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.

2021 ALA Youth Media Awards!

This week the American Library Association (ALA) revealed its much-anticipated 2021 Youth Media Award Winners! Each year, the ALA selects a winner for each of its many categories, as well as honorable mentions.

From the ALA blog: “Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work.”

Here is the complete list of all 2021 winners and honor books, with links directly to each item in our online catalog. 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.

The John Newbery Medal is awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

2021 John Newbery Medal winner:

When You Trap a Tiger, written by Tae Keller

Five Newbery Honor Books:


The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2021 Randolph Caldecott Medal winner:

We Are Water Protectors, illustrated by Michaela Goade, written by Carole Lindstrom

Four Caldecott Honor Books:


The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Coretta Scott King Author Book Award winner:

Before the Ever After, written by Jacqueline Woodson

Three King Author Honor Books:

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award winner:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Three King Illustrator Honor Books:

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

Legendborn, written by Tracy Deonn


The Michael L. Printz Award is given for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Michael L. Printz Award winner:

Everything Sad Is Untrue (A True Story), by Daniel Nayeri

Four Printz Honor Books:


The Schneider Family Book Awards are given for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Schneider Family Book Award winner for young children (ages 0-10):

I Talk Like a River, written by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith

Two Honor Books for young children:

Schneider Family Book Award winner for middle grades (ages 11–13):

Show Me a Sign, written by Ann Clare LeZotte

Two Honor Books for middle grades:

Schneider Family Book Award winner for teens (ages 13–18):

This Is My Brain in Love, written by I. W. Gregorio

(No honor book for teens.)


The Alex Awards are given for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. Here are this year’s ten winners:


The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is given for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award winner:

Telephone Tales, written by Gianni Rodari, illustrated by Valerio Vidali, translated by Antony Shugaar; originally published in Italian as Favole al telefono

One Honor Book:

  • Catherine’s War, written by Julia Billet, illustrated by Claire Fauvel, and translated from French by Ivanka Hahnenberger

The Odyssey Award is given for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

Odyssey Award winner:

Kent State, produced by Paul R. Gagne, written by Deborah Wiles, and narrated by Christopher Gebauer, Lauren Ezzo, Christina DeLaine, Johnny Heller, Roger Wayne, Korey Jackson, and David de Vries

Four Odyssey Honor Audiobooks:

  • Clap When You Land, produced by Caitlin Garing, written by Elizabeth Acevedo, and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte
  • Fighting Words, produced by Karen Dziekonski, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, produced by Robert Van Kolken, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and narrated by Jason Reynolds with an introduction by Ibram X. Kendi
  • When Stars Are Scattered, produced by Kelly Gildea and Julie Wilson, written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, and narrated by Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, and a full cast. (Item not yet owned in Clevnet … please check back later.)

The Pura Belpré Awards honor a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner:

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat, illustrated and written by Raúl Gonzalez

One Belpré Illustrator Honor Book:

Pura Belpré Children’s Author Award winner:

Efrén Divided, written by Ernesto Cisneros

Two Belpré Children’s Author Honor Books:

Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Award winner:

Furia, written by Yamile Saied Méndez

Two Belpré Young Adult Author Honor Books:


The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is given for the most distinguished informational book for children.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award winner:

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera, written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Three Sibert Honor Books:


The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award is given to a digital media producer that has created distinguished digital media for an early learning audience.

Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award winner:

One honor title:


The Stonewall Book Award—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is presented annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.

Stonewall Book Award—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award winner:

We Are Little Feminists: Families, written by Archaa Shrivastav, designed by Lindsey Blakely. (Item not yet owned in Clevnet … please check back later.)

Four Honor Books:


The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is presented for the most distinguished beginning reader book.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner:

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog, written by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

Four Geisel Honor Books:


The William C. Morris Award is presented to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

William C. Morris Award winner:

If These Wings Could Fly, written by Kyrie McCauley

Four other books were finalists:


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh, written by Candace Fleming

Four other books were finalists:


The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is given based on literary and artistic merit in three youth categories.

Picture Book winner:

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist, written by Julie Leung, illustrated by Chris Sasaki

Picture Book Honor Book:

Danbi Leads the School Parade, written and illustrated by Anna Kim

Children’s Literature winner:

When You Trap a Tiger, written by Tae Keller

Children’s Literature Honor Book:

Prairie Lotus, written by Linda Sue Park

Youth Literature winner:

This Light Between Us, written by Andrew Fukuda

Youth Literature Honor Book:

Displacement, written by Kiku Hughes


The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

Sydney Taylor Book Award Gold Medalists:

Picture Book category:

Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail, by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal

Middle Grades category:

Turtle Boy, by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Young Adult category:

Dancing at the Pity Party, written and illustrated by Tyler Feder

Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medalists:

Picture Book category:

  • I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book, by Mychal Copeland, illustrated by André Ceolin. (Item not yet owned in Clevnet … please check back later.)
  • Miriam at the River, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Khoa Le

Middle Grades category:

Young Adult category:


Lifetime Achievement Awards:

The Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. Dorothy L. Guthrie is the 2021 winner. She is an award-winning retired librarian, district administrator, author, and school board member.

The Children’s Literature Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences. The 2021 winner is Mildred D. Taylor. See here for books by Mildred D. Taylor in our catalog.

The Margaret A. Edwards Award is presented for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. The 2021 winner is Kekla Magoon. See here for books by Kekla Magoon in our catalog.

For more information on the ALA Youth Media Awards and notables, please visit their page at www.ala.org/yma.

For more information about checking out these books, or any other children’s or teen materials, contact our Children’s Desk at 330-653-6658, ext 1020.

NASA Essay Contest for Grades 4-12

NASA Glenn Research Center is celebrating 80 years! Located in Cleveland, the Glenn Research Center “designs and develops innovative technology to advance NASA’s missions in aeronautics and space exploration. It has world-class facilities including wind tunnels, drop towers, vacuum chambers, and a research aircraft hangar.”

To honor the Center’s 80 years, students in grades 4 – 12 are invited to join the celebration by learning about NASA Glenn’s missions and people, and then writing an essay explaining how they are inspired or how new space discoveries may change our lives in the future.

See the NASA Glenn site here for important dates and details!

Here are some other fun and informative NASA sites for kids and families: