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Volume 18-31 | 7.31.18
Library Card Sign-Up Month
September is Library Card Sign-up Month , a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

This September Disney Pixar's superhero family, the Incredibles, will team up with the ALA to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, the Incredibles will remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle: libraries offer fun and informative resources to help you pursue your passions and succeed in school.

Throughout the summer, ALA will be providing a variety of free tools and ideas for promoting Library Card Sign-up Month in your local community. Visit for more info! 
MHLS Libraries
On June 30th the Brewster Public Library held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the library's new outdoor seating plaza. This was phase 1 of the library's expansion and renovation project.

Pictured (left to right): Town of Southeast Council members John Lord & Lynne Eckhardt, Brewster Village Trustees George Gaspar & Mary Bryde, Library Board members Karen DeSantis & Robert Gosselink, Library Director Gina Loprinzo, Chamber of Commerce Director Rose Aglieco, Library Trustees Kevin Finnegan, Margaret Bruen & Peter Carey, Assemblymember Kevin Byrne, and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Sierra is scheduled to be upgraded to version 4.0 on August 14th. This is a significant release, including new primary data tables. There will also be a minor upgrade to Encore, our online catalog, scheduled for August 16th. This upgrade will correct an issue that currently returns patrons to the main patron screen after editing their holds, rather than back to the holds menu. More details about both upgrades will be sent via the MHLS Notices Email List. PLEASE NOTE: The Sierra offline client must be installed before 8/14. Please, open a ticket if you have not yet installed the new offline client.
Town of Ulster Library held BIKEFEST 2018 on July 21st. More than 80 people attended the event which offered free helmets and fittings, bike repairs, entertainment and free food. Helmets for toddlers, children and adults were given out for free courtesy of the Elks No.550. The Town of Ulster Library partnered with Kingston Elks Lodge #550Town of Ulster Police, Bike Friendly Kingston, Seed Song FarmUlster County Sheriff's Office, and Kingston Cyclery to create a very successful collaborative program for the whole community.

On Monday, July 16th, Mahopac Public Library offered its patrons a break from reality by hosting a Virtual Vacation event . Approximately 100 individuals of all ages attended, some "vacationing" for several hours to experience all of the technology that was offered. Three primary Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality activities were featured: the immersive and interactive world of the Oculus Rift, the exploratory environments of Google Expeditions, and engaging in the battle for galactic peace with the Lenovo Star Wars TM Jedi Challenges AR headset.

Other AR activities included watching temporary tattoos come to life with Holotats, transforming coloring pages into 3D animation with Quiver, and taking 4D tours of the human body with DAQRI's Anatomy 4D Augmented Reality App. Attendees earned raffle tickets for each activity in which they participated. Tickets were drawn at the end of the event; three lucky winners received gift baskets.

Equipment for the Virtual Vacation was purchased with funding from the Friends of Mahopac Public Library. The equipment will continue to be used for future VR and AR programs, and for educational activities in the Library's Learning Lab. Anyone interested in learning more about this program can email Amy at
Administration & Management
The Public Library Association (PLA) has released a free promotional toolkit designed to help libraries raise awareness about the importance of family engagement.  The term "family engagement" describes a shared responsibility among families, educators and communities to support children's learning and development. This new resource can be used to supplement libraries' marketing, fundraising, community relations and political advocacy work. Learn more:
Job Openings
Youth Services & Teen Programmer, Millbrook Library
The Millbrook Library is  looking for an enthusiastic and engaging person to organize Youth Services & Teen Programming at the Millbrook Library. The  primary responsibility of this position is to plan, promote, and implement literacy and STEAM programs for children and teens from 3rd grade through high school.   

Other responsibilities include: 
  • Ordering materials for older children and teens
  • Outreach to and collaboration with local school librarians, parents, and organizations within the community
  • Identifying opportunities to secure grants for programs geared to children and young adults
  • Maintaining statistics and developing reports
  • Recruiting, training, and working with youth-oriented volunteers including, perhaps, a youth advisory team
  • Occasional circulation desk shifts
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor's Degree in the education field or Associates Degree with 1-3 years of experience working with children in a library, preschool or similar setting. 
  • The right candidate is:
    • Reliable
    • Courteous
    • Able to work effectively with adults and children
    • Self-motivated
    • Able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
    • And has strong computer and writing skills 
  • Approximately 21 hours per week including evenings and occasional Saturdays.
Pay Rate:
  • $13.50 per hour including paid holidays. Eligible for vacation, personal and sick time pay after six months.
Please submit résumé and cover letter to
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