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Volume 18-05 | 1.30.18
Become a Champion!
When library aid is threatened the New York Library Community pulls together! The New York Library Association has provided customizable letters that can be sent to your representatives in Albany and to the Governor through their Online Advocacy Center:
NYLA gets you started, feel free to change the letter and add in something specific about your library and your community.
If you've already sent the letter here's something else you can do: Participate in the MHLS Real People. Real Dollars. Campaign: 
 The Mahopac Library recently had a whole family calculate their savings! That's Braden, age 7, Greyson, age 5, Charlotte, age 2 and their mom Susan.

Above:  The Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison has set up an iPad at their circulation desk that displays the NYLA Library Value Calculator so patrons can calculate how much money they save by using the library!
If you've already sent a letter and found a few patrons to photograph for the Real People. Real Dollars. Campaign then here's something else you can do: Sign up for Library Advocacy Day in Albany []
Can't make it to Albany on February 28th? Then block out time in your schedule that day, 5-10 minutes, to participate virtually through social media and by phone!
MHLS Announcements
Brewster Public Library is well into "Phase 1" of their construction project!
Get a look at the progress on their Expansion & Renovation page of their web site:
Professional Development
Call for Discussion Leaders for the 2018 Fall Into Books Conference: The 20th annual Fall into Books Children's & Teen Literature Conference is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Held annually, Fall Into Books brings together school and public librarians from eight counties within the Hudson Valley (2018 conference location TBA). The planning committee is looking for volunteers to lead discussions for picture books, elementary, middle, or teen level books.
If you are interested, please fill out the Google form at The information is needed by February 9th, so the promotional brochure can be printed in a timely manner. Please note that when you go to the form you will need to provide the title for your group and all book titles that you want to discuss. If chosen, your conference registration and lunch will be complimentary. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact planning committee members Merribeth Advocate ( ) or Kerstin Cruger ( )
Please note: A mandatory practice session for the discussion leaders will be held from 4:00 - 5:30pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) headquarters in Highland, NY. 
Resource Sharing & Sierra
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Administration & Management
MHLS Member Library Directors have been notified that the 2017 Annual Report to the State is due to MHLS on February 16th, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Tips for completing the report can be found at: New tips are added to this page as they are uncovered. Contacts for Annual Report support:
The Roundtable for New Directors meeting will be held after the February 7th Directors Association meeting from 12:30-2:30 pm. This event is designed for those who have been directors for three years or less. Lunch will be provided. Don't worry! We'll give you time to go next door to claim some die-cuts! Please register online at
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