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The annual Howland Public Library Budget
& Trustee Election
will be held
on April 8, 2010.

Copies of the proposed budget & trustee petitions are available at the front desk.

More info to come.

Have a computer, Internet access, and

electricity?  Today is a great day for kids to visit

Kids' Port is a website designed for children

10 and under.  Kids can play educational (fun) games, get homework help, and order books from the library catalog. 

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

Click below
for more info:

Quick Links

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Have trouble remembering when your books are due? Library Elf can email a reminder that your books or DVDs or whatever are due.
Click on the Elf logo to set up a free account using your Howland Public Library card.

Library Hours

9:30 - 5:30

9:30 - 8:00

10:00 - 4:00

12:00 - 4:00

Emergency closing information:
831-1134 x 101

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
E-News                2010 | two

Snow on twig

The Howland Public Library building is closed today, February 26, 2020,
due to the snowstorm.

and our library catalog may still be down
due to a Poughkeepsie power outage.
Try the link above to find out!

We hope that you'll enjoy this snowy day
HPL E-News, even if some of the links won't work until power is restored.

Many people are working hard to get things back to normal, and we thank them!

Our Community Partner: Census 2010

Most cities, towns, and villages in Dutchess County will receive their 2010 census questionnaire by mail in mid- March.  Those who don't mail the form back, may receive a visit from a census taker who will ask questions from the form. 

The Howland Public Library encourages everyone to fill out their 2010 Census questionnaire and return it by mail in the postage-paid envelope provided.

Some library funding, and funding for school districts, local governments, and many organizations and agencies -- is based upon census per capita figures.  Do right by your community and fill out and return your census questionnaire! Your privacy is protected by law.

For more information, visit the 2010 Census website:

For information about 2010 Census jobs, go to:
Listen to the Rhythms of
Black History!

Click this graphic for information about Jeff Haynes.

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 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 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.

Although this is a free program we do suggest a donation of $10 per adult or family (children FREE) to offset use of the Howland Cultural Center.  Please contact Ginny Figlia at 831-1134, x.103 at Howland Public Library if you have any questions. 

This program is made possible by the Ann and Abe Effron Fund - Donor Advised of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County.

Reconfiguration Project Update


The Howland Public Library expects to be closed for the reconfiguration of our service areas for several weeks starting in April 2010.  Details will be publicized as dates are known.

Exciting news! The Library Board voted to create a new Youth Program Room next to the new Children's Area.  This room will provide an area for programs, crafts, Homework Center, and many other activities.  Donations to purchase furniture for this area are welcome, as furniture is not covered by our grant. 

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.

Looking out my window, I see 2' of snow and more coming down.  I also see the huge oak limb that fell across our driveway last night, effectively keeping us here.  I've enjoyed sharing my "day off" with you, and hope this E-News has been an informative diversion for those with electricity.  If you enjoyed it, please
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 Phyllis Keaton, HPL Director  Stay safe and warm! 
    Phyllis Keaton
    Library Director