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Climate Week September 23-29

Hudson Valley communities and organizations are joining forces to promote and take part in Climate Week 2019, from September 23-29, a global educational event. This year, Sustainable Hudson Valley and the Hudson Valley Climate Solutions Network are promoting a high profile, action-oriented program with support from the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Thinking and Action Round Table. A speaker’s bureau has been created and is available to support community organizations, schools, workplaces, houses of worship and municipalities throughout the Hudson Valley in organizing events that focus on actions we can all take now. To view a list of available local speakers, program and event ideas, or to add your Climate Week event to the HV Climate Solutions Network Calendar please visit https://midhudson.org/2019/08/climate-week/


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Toy Story CharacterIt is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together 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://bit.ly/2u6ThKw for more info!

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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Completed by Oct. 9

Logo for Combating Sexual Harassment for NYSThe state’s most recent Sexual Harassment Prevention Law requires every employer in New York State, including all libraries, to adopt sexual harassment prevention policy and sexual harassment prevention training that meet or exceed the law’s minimum standards. The required training must be carried out for all library employees, trustees, and volunteers by October 9, 2019.

Visit https://midhudson.org/new-york-state-sexual-harassment-law-policy-and-training/ to access the Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy, Model Complaint Form and Vendor and Third Party Form. If you have any questions please contact MHLS Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin cconlin@midhudson.org


2019 Summer Reading Program Final Reports due September 13th

TextThe 2019 Summer Reading Program Final Reports are due by Friday, September 13th. Every member library is required to submit an online Summer Reading Program Final Report. This information is sent to the Division of Library Development and assists your library with needed statistics for the Member Library Annual Report. One report per library. If you have a branch library all information for both buildings should be included in one report. To access the report please visit https://midhudson.org/summer-reading-program/

If you have any questions or if your library will not be able to submit by the deadline, please contact Courtney Wimmers, MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist at cwimmers@midhudson.org or 845-471-6060 ext. 253

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60th Annual Membership Meeting

Join us for the 60th Annual MHLS Membership Meeting.

During the business meeting we will report to the membership on the health of the organization, conduct board elections, and hear from MHLS’ Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. Outstanding Achievement Awards will be given to libraries who have had grand openings over the past year. Following the business meeting and awards we will hear from our keynote speaker, Miguel Figueroa, Director of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries!

8:30am   | Registration & Breakfast Buffet

9:00am   | Business Meeting & Awards

10:45am | Keynote Speaker

Keynote: “Trends, Signals and Changes” In a fast-changing world, the advantage is given to those who understand the larger context in which they operate. Libraries have a strong tradition of looking broadly at the changes and trends in their communities and adapting their work to meet new and emerging needs. What changes in society, technology, education, and other areas are shaping new library innovations? And how do libraries affirm (and expand) their professional values and aspirations while still adapting to changing contexts?

Registration Fee: $30

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 21st

Register Online: https://mhls_membership_meeting_2019.eventbrite.com


Intermediate Level Trustee Education: Financial & Fiduciary


The Financial & Fiduciary workshop for trustees will be held on Thursday, October 17th from 9:30am-12:30pm at the MHLS Auditorium in Poughkeepsie, NY

Library boards are trusted with public and private funds to provide quality library service to their community. Transparency and accountability must be at the forefront as a board makes decisions pertaining to the library’s finances. This course will focus on the financial and fiduciary responsibility involved with the library budget, library funding, financial policies, reports to the board and external audits.

This intermediate-level course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year.

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

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