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Central Library Resource Guide for Racial Justice

The Poughkeepsie Public Library District has put together a resource guide for all ages and backgrounds, to learn more about racial justice and what we can all do to advance equality in America. The Antiracist Starter Kit for Kids, Teens, Adults, Parents, and Educators can be accessed at poklib.org.

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Sierra 5.1 Release

The upcoming Sierra 5.1 release will take place on July 7th at 3:00am. New features and fixes in Sierra 5.1 and 5.0 will be included in this upgrade. The MHLS Tech Department will keep members updated via the MHLS-Notice List. To view the full list of upgrades and fixes please visit https://kb.midhudson.org/sierra-roadmap/sierra-release-info/

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The Great Give Back

If your library is interested in participating in The Great Give Back this year, please fill out this brief form by June 30th. To learn more about The Great Give Back please visit https://midhudson.org/great-give-back/.

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Rainbow Book Month™

June is Rainbow Book Month™ a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community. This occasion is an opportunity for book lovers and libraries with the very best in LGBTQIA+ literature. For publicity materials, social media

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Staff Briefing: Sierra During COVID-19 Reopening Webinar

On Friday, June 12th beginning at noon MHLS Assistant Director & Technology Operations Manager Laurie Shedrick will facilitate the webinar, Staff Briefing: Sierra During COVID-19 Reopening. This one-hour webinar is for the staff of Mid-Hudson Library System member libraries to bring library staff up to date on the process for restarting Sierra and Encore patron

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New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) Restarts Mail Service

The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) restarted its mail delivery service as of June 1st for TBBL patrons. Patrons are also encouraged to register for the free Braille and Audio Reading Download service (BARD), which provides immediate access to audio and electronic braille books, magazines, and music scores through Android, iOS,

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READSquared – No Cost to Libraries

More than thirty-five MHLS member libraries have already signed up for READSquared! The New York State Library is pleased to offer READsquared at NO COST to public libraries statewide. READsquared is an online reading program solution. This powerful application offers customization and configuration of CSLP-themed summer reading programs and other reading and learning programs throughout the year, as well as readers’ advisory tools for

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Sierra Lunchtime Webinars

Thomas O’Connell, MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor will be offering Sierra Lunchtime Webinars beginning at 12:00pm all next week. Each day covers a different topic: Tuesday, May 26th:  Knowledge Base: A wealth of knowledge for you and your library Wednesday, May 27th: Loan Rules -How they work and what they can do for your library Thursday,

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Advocacy Alert: Action Needed

Funds from the federal government can help offset some of the state-level cuts necessary in the face of COVID-19. Use the form and pre-loaded message at this link to tell your federal representatives what’s at stake if libraries lose funding, and ask your federal representatives to consider providing aid to libraries as they decide how

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The Great Give Back Informational Webinar 5/21

The Great Give Back Informational Webinar will take place on Thursday, May 21st at 2:00pm. The Great Give Back is a day for library patrons to participate in meaningful service-oriented experiences coordinated by the library. The second year of this statewide program may look very different than last year. Join Courtney Wimmers, MHLS Outreach &

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