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Please Return Extra Delivery Bins

With the annual increase in the MHLS delivery volume of the summer season winding down as well as the backlog of items after the Labor Day holiday, the MHLS Delivery Department requests that you please place any accumulated and extra delivery bins next to your regular outgoing bins for the driver to pick up and

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Directors Association Workshop – Open Meeting Law & Freedom of Information Law

The Directors Association Workshop topic for October 3rd is Open Meetings Law & Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) presented by Kristin O’Neill, Assistant Director, Committee on Open Government. In this workshop attendees will: Learn the basics of Open Meetings Law and how it impacts board meetings Receive an overview of the “Disclosure of Records Scheduled

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Intermediate Level Trustee Education: Legal Issues Workshop

There are still spots available for the Legal Issues Workshop @ Hudson Area Association Library on Saturday, October 5th from 9:30am-12:30pm. There are a number of laws and regulations that directly and indirectly apply to and impact libraries in New York State. This program provides a primer on what you need to know about how

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60th Annual Membership Meeting

Join us for the 60th Annual MHLS Membership Meeting. During the business meeting we will report to the membership on the health of the organization, conduct board elections, and hear from MHLS’ Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. Outstanding Achievement Awards will be given to libraries who have had grand openings over the past year. Following

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Climate Week September 23-29

Hudson Valley communities and organizations are joining forces to promote and take part in Climate Week 2019, from September 23-29, a global educational event. This year, Sustainable Hudson Valley and the Hudson Valley Climate Solutions Network are promoting a high profile, action-oriented program with support from the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Thinking and Action

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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Completed by Oct. 9

The state’s most recent Sexual Harassment Prevention Law requires every employer in New York State, including all libraries, to adopt sexual harassment prevention policy and sexual harassment prevention training that meet or exceed the law’s minimum standards. The required training must be carried out for all library employees, trustees, and volunteers by October 9, 2019.

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

It is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. ALA provides a variety of free tools and ideas for promoting Library Card

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Intermediate Level Trustee Education: Financial & Fiduciary

The Financial & Fiduciary workshop for trustees will be held on Thursday, October 17th from 9:30am-12:30pm at the MHLS Auditorium in Poughkeepsie, NY Library boards are trusted with public and private funds to provide quality library service to their community. Transparency and accountability must be at the forefront as a board makes decisions pertaining to

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2019 Summer Reading Program Final Reports due September 13th

The 2019 Summer Reading Program Final Reports are due by Friday, September 13th. Every member library is required to submit an online Summer Reading Program Final Report. This information is sent to the Division of Library Development and assists your library with needed statistics for the Member Library Annual Report. One report per library. If

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2% Tax Cap for 2020 Fiscal Year

Property tax levy growth for libraries with fiscal years that close on December 31st will be capped at 2 percent for the 2020 fiscal year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. All libraries that have their own board and their own budget vote – even if you did hold a vote or don’t plan

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