Teen Tech Week: Online Test Prep, College Search, and Career Tools!

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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.

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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!

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.

Teen Tech Week: Web Comics Wednesday!

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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!

Here are some specific kid-friendly web comics:

Count Your Sheep by Adrian Ramos

Earthsong by Crystal Yates

Inverloch by Sarah Ellerton

The Last of the Polar Bears by Lindsay Cibos

Little Dee by Chris Baldwin

Here are some specific teen-friendly web comics:

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

Beaver and Steve by James Turner

Cat and Girl by Dorothy Gambrell

Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell

Kukuburi by Ramon Perez

TUNE by Derek Kirk Kim, illustrated by Les McClaine

Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Khalil

Teen Tech Week: Book to Movie Adaptations!

Never judge a book by its movie…although it is fun to check out the film adaptations of your favorite books! There have been many film adaptations of teen literature over the years, from classics like Little Women by Louisa May Alcott to new favorites like Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Here are some movie adaptations of teen books in the Hudson Area Library’s DVD collection:


Read the book:Twilight / Stephenie Meyer
See the movie: Twilight / Catherine Hardwicke

Read the book:The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins
See the movie: The Hunger Games / Gary Ross

Read the book:The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky
See the movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky (yes, the author wrote and directed the film adaptation!)

There is also a strong teen readership/viewership for some adult books and their movie adaptations. Here are just a few of the film adaptations in Hudson’s DVD collection:


Read the book:Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury
See the movie: Fahrenheit 451 / Francois Truffaut

Read the book:The Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien
See the movie: The Lord of the Rings / Peter Jackson

Read the book:The Kite Runner / Khaled Hosseini
See the movie: The Kite Runner / Marc Forster

And if you would like to know which of your favorite books will be turned into movies next, check out Page to Screen: Upcoming Kid’s Books Set For Film Adaptations or What’s Next: Over 60 Upcoming Young Adult Book-to-Movie Adaptations.

Teen Tech Week

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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!