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Funding of New York State’s Libraries

The Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology held a hearing on December 13, 2019 at which MHLS Executive Director Rebekkah Smith Aldrich was invited to give testimony. To view Rebekkah’s testimony please visit, https://midhudson.org/advocacy/

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Become a Library Champion!

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 be sent to

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MHLS Advocacy Day Briefing Webinar

The MHLS Advocacy Day Briefing Webinar will be held on Thursday, February 13th at 10:00am. This event is designed for all library advocates – library directors, staff, trustees, Friends Groups, volunteers and patrons – who are interested in speaking up for libraries during the New York budget negotiation season. Please register for this webinar through

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Library Advocacy Day February 25th!

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

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Sign Up for the MHLS Bulletin!

Did you know you can receive the weekly newsletter of the Mid-Hudson Library System directly in your inbox every Tuesday? Receive the MHLS online newsletter to get system news, member library spotlights, professional development opportunities, and access to the ‘In the News’ section, which highlights the latest coverage of local and national library news items.

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Become A Census Champion!

United for Libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy office and the Census Counts campaign launched Library Census Champions, a new network of state, local and tribal library Trustees helping their libraries and communities prepare for the 2020 Census. Trustees can find more info to sign up to become a Library Census Champion and

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Oath of Office Reminder for Public Library Trustees

New York State Public Officer’s Law §10 (https://bit.ly/2Qk5Nlu) requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take and file an oath of office within 30 days of beginning their term of office. Public library trustees are public officers and the oath of office is required to officially undertake and perform the duties

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Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs

To combat the continuing rise in opioid-related deaths in New York State (NYS), laws were amended to allow NYS public libraries to participate in opioid overdose prevention programs by partnering with a New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)-registered opioid overdose prevention programs. Public libraries that choose to participate and whose personnel are acting reasonably

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New Construction Legislation

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation that provides new opportunities for libraries to take advantage of the State Aid for Library Construction program. Libraries that can demonstrate that the library’s service area is equal to or greater than the New York State average poverty rate using Federal Census data, and that the

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Advocacy Day – February 25th!

NYLA Library Advocacy Day will be on Tuesday, February 25, 2020! Each year library advocates from across New York State converge on Albany to voice their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Your attendance can make a BIG impact. Join us for meetings with your NYS representatives to make the case that Libraries

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