Consumer Reports Online Available With Your Library Card!

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Consumer Reports magazine is a trusted source for people seeking out the best, most reliable products and services. From appliances, to computers, to cars, to retirement options, Consumer Reports has rigorously tested and rated them all. We have made their print magazine available to patrons for a long time, but now you will also be able access their full website using your library card! The website offers even more than the magazine, with an interface better suited for browsing and searching, as well as videos and blogs. They are also better able to update their information online.

To access ConsumerReports.org with your library card, click here.

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Bronck Museum and Mass MoCA Passes Now Available!

Green_historicalThanks to the generosity of The Friends of the Hudson Area Library, you can now borrow passes for Mass MoCA and the Bronck Museum with your library card!

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) is located in North Adams, Massachusetts, 14 minutes away from another museum we have passes for: The Clark Art Institute. The Mass MoCA has a number of galleries and venues both indoor and outdoor to accommodate their wide, genre-spanning collection.

The Bronck Museum is located in Coxsackie. It holds the remaining buildings of the Bronck family farm, the oldest home in the Hudson Valley.

These are the two newest sites to join our growing collection of cooperating museums and historical sites. View the full list here and learn how to reserve your passes.

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Read A Murder In Time E-book Thanks to The Big Library Read

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The Hudson Area Library is participating in the 10th annual Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital Book club through public libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time. For a two-week period beginning June 23, Hudson Area Library users will be able to borrow the eBook, A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (Pegasus Books), from http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com and participate in a worldwide version of a local book club. There will be no waitlists for this popular mystery with a twist. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

A Murder in Time is an intricate mystery about a brilliant FBI agent, Kendra, who finds herself transported back in time to the 1800s. Relegated to the servant class, she stumbles across a gruesome murder, and she alone recognizes they have a serial killer in their midst. Kendra scrambles to solve the case before it takes her own life – 200 years before she was ever born.  At its core, Julie McElwain’s debut novel is a puzzle, a hunt for a murderer and a quest for justice.

Big Library Read is a free program. To get started reading, all that is needed is a Hudson Area Library card. A Murder in Time can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle®. The eBook will be available with no wait lists and will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees.
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Chromebooks in the Library

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Library users got right to work testing out the library’s new Chromebooks on opening day.

You may have noticed our new collection of laptops in the children’s section of the new library. These are Chromebooks. They work like a regular laptop, but only run Google’s Chrome browser. While this may seem limiting, you can actually do a lot with them. You can stream video, work on documents and spreadsheets, play music, go on social media, and much more!

Many schools, such as the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, use Chromebooks in their classrooms. Students can sign in on our Chromebooks with their school account and work on their homework with the same user experience as they have at school. Don’t have a Google account? You can still use the Chromebooks with Guest access.
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Coming Soon: Tax Preparation Help Available!

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We’ll have an Outreach Specialist from the Office of the Taxpayer Rights Advocate, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, at the library on the following dates to assist eligible individuals with preparing their State and Federal Tax returns. Eligible individuals must have an income under $62,000. For more information on FSA tax assistance requirements and process please check https://www.tax.ny.gov/fsa/.

Thursday 2/18, 3/17, 4/14- 9am-12pm
Friday 2/19, 3/18, 4/15- 1pm-6pm

To ensure a successful FSA session, you must bring the following:

  • a copy of your federal and state tax return tax return from last year (if filed)
  • a picture ID (such as a driver’s license, a passport, or, if you live in NYC, an IDNYC)
  • an affordable healthcare statement (Form 1095-A, Form 1095-B, or Form 1095-C)
  • a health insurance exemption certificate (if received)
  • information related to any credits you are claiming
  • your bank account and routing numbers (so we may directly deposit your refund)
  • proof of your income (Forms W-2, 1098, 1099, any other documents showing additional income)

Contact the library at 518-828-1792 to schedule an appointment.

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New eResource: Zinio for Libraries

zinioAs of January 1, all library cardholders in the Mid-Hudson Library System have access to 94 magazine titles digitally via Zinio Digital Magazines for Libraries from Recorded Books.

Checkout a title and read it online on your Internet-enabled desktop computer or mobile device. You can also download the eMagazines to your mobile device to read offline later. There is no need to place a hold on an item nor to return it; simply checkout and keep the eMagazine for as long as you wish!

To start exploring, please click here.

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Socks for Seniors Holiday Drive

socks-for-seniorsHelp keep our older community members warm during the cold winter months. This month, the library will be gifting socks to seniors living at the Pine Haven Nursing Home. Through December 19, donations of new socks – long, short, fuzzy, colorful, fun – may be dropped off in the collection box by the front desk. Join us in spreading the warmth this holiday season!

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Explore Our NEW StarWalk Kids Media Collection

swk_boys_readingWe are happy to announce that our library has added hundreds of titles to our online eBook collection from StarWalk Kids Media. The service is available 24-7 for use at the library, at home, or on the go and includes a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction eBooks that you and your children will love reading (or having read to you)!

To access the collection either select the StarWalk Kids Media button on our homepage or follow this link. Our username and password are both hal (for Hudson Area Library) – we keep things simple when reading is involved!

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