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  • Visit a Museum, Attraction, or Park for free or reduced admission by borrowing a MAP Pass!

  • Borrow a GoPro camera, Hiking Backpack, Telescope, or Metal Detector from our Library of Things!

  • Experience more of the Hudson River Valley (and beyond) by taking advantage of free (or reduced) admission days!

  • Make something using our 3-D Printer!

  • Stream a audio-book, movie, tv show, or learn something new with a online course from our e-Library!

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Book Lists! – Find age appropriate books for Pre-K through Teen!

Britannica – Explore the online encyclopedia from Encyclopedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites.

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Britannica Academic – Includes Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools.

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Britannica School – for Elementary, Middle, and High School – explore a wealth of unique content, appropriate for each student.

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Britannica Escolar – para la escuela primaria y secundaria: explore una gran cantidad de contenido único, apropiado para cada estudiante.

Britannica Escolar – Resource in Spanish for Elementary and Middle School – explore a wealth of unique content, appropriate for each student.

Creativebug – Poughkeepsie Public Library District residents can access online instructional videos that teach you how to paint, draw, make finger puppets and bubble wands for kids ages 5 and up! To access the classes, you must create an account using your email, password, and Library Card number. Stream from your internet connected device. No app available.

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Day by Day – A fun, daily calendar featuring books, songs, and activities to develop a love for books and learning.

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Freegal –  This music service allows Poughkeepsie Public Library District residents access to about 13 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos. You will need your library card number and PIN. Stream from your internet device.

Gale in Context – Available for Elementary and Middle School aged students.

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Gale In Context: Elementary – Find articles, topic overviews, and multimedia information to complete homework assignments.

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Gale In Context: Middle School – Whether the subject is politics or poetry find trusted content for your next middle school project.

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Hoopla Kids Mode – Available to Poughkeepsie Public Library District resident account holders, Hoopla offer age appropriate e-books, read-along e-books, audio books, movies, music, and comics.

Kid’s Mode limits available content to that appropriate for children 12 and under.  To enter Kids Mode on the Hoopla website, after you have signed in, go to the account settings by clicking on your email address at the top of the page.  Click the Kids Mode check box then scroll down and click Update.  On the Hoopla app (available in your device app store), tap My Hoopla then the settings icon (top right).  Tap Kids Mode then Cancel to go back.  Follow the same steps to exit Kids Mode.

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Kanopy Kids – Poughkeepsie Public Library District residents have access (accessible by clicking the “Go to Kanopy Kids” from the top menu bar) to featured collections of films and TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop social emotional skills and reinforcing valuable learning topics, such as history, science, and new languages. Kanopy Kids has a diverse selection of educational and entertaining content that range across Movies, TV Series, Animated Storybooks, Live Action, and Animated favorites. After you have entered your library account into the Libby by OverDrive app, look for the “Extras” section to find Kanopy. Learn how to get started using Libby here.

Libby, by Overdrive – Popular children’s and teen’s magazines like Highlights, Time Magazine for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, Minecraft and more! No wait lists or holds, and eMagazines do not count towards checkout limits. Available to all Mid-Hudson Library System patrons. To filter magazines to show the children’s selection, go to the left column, under the “Audience” filter, select “Juvenile”. Learn about the improved accessibility features on the Libby App!

Mango – Learn Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Greek, or Russian the fun, interactive way – all on your own schedule, at your own pace, and wherever you want. Stop in the middle of a lesson and sign back in at a later point, Mango will keep track of everything for you.

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Novelist K-8 – Find the next great book to read for children from birth to teen. Find a new book based on a title you liked (“Readalike”), browse by genre, or award winners!