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Workshops Archive - 2019

Upper Hudson Library System & Mohawk Valley Library System present:

2019 Summer Reading Program Planning Workshop


Thursday, February 7, 2019
(Snow date: February 8, 2019)

9:00 am Registration
9:30 am - 3:45 pm Workshop

Colonie Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211
www.colonielibrary.org      518-458-9274

Whether your Summer Reading Program is a quick orbit or a lengthy trip into deep space, start preparing now for lift-off! Get your checklists ready and come to Mission Control for a day of mission-critical training on goal-driven sustainability, scalability, and flexibility. We will run some simulations, share ideas for exploration, and fuel up for community-centric family summer fun!

UHLS member library staff: $16. All others $50.

Registration deadline: February 4.

See attached flyer for registration information and more details.



Join Us April 11th

If you thought last year was the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T) Teen Service meetup, I hope you're ready for this year's event--it will knock your socks off!

Last year's meetup received such a positive response we are doubling down. Join your teen-serving library colleagues from five states for a FREE day of energizing ideas, problem hacks, and go-to colleagues!

If your job includes a focus on teens, you’re invited!

We'll meet from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th at East Greenbush Community Library at 10 Community Way in East Greenbush, NY. https://eastgreenbushlibrary.org

To keep it free, please BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch). We'll provide drinks and dessert!

5 CEU hours

Guest Speaker TBA

More information coming soon.

Click Here for More Information
Click Here to Register

Sponsored by: Mohawk Valley Library System, Southern Adirondack Library System, and Upper Hudson Library System



Schenectady County Public Library,
Mohawk Valley, Southern Adirondack +
Upper Hudson Library Systems

Adult Program Swap

Calling all Adult Services/Programming librarians! Share your very best program during the Adult Program Swap.

April's meeting theme will be literary programs. Bring us your best book club, author talk, writing program, literary festival, writing contest, open mic, etc.

Register online: https://tinyurl.com/adultprogramswap

Please fill-out and bring with you the swap form so others can learn from your hard work! Spectators welcome too.

Tues, April 16, 2019 | 9:30-11:30 AM
Town of Ballston Community Library
2 Lawnmar Ln, Burnt Hills, NY

See the flyer here

To see the programs that were discussed click here

  So, you wanna be a Passport

Acceptance Facility?

A free UHLS informational workshop

Wednesday, April 17th @ 9:00 - 10:00am
Large Meeting Room

Do you want to offer a great service at your library and generate income? Then come to this informational workshop and learn how you can turn your library, (even small libraries with a small staff) into a Passport Acceptance Agency!

You'll leave with a better understanding of:

  • How to become a Passport Acceptance Facility
  • How a library functions as a Passport Acceptance Facility
  • What kind of training/responsibility/time is involved


Kristine Knapp, Customer Service Manager, Buffalo Passport Agency
Natalie Hurteau, Adult and Outreach Services Manager, UHLS

Register Online: https://bit.ly/2TPj0WI

Email Natalie Hurteau for more information:

See the flyer here

The Customer Experience:

A free UHLS Continuing Education Workshop

Thursday, April 25th @ 9:30 –12:30
Guilderland Public Library
Helderberg Meeting Room

Whether you work with adults, youth or anyone who walks in the door, serving the public requires a high level skillset. Please join us for this helpful workshop!

You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to:

  • Improve your customer service
  • Serve difficult patrons
  • Communicate with fellow staff members

Mary Coon, Head of Branches, Albany Public Library
Rebecca Lubin, Head of Branches, Albany Public Library

Contact Hours: 3

Register Online: https://goo.gl/forms/N0RCKajPpRrbMZ7V2

Email Natalie Hurteau for more information: Natalie.hurteau@uhls.org

See the flyer here

Announcing a new training:

Meet the Millennials: Early Literacy Success Through Parent Engagement

Date: October 22, 9:00 – 12:00, Guilderland Public Library.

Check-in begins at 9:00.

Register here.

See the full announcement here.





Across the country and across UHLS, libraries are exploring going fine free. Eliminating charges for late returns impacts people, processes, and budgets. Come benefit from the experience of three UHLS libraries with different approaches, challenges, and results in the move to fine-free.


Albany Public Library - Director Scott Jarzombek

Brunswick Community Library – Director Sara Hopkins

Castleton Public Library – Director Melissa Tacke

Thursday, November 21st at 6:00 p.m.

Check-in and pizza beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Upper Hudson Library System
28 Essex St.
Albany NY, 12206

FREE, and please register at


See the flyer here





1-Hour Live Webinar:

Advanced Body Language Concepts and Tools

Some of the questions answered:

  1. Why is “Resting Jerk Face” such a problem?
  2. How can I learn to “hear” body language?
  3. Where can I stand, so that I am less likely to get yelled at?

When: Wednesday, December 4 at 2:00 pm Central time (3pm Eastern, 2pm Mountain, noon Pacific)

(A recording of the webinar will be available for two weeks after the webinar if the technology cooperates)

Length: 1 Hour (45 minutes of training and 15 minutes of live questions)

Pre-Registration Required: Register here.

(Note: This is a “members-only” webinar. Please do NOT share this link outside of your organization!)

Presented by Ryan Dowd:

  • Author of the American Library Association book, The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness.
  • Executive Director of a large homeless shelter outside of Chicago.
  • Global trainer to libraries, police departments, nonprofits and other organizations on how to compassionately manage problematic behavior from troubled individuals.

Everyone Serves Families with Young Children

Thursday, December 5
9:00 a.m. Check-in begins
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Training

Colonie Town Library

Audience: All library staff

Families with young children are “strategic gold” for libraries. If we deliver excellent service to parents and children in the early years, those families are likely to stay library users and advocates.

How do families with young children experience your library? What can you do, whatever your job, to create a positive experience that will connect families to the library? Learn about:

  • How early brain development impacts later life
  • Managing difficult situations with parents and young children
  • Ways to make your library more welcoming to families

This training is part of the Ready to Read at New York Libraries initiative of the New York State Library.

Presenter: Mary Fellows, Manager, Youth and Family Services, Upper Hudson Library System

FREE to UHLS member library staff (but be sure to register!). All others $20.

Registration deadline: December 2.

See attached flyer for registration information and more details.




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