Monthly Archives: August 2017

September 4th

MHLS will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 4th. There will be no MHLS Delivery Services or Tech Support Services.

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Opioid Crisis Town Hall

Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them. The Public Library Association and WebJunction will host a “virtual town hall” discussion of the opioid epidemic for public library professionals. The event will be held 2:00 – 3:3pm on Tuesday, September 12. Participants will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. For more information and to register for the Opioid Crisis Town Hall:

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“Love Your Library” Bill Now Law!

Governor Cuomo has signed A.1094-A Galef / S.3023-A Ritchie into law! Affectionately known as the “tax check-off bill,” this law amends New York State Tax Law to permit income taxpayers to make contributions directly into the state “Love Your Library Fund” when completing their annual tax filings.

Monies from the “Love Your Library Fund” are used exclusively to support the annual New York Statewide Summer Reading Program.

Thank you to all who wrote and called the Governor to make this happen!

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Meaningful Access to Information

If you are looking for some new talking about why libraries matter, check out the new Development and Access to Information (DA2I) Report from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The report shows how essential access to information is for the development of communities, and makes the case for coordinated and sustained efforts by all to guarantee it. It demonstrates how meaningful access to information, supported by libraries, contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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New Date for MHLS Trustee Essentials Session

The Trustee Essentials session planned to be held in the MHLS Auditorium in September will now be held on Wednesday, September 13th from 5:30-8:30pm at the MHLS Auditorium. There is still time to register if this date works for you! There are also two other opportunities to attend this workshop:
• Tuesday, September 26 from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Hudson Area Association Library
• Saturday, October 7 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck
Please register for the session of your choice at

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NYLA Early Bird Deadline: Aug. 31

Don’t delay! The early bird registration deadline for the 2017 New York Library Association Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY is August 31st! The NYLA Conference, November 8-11, 2017, is a great chance to learn a lot in a short amount of time, find out about innovative programs and initiatives while networking with colleagues and vendors. Clink here to learn more and to register.

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New Engage! Webinar Now Available

The latest installment of the MHLS Engage! Webinar Series is now available on demand! This installment features an interview with John Remington, a trustee of the Saugerties Public Library, and is focused on their library’s Little Free Libraries Initiative. Watch this mini-webinar at your convenience through the MHLS Engage! Web Site

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New I-9 Form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of and instructions for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By September 18, 2017, employers must use only the new version.

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Save the Date!

The 2017 Mid-Hudson Library System Annual Membership Meeting will be held the morning of Friday, October 27th, at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park. Our theme this year is Libraries: Essential to an Informed Citizenry. A special event, coordinated by MHLS: Women in Politics: Past, Present, & Future – A Recognition of the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in New York, will follow the annual meeting.

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LJ Trustee Survey

Library Journal is surveying library trustees to benchmark basic board demographics and procedures, and to learn how boards advocate for their libraries. Survey deadline: August 18th:

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