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Volume 18-45 | 11.6.18
Making Space for Makerspaces
MHLS led two autumn field trips to give member library staff the opportunity to visit two of our member libraries' Makerspaces. Both the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison and the Germantown Library opened their doors to our tour groups and gave us an in-depth look at these amazing spaces.

The Desmond-Fish Library and the Germantown Library gave participants a brief presentation about the origins and evolution of the spaces including a discussion on budgeting, programming and how they market these innovative, interactive places. The overviews were followed by demonstrations of specific equipment and then the groups were let loose to explore, create and innovate.

(Above) Jen McCreery, director of the Desmond-Fish Library and Ryan Biracree, Digital Services Coordinator give the group an overview of the planning process.

(Above) One lucky participant was the recipient of a 3D scan at Desmond-Fish Library. 

(Above) The team at Germantown Library work together to keep the space humming!

 (Above) Staff from the Putnam Valley Free Library made the trip to Germantown and stayed to play!
Our thanks go out to the Desmond-Fish Library and the Germantown Library for hosting us! To learn more about each Makerspace visit:
MHLS Announcements
MHLS will be closed Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no deliveries. MHLS staff will be available via the MHLS ticket system ( ) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to support system-wide Sierra/catalog critical issues.
MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program deadline: December 15th is the last deadline to take advantage of the 2018 MHLS Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant Program. Reimbursement is contingent on member libraries providing their staff reimbursement at the IRS rate for travel to attend training or to participate in meetings sponsored by and located at MHLS headquarters in Poughkeepsie. For more information and to access the claim form directors should visit 
MHLS Libraries
Roeliff-Jansen Community Library has a new website!

The new design gives patrons easy access to the library's many offerings and events.
Resource Sharing & Sierra
The MHLS E-Magazine Collection from RBdigital has a new automatic checkout feature for patrons that began on October 10th. This feature will enable patrons to automatically check out new issues of magazines as soon as they become available. To learn more about this feature visit RBdigital's FAQ section,
E-Magazines are available to every patron through every member library in the Mid-Hudson Library System. The collection is fully funded in 2018 and 2019 with support from New York State (through Central Library Development Aid, Central Book Aid and Family Literacy Funds), Columbia County Library Association, East Fishkill Public Library District, Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Putnam County Library Association and Ulster County Library Association.

A list of E-Magazines currently subscribed to is available at 
Sustainable Libraries
This year, the New York Library Association (NYLA) is launching a partnership with Donate Life New York State (NYS) to introduce a simple campaign to educate patrons about donation and transplantation, and to give them an opportunity to join the New York State Donate Life Registry. New York Libraries for Life: a statewide campaign, which includes public, academic, special and hospital libraries of all sizes, hopes to inspire New Yorkers to sign up as donors! For more information visit the Donate Life NYS Toolkit:
After 11 successful years, the Annual Holiday Book Drive coordinated through the Empire State Center for the Book in partnership with Poughkeepsie Barnes & Noble book distribution program has come to a close.
Over the life of this program over 65,000 books have been purchased by Barnes & Noble patrons, and put into the hands of kids through public libraries, schools, literacy organizations, food pantries, and social service agencies. A big thank you to Ellen Rubin who has spearheaded this program for the region.
Job Openings
Part-time Information Specialist, Patterson Library
A friendly person is needed to provide public service at the Information Desk two evenings and Saturdays.

The Patterson Library has an immediate opening for a permanent, reliable part-time information specialist. Shift includes Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturdays. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, with college experience preferred, have strong computer and problem solving skills, and be customer-oriented, courteous, and able to work with the public in a small community setting. Position includes providing friendly customer service to library patrons of all ages, overseeing public computer use, assisting patrons with a variety of information needs, processing materials, and other information department tasks. Previous library experience is a plus. Starting at $12.50/hour. 

Please send cover letter and résumé to or stop by the library to fill out an application.
Part-time Library Clerk, Saugerties Public Library
The Saugerties Public Library is seeking a part-time clerk to join our team of positive people looking for an opportunity to serve individuals and groups in the community.

This person will work every:  
Monday 10-2
Tuesday 10-4
Thursday 3-8
Friday 2-6
This job requires attention to detail, ability to work independently, multi-tasking, computer skills, comfort with technology, ability to work cooperatively with others, and most importantly strong customer service skills.
The library clerk performs the following functions:
  • All circulation duties: included but not limited to checking items in and out, pulling holds, registering patrons, collecting fines, shelving and shelf maintenance.
  • Provides information to the public on library policies and procedures.
  • Performs routine searches and updates of computer records.
  • Contacts patrons to deliver messages or information on library materials.
  • Helps to maintain a friendly, welcoming environment
  • Provides reference and readers advisory when needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Position: Part-Time: 19 hours per week
Pay: $11.00 - $13.00 per hour, depending upon experience
To apply please send a résumé and letter of interest in PDF format to

Interviews will begin November 12th.

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