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Vol. 14-08                                                                                                                    2.25.14
Armchair Advocacy 

Library advocates from around the state will be in Albany tomorrow to talk with legislators about the need to restore library aid to full funding. We know that not everyone can join us tomorrow in person but we urge you to join us virtually!

Help your legislators understand that what may look like a small amount of money to them in Albany has big consequences locally. Your legislators want to hear how their constituents rely on local public libraries and System services. Who better to fill them in than you? Here's how you can help without even getting out of your chair!   


Call your legislators! We love it when we're in a legislator's office and the phone is ringing off the hook with library advocates calling to have their say! Contact information for your legislators is available at http://midhudson.org 


Use social media to mobilize your fan base!  

Love to connect with your library people on Facebook? Share the link to NYLA's Online Advocacy Center and urge people to take 2 minutes of their time to send a message to their legislators and the Governor! Are you big on Twitter? Help spread the word in the Twitterverse.  

Tweet your love of libraries, and your support for FULL FUNDING of Library Aid with:




Not sure what to Tweet? Try on one of these samples:  


Libraries are the #1 point of internet access for those that do not have access at home. Fund Library Aid. http://bit.ly/12gOSTq #NYLALAD14


Libraries saved NYers $1.8B in '13 versus the cost of buying the items borrowed. Fully Fund Library Aid. http://bit.ly/12gOSTq #NYLALAD14


Your voice matters! Thank you for speaking up!

MHLS Announcements

Please welcome Chris Morgan, the newest member of the MHLS Cataloging Department!

(l-r: Nina Acosta, Tara Stohr & Chris Morgan, MHLS' Cataloging Crew!)


Chris is currently splitting his time between MHLS and the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. He recently graduated with a Masters in Library Science from SUNY Buffalo and worked as a library clerk for the Culinary Institute of America prior to joining the MHLS staff!   


Just a reminder: All cataloging issues and questions should emailed to  cataloging@midhudson.org


A message from Tom Sloan, MHLS Executive Director: Thomas Cole Painting and the Catskill Public Library - During a recent visit to the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, I was thrilled to view the Thomas Cole masterpiece "Prometheus Bound." This quintessential work of the Hudson River School is owned by the Catskill Public Library! Through a partnership agreement between the Catskill Public Library, the Cedar Grove/ Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and the Loeb Art Center, the painting is on view at Vassar when Cedar Grove is closed for the winter months, thus substantially increasing the number and range of viewers with access to the painting.

The painting was given to the Catskill Public Library by Cole's granddaughter in 1959. According to Elizabeth Jacks, executive director of Cedar Grove, the library went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure Cole's work was preserved. Sue Ray, Director of the Catskill Public Library, is pleased the library has a reproduction of the work on display for library visitors,Catskill Library cardholders receive free admission to the Cedar Grove, and public visitors to Vassar and Cedar Grove enjoy a master work by Cole, himself a strong advocate for public art.


One of the key tools for community engagement in ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities initiative is to "Turn Outward" and focus efforts from internal to external. Congratulations to the Catskill Public Library for turning outward and forming partnerships that enhance public access to a unique and extraordinary library resource.


Orientation for New Summer Programmers Workshop with guest presenters Alison Francis of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and Amy Thiel of the Kinderhook Library! This program is designed for library staff and volunteers who are new to designing, publicizing and implementing their library's summer programming for all ages (but open to all who would like to attend!) This workshop will provide basic information about making the most out of summer programming, covering:

  • The importance of summer programming;
  • Best practices for program planning and scheduling; and
  • Resources available to your library

Friday, March 7th from 1:00-3:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium (105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie.) Please register online at http://calendar.midhudson.org   

Youth Services

Teen Tech Week - March 9-15, 2014

Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great non-print resources and services that are available to teens and their families.  This year celebrate with the "DIY @ your library" theme during YALSA's Teen Tech Week March 9-15, 2014. Demonstrate the value your library gives to the community by offering teens a space to extend learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. From maker spaces, to coding classes to online knitting clubs, libraries can leverage the do-it-yourself theme to show how you connect in meaningful ways with the teens in your community. Learn more at http://teentechweek.ning.com  

Job Openings

The Germantown Library is seeking a part-time Program Coordinator to develop and manage adult and children's programs. Coordinator is responsible for recruiting appropriate speakers to conduct programs, develop ideas for study groups, crafts, music performances, story hour and the NYS summer reading program. Hours are flexible and expected to be approximately 6-10 hours per week with some scheduled hours spent on-site. A complete job description is available on their website: www.germantownlibrary.org. Send cover letter with resume and references to Lynn Place, Director, Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park RD, Germantown, NY 12526 or to germantownlibrary@valstar.net  

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 online at http://midhudson.org/bulletins/main.htm.