Monthly Archives: June 2017

Trustee Education Series

MHLS Trustee Education Series: All New for 2017! Using the brand new, statewide approved “Helping All Trustees Succeed” (HATS) Curriculum MHLS is proud to offer an all new Trustee Education Series. The lineup for 2017 includes a session for new trustees as well as one for trustees who have been on the board for more than a year.

Trustee Essentials

Tuesday, September 12 | 5:30-8:30pm
MHLS Auditorium, 105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie

Tuesday, September 26 | 9:30am-12:30pm
Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th Street, Hudson

Saturday, October 7 | 9:00am-12:00pm
Starr Library, 68 West Market Street, Rhinebeck


Financial & Fiduciary Responsibility

This intermediate-level course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year.

Saturday, September 9 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Kingston Library, 55 Franklin St., Kingston

Tuesday, September 19 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
MHLS Auditorium, 105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie

Please register online at

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Finance Class this December

Monday, December 11th: Full day course on budgeting and financial management, the #1 requested topic by member library directors! This course is taught by NYLA Leadership & Management Academy instructors Tom Lawrence of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and Lauren Moore, Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System. This course highlights fundamental skills required for effective budgeting and financial management. The curriculum will include: budgeting basics; interpreting monthly financial statements; developing a budget; community based planning; budget modifications; audits; budge votes; tax cap issues; and capital finance. Member Library Directors are welcome to register today


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July 4th Schedule

MHLS will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4th. There will be no MHLS Delivery Services or Tech Support Services.

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Nominations Now Open!

The New York Library Association (NYLA) sponsors a number of awards and scholarships, many of which have an application deadline of July 15. Don’t miss out on the chance to recognize outstanding library staff and advocates! The full list of awards, along with application information, can be found here: NYLA sections and roundtables also sponsor a variety of awards. Please note: deadlines vary.

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Construction Grants Announced

FY 2016-2017 State Aid for Public Library Construction Grant Program Awards totaling $728,716 have been announced and thirteen MHLS Member Libraries, along with the Mid-Hudson Library System, have been awarded funds. The application process began well over a year ago so these libraries have been waiting a long time for this announcement!

“Investing in public libraries means investing in our communities,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “These funds will help libraries make much-needed renovations and upgrades to better meet the needs of the children, families, and adults they serve every day. We must continue to invest wisely in our public libraries.”

“These funds provide needed financial support to public libraries across the state,” said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “Many libraries in New York lack modern facilities or technology and need to undergo renovation or expansion to better serve the community well into the future. The Board of Regents and I thank Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature for committing these funds.”

“Our libraries are significant educational resources that also serve as community hubs,” said Senator James Seward who serves the 51st Senate District which covers part of the MHLS service region, “In many towns and villages, the local library is also a historic landmark in need of costly technological and accessibility upgrades that must be accomplished while still maintaining the building’s traditional character.”
2017 Awards in the Mid-Hudson Library System

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Mileage Grant Deadline: July 15

July 15 is the first 2017 deadline to take advantage of the MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program. Reimbursement is contingent on member libraries providing their staff reimbursement at the IRS rate for travel to attend training or to participate in meetings sponsored by and located at MHLS headquarters in Poughkeepsie. For more information and to access the claim form directors should visit


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MHLS Board Candidates Sought

Three candidates sought to fill MHLS Board of Trustee seats: The election of MHLS trustees will be an item of business at the Mid-Hudson Library System’s Annual Membership Meeting, Friday, October 27, 2017. MHLS is governed by a fifteen-member board, three trustees from each of the five counties served. Nominations are due prior to July 1, 2017.

Send name(s) and contact information of nominee(s) to Stephanie Harrison, Chair of the Dutchess County Directors Association: 845.677.3611 or

Send name(s) and contact information of nominee(s) to Michelle Capozzella, Chair of the Putnam County Directors Association: 845.628.2009 or

Send name(s) and contact information of nominee(s) to Marge Menard, Chair of the Ulster County Directors Association: 845.331.0507 or

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Big Library Read

The 13th worldwide OverDrive Big Library Read from June 12th – 26th. ‘The Other Einstein’ by Marie Benedict’ is available for every patron that wishes to read it—no holds, no wait lists.

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Discounted NYLA Membership

15% Discount on New York Library Association Organizational Memberships through MHLS: All member libraries have the opportunity to receive a 15% discount on their NYLA Organizational Membership. Paperwork has been provided to each director and is due back to MHLS by June 23rd. Questions? Contact Joan Kay, MHLS Financial Assistant,

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Assemblymember Didi Barrett Grant

Libraries Awarded $20,000 Grant Sponsored by Assemblymember Barrett for Summer Reading Programs: MHLS has received a $20,000 Special Legislative Project Grant sponsored by Assemblymember Didi Barrett to support summer reading programs in 16 public libraries in Assembly District 106.

Assemblymember Barrett issued the following statement in response to the announcement of the grant. “Our local libraries play a critical role in our communities. For children of all ages our libraries are the gateway to new information and new worlds. They encourage imagination and intergenerational sharing. I am pleased we could provide support to our outstanding libraries in the 106th district with funding for their Summer Reading Programs. I hope it will help launch new lifetime readers.”

“We thank Assemblymember Barrett for her support of summer reading programs,” said Tom Sloan, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System. “Assemblymember Barrett’s support is vital to providing this essential education program which advances the excitement of reading and learning that takes place in the classroom,” Sloan stated.

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