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.

The Overdrive Big Library Read Event is February 17-March 5

keys to the kitchen

There’s only one thing better than a good e-book…not having to wait to download a copy! From February 17th to March 5th, there will be unlimited copies of Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook by Aida Mollenkamp from Overdrive, the Mid Hudson Library System’s Digital Downloads site- no holds, no wait-lists! The Big Library Read is a global movement of all those who support the availability of e-books through libraries. Show your support for e-books by borrowing a copy starting on the 17th!

Join in the Big Library Read!


From September 16-30 you can get a free download of Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor from OverDrive, the Mid Hudson Library System’s digital download center, as a part of the Big Library Read. The Big Library Read is a global movement designed to support the availability of audiobooks and eBooks through libraries. Unlimited copies of both the audiobook and eBook will be available for download during this two week period- no holds, no waitlists! Having your child download and read or listen to Nancy Clancy is a great way both to foster a love of reading in your child and to teach them how to download books for free, so take advantage of this great offer while you can!

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


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 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.

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 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 Need more help? Check out the OverDrive cheat sheet at