Imagine Our Stories: Hudson Area Library Summer Reading Program

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 from July 7-August 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 more information and to register for any program visit

Virtual Story & Craft Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, July 7-August 7, 10-11am

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

Thursday, July 9 & Thursday, July 16, 12-2pm

The library will be offering two virtual HACK the Library workshops for tweens and teens in July. HACKers ages 8 and up 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! This project is offered in collaboration with artist Rebecca Borrer and the City of Hudson Youth Center.

Summer Reading Book Bag Program

With access to the library limited due to the virus, the library team wanted to support children and families - especially those who do not have the means to participate in the library’s virtual programs - 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. This program is co-sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy and presented in partnership with the Friends of Hudson Youth and the Hudson Literacy Fund.

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. How many cities, states, countries, and continents will we visit and explore this summer through stories?

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 for any programs, visit, email or call 518-828-1792 x102.


The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. The mission of the library is to enrich the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn and grow. For more information visit

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