Hudson Library Mock Newbery: 100 Years of The John Newbery Medal

In 1922, the Children’s Librarians’ Section of the American Library Association created an award named for an eighteenth-century English bookseller, with the purpose of encouraging original creative work in books for children. It was the first, and is still the foremost, award of its kind.

Now overseen by ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the Newbery Award and Newbery Honor seals are sure signs of excellence in writing by an American author. From the first – The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon – to the most recent – When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller – the Newbery awards represent both the hard work and passion of the committee members who read hundreds of books to whittle the field down to a handful, and the distinctive connection between an author and their readers as they explore worlds both real and imagined, together.

On January 24, 2022, the current Newbery committee will announce their choices for the Newbery Medal and Honor books of 2021. Join us for the next few weeks as we discuss some of our favorite books of 2021, maybe throw in your own comments and suggestions, and then we can meet virtually for one last celebration of the year’s best books – let’s see if we can predict what the next Newbery winner will be!

Possible Newbery Contenders:

From November 22 to January 17, we will publish a new blog post every Monday that will talk about a book that the Hudson children’s librarians think has a chance at winning. Titles include:

Nov 22 – Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz

Nov 29 – The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga

Dec 6 – The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

Dec 13 – Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt

Dec 20 – Kaleidoscope by David Selznick

Dec 27 – Red, White and Whole by Rajani LaRocca

Jan 3 – The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

Jan 10 – Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Jan 17 – Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Newbery Bingo Challenge:

Help us celebrate 100 years of Newbery Medal winners by competing in our bingo challenge! Download and print off your bingo board and try to read as many of these Newbery Award winning books as you can before January 24, 2022. You can download a copy of our Newbery Bingo Board here:

More Important Dates:

January 21: Hudson Library’s Mock Newbery virtual discussion. Details forthcoming.

January 24: ALA announces the winner of the Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Martin Luther King, Pura Belpre, and many more annual awards for children’s books.

February – December 2022: Watch for special events, challenges, and opportunities to celebrate the Newbery with your Hudson Library Youth Services librarians!

Haunted Gingerbread Houses 2021!

This year’s annual Haunted Gingerbread Houses program took place virtually again, with families creating their own masterpieces, and then joining a Zoom program to show off their fun creations!

Each family was given an empty creamer container and then had to supply all of the other materials and decorations on their own.

We were so grateful to everyone who participated and so delighted with the unique houses!

We posted large pictures of each haunted gingerbread house on the front windows of the library for the week leading up to Halloween. Here they are:

Thanks so much to our participating families! Happy Halloween, everyone!

Lego Challenge Winners 2021!

This year, we received 70 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 nearly every department in the building.

The first category was “Tales & Tails”. Participants created Lego scenes based on their own interpretations of this year’s summer learning program theme. We separated entries into four age divisions.

The second category was the ever-popular “Minifigure Challenge”! Participants set up their Lego minifigs in all sorts of fun and funny adventures around their home. This category had so many awesome entries that the judges had a hard time deciding!

And finally, we have a few honorable mentions, which were creations that did not quite fit into the categories but were great nonetheless!

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, Tales & Tails:

First Place: “Zoo Animals Escape to the Library” by Tessa T., age 4 …

First Runner-Up: “Jack and Annie’s Magic Treehouse in the Amazon” by Nadia T., age 6 …

Second Runner-Up: “The Tale of the Haunted Clock Tower” by Michael R., age 6 …

Ages 7-8, Tales & Tails:

First Place: “Dive Into a Good Book” by Levi K., age 8 …

First Runner-Up: “Tail Island” by Connor S., age 7 …

Second Runner-Up: “Library Adventures” by Levi K., age 8 …

Ages 9-10, Tales & Tails:

First Place: “Tales and Tails: The Learnéd Menagerie” by Liam W., age 10 …

First Runner-Up: “Library “Create Your Own Animal Challenge” Comes off the Page” by Mia T., age 9 …

Second Runner-Up: “Tales from the Future” by Noah S., age 9 …

Ages 11-12, Tales & Tails:

First Place: “Mythical Library” by Emma S., age 12 …

First Runner-Up: “The Hunger Games” by Carson F., age 12 …

Second Runner-Up: “Where the Red Fern Le-Grows” by Tristan D., age 12 …

Minifigure Adventures! (all ages):

First Place, 2-way tie!: “The Miner” by Karthik B., age 11, AND “Piggy Bank Heist” by Maxwell M., age 7 …

First Runner-Up, 4-way tie!: “Baking Party Baking Fun” by Tessa T., age 4 …

… AND “Battle for the Backyard” by Maxwell M, age 7 …

… AND “Cliffhanger” by Kishore B., age 11 …

… AND “Fish Life” by Connor S., age 7 …

Second Runner-Up, 4-way tie!: “‘Camo’ See Me?” by Noah S., age 9 …

… AND “Failed Potions Class” by Mia T., age 9 …

… AND “Smores!” by Michael R., age 6 …

… AND “Snack Mission” by Michael R., age 6 …

Judge’s Honorable Mentions:

“Burnt Chicken: Who wants chicken? AHHHH! It’s burned!” by Noel O., age 7 …

“Gemstone Falls” by Elizabeth E., age 7 …

“Snow Day / Fun Day in the Sun” by Jude J., age 8 …

Great job, everyone! We hope to see you in our virtual monthly Lego Club 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.

Fall Storytimes: In-Person or Virtual!

Registration for our Fall session of storytimes is now underway! We will be offering both in-person and virtual options this Fall. The Fall session runs from September 13 through November 8.

Important note: For in-person library programs, including storytimes, face masks must be worn by all attendees ages 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status.

For more information about dates, times, schedules, and registration, please see our storytime page here.

“Magical Safari” Show Available

Magician Mark Wood presents his zany family show “Magical Safari,” which combines comedy, magic, and juggling with an animal theme for this year’s “Tails & Tales” summer learning program!

Click here to view it any time from July 17 – August 18!

Mark has visited our library to perform magic shows many times, and we are happy to be able to still provide our patrons with his annual summer show, virtually this year. Enjoy!

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!