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News and Events

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.

Castleton Public Library is getting a new look!

The Castleton Public Library will start work on a 4-6 week interior renovation beginning Saturday, September 13, 2014.

The library will be CLOSED Saturday, September 13 at the start of the renovation and will reopen using the former court at Castleton Village Hall on Monday, September 15 with adjusted hours.

The hours beginning September 15 are:

Monday: 12-8 PM
Tuesday-Wednesday: 1-7 PM
Thursday: 10-6 PM
Friday: 11-5 PM
Saturday: 11-3 PM

Any questions can be directed to Amy by calling the library at 732-0879 or email, director@castletonpubliclibrary.org.

Upper Hudson Library System & Mohawk Valley Library System


Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis & Storytime Management

Thursday, October 2, 2014

William K. Sanford Town Library

629 Albany Shaker Road

Loudonville, NY 12211


Early Literacy Community Asset Analysis

Effectively serving families with young children requires knowing who they are, how they live, which other community services they use, and what they need and want from your library. Whatever size your library, in this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Investigate the assets your community offers to young families
  • Identify strategic stakeholders and potential partners
  • Analyze the knowledge you’ve gained to make your library a more valued and valuable early literacy resource

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

Presenters: Mary Fellows, Upper Hudson Library System & Sue Rokos, Mohawk Valley Library System

Storytime Management

Are your story times sometimes hard to manage? Would your activities be better if you weren’t spending so much time managing behaviors? Learn tested techniques and fun activities for calming and managing your young participants (and their parents!) so that everyone can get the most value from the experience.

Presenter: Don Sinton, Stepping Stones Learning Center, Rochester, NY

Participants may attend only the morning session, only the afternoon session or the full day.

See the flyer and registration form here


Position Opening: Voorheesville Public Library - Assistant Director III

Immediate Opening

This is a full-time, 35 hours per week. The schedule is generally Monday through Friday during business hours but also includes some evening and weekend rotations. The incumbent will have overall responsibility for public services with an individual focus on adult services.

Applicants must meet Albany County Civil Service qualifications for the position. Transfers will be considered. Minimum qualifications are as follows:

Possession of a graduate library degree from a library school located within New York State which is registered by the State Education Department or from a library school program which is accredited by the American Library Association and six (6) years of professional library experience, three (3) of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

Letters of application and a resume and references should be sent to Lynn Kohler, Voorheesville Public Library, 51 School Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186. Emails will be accepted: Lynn.Kohler@voorpl.org Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled. Applications received or postmarked by September 23, 2014 will be given priority. See http://voorheesvillelibrary.org/library_jobs.asp for the civil service job description.


Help Wanted Library Aide- Part Time

The Rensselaer Public Library is seeking a part-time Library Aide at $9.50 hr. This person will work 15-20 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 strongly 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 library@rensselaerlibrary.org. (Application available at Rensselaerlibrary.org)

Employment Opportunity - Watervliet Public Library
Library Clerk

This position includes general clerical and patron assistance tasks. The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the Director of the Watervliet Public Library. Must enjoy working with people and be computer literate. This is a provisional appointment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Telephone answering
  • Checking out and clearing library materials
  • Patron registration
  • Managing fine and fee collection
  • Shelving library materials
  • Proficiency with computers and MS Office
  • Opening and closing the building
  • Other related duties assigned by the supervisor


  • Education: high school diploma or equivalency
  • Experience: no previous library experience is necessary
  • Must be able to work Thursday and Friday afternoons and some Saturdays
  • Salary: $8.00 per hour to start

Positions to fill: 1 part time - 8 hours per week

Contact: Samantha Fagan, Director

Please email a resume and cover letter to director@watervlietpubliclibrary.org

Job Posting: Guilderland Public Library

Fiscal Officer I: Full-time 35 hr/wk. Responsible for overseeing fiscal management activities and related operations in a moderately sized library. Position involves review and analysis work concerning the fiscal management of program funds and expenditures; all aspects of accounting, AR/AP, financial records for $3M+ budget, some HR duties.

Minimum qualifications:
Graduation from a New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Public or Business Administration and one (1) year of experience in governmental accounting or fiscal management


Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and three (3) years of experience in governmental accounting or fiscal management

Salary: $32,000 - $34,000 + Benefits

Note: Provisional Appointment. As per Albany County Civil Service, candidate is subject to passing a competitive exam and must be reachable on an established list as a result of such an exam.

Please send resume, proof of degree/transcript and three references postmarked by August 15

Fiscal Officer
Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue
Guilderland, NY 12084-9701

or send to: garrettm@guilpl.org

Upper Hudson Library System Presents Annual Library Service Awards

Albany, NY (June 26) -- The Upper Hudson Library System presented its library service awards at their 53rd annual dinner at the Century House in Latham, NY earlier this month. UHLS Board President Mary Muller said, "The public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are changing lives every day and the Upper Hudson Library System highlights this transformative work through our annual awards program."

See the press release and the list of award winners here

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.

Anticipated vacancies due to retirement:

Bethlehem Public Library serves a dynamic community and is located within the capital region of New York State, near the city of Albany. The library offers a wide range of services, programming and outreach to a community with clear expectations of library service.

We are currently seeking two creative, enthusiastic and progressive team leaders. The Department Heads will exhibit excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage community members and staff in an effort to support the library's mission and commitment to excellent customer service.

We anticipate two vacancies, the Head of Circulation and Technical Services and Head of Adult Services.

The department heads will be expected to apply modern best practices and willingness to explore new service models to improve user experience. The department heads will participate with the library's management team and collaborate regularly with other departments.

Requirements: MLS from an ALA accredited program, New York State Public Librarians' Professional Certificate

Special Requirement: Eligibility for Librarian III permanent appointment by Albany County Civil Service. Applicants may be eligible for permanent appointment if they have a current or previous permanent civil service appointment to a Librarian III, Assistant Library Director III, or higher in New York State, or if their names appear on the current Albany County Civil Service Librarian III list of eligibles.

Starting salary: $59,253

Application deadline is May 9, 2014
Interviews expected to begin on May 12, 2014
Anticipated start date: July 1 - July 31, 2014

Send cover letter, resume and application to:

Tracey McShane
Personnel Administrator
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave.
Delmar NY 12054



Applications are available at Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY or by accessing our website at http://www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/

2014 dates for the CORE Trustee Training for New Library Trustees

UHLS offers regular sessions of the CORE Trustee Training program for new member Library Trustees and Library Directors and Trustees that were unable to attend their library's CORE program. This program is open to Trustees and Library Directors of all UHLS libraries.

We will offer the program quarterly in January, April, July, and October (specific dates to be announced each year). The sessions will start at 6:30pm in the large meeting room at UHLS (28 Essex St. Albany, NY 12206).

2014 sessions:

Wednesday, January 15
Tuesday, April 8
Thursday, July 17
Tuesday, October 7

Please contact Heidi Fuge at UHLS (heidi@uhls.lib.ny.us or 437-9880 x221) to register for the next session.

Please contact Tim Burke at UHLS (tim.burke@uhls.lib.ny.us or 437-9880 x222) if you have any questions about the CORE program.

The goal of the CORE program is to create a common understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and core values of successful library trustees to ensure that each library is operating from a strong foundation. I am proud to report that we have 100% participation in the CORE training from our member libraries. Thank you for your support of this important initiative. Please make it a priority to ensure that all new library trustees have the opportunity to participate in this training program.

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!





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