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Celebrate Black History Month
Hudson Valley Reads!: an easy way to find books
Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!
Teen Movie Makers
Reconfiguration Project
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Pat's Pick
Patricia Hasapis, HPL Trustee
HPL Trustee Pat Hasapis  knows a good book when she reads one. She recommends The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
Glass Castle
Click on this book to read about it or to request it from our online catalog.
Starred Reviews
& Recommendations

from our Readers

Rain Gods
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.  
                     -- Ursula

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
Black History!
A Live Performance of Music, Vocals, and Spoken Word
Sponsored by
Howland Public Library and presented by
Jeff Haynes
at the
Howland Cultural Center
Saturday, February 27th from 3-4:30pm
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 Black Americans.
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.

HPL BOT 2009-10

2009 - 2010
Howland Public Library
Board of Trustees


Marcia Frahman
Vice President
Ann MacLeod
Prudence Posner
Gary Barrack
Anne Forman
Patricia Hasapis
Dale Leifeste
Suzanne MacElduff
Karen Crotty Palumbo

Howland Public Library
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Faster Music!

compact disc drawing

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.


Book recommendations for you!

An Easy Way to Find Good Books

Have 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 one: Click on Library Catalog
  • Step two: Under "In Demand" click on "Hudson Valley Reads"
  • 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 Austen!

Austen Cake HPL 2009

 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.

Jane Austen Birthday Cake HPL 2009

Alison Herrero, HPL Librarian & Selena Hughes, Volunteer (and future MLS!) host a birthday party for Jane Austen.

                                                                   Photos: Peter McGivney

Dutch "Art in Food and Food in Art" Lecture at Library

Peter G. Rose
Ms. Peter G. Rose

hor 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 new circumstances.

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 program.
Mark your calendars. This is a not-to-be-missed event!

Black History Exhibit


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. 



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 MovieMaker :





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!

 Phyllis Keaton, HPL Director   Sincerely,   

    Phyllis Keaton
    Library Director