A Message from Morton

Thanks to everyone who created art for the visual component of the Talent Show and for all who performed, attended, and made delicious food for this past Friday.  It was an amazing evening.  The visual art will remain up for the month of March so there is still time to come in and see the show and perhaps buy one of the gorgeous pieces of art.

March brings us ARTalks and the celebration of 4 years of this incredible program created by Ruby Palmer.  We also continue our Sustainability Series and our part in the Project Drawdown initiative.

Please join us to advocate for library funding by sending a letter to your representatives in Albany!  The New York Library Association (NYLA), our lead advocate in Albany, has provided customizable letters that can be sent to your legislators in Albany and to the Governor. It only takes two minutes to send a letter to all of your representatives through NYLA’s Online Advocacy Center:  Now is the time for all of us to speak up. Your voice matters!


Government Alerts and News        February 19, 2019

State, county, and local governments have created and are creating various methods, including web sites and emails, for residents to receive emergency alerts and news. Here are links to some services available to residents of the MidHudson Library System area.
New York Alert
“New Yorkers can subscribe for NY-Alert to receive critical information and emergency alerts on what is happening in their area. NY-Alert contains critical, emergency-related information including instructions and recommendations in real-time by emergency personnel. Information may include severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous material spills and other emergency conditions.”
Dutchess County Subscription Services
“Dutchess County Online offers various ways for website visitors to be notified of important County news, events, public health updates, alerts and advisories and more.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division
Scroll down for the Community Notification Enrollment – Code Red
“Be notified in the event of emergency situations in Columbia County, such as evacuation notices, boil water alerts, missing child reports, severe weather and more.”
Greene County News & Information
PutnamAlert.com Emergency Alert Program
“The Putnam County Emergency Alert Program has been created for the public to receive notifications about emergencies and other important information.
Ulster County Notices & Alerts
City of Poughkeepsie eNewsletter “The Buzz”
“Keep up to date on the latest developments happening in and around the City of Poughkeepsie by subscribing to The Buzz eNewsletter!
Delivered to your inbox weekly, eachissue of The Buzz includes updates on City projects, community initiatives, upcoming committee & board meeting notices, local events and other important information.”
Town of Poughkeepsie

Morton Board Meeting Dates

The meetings of the Morton Board are held on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

January 3, 2019, February 12, 2019, March 7, 2019, April 4, 2019, May 2, 2019, June 6, 2019, August 1, 2019, September 5, 2019, October 3, 2019, November 7, 2019, December 5, 2019.

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.