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!

Our Brand-New Storywalk!

You are invited to visit the Hudson Library’s brand-new permanent outdoor storywalk! We are so excited to offer this service, featuring a new children’s book to read and discover each month. Our very first storybook selection is on display now. The storywalk is located on the library’s back lawn, along the accessible walking path between Clinton Street and Village Way. Enjoy!

Our first book is Beatrice Was a Tree by Joyce Hesselberth. We hope you have a fun time reading it on the storywalk! If you would like to check out a copy, you can find it in our catalog here. Happy reading!

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.

Week of the Young Child: 50th Anniversary

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Week of the Young Child (WOYC)! Sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the WOYC is held annually in early to mid-April.

The NAEYC site explains that “the purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

NAEYC first established the WOYC in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The WOYC is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.”

This year’s themes are Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday. For more information, to check out some activity resources, and to see how your family can celebrate, visit the official WOYC site here.

Haunted Gingerbread Houses

This year’s annual Haunted Gingerbread Houses program took place virtually, with families creating their own masterpieces, and then joining a Zoom program to show off their spooky — and not-too-spooky — creations!

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

We were so impressed with the creativity and time that went into these houses! Each one is very unique, with clever details, and one-of-a-kind uses for all sorts of candy. Great job, everyone!

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!

Virtual Halloween Parade

It’s that time of year again … time for costumes, candy, and spooky fun! This year, we are hosting a virtual Halloween Parade this Friday, October 30, at 11 a.m.

Join us on Zoom for some Halloween fun and to share your costumes with our children’s librarians! Pets are welcome, too!

We have program bags for this event, which you may pick up this week in the Children’s Room any time the library is open, or you may call ahead for curbside pickup.

Register once for the whole family. We’ll send you the Zoom invite. See this page for more information and registration.

We hope to see you there!

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!