Toys Update!

UPDATE, July 27: Our dishwasher is now fixed, and plastic toys are available again for play in the children’s room!

We have re-introduced several of our washable plastic toys in the children’s room this summer for young patrons to play with when they visit the library. We wash them in the dishwasher every evening, to keep them clean and safe for the children.

However, our dishwasher stopped working this weekend! So for the time being, we will not have toys available for play.

We do still have iPads and learning computers available to use in the room, as well as many, many books!

Thank you for your understanding, as we do our best to provide services and enrichment, while also keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Library Reopening Today!

We are open! Our library has reopened to the public again, as of today.

Our hours at this time are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
  • Closed on Sundays

Face masks are required at all times in the building for people ages 2 and up. Temperature checks are required at the front door for all visitors.

All programs will remain virtual at this time, and study rooms and tables are not available. The children’s and teen rooms are open, and the second floor is also now open for browsing and limited computer services.

You may still pick up materials at the drive-up window and at the curbside table. For curbside, be sure to call ahead and let us know when you would like your books or materials ready on the outside table.

Here are a few additional helpful pages:

Please call us at 330.653.6658 if we can help or if you have any questions. See you soon!

STEAM Kits for Kids!

Our STEAM kits for children are a dynamic set of coding toys and games, math manipulatives, science tools, engineering materials, musical instruments, and more, which you can check out with your library card.

STEAM represents science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

We have an updated webpage that lists the kits and provides links to our online catalog: www.hudsonlibrary.org/children/steam-kits/.

You may request STEAM kits by calling the children’s desk at 330-653-6658 ext. 1020.

Books About Peace, Kindness, & Empathy

Our children’s librarians thought that compiling a list of picture books about peace, kindness, empathy, and friendship would be very timely. Many children’s books deal with these topics, introducing young readers and listeners to age-appropriate situations that call for compassion, understanding, acceptance, and personal growth. Here are a few of our favorites.

Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy. Each catalog listing also includes suggested ages or reading levels, as well as a summary of the book.

The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell & Benjamin Hart, illus by Daniel Wiseman

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen, illus by Kristina Swarner

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, illus by Kirstie Edmunds

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët

Most People by Michael Leannah, illus by J.E. Morris

Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox, illus by Stephanie Graegin

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illus by Patrice Barton

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illus by Taeeun Yoo

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, illus by Jen Hill

If You Plant A Seed by Kadir Nelson

The Peace Book by Todd Parr

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illus by Suzanne Kaufman

The Starkeeper by Faith Pray

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Plant A Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus by Peter H. Reynolds

Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illus by Erin E. Stead

I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde, illus by Peter H. Reynolds

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illus by E. B. Lewis

If you would like help finding further information or books about peace, kindness, friendship, or any topic for kids and teens, please call our Children’s Library at 330.653.6658, ext 1020. We look forward to hearing from you!

Math Resources Are Here!

In response to an increase in home learning this Fall, our children’s department has added many new, engaging books all about math.

Below is a list of some of our favorite math books, which represent just a fraction (pun intended!) of our expanding collection of math-related resources especially for children in preschool through elementary school.

Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy. Each catalog listing also includes suggested ages or reading levels, as well as a summary of the book.

Money Math: Addition and Subtraction by David Adler

There’s Math in My Art by Nikole Bethea

Unofficial Math Adventures for Harry Potter Fans: Addition and Subtraction (Grades 1-2) by Amanda Brack

Unofficial Math Adventures for Harry Potter Fans: Multiplication and Division (Grade 3-4) by Amanda Brack

Super Calculations by Anjana Chatterjee

How to be Good at Math by Peter Clarke

The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book by Meg Clemens

Fraction Frenzy by Rob Colson

The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math by Sean Connolly

What’s the Point of Math? by Ben Davis

Math Dictionary by Judith DeKlerk

Amazing Visual Math by DK Press

How High Can a Dinosaur Count? And Other Math Mysteries by Valorie Fisher

How to be a Math Genius by Mike Goldsmith

Math at Hand by Great Source Education Group

How to be a Math Wizard by Anne-Marie Imafidon

The Unofficial Guide to Using Math in Minecraft by Jill Keppler

Hands-On Math Projects by Andrew King

Math for Fun Projects by Andrew King

Math Smart Junior by Marcia Lerner

Turn to Learn Multiplication by Deborah Lock

STEM Junior Math by Jonathan O’Callaghan

Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck

How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane? Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions by Laura Overdeck

Everything You Need to Ace Math by Altair Peterson

Math Lab for Kids by Rebecca Rapaport

You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Math by Anne Rooney

Earth-Friendly Math Crafts by Veronica Thompson

Visual Guide to Math by Karen Wilding

Cool Math: 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages by Tracie Young

Stop in the Children’s Room and look for our “Math Resources” cart for more titles, as well as math-related STEM kits available for checkout. Please feel free to call us for further recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Our New Education Resources Site!

Check out our brand-new education resources website for students, teachers, and parents here!

This new online resource has loads of helpful websites and information, divided into age groups for birth-Pre-K, grades K-5, and middle & high school. Links include a variety of academic subjects, educational resources, literacy information, and learning-based game sites.

Also on this site, you will find:

  • Library links, including information on at-home library use and STEM kits
  • Local links for Hudson, Ohio
  • Featured resources, which include main sites such as tutor.com

Parents and teachers may also access our material request form. Here, you may request materials of all types and subjects, either specific titles or general topics. Our children’s librarians then will select books and materials based on your list and contact you for curbside or drive-through pickup.

For easy reference, this blog also has a link to the education resources site at the top of each page on the toolbar.

Learn All About Voting

With this year’s highly anticipated presidential election right around the corner, it’s time to help your children learn more about voting. What does it mean to vote? Who gets to vote? Who gets to run for office? What is an election? Why is it important?

So many possible questions! We have set up a display of voting-related books, both fiction and nonfiction, in the Children’s Room.

Relevant books include biographies, picture books about voting, and nonfiction titles about many facets of government and the voting process.

Of course, feel free to stop in the Children’s Room or call for recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Grade-Level Book Bundles

We are now offering grade-level book bundles for checkout, with titles geared toward children reading at pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade levels.

Each bundle consists of five to six easy-reader fiction books for young readers. Books within each bundle can vary in characters and in complexity, but are chosen to be appropriate for that grade-level reader. Come in and check them out, or call us for curbside pickup!

If you would like some assistance in choosing books and materials for a child of any age and reading level, please visit the Children’s Department, or call us at 330-653-6658. We are happy to help!