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10:00 - 4:00

12:00 - 4:00

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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.
There's always something good going on at the Howland Public Library. 

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  REACH with a Child this Summer!

Howland Public Library Story Time

REACH stands for Reading, Educators, and Children, a partnership between the Beacon Teachers Association and the Howland Public Library.

Every Saturday through December, from 10:15 - 11AM, volunteer educators from Beacon City schools will read to children at the library at 313 Main Street.

The REACH motto is: Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day!
Children of all ages, whether enrolled in the BCSD or not, are welcome!

Questions? Contact Kathleen Wiacek at South Avenue Elementary School or
call the Howland Public Library, 831-1134.
NY Hudson River Quadricentennial

Half Moon

Navigating with Explorer Henry Hudson

grades one and up

Tuesday, July 28th from 1 - 2:30 PM

New York State author Carol Parenzan Smalley will take students on an interactive mapping journey with explorer Henry Hudson using her book, What's so Great about Henry Hudson? Workshop includes a hands-on 3-D mapping project.

Program limited to 25 students. To register (required), contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services, at 831-1134 x 103 or


4-Star Reviews from our '08 Adult Summer Readers!

Legends: a Novel of Dissimulation by Robert Littell
Robert Littell is often called the "American LeCarre". I don't think he's quite that good, lacking LeCarre's excellent prose style and psychological observation. But he's close. This novel is terrific. It's a wild ride through an ex-spy's "legends" or secret identities. Our hero, retired from the CIA, no longer knows which legend is his real self.          -- Peter

The Man Who Invented Florida 
by Randy Wayne White
Great Florida and natural history. Wildly inventive, mixing real people and classic White characters. From White's Doc Ford series, all of which are worth reading.       -- Walter

World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler

World Made by Hand is about a town in the Hudson Valley after oil  has stopped flowing. People with a 21st Century mindset are living a 19th Century lifestyle. The book is completely convincing in its vision of the near future, but also a great story, well-told, with strong characterizations and prose.      -- Peter

Film Director's Chair and Clapper

Howland Public Library
International Film Series

Doors open
6:30 PM
Film begins
7 PM

July 24th
Gran Torino

August 28th
Shall We Dance?

September 25th
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

October 23rd
Shirley Valentine

November 13th
Italian for Beginners

December 11th
The Bishop's Wife

Homemade desserts from each film's country of origin will be served!

For information about these & other films, click

For information about the HPL film series, contact Alison Herrero or Ai-Ping Ma at 845-831-1134.
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Summer Reading '09

Welcome to HPL's 2009 Summer Reading Program. HPL staff has spent months creating programs, lining up performers, interviewing teen interns and volunteers, and ordering books, DVDs, CDs, and much more! -- to support this year's theme:

 Be Creative @ the Library!
Summer Reading is not just for children. HPL offers activities and entertainment for people of all ages and interests.  Please join us!  And if you know someone who would be interested in our programs, please share this email by clicking this button:
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Be Creative @ Your Library!

Youth Summer Reading Program '09

Child with Painted Hands

From now through Aug. 14th, young people
are invited to explore the worlds of
books, music, dance, art, and more!

Summer Reading Program
Children from pre-K through grade 6 should stop at the children's desk of the library to fill out a reading record and take home a reading-log sheet. Children will keep track of the books they read (or are read to them) and enter the titles in their reading logs at the library. They can receive cool prizes, participate in special programs, enter fun contests, and have their names sent to their schools in September for recognition.

A variety of programs are planned to inspire creativity and reading:

Creative Story/Craft Club

Friday mornings 10:30 -11:30 a.m. from July 10th through August 14th for children ages 3-6 with caregivers. This program will feature stories, arts and crafts, and special activities.  No registration required.

Creative Dance/Movement
Sorry! This program is full.
Four Saturday mornings, July 18 & 25, and Aug. 1 & 8 from 10:30-11:30 a.m., for children ages 3-6 with caregivers. Local educator and artist, Marlene Pennison will teach children to communicate feelings and ideas through dance and movement using stories and games. Registration required.

"Be Creative" performance programs

Children in grades K-6 will meet on Thursdays between 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. for special programs, including:
July 16th
Singer/musician Jay Mankita presents "Books in Space"
July 23rd
Wildlife Education with Bernie, featuring live animals!
July 30th
Flute Sweets & Tickletunes, a music/story theater group, presents, "I Hopped Out of Bed and Jumped for Joy!"
August 6th
"Creative Imagination" featuring magician Dan Bowen
August 13th
Shadow Puppetry and Storytelling with Ron Soplyla

Creative Book/Craft Club
Sorry! This program is full!
Between July 14th and Aug. 12th children entering grades 3-6 will meet to share in the joys of reading and discussing books. They will also work on a creative project based on the books they've read. This program is especially good for students who need some help with reading out loud and reading comprehension.

Creative Writing/Peer Coaching Club

Creative writing for students grades 4 and up conducted by author/teacher Susan Ruckdeschel on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM on August 10 & 12, 17 & 19, 24 & 26.  Registration required.

For more details, click to get to our
CALENDAR or contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 831-1134, ex.103 or EMAIL GINNY

These FREE summer programs are made possible from a variety of sources:  Federal Library and Technology Act Funds, Dutchess County SRP funds, and the Friends of the Howland Public Library.

Summer Programs for Teens

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  Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest. Students entering grades 6-9 in the fall can still join the 5th annual Battle of the Books at the Howland Public Library. BoB will take place Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. Students will work with BoB coaches, enjoy a pizza, and participate in fun book-related activities. 

In August, students will compete in mini-battles based upon the books they've read. HPL will supply the books.

In September, an All-Star Team will be formed to compete against twenty other library teams for the Regional Championship.
There is still time to sign up for this fun competition.  Parents or older teens interested in coaching are also needed.

Class Action Program
Sorry! This program is full.

As part of the Health Information Project for teens, HPL has hired 12 students to participate in the Class Action Program. Class Action is a High School Alcohol Use Prevention Curriculum program that looks at the real social and legal consequences of underage alcohol use. Based on the social influences theory of behavior change, the goal of Class Action is to change the social norms around alcohol use and to change negative peer pressure into positive peer pressure.

Students will work as a legal team to prepare and
present hypothetical civil cases in which someone has been harmed as a result of underage drinking. The team will also participate in peer presentations in Beacon schools in the fall.  Participation in this educational and thought provoking project will be an asset to a college application, too.
Flip-It! Video/Movie Maker Workshop
Teens ages 12 - 18 can get creative with video on Friday, August 7th, from 3-5pm. They will learn how to create videos using the Flip Mino camcorder, edit and enhance videos with Windows Movie Maker, and upload videos to YouTube. No video experience necessary.
This program is free, but is limited to 10 participants. Registration is necessary.

The workshop grant allows for a stipend to pay a teen who is experienced with the Flip and/or Movie Maker. Teens  between the ages of 14-18 interested in a paid position to help teach this workshop are needed.

This Flip workshop is made possible by a NYS Library Grant provided to the Mid-Hudson Library System. 

To sign up for a program or for information about teen programs, contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 831-1134, ex. 103 or EMAIL GINNY.

Master the Art of Reading!

Welcome to our second Howland Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program! This summer, adults can  
                 catch up on reading and earn chances to
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win a gift certificate to one of our wonderful local restaurants. Just fill out a short book review form for each book read. (Some reviews from last summer are at left.) The more books you read, the better your chance to win! Drawings will be held weekly for the next 6 weeks!
Alison Herrero

Summer is a great time to join a book club!

HPL's Helen Savoit Daytime Book Club will discuss Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Conde on Tuesday, July 14th from 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Our Evening Book Club will discuss The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards on Tuesday, July 21st from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Both book clubs meet in our Local History Room. Borrow the book from the library, read the book, and come prepared to engage in a lively book discussion.New members are always welcome!  
Book Club in a Bag Program Logo
If you're a member of a book club that meets outside the library, don't forget about our Book Club in a Bag Program. Each book bag contains at least 10 copies of a title, discussion questions, discussion leader tips, and a book sign-up sheet to help the leader keep track of the books. Everything you need to help you run your own book discussion group! Click on the Book Club in a Bag logo above to reach the online information page.  Click below for available titles.

Get Ready for Brain Games!

The Dutchess County Office of the Aging presents Brain Games each Thursday in July from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in the Local History Room. Seniors, challenge your minds this summer by completing fun puzzles, playing games, and other stimulating activities that will get your brains sizzling. This is a 5-week program.

Also, don't miss...

Digital Photography Creative Workshop
, Wednesday, July 29th from 1 - 3 p.m.

Songwriting for Adults Creative Workshop, Sunday, August 2nd from 1 - 3:30 p.m. 

For more information on these and other library programs, click to see our: LIBRARY CALENDAR

Come to our HPL Adult Reading Program Summer's End Party on Sunday, August 30th from 1 - 3 p.m.!

For more information about these programs, contact Adult Services Librarian Alison Herrero at 831-1134 x105 or EMAIL ALISON

The Howland Public Library has wonderful programs planned for people of all ages.  We wish we had the space to accommodate everyone who would like to attend library programs this summer.  Because we don't, we've scheduled a variety of "drop-in" programs that don't require registration. 

Taking  a stay-cation this year?  Use our free WiFi  or use a public computer in the library; borrow a selection of books, DVDs, books or music on CD, magazines, graphic novels, and more to enjoy at home. 

Taking a vacation?  Take an HPL "beach book" to the beach.  (Ask about our vacation loan policy.)  

The Howland Public Library looks forward to serving everyone this summer!

  Phyllis Keaton, HPL Director

     Phyllis Keaton, M.A., M.L.S.

    Library Director
     Howland Public Library
Photo: M. Heuer