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Instilling the Library 4 Kids

By Jenny King

Hudson Library pulls out all the stops to convey the excitement of reading to children.

Instilling the love of reading is one of the most rewarding things about parenting. It starts young and as they grow, there are lots of ways to foster their curiosity. Thanks to a grant from the Highlands Community Fund and funding provided by the Hudson Library Board of Trustees, our local library has continued to add features to entice young hands to explore.

The children’s areas are bright and colorful and loaded with a host of interactive installations. As you walk around the stacks you’ll find puzzles children of all ages love to touch. There’s a scavenger hunt and even a heat-sensitive pad so you can play with creating radiant designs. The puzzles are for all ages and use tactile interaction that challenge a child’s senses.

In the children’s room, you’ll find even more fun. There’s a wooden peacock that spreads its wings, games, stuffed animals, and of course: books. They offer opportunities for imaginative exploration and everything is hands-on and accessible. Certainly adults are welcomed to participate and may even find the “toys” a fun challenge. Trying to get those little balls in the right slot using a magnet was about at the top of my skill level. The room is wonderfully inviting with its carefully selected art, mobiles, and plenty of colorful seating.

The Hudson Library is offering a few special attractions in October, with a Halloween theme. Of course, the library will be decorated, preschool story times will have some not-so-spooky tales, and children are encouraged to come dressed in costume, if they choose.

The Hudson Library’s branch librarian, Carlyn Morenus, has done much to spread her enthusiasm throughout the building. It has truly become a community hub and a great place to explore, play, and learn. Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews to the Hudson Library where you can spend an hour or a day investigating new and innovative ways to learn and grow.

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