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General News

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/


Engage Webinar series

The Mid-Hudson Library System’s Engage Webinar series is back! This webinar series features innovative MHLS member libraries sharing their experiences in a short interview style format. In the newest webinar Courtney Wimmers, MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist talked with Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books Executive Board President Kristin Charles-Scaringi about the Battle of the Books program.

To view the webinar, visit https://midhudson.org/engage/

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Director Resources

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/


New Directors Forum

The next New Directors Forum will take place on Tuesday, June 11th from 12:30 – 2:30pm after the DA meeting. This session’s topic will be Successful Budget Votes presented by MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich.

This event is designed for MHLS library directors who have been in their position for three (3) years or less to give you the opportunity to meet with others dealing with similar situations and to find answers and contacts to help you in your day-to-day life at the library.

At this workshop we will cover:

  • A review of the different types of votes
  • An introduction to the four phases of a vote campaign
  • Best practices from the perspective of experienced directors through a panel discussion


Director Panel:

  • Carol Fortier, Beekman Library
  • Jen McCreery, Desmond-Fish Library (Garrison)
  • Teresa McGuirk, Clinton Community Library
  • Gillian Thorpe, Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library (Cold Spring)


Please register for this workshop through the online calendar http://calendar.midhudson.org/

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Trustee Resources

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



2018 Edition-Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State

The latest edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State is available both in print, for $5.00 a copy and online, for free, through the New York State Library’s website.

Authored by Jerry Nichols, Palmer School of Library and Information Science and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System Executive Director.

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