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On Wednesday, May 23rd, the library will close at 3:30 PM for carpet cleaning.  We'll open on Thursday, May 24th at 10:30 AM
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Ginny Figlia Accpets Donation From Beacon Teacher's Association

Howland Public Library is honored to receive a grant from the Beacon Teacher's Association (BTA) for our Summer Reading Program, "Dream Big -- Read!" Glenham Elementary School teacher, Donna Snowden, presented Ginny Figlia, HPL Youth Services Librarian, with a $500 check to support HPL literacy- based summer programs. Also, Ms. Snowden was  instrumental in obtaining an additional $1,000 grant from the Dutchess County United Teacher's Council through the BTA. The Beacon City School District and the Howland Public Library acknowledge the importance of school district and public library collaborative efforts to help our children become life-long readers. It's a fact that children who read during the summer better retain their skills when they return to school in September. HPL is deeply grateful for the continuing support of the BTA!

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Public Library of the Beacon City School District

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Thank You BCSD Voters!

On April 12th, voters in the Beacon City School District voted to support the Howland Public Library budget increase of $20,151.  The tally was 218 yes votes - 29 no votes.       
       Congratulations to new library trustee Ken Straus
Ken Straus
Ken Straus 
who was elected to a 5-year term with 220 votes. Ken is a Beacon resident and local business owner of Abrela Property Management. The company currently manages several buildings in town and provides all types of property management services. Previously, Ken worked as a management consultant of operations and information technology to financial services institutions.
       Ken is married to Maria Lago, who owns and operates Maria Lago Studio 502 in Beacon. Ken and Maria have two children; Aaron, a political media organizer, and Raquel, a social worker. 
       Ken's position statement:  "I believe that a vibrant library can be the anchor for the community's past heritage, and the foundation for the community's future opportunity. I look forward to making a contribution toward helping the Howland Public Library continue to grow and serve the community."
       In July, Ken Straus will join the HPL Board of Trustees: Dale Leifeste, David Lemon,Karen Crotty Palumbo, Esq.,
Prudence Posner,  Peter Ullian, and Shawn Waldron. Departing trustees are: Fonda Muhammad, Marcia Frahman, and Gail Robinson. Marcia Frahman served over 10 years as a trustee, five as board president, and she will continue to coordinate volunteers at Beacon Reads, the Friends of HPL bookstore at 309 Main Street. 
       Library trustees are elected public officials who volunteer their time and offer their expertise to the community. They are to be commended for their service!  

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Thanks to a generous grant from the Ann and Abe Effron Fund of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, HPL is able to host a Teen Asperger's Support/Social Group (TAG) run by Ginny Figlia, HPL Youth Services Librarian; Ruth Romero-Nivel; and Nancy Osborn, Behavior Specialist, Anderson Center for Autism.    

       Eight teens from the Beacon City School District get together for instruction and enjoyable activities designed to promote cooperation and social interaction. The group is currently working together to create Vision Boards (see photos). Registration for this school year is now closed but watch for summer activities. Check out the library's display of current resources, websites, and books on autism for families, youths, and professionals.

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