Lego Challenge Winners!

This year, we received over 50 entries for our virtual Lego Challenge! There were two main categories, and entries were evaluated virtually by a panel of a dozen judges made up of library staff members from every department in the building.

Thank you to all of the children who participated this year, submitting photos of their creations, and then visiting the library to see all of the photo entries in the windows. We appreciate you and are proud of your creativity!

Here are the winners! Congratulations to all! …

Ages 4-6, Imagine Your Story:

First Place: “Quest for Ice Cream” by Michael R. …

Runner-Up: “Our Family’s COVID-19 Story” by Soren & Kevin N. …

Ages 7-8, Imagine Your Story:

First Place (tie): “Aiming High” and “Castle”, both by Noah S. …

Runner-Up (tie): “Lunchtime” by Zeppe R. and “Lego Zoo” by Cole P. …

Ages 9-12, Imagine Your Story:

First Place: “Battle for the Crystals of Thrashian” by Marcelo G. …

Runner-Up: “Lego Town” by Annelise C. …

Minifigure Adventures! (all ages):

First Place: “Keeping It Clean During COVID-19” by Marcelo G. …

Runner-Up (tie): “Need More Bandages” by Noah S. and “Puzzle Time!” by Owen M. …

Judge’s Honorable Mentions:

“Disaster at Sea” by Ketan B. …

“Keep Your Head Up” by Zeppe R. …

“Minecraft Lego World” by A.J. H. …

“I Love Lego” by Liam W. …

Great job, everyone! We hope to see you in our new (virtual) monthly Lego Club this Fall and also at next summer’s Lego Challenge. Keep building and creating!

Note: For books about building with Legos, take a look at our online library catalog here.

Storytimes from Space!

In honor of our Space Weeks, we want to share a fun website called Story Time from Space.

Families can listen to storytimes from astronauts in space! In each segment, an astronaut will read a story while aboard his or her spacecraft up in space!

Featured stories include Endeavour’s Long Journey, The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home, Khalifa And Amal Go To Space, A Moon of My Own, Mousetronaut, and Rosie Revere, Engineer, to name just a few.

The site includes more than twenty stories to choose from, as well as several “Science Time” videos in which astronauts perform science experiments while in space.

Story Time from Space is a nonprofit educational program.

Space Weeks!

Join us as we celebrate all things outer space! Over the next two weeks, we have a full lineup of virtual space-related programs for children of all ages.

Our variety of programs includes space storytime, solar system programs, space slime, and more! For some programs, we will be joined by educators from other institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and STAR Net, an affiliate of the Space Science Institute.

We are especially excited to have a virtual program with astronaut and author Scott Kelly on Wednesday, September 9! (More info on the program is here.)

We hope you will join us for some of our virtual space programs! See our info page here, for registration and more details! 

Favorite Recipes from Our Young Readers

One of our challenges in this year’s Summer Learning Program was for kids to share a favorite recipe that their family loves. And they did so … from breakfast to dinner to dessert! We were so happy to receive some submissions and have consolidated them into a file that is viewable and printable here:

Many thanks to the young readers who participated!

Their favorite recipes include:

Blueberry Pancakes

  • Elizabeth E. said “Mom’s blueberry pancakes! Good without the blueberries, too.”

Mum’s Scone Recipe

  • Noah Sa. said “This is my Grandma’s recipe for yummy scones. She lives in England.”

No-Bake Energy Bites

  • Kate L. said “We love these! Love making them with my mom.”

No-Boil Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

  • Miles M. said “Homemade macaroni and cheese! It’s so, so easy, and tastes delicious!”

Peanut Butter Balls

  • Calvin K. shared this recipe.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

  • Brinley K. shared this recipe.

Vegan Cincinnati Chili

  • Noah Sh. said “Vegan Cincinnati Chili is my favorite meal.”

Check out these recipes. Maybe you will find a new family favorite!

For more family-friendly culinary inspiration, take a look at the kids’ cookbooks in our online catalog here.

Fall Storytime Signups Available

Signups for our upcoming Fall session of storytimes are available now! The Fall session is from September 14 – December 3.

Our Fall storytimes will be live and interactive on Zoom. We are offering the following weekly age-specific storytimes:

  • Babytime, ages 6-24 months, Mondays or Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
  • Toddler, ages 2-3 years, Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10 a.m.
  • Preschool, ages 4-5 years, Tuesdays or Thursdays at 11 a.m.
  • Family, ages 2-5 years, Mondays or Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Additionally, we will have these storytimes:

  • Family Evening Storytime, ages 2-5, second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Movement Storytime, ages 3-5, third Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

Registration is required for all storytimes. More information can be found here.

We look forward to a great season of storytimes!

Mascot Map Clue, Final Week!

Week 11, FINAL WEEK! (August 10 – August 15), Mascot Map Clue:

Our dragon friend, Norbert, had a wonderful time exploring our beautiful town of Hudson. Now he has returned home to see all of his favorite librarians! Can you find him?

Remember to turn in your mascot maps by 2 p.m. on Saturday! (You may submit your map even if you did not find Norbert every week!) We have boxes for them both outside on the curbside table and also in the Children’s Room.

Thanks for participating. We hope you had fun!

Summer Learning Program ends on Saturday!

Our Summer Learning Program ends this Saturday, August 15, at 2 p.m.! All reading hours must be submitted and all prizes must be picked up by 2 p.m.!

Thanks to all of the families who participated in this year’s program, read lots and lots of books, and submitted entries for our summer challenges. We appreciate your participation during this unprecedented summer, and we hope that you enjoyed the program.

We will offer many virtual programs, performances, and storytimes this Fall, and we hope that you join us!