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Volume 18-35 | 8.28.18 
Makerspace Field Trips
Interested in emerging tech and the maker movement? Join us for two upcoming "Field Trips" this fall to two new and exciting spaces in our region!
Wednesday, September 26th
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Friday, October 26th
10:00 am-12:00 pm
At these events you will receive:
  • Custom tour of a real live makerspace!
  • Information about equipment and supplies
  • Overview of programming designed around STEM learning in the makerspace
Please register online for one or both of these events at
MHLS Announcements
The 2018 Summer Reading Program Final Report is now available for MHLS member libraries Every member library is required to submit an online Summer Reading Program Final Report. This information is sent to the Division of Library Development and assists your library with needed statistics for the Member Library Annual Report. One report per library. If you have a branch library all information for both buildings should be included in one report.
For the questions and online report form please visit

Due Date: Friday, September 28th
Questions: Please contact Kerstin Cruger at or 845.471.6060 ext.250

MHLS will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 3rd. There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored. 
MHLS Libraries
NorthEast-Millerton Library held its Big Truck Day event on July 31st. This highly anticipated and well attended library program brought together several partners including Town of Northeast, Village of Millerton, the Northeast Fire District, and Dutchess County Representative Greg Pulver .

Photos courtesy of NorthEast-Millerton Library
Professional Development
Instagram for Beginners with trainer Courtney Wimmers, Pleasant Valley Library.
Courtney has built an extraordinarily successful Instagram following at the Pleasant Valley Library and will teach you how to engage with your community by learning how to properly use this social media tool.

Friday, September 21st from 9:30 am-12:30 pm at Southeastern NY Library Resources Council, Highland, NY. $25 for members, including affiliate members (MHLS, RCLS, BOCES, ESLN members) $40 for non-members.
Please register online at
Sustainable Libraries
ALA Advocacy Boot Camp, presented by Marci Merola, Director of the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Library Advocacy & James (Jamie) LaRue, Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries. Advocacy Boot Camp will help library communities prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy. In this joint effort of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, we'll explore some of the brutal facts about our current environment, celebrate our assets, and offer practical tips to reclaim a moral sanction for the work we do, and the support our communities deserve.
Thursday, September 20 th , from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Bethlehem Public Library, Bethlehem, NY.
"Who needs libraries?"  Beneath those three words is an iceberg of challenges, from delivering on-point messaging, gathering compelling statistics, and the need to re-educate key audiences on the value of libraries, fundamental not only to librarians, but to our democratic society at large. The recent rash of anti-library trends, including the anti-tax movement, privatization, removal of independent library boards and deprofessionalization, as well as censorship challenges to books, speakers and displays, all point to a systemic shift in our landscape that is very different than budget cuts and recession: an attack on libraries as a public service.

Building on the momentum and resources of ALA's new public awareness and advocacy campaign, Libraries Transform, focuses on four key messages:
  • Libraries transform lives.
  • Libraries transform communities.
  • Librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning.
  • Libraries are a smart investment.
The program will cover advocacy basics such as messaging, networking and community engagement. Intellectual Freedom history and principles, forming both the ethical center and essential brand of librarianship, will also be highlighted.
Training Goals:
  • To empower librarians with skills to tell their library's story and secure funding for technology, e-books, and other resources.
  • To teach librarians and library advocates practical and powerful tips on how to be a respected, effective and supported voice in your community.
  • To provide consistent messaging and an advocacy framework that can be used by libraries of all throughout a given state, and ultimately, across the country.
  • To provide a mechanism for mentoring new advocates and creating a succession plan for advocacy.
Sponsored by the Public Library System Directors Organization (PULISDO) and New York Library Association (NYLA) . Registration is $45 for NYLA Members and $55 for NON-Members. This program counts for three hours of continuing education credit toward renewal of the public librarian certification. For more information and to register:
Job Openings
Part-Time Clerk, NorthEast-Millerton Library

NorthEast-Millerton Library is looking for a part-time clerk to work Saturdays and Wednesdays (12 hours). Additional hours when possible. Position requires good customer service skills, knowledge of computers, and the ability to multi-task. Library experience preferred, but not required. 

Please send résumé to

Part-Time Clerk, Kent Public Library 

Kent Public Library seeks a Part-Time Library Clerk, 12 to 17 hours a week, $11.00 to $11.40 per hour.  Must have high school degree, be experienced with computers, courteous, service oriented and able to work with the public at a busy circulation desk.  Previous library experience preferred.  

Send résumé to , and mention " clerk " in subject line.

Part-Time Clerk, Pleasant Valley Library

The Pleasant Valley Library is looking for an energetic, friendly clerk to work roughly 22 hrs/week for $11.50/hr. This position offers 2 weeks vacation time and 1 week of sick time. Alternating Saturdays required, no late evenings necessary. Knowledge of Sierra welcome but ability to  sleeve/unsleeve 3K DVDs per month, helping the same patron who forgot their password every week and showing everyone how the printer/copier works with a smile on your face a must. 

Those interested should fax a résumé to   845-635-9556   or email  

Circulation & Student Staff Coordinator, Mount Saint Mary College

Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center at Mount Saint Mary College [MSMC] seeks an energetic, service-oriented individual to serve as Circulation & Student Staff Coordinator.  This individual has primary responsibility for circulation desk activities and ensures efficient, user-focused service.  Hires all library work-study students and part-time student employees and places students within the library based on staff needs and student abilities.  Responsible for scheduling, supervising, and training all student workers, as well as handling student payroll.  Also handles all book repairs.  Assists library users with quick questions and general library services.
Qualifications: Associates Degree required; BA/BS preferred.  

Required Skills:  Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; proven ability to work with college-age students; supervisory and management skills; strong customer service philosophy; congenial and courteous demeanor; professional appearance; commitment to providing quality library service.  Library work experience required, preferably at the college level.  Ability to complete book repairs with meticulous attention to detail.  Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.  Ability to troubleshoot minor software and hardware problems. Working knowledge of an integrated library system (preferably Sierra) preferred.
For complete job description visit, Submit letter of application, résumé, and names of three professional references via the MSMC online application system,  Position available immediately.
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