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Youth Summer Reading Program
Teen Class Action Program
Adult Summer Reading Program
HPL Board of Trustees
What did you miss most when

the library
Your responses:
(Edited for space.)

I missed being able to get a movie, a book, or information my kids needed for school.  More important, I missed the people who work there.  They are friendly, informative, and helpful. Thanks for all you do! Don't go away again!

Being able to get books fast and easy!

A friendly place to pop in on Main Street without having to buy anything.

I missed my books on CD and the great help I receive at the library. Other libraries are not as accommodating and friendly.

The convenience of being able to go to my neighborhood library -- and the film series!

I missed being able to come and read in a quiet space. 

I missed Marcia. She is always so helpful.
And I miss her smile.

The use of computers. The staff with everyday conversation.

Familiarity and comfort -- the neighborhood feel. I felt like I belonged to the library and was not
just a patron.

Knowing I didn't have access to books locally.  I really did miss having a library!

The very nice staff. They are so fresh they will slap you!

WiFi and friendly staff.  Lights on at 7:59 PM.

I miss knitting group!

Children's programs with Miss Ginny.

I miss being able to reserve materials and pick them up at HPL.

The familiar, friendly staff and Peter's wit.

Having local access to the world of books and information.

Maureen and Karen.

Just knowing it wasn't open left me with an empty feeling and made me appreciate it even more. You don't know what you have until
it's gone!

Walking to the library.

My money! Barnes & Noble now has it!

Access to children's books.  We borrow library books to keep our daughter reading and test her interests.  We buy the books she really enjoys.  She also likes the library computers with programs for kids.

Browsing new books.

Getting books to read with my grandchildren.

The convenient location!

Being able to go there with my son for storytelling and to read books with him.

A new book to read.

Because I love to read, I missed the excitement and joy of choosing new books to bring home. To me, the books are a gift. I also missed the staff, who never fail to help me when I need to find a book in the library or to reserve a new book.  Sometimes I like to read quietly in the library with others.

It was terrible to have to plan to go all the way to the other libraries.

The opportunity to pick up books on CD and interact with the ladies at the front desk. They are all a pleasure to deal with. I often leave the library smiling.

I like knowing that the library is always there.

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Save the Date!

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Annual Meeting
October 21st
at 7 PM
in the new HPL
Children's Room

Make New Friends
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Wine & Cheese

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Fall Programs for Adults & Seniors

Portion Distortion
Presented by the Dutchess County Department of Health
The program will discuss the recent change in food portions and explain what proper food portions should be. Wednesday, October 6th from 1 - 2pm.

Art in Food, Food in Art
Funded by the NY Council for the Humanities
A slide show of paintings by Dutch Masters and how the food in the artwork relates to our modern day kitchen.
Wednesday, October 27th from 12:30 - 1:30pm.

  Joys of Hiking Presented by the Mid- Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club
Date and time t.b.a. on our online calendar

Family Survival Series - Making Ends Meet
Presented by Cornell Cooperative Ext. DC
Participants will learn how to develop and use a household spending plan. Tuesday, November 16th from 5:45 - 7:45pm. Registration required.

Family Survival Series - Eating Healthy on Any Budget
Presented by Cornell Cooperative Ext. DC
Participants will learn to use their creativity to plan healthy meals and snacks. Tuesday, November 23rd from 5:45 - 7:45pm. Registrati
on required.

Ongoing programs are on the library's CALENDAR.
Programs include One-on-One Computer Lessons, Wii Bowling for Seniors, Knitting Club, Brain Games, Book Clubs, and International Film Night.

For more information about programs for adults and seniors, contact Alison Herrero, Adult Services Librarian, at 831-1134 x105 or


Howland Public Library
eNews   2010 | three

Featured Article


HPL Batle of the Books 2010 TeamPyramid
 Photo: J. DiGregorio               

The Beacon Bees, representing the Howland Public Library, are the 2010 Battle of the Books champions!  The sixth annual Battle of the Books culminated on Saturday, Sept. 11th, at Hudson Jr. High School in Hudson, NY, where 23 teams representing public libraries in the five counties that comprise the Mid-Hudson Library System met for the regional competition

Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest in which young people answer trivia questions based on specific books that they have read.  It is designed to encourage young people to read good books, build team-working skills, and get together with other students in friendly competition.
The students worked hard with their coaches all summer.  During local competitions in August, Beacon students were identified who made up the HPL's All-Star Team, The Beacon Bees.  HPL staff and the Board of Trustees are extremely proud of the seven youths, all Rombout Middle School students, who won this prestigious competition with knowledge, grace, and skill. 

 Photo: J. DiGregorio         

The winning team, grades 6-8, are as follows:  Sydney DiGregorio,  Zachary DiGregorio, Serene Good, Rachael Ng, Alexander Nivel, Sarah Poons and Katie Webster.  They did a fabulous job competing in eight rounds!  The Beacon Bees were very fortunate to have two skilled coaches, Kristen Rigney and Tom Rigney (above, rear left), a great teen volunteer coach, Jane Ni, and support of dedicated parents
HPL Batle of the Books 2010
                         Photo: G. Figlia                                                                                                                   
Bus transportation to Hudson and back for the team was made possible by Friends of the Howland Public Library.  The Tony Sorrentino Agency (Tony in suit, above) also supported the team with a large grant from the Allstate Foundation.
You can see the championship banner hanging in the front window of the library.  The team also brought home the crystal book trophy.  Youth Services Librarian Ginny Figlia will meet monthly with librarians from the other competing libraries in Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster, and Green Counties starting in October to plan the 2011 Battle of the Books.  For information about BoB or other youth programs, call Ginny at 831-1134 x103 or EMAIL GINNY .             

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Library Advocacy Award Winner!

On Saturday, June 19th, Wanda Sramek received the 2nd Howland Public Library Helen Savoit Award for Library Advocacy. 

Some 90 people joined the HPL Board of Trustees at the Southern Dutchess Country Club for this reception for a person whose actions have raised awareness of, and support for, the library in the community.

If you know someone in the community who is worthy of receiving the 2011 Howland Public Library Helen Savoit Award for Library Advocacy, please pick up a nomination form at the HPL front desk or print out a copy from HPL'S BLOG.  Nominees may not be current members of the library board or staff.

 HPL's 2010 Summer Reading Program
Made a Big Splash!


Howland Public Library logged in 120 readers (ages 3-12) with a total of 1040 books read. 
Readers received cool prizes and will have their names sent to their schools in September for recognition.
We had 45 children's programs with 1,702 attending. 
There were 30 teen programs (including programs where teens volunteered) with 288 attending. 

In case you missed it, here is a video of one of our favorite performers:

In September, see Miss Ginny at the Dutchess Kid's Expo on September 25th from 10 AM - 1 PM.
Kids Expo will take place on Sept. 25th-26th and will be held in Waryas Park and at the nearby Mid-Hudson Children's Museum.
For information, contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 831-1134 x103 or EMAIL GINNY.
For future programs, check the events

Class Action, Class Act!

 HPL's 2010 Class Action Teen Intern Team all attend Beacon High School 
(Teen Mentor Nora Bitting at left.)  

For the past several years, the Howland Public Library has been chosen by the Mid-Hudson Library System to administer Class Action, a research-based peer program.

Teens form a mock trial team that works on civil cases dealing with the consequences of under-age alcohol abuse. The students and Ginny Figlia, HPL Youth Services Librarian, will do peer presentations at Rombout Middle School and at Beacon High School this fall.

Teen interns are paid for their participation. Class Action is funded through the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

For info about Class Action, contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 831-1134 x103 or EMAIL GINNY.

This Summer, Kids Didn't Have All the Fun!

In July, 218 adults enjoyed 24 programs designed for them as part of HPL's Adult Summer Reading Program.

On July 14th, opera singer Anne Tormela  performed highlights of opera, Broadway and popular classics.

Book reviews from our adult SRP participants will appear in future editions of  HPL eNews.

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

Howland Public Library Board
Welcomes New Trustees

On July 6, 2010, the Board Steering Committee and two newly-elected trustees, David Lemon and Gail Robinson, were sworn in at the Board's Annual Reorganization Meeting.

Photo: P. Keaton       
From left:  Ann MacLeod, Vice-President; Marcia Frahman, Board President; Prudence Posner, Secretary; Gary Barrack, Treasurer; sworn in by Julie Beyer, Recording Secretary and Notary.

Florence Gail Robinson, Howlabd Public Library Trustee
From Gail Robinson:  I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize and moved to NYC from Colorado in 1997 to complete a masters in painting. My family and I moved to Beacon nine years ago. In NYC I worked for a non-profit organization that donated art books to libraries, so the needs of libraries were always on my mind. I have always thought of a library as a treasure and a representative for the pulse of a community, so becoming a trustee was a natural goal.  Having two young children, use of the library is invaluable and we as a family cherish it.
Patricia Hasapis, Dale Leifeste, and Karen Palumbo also serve as HPL trustees.  Public library trustees are not paid for their services.  They hold the library "in trust" for the good of the community. 

From HPL's Director

On August 31st, the Howland Public Library welcomed Senator Steve Saland, who read to a group of young children and their moms in our new Children's Room.  Senator Saland was instrumental in the establishment of New York State Library Construction Grants -- competitive grants administered by the NYS Education Department, Division of Library Development.  The Senator had the opportunity to see the benefit of the grant to our community, and HPL had the opportunity to thank him personally for his support of these wonderful grants that benefit libraries statewide.

And speaking of library support, thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to our survey question: What did you miss most when the library was closed?  (See left column.)  HPL Staff and I were very touched by your comments.  Reactions to our Reconfiguration Project have been positive, and your suggestions have been helpful.  We have additional improvements to make, so watch this space! 

For those who were unable to be with us on June 12th for HPL's Re-Open House and Beacon High School mural unveiling, here are some photos taken by our reference librarian and resident photographer Peter McGivney.  We're looking forward to seeing what the students have in store for the mural this year!  (Please support their fund-raisers for this wonderful public art project!)

Last week, HPL got some excellent news from Patrick Manning, Director of The Beacon Group, working with the new Beacon Chamber of Commerce.  The library was included in the Main Street Facade Grant and will receive a $17,000 matching grant for improvements.  (We'll be doing some fund-raising of our own to match this grant!)   So, we embark upon another exciting project to benefit the community! 
           Phyllis Keaton, HPL DirectorSincerely,

           Phyllis Keaton, M.A., M.L.S.
           HPL Director

Photo: M. Heuer