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July 20th: HPL Renegades Event!
Teens, Learn Japanese!
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Battle of the Books
Adult Summer Reading Program
HPL Board of Trustees



Howland  is the first in town to offer free, legal access to thousands of songs in the Sony* Music catalog: FREEGAL   


BCSD residents with valid HPL cards can download one MP3 song per week to their personal music collections. If HPL's weekly limit is reached, songs will be wish-listed for future download. Note: Freegal can't be used on library PCs -- only personal PCs & MP3 players.


Freegal allows HPL to provide better access to different types of music. Freegal is in addition to our regular collection of great CDs from many record labels.  So...    




* Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of local artists &  international stars.  It's home to record labels  from every genre, including American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Arista, Aware, Battery, Beach Street, Black Seal, BNA, Cinematic, Columbia Nashville, Columbia, Epic, Essential, Flicker, Fo-Yo Soul, GospoCentric, Hitz Committee Entertainment, J, Jive, LaFace, Legacy Recordings, Masterworks, Polo Grounds, RCA, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, RCA Victor, Reunion, Slightly Dangerous, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Verity Records, &  Volcano Entertainment. 

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Koi Photo by UCB 

Japanese Language  

for Teens

at Howland Public Library for students age 13-18

July 5th - August 11th

Tues., Wed., & Thurs.   3:15 - 4:45 pm



and anyone interested in exploring Japanese culture and language are welcome to register for this fun five week course taught by Sunedara Davis, local expert and language major at Wells College.  

     During their "trip" to Japan, students will learn to navigate around town, order food, learn the seasons and weather, speak on the phone, and even write home.

Teens will learn vocabulary by actively watching several anime  films in Japanese.  HKT Animation (formerly at South Hills Mall) and Harajuku Asian Café in Hopewell Junction will collaborate with us to make this a fun and casual experience of the East.

Space is limited so please register for this FREE program by contacting Ginny, Youth Services Librarian, at 845-831-1134 x 103 or EMAIL GINNY.  

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From HPL's Director


HPL's stellar facility manager did a comparison of our utility expenses before and after our 2010 Reconfiguration Project.       In June 2008, HPL spent $13,000 on electricity. By June 2009, costs had risen to over $14,000. In June 2010, about 7 months after the installation of energy-efficient lighting, electric costs dropped to $13,000. As of April 2011, HPL's electric costs were down to $9,000. New energy-efficient lights saved the community almost $5,000 this year! The lights will easily return our investment in two years.        

     This summer, we have a new energy-saving project to benefit the community.  Library staff will be toting buckets so people can donate their loose change to our Buckets of Sweat Campaign to (finally!)  install an HVAC system to cool the Community and Small Meeting Rooms. The estimated cost is over $50,000.  We're applying for grants, too.  Together, we can get it done!  



 HPL Director Fanny Keaton

Fanny Keaton, M.A., M.L.S.

HPL Director  

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 2011 Summer Reading Cartoon  

Summer Reading Program 2011

One World, Many Stories


All children between the ages of 3-12 are invited to travel around the world from Howland Public Library on 313 Main Street in Beacon beginning the week of July 4th.  Our summer reading program, "One World, Many Stories", will take children on a fun-filled journey via books, kid's clubs, and performers. 


The Small World Read-to-Me Club for children ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent/caregiver will travel on Friday mornings between 10:45-11:45am from July 8th - Aug. 12th. We'll hop on our magic carpets and fly to other countries using stories, songs, and crafts.  No registration is necessary.


Take-off time for World Tour Thursdays for children ages 6-12 is July 7th from 1-2pm. We'll go on a 5-week tour around the world and land back in Beacon on Thursday, Aug. 11th.  Books will be our mode of transportation and performers and educators will be our tour guides.  From music to stories to animals, they'll transport us to far-off lands. A schedule of events will be available at the library.  No registration is necessary.


Book/Craft Travel Club for children entering grades 3-6 begins July 5th and will meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 1-2:45pm to share crafts, educational games, and discussions about the books that they read together.  This will facilitate reading comprehension, learning new vocabulary, and speaking about what they have read in a fun and enjoyable way.  This club is limited to 20 children so parents/guardians must register in June by contacting Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 845-831-1134 x 103 or  EMAIL GINNY 


All children are encouraged to fill out their passports at the library so that they can log the books that they've read or have had read to them.  An exciting new component is our "One World, Many Stories" online registration and book log. Beginning July 5th, just go to the Summer Reading link on OUR WEBSITE  and follow the directions.  Remember, all children who keep a log of their books whether at the library or online will have their names sent to their schools for special recognition in September! 


For more information, contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 831-1134 x 103 or EMAIL GINNY.  


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Join HPL's Winning BoB Team!

HPL Batle of the Books 2010 TeamPyramid

                                                Photo: J. DiGregorio                 

Students entering grades 6-9 in September 2011, do you like to read, show off your literary talents, enjoy a little competition with friends?  Well, then... Come join Howland Public Library's 7th annual Battle of the Books beginning  July 7th.  You will read great books, meet with coaches every Thursday from 5-7pm to learn book trivia, enjoy pizza and snacks, and participate in book-related activities.  You will compete in mini-battles with local libraries in August based on the books you've read.  The library will supply the books in July; however, if you'd like to start reading sooner, see Ginny.


An All-Star Team will be formed to compete in September against twenty-four other library teams to battle it out for the Regional Championship. The Beacon Bees (pictured) were the 2010 Regional Champions!


Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest. Students are urged to sign up at the library, or contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 831-1134 x 103. 




 Adult Summer Reading Program 


Transport yourself far away this summer at the Howland Public Library.  HPL is offering a six-week travel-related Adult Summer Reading Program that will officially kick off on Thursday, July 7th. Be sure to book a trip to the Library anytime on the 7th from 9:30am - 5:30pm to learn details about "Novel Destinations" programs and events, and enjoy free refreshments and fantastic giveaways.


Reading takes you to exciting places.  As you dive into your favorite summer books, you'll get the chance to win weekly prize drawings of dining gift certificates to local restaurants. Participation is fun and easy. Read any book of your choosing and then stop by the Howland Public Library to fill out a short "book review" form to enter. The more books you read, the greater your chances of winning.


No passport is required for the following special events for adults so mark your calendars now. Our itinerary of events includes:  


"History of the Jersey Shore" talk and historical slideshow given by Kevin Woyce on July 13th from 1 - 2:30pm.  


Travel back in time with an in-character performance of the "Humor of John Adams" with actor George Baker on July 31st from 1 - 2pm.  


Bring your cameras and say "cheese!" at our "Taking Great Vacation Photos with your Digital Camera" workshop with photographer, Sally Delmerico on July 27th from 1 - 3pm.  


Escape the heat as you travel virtually to the frozen "Antarctica" with a slideshow and talk by Jennifer Mackiewicz on August 3rd from 1 - 2pm.


On August 13th, travel to our film double feature: "Meet Me in St. Louis" at 11am and "Under the Tuscan Sun" at 1pm. Bring a bag lunch!


To view all programs, go to and click on calendar.


For more information, please contact Alison Herrero, Adult Services Librarian, at (845) 831-1134 x 105.   



Beacon High School Student Mural at Howland Public Library

From left: Allie Rios, Robert Mendez, Claudine Farley-Davis, Christopher Mendez, Dominique Tavaris, Aviv Tchernichovski and Jane Ni

Beacon High School Artists  

Extend Cedar St. Mural 


On Saturday, June 11, 2011, dozens of spectators watched Beacon High School art students unveil the extension of the Audrey Chibbaro Youth in Arts Mural Project.  The mural graces the South Cedar Street wall of the Howland Public Library at 313 Main Street in Beacon.  This year's artists were Christina DiGiaimo, Jane Ni, Allie Rios, Christopher Mendez, Robert Mendez, Joe Pendleton, Dominique Tavaris, and Aviv Tchernichovski.  These students elected to participate in this civic project.  Their creativity and hard work is appreciated.


The mural project was overseen by Beacon City School District Arts Coordinator Claudine Farley-Davis and muralist Rick Price, who volunteered their time and energy. 


The project was supported by book bag sales by students and Friends of the Howland Public Library; initial funding came from Family and Friends of Audrey Chibbaro through the Beacon Art Salon.   


Special thanks to Howland Public Library trustees Prudence Posner, Dale Leifeste and David Lemon for their efforts on behalf of the literary mural project. 



         Howland Public Library Board

Bids Farewell to Three Trustees  

Howland Public Library Board of Trustees

2010-11 HPL Board from left: Ann MacLeod, Dale Leifeste, Patricia Hasapis, David Lemon, Karen Palumbo, Gail Robinson, Marcia Frahman, Gary Barrack, and Prudence Posner.

June 7th was the last board meeting for Trustees Patricia Hasapis (14 years) and Gary Barrack (5 years).  In May, Ann MacLeod resigned after serving for 12 years.  Over the years, Pat served as President, Vice-President, and Chair of many committees.  Ann MacLeod served as Vice-President, Treasurer, committee Chair, and was instrumental in re-establishing the Friends of the Howland Public Library.  Gary Barrack served as Treasurer and chair of the Building and Finance Committee during our Reconfiguration Project. 


Public library trustees are not paid for their services.  They hold the library "in trust" for the good of the community. Pat, Ann and Gary are to be commended for their years of service to the community.   


Trustees-elect Peter Ullian and Shawn Waldron will be sworn in at the 7pm Reorganization Meeting of the Howland Public Library Board of Trustees on Tuesday, July 12th in the Community Room. 



Larry Hedrick Thank You