Our Virtual Bill Nye Program This Week!

On Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 7 pm, the Hudson Library will host a live virtual streaming event for all ages with every kid’s favorite science educator, Bill Nye!

Nye will discuss his latest book, Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science: an everything-you-need-to-know-about-science book that features a full range of subjects, from chemistry to astronomy to global warming, and includes experiments to do at home.

Award-winning New York Times science columnist and writer Carl Zimmer will moderate the discussion.

Please note that this is a one-time exclusive event that will not be recorded and will not be on Facebook.

Registration is required in order to get the Zoom link. Please see here for more information, or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.

Here are a few helpful, related links:

For more information about Bill Nye, check out his website here.

For Bill Nye’s new book, Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science, see our catalog here.

For Bill Nye books and materials, see our catalog here.

For Carl Zimmer books and materials, see our catalog here.

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!

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.

Grade-Level Book Bundles

We are now offering grade-level book bundles for checkout, with titles geared toward children reading at pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade levels.

Each bundle consists of five to six easy-reader fiction books for young readers. Books within each bundle can vary in characters and in complexity, but are chosen to be appropriate for that grade-level reader. Come in and check them out, or call us for curbside pickup!

If you would like some assistance in choosing books and materials for a child of any age and reading level, please visit the Children’s Department, or call us at 330-653-6658. We are happy to help!

“Fall” for Fall Picture Books

Welcome to Fall, 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!

September Is Library Card Sign-up Month

September is the annual National Library Card Sign-up Month! If you do not yet have a library card in the CLEVNET system, and you live in Ohio, bring proof of your address to the Hudson Library and register for a free library card! Custodial parents may get a library card for their children ages 0-18.

Your library card will open up a world of possibilities! A library card will allow you to check out library books, DVDs, audiobooks, eReaders, tech devices, and more from 44 library systems across 12 counties in Northeast Ohio.

Your library card will also give you access to valuable resources from home like eBooks, digital magazines, and online resources like Consumer Reports, online courses, research databases, and more.

Also, library cards are required for in-library computer use and for all transactions.

Library card applications are available at the circulation desk or may be printed from online and brought to the library by the applicant.

For more information, please visit our library card information website here. We hope to see you soon! 

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”: