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MHLS Engage Webinars

In the newest MHLS Engage Webinar Pawling Free Library director, Brian Avery, talks about Pawling’s successful Human Library Project . The Human Library Project, which celebrated its 3rd annual gathering at the Pawling Free Library this year, is an event where community members can sign up to be “books” and can be “checked out” by program attendees. The Engage

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RBdigital App Updates

RBdigital has made updates to their app that make it easier for users to read magazines on their smartphones or tablets.  The app now has: Text to speech option (available for iOS only) that allows users to listen to all articles in audio format. Sepia and grey color themes in addition to the current light

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Local History & Special Collections Roundtable 7/30

There is still time to register for the Local History & Special Collections Roundtable on Tuesday, July 30th from 10:00-11:00am in the MHLS Auditorium. This interactive discussion group brings together experienced staff with those wanting to learn more about building and maintaining a local history collection. Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to:

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Creating and Managing Patron Records Training

Sierra Circulation: Getting to know you… presented by Thomas O’Connell, MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor. This workshop will be beneficial for any circulation staff responsible for creating and/or managing patron records in Sierra. Basic Create Lists knowledge will be helpful but is not required Attendees will learn not only the “what” of their patron records, but

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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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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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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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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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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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