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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SAT, Regents, and AP…Oh My!

No matter what tests you need to prepare for, there is a website to help you do it!

  • For Elementary/Intermediate Tests, the Office of State Assessments is the place to go for real examples of subject tests, scoring, and teacher directions from past years. The subjects provided are English Language Arts (ELA), Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies for grades 3-8.
  • For High School Regents Exams, the Office of State Assessments is also the place to go for examples of past exams and scoring keys. In addition to the subjects listed above, there are also examples of past exams for six foreign languages. You may also find the current testing schedule for the high school exams here.
  • For AP exams, College Board gives you information about AP courses, including what subjects are available, what careers are available per subject, and what to expect from the course and final exam. You may also find this year’s list of exam dates , including how to register for exams, information on fees, and more.
  • For SAT and SAT subject exams, CollegeBoard also can be used to practice for the test with free sample questions, full length exams, and official study guides. This site may also be used to register for the SAT and look up your scores after you take the test.

And don’t forget about the Testing and Education Reference Center that is available through the Reference page of the Hudson Area Library website. You can find practice tests and review for these exams, as well as many other exams, on this site. All you need is a library card to log in!

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