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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: http://bit.ly/2i9PIzO
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!
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
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 http://calendar.midhudson.org
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.
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
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.