Veterans’ Benefits and Programs November 14, 2017

According to a recent bulletin from the Mid-Hudson Library System: The American Community Survey estimates that there are more than 42,000 veterans living in the Mid-Hudson Library System service area. That is equivalent to 6% of the total population in the five county area. 2011-2015 U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS)

Federal, state, and local governments have many benefits and programs for our veterans (and survivors) in areas such as advocacy, burials, compensation, education, employment, health care, and housing.

To learn more about available benefits, or for help applying for benefits, contact the federal, state, or local veterans’ offices.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs The toll-free number for VA Benefits is 1-800-827-1000.

Find other ways to contact the Federal VA at this site: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1703

New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs  Phone: 888-838-7697 (VETSNYS)

County Veterans’ Services Offices Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services, Poughkeepsie, 845-486-2060 http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/countygov/departments/veteransaffairs/vaindex.htm

Columbia County Veterans Service Office, Hudson, 518-828-3610

Greene County Veterans Service Agency, Catskill, 518-943-3703 https://www.greenegovernment.com/veterans-service-agency

Putnam County Veterans’ Service Agency, Carmel, 845 808-1620 http://www.putnamcountyny.com/vsa/

Ulster County Veterans’ Service Agency, Kingston, 845-340-3190 http://ulstercountyny.gov/veterans-service-agency

A Message from Morton

Come to Morton and see the new exterior paint job.  Then browse the shelves for a new book or perhaps the cookbook shelf for a new recipe idea for the holidays.  We have audio books and dvds if you need a fun escape and our Sustainability Shelf will inspire you for the future.

Please join us for art, music, movies, education, and to meet the creators of Welcome to Night Vale. We strive to have something for everyone.

Note:  The December meeting of the Morton Board will be held on Thursday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m.  The public is always welcome.

Morton Board Meeting Dates

The meetings of the Morton Board are held on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

January 5, 2017, February 2, 2017, March 2, 2017, April 6, 2017, May 4, 2017, June 1, 2017, July 6, 2017, August 3, 2017, September 7, 2017, October 5, 2017, November 2, 2017, December 7, 2017.

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.