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!

Write Your Story! A Summer 2020 Program

Imagine Your Story … and write it, too! Children in preschool through fifth grade are welcome to join our fun and creative “Write Your Story” program this summer!

Registered participants will pick up a blank booklet from the Children’s department and then write and illustrate their own stories … fiction, fantasy, biography, graphic novel, poetry, or anything at all.

We will contact you after you register to let you know when to pick up your blank book, and it will be due back to us by Saturday August 8.

More details will follow on what we will be able to do at the end of the summer for all of our young authors!

Registration is required and open now. Go here for more details.

We encourage you to write about whatever you would like, and we look forward to reading each and every one!

Summer Storytimes Begin Next Week!

Summer storytimes begin next week! Our virtual summer storytime session runs from June 8 – August 13, every Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. Join us for storytime right here on our Youth Services blog on our videos page.

We will host Family Time, geared towards ages 2-5, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Babytime for the little ones under 2 will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Join your favorite Hudson Library Youth Services staff members as they share stories, rhymes, and songs!

Summer Learning Program Begins on Monday!

Our annual Summer Learning Program, “Imagine Your Story,” begins this Monday, June 1! Children of all ages, from babies through twelfth grade, are invited to sign up and take part in our reading challenges, prizes, and programs. Even though we have to do things a little differently this year, we still have lots of fun, entertaining, and educational opportunities to help fill your summer and keep the kids reading! For more information and registration, please visit here.

Also, remember to sign up your family for our virtual SLP kick-off musical event with “Didgeridoo Down Under,” on Monday June 1 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom! This high-energy, Australia-themed show combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, and storytelling. This is a great, fun event for families to Zoom together! Details and registration can be found here.

Stay tuned here on the blog for updates, program announcements, daily storytime videos, and lots of other fun and informative content during the Summer Learning Program!

Virtual Children’s Programs in June

Even though our summer looks very different from last year, our youth services staff is busy preparing fun virtual programs for kids in the month of June, using Zoom and Facebook Live. Please note that registration is required unless otherwise noted.

Daily storytimes begin June 8! Join your favorite Hudson Library librarians every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning at 11 a.m. for books, rhymes, and songs. Storytimes are available on the blog here! (No registration is required for summer storytimes!)

Join us on Monday June 1 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom for our Summer Learning Program kick-off musical event! Feed your traveling bug with Didgeridoo Down Under, a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. Great for families to Zoom together!

Imagine Your Story … and write it, too! Beginning on June 1, children in preschool through fifth grade are welcome to join our fun and creative “Write Your Story” program this summer! Registered participants will pick up a blank booklet (by appointment) from the Children’s department and then write and illustrate their own stories. More details will follow on what we will be able to do at the end of the summer for all of our young authors!

Join us for a Facebook Live family event on Thursday June 4 at 2 p.m.! 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, Brooks became the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize. This live event is in conjunction with PBS’s “Trailblazing Women for Kids” summer-long celebration in honor of the women’s vote centennial.

On Saturday June 6, Cleveland magician Rick Smith Jr. will astound and amaze with his cutting-edge magic & illusions, and you can watch right from the comfort of your own home! Join us for the Magic of Rick Smith Jr., which is another great event for families to Zoom together!

Children entering grades 1–3 are invited to attend our Virtual Story, Snack, and Chat on Monday June 8 on Zoom. Grab a snack and join us for a story (or two) and chat with your library friends. Another session will occur on June 29.

Join us on Saturday June 13 for Virtual Mad Science presents “Imagine Your Story!” This highly engaging event follows a friendly dragon and fairy tale friends through a series of exciting adventures, including launching a hot air balloon. We couldn’t imagine more fun!

Miss performing for others? Want to enjoy “live” music again? Kids ages 4–11 may join in for our Virtual Music Show and Tell on Tuesday June 16. All are welcome to play or sing or just be the audience!

Book lovers entering grades 3–6 are invited to be part of our fun and friendly Virtual Buckeye Book Club on Wednesday June 17, as we discuss the book The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel (available on Hoopla here).

Hey, young artists! Gather your crayons, colored pencils, or markers and your paper and join us for Virtual Art Crew on June 11 (for children entering grades K–2), or for Virtual Art Club on June 18 (for children entering grades 3–5)! This month we’ll practice our landscape drawing together.

Slime is back! Kids entering grades 3–5 are invited to join us for Virtual Summer Slime on Monday June 22. Participants will pick up a program packet and supplies from the library before the date of the program, and we will make the slime together on Zoom.

Children entering grades K–2 may bring a caregiver and join us on Zoom for our Virtual Bookworm Buddies book club on Tuesday June 23! This month’s book is Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater. It is available digitally on Hoopla here.

Children in preschool – grade 2 may sign up for our Virtual Junior Naturalists program that will take place on Wednesday June 24. This month’s theme is “Welcome, Summer” and includes a virtual walk to explore different parts of our natural world.

Join us for a Virtual STEAM Storytime from your very own home! Children ages 2–5 may take part in this program on Thursday June 25 via Zoom.

Calling all the littles! Our Virtual Toddler Sensory Program will be on Friday June 26. Join us for stories and fun sensory-based activities geared toward children ages 2–3 (but all children are welcome)! This will be a live event via Zoom, and we will provide a bag of supplies for each child before the program date.

On Saturday June 27, the Ohio Shakespeare Festival returns for a virtual production of “Robin Hood: An Adventure with Music.” This original play features favorite characters from Sherwood Forest in an entirely new, swashbuckling musical adventure designed for children and adults. This production will premiere on the library’s Facebook page. No registration required.

Young do-it-yourselfers, gather your crayons or markers and your paper for a meeting of the Virtual DIY Club for grades K–5 on Tuesday June 30 on Zoom. This month we will create our own collective coloring book.

Registration is required for each event and can be found on our main website here.

We miss you! We hope to see you on Zoom at one of these fun events!