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Vol. 13-47                                                                                                                     11.19.13
Election Day Success

On Election Day voters went to the polls to make decisions for seven member libraries, one a routine budget vote, five 414 (or municipal ballot) libraries held votes and one building referendum.

  • The Pine Plains Free Library, after being served an eviction notice earlier this year, won their building referendum 2-1. This takes them one step closer to finalizing arrangements to ensure their new building is their permanent home.
  • The Poughkeepsie Public Library District, a special district public library, held their annual budget vote which passed easily, continuing their amazing, winning track record for budget votes and building referenda.
  • Five libraries went for "414" votes this year. The "414" vote mechanism is used by association and municipal public libraries to enable the public to vote on the town's contribution towards local library services. The Beekman Library, Elting Memorial Library (New Paltz), Patterson Library and Morton Memorial Library & Community House (Rhinecliff) were all successful on Election Day. The Roeliff Jansen Community Library attempted an unprecedented three simultaneous 414 votes in each of the three towns they serve. They have clearly won in the town of Hillsdale but the vote counts are close enough in the towns of Ancram and Copake that we are still awaiting the final outcome. This was the library's first time going to the voters of Ancram and Copake for a public vote.

MHLS tracks all member library votes, to date, 88% of votes held have been successful in 2013! To see the full list of results so far please visit: http://midhudson.org/vote/Toolkit/member-library-votes.htm  

MHLS Announcements

A Message from MHLS Executive Director, Tom Sloan: Libraries Build Community   


"The Poughkeepsie Public Library District's The Big Read and the Elting Memorial Library's One Book/One New Paltz are currently engaging their communities in literary and cultural events which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. In partnership with other community organizations, a far-reaching array of events are being held including book talks, films, concerts, and stage plays. The Big Read in Poughkeepsie is featuring the book The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick, an award-winning account about the importance of bearing witness, sharing grief, and remembering the history of World War II concentration camps. One Book/One New Paltz features HOME by Toni Morrison, which grapples with mid-20th century Black culture and the probing question if anyone can ever go home again.


These exceptional community activities remind me of the Libraries Build Community theme established by former ALA President Sarah Long in recognition of libraries serving as the community's information hub and a community gathering place. One of the key initiatives of Maureen Sullivan, the immediate past ALA President, was ALA's The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, a groundbreaking and ongoing effort to support libraries as change agents. I have a great deal to learn about MHLS member libraries and your many successes at building stronger communities. My experience is what happens inside our libraries, as well as what we make happen in our larger community, changes lives and strengthens our social contract to serve all."


MHLS will be closed on:

  • Thursday, November 28
  • Friday, November 29

There will be no deliveries either day.  

MHLS Libraries

Congratulations to the five Library Journal "Star Libraries" in our System!

  • Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library (Cold Spring)
  • Philmont Public Library
  • Red Hook Public Library
  • Tivoli Free Library
  • Windham Public Library
Philmont Library celebrates their "star status" with  
five golden stars on their front lawn.

FYI: New York has the highest number of Star Libraries in the country and 13% of those are Mid-Hudson Library System member libraries!


"The LJ Index is a national rating system designed to recognize and promote America's public libraries, to help improve the pool of nationally collected library statistics, and to encourage library self-evaluation."

To learn more, visit  



Congratulations to Gillian Thorpe, director of the Julia L. Butterfield Library in Cold Spring! Gillian is the new President of the Leadership and Management Section (LAMS) of the New York Library Association!
Professional Development

Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities from MHLS (all locations are @MHLS unless otherwise noted):

Administration & Management

Web Management Reports: Circulation Statistics Workshop presented by Eric McCarthy, MHLS Automation Coordinator. This hands-on training is geared towards staff members who would like to use Innovative's Web Management Reports to better understand trends in your library and those across the System.


Eric will focus on increasing comfort levels with the Web Management Reports interface; manipulating exported data with Excel; helping you understand how Web Management Reports can assist your library in making collection development decisions, in advocacy efforts and marketing decisions by assisting in your understanding of how your patrons are using your library.


Space is limited so register soon!


Monday, December 2nd  
10:00am - 12:00pm
MHLS Auditorium


Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org 


E-Rate Webinar: The New York State Library and E-Rate Central will host an E-Rate webinar via an online Blackboard Collaborate session on Friday, December 13, 2:00-3:30pm. Win Himsworth of E-Rate Central will be the presenter. The workshop is free and is intended for library staff that is planning to actively pursue E-Rate discounts, those who want to find out more about the program, or those who are already receiving E-Rate discounts but might have questions. This program will benefit any library that wants to develop a better understanding of the benefits and process involved in obtaining E-Rate discounts. For more information and to access the webinar on December 13th visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/webinars/index.html  Registration is not required.

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.