Monthly Archives: December 2016

Holiday Schedule

MHLS will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd. There will be no deliveries. Technology staff will be available via the MHLS ticket system ( from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM to support system-wide Sierra Encore problems only. During these hours, tech support staff will be checking the ticket system periodically each hour and will address system-wide Innovative issues, sending tickets as necessary to Innovative, and posting to MHLS lists. Please note, phone and general issue support will not be available during this time.

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Build a Better World

It may be chilly outside but the 2017 Summer Reading Program manuals are now available! They have gone digital and are available online only. All member library staff involved with your library’s Summer Reading Program now have online access to all four manuals: Children, Early Literacy, Teen & Adult. The manuals include clip art to go along with the 2017 theme: Build a Better World! Login information was sent via the MHLS Alerts list to all member library directors.

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MHLS Guiding Principles for Sustainable Buildings

At their board meeting on December 10th the MHLS Board of Trustees adopted the “MHLS Guiding Principles for Sustainable Buildings” to help govern choices made about improvements and renovation of MHLS facilities.

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Farewell to Regina & Myrna…

At their meeting on Saturday, December 10th the MHLS Board of Trustees passed Resolutions recognizing retiring Board members, Regina Morini and Myrna Sameth for their outstanding service on the MHLS Board of Trustees.


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Vote Roundup

Voters of the mid-Hudson Valley said “Yes!” at the polls for public library funding in 2016.

Twenty-eight communities voted on tax levies for their public libraries in the MHLS region and 96% of those libraries won at the polls!

For the full list of recent member library vote outcomes please visit the MHLS Public Library Vote Toolbox

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Weeding Magazines?

Weeding out your magazines? Weeding paperbacks that would be of interest to men? Our correctional facility libraries would love to receive these. If you bring them to a MHLS meeting or workshop (please do not use the delivery for donations) we would be pleased to pass them on to the correctional libraries. Thank you in advance for giving your materials a second life and for helping to contribute to the literacy, information seeking and recreational reading of many people.

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Going Out for a Vote in 2017?

If your library plans to do a 259 school district ballot vote in the spring of 2017, a 414 municipal ballot in November 2017 or yours is a district library and you’d like to fine tune your Get Out the Vote strategy contact MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich to ensure you have the support you need moving forward.

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FLSA & Overtime Rules Webinar


Get the scoop on the new Overtime Rules with an upcoming MHLS webinar with Shari Fallon, PHR, SHRM-CP a Compensation Consultant from Cornell University on Thursday, December 15th from 2:00 – 3:30pm.

Please register online for this event.

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Follow That Book!

ftb_catskill The latest installment of the MHLS Engage! Webinar Series has just been released! Join Sue Ray, Director of the Catskill Public Library and Jen Dubois, Program & Outreach Coordinator of the Catskill Public Library as they share the story of their wildly successful traveling story time program: Follow that Book!

This webinar is available for free, on demand through the MHLS Engage! web page:

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