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!

Top Audio Book and E-Book Downloads of 2013


It’s now 2014, and we can’t wait to see what new books this year will bring! But before we start the new year, lets take a look at the most popular audio book and e-book downloads of 2013 through the Mid Hudson Library System Digital Downloads site:

Top Ten Most Downloaded Audio Books

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins / 279 downloads
  2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins / 265 downloads
  3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins / 196 downloads
  4. The Black Box by Michael Connelly / 171 downloads
  5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn / 159 downloads
  6. The Forgotten by David Baldacci / 149 downloads
  7. The Racketeer by John Grisham / 138 downloads
  8. First Evidence by Ken Goddard / 129 downloads
  9. Zoo by James Patterson / 123 downloads
  10. NYPD Red by James Patterson / 117 downloads

Top Ten Most Downloaded E-Books

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn / 959 downloads
  2. The Racketeer by John Grisham / 636 downloads
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James / 592 downloads
  4. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James / 387 downloads
  5. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich / 346 downloads
  6. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James / 334 downloads
  7. A Wanted Man by Lee Child / 321 downloads
  8. Defending Jacob by William Landay / 305 downloads
  9. The Litigators by John Grisham / 296 downloads
  10. The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel / 294 downloads

Learn How To Borrow eBooks From the Library

Saturday, June 29 anytime between 11am-1pm


Need help figuring out your new Kindle, Nook, or other electronic reader? Want to learn how to borrow eBooks for your device from the library? Join us on Saturday, June 29 anytime between 11am-1pm and we’ll help you learn how! Bring your personal device or learn on one of ours. You can explore the Mid-Hudson Library System’s collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks on the MHLS Digital Download page


Teen Tech Week: Put Reading Into Overdrive!


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.

OverDrive Institutes Library eBook Accessibility Program

On the Mid-Hudson Library System’s OverDrive Digital Downloads page you will now see a new link on the left-hand navigation bar, titled “Accessible eBooks”, giving patrons with print disabilities access to eBooks. The Library eBook Accessibility Program (LEAP) is a partnership between OverDrive and Bookshare.org. OverDrive’s role in the program is to fully fund one year of membership for our qualifying patrons. The link directs patrons to apply for a Bookshare membership from the OverDrive-powered site. The accessible books will be provided by Bookshare to patrons enrolled in LEAP, and include books in DAISY and Braille formats that can be read with computers, assistive reading devices, Braille printers, and MP3 players.

Learn How To Borrow eBooks from the Library!

Learn how to borrow downloaded eBooks from the Library!

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Want to learn how to download books on to your Kindle, iPad, Nook or other electronic reader? Then join us at the Hudson Area Library on Saturday, November 17th and find out how! Starting at 11:00am, discover everything you need to know about downloading thousands of books electronically.

Bring your personal device and learn from an expert how to easily and quickly download books. Don’t have an eReader but are thinking of getting one? No problem, come in and see how they work before you decide. Drop in anytime between 11:00am and 1:00pm at the Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street, Hudson NY. Call 518.828.1792 for more information.

Started two years ago, the collection of eBooks within the Mid-Hudson Library System has grown tremendously. Circulation over this past summer averaged over 7,860 checkouts per month. Currently there are over 2,300 eBook titles in the Mid-Hudson Library System to choose from, and more are being added each month. Included are 100 of the most popular Classic eBooks as an “Always Available” collection.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and the Mid-Hudson Library System. The Friends is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization and proceeds from its fundraising go to the Library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the Library’s services to the community.

eBooks Now Available

Overdrive Ebook and AudiobookseBooks are now available through OverDrive to library card-holders at the Hudson Area Association Library and throughout the Mid-Hudson Library System. OverDrive is available 24/7 and there are never any late fees! You can check out OverDrive online at http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com. An eBook is a digital book, magazine, or graphic novel that can be downloaded and read on a computer or portable device. The Barnes & Noble nook, the Sony Reader, and the Kobo eReader are all compatible. You can also use your Windows PC or Mac computer or laptop with Adobe Digital Editions to access eBooks. The Kindle is not compatible at this time. OverDrive has released apps for iPhone and Android, allowing patrons to download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to their iPhone, iPod touch, or Android phone/tablet. New users can search for “OverDrive Media Console” in the Apple App Store and Android Market, while current users will be alerted to update the existing OverDrive app on their devices. Currently the iPhone app will work on iPad with iOS 4, enabling the full browse, check out, download experience. An optimized version for iPad with improved resolution and additional features is coming soon, along with apps for BlackBerry and other mobile devices. For more information on OverDrive’s apps with eBook support, visit http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/. Need more help? Check out the OverDrive cheat sheet at http://overdrive.com/files/ebook-cheat-sheet.pdf.