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Vol. 13-07                                                                                                                    2.12.13
Thinking Summer?

It may be chilly outside but MHLS staff is in a summertime frame of mind as we begin to help member libraries plan for their local Summer Reading Programs!


If the person in charge of the Summer Reading Program at your library is new to the job you may want to encourage them to attend the 'Orientation for New Summer Programmers' on Friday February 22 (snow date is 2/27) from 1:00 - 3:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium. This program is designed for library staff and volunteers who are new to library summer programming, but open to all who would like to attend.


This workshop provides baseline nuts-and-bolts information about making the most out of summer programming at your library. The workshop will cover:
  • The importance of summer programming
  • Best practices for program planning and scheduling
  • Resources available to your library

Register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org/         


This workshop will also jump-start new summer programmers and give them core knowledge before the other summer programming workshops are held: 

  • Summer Reading Programs for Kids up to age 12:
    Tuesday, April 2 from 12:30 - 3:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium
  • Summer Reading Programs for Teens: Monday, April 8 from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium
MHLS Libraries


Shown Right: From the Kent Public Library,
On Display this month: Blind Date with a Book. Throughout the month of February, take a covered book home for a mystery date! The rules are simple: No peeking until you get home and give your date a chance to impress you! If it isn't a perfect match, you can return it with no hard feelings."

Professional Development

Continuing Education for Public Librarian Certification: Public librarian professional certificates issued as of January 1, 2010 only remain valid when 60 hours of professional development are completed every five-year period. Even if this doesn't apply to you it may apply to staff in your library. Approved programs from accepted providers include formal classes or courses, workshops, seminars, lectures, institutes, webinars, e-courses, library conference programs, or other relevant programs. Curriculum that is pre-approved by the employing library can also fulfill the professional development requirement. Certificates or transcripts showing successful completion of courses are acceptable forms of documentation, as are letters from a supervisor indicating completion of a program or project. Full details at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/cert/conted.htm    

Marketing, Advocacy & Funding

Newsletter Content Idea: "Feature a different user/patron/member/customer (whatever you call them) in each library column - their photo and a brief quote about how they use and why they love their library - maybe even a book or website they recommend - or a library program or service. It could be the mayor one week, a second grader the next... then the car repair guy... I think it's the kind of quick read that people will look for to see who you have this time. And there's nothing better than a testimonial and a focus on people instead of 'stuff.' The frontline staff can recommend enthusiastic folks to feature, and as we learned with the READ posters...no one ever (or very seldom) says no. "

- Peggy Barber, Library Communication Strategies

Youth Services

The "2013 School Library Partner Manual" is now available. It contains complete information for school libraries and schools to partner with a public library, or public library system, to help all students gain the full advantage of summer reading. It also has full resource lists for books, recordings, and websites related to the 2013 theme, Underground, and slogans, "Dig into Reading" (children) and "Beneath the Surface" (teens). The partner manual can be downloaded from the "Summer Reading at New York Libraries" website  http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/ , click on "Downloadable Materials" and scroll to the bottom of the page. Also available on the "downloadable materials" page is summer reading flyers and brochures to share with educators and parents.


The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection list. The list is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The Quick Picks list suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read. The complete list of 65 titles and 3 series, drawn from 217 nominations, can be found at http://bit.ly/Hx5MBt. The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee also selected a Top Ten list:


1. Backderf, Derf. "My Friend Dahmer." Abrams/Abrams ComicArts, 2012.

2. Henry, April. "The Night She Disappeared" Henry Holt Books for Young Readers /Christy Ottaviano Books, 2012.

3. Lyga, Barry. "I Hunt Killers." Little Brown, 2012.

4. Lynch, Chris. Series. Scholastic Press.

a.    "Vietnam #1: I Pledge Allegiance," 2011 
b.    "Vietnam #2:Sharpshooter," 2012 
c.    "Vietnam #3: Free-Fire Zone," 2012

5. McNeil, Gretchen. "Ten." Balzer + Bray," 2012.

6. Rodriguez, Gaby; Glatzer, Jenna. "The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir." Simon & Schuster Inc./Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012.

7. Ross, Richard. "Juvenile in Justice." Richard Ross, 2012.

8. Summer, Courtney. "This is Not a Test." Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin, 2012.

9. Tillit, L.B. "Unchained." Saddleback Publishing/Gravel Road, 2012

10. Woodson, Jacqueline. "Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy." Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012. 


MHLS recommends that the minimum starting salary of a full or part-time librarian with an MLS degree be at least equal to that of a teacher with a master's degree in the same community.


Member Libraries are welcome to submit items of interest and job openings to the MHLS Bulletin: bulletin@midhudson.org

The MHLS Bulletin is available on line at http://midhudson.org/bulletins/main.htm.