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Library Computers, Catalog, Website & Overdrive eBooks Down August 3rd!

Due to a scheduled Central Hudson upgrade to the Poughkeepsie power grid, some HPL services will be unavailable on Wednesday, August 3rd and/or Thursday, August 4th.  Library computers operate through Mid-Hudson Library System servers in Poughkeepsie.  All MHLS libraries will be affected.   

HPL's website, catalog, public computers, and Overdrive eBooks will be unavailable.   Checkouts will be limited to four items per family.  Programs and reference services should not be affected.

We regret any inconvenience.  

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HPL Offers Free, Legal Music Downloads 


Listen up! HPL is the first library in the Mid-Hudson Library System to offer free, legal access to thousands of songs in the Sony and IODA Alliance music catalogs. Any Beacon City School District resident with a current HPL card and a home PC or personal device can download one DRM-free MP3 song per week to his/her music collection.  No due date -- the song is forever. When HPL's weekly limit is reached, songs can be wish-listed for future downloads. Freegal is an addition to our great collection of CDs from many record labels. So, grab your HPL card, click on FREEGAL, and enjoy music from Adele to Zubin Mehta.  

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Congrats to Adult Summer Reading Program Winners!


Week 1: Beth Ann Dowler won a certificate to Leo's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria in Wappingers Falls.


Week 2:  Ursula Taylor won a certificate to River Terrace Restaurant in Beacon.   


Week 3:  Cheryl-Ann Perino won a certificate to Brother's Trattoria in Beacon.


There's still time to win a restaurant certificate to Amarcord, Pleasant Ridge II, or Homespun Foods.   


Read a book. Pick up a review form at the front desk. Fill it out. Drop it in the wood box.  A winner is picked each week!


More Summer Events!  


Actor George Baker as John Adams
George Baker as John Adams

See history come to life. Meet John Adams on Sunday, July 31st at 1 PM and experience a witty conversation with America's second President. Actor George Baker will portray Adams in full historical dress. He will present Adams's views on the nation, history and family life in a speech that is both humorous and inspiring.  


On August 3d, travel to Antarctica with Beacon's Jennifer Mackiewicz.  Talk and slideshow from 1 - 2 PM in the Community Room.


Double Feature!  Meet Me in St. Louis at 11 AM and Under the Tuscan Sun at 1 PM.  Bring a bag lunch!  


These are "Novel Destinations" Adult Summer Reading Program events. Free. No registration. For more information, contact Alison Herrero, Adult Services Librarian, at (845) 831-1134 x105. For all library programs, click calendar .  



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Fox and Branch Folk Singers
Fox and Branch


Free Concert at the Howland Public Library

Tuesday, August 23rd from 4 - 5 PM



Fox & Branch have a teaching background which gives them a special rapport with their young audience and their families. They make the idea of an audience disappear.... "We are just a big group of people having fun!"  


For more info, contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 845-831-1134 x103 or EMAIL GINNY.  


Howland Public Library Welcomes

New HPL trustees Peter Ullian and Shawn Waldron with Beacon Mayor Gold

Peter Ullian, Mayor Gold and Shawn Waldron

     On Tuesday, July 12, 2011, Peter Ullian and Shawn Waldron were sworn in as trustees of the Howland Public Library, public library of the Beacon City School District, located at 313 Main Street. Beacon Mayor Steve Gold administered the oaths of office at the annual reorganization meeting of HPL Board of Trustees.

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Mayor Gold, Karen Palumbo, Dale Leifeste, Gail Robinson, and Prudence Posner

       Mayor Gold also administered the oaths of office to new officers: Karen Palumbo, Esq., President; Dale Leifeste, Vice-President; Prudence Posner, Secretary; and Gail Robinson, Treasurer. Other trustees are: Marcia Frahman and David Lemon, both Past-Presidents. Mayor Gold took a moment to reflect upon the importance of the library to the community, and the important work of library trustees.

       Library trustees are elected to ensure that libraries have adequate funding for collections, programs, services, and facilities to benefit their communities; to hire a director; and to set policies. They are unpaid public officials and are to be commended for their commitment to public service.

       The Howland Public Library Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month, with exceptions noted on the library calendar at and in local newspapers. The next meeting will be September 6, 2011 at 7 PM in the Community Room. All are welcome.


From the Director

The Howland Public Library thanks the Beacon Teachers Association and the Friends of the Howland Public Library for their generous donations toward our NYS Summer Reading Program. Last year, HPL lost $5,500 in funding for summer reading. Thanks to the big-heartedness of the Beacon Teachers Association who donated $1,500 and the Friends of the Howland Public Library who matched that $1,500, our summer program is more successful than ever!


Thanks also to local agent Tony Sorrentino, who facilitated a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation and to HPL Youth Services Librarian Ginny Figlia, who obtained a $1,000 Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust grant. Both grants, along with generous individual contributions, will support HPL's Battle of the Books team coached by Kristen Rigney and volunteer Tom Rigney. (So sorry I misspelled their names in every possible way in an early version of this letter. They've been just wonderful!)  Battle of the Books is a competitive teen literary competition. HPL's Beacon Bees were regional champs in 2010!


The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University conducted a three-year study to determine the effects that public library summer reading programs had on student achievement. The study concluded that children who participate in library summer reading programs returned to school ready to learn, improved their reading skills, increased their reading enjoyment, were more motivated to read, were more confident reading, read beyond what was required, and perceived reading to be more important than they did before participating.


The Howland Public Library appreciates the ability to provide programs to help children and teens to be "school ready" in September. This year, it wouldn't be possible without the generous support of the Beacon Teachers Association and the Friends of the Howland Public Library. Thank you! Thank you!

HPL Director Fanny Keaton






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