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Thanks to all who voted on the library budget on
April 8, 2010!

The 1.9% budget increase ($15,669) passed 222-43.

David Lemon & Gail Robinson are our new HPL trustees.

We truly appreciate the support of our  community!

Come to our
Re-Open House!

June 12th
10 AM-4 PM

The community is invited to stop in to see our new look, check-out some books & enjoy  refreshments!
The icing on the cake: the community's newest mural will be revealed at 2 PM on the South Cedar St. library wall!

The literary mural was created by Beacon High School art students under the guidance of muralist Rick Price and BCSD art teacher Claudine Farley-Davis.
The project was funded by the Audrey Chibbaro Youth in Arts Scholarship Fund in memory of artist Audrey Chibbaro, thanks to Stacey Ward Kelly and The Beacon Art Salon.

A raffle drawing will be held at the
Re-Open House.
Proceeds of the raffle will help purchase new library furniture.

Win a hand-knitted item (hats, scarves, and more) donated by the
HPL Knit Together Group!

Featured prize: an "American Girl"-style doll wearing a beautiful dress knitted by Helen Wemyss!

$1 raffle tickets
sold at Beacon Reads
 & at Lady Wemyss
& at HPL after we re-open.

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

* Trustees leaving the Board after over 10 years of service to the community.
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ALERT                2010 | May
Howland Public Library Closed for Renovations Sign


The Howland Public Library hopes to reopen on Monday, May 24th.

We'll keep you informed.

HPL items that were due May 17th are now due on June 1st. 
Please return HPL items after we re-open.
Our book return will be locked until we re-open.
When we re-open, there will be a
fine AMNESTY on all HPL items returned before  June 1, 2010.

Return any overdue HPL items. Pay no fines.
(Borrowers are still responsible for lost
or damaged items.)

The Reconfiguration Project is almost finished.  People who've stopped in have been thrilled with what's been accomplished!
Howland Public Library Front Desk

The cost of moving books and shelving, repainting and carpeting came from donations and a generous bequest, grants from state legislators, and a $51,000 matching grant from NYS Library Construction funds. 
No local taxes were requested to fund this project.
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We regret any hardship or inconvenience that you've experienced while we've been closed.
We look forward to serving you again!

Howland Public Library Staff


The Howland Public Library Helen Savoit Award for Library Advocacy honors a person who has made a sustained contribution to the promotion of library use in the community.  This year, the award will br presented to

Wanda V. Sramek.

Wanda Sramek

Please join us!

Saturday June 19, 2010
5 - 7 PM
Hors d'oeuvres and Champagne
Cash Bar
Music by jazz duo T'N'T
at the
Southern Dutchess Country Club
 1209 North Avenue Beacon, NY
  $30.00 per person

Proceeds to benefit the HPL Helen Savoit Fund

Helen Savoit was a teacher in the Beacon City School District for over 25 years.  A Town of Fishkill resident, she served on the HPL Board from September 12, 1984 to June 19, 1995, and Helen Savoiton the Mid- Hudson Library System Board from 1988 to 1997. Helen Savoit, a life-long library user, volunteered in Beacon Reads.  She also ran a popular library book club. Her death on May 25, 2008 was a personal loss to HPL and a loss to all. The Savoit family requested that donations in Helen's memory be sent to the Howland Public Library.  These donations established this award in her name.

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