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MHLS Board of Trustees update

The Board of the Mid-Hudson Library System met on Saturday, March 16th in the MHLS Auditorium and:

  • Appointed Barbara Swanson to represent Greene County. Barbara will serve through the end of the calendar year and if elected at the MHLS Annual Membership Meeting, serve out the remainder of Debra Klein’s term through December 31, 2025;
  • Approved a change order to the office building solar project;
  • Approved the 2024 funding priorities and definition of an “economically disadvantaged community” for the next funding round offered through the State Aid for Library Construction Program;
  • Approved the MHLS NYLA Conference Scholarship Grant program pending the outcome of the State budget negotiations;
  • Moved forward several amendments to the MHLS Bylaws which will be voted on at the 2024 Annual Membership Meeting;
  • Updated their board “Rules and Procedures” for 2024;
  • Voted to name the fund for the MHLS Book Haven Collection in honor of Debra Klein;
  • Approved the MHLS Annual Report to the State; and
  • Received an orientation to the Members Assessment.

All board documents are available at https://board.midhudson.org/. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the MHLS Board is on Wednesday, May 15th at 10:00 am at the Putnam Valley Library.


Support Library Funding!

The Final FY 2025 Budget is almost here – take action now to support library funding! The Senate and Assembly have both proposed $2.5 million in addition to the increase proposed by the Governor for operating aid, the aid that most directly impacts MHLS operations. Both houses also have proposed significant increases to the State Aid for Library Construction Program, far above what the Governor has proposed (Senate: $54 million; Assembly: $69 million). Both houses support the Governor’s proposal for $3 million to continue the NOVELny program. It is critical that we see these numbers in the final budget. 

Please take a few moments to use this form and to encourage all the library supporters in your life to do the same.

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Director Resources

Location change for 4/17 Directors Association Business Meeting

PLEASE NOTE: The Directors Association Business Meeting scheduled for April 17th has been moved from in person to online, at 10:00 am. REGISTER


The theme for National Library Week 2024 (April 7-13) “Ready, Set, Library!,” promotes the idea that in our always-online world, libraries give us a green light to something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and focus on what matters most. The American Library Association’s (ALA) website has free tools to promote and celebrate, including social media graphics, posters, sample press releases, and PSA scripts.

Days of note during that week are:
Monday, April 8: Right to Read Day is a National Day of Action in support of the right to read. The State of America’s Libraries Report is released, including Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2023.

Tuesday, April 9: National Library Workers Day, a day for everyone to recognize the valuable contributions made by library workers.

Wednesday, April 10: National Library Outreach Day, a day the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.

Thursday, April 11: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to urge members of Congress to protect the freedom to read.

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Trustee Resources

What’s New in the Trustee Handbook: Open Meetings Law Updates

Check out the Library Board Meetings chapter for all the latest updates on New York State’s Open Meetings Law and how it applies to public and association libraries. This includes clarification of what documents need to be publicly available on the library’s web site in advance of board meetings; what should be included in the minutes; and an explanation about how to comply with the law when it comes to remote participation at open meetings by trustees.

Trustee responsibilities are small in number but broad in scope. This monthly Bulletin feature is designed to point out sections that are new in the updated version of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State.

Purchase a bound copy of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, 2023 edition from the Mid-Hudson Library System. Order Form


Trustee Handbook Book Club – 2024 Dates!

The Trustee Handbook Book Club will continue in 2024! Thank you to all who attended the Trustee Handbook Book Club sessions last year. We hope to see you this year for the continuation of this one-of-a-kind series. 

Join Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, and friends for this fun and informative series! At each session, trustees will take a deeper dive into a topic relevant to their role and responsibilities as a library trustee. Each month trustees are encouraged to read a chapter of the Trustee Handbook. Each session will include a brief introduction to the chapter topic, as well as address any questions that come in live during the event.

  • What’s New in the 2023 Edition of the Trustee Handbook | Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | 5:00-6:30pm | REGISTER
  • Libraries for the Future: An Introduction to Sustainability as the Newest Core Value | Tuesday, June 18, 2024 | 5:00-6:30pm | REGISTER
  • Governance Structure: The Role of Board Officers and Board Committees | Tuesday, October 15, 2024 | 5:00-6:30pm | REGISTER

Member Libraries can access the full Trustee Handbook Book Club series and resources for past recordings (as well as earn trustee education credits) in the Trustee Academy on the MHLS Training on Demand platform. Those without access to the platform can view materials via the MHLS webpage (certificates cannot be provided when viewed via the webpage). 

Purchase a bound copy of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State, 2023 edition from the Mid-Hudson Library System. Order Form

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