Monthly Archives: August 2018

SRP Final Reports

The 2018 Summer Reading Program Final Report is now available for MHLS member libraries. For the questions and online report form please visit

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Makerspace Field Trips

Interested in emerging tech and the maker movement? Join us for two upcoming “Field Trips” this fall to two new and exciting spaces in our region!

Innovation & Learning Center
Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison, NY
Wednesday, September 26th

The Makerspace @Germantown Library
Friday, October 26th

Please register online for these events.

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Free Webinar: Green Procurement

OGS Green Procurement Webinar Wednesday, September 5th from 11:00am-12:00pm. The webinar will cover green purchasing and the opportunities that are available for using centralized contracts available through the New York State Office of General Services (OGS). Todd Gardner, contract manager at the New York State Office of General Services will explain how to use OGS contracts, describe the most frequently purchased green products and discuss the latest trends in green purchasing. Please register online

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Trustee Essentials Workshop

Essentials: Roles & Responsibilities

Saturday, September 22nd from 9:30 am-12:30 pm @Kingston Library

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New Executive Director

The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) Board of Trustees has appointed Rebekkah Smith Aldrich as the new MHLS Executive Director. Rebekkah has worked for MHLS for over twenty years in a variety of roles, most recently as the Coordinator for Library Sustainability. Over the course of her career she has demonstrated her ability as a future focused library leader dedicated to helping communities thrive through public library service. Read the full press release in this week’s MHLS Bulletin.

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Opioid Survey

As part of a coordinated statewide effort, the New York State Library and its partner organizations are asking library directors to participate in the Opioid Overdose Prevention Measures in Public Libraries Survey. The deadline to complete the survey is August 31st. Access the survey at:

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Zero Waste Event

The Woodstock Library’s 87th Annual Library Fair was the first Zero Waste library event in our region. Woodstock Library brought in Zero to Go, a zero waste management company that focuses on composting and recycling to reduce the amount of trash that is typically generated at big events.

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2018 Battle of the Books

Celebrating its fourteenth year the Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books program brings together kids in grades 6th through 12th to display their knowledge through a literary trivia contest.

Twenty five member libraries have spent the summer working with teams of middle and high school students to prepare them for the end of program regional competitions. Which team will have the honor of being declared 2018 champions? Join the fun to find out! Read all about it in this week’s MHLS Bulletin!

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Sierra Upgrade

Sierra is scheduled to be upgraded to version 4.0 on August 14th. This is a significant release, including new primary data tables. There will also be a minor upgrade to Encore, our online catalog, scheduled for August 16th. This upgrade will correct an issue that currently returns patrons to the main patron screen after editing their holds, rather than back to the holds menu. More details about both upgrades will be sent via the MHLS Notices Email List. PLEASE NOTE: The Sierra offline client must be installed before 8/14. Please, open a ticket if you have not yet installed the new offline client.

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