Haunted Gingerbread Houses 2021!

This year’s annual Haunted Gingerbread Houses program took place virtually again, with families creating their own masterpieces, and then joining a Zoom program to show off their fun creations!

Each family was given an empty creamer container and then had to supply all of the other materials and decorations on their own.

We were so grateful to everyone who participated and so delighted with the unique houses!

We posted large pictures of each haunted gingerbread house on the front windows of the library for the week leading up to Halloween. Here they are:

Thanks so much to our participating families! Happy Halloween, everyone!

Our Brand-New Storywalk!

You are invited to visit the Hudson Library’s brand-new permanent outdoor storywalk! We are so excited to offer this service, featuring a new children’s book to read and discover each month. Our very first storybook selection is on display now. The storywalk is located on the library’s back lawn, along the accessible walking path between Clinton Street and Village Way. Enjoy!

Our first book is Beatrice Was a Tree by Joyce Hesselberth. We hope you have a fun time reading it on the storywalk! If you would like to check out a copy, you can find it in our catalog here. Happy reading!

Lego Challenge Winners 2021!

This year, we received 70 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 nearly every department in the building.

The first category was “Tales & Tails”. Participants created Lego scenes based on their own interpretations of this year’s summer learning program theme. We separated entries into four age divisions.

The second category was the ever-popular “Minifigure Challenge”! Participants set up their Lego minifigs in all sorts of fun and funny adventures around their home. This category had so many awesome entries that the judges had a hard time deciding!

And finally, we have a few honorable mentions, which were creations that did not quite fit into the categories but were great nonetheless!

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, Tales & Tails:

First Place: “Zoo Animals Escape to the Library” by Tessa T., age 4 …

First Runner-Up: “Jack and Annie’s Magic Treehouse in the Amazon” by Nadia T., age 6 …

Second Runner-Up: “The Tale of the Haunted Clock Tower” by Michael R., age 6 …

Ages 7-8, Tales & Tails:

First Place: “Dive Into a Good Book” by Levi K., age 8 …

First Runner-Up: “Tail Island” by Connor S., age 7 …

Second Runner-Up: “Library Adventures” by Levi K., age 8 …

Ages 9-10, Tales & Tails:

First Place: “Tales and Tails: The Learnéd Menagerie” by Liam W., age 10 …

First Runner-Up: “Library “Create Your Own Animal Challenge” Comes off the Page” by Mia T., age 9 …

Second Runner-Up: “Tales from the Future” by Noah S., age 9 …

Ages 11-12, Tales & Tails:

First Place: “Mythical Library” by Emma S., age 12 …

First Runner-Up: “The Hunger Games” by Carson F., age 12 …

Second Runner-Up: “Where the Red Fern Le-Grows” by Tristan D., age 12 …

Minifigure Adventures! (all ages):

First Place, 2-way tie!: “The Miner” by Karthik B., age 11, AND “Piggy Bank Heist” by Maxwell M., age 7 …

First Runner-Up, 4-way tie!: “Baking Party Baking Fun” by Tessa T., age 4 …

… AND “Battle for the Backyard” by Maxwell M, age 7 …

… AND “Cliffhanger” by Kishore B., age 11 …

… AND “Fish Life” by Connor S., age 7 …

Second Runner-Up, 4-way tie!: “‘Camo’ See Me?” by Noah S., age 9 …

… AND “Failed Potions Class” by Mia T., age 9 …

… AND “Smores!” by Michael R., age 6 …

… AND “Snack Mission” by Michael R., age 6 …

Judge’s Honorable Mentions:

“Burnt Chicken: Who wants chicken? AHHHH! It’s burned!” by Noel O., age 7 …

“Gemstone Falls” by Elizabeth E., age 7 …

“Snow Day / Fun Day in the Sun” by Jude J., age 8 …

Great job, everyone! We hope to see you in our virtual monthly Lego Club 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.

A Few Favorite Fall Picture Books

Here we are in Fall again! The season is a winner each year, with its colorful leaves, festive pumpkins, chilly evenings, and great seasonal picture books! All of the things that make the autumn season special are celebrated in a variety of picture books that you can share with your child.

Below is a list of some of our favorites, ideal for preschool through grades 2 or 3. Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy.

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer

Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Stop in the Children’s Room or call for further recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Fall Storytimes: In-Person or Virtual!

Registration for our Fall session of storytimes is now underway! We will be offering both in-person and virtual options this Fall. The Fall session runs from September 13 through November 8.

Important note: For in-person library programs, including storytimes, face masks must be worn by all attendees ages 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status.

For more information about dates, times, schedules, and registration, please see our storytime page here.

“Magical Safari” Show Available

Magician Mark Wood presents his zany family show “Magical Safari,” which combines comedy, magic, and juggling with an animal theme for this year’s “Tails & Tales” summer learning program!

Click here to view it any time from July 17 – August 18!

Mark has visited our library to perform magic shows many times, and we are happy to be able to still provide our patrons with his annual summer show, virtually this year. Enjoy!

Toys Update!

UPDATE, July 27: Our dishwasher is now fixed, and plastic toys are available again for play in the children’s room!

We have re-introduced several of our washable plastic toys in the children’s room this summer for young patrons to play with when they visit the library. We wash them in the dishwasher every evening, to keep them clean and safe for the children.

However, our dishwasher stopped working this weekend! So for the time being, we will not have toys available for play.

We do still have iPads and learning computers available to use in the room, as well as many, many books!

Thank you for your understanding, as we do our best to provide services and enrichment, while also keeping everyone safe and healthy.