World Read Aloud Day! Featuring Our Own Children’s Librarians

Today is the thirteenth annual World Read Aloud Day!

Here are our children’s librarians, each reading a short excerpt from one of their favorite Newbery Medal winners!

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera (2022 Newbery Award)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1963 Newbery Award)

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (2008 Newbery Award)

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1978 Newbery Award)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (1968 Newbery Award)

Holes by Louis Sachar (1999 Newbery Award)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (2017 Newbery Award)

We hope you enjoy listening to these stories, and we hope that you find some time today to read, too!

For more information on World Read Aloud Day, please see here or here.

As always, happy reading! … Today and every day!

Meet the Staff: Ms. Bethany

Ms. Bethany at Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

In today’s “Meet the Staff” post, we learn a little more about Ms. Bethany!

Ms. Bethany is a Youth Services Assistant who joined our staff last year. Her favorite things about working at the Hudson Library include all of the free resources that are available to patrons, as well as working with “amazing people who love to help others.”

Like many of her colleagues, she enjoys reading children’s books. Her favorite storybook is Frog & Toad Together, while her favorite storybook character is Tigger.

In her free time, Ms. Bethany loves to read a variety of fiction, especially something scary with a plot twist, graphic novels, or books that help her see the world from someone else’s perspective. Her other hobbies include video games, photography, and watching movies.

Though she currently has no pets, she looks forward to the day when she can have dogs and guinea pigs.

Ms. Bethany’s favorite thing about being a library staff member is helping people find books they want to read and seeing their excitement about reading.

In addition to working at two different libraries, she is also pursuing her Master of Library & Information Science degree at Kent State University. Good luck, Ms. Bethany!

Fun fact about Ms. Bethany: She loves everything Pokémon… the video games, cards, movies, shows, everything! She has almost completed the Pokédex for every Pokémon there is in the video games.

Meet the Staff: Ms. Christine

For this edition of “Meet the Staff,” we are catching up with Ms. Christine!

Ms. Christine has been working at the Hudson Library since she started as a shelver at the age of 16! She has held many roles during that time and has also graduated from Hudson High School and Kent State, both with her undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Her favorite storybooks are Frog on a Log by Kes Gray and The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems. And her favorite character is Mo Willems’ Pigeon.

When she’s reading for pleasure, she loves audiobooks, especially fantasy and science fiction. In addition to reading, her hobbies include baking, hooping, and playing ukulele. She is currently the department’s main uke player and often plays during her storytimes and other children’s programs.

Ms. Christine has two cats, named Bunny and Peter, who she adores. She also enjoys visiting and playing with her parents’ new dog, Cody Bear.

What is her favorite thing about the library? “The staff, and all the great things we have to offer, like programs, STEM kits, and tech items.”

Ms. Christine with Frog & Toad

Ms. Christine especially enjoys having the opportunity to do programs with kids of all ages, from babies to teens. “I love interacting with our patrons, and seeing their ideas and creations.” And of course, you may have noticed that for many of her programs, she invites a special costumed friend or two!

Fun facts about Ms. Christine:

  • She’s a Hudson native, though she now lives just a little farther away.
  • She has a twin brother. She also has an older brother who is a librarian, too.
  • She played the flute in the Kent State University Marching Golden Flashes and the tenor sax in Flasher Brass, Kent State’s pep band.
  • She enjoys playing her ukulele in two local performance groups: the Highland Square Ukuleles and the Rubber City Ukes.
  • Both of her cats are three-legged due to an accident when they were feral kittens. Bunny is missing a front leg, and Peter is missing a back leg.
Peter and Bunny

Meet the Staff: Ms. Mariam

In this installment of “Meet the Staff,” we get to know a little more about Ms. Mariam!

Ms. Mariam’s favorite thing about the library is the books! (That’s not a digital background in her photo: those are stacks of her own real books!)

She also really enjoys working with the other librarians to come up with fun and interactive programs.

Her favorite children’s book is Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. Her favorite book characters are Elephant & Piggie, from Mo Willems’ very popular book series. In her spare time, she likes to read contemporary teen and middle-grade fiction, as well as fantasy and graphic novels.

Ms. Mariam has five sisters and a brother, and their family owns a big black dog named Frank, an English Bulldog named Rupert, and Princess Dale the cat.

Her hobbies include reading, volunteering, playing board games, and trying to cook and bake. She must be succeeding at that one, because she even started a kids’ cookbook club at the library!

She admits that she hated reading as a child, but enjoys it now, and loves being a librarian!

A few fun facts about Ms. Mariam:

  • She once met Matthew Lewis, the actor who plays Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter movies.
  • She’s been to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City and the Space Needle in Seattle. 
  • She threw out the first pitch last summer at an Akron Rubber Ducks baseball game.

Meet the Staff: Ms. Casey

Ms. Casey with the sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park, CA

In this edition of “Meet the Staff,” we learn a little more about our newest staff member, Ms. Casey!

A 2019 University of Akron graduate, Ms. Casey really enjoys being a member of the Youth Services staff at the Hudson Library. She loves being surrounded by books that she wants to read all day! One of her favorite things about the library is reading a book on the outdoor patio.

Her favorite storybook character is Winnie the Pooh, and she is a big fan of any Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems. When she is reading in her spare time, she often chooses books that are memoirs or historical fiction.

Ms. Casey enjoys spending time outdoors, including walking on the local national park trails, biking on the Towpath, and visiting farmers markets in the summer. She’s also working on expanding her balcony garden to grow house plants, herbs, and vegetables.

Her other hobbies include baking, cooking, trying new recipes, playing piano, reading, playing board games, and doing yoga. Ms. Casey started our “Story and a Stretch” program earlier this year, as a way to combine literacy and exercise for preschoolers.

She also loves dogs! She has two dogs who live with her parents, and she’s excited to someday get a dog of her own, too.

Fun fact about Ms. Casey: Her dream is to own a goat farm!

Meet the Staff: Ms. Louise

In this installment of “Meet the Staff,” we catch up with Ms. Louise!

Ms. Louise loves being a youth services librarian because she gets to see so many wonderful kids learn and grow into bright, smart, kind individuals. Her favorite part is the look on a kid’s face when they start to understand just how much there is to learn.

“I love libraries because they open so many opportunities for people to do and learn just about anything. I owe everything I know to libraries!”

Her favorite storybook is Thank You, Omu by Oge Mor, while her favorite storybook characters are Strega Nona and Frog & Toad. In her spare time, she likes to read nonfiction, especially history. Graphic novels and tween realistic fiction are both close second favorites. She enjoys any book that gives her a glimpse into the lives of everyday people around the world and across time.  

Louise’s hobbies include quilting, puzzles, music, baking, and drawing. She lives in Cleveland and enjoys all of the free museums, art classes, and gardens the city has to offer.

She also enjoys playing with her cat Ketsi, who she describes as sweet, clever, playful, and talkative. “Ketsi knows two tricks, sit and come, and we are teaching her fetch! She loves it! All of her toes are different colors, and each foot looks like a little white sock!”

Fun facts about Ms. Louise: 

  • She has eleven library cards from systems all over the U.S.  
  • She plays the banjo.
  • Her past jobs have included being a gardener for clowns (where she learned ballooning), an art therapy assistant, a teacher assistant at a school for kids with disabilities in New Hampshire, a nanny in New York City, and more!  

Meet the Staff: Ms. Laura

Ms. Laura reading with a statue of Charles F. Kettering in Loudonville, OH

Welcome to our very first installment of “Meet the Staff,” with our fearless leader, Ms. Laura! Ms. Laura has been working at the Hudson Library for 18 years. She started in Circulation, then became a Youth Services Assistant, then a Youth Services Librarian, and now has been Head of Youth Services for three years.

Ms. Laura has two grown sons and lives here in town with her husband, their two dogs, Sasha and Ruby, and betta fish Bluey. Her favorite things about Hudson are the beautiful parks and neighborhoods, and the library!

In addition to reading books (of course!), Ms. Laura enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and dancing. Her favorite storybook is “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch, and her very favorite storybook character is Winnie the Pooh. When she is not reading children’s books, she enjoys reading historical fiction.

What is Ms. Laura’s favorite thing about the library? The people: both the staff and the patrons! She loves her job because she gets to be around books and kids all day.

Fun fact: Ms. Laura used to live in Mexico and brought home a dog from there that she named Stinky!