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Volume 19-33 | 8.13.19 
Countdown to Library Card 
Sign-up Month
September is Library Card Sign-up Month , a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Disney and Pixar's "Toy Story 4" characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are joining ALA on an adventure to promote the value of a library card this September. They'll be reminding the public that signing up for a library card opens a world of infinite possibilities: libraries offer resources and services that help people pursue their passions and give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond.
ALA provides a variety of free tools and ideas for promoting Library Card Sign-up Month in your local community. Visit for more info!

Don't forget to spotlight Banned Books Week from September 22-28. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. For display ideas, Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists and promotional materials visit 
MHLS Announcements
The 2019 Summer Reading Program Final Report is now available for MHLS member libraries. Every member library is required to submit an online Summer Reading Program Final Report. This information is sent to the Division of Library Development and assists your library with needed statistics for the Member Library Annual Report. One report per library. If you have a branch library all information for both buildings should be included in one report. To access the report please visit  Summer Reading Program final reports are due by Friday, September 13th.
If you have any questions or if your library will not be able to submit by the deadline, please contact Courtney Wimmers, MHLS Outreach & Engagement Specialist at or 845-471-6060 ext.253.
MHLS Libraries
Two women holding a bar
The  Roeliff Jansen Community Library received a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation that will allow the library to keep offering a Senior Balance and Stretch Class  (pictured above) for the rest of 2019. The class is popular among community members and provides an opportunity for seniors to socialize while helping participants build their balance to prevent falls. 
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Professional Development
There is still time to register for the End of Summer Get-Together for Programmers taking place on Monday, September 9th from 2:00-4:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium. The goal of this program is to encourage programmers to discuss what went well at their libraries during the summer, and what problems they learned from in order to teach and inspire one another. This event is open to all library staff who work on summer programming for all ages. Please register for this event through the MHLS online calendar    
Sustainable Libraries
Logo Get ready for National Voter Registration Day 2019!  Will your library help activate citizens throughout your community by participating in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 24th? Learn more at and sign up to be a 2019 Partner. "Partners" organize in-person voter registration efforts on National Voter Registration day and promote voter registration through marketing and communication efforts.
Already planning a voter registration drive? We want to know about it! Please email MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin at
Logo Come one come all to the 2019 Battle of the Books ! Each year, youth and young adult library programmers work together to bring the Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books to readers in the Mid-Hudson area. The Battle of the Books encourages a community of engaged middle school and high school readers in our five-county region to keep their literacy skills sharp over the summer by introducing them to great books, authors, and their fellow readers in an atmosphere of friendly competition and good sportsmanship. This year's Battle of the Books competition includes middle school teams from 23 libraries, and high school teams from 15 libraries. The Battle of the Books will take place on Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th at Columbia-Greene Community College. For more information visit
Administration & Management
five women standing in a group (l-r) Carol Fortier, Beekman Library Director; Kristen Salierno, Howland Public Library Director; Nina Acosta, MHLS Assistant ILP Operations Supervisor; Dawn Jardine, Red Hook Public Library Director and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director.
MHLS is proud to announce four recent graduates from the New York Library Association (NYLA) Leadership & Management Academy. Graduates are pictured above with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director, who was the instructor on Leadership and Legal topics for the program.
Job Openings
Part-time Library Clerk 2 (2 positions available), Downstate Correctional Facility
Downstate Correctional Facility located in Fishkill, NY is seeking applicants for two part-time Library Clerk 2 positions. One is for a 50% position and the other is for 35%. 

Minimum Qualifications:  Must have graduated from High School or be in possession of a High School Equivalency Diploma or one year of library clerical experience; or 30 semester credit hours, of which at least nine college semester credit hours are in any combination of the following: Library/Information Science, Computer Application or Information Studies.

Duties Description:  As a part-time Library Clerk 2, coverage would be required in one of four libraries and law libraries in the correctional facility. The part-time Library Clerk 2 would also be expected to fill in for staff out on vacation or sick leave. Responsible for maintaining stock in the general and law libraries.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Applications Due:  08/22/19

For more information or to apply for either position please visit

Part-time Programming Coordinator, Tivoli Free Library
The Tivoli Free Library has an immediate opening for a permanent, reliable part-time programming coordinator. Approximately 20-25 hours per week including Saturdays and some evenings. Additional hours possible.
As a member of our small, creative team, your job would include (but not be limited to) working alongside our youth programming coordinator in preparing, promoting, and implementing events and programs for our community. You would also put in regular hours on the circulation desk, providing friendly service to library patrons.

The ideal candidate will be tech literate, social media savvy, and comfortable working with children of all ages. We're looking for someone with a positive attitude, friendly demeanor, and enthusiasm for working in a small community setting who has the ability to function independently and as a team member. Knowledge of WordPress, marketing experience, and previous library experience a plus.

Salary range: $12-14/hour depending on experience and qualifications. No benefits.

Please email letter of application and résumé to Michele DelPriore at with the subject heading "P/T Programming Position." Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.
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