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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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Makerspace Field Trips

Interested in emerging tech and the maker movement? Join us for two upcoming “Field Trips” this fall to two new and exciting spaces in our region!

Innovation & Learning Center
Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison, NY
Wednesday, September 26th

The Makerspace @Germantown Library
Friday, October 26th

Please register online for these events.

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New Executive Director

The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) Board of Trustees has appointed Rebekkah Smith Aldrich as the new MHLS Executive Director. Rebekkah has worked for MHLS for over twenty years in a variety of roles, most recently as the Coordinator for Library Sustainability. Over the course of her career she has demonstrated her ability as a future focused library leader dedicated to helping communities thrive through public library service. Read the full press release in this week’s MHLS Bulletin.

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2018 Battle of the Books

Celebrating its fourteenth year the Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books program brings together kids in grades 6th through 12th to display their knowledge through a literary trivia contest.

Twenty five member libraries have spent the summer working with teams of middle and high school students to prepare them for the end of program regional competitions. Which team will have the honor of being declared 2018 champions? Join the fun to find out! Read all about it in this week’s MHLS Bulletin!

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Mr. Sloan Says Farewell

“I suggest to you that the single most valuable MHLS asset is collaboration among MHLS stakeholders. We cooperatively provide library services, coordinate activities, and share an understanding of how to work jointly for the benefit of all.” Tom Sloan is departing as MHLS Executive Director this month, read his full farewell statement in this week’s MHLS Bulletin.


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Sierra Circ 101

Join MHLS ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O’Connell on Wednesday, July 25th for a Sierra 101 webinar. This webinar is designed for new staff but more experienced staff seeking more efficient ways to do things while covering the circ desk are welcome to register as well. This is a good venue to ask questions that you’ve always wondered about! For more info and to register visit our online calendar.

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Ready to Rock?

The 2018 Explore New York and Libraries Rock! recreational reading lists and bookmarks for the Summer Reading Program are now available!

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Your Library Card Brochure

Member libraries can request copies of the brochure (free of charge) through this online form

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New Guide: OverDrive

New Guide for Library Staff: How To Support Your Patrons Who Have Overdrive Access Issues


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Executive Director Search Opens

The Board of Trustees of the Mid-Hudson Library System is advertising for the position of executive director. For more information, including the full job description, detailed qualifications and application information: This position closes June 10, 2018.


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