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Volume 18-33| 8.14.18
New Directors Forum
The MHLS New Directors Forum (formerly known as the New Directors Round Table) will meet on Wednesday, September 5th after the Directors Association meeting & 2018 PR Exchange. This meeting will run from 12:30-2:30 pm in the MHLS Auditorium. Lunch will be provided.
Our topic for this event will be the #1 topic identified through a 2018 survey of member library directors that have held their positions for three years or less: budget planning.
Guest speakers will be:
  • Carol Fortier, Director of the Beekman Library
  • AnnaLee Giraldo, Director of the Kinderhook Memorial Library
This event is designed for MHLS library directors who have been in their position for three (3) years or less to give them the opportunity to meet with others dealing with similar situations and to find answers and contacts to help them in their day-to-day life at the library. Directors should register online for this event at
MHLS Announcements
The 2018 Mid-Hudson Library System Annual Membership Meeting will be held the morning of Friday, November 2nd at Locust Grove Historic Estate, Museum & Nature Preserve - a National Historic Landmark - in Poughkeepsie, NY. Our theme this year is Libraries Are the Future and our keynote speaker will be Futurist, Garry Golden. For more than a decade, Garry Golden has been providing insights to industry leaders on issues shaping society and business. As an academically trained Futurist, he helps others bring structure and discipline to exploring implications of long term change
MHLS Libraries
More than 20 Columbia County library advocates, including MHLS Board President Mark Wilson, came together last month for a presentation to the Columbia County Government Committee on library aid. This resulted in a standing room only crowd in the committee meeting for a presentation led by Kinderhook Memorial Library Director AnnaLee Giraldo. Way to make an impression! 
Sustainable Libraries
The American Library Association is seeking nominations for the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes librarians for transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites library users to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations are being accepted now through October 1 st at
On July 21st the new Highland Public Library was transformed for the 5th annual Comic Fest. Staff was thrilled to be able to bring the event home to Highland and host in the new library. With 15 vendors, 3 food trucks and around 100 guests this year's Comic Fest celebrated all things popular culture, including comic books, science fiction, fantasy, anime, manga, and more. Guests were welcome to take green screen photos, pose with R2D2 hang out with a Stormtrooper, follow BB8 as he rolled through the library or just chat with local artists and authors. In addition, guests could attend panels covering basics on comic books, cosplay, and more or grab a snack at one of the food trucks outside. Comic Fest was an opportunity for Highland to celebrate the community's interest in popular culture in the beautiful new library.
Trustee Resources
The MHLS Fall Trustee Education Series Kicks Off Next Month with Trustee Essentials: Roles & Responsibilities . Particularly for new board members, but open to all. Great for trustees looking for essential, basic information to increase their effectiveness in serving on a library board.
Please register online for this event at
Administration & Management
Free Webinar: Getting Unstuck: Help Your Board, Staff, and Town Talk about Library Funding . Wednesday, August 22nd from 3:00-4:00 pm. Library leaders have been trained to "do more with less" for so long that it's become a virtue. Though talking about budgets is a challenge, library staff need better funding to provide the public with needed services and expertise. If your budget is stuck, and your board, staff and stakeholders are having a hard time talking about new taxes or levies, this webinar can help. Please join us for real-world, practical, actionable advice on how to overcome local political problems, negative feelings, and unmotivated stakeholders to move your library toward a more financially secure future. This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and EveryLibrary. To learn more and to register:
Job Openings
Youth Services & Teen Programmer, Millbrook Library

The Millbrook Library is looking for an enthusiastic and engaging person to organize Youth Services & Teen Programming at the Millbrook Library. The primary responsibility of this position is to plan, promote, and implement literacy and STEAM programs for children and teens from 3rd grade through high school.
Other responsibilities include: 
  • Ordering materials for older children and teens
  • Outreach to and collaboration with local school librarians, parents, and organizations within the community
  • Identifying opportunities to secure grants for programs geared to children and young adults
  • Maintaining statistics and developing reports
  • Recruiting, training, and working with youth-oriented volunteers including, perhaps, a youth advisory team
  • Occasional circulation desk shifts
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor's Degree in the education field or Associates Degree with 1-3 years of experience working with children in a library, preschool or similar setting. 
  • The right candidate is:
    • Reliable
    • Courteous
    • Able to work effectively with adults and children
    • Self-motivated
    • Able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
    • And has strong computer and writing skills 
  • Approximately 21 hours per week including evenings and occasional Saturdays.
Pay Rate:
  • $13.50 per hour including paid holidays. Eligible for vacation, personal and sick time pay after six months.
Please submit résumé and cover letter to

Part-time Librarian I (Youth Services), Bronxville Library

Duties/Description:  The Bronxville Library is seeking an energetic youth services librarian for a part-time position in our bustling children's room. This position reports to the Head of Youth Services.

Hours: 12 hours/week - One night/week, Saturdays and Sundays. This position will also require hours during the week and on-call hours as well.
About the Library:  The Bronxville Library serves the cultural, educational, and community needs of the residents of Bronxville by providing high-quality materials, programs, and services in a welcoming and user-friendly environment.

  • Provides reference and reader's advisory services and instruction to children and teenagers.
  • Plans, publicizes, and implements creative, fun, and educational children's and teen programming.
  • Possesses an in-depth knowledge of teen and children's literature.
  • Engages children and teens, lead groups, and communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and age levels.
  • Collection development, including ordering procedures, weeding, cataloging, classification, and record editing.
  • Possesses strong computer skills with the ability to use a variety of digital devices and e-resources.
  • Performs on-line database searches and search training.
  • Designs and produces public relations and library instruction materials.
  • Serves as a liaison in library services to area schools, libraries, and community organizations.
  • Maintains awareness of new developments and trends in the field through professional journals, workshops, conferences, and seminars.
  • Prepares statistical and/or narrative reports, memoranda, and correspondence.
  • Supervises the work of clerical, paraprofessional, and volunteer personnel in assigned tasks.
  • Enforces library rules and regulations, maintains a calm and pleasant room atmosphere.
  • Performs related duties as required.
Minimum Training and Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Librarianship from an American Library Association accredited school, with a concentration in Children's and/or Youth Services a plus.
  • Must be on the Westchester Civil Service List for Librarian I.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in public service; experience with programming preferred.
  • Familiarity with SirsiDynix, Wordpress, MS Office, iOS, Kindle, or Android a plus.
  • Must submit to and successfully pass a criminal background investigation.
Special Requirement: Possession of a New York State Public Librarians professional certificate.  
Salary: $ 23.16/hour
Please submit résumé, cover letter, and three professional references to:
Gregory Wirszyla, Library Director
Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
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