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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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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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Tell the Governor to Support Libraries!

Governor Cuomo is in the process of finalizing his FY2019-2020 Executive Budget proposal. Take a moment to send an e-mail to Albany and let them know that you support funding for libraries!

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Job Opening @MHLS

MHLS Seeks New Cataloging Specialist: The person in this position performs primarily copy-cataloging duties including creating, editing, adding and maintaining records in the ILS to ensure that database records are complete, up-to-date, and accurate, and provides training and support to staff and member libraries as required. For more details including how to apply check out the 12.18.18 MHLS Bulletin.
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Libraries Are For Everyone Graphic

Did you know the Libraries Are For Everyone graphic comes in more than 80 different languages? They are also free for anyone to use thanks to the designer, Rebecca McCorkindale. Visit to access all of the available graphics or to offer a suggestion for a language you would like for your community.

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Help Support the Pleasant Valley Free Library

On November 6th the Pleasant Valley Free Library facility suffered from a significant structural fire. Their facility is closed indefinitely. For the latest updates and to learn how you can help support this library please visit their web site.

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Need New Tech?

MHLS can assist your library in finding cost-effective equipment. To simplify this process, we provide a standardized purchasing form. All orders are due by November 15th.

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How Do You Predict the Future?

MHLS is focusing on the future for our 2018 Annual Meeting! Help us help you by responding to this pre-event survey. The responses will help us think about how the future might be different and help us learn from one another. This survey should take you around 15 minutes to complete.:

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Beacon Sweeps BOB!

The Howland Public Library’s Battle of the Books teams won BOTH the Teen Battle and the Middle School Battle this year!

Hearty congratulations to all of our teams!

2018 Teen Battle Winners:

  • 1st Place: Howland Public Library (Beacon)
  • 2nd Place: Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library (Cold Spring)
  • 3rd Place: Grinnell Library District (Wappingers Falls)


2018 Middle School Battle Winners:

  • 1st Place: Howland Public Library (Beacon)
  • 2nd Place: Clinton Community Library
  • 3rd Place: Brewster Public Library

To learn more about this event or become a participating library in this member driven program visit

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59th Annual Meeting

The 59th MHLS Annual Membership Meeting will take place on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 @ Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie, NY and you’re invited! In addition to our business meeting we are pleased to announce that our 2018 keynote speaker will be Futurist, Garry Golden! Click here to learn more and to register.

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