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
Particularly for new board members, but open to all. Great for library board members looking for essential, basic information to increase their effectiveness in serving on a library board will benefit from attending this session.

Attendees will learn effective ways to

  • carry out the essential library trustee duties and responsibilities;
  • develop a working knowledge of library funding and organization in New York State; and
  • become more comfortable and confident in their role at the library


This workshop provides a foundation of knowledge that other workshops in the MHLS Trustee Education Series will build on.


Three dates/locations to choose from:

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.

Library boards are trusted with public and private funds to provide quality library service to their community. Transparency and Accountability must be at the forefront as a board makes decisions pertaining to the library’s finances. This course will focus on the financial and fiduciary responsibility involved with:

  • the library’s budget
  • library funding
  • financial policies
  • reports to the board
  • external audits

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