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Be Smart. Borrow a Kill-a-Watt!
Featured Article: Free (Legal!) Music
Free Film Night Goes International
Baby & Me Program & Video
Battle of the Books
Changing of the Board
Knowledge Is Power.
Be Smart. Borrow a Kill-a-Watt!

Marcia Frahman and Kill-a-Watt Device
Photo: P. Keaton
HPL Board President Marcia Frahman and a "Kill-a-Watt"

Kill a What? "Kill-a-Watt!" A Kill-a-Watt meter is a nifty electricity monitor that helps you identify the energy guzzlers in your house. Plug an appliance into the Kill-a-Watt meter and the LCD display will show the appliance's power consumption in kilowatt hours.

Do you save energy if you unplug your coffeemaker after use? Is it cost-effective to buy a new energy-efficient refrigerator? The Kill-a-Watt meter helps you answer questions like these and puts you in charge of saving energy and money.

HPL has three Kill-a-Watt meters available to borrow. Check them out! 

        -- Alison Herrero
Adult Services Librarian

Clafouti aux Pommes
Clafouti aux Pommes

(Apple Flan)
    Apple Filling:
1¼ lb (3 cups) crisp eating/cooking apples, ex: Golden Delicious
3-4 Tbs butter
2 Tbs Calvados (apple brandy), dark rum, or cognac
¼ tps cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
    Cake Batter:
1 cup milk ( heavy cream/ milk mixture)
¼ cup sugar
3 eggs
1 Tb vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
½ cup flour (scooped & leveled)
To make apple filling:  Peel and core apple, cut apple into lengthwise slices ¼ inch thick, about 3 cups.
Sauté to very light brown in hot butter, then let stand in skillet for ½ hour with the brandy/rum, cinnamon, and sugar. Add the soaking liquid to pudding/cake batter.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To assemble flan: Place the ingredients #6 to #11 in blender jar in the order listed. Cover and  blend at top speed for 1 min.
Pour ¼ inch layer of batter in the baking dish (see note) in the preheating oven for about 5 to 10 min. till a film of batter has set in the bottom of the dish (see note).
Remove baking dish from the heat. Lay the apple filling slices from outside in (like petals of flower). Pour on the rest of batter. Tilt, tap and shake gently to fill any air gaps between the apple slices.
Place in the middle position of preheated oven and bake for 50 to 60 min. The clafouti is done when it has puffed and lightly browned and knife inserted into its center comes out clean.
Sprinkle top of clafouti with powdered sugar just before serving.  Best eaten warm or room temperature with French vanilla ice cream. May warm up in microwave oven, if baked the day earlier.
Used 9" spring-form pan to bake.
Line the spring-form pan with parchment paper:
Paper between the bottom and side of the pan to form creases, and fold over the side of the pan.
Then place the parchment paper over the pan, fold and push so the paper is conformed to the shape of the pan.
Pour a thin layer of the batter on the bottom of the parchment-lined
spring-form pan to bake. (So the apple filling does not sink to the bottom. It forms a rosette design on the cake, when it is baked.) 
-- Ai-Ping Ma
Library Assistant

Teddy the Collie Receives
Doggie Library Card! 

Doggie Tales at HPL
                     Photo: G. Figlia

HPL E-News readers voted 3:1 to give Teddy the Collie a library card. Teddy may not be able to read, but he's a great listener. He's one of the special therapy dogs brought to the library to listen to children practice reading out loud. Positive Paws volunteers will continue the "Doggie Tales" program in the fall. For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Ginny Figlia at 845-831-1134 x 103.

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Pandora Internet Radio is for folks who wonder, "Where Have all the Flowers Gone?" and for freaks who "Walk on the Wild Side". It's for people who heard Beethoven roll over when WAXQ classic rock radio replaced classical WNCN. And, yes, it's for everyone who is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.  Pandora is for everyone who loves music. To tune in, all you need is a computer, an Internet connection, and if you're using a library computer, some headphones.

Pandora lets you create personal radio stations that play the kinds of music you want to hear. Type in the name of a favorite song or artist, and Pandora's Music Genome database scans almost a century of recordings to produce a playlist of similar songs old and new, well-known and obscure. As songs play, when you like a song, click on "thumbs up"; when you don't like a song, click on "thumbs down". Each choice targets your musical likes and makes your station more "you". You can create up to 100 stations, shuffle them, share them, listen to them on-the-go, buy music, and more.

Since 2000, Music Genome Project musician-analysts have been listening to songs and collecting their musical details. Pandora says it takes 20-30 minutes per song to capture about 400 attributes ("genes") that give each recording its sound - melody, harmony, rhythm, instrumentation, orchestration, lyrics, etc. Pandora provides band, album, and song information, and (yay!) lyrics are often included. If a band doesn't come up the first time you search Pandora, try again in a few weeks. New music is added all the time.

Pandora isn't perfect: You select a specific song, but may only hear songs like your selection. You can't listen to a whole album. You can skip only a few songs per session, and there are those pesky Botox (Not!) ads. Keep in mind that licensing limitations and ads keep Pandora free, plus you get to hear performers you may never have known about. I'm enjoying my "Funnel of Love" station while writing this. I hope you enjoy Pandora as much as I do. Click below to give it a try!
-- Phyllis Keaton
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Howland Public Library
Film Night Goes International

Our community has long had a hidden treasure: Friday Foreign Film Night at the Howland Public Library. Since 2005, a monthly     film has been shown to what started as a small, loyal following of film aficionados. It has become one of the most popular programs offered by the Howland Public Library.
Library Assistant Ai-Ping Ma has been at the heart of Film Night since its inception. When asked what makes this night so special, she replied, "It's a chance for people to come to the library just to relax, get together with friends for a good time, and have the chance to meet new people."
There's another reason it's a special evening. Ms. Ma is a warm, gracious hostess who makes everyone feel at home. Her legendary homemade desserts are the  highlight of each evening. Depending upon the culture or country of the film being shown, she searches for an authentic dessert, often trying several recipes to find the best one. "My family has eaten a lot of desserts that didn't pass the taste test," she said.
Ms. Ma sees the dessert as one more opportunity to give people a first-hand experience with a different culture. One example she pointed out is a sponge cake recipe from Vietnam that is similar to Julia Child's French sponge cake recipe. The French colonized Vietnam for many years. A recipe for clafouti aux pommes (apple flan) is at left.
Despite the popularity of foreign films, changing HPL's format to international films opens the door to some excellent American films, too.
International film night is a free event, one Friday each month. All films are shown in the original language with English subtitles. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the film begins promptly at 7:00 PM. Please join us for these upcoming films:
7/24 - Gran Torino - USA
8/28 - Shall We Dance? - Japan
9/25 - Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - France
10/23 - Shirley Valentine - England
11/13 - Italian for Beginners - Italy
12/11 - The Bishop's Wife (1947) - USA

Article & photo: Alison Herrero
Adult Services Librarian

Baby & Me Story & Play Time

Baby ClappingParents & caregivers are invited to bring babies, birth up to age 24 months, to the Howland Public Library on 313 Main Street in Beacon for a six-week session of Baby & Me Story & Play Time beginning Tuesday, July 7th and running through Aug. 11th.  Baby & Me will be held on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 - 11:15 in the Children's Area. 

The first half of Baby & Me is lap time, introducing children to simple books, rhymes, lap games, and songs. After lap time, babies and adults share playtime and socialize. It's best that each baby have time alone with his or her adult; however, siblings are welcome. Everyone loves this program!
No pre-registration is necessary. Check the CALENDAR for more information. Questions? Contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, 831-1134 x 103.

Howland Public Library Chinese Cooking Class 0811This summer, HPL teens will take part in the 5th annual Battle of the Books for students entering grades 6-9 in September. BoB is a nationally-recognized literature contest in which teens answer trivia questions based on specific books. BoB encourages reading, teamwork, and friendly competition with teens from other schools.

HPL is recruiting students to participate in the local Battle of the Books that will begin on Thursday, July 9th. The team will meet with coaches every Thursday from 5-7 PM to practice answering questions, enjoy pizza and snacks, decorate T-shirts, and participate in book-related activities. Students will compete in Mini-Battles with local libraries in August; some will be tapped for HPL's All-Star Team that will participate in regional competition with 20 other teams in September.

Booklists and books are available now. Anyone interested in joining should contact Ginny Figlia at 831-1134 x 103.

This program is made possible in part by the following 2009 sponsors: Mid-Hudson Valley Credit Union, Town of Esopus Library Foundation, Friends of Town of Esopus Library, Assemblyman Timothy Gordon, Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro, Blackwood and Brower Book Store,  Friends of Grinnell Library Association (Wappingers Falls), and the Foundation for Hudson Valley Libraries-Poughkeepsie Public Library. Thanks also to funding from Dutchess County and Friends of the Howland Public Library.

Howland Public Library Chinese Cooking Class 0811
                                                            Photo: P. Keaton
The Changing of the Board!

The June meeting of the Howland Public Library Board of Trustees was the last for Sandra Moneymaker (standing left) and Joseph Guarneri (standing right).

Mrs. Moneymaker, a recently retired Forrestal Elementary School teacher, served HPL for nine years, the last as Board Secretary and as Chair of the Action Development Committee. Sandy was instrumental in creating the Helen Savoit Award for Library Advocacy, and she has agreed to continue to help with library projects now that her term is over.

In his five years on the Board, local business owner and former Beacon City Councilman Joe Guarneri served on and/or chaired both Building & Finance and Personnel Committees. His financial guidance helped keep the library on a steady course through our years without a budget increase.  Joe has also generously offered to consult as needed.

Public library trustees are elected officials responsible for maintaining an institution that -- directly or indirectly -- improves the quality of life of everyone in the community. Library trustees shoulder a great civic responsibility and receive no financial compensation. They deserve a big thank you for their service. In July, two new trustees will be sworn in: Prudence Posner & Dale Leifeste. More about them in the next E-News.

HPL board meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM in the Community Room. All meetings are open to the public. Date changes are published in local media and in the library.
June signals the end of the school year, and the beginning of HPL's Summer Reading Program for children, teens, and adults.  This year's statewide theme is "Be Creative @ Your Library", and we have plans to inspire you!  Check our CALENDAR for details.  It helps to have a library card.

Library cards are free to new users, but there is a replacement fee for lost cards. Our recent library card amnesty was so successful we're continuing it through our Summer Reading Program.  From July 1st - August 30th, all HPL card replacement fees will be waived.  If you need to replace a lost library card, or if you'd like to trade your old card for a new key ring card, fill out the coupon below and bring it to the front desk. 

What can you do with your new library card?
(The same great things you can do with your old one!)

Borrow freely from a collection of over 2.25 million books, music CDs, books on CD, DVDs and other media provided by HPL and area libraries. Order them online from our LIBRARY CATALOG or ask our staff for help.

Read subscription-only online newspapers and magazines; access expensive databases such as Chilton's Auto Repair and the archive of the Poughkeepsie Journal, and so much more! See what's available by clicking:  DUTCHESS DATABASES

In the library, you can use our free WiFi connection, if you have your own laptop. If you don't have a laptop, you can use one of our public Internet computers. All of this is in addition to our "classic" library materials, services and programs. 

If you haven't been to the Howland Public Library in a while, check out our Summer Reading Programs, made possible with funding from County Executive Bill Steinhaus and the Dutchess County Legislature (special thanks to our local legislators John Forman and Alison MacAvery) and with funds provided by the Friends of the Howland Public Library.  We are grateful!

Howland Public Library Staff 2009
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Phyllis Keaton, Director|Editor
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