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Volume 19-07 | 2.12.19
Pleasant Valley Library Open for Business
Three months after the fire that devastated the Pleasant Valley Free Library (PVFL) they have officially opened for business as of Monday, February 11th at their new temporary location in the heart of town at 3 Maggaicomo Lane.

On Saturday, February 2nd, over 65 people arrived bright and early at their temporary location to move books, set up shelves, and clean furniture. There were hugs and laughter aplenty as patrons and staff reunited for the first time in almost three months. The good will and support from the community was a firm reminder that libraries are not a place, libraries are a community.
During the first week of February, the staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to shelve items, catalog new materials, and get the building ready for the public. The library collection is still nowhere close to what it was originally, but thanks to the generosity of people all over the Hudson Valley and countless volunteers, over 3,800 items have been processed, cataloged, and added to the collection in the past month. Rebuilding the collection is an ongoing process, and donations are still being collected and sorted. Visit for hours of operation and updates.
The Pleasant Valley Free Library 'movers.'

In the immediate aftermath of the structural fire through the end of 2018 the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) hosted their library clerks and remaining collection in our office space to process items traveling through the System that could no longer be housed at Pleasant Valley. The LaGrange Library stepped up as the hold pick-up location for Pleasant Valley patrons.

(l-r) Pleasant Valley Free Library (PVFL) Clerk Karen Moksvold, PVL Assistant Librarian Courtney Wimmers, PVL Director Daniela Pulice and MHLS Technology Operations Manager Laurie Shedrick
MHLS staff have been processing PVFL circulating items until the opening of the "final" temporary location on February 11th. MHLS also donated surplus office furniture (stacks, bookcases, cabinet and chairs) to use for the library's final temporary space.
Clinton Community Library is hosting the latest member library sponsored fundraising effort for the Pleasant Valley Free Library . Tales from the Hudson Valley, an evening of live storytelling, on Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00pm at the Clinton Town Hall (1215 Centre Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572). Four local storytellers will relate their experiences of adventure, humor, and life lessons. Playwright Lauren Letellier from the Ancram Opera House will host and tell a tale, along with storytellers Norm DeGerre, Brett LaFave, and Jenny Seham. A suggested donation of $10 at the door will benefit the Pleasant Valley Free Library. Visit for more information about this event.
"We are all members of the Mid-Hudson Library System but we are more like an extended family," said Teresa McGuirk, Library Director at Clinton Community Library. "Community isn't limited to the town lines and many of our residents wanted to do something to help our neighbor. All of the money collected will be donated to the Pleasant Valley Library to help them recover from this tragedy."
MHLS Announcements
MHLS will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents Day. There will be no deliveries. MHLS staff will be available via the MHLS ticket system ( from 8:30am to 4:30pm to support system-wide Sierra/catalog critical issues.

All member library 2018 Annual Reports are due by Friday, February 15th at 5:00pm. Questions should be directed to Casey Conlin, MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator:
MHLS Libraries
On January 1st, the D. R. Evarts Library welcomed Sam Gruber as the new Library Director. Sam and his wife are residents of Catskill and prior to starting at D. R. Evarts Sam had been working at the Hudson Area Library as well as Columbia-Greene Community College. Sam's passion is in community engagement and program planning and he is excited to continue on the traditions of the library while also adding new and exciting programs to the community.
Resource Sharing & Sierra
(l-r) Jen McCreery, Lucille Merry, Nina Acosta, Libby Penner

MHLS Assistant ILP Operations Supervisor Nina Acosta, visited the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison for a Workflow Consultation on cataloging. Nina discussed best practices for data entry, the process for receiving order records, reviewed some create lists examples, and provided some suggestions on how to maintain consistency across their call numbers. MHLS' Workflow Consultations are designed to provide an evaluation of your Integrated Library System  related procedures as well as best practice guidance for library directors and their staff. Visit  to learn more or request a consultation.
Sustainable Libraries
Be a champion! Join hundreds of library advocates from around the state on Wednesday, February 27th in Albany. MHLS makes the day easy. We make the appointments with legislators for you. We organize bus transportation to Albany. We just ask that you join us in fighting to restore library aid. Your voice matters! To learn more about Library Advocacy Day and to register visit
Job Openings
Adult and Teen Program Coordinator, Town of Esopus Library
The Town of Esopus Library is looking for a creative and motivated person to fill a part-time (25 hours/week) Adult and Teen Programming Coordinator position. The Adult and Teen Programming Coordinator is primarily responsible for planning, marketing, conducting, and facilitating programs for patrons ages 13 - up. The incumbent will coordinate adult events and workshop series, as well as overseeing our ongoing weekly and monthly adult programs. The programmer will research, make contact and negotiate with potential program presenters and performers. Programs include, but are not limited to, book talks, art and craft classes, history lectures, music, dancing and exercise groups. Our adult programming is vital and diverse, and responsive to patrons' stated needs and preferences.
The Adult and Teen Programmer will offer innovative Teen programs, and approach Teen sessions with significant energy. This person will also initiate a Teen Volunteer program, collaborating with the Children's Programmer to create fun and educational volunteer opportunities. The incumbent must be technology savvy, and willing to learn and adapt to new and changing technologies. Teen programs include, but are not limited to 3-D printing, creating movies, Battle of the Books, Coding, and Gaming.

The Adult and Teen Programmer promotes programs via social media, e-newsletter, websites, email, fliers, and off-site visits to community groups and schools. Detailed records must be kept pertaining to agreements with presenters and performers, as well as for the assessment of programs. This person must be able to work independently, as well as a part of a team.

The work schedule will be changeable, however, the hours are predominately afternoons and evenings. The following shifts are required: Thursday mornings, Saturdays and two evenings a week. The incumbent will processes patron requests for library materials and information using an online database. They will help patrons with the use of the computers and computer programs, and assist in finding library materials.

This person must be people-oriented. They will establish positive working relationships with staff and patrons and engage community partners in activities at the library and in the community. They must communicate effectively in both oral and written form with customers and staff, and demonstrate skills in public speaking. They must exhibit flexibility, and a willingness to work in a dynamic, busy, and changing environment.
This is a provisional Civil Service position, and the candidate must meet minimum qualifications. Education and experience requirements: 1) A Bachelor's Degree in Education, Library Science, English or Communications or closely related field and one year of experience in a library setting or performing duties related to the oversight, coordination and administration of programs for adults and/or teenagers, or 2) An Associates Degree in Education, Library Science, English or Communications or closely related field and 3 years of experience as described in #1, or 3) Graduation from high school and 5 years of experience, as described in #1, or 4) An equivalent combination of training and experience as indicated above.

The salary begins at $15.00 per hour, and includes benefits. Please send a meaningful cover letter, résumé  and three professional references to: Brooke Dittmar, Director, Town of Esopus Library, PO Box 1167, Port Ewen, NY 12466, or email to Review of applications will begin immediately. The deadline for submission is February 28th.
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