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HPL Budget Vote & Trustee Election
Passover Traditions Around the World
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Suzanne McElduff, Winner of 2011 Helen Savoit Award for Library Advocacy

Suzanne McElduff


Helen Savoit Award


Join the HPL Board of Trustees  in honoring   

Suzanne McElduff, 2011  winner of the Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award, Saturday, April 2nd from 5 - 7 PM at the Southern Dutchess Country Club.   


Hors d'oeuvres & Champagne 

Cash Bar

Jazz Duo T'N'T 

Tickets are $35 per person, proceeds to benefit HPL's   

Helen Savoit Fund.


Please join us on the 2nd to celebrate  the importance of public libraries and those who advocate for them.  



or call 831-1134 x 101  

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12:00 - 4:00

Emergency closing information:
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Wanda Speaks!
Wanda Sramek


Wanda Sramek, winner of the 2010 HPL Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award, is featured on the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley website. The Sound and Story Project hopes to strengthen community through the power of listening. They believe that by sharing the stories of ordinary people we can help each other become more aware of our own history and more connected to each other and the place where we live.

Hear Wanda and other Beaconites at




Book Launch at HPL!


On February 26th, people of all ages joined author Julie Chibbaro at the book launch celebrating the release of Deadly, her new young adult novel.


 Book Cover of Deadly by Julie Chibbaro 


Click on the book jacket to see a video by HPL Youth Services Librarian Ginny Figlia.  Thanks to Ginny and to Adult Services Librarian Alison Herrero for their work on this special event, and to Julie Chibbaro for choosing Howland Public Library for her book launch -- and for giving the community such a great day! To learn more about Julie Chibarro's work:   





April is an especially  busy month at HPL.   

     April 2nd is an event close to my heart, the Helen Savoit Award for Library Advocacy reception. Helen was president of the the Mid-Hudson Library System Board 20 years ago when I became a library director. Her advocacy for public libraries was exemplary. Please help us honor this year's winner, Suzanne McElduff. (Details above.)  

     April 7th is our annual budget vote and trustee election. This is your opportunity to help determine the course of the library. Your vote counts!   

     National Library Week is April 10th - 16th. In honor of NLW, we declare library amnesty.  Bring in overdue HPL items and fines will be waived, (Does not apply to bills for lost or damaged materials.) HPL Staff and I look forward to seeing you in the library!



Phyllis Keaton, HPL Director 

Fanny Keaton

HPL Director     

 Howland Public Library   E-News         2011 | two 
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HPL Budget Vote & Trustee Election

On April 7th, the Howland Public Library budget vote and trustee election will be held from noon - 8 PM at HPL at 313 Main Street, Beacon.  HPL is located near the geographical center of our service area, the Beacon City School District.


The Library Board tried to minimize any increase in this difficult year. People will vote on a 2.9% increase of $24,370. This will not even cover our NYS-mandated pension increase of $24,736. Pension costs, which rose 46% this year, are out of the Board's control. The estimated tax impact of this 2.9% increase is less than $3 per year for a house assessed at $200,000 and less than $5 per year for a house assessed at $400,000.


This year, HPL lost funding for several important programs, including $5,500 for our Summer Reading Program.  NYS Library Aid has been cut five times in the last three years. Our state-funded library system has had to pass on contractual delivery and online database charges to member libraries, adding over $10,000 to our budget.


HPL's fund balance carries library operations from the start of our fiscal year on July 1st through the receipt of operating funds (taxes) in November. This use of the fund balance saves the community thousands of dollars in borrowing costs each year. In 2012, the Board has opted to use the fund balance to help HPL provide a consistent level of service while keeping the tax levy down. Copies of the budget are available at HPL.


Voters will also fill two Library Board vacancies.  Trustees Gary Barrack and Patricia Hasapis have chosen not to run again, and are thanked for their years of volunteer service to the community. Candidates (as they appear on the ballot) are Moning Lin, Shawn Waldron, and Peter Ullian. In brief: 


Moning (Tom) Lin lives with his family in the Town of Fishkill and is a long-time HPL user. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-72 and later attended the Academy of Aeronautics in Queens and the City College of NY. He worked in electronics and computers engineering.


Peter Ullian has been a patron of the Howland Public Library for many years.  He says: "As a writer, the library has been essential to my research. The library's children's programs have also been an important part of my family's life, from the toddler programs when they were young to the family summer programs held Thursday afternoons in July and August. Healthy public institutions keep communities strong and vibrant. It's up to those of us who value them to ensure they remain so.

That's why I'm running for Trustee."


Beacon resident Shawn Waldron has worked as a librarian and archivist for 15 years, the past 8 as chief archivist at media giant Condé Nast. He and his wife are HPL users. He says: "Public libraries are a vital part of a small community like Beacon. While the library obviously makes books, movies, and music available for loan, it also provides essential services to the community, such as computer access and a safe learning and study environment for teens. Growing up, positive experiences in my hometown library fostered a life-long love of libraries and books. As a parent, I feel that it is essential that my own two children be given the same opportunity. I believe my professional experience and knowledge would be beneficial to the library, and I ask voters to give me the opportunity to work with Library Director Fanny Keaton and Trustees on keeping 

the Howland Public Library a dynamic institution in the coming years."  


More information appears in Goldee Green's March 23rd article in the Beacon Free Press.

Traditional Jewish Wine Cup
Special Program : Passover Traditions Around the World


The food we eat embodies our culture, identity and values. A special presentation titled "A Cultured Affair: Passover Traditions from Around the World" will be held on Wednesday, April 6th from 3 - 4 PM at the Howland Public Library. Join Rachel Saks, author of Jewish American Food Culture, for a fascinating lecture and discussion on the different cultural traditions surrounding the Jewish holiday of Passover. The wide variety of regional cultures will come to life at the tasting opportunity following the lecture. You will be able to experience for yourself the difference in tastes by sampling a variety of Harosets, which is a traditional Passover food. Not to be missed!

     Ms. Saks is an author, lecturer, nutritionist and expert on the culture and symbolism of Jewish cuisine. On display, will be ten newly acquired Jewish cookbooks, including Jewish American Food Culture, for perusal and check out. Both the presentation and the ten cookbooks titles are thanks to a generous grant provided by the "Irving and Gloria Schlossberg Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Dutchess County."

     This event is free and no registration is required. For more information about this event please contact Alison Herrero, Adult Services Librarian, at (845) 831-1124, x105.  



Friends of Howland Public Library Raises Funds for Summer Reading Program!

Playwright Peter Ullian and Puppets
Peter Ullian & Master Peter's Puppet Theatre

     The Friends of Howland Public Library is pleased to announce that the February 21st fundraiser netted over $400 for the library's Summer Reading Program.  

     Over 100 parents, teens, toddlers, and others enjoyed performers Princess Wow, playwright and puppeteer Peter Ullian, storyteller Jonathan Kruk, the Beacon Children's Chorus, and the Emmy-winning  Riverfront Kids.   

     Adults enjoyed Dierdre Dowling's reading of her new play "Unholy Alliance" and Dale Leifeste's photographic slideshow "Figments and Fragments: Mysteries on Main Street". Authors Myles and Sandra Pinkney, Susanna Hill, Karen Kaufman Orloff,  and Julie Chibarro discussed their books. Dr. Harvey Flad discussed "Main Street to Main Frames" with its Afterword about the rise of City of Beacon. HPL's Reference Librarian Peter McGivney's slideshow of Beacon photographs attracted many viewers, and Greg Melnick entertained with his flamenco guitar.   

     HPL Teens sold raffle tickets and homemade jewelry.  Painter and sketch artist Kristie Nicole Phillipson demonstrated her craft. Beacon High School mural artists showed how they design the components of the extension of the Audrey Chibbaro Memorial Mural on HPL's S. Cedar Street wall, and sold Mural Project tote bags to raise money for materials. BCSD art coordinator and BHS art teacher Claudine Farley-Davis, with Stacey Ward Kelly, explained the origin of the mural plan and the support provided by the Audrey Chibbaro Youth in Arts fund, administered through the Beacon Arts Salon.

     Special thanks to Homespun Café and Les Trois Petites Madeleines for donating food, to Heather Barton-Ziegler, Norma Chang, and Reiko Lemon for donating prizes and to Vickie Raabin (Miss Vickie) for bringing together the wonderful performers -- and for getting the Friends' fundraiser rolling. Friends Secretary, Sarah Mumm, said, "Next year, the event will be even bigger!"

-- Prudence Posner

                                 HPL Board's Friends Liaison  

Friends of Howland Library Fundraiser 2-21-11
Friends of Howland Library Fundraiser



HPL BOT 2010-2011


Howland Public Library Board of Trustees

L to R: Ann MacLeod,Vice-President; Dale Leifeste; Patricia Hasapis; David Lemon; Karen Palumbo; Gail Robinson; Marcia Frahman, President; Gary Barrack, Treasurer; & Prudence Posner, Secretary.