Winter Storytime Sign-ups

Join your favorite children’s librarians on Zoom each week for “Storytime for Everyone,” with stories, songs, and a bunch of fun!

Storytimes will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday through Thursday from January 11 to March 18. Select which day of the week you would like to attend; registration is required once for the entire ten-week session.

Please see our storytime page here for more information and registration.

Online Storybook Bundles: Snow

Whenever you are feeling stuck at home, whether it’s because the library is closed or because of weather, it can be hard to come up with new things to do with the kids.  However, we’re here to help, with our virtual storybook bundles: a list of online books plus a craft that you can do at home with basic supplies that you may already have. 

Here are links to some fun picture books that you can download right now from Hoopla. Materials on Hoopla are free with your library card and are available to you 24/7. See here for more information.

Books about snow:

  • How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton, ebook
  • Splat the Cat: Blow, Snow, Blow by Rob Scotton, ebook or audiobook
  • Pete the Cat: Snow Daze by James Dean, ebook or audiobook
  • S is For Snow by Ashley Marie Mireles, illustrated by Volha Kaliaha, ebook
  • Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Renata Liwska, ebook
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, ebook or audiobook
  • Tell Me Why?: It Snows by Tamra B. Orr, ebook

After reading any or all of these storybooks, you can enjoy doing the related craft below together with your little ones.

Cotton Ball Snowman Craft (source)

Supplies needed:

  • 2 sheets of blank paper (it doesn’t need to be colored… you can color the background and other pieces yourself)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cotton balls
  • Crayons/markers/colored pencils (optional, if you’d like to color the paper)

Directions:

  • Color the background of the paper if you’d like. Draw circles stacked on each other to make your snowman outline on the paper. You can make as many circles as you want!
  • Glue the cotton balls to the inside of your circles.
  • Using your other sheet of paper, cut eyes, a nose, arms, and a hat. Color them in if you’d like.
  • Then glue on the eyes, nose, arms, and hat.
  • Have your child practice writing their name on their artwork!

Let us know what you think of this online storybook bundle. We would love to see your finished craft projects, too!

Math Resources Are Here!

In response to an increase in home learning this Fall, our children’s department has added many new, engaging books all about math.

Below is a list of some of our favorite math books, which represent just a fraction (pun intended!) of our expanding collection of math-related resources especially for children in preschool through elementary school.

Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy. Each catalog listing also includes suggested ages or reading levels, as well as a summary of the book.

Money Math: Addition and Subtraction by David Adler

There’s Math in My Art by Nikole Bethea

Unofficial Math Adventures for Harry Potter Fans: Addition and Subtraction (Grades 1-2) by Amanda Brack

Unofficial Math Adventures for Harry Potter Fans: Multiplication and Division (Grade 3-4) by Amanda Brack

Super Calculations by Anjana Chatterjee

How to be Good at Math by Peter Clarke

The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book by Meg Clemens

Fraction Frenzy by Rob Colson

The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math by Sean Connolly

What’s the Point of Math? by Ben Davis

Math Dictionary by Judith DeKlerk

Amazing Visual Math by DK Press

How High Can a Dinosaur Count? And Other Math Mysteries by Valorie Fisher

How to be a Math Genius by Mike Goldsmith

Math at Hand by Great Source Education Group

How to be a Math Wizard by Anne-Marie Imafidon

The Unofficial Guide to Using Math in Minecraft by Jill Keppler

Hands-On Math Projects by Andrew King

Math for Fun Projects by Andrew King

Math Smart Junior by Marcia Lerner

Turn to Learn Multiplication by Deborah Lock

STEM Junior Math by Jonathan O’Callaghan

Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck

How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane? Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions by Laura Overdeck

Everything You Need to Ace Math by Altair Peterson

Math Lab for Kids by Rebecca Rapaport

You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Math by Anne Rooney

Earth-Friendly Math Crafts by Veronica Thompson

Visual Guide to Math by Karen Wilding

Cool Math: 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages by Tracie Young

Stop in the Children’s Room and look for our “Math Resources” cart for more titles, as well as math-related STEM kits available for checkout. Please feel free to call us for further recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Our New Education Resources Site!

Check out our brand-new education resources website for students, teachers, and parents here!

This new online resource has loads of helpful websites and information, divided into age groups for birth-Pre-K, grades K-5, and middle & high school. Links include a variety of academic subjects, educational resources, literacy information, and learning-based game sites.

Also on this site, you will find:

  • Library links, including information on at-home library use and STEM kits
  • Local links for Hudson, Ohio
  • Featured resources, which include main sites such as tutor.com

Parents and teachers may also access our material request form. Here, you may request materials of all types and subjects, either specific titles or general topics. Our children’s librarians then will select books and materials based on your list and contact you for curbside or drive-through pickup.

For easy reference, this blog also has a link to the education resources site at the top of each page on the toolbar.

Haunted Gingerbread Houses

This year’s annual Haunted Gingerbread Houses program took place virtually, with families creating their own masterpieces, and then joining a Zoom program to show off their spooky — and not-too-spooky — creations!

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

We were so impressed with the creativity and time that went into these houses! Each one is very unique, with clever details, and one-of-a-kind uses for all sorts of candy. Great job, everyone!

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!

Virtual Halloween Parade

It’s that time of year again … time for costumes, candy, and spooky fun! This year, we are hosting a virtual Halloween Parade this Friday, October 30, at 11 a.m.

Join us on Zoom for some Halloween fun and to share your costumes with our children’s librarians! Pets are welcome, too!

We have program bags for this event, which you may pick up this week in the Children’s Room any time the library is open, or you may call ahead for curbside pickup.

Register once for the whole family. We’ll send you the Zoom invite. See this page for more information and registration.

We hope to see you there!

Virtual Tween/Teen Pitch Night

Entrepreneurs in grades 6 to 12 will present their best ideas for a chance at expert advice and a cash prize. After submitting a promotional video of their ideas, finalists go live on Zoom with successful local entrepreneurs to present their elevator pitches.

Applications for Tween/Teen Pitch Night are due on Monday November 2. See https://www.hudsonlibrary.org/tween-teen-pitch-night/ for more information on how to enter.

The live, virtual Tween/Teen Pitch Night will be on Thursday November 19 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Go here to register to attend the event. Families and friends are encouraged to sign up for the program to cheer on the presenters!

Prizes are made possible through generous funding from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Learn All About Voting

With this year’s highly anticipated presidential election right around the corner, it’s time to help your children learn more about voting. What does it mean to vote? Who gets to vote? Who gets to run for office? What is an election? Why is it important?

So many possible questions! We have set up a display of voting-related books, both fiction and nonfiction, in the Children’s Room.

Relevant books include biographies, picture books about voting, and nonfiction titles about many facets of government and the voting process.

Of course, feel free to stop in the Children’s Room or call for recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Virtual Live Event with Author Jerry Craft

On Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m., the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with Jerry Craft, author of the children’s graphic novels New Kid (2019) and Class Act (2020). Jerry Craft is both a New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author. He will discuss his books and then have a Q&A session with participants. This program is for children in grades 3 and up.

New Kid follows seventh-grader Jordan Banks, who was brought up in Washington Heights and is now starting at a new prestigious private school known for its academic excellence. However, Jordan isn’t just the new kid, he is also one of the few kids of color in the whole school. As seventh grade progresses, Jordan struggles with trying to fit into these two different personae his old life and new school are demanding of him.

Class Act, the sequel to New Kid, follows Jordan’s friend, Drew. Drew knows that because of the color of his skin, he must work harder than any other student at his school. As the year progresses, he struggles with his fellow students and even his closest friend, as they take everything in their lives for granted.

New Kid is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature.

Booklist called New Kid “possibly one of the most important graphic novels of the year” and Kirkus Reviews said it was “an engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel that should be required reading in every middle school in America.”

Registration is required for this live Zoom program. See this page for more information.

Arrangements for the appearance of Jerry Craft made through HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, NY, NY.