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Summer Programs for Kids
Summer Programs for Teens
Summer Programs for Adults
Summer Reading at the
Howland Library

Dutchess County, NY Legislator Alison MacAvery
My parents gave me and my siblings the great gift of the love of books. I have so many fond summer memories of walking to and from the library from my the house where I grew up on Washington Avenue. I would sit on the steps of my front porch and read, read, read. A practice I still carry out to this day.
-- Alison MacAvery, Dutchess County Legislator, District  16
There's always something good going on at the Howland Public Library. 

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On Summer Reading
Frank Skartados, NYS Assemblyman
Reading can take you places you never imagined. It can inspire your dreams, influence your thinking, or just be pure enjoyment. Now that the summer is here, take advantage of it - choose your next book to read."
-- Frank Skartados, New York State Assembly District 100

Film Director's Chair and Clapper

Howland Public Library
International Film Series

Doors open
6:30 PM
Film begins
7 PM

July 23rd
Eat Drink Man Woman

August Winged Migration

For more information about these & other films, click

Homemade desserts from each film's country of origin will be served!

Frozen Mango Dessert

Ai-Ping Ma served mango kulfi at June's film from India. 
The recipe:

3 cups mango puree
           (canned OK)
14 oz. can   
           condensed milk
12 oz. can evaporated
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Pour into plastic freezer containers, 1/2 cup dishes or ice cube trays.  Cover and freeze until hard (around 4 hours) -- best overnight.  Keeps in freezer for a month.

For information about the HPL film series, contact Alison Herrero or Ai-Ping Ma at 845-831-1134.

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Howland Public Library
Summer Reading 2010

Welcome to the HPL

2010 Summer Reading Program!

HPL librarians have spent months creating programs, lining up performers, interviewing teen interns and volunteers, and much more -- to support this year's themes:

Make a Splash@theLibrary (Youth)

& Water Your Mind @ the Library (Adults)

HPL offers activities and entertainment for people of all ages and interests.  Please join us!  And if you know someone who might be interested in our programs, please :

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2010 Summer Reading Program
at Howland Public Library
July 6th - Aug. 13th


Young people age 3 through teens are invited to make some splashy summer memories!
  There's something for seafarers and landlubbers alike, only at HPL!

Fishy Fridays
Friday mornings between 10:30-11:30am; ages 3-6

Stories, songs, games and crafts
NO registration required

"Make a Splash" Creative Book/Craft Club
Tuesdays & Wednesdays between 1-3pm; students entering grades 3-6
Reading, book discussions, craft project
Registration required; limited to 20 students

Offshore Thursdays
Thursdays between 1-2pm; ages 6-12

Special guest performers bring a variety of fun!
NO registration required

Children, Pre-K - grade 6, will keep track of books read (or read to them) and enter titles in their reading-records at the library. 
They will receive cool prizes and have their names sent to their schools in September for recognition.

Please see fliers for details or contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 831-1134, ex.103 or EMAIL GINNY.
Check the events calendar
More HPL youth programs are listed on the calendar.
Summer Program for Teens

Howland Public Library Chinese Cooking Class 0811
  Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest. Students entering grades 6-9 in the fall can still join the 5th annual Battle of the Books at the Howland Public Library. Beginning on July 8th, BoB will take place Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. Students will work with BoB coaches, enjoy a pizza, and participate in fun book-related activities. 

In August, students will compete in mini-battles based upon the books they've read. HPL will supply the books.

In September, an All-Star Team will be formed to compete against twenty-two other library teams for the Regional Championship.

Students are urged to sign-up at the library (or call the number below) for this fun competition.  Any parents or older teens interested in coaching, or anyone requesting further information may contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 831-1134, x. 103 or EMAIL GINNY.
Welcome to our third Howland Public Library
Adult Summer Reading Program!

                                       Howland Public Library Chinese Cooking  Class 0811
Thursday, July 8th:
2010 Adult Summer Reading Program Kickoff!
 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

 "Water Your Mind." Catch up on your summertime reading while getting the chance to win weekly drawings of dining gift certificates to local restaurants! It's easy to participate...simply fill out a short "book review" form at the Howland Public Library for each book you read this summer. The more books you read, the better your chances to win. Six-week program will begin on July 8th. Drawings will be held on Thursdays. Winners will be notified. Kickoff fun will include information, fantastic giveaways and refreshments. Stop by!

Sunday, July 11th and Sunday, July 18th
Writer's Workshop with Julie Chibbaro
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM each session
Sorry!  Registration is closed. Wait list only.
Hone your writing skills with acclaimed author Julie Chibbaro. Her novel Redemption won the prestigious American Book Award. Workshop topics will include character and plot building, as well as the "how" of getting published. Not to be missed!

Wednesday, July 14th
Manhattan Lyric Opera Company
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Listen to consummate opera talent Anne Tormela as she performs highlights of opera, operetta, Broadway and popular classics. It will be a user-friendly performance for young and old alike, and for both experienced and novice classic music lovers. Requests welcome!
Saturday, July 31st
Meditations Around the Globe
1:00 PM -2:00 PM
Join certified Kripalu Yoga and Meditation teacher LoriAnn Paul, as she leads this exploration of traditional meditations from around the world.
Saturday, August 29th
Adult Summer Reading Program Finale Party
1:00 PM -3:00 PM
Join fellow summer readers to view reviews, eat pizza and receive prizes. We'll have great giveaways as our thanks to you for participating and making our summer reading program a success! No registration is required.

Also, get set for Fall reading. We'll have an optional book swap at this event, so if interested, bring up to three books (maximum) to trade with fellow readers.

Summer is a great time to join a book club!

HPL's Helen Savoit Daytime Book Club will discuss The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford on Tuesday, July 13th from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM.

Our Evening Book Club will discuss Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns on Tuesday, July 20th from 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM.

Both book clubs meet in our Adult Program Room. Borrow the book from the library, read it, and come prepared to engage in a lively book discussion. New members are always welcome!  
Book Club in a Bag Program Logo
If you're a member of a book club that meets outside the library, don't forget about our Book Club in a Bag Program. Each book bag contains at least 10 copies of a title, discussion questions, discussion leader tips, and a book sign-up sheet to help the leader keep track of the books. Everything you need to help you run your own book discussion group! Click on the Book Club in a Bag logo above to reach the online information page.  Click below for available titles.

For more information about these and other programs for adults, contact Adult Services Librarian Alison Herrero at 831-1134 x105 or EMAIL ALISON.

Last winter, Dutchess County public libraries were happy to hear that the county would fund the county-wide Summer Reading Program as it has for many years. Dutchess libraries have always been grateful for SPR funds, which paid for reading records and incentives, for program performers and educators, and for theme-related books, school summer reading booklist books, and more.
In May, libraries were informed by the County Executive's office that -- due to income shortfalls -- money was not available to fund the Dutchess County Summer Reading Program this year. Most Dutchess libraries, including HPL, were forced to cut back on our SRP purchases. Over $50,000 worth of books for children and teens will not be purchased by Dutchess libraries this year due to the loss of county funding.

The state of the economy affects everyone.  In tough times, libraries get busy!

Taking  a stay-cation this year?  Use our free WiFi  or use a public computer in the library; borrow a selection of books, DVDs, books or music on CD, magazines, graphic novels, and more to enjoy at home. 

Taking a vacation?  Take an HPL "beach book" to the beach.  (Ask about our vacation loan policy.)  

The Howland Public Library looks forward to serving everyone this summer!
  Phyllis Keaton, HPL Director


       Phyllis Keaton, M.A., M.L.S.

       Library Director
Photo: M. Heuer         Howland Public Library