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Hannah Ricottilli Awarded Savoit Fund Scholarship 
 At the Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award reception on Saturday, March 24th, Hannah Ricottilli will receive a $1,000 Savoit Fund scholarship  toward her education for a career as a librarian.
Hannah worked as a library page while a student at Beacon High School. Currently, she works as a library clerk as she finishes her degree from Dutchess Community College.  Hannah will transfer to SUNY/Albany this fall. Congratulations, Hannah! 

    NAACP LOGO Thank You!

 The Southern Dutchess NAACP exhibited historical items at the Howland Public Library in recognition of Black History Month.  Special thanks to Barbara McCaskill for all of her hard work on the exhibit. 


Come to "Citizens Acting: Landscapes to Reduce Stormwater Flow" on Thursday, March 22nd, at 6:30 PM at HPL. Karen Quiana of LQ Design in Beacon received her Master's in landscape design from Cornell. This program is in cooperation with the City of Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee. Free. No registration. Refreshments. 

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Kelly Ellenwood Receives Advocacy Award

Expect to be Entertained! 


Kelly Ellenwood

On Saturday
, March 24, 2012, Kelly Ellenwood will receive the Howland Public Library Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award at a reception in her honor at the Southern Dutchess Country Club. 

This 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, Helen Savoit served on the Board of Trustees of the Howland Public Library from 1984 - 1995, and on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board of Trustees from 1988 - 1997.  As MHLS Board President, Mrs. Savoit represented all public libraries in five counties in the Mid-Hudson region.   


Helen Savoit, 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".  


Helen Savoit's death on May 25, 2008 was a personal loss to the Howland Public Library and a great loss to all libraries. Her family requested that donations in Helen's memory be sent to the Howland Public Library; these donations established this award in her name.  


Join the Howland Public Library in honoring library advocate Kelly Ellenwood on March 24th from 5 - 7 PM. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres & Champagne, a cash bar, music by jazz duo T'N'T and more. Tickets are $35 per person, proceeds to benefit the Howland Public Library Helen Savoit Fund. For more information or to reserve your ticket, contact the Howland Public Library at or call 831-1134 x 116.


Thanks, Friends of the Howland Public Library!

Thank you for the Fabulous Fund Raiser on February 20th!  Thank you artists, actors, authors, jewelers, face painters,
photographers, poets, musicians, historians, booksellers, puppeteers, volunteers, and all! 
       Special thanks to Friends President Stacy Dedring and Event Chair Vickie Raabin for their efforts! Thanks to Friends' Board Liaison Prue Posner and thanks to HPL Trustee Gail Robinson for designing our adorable owl logo.  Owl T-shirts are for sale at Beacon Reads, a Friends' bookstore to benefit the Howland Public Library located at 309 Main Street.  We have a lot to be thankful for! 
From the Library Board 
Howland Public Library New Sign 2012
Trustees supervise installation of new library sign.

The Howland Public Library Budget Vote and Trustee Referendum will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from noon to 8:00 PM in HPL's Community Room at 313 Main Street in Beacon.  The library board worked hard to keep the budget within the tax cap determined by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller: $17,294 (2%), plus a $2,857 (.33%) tax cap pension exclusion for a total tax increase of $20,151.  These funds will pay mandated pension increases and contractual e-book and database increases.  Savings were achieved in other areas to keep costs down. Copies of the budget will be available at the library's front desk.  A budget information session will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00 PM immediately followed by our regular monthly board meeting.

     April 12th is also our trustee referendum.  Ken Straus is running to replace Marcia Frahman, who is a past-president of the Board and is retiring after 10 years.     
     We are most grateful for the past support of our Beacon City School District community.  Last year, it helped the library reach new heights:  People checked out about 110,000 items, up 11% from 2010, another busy year despite our renovation closing.  Twenty-eight per cent more children, 3% more teens, and 7% more adults attended library programs. There were 58% more reference questions answered, 11% more public internet sessions, 12% more people getting library cards, 17% more library visits, and 82,000 visits to our 24/7 library access website,  
     Howland Public Library has proudly served the greater Beacon area since 1872, providing access, materials, programs, and services for people of all ages, abilities, and needs.  We can only continue to do it with community support.  Please vote on April 12th.