OverDrive Kids’ eReading Room Now Open Online!


Good news for kids! The Mid Hudson Library System’s digital downloads site, OverDrive, now has a special portal just for juvenile eBook and audiobook downloads: The Kids’ eReading Room!

This new, easy to navigate site features large pictures of books, so it is easy for your child to see what is available for download. Children and parents may also browse by subject, reading level, and what is new and popular. There is even a section just for books similar to the Harry Potter series!

To check out the Room, visit the MHLS Digital Downloads site and scroll down to click on the “For Kids” button. This new portal is a great way to get kids interested in reading and using their library card, so encourage your child to visit the Kids’ eReading Room today! 

What’s Popular at the Hudson Area Library…

Sometimes, the sheer volume of books available nowadays is overwhelming! If you’re having trouble picking out that next great read, check out what books other patrons are enjoying at the Hudson Area Library:

Top Ten Most Checked Out Adult Fiction Books
These titles are all owned by Hudson.

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  1. Lullaby Town / Robert Crais
  2. My Sister’s Keeper /  Jodi Picoult
  3. Digital Fortress / Dan Brown
  4. Running Blind / Lee Child
  5. Split Second / David Baldacci
  6. Hour Game / David Baldacci
  7. Just One Look / Harlan Coben
  8. An Offer From a Gentleman /  Julia Quinn
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale / Margaret Atwood
  10. Perfect Match / Jodi Picoult

Top Ten Most Popular Authors at the Hudson Area Library

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  1. Janet Evanovich
  2. Robert B. Parker
  3. James Patterson
  4. Jodi Picoult
  5. Nicholas Sparks
  6. Lee Child
  7. Nora Roberts
  8. Fern Michaels
  9. David Baldacci
  10. Sandra Brown

Retailers Lend Support to Library Fundraising

Customers shopping in Hudson may run across bright orange signs with the word “Library” emblazoned in white during their visits to area stores this summer. The campaign for the Hudson Area Library has reached out to select retailers and asked them to help get the word out.

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Amanda Hummel, owner of The Bee’s Knees, and daughter Inez Solomon, are participating in a new promotion to spread the word about the Hudson Area Library’s fundraising campaign. Three other retailers are also taking part – Olde Hudson, TK Home & Garden and Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar.

The promotion, called “Show & Tell,” is meant to engage the public and inform them of the campaign. Each store has selected a specific product from among their merchandise. That product will be featured with an orange “library” sign. When customers ask why the sign is displayed so prominently, retailers can describe the campaign, and pass out a bookmark that includes more information as well as the library’s web address. In each case, proceeds from the sale of the product between Memorial Day and Columbus Day will be donated to the campaign. The four stores included are Bee’s Knees, Olde Hudson, TK Home & Garden, and Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar. Continue reading

The Next Big Library Read: A Pedigree to Die For, June 3 to 18

Kick off the summer with a great eBook or audiobook download, thanks to OverDrive’s Big Library Read! The Big Library Read is sort of like the digital version of a library book club, in that everyone is encouraged to read the same book. This summer’s Big Library Read will be A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson. This eBook will be available for unlimited simultaneous downloads from June 3 to 18, which means no holds and no waitlist; just download and enjoy! All you will need is an active library card to start downloading, so visit the Mid Hudson Library System’s Digital Downloads site for instructions on how to get started after June 3rd.

Mid Hudson Library System Catalog Gets an Upgrade

The Mid Hudson Library System proudly presents a brand new online library catalog: Encore! This catalog has been remodeled to the modern library patron’s needs by featuring “one stop shopping.” Now when you perform a catalog search, you not only get hits for books and DVDs, but for downloadable magazine and journal articles, eBooks, and eAudiobooks as well! Also, when you check out eBooks and eAudiobooks, they will show up on your online record along with any physical items you may have checked out. It’s a whole new take on library browsing! Check it out today!

Second Presentation in the Local History Speaker Series a Success

IMG_1442Thank you to Mary Beth Wenger and the many community members who joined us on Saturday, May 17 for the second presentation of the Hudson Area Library History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series. Wenger shared her personal journey of exploring her own family history and in particular learning more about her grandmother through her collection of recipes and stories from family members. Her book, Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes is available to borrow through the Hudson Area Library. If you didn’t get your signed copy of Finding Grandma at the presentation, there are still some books available for purchase. Please call or visit the library to get your copy.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series will offer bimonthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The next event will be held in July – date and time TBA. To stay informed about upcoming events, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter by adding your email address below:

Hudson Area Library Book Club Meeting Postponed

invention of wingsThe Hudson Area Library Book Club meeting that was scheduled for this Thursday, May 22nd has been postponed until Thursday, June 19th at 3:30pm. They will still be discussing The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd at the library. If you would like to join them, you may order a copy of the book on our online catalog, or call the library at 518-828-1792.

Storytime on the Go at Hudson Farmers Market, Saturday May 17th

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The Hudson Area Library’s Storytime on the Go will visit the Hudson Farmers Market this Saturday from 9AM – 1PM. Join us this free event, which will include stories about nature and animals, songs, and puppetry.

Storytime on the Go is a mobile early literacy effort aimed at encouraging opportunities for parents and caregivers to read to their babies, toddlers, and young children. The event is best suited for children ages 0-5 and their families. Free board books will be available for participants to take home.

Storytime on the Go is made possible by the Hudson Area Library’s Kids First Initiative with grant support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Fund for Columbia County.