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Vol. 13-37                                                                                                                      9.10.13
Toddler Language Development 

Register now for the new workshop Encouraging Toddler Language Development Through Story Time:  


Thursday, October 24th
MHLS Auditorium, Poughkeepsie
Register online at


This workshop is designed for public library staff and volunteers who are providing story time and programming for babies and toddlers and their parents. It will help you develop your ability to model for parents simple techniques that encourage language development while building early literacy and family literacy.


The workshop will cover: 

  • Language development from birth through five years    
  • Techniques to enhance toddler language
    development and literacy   
  • How to stimulate language with story time activities   
  • Introducing parents to activities that promote language at home

Presented by Speech Pathologist Melissa Braislin, MS, CCC-SL, who leads a weekly Toddler Language Group at the Women's Center at Sharon Hospital.

MHLS Announcements

Meet the New MHLS Catalogers! MHLS Automation Coordinator Eric McCarthy is pleased to present the new team of cataloging specialists working to make MHLS member library collections accessible to the residents of the Hudson Valley! While all general cataloging questions or corrections are received by the entire cataloging staff at cataloging@midhudson.org and should be sent there, we thought you'd like to meet the team behind the good work being done in this department:   


Many member library staff will already know one of our new Cataloging Specialists, Tara Stohr. Tara has been with MHLS, part-time, since 2006 working in the MHLS ILL and Outreach Departments. Tara will continue to work there but we are very fortunate to have her take on additional cataloging responsibilities. Prior to working for MHLS, Tara was the Children's Program Coordinator for the LaGrange Library. Her reputation for customer service at MHLS is exemplary! Tara can be reached at x224 or tstohr@midhudson.org .    


Nina Acosta currently divides her time between the MHLS Cataloging Department and the LaGrange Library as their Assistant Director. Nina brings her experience working directly with patrons and managing frontline circulation staff and acutely understands the importance of accurately cataloged items. MHLS is very fortunate to have Nina on board! Nina can be reached at x252 or  nacosta@midhudson.org .   


Gina Loprinzo is our newest Cataloging Specialist who is starting her new full-time job at MHLS this week! Gina received her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University and since then has worked as the Children's Librarian for the Kent Public Library. Gina, like Nina, brings to this position experience working with patrons and managing a staff. We expect Gina will be an excellent addition to the Cataloging Department! Gina can be reached at x253 or  gloprinzo@midhudson.org

MHLS Libraries
The Cairo Public Library has been selected to receive the 2013 New York State Library Association - Public Libraries Section (PLS) Building Award for a library serving a population of under 20,000. In a letter to the library it was noted that the PLS Board was "impressed with your well planned and strategic building project that addresses the needs of your community and the future goals of your Library". The library will receive a $1,000 award and a display plaque awarded during the 2013 New York Library Association Conference in Niagara Falls later this month.
Professional Development
Placemaking in a Changing Climate: Saturday, October 19 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street, Kingston, NY 12401. Fee: $49 (Part of SUNY Ulster Continuing & Professional Education's Courses in Sustainable Design) Course description: Placemaking, the collaborative creation of the places we want to live in, promotes economic revitalization while helping communities cope with climate change. It is a wide ranging approach to the revitalization of public spaces, capitalizing on local resources, strengths and interests. This workshop fosters resilient, sustainable communities at all scales from a whole city to a neighborhood. Principles include "architecture of place" urban landscape; streets designed for people as well as vehicles; lighter, quicker, cheaper ways to make visible change; and getting people involved. Instructor Melissa Everett, Ph.D., Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, will focus on needs and opportunities in your community. A copy of Restorative Commons by Lindsey Campbell and Anne Wiesen is included in class fee. The class presented in partnership with the Kingston Library. To register: 845.339.2025. For more information: 845.687.5012 or songayla@sunyulster.edu
Youth Services

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and LEGO DUPLO continue to support constructive play in libraries through the 2013 LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! Giveaway. LEGO DUPLO would like to thank public libraries for the creative ways they have made summer reading fun for children with $5,000 to be used for future children's programs. Until October 15, 2013 ALSC and LEGO DUPLO invite the public to visit http://apps.facebook.com/duplo-prod/, enter their name, state and zip code to vote for their public library. In recognition of all of the meaningful programs, reading lists and activities that are carried out across the country, LEGO DUPLO will grant $5,000 to the public libraries in the neighborhood with the most entries. If there are multiple public libraries in the winning zip code the award money will be divided equally amongst them. Official rules are included. ALSC and LEGO DUPLO have worked together through Read! Build! Play! to bring tools and resources to libraries to help them incorporate constructive play into their programming. "Through play, young children learn about their world. With this knowledge, they can understand books and stories once they begin to read," said Starr Latronica, ALSC's President. To learn more about the partnership please visit http://readbuildplay.com.

Job Openings

Clerk Position: The Grinnell Library Association of Wappingers Falls, NY is looking for a part time, friendly, tech savvy Clerk.  Responsibilities include assisting patrons and staffing the circulation desk. Flexible schedule required to include both evening shifts and Saturday hours. Pay rate is $10 per hour. Applications will be accepted until September 19, 2013. Please send your letter of interest and resume to the attention of Executive Director Jessica S. Gonzalez at the Grinnell Library Association, 2642 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. E-mail directly to  director@grinnell-library.org.

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.