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Reserve a Kill-a-Watt Meter
Interim Trustee Appointment
Free eBooks for Kindles!
Knit Together Raffle for Kids' Programs
HPL Food Pantries Collection Site
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Old electronics may use more electricity, waste energy and cost you money. Put your appliances to the test. Check out  an HPL Kill-a-Watt meter. It's free! And don't forget... 

Electronics Recycling!

Saturday, October 22  from 9AM - 1PM

Beacon City Hall/Police Station parking lot

BRING: Computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, VCRs, cell phones, cables, wires, power supplies, fax machines, radios, phones, modems, TVs, copiers, scanners, DVD players, stereos, typewriters, anything with a plug. NO: air conditioners, refrigerators, smoke detectors.


Sponsored by werecycle! and by, Beacon CAC and the Mayor'S office. WeRecycle! is a national leader in socially and environmentally responsible domestic electronics recycling.  

Howland Public Library

Public Library of the Beacon City School District

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Howland Public Library Welcomes Fonda Muhammad
Fonda Muhammad Sworn in by Hon. Harold Epstein 111004

On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, the Honorable Harold Epstein, Fishkill Town Justice, administered the Oath of Office to Fonda K. Muhammad, who was selected to fill an interim vacancy on the Howland Public Library Board of Trustees. Mrs. Muhammad is an English teacher at the Van Wyck Middle School in the Wappingers Central School District, is a member of the Beacon Human Relations Commission, and is active in many local organizations, especially those that work with area youths. She joins Karen Crotty Palumbo, President; Dale Leifeste, Vice-President; Prudence Posner, Secretary; Gail Robinson, Treasurer; and Marcia Frahman, David Lemon, Peter Ullian, and Shawn Waldron as trustees of the Howland Public Library.


Free eBooks for Kindle on Overdrive
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Amazon Kindles can now be used to download free library eBooks, joining nooks, ipads, cellphones, and other eReaders. Overdrive is the  Mid-Hudson Library System's growing collection of almost 1,000 eBooks.  Click on the Overdrive button at right to see the site, learn how to download eBooks for your eReader, browse the catalog, or suggest an eBook for purchase.  This button appears on the Howland Public Library homepage.

Afghan Knitting Raffle 
Tickets on sale at the front desk until November 1:
$1.00 donation per ticket or 6 tickets for $5.00.
HPL Knit Together Group with Afghan
From left: Helen Umano, Barbara Verdesi, and Joan Powers display hand-knit raffle afghan.
Photo: Peter McGivney
The Howland Public Library's "Knit Together" group created the beautiful useable art on display at the front desk. The cream-colored afghan is made out of 25 unique blocks. The afghan will be raffled off to defray the costs of HPL's annual "No Strings Marionettes" holiday performances held at the Howland Cultural Center in December. The  performances will be "The Snow Queen" and "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol".


The Howland Public Library is most appreciative of the support given the library and the community by Knit Together. Knitters include: Waveney Harrington, Alice Matthews, Joan Powers, Phyllis Sandford, Helen Umano, Barbara Verdesi, Helen Zayak. Knit Together meets Tuesdays at 10 AM in the  Adult Program Room.  All knitters -- including learners -- are always welcome! For more information, click to email Adult Services Librarian Alison Herrero or call 831-1134 x 105.
HPL Is Food Pantries Collection Site
Until November 17, 2011

National Honor Society students at Beacon High School are participating in Project H.O.P.E. - Operation H.E.A.R.T. in conjunction with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Iota Omega Chapter.  The chapter has pledged to replenish eleven area food pantries with 800 non-perishable food items each day.  Beacon High School participant Jane Ni has placed a collection box in the library for your convenience.

Local food pantries are welcome to arrange to use the library as a non-perishables drop-off point and to be part of our holiday "Food for Fines" program, which encourages people to donate non-perishable items in lieu of paying overdue fines.  Contact Fanny Keaton at 831-1134 or email her at

National Friends of the Library Week October 16-22   


Celebrate and support our Howland Public Library by joining Friends of HPL this week. "Funded by Friends" means YOUR contribution has helped make great improvements possible: more children and teen programs, new reading room tables, new computer tables, matching Gates grant for new computers, and much more. Membership forms and envelopes are available at Beacon Reads, and will soon be available in the main reading room of the library. You can also mail your tax deductible check ($10, $25, or more if you choose) to: Friends of HPL, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508.