2002 - 2008
This page contains news and events of the Upper Hudson
Library System. To see news and events of the member libraries, please
go directly to the libraries' web sites.
Upper Hudson Library System Celebrates Public Libraries
Making a Difference in Their Communities
The Upper Hudson Library System held its
55th annual celebration of public library service in Albany and Rensselaer
Counties at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY on June 8. UHLS Board
President Phil Erlich said, "The public libraries in Albany and
Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson
Library System celebrates this transformative work through our annual
dinner and awards program."
At the event the following awards were presented:
2015 Library Volunteer of the Year
Two awards presented
Nancy Bush, Sand Lake Town Library
A volunteer at the Sand Lake Town Library, Nancy recognized a need in
the community for free tutoring services for elementary school children.
She conceived, organized and has coordinated a tutoring program at the
library since 2012. The BEST Program (Bringing Educators and Students
Together) brings teachers, teacher aides, and older students together
with children in grades 3-10 to help them with homework, study habits,
organization skills. In 2015 the program had over 700 participants!
In addition to BEST changing the lives of many people - both the students
and the tutors, the program participants have developed into an "incredible
volunteer force" for the library. When the library recently renovated
its main room, it was "Team BEST" that came to the rescue,
packing and moving all the books and shelving
and putting it all
back when the project was completed!
Holly McKenna, Albany Public Library
As President of the APL Foundation, Holly's leadership has reinvigorated
this critical support organization for the library. At the close of
2015, the Foundation has been responsible for raising over $50,000 to
support library programs and services. She established the Literary
Legends Awards Gala which has become a coveted honor among local authors
and has proven to be a "must attend event for the engaged citizens
of Albany." With Holly as President, the Foundation has taken a
new and exciting path and has developed many creative ways to increase
the library's community visibility and build support for the transformative
work the library does every day.
2013 Library Trustee of the Year Award
Two awards presented
David Wheatley, Watervliet Public Library
As President of the library's Board of Trustees, he led the library
through a major building project that doubled the size of the library.
In order to fund the project, David combined two major private gifts
from community benefactors with two years of NYS construction grants,
and a number of successful community fundraising efforts. Once the funding
was in place, he coordinated the construction project and finally, he
led the volunteer team that put the library material back into its new
home. David's tireless efforts on behalf of his community and his library
resulted in the opening of the Julia Fahr Children's Room and the Mary
J. O'Brien Reading Room in March of this year.
Ralph Marino, Valley Falls Free Library
As President of the library's Board of Trustees, Ralph has made it a
point to keep this "small town library" from thinking about
itself with a "small town mindset." He has been a tireless
advocate for planning, projects, and grants that will improve library
service to everyone in the community - from instituting library delivery
service to the homebound, to establishing an endowed fund for new children's
material, to his current project to make the library building fully
accessible, Ralph is always looking for new ways to make the library
relevant in the community. Ralph is also not afraid to roll up his sleeves
and put his own "sweat equity" into the library, as evidenced
by his work building children's programming furniture, adding wheels
to shelving units to create instant mobile shelving, and the project
to rebuild the library basement entranceway.
2015 Adult Library Program of the Year Award
Presented to the Guilderland Public Library for their "Hudson Valley
Beer: From Hops to Home" Program
This innovative program series was in response to the current interest
in beer and beer brewing. Programs in the series included a "Home
brewing 101" class, a local historian speaking about the early
taverns and hotels of Guilderland, a tasting session of locally brewed
craft beers, and a "field trip" to a local craft brewery and
cidery. More than 230 community members attended the series with a significant
number of new users, many of whom were in the elusive 25-35 yr. old
adult male demographic.
2015 Youth Library Program of the Year Award
Presented to the W.K Sanford Town Library (Colonie) for their "Cyber
Originating as a suggestion from the Library's Teen Advisory Group,
Cyber Kids is a computer skills workshop for elementary school students
which is taught by a "teen tech team" of high school students.
The participants use sophisticated software to learn how to code to
create their own interactive games, stories, and animations that can
be posted on the Cyber Kids website and shared with others online. But
the truly unique thing about this program is that it not only provides
STEM education for the younger participants, but also gives the older
student-teachers an opportunity to learn the power "giving back"
and making a difference in someone else's life.
In addition to a framed certificate, each award winner receives a cash
award for their home library to help support future community building
efforts. "We are so pleased to be able recognize the wonderful
things happening in our libraries. They are all making a real and positive
difference in their communities every day," said UHLS Executive
Director Tim Burke.
In addition, the UHLS Board of Trustees recognized the long and dedicated
service of one of its trustees. Mary Alice Molgard of Berne is stepping
down from the Board after twelve years of service representing small
libraries in Albany County. In addition, for most of that time she also
served in the role of Board Treasurer. She was presented with a resolution
of appreciation by the UHLS Board and was named UHLS Trustee Emerita.
She also received a certificate of thanks from the office of NYS Assemblyman
Angelo Santabarbara, whose district includes the service area of the
Berne Public Library.
Digital magazines now available
Upper Hudson Library System is now offering digital magazines
via our ebook vendor, OverDrive. Any cardholder at any public library
in Albany or Rensselaer Counties can now check out digital magazines.
OverDrive uses the Nook app as its magazine reader, so
you will have to set up a Barnes & Noble account and download the
Nook app to your mobile device or compatible computer.
To read NOOK periodicals, you need one of the following:
You can view the collection here,
along with our great selection of ebooks, digital audiobooks and streaming
There's help online available here.
& Family Programs Calendar
Childrens, tween, and teen programs in UHLS libraries
are now more accessible than ever! Libraries in Upper Hudson Library
System have pooled their programs in one program
calendar, available at http://events-ys.uhls.org/.
Users can search by date, location, or age categories.
Public libraries offer scores of activities during summer
months to interest kids and teens in reading and help them combat summer
learning loss. Kids who dont read much over the summer can
lose significant skills and return to school behind their peers. The
joint program calendar makes finding a fun, free library
event in UHLS libraries for children easy for parents.
- Access the joint youth services program calendar here.
- See a list of local public libraries here.
- More about summer learning loss and libraries here.
UHLS Youth Services Blog
Announcing a new UHLS youth
services blog! Were introducing a new way of communicating
about youth services within UHLS. For member library staff serving kids,
tweens, teens ,and families, this blog takes the place of the kids and
teen wikis and adds to the communication tools of youthserv, kidbytes,
and the UHLS website.
Here you'll find announcements of training and youth services meetings,
YSAC minutes, and other news relevant to your work. We'll continue to
use email too as we determine what array of communication tools works
best for us.
You're invited and encouraged to reply to posts. As staff
of a member library, you are also invited to create original posts.
Just contact Mary Fellows (email@example.com), who can add you as
a contributor. Comments, questions, and suggestions for useful content
CORE Trustee Training Program
now available to all UHLS member libraries
UHLS is pleased to announce that our new CORE Trustee
Training program is now available for all member library trustees. This
program is a 90 minute session that covers the fundamentals of being
a library trustee, including roles and responsibilities, NYS minimum
library standards, oaths of office, open meetings law, board/director
roles, etc. The program also emphasizes the CORE values of Community,
Openness, Respect, and Ethics as they relate to the work of a library
This program is valuable for all currently serving library trustees
regardless of their tenure on their board. There is real added value
from having all of a library's trustees share the experience together
(common ground understanding of these fundamentals, encouraging mentoring
of newer trustees by the "old hands", etc.). UHLS also recommends
that the Library Director be included when a member library hosts the
program to encourage that same common ground understanding between the
Library Board and the Director.
The CORE Trustee Training has been designed to be an "on demand"
program that can be conducted at member libraries at a date and time
that is most convenient for trustees to come together. Please contact
Tim Burke (e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone - (518) 437-9880 x222) to arrange a session for your library