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Essential Documents Inventory Workbook

The Essential Documents Inventory Workbook has been updated to reflect changes in the 2018 edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State as well as the NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy. Download the latest version of the MHLS Essential Documents Inventory Workbook (Excel) to help keep track of your library’s policy development.

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NYLA Conference Grant Opportunity

MHLS is offering matching grants to help new library directors and staff members attend the New York Library Association (NYLA) Annual Conference!  Member libraries can apply for one grant per organization with a minimum request of $250 and a maximum of $500. Member libraries applying for the grant must agree to at least match the

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Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS) Mini-Webinar Series

The spring MHLS Trustee education series is coming to a close but there are resources available to tide you over until the fall series begins. Check out 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:

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Construction Needs Action Memo Due 5/31

The MHLS Construction Needs Update & Intent to Apply for State Aid for Library Construction Action Memo is due from all member library directors by Friday, May 31st. In order to advocate for and administer the State Aid for Library Construction Program MHLS tracks information about member libraries’ construction/expansion/ renovation projects. This assists with statewide

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Mango Languages Updates!

Mango Languages database has been updated to make it easier for users to view their learning progress and explore new content. New features include: Expanded course content: Select languages now align with international proficiency standards. Personalized review activities: Memorization activities adapt to the individuals learning progress and pace, helping users retain new words and phrases.

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Summer Reading is Almost Here!

Summer Reading is right around the corner and libraries are gearing up for the busiest time of the year! Here are some useful tools to help your library create the best program ever. ReadSquared – Online registration and readers’ advisory tool. myON – Digital books for children. Teen Video Challenge – Annual competition for your teens!

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The Great Give Back Webinar – May 23

The Great Give Back, held on October 19th, is a day for library patrons to participate in meaningful service-oriented experiences. 2019 is a pilot year that expands this initiative from Long Island to the rest of New York, and MHLS libraries have the opportunity to participate this year for the first time. Join MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist

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Advanced Level Trustee Education: Strategic Thinking: Advocacy & Planning Workshop

There is still time to register for Advanced Level Trustee Education: Strategic Thinking: Advocacy & Planning Workshop on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30-8:30pm in the MHLS Auditorium. This advanced-level course is for trustees who have been on the board for at least a year. It is recommended that trustees have already attended the Trustee Essentials

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Engage Webinar series

The Mid-Hudson Library System’s Engage Webinar series is back! This webinar series features innovative MHLS member libraries sharing their experiences in a short interview style format. In the newest webinar Courtney Wimmers, MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist talked with Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books Executive Board President Kristin Charles-Scaringi about the Battle of the Books

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New Directors Forum

The next New Directors Forum will take place on Tuesday, June 11th from 12:30 – 2:30pm after the DA meeting. This session’s topic will be Successful Budget Votes presented by MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. This event is designed for MHLS library directors who have been in their position for three (3) years or

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