“Little Leaders” Author Event on Facebook Live Today

Join us on our Facebook page this afternoon, Thursday July 16, at 2 p.m. EST for a live children’s event! Award-winning author Vashi Harrison will discuss her Little Leaders children’s book series with a Q & A session afterwards.

Ms. Harrison will also talk about the inspiration for her work, her process in researching and writing about the trailblazing women in her books, and her intricate and playful illustrations.

The Hudson Library is partnering with PBS Books to offer this live program to our patrons, in conjunction with PBS’s “Trailblazing Women for Kids” summer-long celebration in honor of the women’s vote centennial.

To find out more about Vashti Harrison, visit her page here.

Also, here are a few of her books:

We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 2 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!

Coloring Pages from Therapy Dog Bing

Our furry friend Bing is one of the therapy dogs who visits our library often for Tail Waggin’ Tutors. While she has been at home these past few months, his owner had a friend make some coloring pages of Bing and his brothers for us to share with our young patrons. They are posted here on our Crafts & Activities page for you to download and color! There will be a new page available each week this summer, for a total of ten pages.

Bing

Bing was rescued by GRIN (Golden Retrievers In Need) when he was 5 months old and was adopted a month later when he was 6 months old.  Bing attended formal dog training with his owners, and three days after he turned one year old, he passed both his TDI (Therapy Dogs International) and CGC (Canine Good Citizen) tests on the same day! Bing visits the Cleveland Clinic and a few libraries in the area, including the Hudson Library.

Nugget

Nugget is Bing’s older brother, and he is also a therapy dog at local hospitals. Nugget loves to carry his leash in his mouth and stays right with his owners when walking at the local park. His owner calls him a natural therapy dog – everyone loves Nugget, and he loves everyone right back!

Casper

Casper is Bing’s other brother, and is “the sweetest boy” as his owner calls him. He loves people and dogs. Casper is not a therapy dog, but someday he would like to be a search-and-rescue dog!

A big thank you to Bing’s, Nugget’s, and Casper’s owner, Amy, for sharing these coloring pages with us. We are excited to see Bing back at the library, when Tail Waggin’ Tutors is able to start up again!

Kids’ Crafts & Activities on the Blog

Here on the Youth Services blog, we now have a page of crafts and activities that our staff has made for our young patrons. The page is easily accessible in the top menu on each blog page.

Make a monster puppet, create a car wash for your toy cars, practice some zen art, or take our body and mind challenge! There are many possibilities, and each one can be done at home and with materials that you already have.

On this new crafts and activities page, you will find a variety of crafts, as well as printable games and challenges, and also crafts from specific children’s programs at our library. Each project is both viewable and printable as a PDF file. Have fun completing them!

We would love to see what you create and appreciate any feedback you have about other items we can provide.

We will be adding to this page regularly, so please check back often!

“Exquisite” Author Event on Facebook Live Today

Join us on our Facebook page this afternoon, Thursday June 4, at 2 p.m. EST for a live children’s event! 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, Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize. You can find more information about Ms. Brooks and her poetry here.

The Hudson Library is partnering with PBS Books to offer this live program to our patrons, in conjunction with PBS’s “Trailblazing Women for Kids” summer-long celebration in honor of the women’s vote centennial.

To find out more about Suzanne Slade and her 100+ children’s books, visit her page here. To read more about Cozbi A. Cabrera and her art, see her page here.

We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 2 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!

Summer Storytimes Begin Next Week!

Summer storytimes begin next week! Our virtual summer storytime session runs from June 8 – August 13, every Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. Join us for storytime right here on our Youth Services blog on our videos page.

We will host Family Time, geared towards ages 2-5, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Babytime for the little ones under 2 will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Join your favorite Hudson Library Youth Services staff members as they share stories, rhymes, and songs!

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!

“Drawn Together” on Facebook Live Today

Join us on our Facebook page this afternoon, Thursday May 21, at 3:30 p.m. EST for a live children’s event! Author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat will read and discuss their award-winning children’s book Drawn Together.

The Hudson Library is partnering with PBS Books to offer this live program to our patrons.

Lê and Santat will provide fun behind-the-scenes insights into their art and their process, as well as interact with viewers during a Q&A session. No registration is needed for this Facebook Live event.

This program celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander month, which is observed annually during May. More information can be found at the Asian Pacific American Heritage page here.

To find out more about Minh Lê, visit his page here. To read more about Dan Santat and his books, see his page here.

We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 3:30 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!

Edited to add: You are able to access and view the recorded video of this program by going to the videos section of the Hudson Library Facebook page!

Emotional Resilience Through Picture Books

Raising healthy children requires not just providing for their physical health, but also their mental health. In order for any individual to develop and maintain good mental health, they need a set of skills and attitudes known as emotional resilience, or the ability to cope with failure, difficult feelings, traumatic events, significant life changes, and other adversities.

Emotional resilience lies in the ability to recognize and accept negative experiences for what they are and then effectively heal from them. Fortunately, there are a number of picture books out there to help children and caregivers hone their emotional resilience skills together.

Here are a dozen great choices …

Mistakes and Trying Again: 

  • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beatty and David Roberts  
  • It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr 
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Difficult Emotions and Personal Experiences:

  • Pilar’s Worries by Victoria M. Sanchez & Jess Golden
  • When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland
  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up by Dan Santat
  • A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams  

Scary World Events:

  • Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee and Pascal Lemaître 
  • The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul 
  • What Are You Scared Of, Little Mouse? by Susanna Isern & Nora Hilb
  • Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna

Several of these books are available digitally on Overdrive and Hoopla for free with your library card.

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).