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Helen Savoit Award
Beacon Paperback Book Club Donation
G.E.D. Class Celebrates!
A Message from the Director

Thanks, BCSD Voters!


On April 8th, voters in the Beacon City School District approved a 2.9% increase to the Howland Public Library budget

228 - 49. 

Shawn Waldron (195 votes) and Peter Ullian (177 votes) were elected to fill two vacant seats on the Board of Trustees.  Moning Lin received 116 votes. 


Your support is most appreciated!

Howland Public Library Board of Trustees

Howland Public Library Board of Trustees


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 Suzanne McElduff Receives Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award


HPL President Marcia Frahman and Savoit Award Recipiant Suzanne McElduff

President Marcia Frahman presents award to Suzanne McElduff.


On April 2nd, over 90 people joined the Howland Public Library Board of Trustees to honor Suzanne McElduff, recipient of the Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award. The event was held at the Southern Dutchess Country Club in Beacon. Special thanks to SDCC's Mike Post, who donated the floral arrangements in memory of his mother, Rhoda Post, past-president of the Howland Public Library Board of Trustees and dedicated library advocate.


Mrs. McElduff is a life-long library user and a strong advocate for the Howland Public Library. She served as a library trustee for 14 years.  Trustees are elected officials and are not paid for their service.


The Library Advocacy Award was created in honor of Helen Savoit, who was a teacher in the Beacon City School District for over 25 years. A Town of Fishkill resident, Mrs. Savoit served on the Board of Trustees of the Howland Public Library from 1984 to 1995 and on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1997.  As MHLS President, Mrs. Savoit represented public libraries in five counties in the Mid-Hudson region.


Mrs. Savoit, also a life-long library user, volunteered in Beacon Reads, the bookstore to benefit HPL, located at 309 Main Street.  She also ran a popular library book club for many years that remains "The Helen Savoit Book Club". 


The first Howland Public Library Helen Savoit Award for Library Advocacy recipient was Glenham resident Jennifer Kurtz, who actively promoted the library and our services while she served as the Assistant Director of the Beacon Community Center, and as a member of the Beacon City School District Board of Education.  The second recipient was Beacon resident and Beacon Reads volunteer Wanda Sramek, who has spread goodwill towards the library throughout the community. 


Do you know someone who has been visible in advocating for the Howland Public Library?  Please nominate him or her next year.   


  Helen Savoit Advocacy Award Reception Photos


  Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award Slideshow 


Beacon Paperback Book Club donates to Howland Public Library 

Jennifer Smith and Jennifer Mackiewicz, Beacon Paperback Book Club, with Marcia Frahman and Fanny Keaton, Howland Public Library.


National Library Week Inspires Donation

to Howland Public Library 


On Friday, April 15th, the Howland Public Library received a generous donation from members of Beacon's Paperback Book Club. The card accompanying the $550 check reads: "In recognition of National Library Week and the exemplary service provided by the Howland Public Library to the citizens of Beacon, with the compliments of Beacon's Paperback Book Club."

The Howland Public Library is grateful for this generous "no strings attached" donation by the Paperback Book Club: Laurel Smith Bowen, Deb Davidovits, Kirsten Kucer, Jennifer Mackiewicz, Susan Magnus, Alison Moritsugu, Sara Pasti, Jessica Reisman, Jill Reynolds, Naomi Sachs, Jennifer Smith, and Kazumi Tamaka.  It's always nice to be appreciated, especially during National Library Week. HPL congratulates the Paperback Book Club on its seventh anniversary!

Dutchess BOCES GED at HowlandPublic Library

G.E.D. Class Celebrates!

On May 10th, the Dutchess BOCES G.E.D. class helped teacher Nancy Peters (seated third from left) celebrate her birthday with a beautiful cake (below) made by talented student Pat Peterson (above, wearing green.)  Nancy has been teaching the

CAKE BY PAT PETERSON adult G.E.D.class at HPL since 2002, and has taught around Dutchess County since the '70s. She has helped hundreds of adult students prepare for the G.E.D. exam and go on to college or better job opportunities.  For more information about Dutchess BOCES programs, click on the cake. 




A special thank you to everyone -- public and library staff -- for your patience during HPL's period of seemingly unsolvable internet issues.  We had many, many people and companies looking for a solution for too many weeks.  They think they've corrected the problem, and so far, so good.  We'd love to say that this will never happen again, but if it had been up to us, it wouldn't have happened in the first place!


A future HPL e-News will have information about our Summer Reading Programs for children, teens and adults.  We took a hit last year when Dutchess County withdrew its support for the county-wide summer reading program.  This year, with help from the Friends of the Howland Public Library, the Beacon Teachers Association, generous donations, and grants obtained by Youth Services Librarian Ginny Figlia, HPL looks forward to another summer full of fun activities for all ages.      

HPL Director Fanny Keaton





Phyllis Keaton, MA, MLS  
 HPL Director

 Photo by Peter McGivney