Hiking in the Hudson Valley, Part 2: Topo Maps+! *Updated 6/22/18*

screenshot of appSo you’ve caught the hiking bug, but you need guides you can take with you on the trails. Luckily, there are plenty of apps to help you do just that!

Topo Maps+ is one such option. Topo Maps+ is a service that allows you to look through and download topographic maps so they can be available even when there’s no data available. In addition, you can record the routes you walk, creating a personalized map of your favorite hiking or walking trails. It’s a great way to check the terrain you’re going to walk on, and create a personalized path through your favorite hiking spots. It even comes with a built-in compass! You don’t need to worry about getting lost.

You can download the Topo Maps+ app for free on your smartphone or tablet.

Hiking in the Hudson Valley, Part 1

The sun is (finally) shining on New York! It’s a perfect time to get out there and explore the natural wonders available in the Hudson Valley.

Hikethehudsonvalley is a website set up to provide an informative, casual hiking guide to more than 70 hikes available in the Hudson Valley. Each of the hikes has rankings based on both beauty and difficulty, as well as tons of pictures taken along the trail so you can judge for yourself. There’s a bunch of other information as well: the website provides the length of the hike, elevation, approximate time it takes to be completed, a trail guide and more!

Get out there and explore!

an image of a man with his child at the top of a hiking trail

How to Find and Compare Colleges


Are you lost looking for colleges? Running around to different websites? Trudging through an enormous directory?


College Scorecard is a service provided by the Department of Education that allows you to look up the important statistics of colleges in the United States. With it, you can:

  • See schools’ average annual cost, graduation rate, salary after attending, financial aid/debt, graduation/retention, location, student body, academic programs
  • Search for schools by program, location, size, public/private, and/or name
  • Choose schools to compare against each other
  • Filter results by average annual cost, graduation rate, salary after attending
  • Share findings via email, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Library Trustee Petitions are now available at the library!

Candidate petitions for the position of library trustee are available at the Town of Ulster Library beginning June 4, 2018.  The library is located at 860 Ulster Ave.  There are two trustee positions up for election for three year terms.  The election is on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Anyone who is a resident of the Town of Ulster is eligible to run.  Petitions must be signed by at least 25 Town of Ulster residents who are registered to vote in the town.  Petitions must be returned to the library by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in order to be on the September ballot. 

 Library trustees attend at least one board meeting a month and serve on one or more committees.  The role of a library trustee is to set policy for operation of the public library, and to oversee the fiscal health of the organization. 

 Residents who would like more information about serving on the Board of Trustees can contact the Library !

Explore Wonderopolis!

Why are there so many different pasta shapes?” “What happens inside a butterfly’s cocoon?

Wonderopolis is your go-to site for those nagging questions you (or your children) just can’t seem to find a straight answer to. They have a huge database of articles on various issues, written in a way both children and adults can understand, based on submitted questions. Think How Stuff Works but geared more toward accessibility.

Whether you want to know what dog food is made of or how somebody becomes homeless, Wonderopolis offers an answer in a concise, easy-to-understand format. Every article also offers a Try It Out section, where you can apply the knowledge you just gained to your everyday life, and explore places to find more information!

They answer a new question every day, so there’s no shortage of educational avenues to go down. Get learning!

Please note a time and day change for monthly BOT meeting.


There is a day and time change for monthly meeting of the Library’s Board of Trustees. The board will now meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 PM. The next meeting is June 26th at 4 PM. As always, these meetings are open to the public.

Memorial Day Holiday

The Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day Saturday, May 26th and Monday, May 28th.  We will reopen Tuesday at 12:00 PM. Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Managing your Google Data

With internet privacy on many people’s minds in the wake of the Facebook controversy and the advent of the General Data Protection Regulation from the EU, it is more important than ever to be aware of and (semi) control what personal data corporations are collecting.

Luckily, Google offers a relatively open view on these issues. Google TakeOut is a service that allows you to download all the information you’ve given to Google over the years. If you see anything you’d rather they not have, you can use another Google service, fittingly named MyActivity, to manage and delete anything that seems objectionable.

For more information on these services and internet privacy in general, you can check out this New York Times article.

a visual representation of the internet

A visual representation of the internet, courtesy of the opte project


Enjoy Unlimited Access to Encyclopedia Britannica With Your Library Card!

Are you looking for a quick info source you can rely on? Tired of running out of articles on Encyclopedia Britannica?

Assuming you have a library card, you don’t have to worry about that anymore! You get free access to EB’s entire academic archive as part of our online suite of subscriptions.

Click here to get started on your academic journey! We’ve also got access to the elementary, middle, and high school levels. No matter your age, we’ve got you covered.

The Headache, colour etching by George Cruikshank, c. 1830. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland

The Headache, colour etching by George Cruikshank, c. 1830. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland

Summer Reading featuring MyON!

Looking for good books to read when summer’s here and school’s out?

MyOn.com is a fantastic online reading service that offers thousands of ebooks for kids and teens. It also features readalong support, which is useful for anyone who has trouble reading or just appreciates listening and reading along to great books.  They’re partnering with New York libraries to provide kids and teens access to thousands of ebooks for free from May to September!

To Log in, use Mid Hudson Library System as your school name, and then…

If you’re in elementary school, use: mhlsstudent1 as your username, or

If you’re in middle school, use: mhlsstudent6

The password is: read (all lower case). Then, choose a book and read to your heart’s content! Click above to find out more.

Our summer reading program officially begins in July. Stay tuned!