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Volume 19-14 | 4.2.19
MHLS Board Meets
The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Saturday, March 30th, in the MHLS Auditorium and:
  • Received a report from Executive Director Aldrich that included updates/information on: The status of library aid and construction aid in the proposed 2019 New York State Budget, and the on-going need to establish relationships with state legislators who will advocate on behalf of increased funding for libraries; System planning efforts to provide the newly state mandated annual Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for trustees; the status of Phase III renovations to the MHLS Auditorium; and, recent personnel changes.
  • Approved the Incentives Committee's recommendations for "Funding Priorities" and the MHLS' Definition of "an Economically Disadvantaged Community" for the 2019 State Aid for Library Construction Program.
  • Authorized the Executive Director to negotiate a new Delivery Services contract, pending final approval by the Directors Association at its April 9th meeting of the recommendations of the System Services and Central Library/Collection Development Advisory Committees.
  • Certified the MHLS' Adult Literacy and Family Literacy Grant Applications.
  • Authorized Executive Director to negotiate a new service contract for Integrated Library (ILS) Services.
  • Reviewed and approved two recommendations from the Directors Association related to the Members Capital Fund Policy: (1) to collapse currently defined line items in the fund into a single fund; and, (2) to authorize the expenditure of $100,000 from the Members Capital Fund for implementation and training costs related to the new ILS contract.
  • Approved Variance Requests from the LaGrange Library and Roeliff Jansen Community Library;
  • Reviewed and accepted the 2018 MHLS Annual Report to the State;
  • Were presented a comprehensive overview of the Member Library Assessment and E-Resources charts; including how they are formulated/created, managed and implemented.
  • An annual orientation session for MHLS trustees was conducted after the business meeting.
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The next meeting of the MHLS Board of Trustees is Wednesday, May 8th at 10:00am at the Kinderhook Memorial Library.
MHLS Libraries
NorthEast-Millerton Library's monthly STEAM club spent their time together building catapults out of Popsicle sticks and then had an awesome time testing them out in the children's section of the library. According to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) STEAM programs (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) "encourage innovation and strengthens critical-thinking skills; things that are important everywhere in life." Check out the ALSC toolkit for programming ideas and more information about the importance of STEAM programming in the library   
(above) Members of the NorthEast-Millerton Library's STEAM club test their newly designed catapults.
Sustainable Libraries
Please join us for a meeting of the MHLS Friends Support Group on Thursday, April 11th from 5:30-7:30pm in the MHLS Auditorium. A light dinner will be provided.

This support group has been created as a forum for MHLS member library Friends to come together and share information. Scheduled for this event:
  • A presentation and group discussion will shine a spotlight on fundraising ideas that go beyond the book sale!
  • Tweet Out: Each attendee will share their #1 success with fundraising over the past 12 months in just one minute! This lightning round of sharing will let you walk out with dozens of good ideas.
Please register for this event through the MHLS online calendar

Questions? Contact Kerstin Cruger, Library Sustainability Associate & Communications Specialist, | 845.417.6060 ext. 250
Reference & Collection Development
The Mid-Hudson Library System is gearing up for a new Roundtable! This upcoming discussion group will feature ideas related to local history and uncommon materials in library collections. MHLS needs your input to help us design this roundtable to best address the needs of our members. We ask that you take a few minutes to respond to this brief survey
Deadline is April 9th . Questions should be directed to Nina Acosta, Assistant ILP Operations Supervisor,
READsquared - Summer Readin g Online Registration Software  Available Now!
Do you want to enhance the summer reading program experience for your community? READsquared, funded through the New York State Library and offered at no cost to public libraries, can help libraries of any size brand their reading programs and increase registration and participation.
Here are a few of the features READsquared includes:
  • A mobile-friendly website customized with your library's logo
  • Administrative control panel, to easily tailor your READsquared website
  • Ability for library staff to post suggested reading lists
  • An easily accessible calendar to enter all summer reading program related events
  • The ability to create reading programs for patrons of all ages to:
    • earn badges and prizes
    • complete interactive missions based on the summer reading theme
    • post book reviews for others to view
For more information about READsquared and to learn how to register your library please visit
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