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Volume 19-03 | 1.15.19 
Kinderhook's Grand Opening
The Kinderhook Memorial Library celebrated its newly expanded and renovated space with a spectacular grand opening event on December 14th.

After nearly a decade of planning and fundraising the final phase of construction was completed in the fall of 2018 expanding the building to 6,400 square feet and modernizing the 85-year old historic section. The entire project was paid for through donors and grants, a total cost of $2.3 million.
Photo Courtesy of the Kinderhook Memorial Library

In the library's winter newsletter Gary Spielmann, Kinderhook Memorial Library's Board President wrote, "Like all libraries, ours is a supportive space that reduces social isolation and encourages users to connect and explore. The new building makes that possible with programs, performances, and both basic and advanced technologies."

Check out just a few of the library's exciting new features:
  • Fully accessible facility
  • Separate programming spaces for children, teens, and adults
  • A meeting room for live performance and exhibitions, complete with adaptive technologies for sight- and hearing-impaired users
  • Fiber optic high-speed internet service
  • Energy efficient infrastructure
  • An outdoor reading garden to complement the quiet reading porch
  • A community terrace and much more!
Photo Courtesy of the Kinderhook Memorial Library

MHLS Announcements
Laurie Shedrick (MLS) has been promoted to Assistant Director/ Technology Operations Manager . Laurie will continue to provide leadership in all the areas we have come to know and appreciate related to the Integrated Library System (ILS) & Cataloging Services and Tech Support. In addition, Laurie will now officially oversee Digital Collection Access and Interlibrary Loan services. Laurie's deep background in resource sharing issues, Sierra expertise and her determined and innovative spirit means she is well positioned to help lead our organization and our member libraries forward in these new areas. We are very excited to have Laurie take on this expanded role in our organization!
Contact Laurie : | ext. 220
MHLS will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There will be no deliveries. MHLS staff will be available via the MHLS ticket system ( from 8:30 am-4:30 pm to support system-wide Sierra/catalog critical issues.  
Professional Development
Call for discussion leaders for the 2019 Fall Into Books Conference. The 21st annual Fall Into Books Children's & Teen Literature Conference is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 25th, 2019 at the Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel and Conference Center. Held annually, Fall Into Books brings together school and public librarians from eight counties within the Hudson Valley.
The planning committee is currently seeking volunteers to lead discussions for picture books, elementary, middle, or teen level books.
If you are interested, please complete and submit the form found at by January 31st. Potential discussion leaders 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.

Please note: A mandatory practice session for the discussion leaders will be held from 4:00-5:30 pm on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (SENYLRC) headquarters in Highland, NY.
STAR Net is hosting a new webinar entitled "Craft, Engineer, and Make & Take Activities for "A Universe of Stories" to talk about the many easy and fun ways you can incorporate hands-on space science and STEM-related activities into your library's 2019 Summer Reading Program.
View the live stream of this webinar on Thursday, January 17th at 4:00 pm by visiting To find more information about the webinar visit

Reminder: The 2019 Summer Reading Manuals  are now available for all member libraries. Manuals can be accessed online through the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) we bsite
To access the manuals you must first create a free account with CSLP. Accounts from prior years will still be valid. For directions and more information please visit   

Job Openings
Part-time Clerk, Kingston Library
Kingston Library  is looking for a customer service oriented person to perform a variety of library circulation and clerical tasks in both adult and children's services with a heavy concentration in public contact. Variable hours up to 20 per week, including evenings and weekends, $11.75 per hour with some accrued benefits. High school diploma or equivalent and basic computer skills required. Library or customer service experience preferred. Please submit a letter of interest and résumé to LJ Cormier, Circulation Manager, Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street, Kingston, NY 12401 or email  
MHLS recommends that the minimum starting salary of a full or part-time librarian with an MLS degree be at least equal to that of a teacher with a master's degree in the same community.
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