Our Virtual Bill Nye Program This Week!

On Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 7 pm, the Hudson Library will host a live virtual streaming event for all ages with every kid’s favorite science educator, Bill Nye!

Nye will discuss his latest book, Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science: an everything-you-need-to-know-about-science book that features a full range of subjects, from chemistry to astronomy to global warming, and includes experiments to do at home.

Award-winning New York Times science columnist and writer Carl Zimmer will moderate the discussion.

Please note that this is a one-time exclusive event that will not be recorded and will not be on Facebook.

Registration is required in order to get the Zoom link. Please see here for more information, or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.

Here are a few helpful, related links:

For more information about Bill Nye, check out his website here.

For Bill Nye’s new book, Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science, see our catalog here.

For Bill Nye books and materials, see our catalog here.

For Carl Zimmer books and materials, see our catalog here.

Winter Storytime Sign-ups

Join your favorite children’s librarians on Zoom each week for “Storytime for Everyone,” with stories, songs, and a bunch of fun!

Storytimes will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday through Thursday from January 11 to March 18. Select which day of the week you would like to attend; registration is required once for the entire ten-week session.

Please see our storytime page here for more information and registration.

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!

Virtual Tween/Teen Pitch Night

Entrepreneurs in grades 6 to 12 will present their best ideas for a chance at expert advice and a cash prize. After submitting a promotional video of their ideas, finalists go live on Zoom with successful local entrepreneurs to present their elevator pitches.

Applications for Tween/Teen Pitch Night are due on Monday November 2. See https://www.hudsonlibrary.org/tween-teen-pitch-night/ for more information on how to enter.

The live, virtual Tween/Teen Pitch Night will be on Thursday November 19 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Go here to register to attend the event. Families and friends are encouraged to sign up for the program to cheer on the presenters!

Prizes are made possible through generous funding from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Virtual Live Event with Author Jerry Craft

On Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m., the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with Jerry Craft, author of the children’s graphic novels New Kid (2019) and Class Act (2020). Jerry Craft is both a New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author. He will discuss his books and then have a Q&A session with participants. This program is for children in grades 3 and up.

New Kid follows seventh-grader Jordan Banks, who was brought up in Washington Heights and is now starting at a new prestigious private school known for its academic excellence. However, Jordan isn’t just the new kid, he is also one of the few kids of color in the whole school. As seventh grade progresses, Jordan struggles with trying to fit into these two different personae his old life and new school are demanding of him.

Class Act, the sequel to New Kid, follows Jordan’s friend, Drew. Drew knows that because of the color of his skin, he must work harder than any other student at his school. As the year progresses, he struggles with his fellow students and even his closest friend, as they take everything in their lives for granted.

New Kid is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature.

Booklist called New Kid “possibly one of the most important graphic novels of the year” and Kirkus Reviews said it was “an engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel that should be required reading in every middle school in America.”

Registration is required for this live Zoom program. See this page for more information.

Arrangements for the appearance of Jerry Craft made through HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, NY, NY.

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.