Vol.10-07   2.16.10

Summer Reading for All Ages!


S
ummertime brings big business to our member libraries and to help support annual summer reading programs (SRPs) MHLS is conducting two workshops in March.

All member libraries do some type of programming for kids in the summer and many libraries have begun offering summer reading programs for teens and adults as well. MHLS staff has planned two workshops, both will be held in Poughkeepsie and Germantown, one will address Summer Reading Programs for children up to age 12, the other -a first for us - will help libraries plan activities for teens and adults. The workshops are bundled together at each location, the children's SRP session in the morning, the teen and adult session in the afternoon.

2010 Children's Summer Reading Program Workshop: How to Make a Splash with Your Great Ideas Presented by Christina Ryan-Linder, MHLS Youth Services & Community Connections Coordinator and Merribeth Advocate, MHLS Outreach & Education Coordinator. This session is ideal for library staff currently working with children up to age 12 and their families and for others interested in children's services.
- Hear from your peers about programs that work for kids and families
- Share craft ideas relevant to the 2010 theme: "Make a Splash, Read!"
- Introduction to useful tools in the summer reading manual to make your job easier
- Best practices for outreach to the schools and parents
- Simple ways to track and report your success

Register for either of the following sessions:
Monday, March 15 from 10:00am - 1:00pm @Germantown Library (31 Palantine Park Rd., Germantown)

Friday, March 19 from 10:00am - 1:00pm @MHLS Auditorium (105 Market St., Poughkeepsie)

Bring your lunch and stay from 1:00 - 2:00pm to network and/or conduct your County Youth Services meeting.

2010 Teen & Adult Summer Reading Program Workshop: Easy Ways to Have a Successful Summer Presented by Christina Ryan-Linder, MHLS Youth Services & Community Connections Coordinator and Merribeth Advocate, MHLS Outreach & Education Coordinator and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability. This session is ideal for those currently doing teen and/or adult programming and for those interested in expanding their programming to include these patrons.
- Learn how to structure a summer program
- Introduction to useful tools in the statewide summer reading manuals to make your job easier. 2010 themes:
- For teens: "Make Waves at Your Library"
- For adults: "Water Your Mind"
- Hear from your peers about programs that work for teens and adults
- Tips for getting the word out
- Simple ways to track and report your success

Register for either of the following sessions:
Monday, March 15 from 2:00 - 4:00pm @Germantown Library (31 Palantine Park Rd., Germantown)

Friday, March 19 from 2:00 - 4:00pm @MHLS Auditorium (105 Market St., Poughkeepsie)

Register online through the MHLS calendar: http://calendar.midhudson.org/

MHLS Announcements
Access to downloadable audio books through OverDrive Digital Downloads goes live today system-wide. Many libraries participated in the OverDrive training sessions. If you did not yet do that, or want a refresher, go to http://midhudson.org/collection/overdrive.htm where there is a recorded training you can access from any computer with speakers (and an application for getting credit for taking the training), and an updated OverDrive Fact Sheet. In March this new service will be the focus of the MHLS Word-of-Mouth Marketing Experiment. MHLS suggests that all library staff that work with patrons take the time to become familiar with this new service between now and March.

Professional Development
Learn about Choose Privacy Week: Join the Director of the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, Barbara Jones, to learn about a new ALA initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. This session will explore how libraries can assist patrons in thinking critically and making more informed choices about their information privacy. Choose Privacy Week, a week-long awareness campaign and celebration, will take place May 2-8, 2010, and Barbara will be showcasing some of ALA's ideas and promotional materials. The same workshop will be presented in 2 sessions. Please indicate which session you will attend, when you RSVP.
-Session 1: Thursday March 11th, 2010, 6:00 - 8:00pm in the Holden Room of the Crandall Public Library
-Session 2: Friday March 12th, 2010 9:00, - 11:00am in the Harry Dutcher Community Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library
Seating is limited. Please RSVP by March 8th to Jennifer Ferriss, jferriss@sals.edu

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
The New York Library Association launched a 2010 Advocacy Campaign: NY's Libraries: Essential NYLA has really taken their campaign to the next level this year and have created an online presence [http://protectnylibraries.org] that includes:

o Link to NYLA's online advocacy center where anyone can easily send a fax or email to their state legislators with a few clicks of a button
o An online petition for library supporters to sign
o Coordinated posters and web graphics available for download
o Great explanations of how libraries are essential: for lifelong learning, job opportunities, quality of life and community empowerment
o Facebook Group - join in and use their graphic as your profile pic to raise awareness!

The NYLA campaign also includes SNAPSHOTNY - an opportunity for your library to be represented in an overall picture of how people use New York's Libraries. Phyllis Keaton, Director of the Howland Public Library in Beacon and her staff are participating, they chose last Wednesday to track how people are using their library. Join in, it's not too difficult. NYLA is looking for statistics, pictures and video from one day at your library before February 24th. Pick a day and collect statistics on:
- How many patron visits?
- How many people used your public computers?
- How many reference questions did your staff answer?
- How many children participated in programs (including school visits as well as library-sponsored programs)?
- How many adults participated in programs?
- What was the total circulation for the day?
- How many hits did your website receive?

Please share the ProtectNYLibraries.org web site with your staff, trustees, Friends and Patrons as we march towards Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 2 [http://midhudson.org/funding/advocacy/bus2010.pdf] Anything you can do to support NYLA in the next few weeks helps us make the case to restore library funding and fight the proposed cut when we are in front of Legislators on Lobby Day. [For more information about Library Lobby Day, to register and information about the bus to Albany visit http://midhudson.org]

Youth Services
Quick Ideas for Displays & Programs from the MHLS Health Information Project: Use the Teen-focused 2010 National Health Observances page (http://hip.midhudson.org/hip_observances.htm) on the Health Information Web site to plan displays and programs as well as provide reference information for patrons throughout the year. A full listing of teen-focused events is featured, along with links to relevant videos and books. To get the Teen-focused 2010 National Health Observances, visit http://hip.midhudson.org/, look on the left hand side of the page for the heading "General Health Information" and click on the "Monthly Health Observances" link. Questions? Feel free to call the Health Information Project office at 845.471.6060 x 223 for Bobbi Clapp or x 242 for Erica Freudenberger.

Job Openings
The Pleasant Valley Library seeks afternoon/ weekend clerk. $9/hour, 22 hours/week to start. Hours are Monday - Thursday 1:00 - 5:00pm, and alternating Fridays 12:00 - 6:00pm / Saturdays 9:00am -4:00pm. Applicant should be friendly with patrons and comfortable in a fast paced yet small staffed library. Fax resume to 845.635.9556 or drop by to fill out an application.

MHLS recommends that the minimum starting salary of a full or part-time librarian with an MLS degree be at least equal to that of a teacher with a master's degree in the same community.

Member Libraries are welcome to submit items of interest and job openings to the MHLS Bulletin: bulletin@midhudson.org. The MHLS Bulletin is available on line at http://midhudson.org/bulletins/main.htm.