Monthly Archives: May 2017

TumbleBooks App Now Available

All MHLS member libraries have access to TumbleBooks and now there is a new mobile app available to help parents on the run connect their kids with quality content! The new app is now available and is set up to work with all MHLS member library patron barcodes. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which help to teach kids the joy of reading. The collection also provides enrichment to students who are reading independently with a variety of high interest material. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. The collection includes a large selection of children’s favorite story books, from leading children’s book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Walker & Company, Annick Press, Orca Books, Lerner Books, and HarperCollins Publishers, amongst others.

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Construction Grant Technical Assistance Workshops

Does your library plan to apply for the next round of State Aid for Public Library Construction? Join us for this hands-on, step-by-step workshop to help you fill out the online application and associated paperwork. Four dates to choose from:

  • Monday, June 19th | 1:30-3:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 20th | 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday, July 17th | 1:30-3:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 18th | 10:00am-12:00pm

Please register for the date of your choice soon at

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Free Webinar for Trustees

Free Webinar for Trustees offered through the Library Trustee Association of New York State: Making Your Library an Essential Service & Learning to Be a Library Advocate in Your Community: Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30-7:30pm. You know your library is an essential service. But, how do you communicate that and make sure you’re building an effective base of support? Library advocacy and marketing consultant Libby Post, president of Communication Services, will walk you through the steps you need to take to make sure you stay on target and are an advocacy success story. Registration is Required:


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Does your library lend something unexpected?

Does your library lend non-traditional or unexpected things? Museum passes? Gardening tools like at the Patterson Library (shown above)? We would like to know! Please fill out this survey by May 30th to help us help State Librarian Bernie Margolis compile a statewide list:

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Memorial Day Schedule

MHLS will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. There will be no MHLS Delivery Services or Tech Support Services.

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What is “Net Neutrality”?

“Network Neutrality (or “net” neutrality) is the concept of online non-discrimination. It is the principle that consumers/citizens should be free to get access to – or to provide – the Internet content and services they wish, and that consumer access should not be regulated based on the nature or source of that content or service. Information providers – which may be websites, online services, etc., and who may be affiliated with traditional commercial enterprises but who also may be individual citizens, libraries, schools, or nonprofit entities – should have essentially the same quality of access to distribute their offerings. “Pipe” owners (carriers) should not be allowed to charge some information providers more money for the same pipes, or establish exclusive deals that relegate everyone else (including small noncommercial or startup entities) to an Internet “slow lane.” To learn more visit the American Library Association’s web page on Net Neutrality

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How will your library help “Build a Better World”?

What is your library planning to do for the “Building a Better World” Summer Reading Program theme that will empower children, teens and adults to create a better world in your community? The New York Library Association’s Sustainability Initiative wants to know:

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“Local Preference” for eContent Now Possible

The Directors Association of the Mid-Hudson Library System have approved a service enhancement to the MHLS Digital Download Collection (OverDrive) that enables “Local Preference” for filling holds, just like our online catalog does for the physical collection.

“Local Preference” means that for items purchased by an individual library, that library’s patrons have “first dibs” on those items. Regardless of how many holds may be on that item, your library’s patron receives your library’s items first.

This enhancement was available thanks to a new sharing feature called Advantage Plus offered by OverDrive for member libraries who have Advantage accounts. These accounts are available to every member library and have already been adopted by the Beekman, Coxsackie, East Fishkill, Highland, Mahopac, Poughkeepsie, and Saugerties libraries.

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Federal Funding Update

Congressional negotiators have reached agreement on a bill to fund the U.S. government through September. The “omnibus” bill included $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – a $1 million increase over FY2016. However, library advocates are keeping their eye on the President’s proposal to zero out funding for IMLS in the FY2018 budget. Please ask your US Senators to sign on to the “Dear Appropriator” letter for FY2018

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Leadership & Management Academy

The New York Library Association’s Library Leadership and Management Academy is an educational program for emerging leaders in the library profession. Participants will gain the skills and knowledge they need to advance up the career ladder in library management. Enrollees are required to complete ten courses over a three-year period to receive a Leadership and Management Academy Certificate. Qualifying courses will be offered at the NYLA Annual Conference (Oct./Nov.), in conjunction with NYLA’s Library Advocacy Day (Feb./Mar.) and during the month of June.

Who should attend The Academy? The Academy is designed for mid-career library professionals interested in obtaining the practical knowledge and basic skills critical to becoming a library leader or manager. For more information and to apply please visit

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