Monthly Archives: July 2015

Union Vale Restrictions

The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) Board of Trustees has accepted the official claims of serious inequities and hardships from the public library boards of the Beekman Library, the LaGrange Library, and the Millbrook Library. The claims were based on the Town of Union Vale providing less than median or average funding for public library services, and Town residents use of neighboring libraries representing 5% or more of the libraries’ total circulation of materials. The Town of Union Vale has no chartered public library.

MHLS and its 66 member libraries will implement a restriction, as authorized in the state approved MHLS Direct Access Plan, on loaning non-print (DVD’s, CD’s, Audiobooks, Video Games) library materials to the residents of the Town of Union Vale.

July 27, 2015 – Stop placements of holds on non-print materials by Union Vale residents.
August 3, 2015 – Stop loaning non-print materials to Union Vale residents.

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Three Member Library Directors Chosen for NYLA-SIR

We are pleased to share that three MHLS member library directors have been chosen for the New York Library Association’s ground-breaking Sustainability Initiative Retreat!

  • Casey Conlin, Pawling Free Library
  • Erica Freudenberger, Red Hook Public Library
  • Sarah Potwin, LaGrange Association Library

This group of library leaders join 20 other forward-thinking NYLA members to discuss how libraries will adapt to the changing world and become co-creators in shaping strategies that ensure libraries remain vital, are able to rebound from disruption and provide on-going value to the communities they serve.

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Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries

ala At the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, the American Library Association (ALA) Council passed a resolution on the importance of sustainable libraries. This resolution had been previously discussed and passed at their June 4 Virtual Membership Meeting and, in fact, was the first ever resolution to be presented at a virtual membership meeting. More than 300 members voted yes to move it to Council!

The resolution notes that libraries play an important and unique role in wider community communications about resiliency, climate change and a sustainable future and that libraries that demonstrate good stewardship of the resources entrusted to them can build community support that leads to sustainable funding.

The resolution goes on to encourage the national library community to be proactive in their application of sustainable thinking in the areas of their facilities, operations, policy, technology, programming, partnerships and library school curricula.

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Library as a Refuge

jlamsThe Mahopac Library and the Pawling Free Library are both featured in the latest issue of JLAMS, the peer-reviewed journal of the New York Library Association, which is devoted to the topic of the library “as refuge”: The editors of the issue dedicated it to all the libraries and library staff whose dedication to their communities shone forth during recent emergencies and natural disasters such as Sandy as well as those who take on serious community problems to maintain their libraries as places of refuge and opportunity.

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DMV Helps Spread the Word about NOVELNY

DMV Insert: The insert shown below will be placed in registration renewals (and possibly license renewals at a later date) by the central New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office in Albany. The Division of Library Development asked us to share this with you so you know your patrons may receive one in the mail and may inquire about NOVELNY at their local library.


NOVELNY is the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library [] which contains a wide variety of resources – books, magazines, newspapers, research and reference sources and more. These resources are included through MHLS HomeAccess but patrons can also login through the State web site with their New York driver license.

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New York Library Trustees Online (NYLTO)

MHLS member library trustees are invited to join NYLTO, “Essential Tools and Resources for Today’s Public Library Trustees“: What’s included: Discussion Groups: NYLTO provides a place for trustees and library directors to ask questions, share success stories, and discuss issues that affect  public libraries in New York. Quick Tips: Trustees are busy people. This

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2014 Annual Report Data Now Available

reportData from the 2014 Annual Report to the State is now available on the MHLS web site.

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Libraries that Lend “Things” Webinar

Libraries that Lend “Things” Webinar: If your library can lend books, why not: • Telescopes and microscopes? • Synthesizers or spinning wheels? • Or even replica dinosaur bones? A chief strength of libraries is making knowledge accessible through the lending of physical objects. Join us for an interactive discussion on building a circulating collection of objects for your library. Together we will explore how to select the tools needed by your community. We will also examine how partnerships with local organizations and events can help raise awareness of your tools collection. At the end of this webinar, participants will: • Identify a starting point for developing a circulating tools collection. • Define community needs and potential partners. • Recognize ways to promote user interaction with your new collection through local and library events. When: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 3:00 – 4:00pm. To register for this free webinar or for more information If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.

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NextReads Email Newsletters for Readers

nextreads NextReads newsletters deliver reading recommendations directly to patron inboxes. They are the ideal solution for busy librarians because they save staff time and help build connections to readers.

This service was formerly called “Hudson Valley Reads.” We will now use the vendor name of NextReads, to promote the readers advisory element, and take advantage of the prepared promotional materials. On the front of the MHLS online catalog you will now see “NextReads” instead of “Hudson Valley Reads.”

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Book Club in a Bag Program

Book Club in a Bag

The MHLS Book Club in a Bag program has never been easier to access. Visit for a complete listing of titles, to browse or reserve kits, download discussion questions and access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the program.

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