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eNews       2012 | seven

Please Welcome Our Interim Library Trustees!
Karen Nelson

From Karen Nelson: 
I have worked in book publishing most of my career as a cover designer, art director, and creative director.  A little over a year ago I moved to Beacon to pursue my work in the textile arts.  The public library has been a part of my life since childhood, and it is amazing to me how its role has expanded over the years.  In the Beacon City School District, the library has become the closest thing to a community center that the area has.  It's an enormous challenge to fulfill this role, which seems to be expanding all the time -- but what a great opportunity to bring people together.
Howland Public Library Trustee Adam McKible 

About Adam McKible:  Adam McKible is Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY, where he has been teaching since 1998. Born in Newburgh, he moved to Beacon in 2005. His two young sons love going to the Howland Public Library, and they regularly convince him of the necessity for a strong, vibrant library.

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

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What better time to get a free Howland Public Library Card -- or to make sure that your old library card is in good standing -- than Library Card Sign-Up Month?
     Your HPL card provides free access to thousands of new books in print, as downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, and on CD; music CDs and Freegal music downloads; popular and classic films on DVD; print and online magazines; free online language programs, car repair manuals, health information; GED and Civil Service test preparation; and more. Personal identification, preferably photo ID, is needed to get a library card. Call 845-831-1134 x 0 for other options.
And there's more!  September is also HPL Amnesty Month!
     Return HPL overdue books, CDs, DVDs, and other items to the library during this month and pay no fines. Exceptions: does not apply to fees for lost or damaged items or to long-overdue items from other libraries. Are your fines too much for you to handle? We'll always try to work with you.
     Replace a lost or damaged Howland Public Library card at no cost during Library Card Sign Up Month.
                                And there's more more! 
     Here is a big reason to take advantage of HPL Amnesty Month. Due to the unusually large number of missing HPL items, we are compelled to join other Mid-Hudson Library System libraries that use a collection agency to retrieve them. Library materials are purchased with public monies for the good of the whole community. All we want is our stuff back, so that your friends and neighbors can enjoy it, too.

  Please come see us in September!


Battle of the Books! It's On!
Howland Public Library 2012 Battle of the Books Team and Sponsor
Tony Sorrentino, at left, Senior Agent for Allstate in the Town of Newburgh, with some of the Beacon Bees Battle of the Books Team and coaches Tom and Kristen Rigney.

Twenty-five libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System (Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster and Greene) will take part in the 8th annual Battle of the Books (BOB) on Saturday, September 8th, at Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie.  Battles run from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest. BOB  encourages young people to read good books, build team-working skills, and meet other students in friendly competition.
Close to 300 students entering grades 6-9 have read the same eight books chosen by participating libraries. Individual library teams have been working hard all summer with their librarians and coaches to prepare for this final Battle in hopes of being the 2012 Battle of the Books Champions. The reigning Champions are from Beekman Library.  Mini-battles have been played  throughout the summer to practice for the big event. Friends and families are welcome to come and support the teams. BOB financial support comes from a generous donation from the Allstate Foundation, M & T Bank, donations from library Friends Groups, and Hannaford's. 

 Click for photos from Ghastly Photos in the Dark Workshop.