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Volume 18-24 | 6.12.18 
Fall Into Books
The Fall Into Books 20th Annual Children's & Teen Literature Conference will be held on October 24th. Early bird pricing for registration ends on July 30th.
Held annually, and co-sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Library System, Fall Into Books brings together school and public librarians from eight counties within the Hudson Valley for a day of literacy, discussion, networking and insight.
This conference provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to engage in collaborative discussions on children's and teen literature.
This collaborative event features:
  • Keynote presentation by Nick Glass ("From De-Silencing to Empowering Discussions about Race and Culture with Diverse Books")
  • Presentation and book signing by Sandra Uwiringiyimana, author and human rights activist:
  • Book discussion sessions - ranging from picture books to young adult
This year's conference will be held at the Crestview Conference Center in West Nyack, New York.
For more information and to register please visit
MHLS Announcements

Merribeth Advocate, MHLS Assistant Director, 
was recently awarded an Executive Leadership Certificate and a High Performance Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

July 15th is the first 2018 deadline to take advantage of the MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program. Reimbursement is contingent on member libraries providing their staff reimbursement at the IRS rate for travel to attend training or to participate in meetings sponsored by and located at MHLS headquarters in Poughkeepsie. For more information and to access the claim form directors should visit   
MHLS Libraries
Congratulations to the Poughkeepsie Public Library District on receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the NEA Big Read Program! They will be creating a community-wide Big Read program around the book Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Check out for upcoming events.
Professional Development
The Library & Leadership Management Section (LAMS) of the New York Library Association is seeking candidates for  two scholarships to attend NYLA's 2018 Conference in Rochester for first time attendees. One award will be given to Directors/Branch Managers; the second is for Library Assistants/support staff. This award covers the full conference registration fee; hotel room; LAMS luncheon and $100 towards travel.
All applicants must submit an application in the form of a letter which includes:
  • Why you wish to attend the conference
  • How the experience will benefit your work
  • How you will share what you learn with co-workers and/or colleagues
  • Your professional goals
  • How attending the conference will help you achieve those goals
To apply for these scholarships, submit the application via email to Julie Dempsey at   by June 30, 2018. All applicants will be reviewed by the LAMS' Scholarship Committee. The winners of these scholarships will be selected by July 31, 2018
The Southeastern NY Library Resources Council announces the 2018 Library Shadow Program . This program matches volunteers to experience a day in the life of another library. It is an opportunity for individuals to meet, share ideas, see how other libraries run, trade information about resources, or get firsthand experience with an aspect of librarianship that might be different than their current job. This program is open to all staff at all Southeastern member organizations: librarians, support staff, archivists, information professionals, etc. Sign up to visit another workplace and/or host a visitor.
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Baker & Taylor (B&T) TitleSource 360 Training (TS360): TS360 is B&T's online ordering interface that allows libraries to shop for additions to their collections, place them in a cart for purchase, and  create Sierra Bibliographic and Order when they complete the order.  Staff can search and find titles, retain an order history to guard against duplication and read reviews. New pricing ($100 annually per library) has made the product more affordable. B&T has scheduled three one-hour online training dates to bring new libraries on board, refresh those already onboard and to provide an overview for those who may be interested in finding out more about the subscription service.  MHLS Cataloging staff will be on hand to explain their role in the process.
To register:
Reference & Collection Development
As part of Promoting Healthy Communities , a nationwide initiative intended to increase public library workers' knowledge and skills related to consumer health services, the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) are proud to unveil a new website, . This website was created to help public libraries better serve their patrons' health information needs. It features a wide variety of resources including health-related programming ideas, data sources, news feeds, and glossaries of terms. You'll also find training materials and information on funding opportunities.
Job Openings
Building Service Worker, Brewster Public Library
The Brewster Public Library in Putnam County has an opening for a Building Service Worker.  The person who fills this position will be responsible for routine cleaning of the library, as well as general building maintenance. Candidates should have a good knowledge of modern buildings and grounds maintenance and repair practices, working knowledge of the practices and techniques of one or more of the standard trades, ability to follow oral and written directions, mechanical aptitude, dependability, initiative, and manual dexterity.  Minimum qualifications: either a) Graduation from high school or possession of a comparable diploma and one (1) year of full-time paid work experience; or b) Two (2) years of experience in general building construction or maintenance work involving the following standard trades: carpentry, plumbing and electrical; or c) An equivalent combination of training and experience as indicated in a) and b) above.  This is a non-competitive civil service position, with flexible hours starting at 10-15 hours per week, with a salary of $14-$16 per hour.  Please send résumé to Gina Loprinzo at , with Building Service Worker in the subject line.
Library Clerk, part time, Staatsburg Library

Approximately 10 hours per week, mornings 10 am-12 pm, afternoons 2 pm-5 pm and alternate Saturdays 10 am-2 pm. 

Responsibilities include working at the circulation desk, assisting library users, processing materials, and other duties related to the operation of the library.

Requirements: Graduation from high school or possession of GED, knowledge and proficiency in computer applications and technology, ability to lift up to 50 lbs. 

The ideal candidate will be customer service oriented and friendly, enjoy working with the public in a small community setting, possess the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Previous library experience a plus.

$11.25/hour  (additional hours possible when subs are needed).
Please send a brief cover letter & résumé to Lorraine Rothman at with the subject heading "Library Clerk Position" or mailed to Staatsburg Library, PO Box 397, Staatsburg, NY 12580. 
No phone calls, please. 

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. 

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