HUDSON — In light of the COVID-19 pandemic the Hudson Area Library has developed special virtual programs and initiatives for families, tween/teens and adults for this year’s Summer Reading Program to take place through Aug. 7. The library is working in collaboration with the Claverack and Philmont Libraries as well as other partners to serve the needs of the community at this time. This year’s summer reading theme“Imagine Our Stories”, serves as the inspiration for shared experiences celebrating our similarities and differences. For information and to register for any program visit

Virtual Story & Craft Hours 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, through Aug. 7. Journey with the Hudson Area Library around the world to explore mythologies and folktales from different cultures through literature, music, crafts, and movement. Virtual Story & Craft Hours will be offered via Zoom on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and are led by Abby Lappen, Christa Shook and Pamela Badila. On Fridays, the Hudson Area Library will partner with the Claverack Free Library and the Philmont Library to welcome special guest presenters.

HACK the Library Digital Art Media Workshops noon-2 p.m. July 16. The library will be offering two virtual HACK the Library workshops for tweens and teens in July. HACKers ages 8 and older will have the opportunity to learn how to create and distribute their own visual effects, animated art, 3D models and online broadcasting with open software programs with digital artist, Rebecca Borrer. Participants will also be encouraged to participate in The Green Screen Project.

The Green Screen Project is a public art installation that invites any passerby to transform their surroundings through video editing techniques. By the simple act of painting a wall green, we will open up citywide access to this pivotal component of video production. With this project, you don’t need to have an expensive studio, or proper lighting to make a movie — all you need is to get outside (safely) and start filming.

Summer Reading Book Bag Program. With access to the library limited due to the virus, the library team wanted to support children and families in accessing quality reading materials and activities to support their learning and reading this summer. Through their Summer Reading Book Bag Program, the library is distributing free exploratory bags for kids, tweens, and teens in the greater Hudson area that include books, activities, crafts, and a summer reading log.

Read Around The World. Read books set in various places around the world and help the library chart our collective adventure on a world map. All participants will be invited to keep track of their reading using the free READSQUARED program or they can pick up a paper reading log at the library through curbside pickup. To register, call 518-828-1792 x102.

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