New DVDs, Audio Books and Books for Students Donated by the Friends

Many Friends donations are being added to the Hudson collection this month, including adult and young adult DVDs and audio books. The DVD titles include Hannah Arendt, a portrayal of the famous philosopher and political theorist, Crystal Fairy, a coming of age story about three brothers in search of a highly hallucinogenic cactus, and The World’s End, in which five childhood friends undertake an epic pub crawl in search of the fabled pub “The World’s End.”

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For the audio book lovers out there, several fiction and non-fiction titles have been added as well. The non-fiction titles include Twelve Years a Slave, a memoir of a black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years, I Am Malala, the tale of the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize, and Still Foolin’ ‘Em, the humorous biography of comedian Billy Crystal. The fiction titles include The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, the latest installment in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, in which Bridget Jones is back and contemplating the trials of middle age, The Circle, a tale from the best-selling author and finalist for the National Book Award, Dave Eggers, The Cuckoo’s Calling, a mystery written by J.K. Rowling under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith, and Doctor Sleep, the much anticipated sequel to the horror classic The Shining. The Library will also be adding two popular young adult titles with films coming out this year, Divergent, the first in a dystopian trilogy, and The Book Thief, a tale of Nazi Germany and the sustaining power of hope cultivated by reading books.

nursing assistantThe Friends also recently purchased nine new reference books and study guides for high school, college, and continuing education students. Four of the new circulating books are specific to college students studying for a nursing career, including registered, practical, and vocational nursing, as well as nurse’s assistant, and nurse’s aide. The five additional titles include SAT 2014, Premier TABE Study Guide, and three reference books: Getting Financial Aid, Peterson’s How to Get Money for College 2014, and The Fiske Guide to College.

Many thanks to the Friends for their generous contributions!

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September is Library Card Sign Up Month

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It’s time for back to school shopping, so don’t forget to pick up the most important school supply of all…a library card! A library card can give your children almost unlimited access to books for school projects and book reports, but that’s not all! Kids will love using Kidsport, a great site created by the Mid Hudson Library System especially for children from preschool to age 10 and their parents. Through Kidsport, kids can browse books in the Kid’s Catalog, get Homework Help, and even get a taste of community service in Kid Power Counts.

For older children in junior or senior high, there is a separate Homework Help site. From here, students can study for high school and college entrance exams, such as the SAT, PSAT, ACT and more. Students with a library card will also have access to online encyclopedias and journals on subjects such as history, science and the arts. Some sites even come with video tutorials!

Still not convinced that you need a card? Here’s 52 Ways To Use Your Library Card.

In order to Get a Library Card, you will need to fill out a registration form at the library. Also, you will need to bring in a current photo ID and proof of residency (such as an envelope mailed to your current mailing address). Children under the age of 18 who want a library card must come with a parent or guardian who can meet the listed requirements. A library card is the smartest tool in your wallet, so be sure to sign yourself and your kids up for this great free resource!

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Teen Tech Week: Online Test Prep, College Search, and Career Tools!

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It’s never too early to start studying for exams. Good thing that the Mid-Hudson Library System has the tools to get you started! The Testing and Education Reference Center is full of tools to help you prepare for the GED, PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, AP exams, and so much more! There are over 300 free practice tests, dozens of ebooks, and lots of helpful tips and strategies that will help you master your exam.

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Looking for the right college, graduate, or vocational school? The Reference Center can help you with that too! It has information on over 4000 accredited schools, as well as a scholarship search that can help you pay your way to a higher degree.

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Are you looking to enter the workforce or to apply for a new job? You can use the Reference Center to build your resume, review available careers, and practice for civil service exams. You can even use this site to improve your basic computer skills!

You can access this site from the Hudson Area Library homepage with your library card by selecting the “Reference” tab on the top menu, and then “Online Databases.” Then, select the button for either “Career Tools,” “College Prep Tools,” or “Practice Tests.” Log in with your library card barcode and PIN and you’re one step closer to a better test score, a more efficient school search, or a satisfying career change!

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Free Presentation on the Basics of College Financial Aid


The Hudson Area Library will host “Affordability 101: The Basics of College Financial Aid,” a presentation for parents by independent educational consultant and former college admissions director Sandra M. Moore, M.A. The session will introduce basic financial aid terminology, types of available assistance and required forms and application time frames. Ms. Moore is founder and principal of Next Step College Counseling (Next Step CC, LLC).

Saturday, December 10, 1-2:30pm
Hudson Area Library, 400 State St., Hudson, NY

To reserve your place: 518-828-1792 or email hudsonarealibrary (at) gmail (dot) com

The presentation is free and open to the public, and questions are welcome.

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