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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.
for more info:
REACH with a Child this Summer!Children of all ages, whether enrolled in the BCSD or not, are welcome!
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!
Questions? Contact Kathleen Wiacek at South Avenue Elementary School or
call the Howland Public Library, 831-1134.
|NY Hudson River QuadricentennialProgramNavigating 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
Howland Public Library International Film Series
Shall We Dance?
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Italian for Beginners
The Bishop's Wife
Homemade desserts from each film's country of origin will be served!
For information about these & other films, click
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE
For information about the HPL film series, contact Alison Herrero or Ai-Ping Ma at 845-831-1134.
Howland Public Library
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:
Be Creative @ Your Library!
Youth Summer Reading Program '09
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/MovementFour 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.
Sorry! This program is full.
"Be Creative" performance programs
Children in grades K-6 will meet on Thursdays between 1:00 -
2:15 p.m. for special programs, including:
Singer/musician Jay Mankita presents "Books in Space"
Wildlife Education with Bernie, featuring live animals!
Flute Sweets & Tickletunes, a music/story theater group, presents, "I Hopped Out of Bed and Jumped for Joy!"
"Creative Imagination" featuring magician Dan Bowen
Shadow Puppetry and Storytelling with Ron Soplyla
Creative Book/Craft ClubBetween 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.
Sorry! This program is full!
Creative Writing/Peer Coaching ClubCreative 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
of the Books
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
There is still time
to sign up for this fun
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
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
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!
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!
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, M.A., M.L.S.
Howland Public Library
Photo: M. Heuer