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.

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! 

Video: “How Nature’s Got Your Back”

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”:

“Little Leaders” Author Event on Facebook Live Today

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:

We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 2 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!

“Exquisite” Author Event on Facebook Live Today

Join us on our Facebook page this afternoon, Thursday June 4, at 2 p.m. EST for a live children’s event! Author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Cozbi A. Cabrera will read aloud and discuss their children’s book Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks with a Q & A session afterwards.

In 1950, Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize. You can find more information about Ms. Brooks and her poetry here.

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 Suzanne Slade and her 100+ children’s books, visit her page here. To read more about Cozbi A. Cabrera and her art, see her page here.

We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 2 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!

“Drawn Together” on Facebook Live Today

Join us on our Facebook page this afternoon, Thursday May 21, at 3:30 p.m. EST for a live children’s event! Author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat will read and discuss their award-winning children’s book Drawn Together.

The Hudson Library is partnering with PBS Books to offer this live program to our patrons.

Lê and Santat will provide fun behind-the-scenes insights into their art and their process, as well as interact with viewers during a Q&A session. No registration is needed for this Facebook Live event.

This program celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander month, which is observed annually during May. More information can be found at the Asian Pacific American Heritage page here.

To find out more about Minh Lê, visit his page here. To read more about Dan Santat and his books, see his page here.

We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 3:30 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!

Edited to add: You are able to access and view the recorded video of this program by going to the videos section of the Hudson Library Facebook page!