You’re Invited!

Libraries Build Sustainable Communities will be the theme of the 56th Annual Membership Meeting of the Mid-Hudson Library System and you are cordially invited to join us!

The event will be held on Friday, October 16th, 2015 at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel (40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601). Registration is required (

Sustainability speaks to our capacity to endure. We are part of our community’s “ecosystem” and must be attuned to sustainability beyond our own operations. Libraries speak to the triple bottom line of sustainability: we impact our local and global environment, contribute to a healthy economy and are a core community institution devoted to social equity. Sustainable libraries are only possible when our communities are also sustainable. Our role as a community partner should encompass a focus on the sustainability of our communities, as well as ourselves to ensure a bright future for us all.


8:30am             Registration & Coffee

9:00am             Hot Breakfast Buffet

9:45am             Annual Meeting

10:45am            Keynote Speaker

Our sustainability focus this year is brought to life through our keynote speaker, Paul Gallay the Hudson Riverkeeper and president of the Riverkeeper organization. 


His talk is entitled “Do Try This At Home: Citizen Action for Cleaner Water and Sustainability.”

For nearly 50 years Riverkeeper has been New York’s clean water advocate. They are a watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. They have helped to establish globally recognized standards for waterway and watershed protection and serve as the model and mentor for the growing Waterkeeper movement that includes nearly 200 Keeper programs across the country and around the globe. To learn more about Riverkeeper and Mr. Gallay please visit

The 2015 Awards to Libraries for Outstanding Accomplishments will include a category for libraries that have made a commitment to not only sustainable funding but to environmentally sustainable choices as well.

For more information and to download the registration form please visit: