Back to School Fun Night

Kids Break WeekJoin Ms. Pam in the Children’s Room on Tuesday, September 1 from 6-7pm for Back to School Fun Night! Come on in and get excited for the start of the new school year. There will be stories for the elementary set and students of all ages can decorate goal posters with ideas they have for making the 2015-2016 year the best yet. There will be a bookmark making station where kids can create their own bookmark to save their place in all those great books they will be reading this year. We’ll also have book giveaways and other fun activities to help get kids excited for the coming school year.

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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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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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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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