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Volume 18-49 | 12.4.18
Human Resources Legal Issues Series
MHLS Member Library Directors indicated through a recent survey that the area of human resources law is the #1 area that they are seeking more information on. To that end, MHLS has worked with Shari Fallon, PHR, SHRM-CP, of Cornell University to create a webinar series in the first quarter of 2019 that will provide an introduction to the federal and state laws that most commonly impact personnel policy and practice.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers. Get an introduction to the basics about this critical law!
Friday, January 11th | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention Law & NYS Family Paid Leave Act
Tuesday, February 12th | 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Key Employment Legislation & Compensation Issues
During this webinar we will cover the Top 10 Legal Mistakes by Supervisors; Wage Theft Prevention Act, Equal Employment, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the federal Family Medical Leave Act among others.
Tuesday, March 26th | 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Please register through the MHLS Online Calendar at

Questions? Contact Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MHLS Executive Director
MHLS Libraries
On November 4th the Stone Ridge Library opened the new Children's Wing with a celebration that included trustees, staff, donors, Friends and a visit from Senator George Amedore. To see more pictures from the event visit the Stone Ridge Library Facebook page.

(left) Board President Susanne Warren with Senator George Amedore (right) New Children's Wing (photo credit Neil Rosenfeld)
Professional Development
Nominate yourself, a colleague, or your library for one of the 10 Public Library Association [PLA] service awards and grants. These awards highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. The deadline to apply for all PLA 2019 Awards and Grants is December 10th, 2018. The 2019 award winners will be recognized at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. To view a list of all awards and access the online application visit
Sustainable Libraries
New York Counts 2020 is a broad-based, statewide coalition composed of racial, ethnic, immigrant, religious, health, education, labor, housing, social services, and business groups working in partnership with state and local government officials. Their aim is to ensure that New Yorkers across the state - particularly marginalized communities in hard-to-count districts - can fully maximize their participation in the 2020 Census.
Stewart's Shops matches individual donations made at their stores between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and distributes funds to local nonprofit agencies. Organizations that benefit children are eligible to apply for funds. An application can be downloaded at the Stewart's Shops website. All applications must be submitted by January 31, 2019.
Did you know the Libraries Are For Everyone graphic comes in more than 80 different languages? They are also free for anyone to use thanks to the designer, Rebecca McCorkindale. Visit to access all of the available graphics or to offer a suggestion for a language you would like for your community.
The American Dream Literacy Initiative compromised of the American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Up to 16 grants of $10,000 each will be awarded. Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office. Visit the Dollar General Store Locator to check eligibility.

Read the project guidelines and apply online by Dec. 14, 2018.
The American Dream Literacy Initiative strives to develop tools and resources for libraries and library staff to provide effective literacy services to adult English language learners in their communities and across the country.
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