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General News

Own Voices & Diversity Books for Students

OverDrive has donated an additional collection of Kids & Teens titles for simultaneous use. The Community Read: Own Voices & Diversity Books for Students titles have automatically been added to the OverDrive collection and will be available in unlimited simultaneous use, at no cost to your library through August 31st, 2021.


Sierra and Encore Training Survey

At this time, MHLS is taking time to evaluate member needs and optimize our offerings. We are asking for member libraries feedback on future Sierra and Encore training development. To get a better sense of what the members hope to achieve through training we ask that the survey be completed by MHLS member library Directors, supervisors, and staff to gain the most comprehensive understanding of the training needs. Access the survey.

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Director Resources

Reopening Plans & Quarantine Strategy

Member library directors please ensure MHLS has the most up-to-date information about your reopening plans and your quarantine strategy by updating your info through this form. You can see what you’ve already reported to MHLS on the reopening side of things on the Library Service Status page. MHLS uses this information for data analysis purposes as well as to identify trends.


Directors Coffee Hour: Reopening the Library

Following requests at the last Director Briefing, MHLS has scheduled a Directors Coffee Hour: Reopening the Library on August 4th at 10:00am to provide library directors with a space to discuss issues around reopening. During the Coffee Hour library directors will have the opportunity to talk about practical problems that arise in managing a facility and keeping staff and patrons safe while providing library services. This event is intended for library directors to gather and talk frankly and informally about the experiences they’ve had, challenges they’ve faced, and the solutions they’ve found to reopening their library buildings. Please register for this event through the MHLS calendar.


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Trustee Resources

Census Door-To-Door Visits

writingThe U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will begin following up with households in the Mid-Hudson area that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census starting August 6th with door-to-door visits. All Census takers carry a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. The public may contact their regional census center to confirm the Census taker’s identity. For more info, visit the Census newsroom.


MHLS COVID-19 Trustee Briefing

Join MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, for the next MHLS COVID-19 Trustee Briefing on Wednesday, August 12th from 10:00-11:00am. This custom online event designed for member library trustees will cover the latest info about funding considerations, restarting/reimagining library operations as well as share answers to frequently asked questions. Please send questions in advance to Rebekkah at rsmith@midhudson.org. Register here for this event.

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