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 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 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.

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!