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Volume 18-12 | 3.20.18
Listening to Our Community
MHLS will be hosting a "Listening to Our Community" Forum on Violence Against Youth on Saturday, March 24th at 2:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium, directly following the March For Our Lives march over the Walkway Over the Hudson.

The Violence Against Youth - Listening to Our Community Forum provides people of diverse backgrounds a chance to express their views as a step toward understanding the community's concerns and ideas regarding violence against youth. The facilitated forum will feature various aspects of the issue presented by representatives of our schools, service organizations, universities, businesses, and government.

Library leaders are encouraged to attend this program to gain perspective on a large social issue that will require communities to create multi-faceted responses to address. Insights gained could assist libraries in the design of future services, programs and partnerships.

Presenters will include:
  • Cassidy Douglas & Rosemerayah Garcia, Poughkeepsie City School District Students
  • Paul Donnelly, Poughkeepsie High School Teacher
  • Danny Hairston, SNUG Program Coordinator/Family Services
  • Kim Ellison, LCSW Interim Clinical Director, Astor Services for Children & Families
  • Eve Waltermaurer, Ph.D, Director of Research & Evaluation, The Benjamin Center, SUNY New Paltz
  • Sheila Appel, U.S. Regional Director, Corporate Citizenship at IBM
  • Freddy Larrosa, Singer/Songwriter
This event is free but registration is required due to limited space:
MHLS Announcements
The clock is ticking on state budget negotiations! We need all library advocates to use the New York Library Association's Online Advocacy Center immediately: With the release of the One House Budget Bills, negotiations are well under way and we need to ensure the proposals itemized below make it to the finish line! Thanks to the efforts of library advocates around the two houses of the legislature have crafted record setting proposals for library aid to begin their negotiations:
  • State Library Aid: +$4 million over the Governor's Budget
  • State Library Construction Aid: +$50 million over the Governor's Budget, $25 million of which is earmarked for libraries in New York City, for a total of $64 million
  • State Library Aid: +$6 million over the Governor's Budget
  • State Library Construction Aid: +$50 million over the Governor's budget for a total of $64 million
What's next? A negotiation among the Governor, Assembly and Senate leadership. In order to ensure that these proposals arrive intact in the final NYS Budget, we NEED YOU! Even if you have already sent in a letter via the NYLA Online Advocacy Center this year, now is the time to do it again! There is a new letter up that calls upon your representatives to fight to keep this proposed funding for libraries! Send your letters today at
MHLS Libraries
The D.R. Evarts Library in Athens, is pleased to announce that Timothy Furgal is their new director.  In a press release the board shared that Tim grew up "in the snowy Tug Hill Plateau of Central New York, where Tim fostered a love of reading, writing, and storytelling at an early age, and uses his enthusiasm to share these joys with others. Working in libraries has allowed him to combine his love of community service, literature, and education, and he is looking forward to working with the Athens community to provide an exciting and accessible space for discovery. An avid runner and average gardener, you can usually find him outside when he isn't at the library. Tim has experience in public, academic, and school libraries in both urban and rural settings, and is finishing his Master's degree in library science at the University of Albany." 
Professional Development
G.O.A.T. Teen Services Meetup: Thursday, April 26 from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm at the East Greenbush Community Library. Join your teen-serving library colleagues from three states for a FREE day of energizing ideas, problem hacks, and go-to colleagues! Not only will this be the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T.) teen services meetup, it is the first for librarians from eastern New York, western Massachusetts, and Connecticut. If your job includes a focus on teens, you're invited! To keep it free, please bring your own lunch. Drinks, dessert - and an author Skype visit will be provided! For more information and to register, visit
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Filling Your ILL Toolbox: Wednesday, May 2 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm at the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council in Highland, NY. $25 without lunch; $35 with lunch. Facilitated by all area library staff interested in resource sharing are welcome to attend this day all about Resource Sharing, dedicated to learning from experts and sharing ideas with colleagues.
Activities will include:
  • Online presentation by Carrie Russell, Director, Program on Public Access to Information at the American Library Association on copyright and ILL
  • A presentation on ILL in the Hudson Valley
  • A panel discussion with experts in the field
    • Cindy Dubinski, East Fishkill Community Library
    • Tracy Sutherland, Vassar College Libraries
    • Tara Stohr, Mid-Hudson Library System
    • Emily Wager, Capital District Library Council
  • Small group work on targeted problem solving
  • Networking opportunities.
For more information and to register:
Job Openings
Substitute Library Clerks: The Kingston Library has openings for P/T Substitute Library Clerks at $11.00 per hour. The position is variable up to 20 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends. The appointed Library Clerk will perform a variety of library circulation and clerical procedures in both adult and children's services with a heavy concentration in public contact. Tasks include but are not limited to: performing all circulation desk duties using computerized system, performing opening/closing procedures in work area/public areas, answering phone and routes calls as necessary, assisting patrons in locating materials through the OPAC, handling cash, assisting with library programs and displays; registration, signs, crafts, book lists, etc., shelving materials/reading shelves.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 
Ability to follow written and oral instructions 
Ability to learn Dewey Decimal system, automated circulation system, and library circulation policies and procedures 
Ability to create a courteous, pleasant first impression of Kingston Library Ability to establish good patron rapport 
Flexibility to deal with multiple and tasks and patrons simultaneously 
Basic typing/computer skills 
Ability to learn media/computer operations

Qualifications:  A high school diploma or the equivalent and some experience in using libraries required. Previous library experience preferred. To apply, please send letter of interest, along with résumé and three references to LJ Cormier, Circulation Manager, at or via postal mail to 55 Franklin Street, Kingston, NY 12401. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
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