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Friends Membership Meeting on October 11th
Save the Date! Beacon Poet Laureate Announcement
Haiti Bar Soap Donations Needed!
Catalog & Databases Down Monday
Featured: Art Exhibit Opens October 13th
Big Read Begins October 14th
Beacon Bees Win "Bronze" in Regional Competition
Come join us! Friends of HPL Membership Meeting
Friends of the Howland Public Library Owl
Thursday, October 11th at 4 PM in the Community Room.


The Distinguished Gentleman
"Mr. (Eddie) Murphy goes to Washington."
HPL International Film Series
Friday, October 19th
at 7 PM
1992, 112 min., Rated R
English w/English

Save the Date!
November 1st
6:30 PM
in HPL's
Community Room
Mayor Randy Casale will introduce the BCSD's first
Poet Laureate.
Join us!

Hudson Valley CASH  needs volunteer tax preparers.
Click CASH to
learn more.

Soap for Haiti! 
The cholera epidemic is raging in Haiti. People are poor and soap is expensive. 
Doctors are asking for donations of bar soap to fight the epidemic. Please buy bar soap when you shop.
Please donate soap when you visit HPL! 
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Catalog and databases down for maintenance Monday, October 8th

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Featured Article

Bound to Printed Matter presents art made from books
Show opens Saturday, October 13, 2012
Reception 4:00 - 6:00 PM  
at 313 Main St., Beacon NY  
Bound to Printed Matter Art Work
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The Howland Public Library, in collaboration with independent curator Theresa Goodman, is pleased to present their first exhibition of fine art in new gallery spaces. In what will be a rotating series of art shows, HPL will be showcasing the work of local artists. To kick off this exciting new venture, the library is hosting Bound to Printed Matter, a group show focusing on artists who use printed books as an inspiration, a resource, and as art material.
      A book can mean different things to different people. It is a wealth of ideas, an escape for the mind, a springboard to another life. Some visual artists take their art and turn it into books while others take books and turn them into art. Books are an inspiration, a material, and a medium. The works included in Bound to Printed Matter are by a wide variety of artists who are inspired by the book as a medium in their visual art practice.
      It seems natural for the Howland Public Library to begin its new venture into the visual arts with a show about how printed book continues to be a muse. Bound to Printed Matter features the work of thirteen diverse artists. For this inaugural show the artists have been chosen from a nationwide call that is curated by a Beacon resident. The participating artists are: Bill Abdale, Mitsuko Brooks, Kathy Bruce, Joy Drury Cox, Glenn Fischer, Nicole Foran, Theresa Gooby, Soyeun Kim, Ramon Lascano, Jessica Maffia, Ryan Sarah Murphy, and Jessica Smith Owens.
      Bound to Printed Matter will be on view from October 13th- December 2nd. All are invited to the opening reception from 4-6 PM on Saturday October 13th at the Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., Beacon NY. Call 845-831-1134 for more info.
      Theresa Goodman is an independent curator who lives in Beacon. She is the founder and director of Beacon Open Studios. 
      Artists interested in showing their work at the Howland Public Library should email

Big Read Begins October 14th! 
Maltese Falcon Book Jacket


"She was a blonde woman of a few more years than thirty. Her facial prettiness was perhaps five years past its best moment."


     Dashiell Hammett evoked some of the finest moments in crime fiction and helped originate the film noir movement with his classic The Maltese Falcon, the 2012 Big Read title selection. Join a host of collaborating organizations lead by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District for over 80 programs on Hammett, crime fiction, detectives, film noir and much more. 

     Click here for the brochure that lists all Big Read events. The fun begins on Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie. Stroll through displays of some of the 40 Big Read partners, an exhibit of period film noir posters, a Scholastic book fair, and enjoy a live presentation at 3:00 p.m. of the 1940s radio drama, The Maltese Falcon, complete with sound effects!

     Look for the Maltese Falcon at our front desk, and enjoy these HPL Big Read programs:  

Tuesday, October 16th

2:30 - 4:00 PM  

The Maltese Falcon Book Discussion

Mount Saint Mary College professor Dr. James Cotter leads a discussion of Hammett's novel. Refreshments.

Tuesday, October 30th

6:30 - 7:30 PM 

1930s Fashion Slideshow and Talk

Join Sonia M. Roy, Fashion Design & Merchandising Senior Professional Lecturer, Marist College. Refreshments.   

Tuesday, November 6th

12:00 - 1:00 PM  

Jazz at the Library

The Beacon High School Jazz Ensemble, with special guest musicians, perform jazz music from the Big Band era. Directed by BHS Band Director Stephen Pietrowski.

For adult services information, contact librarian Alison Herrero at 831-1134 x 105 or 

 Howland Public Library 2012 Battle of the Books Team Winners
Congratulations to HPL's Beacon Bees (here flanked by HPL librarian Ginny Figlia and coaches Kristen and Tom Rigney.) The Bees placed third out of 25 in the regional Battle of the Books (BOB) competition on September 8th at Arlington high School in Poughkeepsie. Also. congrats to first place Poughkeepsie and second place Red Hook!

     Last year The Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies released the results of a three-year study that confirmed what many librarians have long suspected: students who take part in their local library's summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills.  HPL is happy to help our BOB and Summer Reading Program participants get a head start this school year!

For youth services information, contact librarian Ginny Figlia at 831-1134 x 104 or