Hudson Children’s Book Festival Author Spotlight: Ellen Jensen Abbott

Hudson Children’s Book Festival author Ellen Jensen Abbott writes about her library experiences:

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There are many perks to being a teacher: the excitement and energy of working with youth; spending time reading and discussing great works of literature; spring break. But one of the perks has been central to my growth as a writer. That perk is the special access I get to my school library. Continue reading

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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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Don’t Miss the Hudson Children’s Book Festival!

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Saturday, May 4th marks the day of the 5th annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the biggest gathering of children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators you’ve ever seen! There will be exhibitions, arts and crafts, workshops, and book readings. Also, you won’t want to miss the live performances by:

Aaron Nigel Smith, Call to Action at 11:00am

Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek, Amazing Astonishing Air at 12:30pm

John Farrell, We Can Do It Together at 2:00pm

The Festival will take place at the Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools, located at 215 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free! Hudson Area Library will have a table at the Festival, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

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Meet the Authors (and Illustrators!) of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival!

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Did you know that there will be over 90 authors and illustrators showcasing their work at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival? There will be well known authors like Bruce Coville and new debuts such as Jon Apple. Here are just a few of the many children and young adult authors and illustrators who have copies of their work at Hudson Area Library:

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Teen Tech Week: Put Reading Into Overdrive!

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Would you like to take books out from the library without ever leaving your home? All you need is an e-reader or MP3 player, internet service, and a library card! Check out Mid Hudson Library System Digital Downloads, powered by Overdrive, to browse thousands of your favorite young adult audiobooks and e-books. Just click the “View All Subjects” button under either eBooks or Audiobooks on the left hand side menu of the home page. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and you will find “Young Adult Fiction”. Click the link and start browsing! There you’ll find popular YA books including Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and The Angel Experiment by James Patterson!

Not sure where to start? Underneath “Search Results” at the top of the page, you can order your search by release date (if you want new releases), most popular (if you want to see what everyone else is reading), title (if you want the titles listed in alphabetical order), and creator (if you want to see the titles listed by author’s last name).

Having trouble finding an item that is currently available? Check the box “Only show titles with copies available” and the site will show you titles that are checked in and available for you to read right away!

Having trouble downloading e-books or audiobooks to your device or just getting started? Click “Getting Started?” on the top right of the navigation bar, for help getting started with your particular device and troubleshooting tips.

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SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones!

Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and required reading classics this summer. Each week from June 14 – August 22, 2012, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title’s theme and is likely to show up on a student’s summer reading lists. For example, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.

To find out more about this summer’s audiobooks, visit www.AudiobookSync.com or text syncya to 25827 (texting will sign you up for notifications, letting you know when the next audiobook pairing is available for download). Audiobooks will be downloaded using Overdrive Media Console, the same system that many of our patrons use to download audiobooks through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

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The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Read by Dan Bittner (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati [Adapt.], Read by Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, and a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

06/21/12-06/27/12
Irises by Francisco X. Stork, Read by Carrington MacDuffie (Listening Library)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Media)

06/28/12-07/04/12
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud, Read by Simon Jones
(Listening Library)
Tales from the Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang, Read by Toby Stephens
(Naxos AudioBooks)

07/05/12-07/11/12
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Read by August Ross (AudioGO)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Read by Ian Holm (AudioGO)

07/12/12-07/18/12
Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka [Ed.] et al., Read by Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Bronson Pinchot (Harper Audio)
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain, Read by Norman Dietz (Recorded Books)

07/19/12-07/25/12
Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, Read by Kirsten Potter (Oasis Audio)
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, Read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

07/26/12-08/01/12
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino, Read by Mark Shanahan (Listen & Live Audio)
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Brilliance Audio)

08/02/12-08/08/12
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Read by Khristine Hvam (Hachette Audio)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Read by Simon Prebble (Blackstone Audio)

08/09/12-08/15/12
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Read by Rupert Degas (Harper Audio)
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard, Read by Jennifer Aspen and a Full Cast (Galaxy Press)

08/16/12-08/22/12
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, Read by Jay Laga’aia (Bolinda Audio)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Read by William Roberts (Naxos AudioBooks)

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6th-9th Graders – Join The Hudson Battle of the Books Team!


Want to have fun reading this summer and get some free books?!* Then join our Battle of the Books Team! Battle of the Books is a trivia contest for young people, with questions based on specific books that all participants have read. Our library is looking for 6th-9th graders who want to join our team – read some great books over the summer and compete in the September 10th Regional Battle!

If you’re interested in joining our team, please contact Emily or Corey at 518-828-1792!

The titles we are reading for the Battle of the Books this year are:

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Peak by Roland Smith
Peeled by Joan Bauer
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

* Hudson Battle Team members will get to keep select titles from this year’s competition!

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