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Featured Article: 7 E-Z Ways to Save in 2009
Knitting Club Holiday Hat Tree
Homework Help!
Library Advocate Award
Library Hours

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12:00 - 4:00

Emergency closing information:
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 HPL now has free wireless Internet access for laptops
 & other wireless devices.

 WiFi system purchased with NYS funds provided by
  Senator Steve Saland.
Operation Warm-Up!

The HPL Knit Together Group participated in "Operation Warm Up", a local effort to send hand-made scarves, helmet liners and other items to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Warm Up" was organized by Helen Williams of Lady Wemyss at 319 Main Street, Beacon. Helen collected donations to buy wool for knitters.

Troops still need knitted items!  A helmetliner is pictured below.

Operation Helmetliner Photo
Find free knit and crochet patterns at: CITIZEN SAM
and here:

 Materials: Soft worsted or bulky weight (100 grams/
3.5 ounces) wool yarn (lamb's wool, alpaca, cashmere or mix of these yarns ONLY).
Synthetic fibers pose a safety hazard.
Colors: black, brown, charcoal, tan, or mix of these.
Finished dimensions:
approx. 12 in. x 42 in. of plain knitting -- no fringe, scallops, or
holes big enough to put a finger through. Use any stitch EXCEPT stockinette! It curls.
Ship to:
Citizen SAM
P O Box 10565
Peoria, Illinois 61612

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4-Star Reviews from our Adult Summer Readers!

The Arrival
                by Shaun Tan

One step past a graphic novel, this is closer to a story told entirely in stall images from a silent film.  I loved it and am considering buying it.             -- Kris

August: Osage County  
              by Tracy Letts

Contemporary plays are easier to read than Mid-20th Century plays, because modern playwrights keep stage directions to a minimum. The stage is still the best way to enjoy a play, but reading a play can also be a great experience.  August: Osage County is a great read. Although Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, which this play beat out for the Tony Award, is better, this is a close second.          -- Peter

La Comida del Barrio - Latin American Cooking in the USA
       by Aaron Sanchez

Yum -- a most readable cookbook! Sanchez has the ability to describe dishes with such clarity and enthusiasm that you will find your mouth watering.  His love for the food, culture and his heritage shines from every page. He uses common ingredients, which are easily found, to produce wonderful food with an authentic Latin flavor.                           -- Anon

The Ladies of Garrison Gardens
        by Louise Shaffer

A really fun read. Lots of plot twists and turns.  I enjoyed the characters; I would have loved to find out even more about them.  I lived in the South, so I always enjoy books set in that area.  This was written by a local author.             -- Ursula
Marcia Frahman and Rick Price 2007

HPL Board President Marcia Frahman (here with muralist Rick Price) received the 2008 Mid-Hudson Library System Trustee Award for Dutchess County.  By championing a public arts project -- a mural  celebrating the library's role in the community -- Marcia enhanced HPL's visibility in the region and created valuable and enduring connections to community groups.

Former HPL trustees Jean Hyatt and Carol Ann Medley received the 2002 award for establishing Beacon Reads, a bookstore to benefit the library, at 309 Main Street in Beacon.
  Beacon Reads is still going strong, thanks to our dedicated volunteers -- and to Marcia Frahman, who is our volunteer coordinator.

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Howland Public Library
Board of Trustees


Marcia Frahman
Vice President
Ann MacLeod
Sandra Moneymaker
Gary Barrack
Friends Liaison
Anne Forman
Joseph Guarneri
Patricia Hasapis
Suzanne MacElduff
Karen Crotty Palumbo

Howland Public Library
E-News                2009 | one
Welcome to the first Howland Public Library online newsletter.  We hope you'll enjoy reading about what's new at HPL, and about other library- and community-related topics.  You'll find practical information about how HPL can help you, yours and ours -- right now! 

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7 E-Z Ways to Save in 2009

When times are bad, it pays to use your public good:
the Howland Public Library.

1. Borrow first.  Buy later. 
       Borrow a best-seller from the library. If you find that you like it enough to own it, you can buy it at a bookstore or online.  But don't waste $20.00 on a book you don't need to own.  Save a tree.  Read a library book.
2. Entertainment beyond price.
       Save $7.50.  Watch a movie at the library. Our foreign film series features HPL's Ai-Ping Ma's home-made international desserts. You can't buy that at the multiplex.

3. Tuition-free education.
       Public libraries are the "People's University". Last year, HPL offered 7,000 free educational opportunities for everyone -- from "Mommy and Me" for infants to estate planning for seniors.   Live and learn at the library.

4. Public computers = savings.

      It's estimated that a family can save over $700 each year using library computers.  HPL has seven new PCs thanks to Gates Foundation & Friends of HPL grants. HPL also offers free one-on-one computer classes.
5.  Find a job.

       HPL helps people with online resumes & applications. We have Civil Service & other job listings and helpful books on many topics.  HPL provides access to practice exams. And HPL has public copier & fax machines.  

6.  Save at tax time and any time.

       HPL offers library space for AARP volunteers who help seniors and others prepare their taxes at no cost.  Other nonprofits use our space to offer free services to the community.

7.  A cheap date.

         Buy a cup of coffee and meet a friend at the Howland Public Library.  Buy two cups and make a friend.

How has the Howland Public Library helped you save money lately?  We'd really like to know!  EMAIL US

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Left to right:  Alison Herrero, Esther Kenney, Barbara Verdesi, Waveney Harrington, Phyllis Sandford, Helen Umano, Annerys Mojica.  Missing: Jean Guarneri and June Burden

Knitting Club Creates Holiday Hat Tree

Devoted members of the Howland Public Library's "Knit Together" knitting group spent hours producing marvelous one-of-a-kind hats for babies and children. The hats were displayed on a festive red-twigged dogwood tree provided at a discount by Sunny Garden Greenhouses, located on Route 9D in the Town of Wappinger. Both the tree and hats have been donated to the Beacon Community Center. 

Members of the knitting club get a huge round of applause, not just for their knitting talents, but for their spirit of generosity and camaraderie. A special thank you goes out to Gail Ruit at Sunny Garden Greenhouses for selecting the perfect tree and to Joan Cole of the First Presbyterian Church in Beacon for contributing beautiful knit hats.

The knitting group meets  each  Tuesday morning from 10 -
11:30am.  All levels of expertise are welcome!

                   -- Alison Herrero, Adult Services Librarian

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From left: Shirley Reich, Homework Mentor; Brett Huff, Intern; Sunedara Davis, Intern; Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian.

HPL Homework Center Offers Help After School

       Howland Public Library offers homework guidance and research assistance for all grade levels at our Homework Center every Monday -Thursday from 3-5 PM throughout the school year.

       The Homework Center is bustling with activity after school.  Homework Center staff help students with daily assignments and projects, and help them locate appropriate library materials and online learning resources.  When older students finish their work, they help younger children with theirs, or they read with them. 

       Parents also visit the Homework Center to learn how they can help their children at home.
       Parents and guardians are asked to register children in person during Center hours.  After they are registered, students may drop in to the Center any time it is open. During times when the Homework Center is not operating, the library always has a professional librarian on staff to assist students. 

       The Homework Center operates around the public school calendar.  It is not open when public schools are closed for holidays, vacations or weather emergencies.   If you have any questions, contact Ginny Figlia or Shirley Reich at (845) 831-1134.
-- Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian

Helen Savoit   HPL Helen Savoit Award 

        The Howland Public Library Development Committee announces the first Howland Public Library Helen Savoit Award.  The purpose of the award is to honor an individual who, or group that, has made a sustained contribution to the promotion of the collections, programs and services of the Howland Public Library in the Beacon City School District or region.

        Many people remember Mrs. Savoit as a teacher in the Beacon City School District where she taught for over 25 years. A Town of Fishkill resident, Helen Savoit served on the board of the Howland Public Library from September 12, 1984 to June 19, 1995, and on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1997.  As MHLS President, Mrs. Savoit represented all public libraries in five counties in the Mid-Hudson region.

        In recent years, Mrs. Savoit, a life-long library user, volunteered in Beacon Reads, the bookstore to benefit the library, located at 309 Main Street.  She also ran a popular book club for many years.  Helen Savoit's death on May 25, 2008 was a personal loss to the Howland Public Library and a great loss to all libraries in the region.  The Savoit family requested that donations in Helen's memory be sent to the Howland Public Library.  These donations established this award in her name.

An event to honor the recipient is planned in March 2009. 

Howland Public Library has a special offer for our e-news readers.  Print out the coupon below, fill in the blanks, and bring the coupon to the library with your overdue Howland Public Library items.  Library staff will waive fines for all overdue HPL items. 

Sorry, but this coupon doesn't apply to fees for lost or damaged materials or long-overdue items from other libraries.  This coupon is valid until February 28th. HPL plans to offer our online readers other coupons as a thank-you for your readership. 

We truly hope that you've enjoyed our first online newsletter! 

Phyllis Keaton, HPL Director                                                     

     Phyllis Keaton
                               Library Director

P.S.  The next E-News will celebrate Chinese New Year with an authentic recipe created by HPL Library Assistant and Cooking Instructor Ai-Ping Ma.  Ai-Ping is famous for her home-made international desserts that accompany our monthly foreign film.  To find out what the next film is, check our LIBRARY CALENDAR.




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