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Budget Vote
& Trustee Election
April 8, 2010
Noon - 8 PM
at HPL
This is your  
chance to vote on funding for library services to the community.
(See below.)

  Copies of the budget are at the front desk.
Three trustee
candidates are running for two seats
(in alphabetical order):
Mary Colbert
David Lemon
Gail Robinson
Registered voters in the Beacon City School District are eligible to vote.  
 BCSD citizens age 18 or older can fill out a registration form at the library
 or can register to vote on
March 25, 2010 from
 1 -7 PM
at the library.

Click below if you would like to be reminded to vote:

People Used Our Services in 2009
People checked out 120,516 (12% more) items
Children checked out 24% more books
People of all ages borrowed 11% more DVDs, book & music CDs
Librarians were asked 22% more questions
Other libraries borrowed 19% more HPL items for users
Public PC use rose 16% to 20,825
About 3,000 people visit our website monthly
 The number of programs rose by 50% to 852: Adult programs rose 141%
Teen programs
rose 120% 
Children's programs rose 26%
Program attendance rose 38% to 9,868:
151% more adults 
120% more
22% more children 
Library visits rose 
7% to 105,718
An average of 37 people enter HPL each hour

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 McElduff *
Karen Crotty Palumbo
 * These trustees have served on the HPL Board for over 10 years. Their service and dedication are commendable.
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Howland Public Library
ALERT             2010 | March

 The Reconfiguration is Coming!
The Howland Public Library will close for renovations on April 9, 2010, the day after our budget referendum and trustee election.
The Reconfiguration Project will create a new Children's Room with a program/homework room, a small public meeting room, space for more public computers, seating for wireless users, and more.
The cost of moving books and shelving, repainting and carpeting will come from donations and a generous bequest, grants from Senator Saland and former Assemblyman Tom Kirwan, and a $51,000 matching grant from New York State Library Construction funds.  No local taxes were requested to fund this project.
The library will be closed from
April 9, 2010 to (approx.) May 15, 2010

Keep up with Reconfiguration Project news while we're closed. Visit our:

HPL will re-open as soon as possible.
If you have items checked out:

Items can be returned to any Mid-Hudson Library System member library.
Items due after April 8th will have due dates extended to May 16, 2010.
Fines won't accrue while we're closed.
  Our outdoor book return will be locked during our project.  Items left outside the book drop remain the borrower's responsibility: the cost of stolen or weather-damaged items will be billed. 

If you have items on hold:
1.  Do nothing.  Items that come in while we're closed will be stored until we re-open.  Holds can be picked up at HPL at that time. 
2.  Cancel old holds. Place new holds, selecting another library as pick-up location.  Pick up holds at the library you select. 
Note:  Your hold will go to the the bottom of the holds queue (waiting list) of the new pick up location.
3.  Ask library staff to move your holds for you. Fill out a form at the front desk.
While we're closed:

HPL cardholders can use any Mid-Hudson Library System member Library. Our neighboring libraries are expecting you:

Blodgett Memorial Library
37 Broad Street
Fishkill, New York 12524
(845) 896-9215
10 Morris Avenue
Cold Spring, New York 10516
(845) 265-3040
348 Route 376
Hopewell Junction, New York 12533
(845) 221-9943
2642 East Main Street
Wappingers Falls, New York 12590
(845) 297-3428
For reference, please use our Central Library:
93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
(845) 485-3445
(Unfortunately, the Newburgh Free Library is not a MHLS member library.)
We appreciate your patience.

 We will work with you to resolve any problems that might arise while we're closed.
We will keep you informed of our progress.

We truly regret any hardship or inconvenience you experience.
We look forward to serving you in a brighter, cleaner, more colorful & energy-efficient
Howland Public Library!
Howland Public Library Staff
Howland Public Library Staff

Visit us between March 19th and April 8th and stock up on HPL books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and things to keep your interest while HPL is closed to the public. The more you borrow, the less we have to move. Due dates will be after HPL reopens.

You must keep everything until HPL reopens!!!