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Check out the MHLS Real People. Real Dollars. Campaign

Help us tell the story of what a good investment libraries are, leading up to Advocacy Day on February 27th. Investing in libraries has a big return on investment for the communities they serve. Real People. Real Dollars. tells that story in pictures by working with a patron or a family of patrons to calculate how much they save annually by using the library. If you would like to participate in this campaign there is still time! Learn more at:

If your library is already participating in the MHLS Real People. Real Dollars. Campaign email your pictures to Kerstin Cruger, Library Sustainability Associate & Communications Specialist at by Wednesday February 20th.

Image courtesy of  Valatie Free Library.

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Are You Ready to Advocate?

Be a champion! Join hundreds of library advocates from around the state on Wednesday, February 27th in Albany. MHLS makes the day easy. We make the appointments with legislators for you. We organize bus transportation to Albany. We just ask that you join us in fighting to restore library aid. Your voice matters! To learn more about Library Advocacy Day and to register visit

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Annual Reports Due Friday!

All member library 2018 Annual Reports are due by Friday, February 15th at 5:00pm.
Questions should be directed to Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator:

Visit ‘MHLS Tips for Member Libraries for Completing the Annual Report’ for tips and information to help make the process of completing your 2018 annual report easier.

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Join Us for Library Advocacy Day – February 27

Join us, and encourage others to join us, in Albany for Library Advocacy day on February 27!
MHLS makes the day easy by scheduling meetings with each Assemblymember and Senator that represents our region and through arranging transportation. Thanks to the generosity of area Friends Groups the ticket to ride the bus is just $5!  Learn more and register for this incredible event!

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Governor Proposes 4% cut to Library Aid

The Governor’s proposed budget suggests a $4 million cut to Library Aid and a $20 million decrease to Library Construction Aid. You can take action now by sending a letter to your representatives in Albany and the Governor through the New York Library Association’s [NYLA] Online Advocacy Center.

It only takes two minutes to let your voice be heard!

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MHLS Early Literacy Cohort


Announcing the launch of the first MHLS Early Literacy Cohort Program! Twelve participating Mid-Hudson Library System member libraries have self-selected to receive additional support and resources to implement or strengthen early literacy related services in their library.

The MHLS Early Literacy Cohort Program is an opportunity for participating libraries, as part of their library’s long range/strategic planning, to work on building its capacity to provide early literacy services in their community based on best practices.

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Updated E-Rate Dates

The deadline for E-rate Form 471 filings has been extended for libraries until July 21st, 2016. this new deadline does not allow for new requests (Form 470), but if you’ve had difficulty filing your form 471 due to insufficient free and reduced lunch data or difficulties with your filing type (library vs. library system), these can be resolved during this extended window.

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Reintroducing Libraries

OTL-LOGOHello Again – Reintroducing Libraries to Your Community, is the title of a new, custom MHLS webinar that focuses on a community engagement opportunity coming up later this year.

When: Friday, June 17th from 11:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Online

Let’s not just tell people how libraries have changed; let’s show them. Held September 11-17, 2016, Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced is a global initiative demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.

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What’s New in the Trustee Handbook?

handbookJune 14, 2016 | 10:00 -11:00 am | online
What you need to know now! Join co-author Rebekkah Smith Aldrich as she summarizes the highlights of what is new in the 2015 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. From regulatory issues that every board needs to be on top of to planning for the future, the new handbook supports the critical work of library trustees in the 21st Century. Register online through the New York State Library.

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Trustee Essentials

essentialEssential Trustee Duties and Responsibilities, presented by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability and Merribeth Advocate, MHLS Assistant Director

Especially for new board members, but open to all. Library board members looking for essential, baseline information to increase their effectiveness in serving on a library board will benefit from attending this session.

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