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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.


It's All About the Children - No, Wait! The Parents:

Strengthening Young Families Through Modeling and Readers Advisory

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

9:00 am - 9:30 am Check in and networking
9:30 am - 3:30 pm Workshop

Five practices - talk, sing, read, write, and play - help young children develop the skills they need to be successful readers and learners. Thanks to Every Child Ready to Read2® (ECRR2), the initiative that introduced these research-based practices, we’re on the path to modeling and embedding the practices in our storytime programming. Yet what happens after the families leave the library? Could changing how we interact with parents or caregivers at the library have an even bigger impact on early literacy in our community?

This workshop provides:

  • A refresher or introduction to the ECRR2 skills
  • Techniques for empowering parents and caregivers to continue early literacy engagement at home
  • Best books for early literacy programs
  • Methods for using readers advisory to promote early literacy practices

This training is part of the NYS early literacy initiative Ready to Read At New York Libraries

Registration information and full flyer here



Library Director
Valley Falls Free Library - Valley Falls, NY

The Valley Falls Free Library is seeking an energetic and creative leader with a passionate commitment to public library service for the part-time position of Library Director. The library serves a population of 5,804 in the Village of Valley Falls and the Town of Pittstown close to New York's Capital District, the Saratoga Springs area and the Bennington/Manchester, VT region.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the overall operation and management of the Library. Duties include, but are not limited to; planning and implementation of library programs and services, fiscal oversight and budget management, supervision of library personnel, and management of the library facility. As an official representative of the library to the Village of Valley Falls and the Town of Pittstown, the Library Director will demonstrate an enthusiasm for community engagement and establishing effective working relationships throughout the community.

This is a part time position of 20 hours per week with a starting hourly wage of $15.00. Some administrative duties of the position may be handled off site.

Minimum qualifications: A Bachelor's degree and some experience working in a public library are required. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master's degree in library science or a related field, but individuals with relevant experience in lieu of a Master's degree will also be considered.

Interested applicants should e-mail their resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references to: ValleyFallsSearch@uhls.lib.ny.us
To the attention of Susan Stover (Search Committee Chair)

Application review begins September 15, 2015.


LIBRARY DIRECTOR, part-time (Search Extended)

Grafton Community Library

Grafton, NY 12082

Grafton Community Library, a small rural free association library located in eastern Rensselaer County, seeks an energetic, creative individual for the position of Library Director. This is a part-time position scheduled to work 22 hours per week, including some evenings and Saturdays. The position requires a candidate with excellent communication, interpersonal, and computer skills. Experience in library collection and program development, staff and volunteer supervision, and facility management is highly desirable. A degree in library science or a related field will be considered a plus, as will fundraising and grant writing skills. Starting salary is $18,500. A copy of the job description is available on the library's website, graftoncommunitylibrary.org.

Please send resumes to the Search Committee at graftonnylib@gmail.com by September 11, 2015.



Help Wanted Library Aide- Part Time

The Rensselaer Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide at $10 hr. This person will work 10-15 hours a week with a varying schedule that includes Saturdays. Duties include shelving, running the check-out desk, helping patrons with the computer and copier, and answering the phone. Candidate must have computer skills, strong customer service skills, work well with children, and understand the Dewey Decimal system. Prior library experience preferred. MLS not desired for this position.

Send letter describing relevant experience and a Rensselaer County employment application to:

Rensselaer Public Library
Attn: Jane
676 East Street
Rensselaer NY 12144

... or email to chirgwinj@rensselaerlibrary.org. (Application available here.)


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 video: http://digitalcollection.uhls.org

There's help online available here.



Youth & Family Programs Calendar

Children’s, 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 don’t 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! We’re 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 (mary@uhls.lib.ny.us), who can add you as a contributor. Comments, questions, and suggestions for useful content enthusiastically encouraged!



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 trustee.

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 - tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us or phone - (518) 437-9880 x222) to arrange a session for your library board.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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