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Mango Languages Updates!

Mango Languages database has been updated to make it easier for users to view their learning progress and explore new content. New features include: Expanded course content: Select languages now align with international proficiency standards. Personalized review activities: Memorization activities adapt to the individuals learning progress and pace, helping users retain new words and phrases.

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Summer Reading is Almost Here!

Summer Reading is right around the corner and libraries are gearing up for the busiest time of the year! Here are some useful tools to help your library create the best program ever. ReadSquared – Online registration and readers’ advisory tool. myON – Digital books for children. Teen Video Challenge – Annual competition for your teens!

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Engage Webinar series

The Mid-Hudson Library System’s Engage Webinar series is back! This webinar series features innovative MHLS member libraries sharing their experiences in a short interview style format. In the newest webinar Courtney Wimmers, MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist talked with Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books Executive Board President Kristin Charles-Scaringi about the Battle of the Books

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Auto Renewal Goes Live May 15th!

Auto Renewal is a feature which renews eligible items that are checked out to patrons in good standing, in an automated process, using Courtesy Notices. Two days before the item is due, the patron will receive an email notice to inform them that their item has been renewed and will now be due at a

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2020 Census Workshop

This event will provide an overview of the Census and how libraries can get started organizing Complete Count efforts in their own communities. Presenters Ian Hull, Deputy Director for the New York Regional Census Center and Mario D. Garcia, Partnership Specialist for Lower Hudson Valley Region, Field Division, U.S. Census Bureau will discuss: How Census

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The Great Give Back Webinar

The Great Give Back, held on October 19th, is a day for library patrons to participate in meaningful service-oriented experiences. 2019 is a pilot year that expands this initiative from Long Island to the rest of New York, and MHLS libraries have the opportunity to participate this year for the first time. Join MHLS Outreach

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NYS Budget Finalized

State Library Aid: $96.6 million As you know, Governor Cuomo proposed a $5 million cut in Library Aid in this year’s Executive Budget. The legislature rejected this proposed cut keeping a flat funding level for State Library Aid at $96.6 million. State Public Library Construction Aid: $14 million The Governor proposed a $20 million cut

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National Library Week: April 7-13

Next week is National Library Week, April 7th-13th. This is a time to celebrate the contributions of our libraries and library staff and to promote library use and support. Tuesday, April 9: National Library Workers Day is a perfect time to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers; library staff, administrators, and Friends groups.
Visit for ideas and free tools to help celebrate in your community.
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NOVELNY Database Subscriptions Renewed

The New York State Library is pleased to announce that the current collection of New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) statewide e-resources will continue through the coming year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), and these e-resources will also be extended for an additional year through June 30, 2021, pending availability of funds.

To see a listing of the database collection view this week’s MHLS Bulletin.

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Big Library Read – April 1st

The next Big Library Read kicks off April 1st with Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung. This title will be available through OverDrive for unlimited access, no holds or wait lists, from April 1st -15th. To access the marketing materials for the Big Library Read visit

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