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Local History & Special Collections Roundtable

This interactive discussion group, facilitated by MHLS Assistant ILP Operations Supervisor, Nina Acosta ( brings together experienced and novice member library staff who want to learn more about Local History & Special Collection topics. Each session will focus on a particular type of collection: Building and Maintaining a Local History Collection | Tuesday, July 30th

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Overview of MHLS Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Tools Webinar

There is still time to register for the Overview of MHLS Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Tools webinar taking place on Friday, June 28th from 10:00-11:00am. MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin will review specific resources to help ensure libraries are in compliance with this new law, including a Training and Feedback Form to satisfy the training

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Mini-Webinars for Trustees

We know how busy you are. Keep up-to-date with this series of 10-15 minute presentations from Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS). Each gives a quick overview of critical information that all trustees need to know. Topics include: Libraries in NY: Origin, Oversight & Organization Open Meetings Law Role of a Board President The Public Library

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Library Smoking Ban Takes Effect June 19

In December 2018, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation to prohibit smoking within one hundred feet of the entrances, exits or outdoor areas of any public or association library. This new law will take effect June 19th. Vaping is not prohibited by the law in the same areas, but libraries can adopt policy to restrict

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2020 Census Complete Count Committees

Libraries will play a critical role in providing digital access and assistance for completing the Census, and educating people, including families with young children, about the benefits of completing the Census, and why it’s in their interest to fill it out. Some libraries have already begun partnering with local organizations in their community to get

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2019-2020 Family Literacy Intent to Apply

Libraries can now submit an intent to apply form for the 2019-2020 Family Literacy Grant cycle. The Family Literacy Grant is designed to help your library work on building its capacity to provide early literacy services in your community, based on the best practices of this parent education initiative. This early literacy training program will

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2019-2020 Adult Literacy Grant Intent to Apply

Libraries can now submit an intent to apply form for the 2019-2020 Adult Literacy Grant cycle. Mini-grants of up to $1,000 will be available for up to 9 eligible member libraries. These grants are designed to help libraries develop and expand adult literacy programs at their library, which will help adults in their community improve

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New Look for Mango Languages

Mango Languages has a brand new look to go with the recently improved interface. Libraries can find free materials, including the new logo, to promote Mango to your patrons by visiting

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MHLS Seeks Board Members

Mid-Hudson Library System is seeking candidates from Columbia, Dutchess and Greene counties to fill three Board seats. Nominations are due prior to July 1st. COLUMBIA COUNTY – ONE SEAT: (5-year term-2020-2024). Please send names and contact information of nominee(s) to AnnaLee Dragon, Chair of the Columbia County Library Directors Association: DUTCHESS COUNTY – ONE

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Making Your Collection Count, Revisited Workshop

There is still time to register for Making Your Collection Count, Revisited, presented by Bev Santero, Adult Services Librarian and Deb Weltsch, Coordinator of Central Library Services at Poughkeepsie Public Library District. This workshop is designed for directors and/or staff members who want to learn to use Excel to analyze their library’s holdings. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of Create Lists and Excel.

Five sessions to choose from:
Wednesday, June 5th | 10:00am – 12:00pm @Saugerties Public Library

Thursday, June 6th | 10:00am – 12:00pm @MHLS Auditorium

Friday, June 7th | 10:00am – 12:00pm @Mahopac Public Library

Monday, June 10th | 10:00am – 12:00pm @Cairo Public Library

Wednesday, June 12th | 10:00am – 12:00pm @Roeliff Jansen Community Library


Please register for one of the listed dates through the MHLS online calendar

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