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MHLS is Hiring!

MHLS is hiring a full time Financial Assistant. Provides support and assistance to and acts in the absence of the Finance Manager through all stages of the accounting cycle, along with overall budget support. Applies principles of accounting in compiling, preparing and processing financial data. Prepares and processes payroll data, purchases and invoices. Provides support to MHLS staff, Correctional Facility Librarians, and Member Library staff. Performs general office and other duties.

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Summer Food Service Program

This summer, kids and teens ages 18 and under can get free, healthy meals at sites across the state through USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Most sites are “open” sites, where there is no sign-up or paperwork required; kids can just drop by when meals are served. Your library can help increase the number of children eating summer meals by promoting summer meal sites and supporting local sponsors and sites already operating in your area. Visit SummerMealsNY.org for flyers, graphics, social media posts and more.

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Director Resources

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide unite to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. ALA provides a variety of free tools and ideas for promoting Library Card Sign-up Month in your local community. Visit https://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/card for more info!


Access to Mango Languages Ends


REMINDER: Access to Mango Languages ends on July 31st. Transparent Language Online our newest language learning program is is already live so make sure your website is up to date with information and access for your patrons. Marketing materials, trainings and library specific URLs are available on the MHLS Knowledge Base.

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Trustee Resources

Trustee Handbook Book Club Series

Don’t miss the next session in the Trustee Handbook Book Club Series, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Access & Justice, on October 17th at 5:00 pm. Join co-author of the Handbook For Library Trustees of New York State Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and friends for this fun and informative series!


Oath of Office

For library’s that have trustee terms which begin on July 1st this is an important reminder that New York State Public Officer’s Law §10requires 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. 

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 FAQon the New York State Library website. 

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