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Volume 18-32 | 8.7.18 
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!
The 2018 Battle of the Books regional events will kick off with the High School (HS) competition on Saturday, August 18 @2pm held at SUNY Ulster Community College, 491 Cottekill Rd. Stone Ridge, NY 12484.

The Middle School (MS) competition will also take place at SUNY Ulster Community College on Saturday, September 8 @9am
Participating Libraries:
  • Beekman Library (HS, MS)
  • Brewster Public Library (MS)
  • Chatham Public Library (MS)
  • Clinton Community Library (MS)
  • Elting Memorial Library (HS, MS)
  • Grinnell Public Library District (HS, MS)
  • Heermance Memorial Library (MS)
  • Howland Public Library (HS, MS)
  • Hudson Area Association Library (HS, MS)
  • Hyde Park Library District (MS)
  • Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library (HS, MS)
  • Kent Public Library (MS)
  • Kinderhook Memorial Library (HS, MS)
  • Kingston Library (HS, MS)
  • LaGrange Association Library (MS)
  • Mahopac Public Library (HS, MS)
  • Patterson Library (HS, MS)
  • Pawling Free Library (MS)
  • Pleasant Valley Library (HS, MS)
  • Poughkeepsie Public Library District (HS, MS)
  • Putnam Valley Library (MS)
  • Saugerties Public Library (HS, MS)
  • Staatsburg Library (MS)
  • Stone Ridge Public Library (HS, MS)
  • Tivoli Free Library (MS)
The Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books encourages a community of engaged middle- and high-school-aged readers in our five-county region by introducing them to great books, authors, and their fellow readers in an atmosphere of friendly competition and good sportsmanship.
To learn more about the Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books visit
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The Friends of the Woodstock Library honored singer-songwriter and author Amanda Palmer at their 87th Annual Library Fair on July 28th. Shown above (l-r): Ms. Palmer's husband, author Neil Gaiman; Amanda Palmer; and Friends President Michael Hunt
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Sierra 4.0 is coming August 14th! This is a significant release that will include changes to core tables used in circulation transactions. The release has been available since May, but MHLS staff has been vetting this release a bit longer than usual to insure that it is stable and consortia friendly. The upgrade is scheduled to begin at 3:00 am and should complete by 6:00 am. MHLS staff will be testing functionality from 6:00-9:00 am, reporting to the MHLS-Notices Email List when complete. If there are service interruptions beyond the scheduled down time or steps we need libraries to take we will post to the MHLS-Alerts Email List. You will experience a longer load time on the morning of the 14th, and staff should start only one session at a time.
Sierra 4.0 Includes:
  • Auto renewal - a feature of courtesy notices - respects loan rules
  • System limit expansion (woohoo!) - more material types (500), ptypes & itypes (2000) and item status (200)
  • Streamlined notice workflows
  • Faster facet loading
  • Increased password security
Note:  The Sierra offline client must be installed before 8/14. Please, open a ticket if you have not yet installed the new offline client.
Sustainable Libraries
The Woodstock Library's 87th Annual Library Fair was the first Zero Waste library event in our region. Woodstock Library brought in Zero to Go, a zero waste management company that focuses on composting and recycling to reduce the amount of trash that is typically generated at big events.   
Administration & Management
As part of a coordinated statewide effort, the New York State Library and its partner organizations are asking library managers/directors to participate in the Opioid Overdose Prevention Measures in Public Libraries Survey. This survey will help:
  • assess the status of opioid overdose prevention measures in libraries;
  • identify additional tools, resources and guidance needed; and
  • identify programs, services, best practices and other strategies that New York's libraries are employing to assist communities in fighting the opioid overdose epidemic.
The deadline to complete the survey is August 31st. Access the survey at:
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