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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Khan Academy: Online Learning Made Easy!

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Whether you’re a high school student studying for the SAT or an adult who wants to learn the basics of computer programming, Khan Academy has the tools you need to succeed. Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization that provides educational services online free of charge to anyone willing to learn a new subject. All you need to do is sign up with your Google, Facebook or email account and you’re ready to start learning!

Some of the subjects available on their site are math, science and economics, computer science, and humanities. There is even test prep for the math section of the SAT, the GMAT, competition math, and more. Their database contains practice questions and answers, hints and help, as well as over 4000 instructional videos.

If you would like more sources for homework help, test prep and more, visit the Online Databases link listed under “Reference” on the Hudson Area Library homepage. Here you can find databases that you may use free with a library card, such as Mango Languages (for learning a new language), College Prep Tools (for free practice tests), and HomeAccess (for homework support, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and just about everything else!)

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