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Vol. 13-39                                                                                                                      9.24.13
MHLS Annual Meeting 

MHLS Annual Meeting - October 18th featuring Sue Considine, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and White House "Champion of Change" - speaking about leadership and innovation.

The Mid-Hudson Library System holds its 54th Annual Meeting at the Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie on October 18th. Beginning at 8:30am, the morning will include breakfast, a visit from Senator Terry Gipson, and the MHLS Board's business meeting preceding Ms. Considine speech.

Ms. Considine will share the strategies that led the Fayetteville Free Library to nationally recognized brand for innovation and leadership. Her vision of community engagement has transformed the library's relationship with its community. Under her leadership as Director since 2001, the library has moved from a cramped 4,500 square foot facility to a former Stickly furniture factory of 46,000 square feet; its staff grew from a handful to nearly 50, and volunteers grew from a few to 60. She also led a significant expansion in the library's budget from $300,000 to $1.6 million. She is a passionate advocate of public libraries and shares a positive vision for the future of public libraries.

To register
for the 2013 MHLS Annual Meeting: Registration forms will be sent electronically to all Directors and Trustees. The registration form is also available online at http://midhudson.org/2013annual-meeting.html. The fee is $25 per person. Please RSVP by October 14th.


Directions to the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center in Downtown Poughkeepsie are available at http://www.pokgrand.com/directions/. Parking is available in the Civic Center Garage and is free with validated passes that will be provided at the meeting.


MHLS Announcements

Battle of the Books 2013 Results!

The Beacon Bees representing Howland Public Library, swarmed into first place on September 7, 2013 when they became the champions of the 9th annual Battle of the Books. After competing for five hours at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, there were some tense moments as the last three teams "battled" it out. Congratulations to Red Hook Public Library's "Just Red" team for taking second place, and Hyde Park Library's "Page Turners" for coming in third.  



Twenty-two public libraries throughout the Mid-Hudson Library System's five counties (Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster and Greene) competed in this nationally recognized literature contest in which young teens answered trivia questions based on books they all read this summer. Close to 200 students in grades 6-9 came together in friendly competition as over 100 parents and family members cheered on. Individual library teams worked hard all summer with their librarians and coaches to prepare for this final regional Battle. Mini-battles were played between local libraries throughout the summer in order to practice for the big event. The teams all proved to be winners when it came to knowledge, team spirit, and good sportsmanship.


A big thank you to our host venue, Arlington High School as well as: Blackwood and Brouwer Booksellers who supplied multiple copies of the books to the libraries, Hannaford Supermarket, Stewart's Shops, all of the volunteers, families who came out to support the teams, and the coaches and librarians who work so hard throughout the year to make this special event possible. Fiscal supporters who are much appreciated include The Allstate Foundation through the Sorrentino Agency in the Town of Newburgh and donations from various library Friends Groups.


[Battle of the Books Results article provided by Ginny Figlia, Head of Youth Services for the Howland Public Library in Beacon. Thanks Ginny!]


Join us for the 10th year of this exciting program! Are you looking for a program to draw in 6th -9th graders? Do you have a core group that is looking for a new challenge? If you have always been curious about the Battle of the Books program and want to learn what it takes to get your library involved, please contact Kerstin Cruger, MHLS Program & Marketing Assistant, kcruger@midhudson.org or 845.471.6060 x250.


The MHLS Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, September 18, in the MHLS Auditorium and:

  • Authorized the Executive Director Search Consultants to offer the position of Executive Director to the first choice candidate;
  • Rescinded its motion of May 8, 2013 to accept the resignation of the Executive Director, effective September 30, 2013 and accepted the resignation of the Executive Director, effective October 31, 2013;
  • Presented its 2014 slate of officers, for approval at the December meeting:
    • President: Roland Patterson (Dutchess)
    • Vice President: Caroline Profera (Greene)
    • Secretary: Lisa Baker Brill (Greene)
    • Treasurer: Regina Morini (Putnam)
    • Board Member: Camilla von Bergen (Putnam)
  • Reviewed the Non-competition and Conflict of Interest, Staff Development, and Member Library Mileage Equalization Grant for approval at the December meeting;
  • Requested that the Director Association clarify and submit an approved 2013-2014 mileage reimbursement grant for library staff for review and approval in December;
  • Authenticated the System's Construction Grant Project Application for 2013-2014, for replacement of office building windows and repaving of the parking lot;
  • Approved the Incentive's Committee's recommendations for 2013-2014 member library Construction Grant awards.


After the Annual Meeting in October, the next regular meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, at 10:00am in the MHLS Auditorium.


Job Openings

The Millbrook Library is looking for a part-time library clerk to work 12-20 hours per week. Must be available Mondays & Fridays (12:45-6:15) and alternating Saturdays. Additional hours may also be available. Responsibilities include working at the circulation desk, assisting patrons as well as other duties related to the operation of the library. The ideal candidate will enjoy working with the public, be tech savvy, customer service oriented and able to multi-task. Starting hourly rate: $8.50 per hour (plus paid vacation time). Please submit resume and letter of interest to Director Erin Barnard at director@millbrooklibrary.orgor Millbrook Free Library P.O. Box 286 Millbrook, NY 12545. Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 4, 2013.


The Chatham Public Library is still looking for an interim Public Library Director, however the opportunity is now opened to qualified residents of all contiguous counties: Chatham Public Library Director - temporary, full-time position for a very active library in a vibrant community, starting immediately through June 30, 2014. MLS, Public Librarian Certification, plus 3 years of library mgt experience required. If interested, please submit letter outlining qualifications, resume and 3 reference letters, no later than October 1, 2013 to Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent, Chatham Central School District, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037.


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.