Fall Family Fun in Northeast Ohio

Fall is here! And even though we are in a global health pandemic, there is still safe, socially distant Fall fun to be had. Thanks to our friends at Barberton Public Library for the cute graphic above, which provides a great bucket list of seasonal family fun.

Here is a printable version, if you would like to print it, hang it up, and check off what the kids would like to do:

The following list includes resources for all kinds of family Fall activities in Northeast Ohio this year:

Free Fall Fun in Northeast Ohio

Metroparks Fall Hiking Spree

Ultimate Fall Fun Guide: 100+ Things to Do this Fall

Things to Do in Ohio

Northeast Ohio Fall Festival Guide

Fall in Love with Ohio: Things to Do

The Best Fall Festivals in Northeast Ohio

Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy the season!

Available now: Erica Carlson’s Fantastical Magic Show!

Erica Carlson’s Fantastical Magic Show is now available for viewing! Go to https://player.vimeo.com/video/456029071 to see the show. It will be available at this link for one week.

Get ready for fun as you journey to a world of imagination! Erica and her fantastic audience of magicians will do tons of magic tricks as they try to find Sedgewick the Hedgehog! Will our creativity be enough to find Sedgie the Hedgie in this fairy tale world of unicorns, mermaids, and dragons? Watch and find out!

Children’s Department Newsletters

Do you receive our Children’s Department weekly emailed newsletters? They are full of information and links for upcoming library programs and events for kids of all ages. Occasionally, we send out an email about a specific special library event for kids, tweens, or teens, too.

If you would like to subscribe, send your name and email address to mail.child@hudson.lib.oh.us to be added to the list.

You can also find program information and registration on our online calendar here.

We hope to see you soon at some of our virtual events for kids and families!

Fall Storytimes: Live, Interactive, and for All Ages!

Our live, interactive Fall storytime session begins next week on Zoom! We have recently updated the schedule, in order to best accommodate everyone. Instead of age-specific storytimes, we will have a family storytime each day at 10:30 a.m. entitled “Storytime for Everyone!” Though geared toward children ages 2-5, all ages are welcome.

Here are the details …

This storytime session is for everyone! Have a curious preschooler? Children all different ages? Our Fall storytime session is for all of them! Bring the whole family for stories, songs, and a bunch of fun.

The Fall session runs for 12 weeks, from September 14 – December 3. All of our Fall storytimes will be held virtually via Zoom.

Registration is required. Please register for only one weekly storytime per child.

For more information, go to our events page here and select “storytime” in the drop-down menu.

Lego Challenge Winners!

This year, we received over 50 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 every department in the building.

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, Imagine Your Story:

First Place: “Quest for Ice Cream” by Michael R. …

Runner-Up: “Our Family’s COVID-19 Story” by Soren & Kevin N. …

Ages 7-8, Imagine Your Story:

First Place (tie): “Aiming High” and “Castle”, both by Noah S. …

Runner-Up (tie): “Lunchtime” by Zeppe R. and “Lego Zoo” by Cole P. …

Ages 9-12, Imagine Your Story:

First Place: “Battle for the Crystals of Thrashian” by Marcelo G. …

Runner-Up: “Lego Town” by Annelise C. …

Minifigure Adventures! (all ages):

First Place: “Keeping It Clean During COVID-19” by Marcelo G. …

Runner-Up (tie): “Need More Bandages” by Noah S. and “Puzzle Time!” by Owen M. …

Judge’s Honorable Mentions:

“Disaster at Sea” by Ketan B. …

“Keep Your Head Up” by Zeppe R. …

“Minecraft Lego World” by A.J. H. …

“I Love Lego” by Liam W. …

Great job, everyone! We hope to see you in our new (virtual) monthly Lego Club this Fall 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.

Favorite Recipes from Our Young Readers

One of our challenges in this year’s Summer Learning Program was for kids to share a favorite recipe that their family loves. And they did so … from breakfast to dinner to dessert! We were so happy to receive some submissions and have consolidated them into a file that is viewable and printable here:

Many thanks to the young readers who participated!

Their favorite recipes include:

Blueberry Pancakes

  • Elizabeth E. said “Mom’s blueberry pancakes! Good without the blueberries, too.”

Mum’s Scone Recipe

  • Noah Sa. said “This is my Grandma’s recipe for yummy scones. She lives in England.”

No-Bake Energy Bites

  • Kate L. said “We love these! Love making them with my mom.”

No-Boil Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

  • Miles M. said “Homemade macaroni and cheese! It’s so, so easy, and tastes delicious!”

Peanut Butter Balls

  • Calvin K. shared this recipe.

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

  • Brinley K. shared this recipe.

Vegan Cincinnati Chili

  • Noah Sh. said “Vegan Cincinnati Chili is my favorite meal.”

Check out these recipes. Maybe you will find a new family favorite!

For more family-friendly culinary inspiration, take a look at the kids’ cookbooks in our online catalog here.

Ways to Engage Kids’ Literacy Skills in a Semi-Quarantine Summer

Families and time spent at home always play a significant role in the development and maintenance of a child’s literacy skills. This year, the family and home are a much bigger part of everyone’s life, including our children’s education.

This summer, it’ll be particularly important to engage kids’ literacy development. Luckily, there are so many creative and fun ways to do this beyond just reading. 

Invite your kids to try out some of these activities to keep them busy and learning this summer and beyond: 

  • Practice reading aloud to family and pets.
  • Spend time in the kitchen reading ingredients, product labels, recipes, and anything else you can find.
  • Learn all the words to your favorite song and practice singing along or even doing karaoke.
  • Choose a book for the whole family to read and discuss together.
  • Listen to a book or story while making art inspired by it.
  • Move your body while listening to a story, book, or song.
  • Learn your family history, funny stories, and jokes from friends and relatives and practice retelling them.
  • Follow instructions for a new skill or craft, and teach a friend or relative how to do it, too.
  • Play vocabulary-based board games like Scrabble, Boggle, or Bananagrams.
  • Play verbal games like taking turns coming up with rhyming nonsense words or words that start with a certain letter.
  • Find a favorite picture or piece of art and practice describing it in detail to a friend or relative.
  • Create your own newspaper for your house or keep a journal of your daily experiences.
  • Write letters or notes to friends, relatives, neighbors, or even community representatives.
  • Listen to a podcast for kids (https://app.kidslisten.org/).
  • Learn to type.
  • Write your own story, poem, or book, leave it for a while, and then come back to revise and edit.
  • Research a topic you’re interested in and teach a friend or relative about it.

Welcome Back to Wonderland!

Welcome back to Wonderland! Tomorrow – Tuesday June 23 – our library opens back up to the public, and we are very much looking forward to seeing our young patrons again!

We want you to know that the library, including the children’s department, looks just a little different, as we adhere to social distancing and other virus-initiated protocols.

Here’s what to expect for you and your children when you visit the children’s room …

When you arrive at the library:

  • A maximum of 60 people are allowed in the library building at any given time (including staff and service workers). An automatic people counter device keeps track of the number of people entering and exiting the building. Please be prepared to wait outside the building, if necessary, at designated spots to the right of the front door.
  • Every person entering the building (including children) is required to stop to have their temperature read by the thermal temperature reader inside the front door.
  • Face masks are required for every person in the building over the age of 2. If you do not have a mask, the library will provide you with one.
  • Please do not visit the library if you are exhibiting any signs of the virus. We are still happy to help you over the phone, and both our contactless curbside pickup and our drive-up holds window will remain in service.
  • Returns must be dropped off at the drive-up book drop or in the bin outside the front of the library. No returns will be accepted inside the building.
  • You must maintain at least six feet of space between you and other people. Many directional signs will help with the flow of people throughout the library.
  • The second floor is closed, but adult reference librarians are available in the café space to assist patrons and retrieve items that are kept upstairs.
  • The café is closed.
  • Public restrooms are still available in the front lobby.
  • The water fountains in the building are not usable.
  • The Friends of the Library bookstore is closed, and no donations are accepted at this time.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Youth Services department:

  • Please stop at the Information Station at the entrance to the room, staffed by the children’s librarians. This is where you can ask questions of any kind and retrieve prize bags and other Summer Learning Program materials.
  • Most materials are still available for checkout: books, themed book bundles, DVDs, CDs, tablets, playaways, video games, books on CD, puzzles, and some STEM kits.
  • Puppets are not available for checkout at this time.
  • The Born to Play Room is closed, and all of the toys and computers in the children’s department have been put away.
  • The Teen Room is closed. However, our staff is happy to retrieve any items that you would like to check out from the Teen Room.
  • All study rooms in the library are closed.
  • The patio is closed to the public.
  • You may use the public restroom in the children’s room: one is designated for staff use, and one is for the public.
  • We have lots of directional signs and floor signs to help create a smooth and safely-distanced flow of people in the room.
  • We have placed large bins throughout the room for you to put books and materials that you have handled but do not want to check out.
  • You may still use the self-checkout machine in the children’s room.
  • You may pick up Summer Learning Program prizes in the room (at the Information Station) or call us to request a curbside pickup.
  • Please keep your young children with you while in the library, including the children’s room.

We know that there are many changes, and that our spaces and services will look a bit different at this time. But we have a wide variety of materials for you to check out, and we are happy to help you find what you need – just ask!

We hope to see you soon!

Kids’ Crafts & Activities on the Blog

Here on the Youth Services blog, we now have a page of crafts and activities that our staff has made for our young patrons. The page is easily accessible in the top menu on each blog page.

Make a monster puppet, create a car wash for your toy cars, practice some zen art, or take our body and mind challenge! There are many possibilities, and each one can be done at home and with materials that you already have.

On this new crafts and activities page, you will find a variety of crafts, as well as printable games and challenges, and also crafts from specific children’s programs at our library. Each project is both viewable and printable as a PDF file. Have fun completing them!

We would love to see what you create and appreciate any feedback you have about other items we can provide.

We will be adding to this page regularly, so please check back often!

Fun Holidays in June

Can you believe that June is almost here? Each month ushers in a variety of annual celebrations that are great ways to get the family together and have some fun or learn something new. For example, did you know that June is both National Candy Month and National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month?

On June 1, you can celebrate Say Something Nice Day. And the first Friday of June is always National Donut Day.

At the library, we love that June is Audiobook Appreciation Month. Want to listen to an audiobook? Check out our online services.

Here are some official special days in June this year:

  • June 1: Trails Day
  • June 4: Cheese Day
  • June 5: Hot Air Balloon Day
  • June 6: Yo-Yo Day
  • June 7: Frozen Yogurt Day
  • June 8: Best Friends Day
  • June 11: Corn on the Cob Day
  • June 12: Flip Flop Day
  • June 14: Flag Day and Monkey Around Day
  • June 15: Nature Photography Day
  • June 18: Go Fishing Day and International Picnic Day
  • June 19: Take a Road Trip Day
  • June 20: Ice Cream Soda Day and World Juggler’s Day
  • June 21: Father’s Day and Selfie Day
  • June 23: Pink Day
  • June 24: International Fairy Day and Swim a Lap Day
  • June 26: National Canoe Day
  • June 27: Sunglasses Day
  • June 29: Hug Day
  • June 30: Meteor Day

Here are several other fun annual celebrations in June:

  • Accordion Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Cat Month
  • Camping Month
  • Children’s Awareness Month
  • Foster A Pet Month
  • LGBTQ Pride Month
  • Ocean Month
  • Potty Training Awareness Month
  • Safety Month
  • Smile Month
  • Sports America Kids Month
  • Zoo and Aquarium Month

June is a great month for family fun! How can your family engage and celebrate together during this first month of summer? We’d love to hear about it!