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Together We Read Digital Book Club


Beginning February 19th readers throughout the United States can join OverDrive’s – Together We Read digital book club. The eBook Lean on Me by Pat Simmons will be available through March 4th with no waitlists or holds. To access marketing materials or to learn more about this event please visit https://togetherweread.com/us/


Library Advocacy Day, February 25

Join us, and encourage others to join us, in Albany for Library Advocacy day on Tuesday, February 25th. MHLS makes the day easy by scheduling meetings with each Assemblymember and Senator that represents our region and through arranging transportation. Thanks to the generosity of area Friends Groups the ticket to ride the bus is just $5! To register and learn more please visit: http://midhudson.org/library-advocacy-day/

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Advocacy Day Briefing Webinar

tilesView the Advocacy Day Briefing Webinar presented by Jeremy Johannesen, NYLA’s Executive Director and Briana McNamee, NYLA’s Director of Government Relations & Advocacy alongside MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich to learn about:

  • Budget timeline and pressure points
  • Budget and legislative priorities
  • Effective talking points
  • How, when, and where you can speak up for libraries!
Available on demand at https://youtu.be/IzdBVJk39Dg


Annual Reports Due Friday, February 14th

Each MHLS member library is required to complete the Annual Report. All reports should be fully submitted by February 14, 2020. For more information about the Annual Report please visit https://midhudson.org/annualreporttips/ or contact Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator at ext. 260 |  cconlin@midhudson.org

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Funding of New York State’s Libraries

Woman speakingThe Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology held a hearing on December 13, 2019 at which MHLS Executive Director Rebekkah Smith Aldrich was invited to give testimony. To view Rebekkah’s testimony please visit, https://midhudson.org/advocacy/


Become a Library Champion!

LogoThe Governor’s suggested funding is $5 million less than what was in last year’s enacted state budget. This is the fourth year of proposed cuts to library funding! Let our legislators know that funding for libraries is critical.

The New York Library Association (NYLA), our lead advocate in Albany, has provided customizable letters that can be sent to your representatives in Albany and to the Governor through their Online Advocacy Centerhttp://bit.ly/1LwV3Ex


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