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There's always something good going on at the Howland Public Library.
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|HPL Trustee Pat Hasapis knows a good book when she reads one. She recommends The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
Click on this book to read about it or to request it from our online catalog.
from our Readers
by James Lee Burke
James Lee Burke is considered a "crime" writer, but he's also one of the best American novelists in any genre. Rain Gods is a prime example. A serious novel about guilt, complicity and moral decay, the elements are similar to No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy: a killer, a couple on the run, an aging sheriff. Rain Gods, however, is the better book. It's full of vivid descriptions, pitch perfect dialogue, and much richer characterizations than those of McCarthy. As a bonus, it's also got punctuation, something McCarthy avoids to no one's benefit. -- Peter
Undertaker's Son: Life Lessons from a Coach
by Richard "Digger" Phelps with Jack Colwell
This book is by a local boy made good. I enjoyed it so much, because so many of the characters and places he writes about are familiar to me. I especially enjoyed reading about his mother, who I knew quite well. She always called him Richard, which is his real name. The fact that his father was an undertaker makes for some amusing tales.
Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco X. Stork
A 17-year-old is to work in his father's house for the summer. He has Asperger's Syndrome and does not always process words and feelings as a so-called "normal" person. He finds that his father and his partners have done something very wrong, and he has to make a decision that can ruin his father. This is how Marcelo joins the "real world". -- Carol
Black & Hispanic Literature at MLKCC
The Martin Luther King Cultural Center began as a library founded by ten teens with the help of several adults. Because little was known about Black history in 1969, they formed the Martin Luther King Library. Many books have been donated since then, and MLKCC now has "one of the largest selections of Black and Hispanic literature in the Hudson Valley". MLKCC is located at 19 South Avenue in Beacon. Membership is free.
Celebrate Black History Month
Click this graphic for information about Jeff Haynes.
Listen to the Rhythms of
A Live Performance of Music,
Vocals, and Spoken Word
Public Library and presented by
Saturday, February 27th
All ages are invited to hear the heartbeat of Black American
ancestors through the rhythms of percussionist & recording artist Jeff Haynes.
Jeff, along with an Urban Spoken Word artist
and soulful vocalist, will take the audience on a rhythmic journey from Africa
to their own backyard --- in celebration of the rich culture and heritage of
Jeff will bring a
truckload of drums and percussion instruments that he has collected
from all over the world.
Jeff's performance will
embrace his audience with a message that will shed light on the past, sharpen today's
perceptions, and inspire hope for the future.
2009 - 2010
Howland Public Library
Board of Trustees
Karen Crotty Palumbo
Howland Public Library
E-News 2010 | one
Starting February 1, HPL music CDs
can be borrowed for one week.
When no one else is waiting,
music CDs can be renewed twice.
One week is short enough to reduce the wait to borrow most popular music CDs.
One week is long enough for listeners to decide whether to buy a copy of the CD.
Click on the CD above to find music CDs you can borrow from local libraries.
If you can't find what you're looking for, please email us below.
REQUEST MUSIC HERE
An Easy Way to Find Good Books
you ever read everything by your favorite author and thought to
yourself, "Now what?" Do you like to know about the latest books, audio
books and DVDs available at your local library? Then Hudson Valley Reads is for you!
Hudson Valley Reads is a service available through the Library Catalog.
Sign up for monthly e-alerts and get great book suggestions by email.
We'll deliver reading lists right to your inbox which will include new
gems, bestsellers, and related titles.
There are twenty possible lists to sign up for spanning everything from new
fiction and nonfiction to great reads for kids and teens, mystery,
romance, science fiction and fantasy, books that have been featured on
TV, books that are great for book groups and more!
Step three: Click the check boxes next to the categories you're interested in
Step four: Enter your email address and click "subscribe"
Happy Birthday, Jane
On December 16th,
the Howland Public Library gave proper recognition to this well-loved author by
celebrating with tea and birthday cake. Everyone, from children to adults,
stopped by to chat about Jane Austen, pick up a fun trivia questionnaire on all
things "Jane," and grab a spot of tea or slice of cake.
The event also gave us
a great excuse to update our Jane Austen collection with fresh copies of books,
books on CD and DVDs. So, whether you consider yourself a diehard "Janite" - or
- simply love Jane Austen, stop by to check out our outstanding collection.
Our sincere thanks and
appreciation goes out to Howland Public Library's Archives Volunteer, Selena
Hughes, who provided us with beautiful artwork and collectibles to display in
our showcase for our Jane Austen event.
Alison Herrero, HPL Librarian & Selena Hughes, Volunteer (and future MLS!) host a birthday party for Jane Austen.
Dutch "Art in Food and
Food in Art" Lecture at Library
Ms. Peter G. Rose
Author and Food Historian,
Peter G. Rose, will present the lecture, "Art in Food and Food in Art" on
Wednesday, February 10th, 12:30pm, at the Howland Public Library.
The lecture is a lusciously illustrated slide-talk on food and drink seen in
the 17th century Dutch Masters and their relevance to the American
kitchen today. It explores the foodways brought to America by the Dutch more
than three centuries ago, and how these foods were changed and adapted under
Using slides of some 40 paintings by Jan Steen, Adriaen von
Ostade, Jan Davidsz, De Heem, Pieter Claesz, Harmen van Steenwijck and many
others, the lecture will demonstrate how these art works give an insight into
17th century food practices and shed new light on the colonial diet.
Ms. Rose has lectured on a
variety of topics related to Dutch-American culinary history to a number of
impressive venues including The Smithsonian Institute, The National Gallery of
Art and the Culinary Institute of America. This event is a New York Council for
the Humanities Speakers in the Humanities
Mark your calendars. This
is a not-to-be-missed event!
The NAACP Southern Dutchess Branch has provided an interesting Black History Month display at the Howland Public Library. Click on the logo to learn about the NAACP.
HUNT TRIVIA CONTEST!
Click here to join this fun trivia contest for middle and high school students!
Choose a book from
the list, READ IT, and answer the trivia challenge questions.
Hand it in
to Ginny, Youth Services Librarian.
If you get at least 8 out of 10
correct, she will enter you in the monthly contest.
If you're a lucky
winner, you'll receive a $50 gift card to the bookstore of your choice.
What could be easier??
See what our students are accomplishing in HPL's
FlipIt! Video/Moviemaking workshops:
Click below to watch the student-made video using Flip and MS
HPL TEEN PAGE ON FACEBOOK
Find out the latest teen program schedule, view the latest pics and videos, and
add your 2 cents...become a fan now!
Reconfiguration Project Update
Library doors received "the treatment" this month. Windows were
installed in nine doors, brightening areas, such as the Community
Room, and opening new sight-lines in public areas. Because we were
able to reuse many of our old doors, door replacement cost half what was budgeted. These savings will help offset other costs that have risen.
Howland Public Library has also benefited from large donations of lightly-used office furniture from a relocated business and tons of recycled wall shelving from the old Poughkeepsie Public Library District facility. While "bandage beige" is not our favorite color, new shelving would have cost about $9,000. HPL paid moving costs.
Coming this spring: new service areas, new carpeting, and a fresh coat of paint!
The Howland Public Library Reconfiguration Project is funded by a
generous family bequest; private donations, often in memory of loved ones; grants from Senator Saland and former
Assemblyman Tom Kirwan; and a $51,000 matching grant from New York State Library Construction funds.
Special thanks to Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System and to Grace Kelly, NYS Education Department Division of Library Development, for sharing their expertise and for helping our precious donations go twice as far.
Thanks, too, to Howland Public Library Staff for their informed input, enthusiasm for the project, and willingness to go the distance for the Library and for the Community. They're truly exceptional!