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On President's Day, the Friends of the Howland Public Library held their 3rd annual fundraiser, featuring local artists, musicians, singers, puppeteer Peter Ullian, storyteller Jonathan Kruk, Rivertown Kids with Dan Einbender (above photo by Peter McGivney), storyteller Evan Pritchard, and more.  There was also a chance to win an autographed copy of Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow.

Friends were joined by the Beacon Historical Society,  Howland Cultural Center, The Beacon Theatre Studio B, Sargent-Downing Gardens, Stonykill Farms Environmental Education Center,  Beacon Reads Bookstore and other groups interested in raising awareness of their activities in the community.

Special thanks to Stacy Dedring, Vickie Raabin (Miss Vickie's Music), Prue Posner and other Friends, and Miss Ginny and her wonderful teen helpers for their hard work.  It was a great day!  Proceeds support the work of the Howland Public Library.

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To the Community:


     The Howland Public Library budget vote and trustee election will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from noon to 8:00 PM in HPL's Community Room at 313 Main Street in Beacon. The library board kept the budget increase within the 2% tax cap as defined by the Office of the State Comptroller. The $17,697 tax increase will offset our mandated New York State Retirement increase of $10,832 (12.5% increase), increases in library system fees and database costs, and increases in general costs. Savings were achieved in other areas to keep costs down; for example, one full-time employee position was eliminated.

     Copies of the library budget summary are available at the library's front desk. A budget information session will be held on Tuesday, April 2th at 7:00 PM immediately followed by our regular monthly board meeting.

     April 4th is also our trustee referendum. Moning Lin and Derek Sanderson are on the ballot. Trustee Adam McKible is a write-in candidate.

We are grateful for the past support of our Beacon City School District community. Last year, people checked out over 130,000 items in print, and used 27,000 e-books and online services. Public computer use dropped by 1%, but use of our wireless system rose. Twelve percent more adults, 26% more teens, and 17% more children attended library programs. Almost 2,000 people attended programs offered by community groups. There were 2% more reference questions answered; youth reference questions rose 15%. Seven percent more people registered for HPL cards. Over 107,000 people visited the library building, and another 53,000 people visited us at

     The 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 do it with community support. Please vote on April 4th.  




Karen Palumbo, President

Howland Public Library Board of Trustees 

Meet the Candidates

Moning Lin has lived in the Beacon area for seven years, moving here from The Bronx.  A Vietnam-era veteran, he spent three years in the Army and served as a special forces radio operator in the "A Team", receiving an honorable discharge in 1972.  In his youth, he was interested in gymnastics. He graduated from CCNY's program for Health, Medicine, and Society.  He has worked as a veterans' outreach aide in housing and employment under CETA (Comprehensive Employment Training Act). His older son is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Johns Hopkins on full scholarship. His younger son graduated from Hunter College. Among his hobbies are weight training and chess. He runs a chess club at the Howland Cultural Center. He is a patron of the Howland Public Library, spending considerable time using library computers. He is a candidate for library trustee and wants to offer his services to help the Beacon community.

Photo of Derek Sanderson
                  Photo: Deborah Meissner
Derek Sanderson (left) and his family moved to the Hudson Valley from Bloomington, Indiana, in the summer of 2010. About a year ago they moved to Beacon from Poughkeepsie. Derek grew up in a small college town in western Pennsylvania, not too far from Pittsburgh, but he has been a lifelong New York Giants fan. Currently he is a librarian at Mount Saint Mary College, and a book reviewer for Library Journal. His reason for running for the Board of Trustees of the Howland Public Library is simple: he has loved libraries since he was a little boy, and he wants his little boy (who is now 4) to grow up with a library that he can love, as well as in a community that appreciates its library.

Howland Public Library Trustee Adam McKibleAdam McKible (right) served as an HPL trustee this year.  He 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.  Adam McKible's name is not on the ballot; he would appreciate your write-in vote.
The election for the Howland Public Library Board of Trustees will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 from noon - 8 PM in the HPL Community Room.
Muralist Rick Price Receives Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award

Rick and HPL Mural 2006

The 5th annual Helen Savoit Award for Library Advocacy will be presented to muralist Rick Price (above photo by Jean Hyatt) on Saturday, April 13th from 5 - 7 PM at the Dutchess Manor on Route 9D in Dutchess Junction.


The event will also recognize the contributions of our wonderful HPL retirees: Rhonda Johnson (28 years), Maureen Darcy (27 years), Karen Sovik (23 years) and Marcia Lumia (11 years).


Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, music by jazz duo T'N'T, the company of people who love libraries, and more. Cash bar. $40 per person. Send your name, number of tickets, and a check made out to Howland Public Library to us at 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508. Email questions to or call 845-831-1134 x 116.

Proceeds benefit the HPL Helen Savoit Fund.