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Volume 18-01 | 1.2.18 
Mark Your Calendars!
Start planning now for some of the many "library celebrations" coming up in 2018! Many of these events are sponsored by the American Library Association or other organizations that provide marketing materials for the event. These can be great programming and PR opportunities in your community:  
Library Lovers Month : February
Take Your Child to the Library Day : February 3, 2018
Digital Learning Day : February 22, 2018
Teen Tech Week : March 4-10, 2018
Freedom of Information Day : March 16, 2018
School Library Month : April
National D.E.A.R. Month (Drop Everything and Read): April
National Library Week : April 8-14, 2018
Theme: Libraries Lead
National Library Workers Day : April 10, 2018
Money Smart Week : April 21-28, 2018
Preservation Week : April 22-28, 2018
Children's Day/Book Day - El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) : 
April 30, 2018
Choose Privacy Week : May 1-7, 2018
Children's Book Week : April 30 - May 6, 2018
Library Card Sign-up Month : September
Outside the Lines: September (week TBD) 
Banned Books Week : September 23-29, 2018
Teen Read Week : October 7-13, 2018
National Friends of Libraries Week : October 21-27, 2018 
International Games Week : (week TBD)
MHLS Announcements
2018 MHLS Directors Association Meeting Dates:
  • Tuesday, February 6 (Business Meeting)
  • Wednesday, March 7 (DA Sponsored Workshop)
  • Thursday, April 5 (Business Meeting)
  • Tuesday, May 1 (DA Sponsored Workshop)
  • Wednesday, June 6 (Business Meeting)
  • Thursday, July 19 (DA Sponsored Workshop)
  • Wednesday, September 5 (Business Meeting)
  • Thursday, October 4 (DA Sponsored Workshop)
  • Thursday, November 15 (Business Meeting / Luncheon)
All MHLS Directors Association Meetings are held from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the MHLS Auditorium. 
2018 MHLS Board of Trustee Meeting Dates:
  • Saturday, January 27 (snow date 2/3)
  • Saturday, March 17 (snow date 3/24)
  • Wednesday, May 9 @ Greenville Public Library, Greenville
  • Wednesday, July 11
  • Wednesday, September 12 @ Desmond-Fish Library, Garrison
  • Friday, November 2 - (Combined with MHLS Annual Membership Meeting @ Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie)
  • Saturday, December 8 (snow date 12/15)
All MHLS Board meetings are held from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the MHLS Auditorium unless otherwise noted.
Professional Development
2018 Conference Dates:
Public Library Association (PLA) Conference: March 20-24 in Philadelphia, PA
Urban Librarians Conference: April 13 in Brooklyn, NY
Youth Services Section (YSS) Annual Spring Conference:  April 13 in Syracuse, NY 

Libraries and Pop Culture Conference: April 13 @Farmingdale Public Library, Farmingdale, NY
Computers in Libraries: April 17-19 in Arlington, VA. Theme: Digital Transformation: Next Gen Tools & Strategies for Community Impact
Innovative Users Group (IUG) Conference : April 23-26 in Orlando, FL
2018 Trustee Institute: April 27-28 @Long Island Marriott, Uniondale, NY
Hudson Children's Book Festival: May 5 @Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools
American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference : June 21-26 in New Orleans, LA
New York Library Association (NYLA) Annual Conference: November 7-10 in Rochester, NY
Resource Sharing & Sierra
Now is a great time for directors and staff to review the MHLS Resource Sharing Standards approved by the Directors Association. These are the rules that all 66 member libraries agree to use to facilitate the amazing sharing network of the Mid-Hudson Library System:  
Sustainable Libraries
NYLA Library Advocacy Day: February 28 in Albany, NY
Trustee Resources
Oaths of Office: New York State Public Officer's Law requires all public library trustees (but not association library trustees) to take an oath of office within 30 days of beginning their term of office. If a public library trustee does not properly complete and file an oath of office, the trustee's position may be deemed vacant. For more information please see the Oaths of Office FAQ on the New York State Library's website:
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