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National Hispanic Heritage Month
Library Card Sign-Up Month
Teen Programs

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Creative Writing with Julie Chibbaro Sept. 18th from 12:15 - 3:15 PM. Hone writing skills with local author, Julie Chibbaro. Her novels "Deadly" and "Redemption" have earned rave reviews from The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist. Topics include character and plot building, dealing with writer's block, and the "how" of getting published. Bring paper and pen! Free. Registration  required. Register at HPL's front desk.  


Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Sept. 21st from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. Join licensed social worker, Wendy Rudder, who will discuss the importance of early detection and describe available resources.  Free.  

Registration  required. Call Wendy Rudder of the Alzheimer's Association at 845-471-2655.

International Film Series

Sept. 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM.  Join us for the Cuban film Fresa Y Chocolate. A friendship between two men overcomes all obstacles, including prejudice and intolerance, both sexual and political. The first Cuban film to be nominated for an Oscar. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R. Sample a Cuban dessert prepared by by culinary artist Ai-Ping Ma. Free.  No registration required. Doors open at 6:30.

Love and Kindness Know No Color Author Talk

Sept. 24th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM.  Join local author, Dr. Denise Woods, as she discusses her book of uplifting, real-life stories that portray humanity at its finest. Dr. Woods is an Asst. Professor of Childhood Education. Free. No registration required. Books available for sale and signing. 


Richie Cabo, Horticulturist

Sept. 25, 2011 from 1:00 - 2:00pm. Join Richie Cabo, Administrative Horticulturist and Manager of the Arthur Ross Citywide Nursery of The NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, as he talks about his newly released novel The Mystery of the Magical Cucumber Tree - a story that encourages families to rediscover nature together. Learn about the Cabo family hike up Mount Beacon, a cucumber tree, and some fascinating local history. An event for the whole family! Also, learn about the "Survivor Tree" from 9/11. Mr. Cabo is responsible for bringing back to full glory, a pear tree, found scorched at the site of 9/11. To learn more about Richie Cabo, and see a YouTube news clip about the tree, see RICHIE CABO. Books available for sale and signing.

Library Activities for

Young Children


When the older children are back in school, it's time for the younger ones to have some fun at HPL!    

On Tuesday, Sept.13th  from 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Baby and Me will begin a fall session, ending on Dec. 6th. This program is open to babies ages birth to 24 months. It includes simple board books, finger plays, songs, and lots of movement. After lap time, enjoy playing and socializing. 


Toddler Tales is held  Wednesday from 10:30-11:15 AM. This program introduces 2-3 year olds to stories, songs and music, finger plays, and arts & crafts.  


Children ages 3 and up are invited to attend Pre-K Story Time on Thursday mornings from 10:30-11:15 AM. Enjoy stories, music and songs, games, and arts & crafts.


HPL and the Wee Play Community Project run Come & Play every Wednesday between 9:45-11:30 AM between Oct.-April. The Community Room is set up for play by babies and toddlers. The program is free, but a $1 donation is appreciated.  


Children must attend all programs with a parent or caregiver. Programs are free. No registration necessary. If you have questions or would like to make arrangements for a group visit (6 and more), contact Ginny Figlia at 831-1134 x 103 or email Ginny 

Howland Public Library

Public Library of the Beacon City School District

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National Hispanic Heritage Month at HPL
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September 15 - October 15, 2011


This month, the Evening Book Club will meet on September 20, 2011 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM to discuss Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire. All are welcome. (Please obtain book on your own.)


Also, HPL's International Film Series selection is the Academy Award-nominated Cuban film Fresca y Chocolate. More information under Programs for Adults at left.  


Be sure to check out HPL's Spanish language and bilingual materials, and some of these interesting and useful websites!


Hispanic Heritage Month: 


The Gold Rush: a different point of view: and click on Californio/Latino


The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library:


Hispanic Heritage Foundation: - an online journal of art and culture: 


Spanish (Spain) radio stations streaming live:  


Featured Article

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Howland Public Library Card = Music to Your Ears


       September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. This year, the Howland Public Library (HPL) offers a new incentive to sign up for an HPL card or to clear up problems with an old one. Anyone in the Beacon City School District with a valid HPL card and a personal PC or MP3 player can download one free song each week from Freegal--a free, legal source for downloadable music. There is no due date -- the songs are yours forever. When HPL's weekly limit is reached, users can put songs in a wish list for future downloading.  

       Freegal music comes from the huge Sony Music and IODA catalogs - everyone from Adele to Zubin Mehta. Access to Freegal is offered in addition to our 1,000-plus HPL CD music collection and access to over 19,000 music CDs from all libraries in our system. Find Freegal and our catalog at or click on the Freegal image above. 

       To get a library card, bring a picture ID and proof of residence to the library, and fill out a short form. Because parents are responsible for their children, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to co-sign for a library card. For more information, visit the Howland Public Library at 313 Main Street, call our front desk at 831-1134 x 0, or look for our library card policy online at under "About Us".

        Once a person has a valid HPL card, she or he can download music for free. And that's just the beginning! An HPL card provides free access to thousands of books, including graphic novels and ebooks; databases of news articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials; an after-school homework center and the help of a professional reference librarian; free educational, cultural, informational and inspirational programs for people of all ages, and much more. HPL offers free Internet access for families without home computers or Internet access, and free wireless Internet access (no library card needed) for those with personal PCs and other devices.   

       Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. HPL reminds everyone that your library card is one of the most valuable cards in your wallet or on your keychain. This September:  Share resources, save money, and get music with your Howland Public Library card.  

Howland Public Library & Friends Join  

Poughkeepsie Library for Big Read   

2011 Big Read Partners
L - R: John Desmond (DCC Professor), Ed Maisel (Director of Our Town production), Jennifer Lombardo (Highland Public Library), Julie Kelsall-Dempsy (Highland Public Library), Pat Breen (Friends of the PPLD), Lisa Karim (LaGrange Library), Patricia DeCarmine (Barnes & Noble), Marcia Fishman (Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County), Phyllis Keaton (Howland Public Library), Marion Imperatore (Friends of Howland Public Library), Jewel Ratzlaff (PPLD Staff), Tom Lawrence (PPLD Director)

Photo Credit - Julie Hering, PPLD Public Information Officer

The Poughkeepsie Public Library District received a $15,300 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  Marion Imperatore, Friends of the Howland Public Library, and Fanny Keaton, HPL Director, joined local officials, sponsors, partners, and library staff at Adriance for a brief celebration, where Poughkeepsie's Mayor John Tkazyik congratulated library staff and pledged his support for the 2011 Big Read event. 


This is the fifth year that the Poughkeepsie Public Library has received a Big Read grant.   When matched by local sponsors, Big Read grants provide communities with the resources to develop engaging opportunities to read, discuss, and celebrate a great work of literature. The NEA also provides participating communities with high-quality educational materials free of charge.


The 2011 Poughkeepsie Big Read focuses on two Pulitzer Prize-winning works by Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town.  Schools, colleges, libraries, businesses, organizations and book clubs will be reading and responding to these works between October 16 and November 13, 2011.    




Nov. 5, 2011 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM in the HPL Community Room  

The setting of a cemetery is an important feature of the novel "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. 

Join Robert Murphy, President of the Beacon Historical Society, as he discusses a variety of local cemeteries and their inhabitants - from the famous to the nearly forgotten. From historical figures and their descendants to slaves. Free. No registration is required.   



Nov. 8, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM in the HPL Community Room 

Join us as Dr. James Cotter, Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, leads a book discussion on two Pulitzer Prize-winning works by Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town. Free. No registration required.


Special thanks to HPL Friend Marion Imperatore, who suggested that HPL participate in The Big Read, and who has been working on our programs with Alison Herrero, Adult Services Librarian.  For more information, email Alison  or call 831-1134 x 105. 


 Teen Programs Start at the Library 


Programs for teens will start up this September and October at Howland Public Library on 313 Main St. in Beacon.                                                                                

Students grades 6 and up can get together with friends and peers to enjoy the Gaming Club that meets every 3rd Friday of the month from 3-5 pm beginning on Friday, Sept. 16th. The library will supply a Wii Playstation, an Xbox 360, and games so that kids can test their gaming skills while having fun playing with a group. Kids may suggest new games, bring games to share, or bring their own controller. Refreshments will be served!


HPL also hosts Anime Club for students grades 6 and up. The first meeting will be held on Friday, Sept. 23rd from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. We meet every fourth Friday of the month around the school year. FUNimation Productions, Ltd. provides members with screenings of their latest movie titles. The group reviews them and gives FUNimation feedback. Then the library gets to keep the movie for its collection. Club members will receive a 40% discount if they wish to purchase a title for themselves. Check out the website at Members may bring their own anime DVDs to share. Members may also participate in anime art events, come on buying trips, and suggest anime movies and graphic novel for library purchase.


The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) will hold the first meeting of the school year on Friday, Oct. 14th from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. The group meets every 2nd Friday of the month during the school year. Students in 6th grade and up may join us. YAC was formed for teens to advise the library on programs and services for young people. Members help to select materials and programs and make decisions on how to serve teens who use the library. Some activities include book and movie buying trips, special YAC programs, planning programs for teens and younger children, and volunteering for and participating in community events. This program is an excellent way for teens to fulfill community service requirements. Teens interested in meeting for lively idea sharing, decision making, and refreshments, come join us.


Questions? Contact Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian at 845-831-1134 x 103 or email Ginny .