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Together We Read Digital Book Club

Beginning February 19th readers throughout the United States can join OverDrive’s – Together We Read digital book club. The eBook Lean on Me by Pat Simmons will be available through March 4th with no waitlists or holds. To access marketing materials or to learn more about this event please visit https://togetherweread.com/us/

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Library Advocacy Day, February 25

Join us, and encourage others to join us, in Albany for Library Advocacy day on Tuesday, February 25th. MHLS makes the day easy by scheduling meetings with each Assemblymember and Senator that represents our region and through arranging transportation. Thanks to the generosity of area Friends Groups the ticket to ride the bus is just $5!

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2020 Census Workshops

As part of the New York Community Trust Census Equity Fund grant program, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin will be presenting 2020 Census workshops that will provide an overview of the upcoming Census, tools and strategies for promoting the Census, and best practices for supporting community members in completing the Census questionnaire. There is

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Send Letters of Support for State Library Aid

The Governor’s suggested funding is $5 million less than what was in last year’s enacted state budget. This is the fourth year of proposed cuts to library funding! Let our legislators know that funding for libraries is critical. The New York Library Association (NYLA), our lead advocate in Albany, has provided customizable letters that can

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Please Return Extra Delivery Bins

A message from MHLS Delivery Operations Manager Tom Finnigan: “As we ease back into routine volume levels of materials traveling around the system after the backlog caused by the holidays, we ask that you please place any accumulated, extra delivery bins next to your regular outgoing bins for the driver to pick up and bring

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Census Workshops

As part of the New York Community Trust Census Equity Fund grant program, Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin will be presenting workshops in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Ulster and counties, as well as a webinar that will provide an overview of the upcoming Census, tools and strategies for promoting the Census, and best practices for

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Local History & Special Collections Roundtable – 1/16

There is still time to register for the Local History & Special Collections Roundtable on Thursday, January 16 from 10:00-11:00am. This interactive discussion group brings together experienced staff with those wanting to learn more about building a Library of Things. Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to: Types of items Storage & display Circulation

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#eBooksForAll

The American Library Association (ALA) continues to coordinate the #ebooksforall campaign in reaction to Macmillan’s embargo on selling new titles to libraries. On the MHLS OverDrive homepage, there is a message reading “Sign the petition demanding #ebooksforall.” This links to the ALA petition webpage, giving patrons the opportunity to educate themselves on this issue and

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Innovative Being Acquired by Ex Libris

It has recently been announced that Innovative, Mid-Hudson Library System’s ILS software vendor, is being acquired by their largest competitor in the academic market, Ex Libris. Ex Libris, owned by ProQuest has a long history in the library software industry. The merger will take place early in 2020 and both companies are optimistic about the

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New Year Cataloging Procedures Reminder

On the first of the year all totals in the Year to Date Circulation (YTD) will be moved to Last Year circ (LYR), replacing the numbers stored there from the previous year.  During the third week in January Patrons whose cards have been expired for 3+ years and fines less than $10 will be deleted.

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