Another year has come and gone. The 55th Annual membership Meeting of the MidHudson Library System met on Friday October 24, 2014 at the Poughkeepsie Grant Hotel. It is an event in which librarians from across the 65 libraries along with their board of trustee representatives and Mid Hudson Library System Board members are in attendance to vote on system wide issues, honor awards for America’s Star Libraries, and install new board members for each respective county. Congrats to Steve McNich, our new Dutchess County board member, representing the county which LaGrange resides in.
I always love attending these meetings. While they are formal, it is always an informal break in which to chat with my fellow library directors. This year, I was fortunate to sit with Lauren Muffs from Poughkeepsie District, Carol Rodriguez and Jaclyn Savoline from Beekman Public Library. Did you know that the MidHudson library system shares a collection of over 2.5 million items for a population of 500 000 citizens spread across 5 counties? in 2014, 1.4 million items circulated via the system’s van system across 69 locations, over 4 000 miles?
It is such a pretty hotel. The Poughkeepsie Grand is located in downtown Poughkeepsie, one of the few hotels in the area. My favorite are their many Chiluly light fixtures.
My hero, Robert Drake , is not only head of Automation services for the Mid Hudson library system, but also our resident E-rate expert. We love Robert for his many talents, including in-house photographer….and stylish head-gear wearer.
Finally, after the meeting, our guest speaker, Professor Joseph Luzzi, from the Bard College, spoke about what he felt were the top five books everyone should read.
- Dante’s Divine Comedy (1319)
- William Shakespeare’s Othello (1609)
- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby (1925)
- Virginia Wolf ‘s To the Lighthouse (1927)
- Philip Roth’s American Pastoral (1994)
Prof. Luzzi asserts that reading is a passport to alternate worlds, a marriage of form and content, humanity’s diary, a space of changing one’s own life.
Our meeting speakers are always informative and thought-provoking. Congrats to Tom Sloan, our MHLS Executive Director, for a successful meeting.