Vol.10-31   8.3.10

91% of Votes Have Passed So Far…

Vote Outcome Report for the 1st half of 2010: 91% of votes have passed so far this year. 1/3 of planned votes have taken place with twenty votes still to take place August - December 2010 which includes five libraries going for a 414 vote and an exciting building referendum for the Highland Public Library that would enable them to build a new library. One vote failed so far in 2010 - the Cairo Public Library's 259 vote which is a line item vote on their school district ballot that provides approximately 12% of their total operating budget. Cairo had tried for a 33% increase ($18,000 to $24,000). However, Cairo's $3 million building bond to build a new library passed in April. Libraries that passed budget votes so far this year:
- Beacon
- Catskill
- Esopus
- Greenville
- Highland
- Kingston
- Plattekill
- Mahopac
- Marlboro
The average budget increase for the libraries listed above was 4%, with increases ranging from 1.8% to 7.8%. To see a retrospective of library vote outcomes for the past few years visit the MHLS Public Library Vote Toolbox then About Votes then Recent Member Library Votes or get there directly at http://midhudson.org/vote/Toolkit/member-library-votes.htm

MHLS Libraries
The Adriance Memorial Library of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will not be open Sundays in August. "When Sunday hours resume on September 12, the Library will be open from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the remainder of 2010. Budget pressures may force the continuance of these reduced Sunday hours into 2011."
[As seen at http://poklib.org/]

The Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff got some press last week in the Daily Freeman for their adorable sign inviting former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and her new husband - who were married in Rhinebeck over the weekend - to stop by for their free library card. The large chalkboard outside the library read: "Chelsea & Marc - Congratulations from Rhinecliff's Morton Library. Stop in for your wedding gift: your own free-for-life public library card." Check out the video of the library's director Joanne Meyer touching up the sign at http://dailyfreeman.com

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
"You can borrow library books for nothing, but they're not free" was the headline of a recent article in the Stamford Advocate (CT). Author Sarah Darer Littman wrote the editorial in response to a proposed funding cut to the Stamford Library. Here are some great quotes and tidbits from the article you might reuse in your library's newsletter, annual appeal letter or web site:
- "Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague." - Eleanor Crumblehulme, a library assistant at the University of British Columbia
- "The public library is a keystone of democracy -- it's one of the great levelers in our society, increasingly so in the age of technology when many rely on its resources for their sole connection to online existence. Even in Greenwich, where stereotypes would lead you to believe everyone can afford a computer, there's often a line for the ones at the library." - Littman
- "The library is a community hub, a place where we can learn and grow from the cradle to the grave." - Littman
- "I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education ... I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it. Now, when I read constantly about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself." -Isaac Asimov

Have you heard? "Libraries top Netflix, Redbox when it comes to loaning DVDs": "Sure, Netflix and Redbox may rule the U.S. DVD rental market, but it turns out that the nation's public libraries are loaning more DVDs each day than Netflix rents to its by-mail subscribers. So says a new survey from the OCLC Online Computer Library Center, a nonprofit national library cooperative, which found that public library branches in the U.S. lend out a whopping 2.1 million DVDs a day, topping the two million discs rented daily by Netflix and the 1.4 million DVD rented each day by Redbox"
- Yahoo! News, 7.29.10

National Gaming Day is November 13, 2010. This year, North Star Games is donating a free copy of its game Wits & Wagers Family to the first 1,000 U.S. libraries that register, so hurry and fill out the form now! This new version removes the betting chips and includes questions that can be used in any library. Registering will also get your location on the national map the American Library Association (ALA) will promote to both the public and the press. Does your library plan to participate in the national Rock Band and/or Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournaments? Be sure to register so ALA can work with you ahead of time to get everything in place and tested. National Gaming Day @ your library is an initiative of the ALA to connect communities around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. Join this year's event and help us double our numbers again! Registration is now open for this event. Go to http://ngd.ala.org/ for more information and to register your library.

Youth Services
It's SRP Reporting Time!: The final evaluation form for the Summer Reading Program is available at: http://midhudson.org/program/SRP/main.htm under "planning & reporting". This report is required for all libraries engaged in a summer reading program. (The SRP mini-grant reports can also be found at this link. The mini-grant reports are only to be filled out by the recipients of the Diversity, Additional Teen Staff and Performer Mini-Grants.) All evaluations must be logged in by Friday, August 27th. Receipts and copies of payroll information for staff need to be sent to Christina in addition, for the mini-grant evaluations. There is no wiggle room on this date. This year the state is requiring this information much earlier than in the past. Please take a look at these evaluations as soon as possible so you can start reporting out and ask questions. Questions should be directed to Christina Ryan Linder, MHLS Youth Services & Community Connection Coordinator at clinder@midhudson.org or 845.471.6060 x235.

Job Openings
Library Manager position opening - Staatsburg Library: Seeking Library Manager for the Staatsburg Library District. The Library is located in the hamlet of Staatsburg, and emphasizes community involvement in a welcoming atmosphere. Approximately 25 hours/week, including some evening and Saturday hours. The Library Manager reports directly to the Board of Trustees, and has responsibility for all library operations, including supervising staff, overseeing budget, purchasing, and operation of the library's building and grounds. The Manager will initiate and oversee adult programs and work with a Children's/Youth Program coordinator. The position includes some circulation desk work. Library experience necessary. Job description available on request. Opening effective immediately. Respond by August 23rd, 2010. Send resume to: Betsy Mark, President, Board of Trustees, C/O Staatsburg Library, P.O. Box 397, Staatsburg, NY 12580; bestweevil@optonline.net

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PAGE 4: August 2010 Calendar: http://calendar.midhudson.org/

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.