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Census Door-To-Door Visits

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will begin following up with households in the Mid-Hudson area that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census starting August 6th with door-to-door visits. All Census takers carry a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. The

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Reopening Plans & Quarantine Strategy

Member library directors please ensure MHLS has the most up-to-date information about your reopening plans and your quarantine strategy by updating your info through this form. You can see what you’ve already reported to MHLS on the reopening side of things on the Library Service Status page. MHLS uses this information for data analysis purposes

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Own Voices & Diversity Books for Students

OverDrive has donated an additional collection of Kids & Teens titles for simultaneous use. The Community Read: Own Voices & Diversity Books for Students titles have automatically been added to the OverDrive collection and will be available in unlimited simultaneous use, at no cost to your library through August 31st, 2021.

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MHLS COVID-19 Trustee Briefing

Join MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, for the next MHLS COVID-19 Trustee Briefing on Wednesday, August 12th from 10:00-11:00am. This custom online event designed for member library trustees will cover the latest info about funding considerations, restarting/reimagining library operations as well as share answers to frequently asked questions. Please send questions in advance to

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Directors Coffee Hour: Reopening the Library

Following requests at the last Director Briefing, MHLS has scheduled a Directors Coffee Hour: Reopening the Library on August 4th at 10:00am to provide library directors with a space to discuss issues around reopening. During the Coffee Hour library directors will have the opportunity to talk about practical problems that arise in managing a facility and keeping staff

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Sierra and Encore Training Survey

At this time, MHLS is taking time to evaluate member needs and optimize our offerings. We are asking for member libraries feedback on future Sierra and Encore training development. To get a better sense of what the members hope to achieve through training we ask that the survey be completed by MHLS member library Directors,

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Big Library Read from OverDrive

The next Big Library Read from OverDrive has been scheduled for August 3rd-17th.  The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason will be available in eBook and audiobook format, for simultaneous use, at no cost to your library. Marketing materials are available to help spread the word in your community.

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Workplace Racial Equity Symposium

The Denver Public Library recently held a Workplace Racial Equity Symposium. Recordings of sessions such as Preparing and Planning for Organizational Change; Promoting and Sustaining An Inclusive Work Environment and Support Staff of Color; and EDI & HR: Promising Practices for Embedding EDI Values into HR Practices and Procedures are now available on demand.

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ALA COVID-19 Recovery Website

The American Library Association (ALA) launched its COVID-19 Recovery website to help guide communities, library workers, and library supporters as they plan for reopening and recovery. This collection of tools, developed and updated by units across the ALA, provides information on funding opportunities for recovery efforts, the latest research on the impacts of COVID-19 on

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Open Meetings Law Adjustments Extended

Adjustments to Open Meetings Law are extended until August 5th. 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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