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2018 Battle of the Books

Celebrating its fourteenth year the Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books program brings together kids in grades 6th through 12th to display their knowledge through a literary trivia contest.

Twenty five member libraries have spent the summer working with teams of middle and high school students to prepare them for the end of program regional competitions. Which team will have the honor of being declared 2018 champions? Join the fun to find out! Read all about it in this week’s MHLS Bulletin!

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Mr. Sloan Says Farewell

“I suggest to you that the single most valuable MHLS asset is collaboration among MHLS stakeholders. We cooperatively provide library services, coordinate activities, and share an understanding of how to work jointly for the benefit of all.” Tom Sloan is departing as MHLS Executive Director this month, read his full farewell statement in this week’s MHLS Bulletin.


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Sierra Circ 101

Join MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O’Connell on Wednesday, July 25th for a Sierra 101 webinar. This webinar is designed for new staff but more experienced staff seeking more efficient ways to do things while covering the circ desk are welcome to register as well. This is a good venue to ask questions that you’ve always wondered about! For more info and to register visit our online calendar.

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Ready to Rock?

The 2018 Explore New York and Libraries Rock! recreational reading lists and bookmarks for the Summer Reading Program are now available!

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Your Library Card Brochure

Member libraries can request copies of the brochure (free of charge) through this online form

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New Guide: OverDrive

New Guide for Library Staff: How To Support Your Patrons Who Have Overdrive Access Issues


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Executive Director Search Opens

The Board of Trustees of the Mid-Hudson Library System is advertising for the position of executive director. For more information, including the full job description, detailed qualifications and application information: This position closes June 10, 2018.


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State of America’s Libraries 2018

The American Library Association (ALA) has released The State of America’s Libraries report for 2018, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 8–14, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. The report affirms the invaluable role libraries and library workers play within their communities by leading efforts to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

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Thank You!

Thank you to all who advocated for state library and construction aid this budget season! Your efforts turned the tide! The final number for library aid is +$5 million over the Governor’s proposal and construction aid is +$20 million over the Governor’s proposal! Take a moment to say thanks to our representatives in Albany who heard our message and did something about it!

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Record-setting Proposal in Albany

Thanks to the efforts of thousands of library advocates from across New York State, our voices were heard! The NYS Legislature has released their “one house” budget proposals for this year’s budget – and those bills include the single largest increase in funding to the Library Construction Aid Program EVER – a $50M addition to the program, for a total of $64M!! This is in addition to both houses restoring the Governor’s proposed $4M cut to Library Aid.

Click HERE to send your message of support for Library Funding NOW!


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