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MHLS Engage Webinars

stick figuresIn the newest MHLS Engage Webinar Pawling Free Library director, Brian Avery, talks about Pawling’s successful Human Library Project . The Human Library Project, which celebrated its 3rd annual gathering at the Pawling Free Library this year, is an event where community members can sign up to be “books” and can be “checked out” by program attendees.

The Engage Webinar series features innovative MHLS member libraries sharing their experiences in a short interview style format. To view the Pawling Free Library webinar and other webinars in the Engage series, visit https://midhudson.org/engage/


RBdigital App Updates

LogoRBdigital has made updates to their app that make it easier for users to read magazines on their smartphones or tablets.  The app now has:

  • Text to speech option (available for iOS only) that allows users to listen to all articles in audio format.
  • Sepia and grey color themes in addition to the current light and dark themes that are designed to improve the readability of text and reduce eye fatigue.
  • Scalable font and screen brightness controls, which gives users more control over font size than the previous reader.

You can access the RBdigital quick start guide for mobile app account setup and much more at https://bit.ly/2JMclaq

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Free tickets for kids to the Hudson Valley Renegades!

LogoThe Hudson Valley Renegades are offering free tickets, for the August 26th game, for libraries to give to kids participating in or completing their Summer Reading Programs. There is no cap on the number of kids’ tickets that libraries can request, and participating libraries will be provided with a link for the families of participating kids to use to purchase discounted tickets.

To request tickets or more info, contact Bill Levy, Senior Account Executive for the Hudson Valley Renegades at 845-838-0094.


Burbio Streamlines Community Calendars

LogoBurbio is a free service that collects multiple community calendars in one place so people can stay up-to-date on the local happenings that are important to them. The free community events platform collects all of a town’s activities – library, school, government, and non-profit events – in one place and allows residents to personalize event feeds, add to their digital calendar, and receive updates. Burbio pulls event information from existing calendars so there’s no additional work involved!  This service is available on a free website, iOS and Android app. To sign up for Burbio, visit Burbio.com or for more information about this service. contact Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, cconlin@midhudson.org

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Library Policies – Development Tips & Samples

dictionary entryThe library boards’ ultimate responsibility is to ensure and protect the reputation of the institution – best realized through the adoption of clearly written library policies. To support your organizations efforts, in writing effective policies MHLS maintains a policies webpage that contains development questions and samples for essential library policies. If you have questions about your library’s policies please contact MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator Casey Colin, cconlin@midhudson.org.




Oaths of Office for All Public Library Trustees

Raised HandThe New York State Library recently issued an important reminder that Public Officer’s Law §10 requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take 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). 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 page on the State Library’s website: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/trustees/oath.htm

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