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Volume 18-21 | 5.22.18
Disaster Planning & Community Resilience
Last week the Hudson Valley saw some crazy weather, high winds and two tornados touched down in our region. Area libraries rose to the occasion.
Libraries reported helping people shelter in place during the storm, " Turns out we had a tornado tear through Saugerties," reported Katie Scott-Childress, the director of the Saugerties Public Library, "It came so fast we had kids coming into the library with their bikes and scooters because they were suddenly being pummeled by inch round hail." Tracy Priest, director of the Town of Ulster Library reported a similar experience, "At about 3:30 the library was full of people who didn't want to be driving around in the storm. People were sharing information, talking through anxieties, accessing the pubic computers to track the storm and try to find out when the schools would release the buses and kids."
In the aftermath of the storm many residents have been, and some still are, experiencing an extended power outage. Libraries like the East Fishkill Community Library and the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison extended their hours to give residents more time in their facilities to charge devices, access the internet and use the library's public access computers. Other libraries, like Kent Public Library, heavily promoted online services for people who were home with power but banned from traveling on local roads due to the state of emergency that had been declared.
In related news, the New York Library Association's Sustainability Initiative has announced their 2018 Webinar Series which will kick off on Wednesday, June 20th with a one hour webinar from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm which is focused on Disaster Planning & Community Resilience at Your Library . Presented by Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, this webinar will provide you with guidance on how to prepare your library to respond to the next disaster or crisis and to support community resiliency.
"Recent catastrophes have highlighted the important role public libraries play in enhancing their community's resiliency and post-disaster recovery efforts. Many community leaders now view libraries as ad hoc disaster recovery centers and recognize librarians as Information First Responders. This presentation will help you and your library embrace this new role as Information First Responders, who quickly enable people to get back to work, back to their lives, and ensure recovery of the community's economic life. Learn what you need to prepare before disaster strikes, guided by New Jersey State Library's Disaster Preparedness & Community Resiliency Toolkit [] , which has been emergency-tested by libraries. Your library can be at the forefront in providing that safe haven in times of crisis and helping your community return to normal life."
Register online for this free webinar at
MHLS Announcements
MHLS will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

Let us  help you with your library outreach efforts. The Your Library Card brochure has a bright design and a simple message - Saving you time and money! These brochures are designed to help you market the value of a library card to non-users.

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Library directors interested in participating in a group purchase opportunity through MHLS for EnvisionWare , a computer access and reservation control solution, should respond to the survey Laurie Shedrick, MHLS Technology Operations Manager, sent out via the MHLS-DIRECTORS list on May 16th.
MHLS Libraries

The Phoenicia Library recently held a Pop-Up Job Fair at their library! The Ulster County Career Center hosted the fair with local businesses including The Emerson, Belleayre Mountain, Rail Explorers, Town Tinker Tube Rental, Phoenicia Festival of the Voice and the Frost Valley YMCA.
Professional Development

The Collaborative Summer Library Program [] which brings you the summer reading manuals and artwork is seeking individuals to help serve on various committees of the organization. The 2018-2019 committee application and information is available at
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