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!
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!
Our own local experience here at the library demonstrates that young people continue to be active users of the library. Just this week the Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report of their research, “Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations“, that offers up a larger picture of trends in library usage and expectations amongst youth. Not surprisingly the picture is complex and show the continuing transition in how we create and consume information. Continue reading →
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.
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.
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!
If you need a good source for what’s popular in the world of teen literature, look no further than the We Are Bound By Books blog and the Bound By Books radio show!
The Bound By Books crew broadcasts every Monday from 3:30-4:00pm onWGXC: Hands-On Radio on 90.7 FM. This group of book-hungry teens and tweens talk about books they have read, books they are currently reading, and anything else book related. Check out their radio archive to read about and listen to their past radio shows. Or, check out the reviews written by the Bound By Books crew on the We Are Bound By Books blog.
If being on the radio sounds like fun, join us at the Radio Workshop on Thursday, March 21st from 3:00-5:00pm here at the Hudson Area Library. We will be making radio pieces to put on the radio and online!
The Teen Tech Week Radio Workshop that was scheduled for today, March 14th from 3:00 to 5:00pm has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 21st from 3:00 to 5:00pm. If you have any other questions, you may call the library at 518-828-1792.
What’s a web comic? A web comic is a comic that is posted on a website. They come in all styles and forms, from manga to graphic novels to comic strips. Some are published as books, and some are exclusively found online. They can be about all different types of subjects and can have genres ranging from fantasy to sci-fi to comedy. If you’re new to web comics and aren’t sure what’s out there, check out Good Comics For Kids or Kidjutsu: Comics For Kids!
Check In @ Your Library during Teen Tech Week (March 10 – 16)! Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use their library’s non-print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. This year we’ll be offering three special programs for Teen Tech Week and sharing information about tech resources on the Library website throughout the week.
Monday, March 11, 3:30-4pm Bound By Books! Listen in to the Bound By Books radio show on WGXC: Hands-on Radio 90.7FM or streaming online at wgxc.org
Tuesday, March 12, 6-8pm Movie Night! Join us for a youth-friendly (PG rated) viewing of a movie based on a popular book series! (licensing restrictions prevent us from sharing the movie title online, but feel free to call and we’ll let you know what movie we are showing!)
Thursday, March 14, 3-5pm Radio Workshop! Come help us make radio pieces to broadcast on the radio and online!
Friday, March 15, 3-5pm Blog and Connect! Learn how to write a book review for the web, write a letter to your favorite author, and learn more about your favorite books or authors online!
Be sure to check the website throughout the week for more information on some of the non-print resources available at your library!
The Keep On Reading! Kids Book Sale will be held for two days, Friday February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd at the Hudson Area Library. This special sale takes place from 1-4pm on Friday and from 10am-2pm on Saturday and is sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. All proceeds from this sale will be used for the purchase of new books and other media for the Library’s ever-expanding collection.
In conjunction with the Kids Book Sale, the Library is featuring a special program on both Friday and Saturday for children to learn about the rainforest. On Friday, meet Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus with story time and arts and crafts activities in the children’s room with Ms. Marlene. On Saturday, there will be more story time and rainforest craft projects for kids of all ages with Ms. Marlene and Ms. Janice. All ages are welcome. Join us Friday from 1-4pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm in the Children’s Room for rainforest fun!
The Book Sale Room is open every Saturday and offers books for all ages and reading levels–infants to adults. All proceeds from the Book Sale Room support the Hudson Area Library.