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Mango Languages Updates!

Mango Languages database has been updated to make it easier for users to view their learning progress and explore new content.

New features include:

  • Expanded course content: Select languages now align with international proficiency standards.
  • Personalized review activities: Memorization activities adapt to the individuals learning progress and pace, helping users retain new words and phrases.
  • Listening and reading activities: Interactive listening and reading passages build new language skills through context clues and comprehension questions.

 

Learn more by visiting http://bit.ly/2JnXEdn

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Summer Reading is Almost Here!

Summer Reading is right around the corner and libraries are gearing up for the busiest time of the year! Here are some useful tools to help your library create the best program ever.

 

You can learn more about these resources and all things Summer Reading at https://midhudson.org/summer-reading-program/

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Director Resources

Construction Needs Action Memo Due 5/31

The MHLS Construction Needs Update & Intent to Apply for State Aid for Library Construction Action Memo is due from all member library directors by Friday, May 31st. In order to advocate for and administer the State Aid for Library Construction Program MHLS tracks information

about member libraries’ construction/expansion/ renovation projects. This assists with statewide advocacy for the program and helps to focus MHLS consulting efforts. Information supplied through this memo is required as part of the MHLS application process for State Aid for Library Construction funds later this year. Questions? Contact Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, cconlin@midhudson.org

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The Great Give Back Webinar – May 23

The Great Give Back, held on October 19th, is a day for library patrons to participate in meaningful service-oriented experiences. 2019 is a pilot year that expands this initiative from Long Island to the rest of New York, and MHLS libraries have the opportunity to participate this year for the first time.

Join MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist Courtney Wimmers for a webinar to learn more about the program and how your library can participate.

Thursday, May 23rd | 2:00 – 3:30 PM | Online
Register for this event through the MHLS calendar

More info on the Great Give Back can also be found at https://thegreatgiveback.org/

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Trustee Resources

Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS) Mini-Webinar Series

The spring MHLS Trustee education series is coming to a close but there are resources available to tide you over until the fall series begins.

Check out this series of 10-15 minute presentations from Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS). Each gives a quick overview of critical information that all trustees need to know.

Topics include:

  • Libraries in NY: Origin, Oversight & Organization
  • Open Meetings Law
  • Role of a Board President
  • The Public Library Treasurer
  • Board Evaluation
  • Director Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning

 

HATS was created thanks to a collaboration of key players in the New York library community: The State Library, the Library Trustee Association of New York (LTA), the New York Library Association (NYLA) and the Public Library Systems Directors Organization (PULISDO), were joined by hundreds of trustees and library directors from around New York State to help shape the content.

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Advanced Level Trustee Education: Strategic Thinking: Advocacy & Planning Workshop

There is still time to register for Advanced Level Trustee Education: Strategic Thinking: Advocacy & Planning Workshop on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30-8:30pm in the MHLS Auditorium.

This advanced-level course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year. It is recommended that trustees have already attended the Trustee Essentials workshop prior to this one.

In this workshop trustees will:

  • Come to better understand the perception of libraries in today’s world;
  • Work to identify community stakeholders; discuss effective community engagement techniques; and receive an overview of responsive planning opportunities; and
  • Receive an introduction to key advocacy strategies

REGISTER TODAY

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