Vol.10-42   10.19.10

eBooks Are Coming to MHLS!

At the October Directors Association meeting the Directors voted to add eBooks to OverDrive in 2010!

There is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on the MHLS web site all staff who work with patrons will want to take a look at in the next month: http://midhudson.org/collection/overdrive/ebook.htm.

Of particular interest is the printable handout of recommended devices at http://overdrive.com/files/ebook-cheat-sheet.pdf. Please note that neither the Amazon Kindle nor the Apple iPad are compatible with Overdrive at this time. Overdrive is working on an iPad application but have not stated a release date.

More information will be coming, including training and marketing information. We expect to be live with this new format in the MHLS Digital Download Center http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com in mid-November.

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Take the 10% Challenge! Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, Melissa Everett, the Mid-Hudson Library System and the MHLS Marketing Advisory Committee are strongly encouraging member libraries to sign-up for the Sustainable Hudson Valley's 10% Challenge that launched on 10.10.10.

The Challenge presents an opportunity for libraries to raise their profile in their community while:
- reducing fossil fuel usage
- reducing operating costs and
- reducating the public

What is it? Sustainable Hudson Valley (SHV) challenges you to cut energy use by at least 10% and get 10% of your co-workers, citizens, or social network involved.
The SHV 10% Challenge provides a framework for bringing diverse interests together to take action that benefits the environment, economy and community life, beginning with the easiest actions and addressing more complex changes as momentum grows.

This can be a one year or a multi-year, grassroots campaign that can attract individuals and organizations across the political spectrum. "By taking action at the local level … we can restore a sense of local self-reliance and empowerment rather than dependence on centralized solutions."

How much is this going to cost me? The SHV Challenge is a call to simple actions that can be scaled up to make a measurable difference in energy use, environment and economic security: lighting replacements, water-efficiency campaigns, deep energy retrofits for buildings, bike-friendly community plans, and more.

Who is participating? Two Hudson Valley towns, Red Hook and Warwick, are doing this town-wide. The municipal buildings, businesses, residents and LIBRARIES are participating. But you don't have to wait for your whole town to get on board, you can sign up the library as a standalone commitment.
So far 2 Towns, 5 Villages, 2 School Districts, 1 Library, and 2 Chambers of Commerce have signed on.

How does my library get started? Visit http://www.sustainhv.org/10pct-signup to get started.

They outline the following steps:
- Commit to a target for reduced energy use (10%)
- Set benchmarks (current usage, money spent)
- Set a target date (say one year)
- Draw on inspiration, tools, and the growing buzz to get people in your networks involved
- Use tracking tools to quantify results
- Celebrate accomplishments with local rewards and savings
- Renew your commitment and involve others

How can MHLS help?
MHLS will continue to help libraries convey to the voting public that member libraries are good neighbors and good stewards of local tax dollars as libraries demonstrate a commitment to "greening" their library facility, operations and programs:

- MHLS Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional and is available to consult with any library taking the challenge to find low-cost solutions for reducing energy consumption and greening the library in other ways to create a healthy, proactive library building for your staff, patrons and community.
- The MHLS Marketing Advisory Committee has chosen "Save Green by Going Green @your library" as a 2011 Word-of-Mouth Marketing topic - this system wide marketing effort can piggyback on the SHV's Challenge PR.
- MHLS will run two workshops in early 2011 to help libraries 1) prepare energy efficient projects for the State Aid for Public Library Construction Grant Program and 2) to find solutions for "greening" operations, programs and services at the library.

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations seeking funding to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2011 and June 2012. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read will receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, access to online training resources, educational and promotional materials, inclusion of your organization and activities on The Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national program. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected by a panel of experts. To review the Guidelines & Application Instructions visit: http://neabigread.org/application_process.php Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org

Tips on Applying for The Big Read: The Development Officer for the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Gareth Davies, has secured The Big Read Grant three years in a row. He has shared that each year the grant has become more and more competitive as the number of grants given has shrunk by 70%. Gareth advises libraries considering this grant to have a very comprehensive plan of programs with extensive use of partners - schools, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations and municipalities.

Youth Services
Join us for the Children's & Teen Roundtables!
The Children's Services Roundtable topic will be: Children With Special Needs. On Thursday, November 18th from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium special guest speaker Nancy Osborn, Director of Consultation for the Anderson Center for Autism, will present ideas and tips about working with children with special needs.

This session is ideal for library staff currently working with children up to age 12 and their families and for others interested in patrons with special needs.

The workshop will cover:
- An introduction to programming for children with special needs
- Ways to exercise inclusion of children with special needs into existing programming
- Reaching out to diverse populations in your community

The Teen Outreach Roundtable topic will be Marketing Your Programs to Teens & Tweens. Reaching Teens in your community can be quite a monumental task. Join us in a roundtable discussion to discover new ways to reach this age group by addressing the up and coming teen generation.

This session is ideal for library staff currently working with children ages 8-18 and for others interested in reaching Tweens & Teens.

There are two opportunities to attend the teen roundtable:
- Monday, November 15th from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Germantown Library or
- Thursday, November 18th from 1:00-3:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium

Please register online for either - or both! - events at http://calendar.midhudson.org/

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.