NYS Assemblyman Frank Skartados with Rick Price. NYS Senator Gipson also attended.
On Saturday, April 13, 2013, the Howland Public Library Board of Trustees welcomed over 60 library supporters to the fifth annual Helen Savoit Award for Library Advocacy event at Dutchess Manor. Muralist Rick Price received the award for the library mural on Main Street that celebrates the HPL's past, and that advocates for the library every time someone views it.
Members of the Howland Public Library staff who are retiring this year were recognized. Seated: Maureen Darcy (27 years) and Rhonda Johnson (28 years) with Ai-Ping Ma and Barbara Andujar. Standing: Marcia Lumia (11 years) with Ginny Figlia and Fanny Keaton. Karen Sovik (23 years, not pictured).
Photos: D. Leifeste.
The Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award honors an individual who has made a sustained contribution to the promotion or support of the Howland Public Library in the Beacon City School District. This award was created in honor of Helen Savoit, a teacher in the Beacon City School District for over 25 years. She served on the HPL Board of Trustees from September 12, 1984 to June 19, 1995, and on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1997.
Mrs. Savoit, a life-long library user, volunteered in Friends of HPL bookstore, Beacon Reads. She also ran a library book club that remains "The Helen Savoit Book Club". Helen Savoit's death on May 25, 2008 was a personal loss to the Howland Public Library. The Savoit family requested that donations in Helen's memory be sent to the HPL. These donations, plus another generous Savoit family donation in memory of Helen's husband Robert Savoit, established this award in her name.
CLICK HERE to see a slideshow about the event and award.