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Help Promote Summer Meals For Kids and Teens!

Kids and teens age 18 and under can get free, healthy meals at sites across the state through USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Visit SummerMealsNY.org to learn more and access outreach resources to promote summer meals, including:

Outreach Materials – print or download flyers and rack cards to display and distribute to families. Our newest flyer promotes grab-and-go meals, and can be customized to include site locations. Contact us for details.

Social Media & E-News - Share information with your networks using sample posts and images like the ones below, which can also be used in e-newsletters, robocalls/texts, and other communication


The Great Give Back

The Great Give Back (GGB) will be Saturday, October 16th, 2021. The GGB is an opportunity for libraries to provide meaningful service-oriented experiences for community members, and to use collective marketing to highlight the important role libraries play in their communities. Libraries planning to participate in the GGB for 2021 should complete this very short survey. For more information, you can access a list of MHLS member library GGB events from 2020, and the recording of The Great Give Back Informational Webinar that was held on Tuesday, July 13th. For questions, please contact MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin, cconlin@midhudson.org.

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Q&A: Libraries and the Emergency Connectivity Fund Forum

In order to address Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) concerns unique to library applicants, the American Library Association (ALA), the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), and the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) recently co-hosted an open Q&A forum. The recording of the Q&A: Libraries and the Emergency Connectivity Fund forum held on July 16th is now available online, as are links to resources mentioned during the discussion. The application window for the ECF program will close on August 13.


15% Discount On NYLA Membership

LogoMHLS can provide a 15% discount on NYLA membership for 2021-2022 for member libraries that join or renew during the open enrollment period. The open enrollment period began on July 13th, 2021 and goes through August 3rd, 2021.

The process has been streamlined from previous years to make it even easier to apply for this discount!

Brief directions for completing the open enrollment process are below. Full directions for the open enrollment process can be found here.

If you need your library’s organizational membership login credentials, click Forgot Company Login on the Login page. Libraries that are joining for the first time or have let their memberships lapse should use the Forgot Company Login feature to access account credentials. If you have issues with this feature, please contact membership@nyla.org.

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Property Tax Levy

noticeProperty tax levy growth for libraries with fiscal years that close on December 31st will be capped at 2 percent for the 2022 fiscal year, according to the Office of the State Comptroller. All libraries that have their own board and their own budget vote – even if you did not hold a vote/don’t plan to hold a vote in 2021 for FY2022 – are required to file the online “tax cap form” with the Office of the State Comptroller by the end of the year. A primer on the Tax Cap for libraries is available from MHLS at http://bit.ly/2ceMNlO.


Oath of Office Reminder

Street SignOath of Office Reminder for Public Library Trustees with terms beginning in July. 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 of a public library trustee. If a public library trustee does not properly complete and file an oath of office, the trustee’s position may be deemed vacant. See Public Officer’s Law §30(1)(h) (https://bit.ly/2SQEOzI). For more information about how and why the oath of office is administered, and where to properly file an oath of office, please see the Oaths of Office FAQ on the New York State Library website.

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