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READSquared – No Cost to Libraries

More than thirty-five MHLS member libraries have already signed up for READSquared! The New York State Library is pleased to offer READsquared at NO COST to public libraries statewide. READsquared is an online reading program solution. This powerful application offers customization and configuration of CSLP-themed summer reading programs and other reading and learning programs throughout the year, as well as readers’ advisory tools for

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MHLS Director Briefings

Several new dates have been added for upcoming weekly MHLS Director Briefings. Please note the change in time starting in June. Friday, May 29 from 2:00-3:00pm Thursday, June 4 from 3:30-4:30pm Thursday, June 18 from 3:30-4:30pm Thursday, June 25 from 3:30-4:30pm Thursday, July 2 from 3:30-4:30pm

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Board-to-Board Visits

The trustees of the MHLS Board are undeterred in their efforts to reach out to member library boards. They are continuing their Board-to-Board visits even in the online board meeting era! MHLS trustees are interested to hear what member library boards are contending with, to share information from the System and answer questions boards may

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Sierra Lunchtime Webinars

Thomas O’Connell, MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor will be offering Sierra Lunchtime Webinars beginning at 12:00pm all next week. Each day covers a different topic: Tuesday, May 26th:  Knowledge Base: A wealth of knowledge for you and your library Wednesday, May 27th: Loan Rules -How they work and what they can do for your library Thursday,

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Trustee Roles & Responsibilities During Restarting Library Services Webinar

The Trustee Roles & Responsibilities During Restarting Library Services will take place on Wednesday, May 27th at 1:30pm. This one-hour webinar is designed for member library trustees and open to directors as well. At this event we will review the governance aspects of reopening libraries and focus on risk management topics related to libraries’ restart plans. Questions are welcomed to

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MHLS Phased Reopening Template

Mid-Hudson Library System has provided a Phased Reopening Template for libraries to use when planning for reopening their library facilities and services. The document includes guidance from federal, state, and local authorities along with best practices from libraries providing services outside of New York in regard to considerations for returning to the library, preparing your

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Let Your State Representatives Know What Libraries Mean to You

As New York State contemplates adjustments to the enacted budget and cuts to education of 15-20% we need you to speak up and let your legislators know about the effects these cuts will have for your library. Both state aid and construction funds for libraries were reduced for the state budget for FY 2020-21, and

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Advocacy Alert: Action Needed

Funds from the federal government can help offset some of the state-level cuts necessary in the face of COVID-19. Use the form and pre-loaded message at this link to tell your federal representatives what’s at stake if libraries lose funding, and ask your federal representatives to consider providing aid to libraries as they decide how

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The Great Give Back Informational Webinar 5/21

The Great Give Back Informational Webinar will take place on Thursday, May 21st at 2:00pm. The Great Give Back is a day for library patrons to participate in meaningful service-oriented experiences coordinated by the library. The second year of this statewide program may look very different than last year. Join Courtney Wimmers, MHLS Outreach &

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Adjustments to Open Meetings Law Extended – June 6

The latest Executive Order (202.28) has extended the adjustments to Open Meetings Law through June 6th. This has been confirmed with the Committee on Open Government. Please remember online meetings must be recorded and transcribed and that the public has a right to attend. Minutes will still need to be taken even with the recording

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