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! 

Fall Storytime Signups Available

Signups for our upcoming Fall session of storytimes are available now! The Fall session is from September 14 – December 3.

Our Fall storytimes will be live and interactive on Zoom. We are offering the following weekly age-specific storytimes:

  • Babytime, ages 6-24 months, Mondays or Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
  • Toddler, ages 2-3 years, Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10 a.m.
  • Preschool, ages 4-5 years, Tuesdays or Thursdays at 11 a.m.
  • Family, ages 2-5 years, Mondays or Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Additionally, we will have these storytimes:

  • Family Evening Storytime, ages 2-5, second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Movement Storytime, ages 3-5, third Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

Registration is required for all storytimes. More information can be found here.

We look forward to a great season of storytimes!

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!

Summer Learning Program Begins on June 1

Hello everyone! While we have been at our homes, the youth services staff has been working hard to translate our Summer Learning Program (formerly called Summer Reading Program) into a fun and fulfilling experience for everyone during this challenging time.

This summer’s theme is “Imagine Your Story”, and it will run from June 1 through August 15. As the program does every year, it will incorporate reading logs, challenges, and prizes, as well as fun programs for kids of all ages.

Many activities will be virtual, some will be live, and we will follow all health and safety guidelines that we receive from the state. Even though it may be a little different, we are dedicated to making this summer the very best it can be!

During the month of May, we will post more information about registration, challenges, prizes, and all of the programs we will offer for the summer months. And, of course, we will be flexible and alter what we need to. We are all in this together.

We are looking forward to our annual Summer Learning Program, we hope that you will join us, and we will do our very best to make it a great one!

Virtual Children’s Programs in May

Even though our doors are still closed, our youth services staff is hosting fun virtual programs for kids in the month of May, using Zoom.

Our Virtual Art Show on May 11 (grades K-5) allows kids to share their artwork and enjoy the work of others in this virtual art gallery opening.

During our Virtual Pet Show & Tell on May 13 (grades K-5), kids can bring their pets (real animals or stuffed animals) and show them off.

Our Virtual Crazy Cravings Cookbook Club on May 18 (grades 2-5) will be making Mexican sweet corn salad together (recipe here).

Book lovers in grades 3-5 are invited to be part of our fun and friendly Virtual Buckeye Book Club on May 20, as we discuss the book Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (available on Hoopla here).

Finally, young artists can bring paper, and crayons, colored pencils, or markers, and join our Virtual Art Crew (grades K-2) on May 21 or Virtual Art Club (grades 3-5) on May 28.

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!

Staff-made Videos for You!

Members of our Youth Services staff have made a variety of videos for our young patrons: from storytimes to crafts to experiments!

Links to each video are on our “Videos” page here on our blog, and most will be on our facebook page, too. And we will keep making more, so check back here often!

We would love to hear your ideas for more fun children’s videos that you would like to see from us, so feel free to leave a comment.

HLHS Online Children’s Resources

Even when our physical building is closed, the Hudson Library (HLHS) has a wealth of learning and entertainment opportunities for kids and families. Here is a list of our most popular services and databases for kids and teens:

Tumble Book Library: Online ebooks website for kids, including storybooks, chapter books, graphic novels, nonfiction, puzzles, and games.

Tumble Math: Fun math-based ebook storybooks and quizzes for kids, with a variety of searchable math concepts.

OverDrive: Ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video, with selections for all ages.

OverDrive Kids: Ebooks and audiobooks for kids.

Hoopla: Movies, music, and ebooks for all ages.

World Book Online: Encyclopedia, dictionary, multimedia, ebooks, and research material.

Early World of Learning: Common Core and state standards in an engaging, playful, and interactive site, with games, videos, stories, and activities for emergent learners.

World Book Kids: A colorful and engaging multimedia environment for elementary-aged children that includes STEAM-based content along with articles, games, and projects.

World Book Ebooks: More than 2500 ebooks (fiction, nonfiction, plays, and poems) with both classic literature and exclusive content for students. (Follow the link, and choose the ebooks icon.)

Teen Book Cloud: Fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks for teens.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: A database of literary and specialized research content for students (use password: clevnet).

Kids InfoBits (Gale): Age-appropriate curriculum-related content for many educational subjects for elementary-aged students.

Flipster: The most popular digital magazines.

RBdigital Magazines: World’s largest newsstand with full-color digital magazines.

Stingray Qello: Watch a large selection of full-length films and music documentaries (must have a free RBdigital account).