New in the Library: The Public Library, a photographic essay by Robert Dawson

This newly published book contains over a hundred photographs of libraries around the US – tiny one room affairs to enormous buildings –  architecture ranging from wood frame to Beaux Art extravaganzas to sleek contemporary palaces. There are wonderful images of grand reading rooms and intimate ones of nooks and crannies.

The Public Library: a photo essay by Robert Dawson

[The Public Library: a photographic essay | Robert Dawson; foreword by Bill Moyers; afterword by Ann Patchett. First edition 2014 Princeton Architectural Press. Catalog Number: 027.7097DAW]

Punctuating the visual are essays by Bill Moyer, Isaac Asimov, Barbara Kingsolver, Dr. Seuss, Amy Tan and many more – writing from as wide a range of perpectives as the photographs.

This book is now available to reserve and borrow through the MHLS catalog. Reserve a copy today!

OverDrive Institutes Library eBook Accessibility Program

On the Mid-Hudson Library System’s OverDrive Digital Downloads page you will now see a new link on the left-hand navigation bar, titled “Accessible eBooks”, giving patrons with print disabilities access to eBooks. The Library eBook Accessibility Program (LEAP) is a partnership between OverDrive and OverDrive’s role in the program is to fully fund one year of membership for our qualifying patrons. The link directs patrons to apply for a Bookshare membership from the OverDrive-powered site. The accessible books will be provided by Bookshare to patrons enrolled in LEAP, and include books in DAISY and Braille formats that can be read with computers, assistive reading devices, Braille printers, and MP3 players.

What Do You Want in Our New Library? – Online Survey

To enable those of you who could not participate in our new library design focus groups to provide us with feedback about what you want in the new library, we have developed an online survey.

Before You Take the Survey

Our library design consultant Kim Cullin has created a presentation, “Creating a Thriving 21st Century Library” to provide a brief overview of the activities, programs, spaces, and tools that are part of what other libraries across the country are doing to become a 21st century library. This presentation will provide you with a larger frame of reference before you fill out the online survey.

NOTE: this file has been compressed to make it easier to download. It will look fine on your computer screen but will not look very good if you print it out.

DOWNLOAD “Creating a Thriving 21st Century Library”

Fill Out the Survey

The survey should take you between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. If you want to stay in touch with us be sure to fill out your contact information on the survey.