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Volume 19-11 | 3.12.19
Library Advocates in Albany
More than 800 library advocates gathered in Albany for Library Advocacy Day on February 27th, including more than 40 advocates from the MHLS region!

Senator George Amedore (above) had to meet with MHLS library advocates in the hallway outside of his office due to the size of the crowd .

With fifteen appointments in four hours, teams from each legislative district made up of library advocates from communities throughout the Hudson Valley navigated the crowded halls and elevators of the Legislative Office Building. Their mission was to stress the need for legislators to step up in the face of Governor Cuomo's proposed roll back of library aid and State Aid for Library Construction.

(above) Assemblymember Did Barrett welcomed MHLS Executive Director, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and more than a dozen advocates.
Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator (above) speaks with staff from Assemblymember Kevin Cahill's office in an overflowing conference room.

MHLS Board President, Mark Wilson (left) met with Assemblymember Kevin Byrne (center) along with Mahopac Library Friends President, Karen Kellogg (front row-left), Patterson Library Trustee, Karen Powers (front row-right) and members of the Westchester Library System.

Library Advocates sharing heartfelt stories of how these are real dollars impacting real people were the centerpiece of the day. Stories are what brings these issues to life for legislators and we thank everyone who took the time to tell their story on Advocacy Day !

MHLS would like to thank the following sponsors of the buses to Albany, their generosity helped to keep ticket costs at a very reasonable $5 this year!
  • Friends of the Howland Public Library
  • Friends of the Cairo Library
  • Friends of the Chatham Public Library
  • Friends of the Julia Butterfield Memorial Library
  • Friends of the Heermance Memorial Library
  • Friends of the Town of Esopus Library
  • Friends of the Blodgett Memorial Library of Fishkill
  • Friends of Greenville Public Library
  • Friends of Kent Library
  • Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library
  • Friends of the Kingston Library
  • Friends of Mahopac Public Library
  • Friends of the Philmont Public Library
  • Friends of the Phoenicia Library
  • Friends of the Pine Plains Free Library
  • Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District
  • Friends of the Putnam Valley Library
  • Friends of the Starr Library
  • Friends of the Rosendale Library
  • Friends of the Saugerties Public Library
  • Friends of the Mountain Top Library
  • Friends of the Grinnell Public Library District

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MHLS Libraries
Patrons from the Kingston Library (l-r) Phoebe Temple, Sophie Temple, Bee Temple, Caleb Berrios, and mascot Bob the Apple joined the hundreds of advocates in Albany to speak up for library aid.  
Professional Development
There is still time to register for the third and final program in the HR Legal Issues Series presented by Shari Fallon, PHR, SHRM-CP, of Cornell University.
The final webinar on Key Employment Legislation & Compensation Issues will take place on Tuesday, March 26th from 2:00-4:00pm.
Please register through the MHLS calendar at least 24 hours before the event
Join presenter and sec urity expert Dr. Steve Albrecht for, Conducting a Library Facility Security Assessment Without Needing a Security Consultant webinar on March 13 th from 3:00-4:00pm Dr. Albrecht will discuss how you can ask and answer the various questions about critical facility security components for your library . For m ore information and to register for this program visit

The Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Mini-Grant program provides 70 grants each year, of up to $500 , t o sponsor creative and innovative activities that take place in the library, classroom or out in the community that provide an enriched experience for children from preschool to grade 12. This grant is an opportunity for a public school teacher or librarian to present a special project outside the standard curriculum or an engaging way to help students meet curricular goals. Successful programs have included a public story walk, a multicultural portrait project, bookmaking and intergenerational storytelling.
Grant ap plications are due by March 31 st . For more information and to access the application visit

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