustrations.
The Hudson Library is partnering with PBS Books to offer this live program to our patrons, in conjunction with PBS’s “Trailblazing Women for Kids” summer-long celebration in honor of the women’s vote centennial.
To find out more about Vashti Harrison, visit her page here.
Also, here are a few of her books:
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
- Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World
- Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History
We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 2 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!
Week 7 (July 13 – July 18), Mascot Map Clue:
Oh no! Our dragon is hungry again.
But where in our town would he go?
A little sweet treat would surely be neat,
One made with peace, love, and dough!
We are in mid-July, and it’s definitely feeling like summer outside in Ohio! Here at the library, our virtual programs are running well, and our annual Summer Learning Program will continue through Saturday August 15. It’s not too late to sign up!
Help your children fight the summer slide while also having fun reading, completing challenges, and earning prizes.