There are over 2,123,000 residents living in the Hudson Valley. Out of that number, over half obtain one of these. One item gives residents access to events, classes, movies, audiobooks, books, tools and more. And it is free to own this. This has to be a joke, right? Nope, it's totally real and can make such a big impact on your life.

More than Half of Hudson Valley Residents Have a Library Card

Yes, a library card! I used to think when I was a kid that libraries were old, stuffy, and boring. That could be further from the truth. They are a hub for knowledge, community, and accessibility. The Mid-Hudson Library System makes sure that residents receive the most from their library cards.

Mid-Hudson Library System Celebrates National Library Week

This week, April 23rd through the 29th is National Library Week. The Mid-Hudson Library encourages all community members to visit at least one of its sixty-six (66) libraries. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.

Move Over Audible, The Mid-Hudson Library System is Here!

In a 2022 survey, over two-thirds of Americans claim to read books during the year. A third of those surveyed only read print books, while another third said they consumed digital and print books. Digital books being ebooks and audiobooks. Audible, in 2021, had 116.25 million members in America. Audible costs members $14.95/month. That $180 a year could be used towards something else. The Mid-Hudson Library System has a vast catalog of audiobooks, ebooks, and emagazines all available with your library card.

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There are more than 1.7 million unique titles in the shared online catalog and you can have physical items from any library delivered to your library. MHLS delivery services are one-seventh the cost of mailing items between libraries. Member libraries save their communities over $12 million annually by sharing items.

Mid-Hudson Library System's Call to Sustainability and Technology

Libraries are welcoming spaces that bring communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, lectures, and more. The sixty-six (66) libraries of the Mid-Hudson Library System offer a wide array of programs, classes and resources, including some very unexpected items at select locations such as seed libraries, tool lending, museum passes and more.

Libraries play a critical role in the economic vitality of communities by providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for job seekers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Libraries across the Hudson Valley participate in the Beyond the Library Walls program, offering broadcast Wi-Fi signals and many offer Digital Navigator services to help you either connect online or up your game when it comes to understanding how to navigate information and services offered online.

Find Your Closest Mid-Hudson Library System Library

Each library has something incredible to offer. Take the Hyde Park Library's Star Wars Day Video Filming Event they had Easter Weekend! The full video comes out on May 4th (Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be With You), but we got a trailer below.

There are so many events to account for this week, but I tried to show off a few great events and programs. You can find even more events across the 66 libraries in the MHLS. To find your nearest library in the MHLS system, click the link here.

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