Monthly Archives: April 2015


playmove&singDuring the critical first years of life, very young children need action-based learning such as movement, rhythm and music, to nourish and organize the developing brain. These are essential parts of each child’s growth and education to develop early literacy. All library staff and volunteers who provide programming for children who are pre-walkers, toddlers or pre-school age are invited to a developmentally-based active and interactive workshop:

PlayMove&Sing Developmental PlaySkills
Wednesday, May 20 from 12:15 to 3:45pm
MHLS Auditorium (105 Market St., Poughkeepsie)

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Procurement Services Conference


Opportunities on the Horizon: 2015 Purchasing Forum & Trade Show, the annual professional development training conference and vendor showcase from Procurement Services (NYSPro), a division of the New York State Office of General Services (OGS). NYSPro is responsible for establishing and managing contracts for goods and services needed by government entities across the state. To learn more please visit

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NYLA Scholarships


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Get the YES Vote Out!

Get the YES Vote Out: Tips & Trends from Around the Country: This workshop is perfect for member library directors, staff, trustees and Friends Groups of libraries that currently have a public vote on their budget, plan to have a public vote on their budget or see a building referendum in their future.

Thursday, May 7th from 12:30 – 2:30pm
MHLS Auditorium, Poughkeepsie, NY
Presented by John Chrastka, Executive Director for EveryLibrary, the first nationwide political action committee for libraries

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Join us for a deep dive into library funding and building campaigns from around the country. Since it started in 2013, EveryLibrary has provided pro-bono consulting and coaching to 25 library communities at the ballot box, winning 19 and securing over $46 million in stable tax revenue for those libraries. John will share real-world insights and actionable ideas for rural, suburban, and urban library campaigns, particularly for low-resourced communities.

Whether you are on the ballot in 2015 or sometime in the next 3 years, come to learn about:

  • what drives voter behavior
  • how to engage – and overcome – the 5 main sources of opposition to library campaigns
  • how to use social media effectively in advance of a campaign and
  • how to leverage the entire advocacy community for success

You’ll hopefully come away with a new framework for Information Only and YES campaigns. Please register online

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Book Display Ideas

Dover readbox

Spring Display at the Dover Plains Library. Photo courtesy of library director Susan Totter who is a Trusted Advisor in the MHLS Increasing Circulation Incubator Project. See more display ideas on the Project’s Pinterest page, started by one of our Project’s Early Adopters, Sarah Potwin, Director of the LaGrange Library.

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Happy National Library Week!


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Crucial Connections: 2015 Trustee Institute

2015 Trustee Institute: The Library Trustee Association (LTA) of New York will hold their annual Trustee Institute on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd, in Syracuse, NY.

The theme of the conference is Crucial Connections.


The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. David Lankes, from Syracuse University. Dr. Lankes’ talk is entitled “Expecting More from Libraries” and will help trustees get a better feel for the big picture as our libraries play a vital role in community engagement.

Institute workshops will cover a range of topics including:
• Understanding the Audit Process: How to Prepare for and Complete a State Audit
• How to Best Connect with Elected Officials and the Library’s Community
• Legal Issues: What Trustees Need to Know.

More Information and Registration Form

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Good News from Albany! Time to say “thank you!”

Good-NewsNew York State Legislature has passed a budget that contains good news for New York’s library community and those they serve

  • Library Aid will be increased by more than $5 million over the Governor’s proposal of flat funding, bringing Library Aid up to $91.6 million – this is the largest increase to library aid in 7 years and matches the 6% increase education aid received!

    ● MTA Tax: $1.3 million was appropriated to rebate those libraries that paid in last year and Libraries and Library Systems now have permanent MTA tax exemption. The New York Library Community has been working to get this exemption since 2011.

    ● It’s official! There is $14 million in library construction aid confirmed so there will be another round of State Aid for Public Library Construction Grants for 2015-2016. Member Library Directors have been provide with a MHLS Action Memo (#15-04) which serves as the first step to apply in the next grant cycle.

Now is the time to voice your thanks to your elected representatives for their support. The New York Library Association’s Online Advocacy Center provides you with a pre-drafted thank you message. Or please feel free to call your legislators or write a note on your own stationary to express your thanks! Contact info for all NYS Legislators in the MHLS region

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Three Action Memos Due

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