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Meet Teen Geek Justice McCray
Miss Ginny's Slideshow
New History Blog
Help HPL Plan in 5 Minutes or Less
To MOOC, or Not?
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  eNews         2013 | ten  

Featured Article
HPL Food for Fines Program

From November 15th through December 30th, the Howland Public Library will accept food in lieu of fines for overdue library items. Donations of nonperishable goods, such as canned tuna and bags of rice, will be accepted as payment of fines owed on HPL books, DVDs, and other items. Collected food will be donated to a local food pantry.  Food for Fines does not cover fees for lost or damaged materials or for long-overdue items from other libraries.  Unfortunately, HPL can't accept homemade food, no matter how delicious.  

Return overdue HPL items with nonperishable goods this holiday season. You may also pay overdue fines for HPL items already returned. These fines will be waived. There is no limit on the number of items you can donate. Fine free? Your donations are good here, too. Everyone is encouraged to give as much food as possible.


Help your neighbors. Help yourselves. Happy holidays from the Howland Public Library.  For more information, contact Fanny Keaton at

Meet Justice. He's Here to Help You!
Justice McCray Photo: P. McGivney

Do you need a helping hand with your Kindle or Nook, your iPod or iPad? Do you want to know how to download an app or load an ebook onto your smartphone? Coming to your rescue is the Howland Public Library's Teen Geek, Justice McCray, who works most Saturdays from noon to 4 pm. Bring your electronic devices and your questions and Justice will do his best to help out.


Justice is one of over 30 teens working as a Teen Geek throughout libraries in the local area. The Teen Geek Squad program, which assists patrons with digital literacy, receives funding from Dutchess County, and is administered by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

For more information, please contact Alison Herrero, Adult Services Librarian, at (845) 831-1134. 
Miss Ginny's
Baby & Me and Toddler Tales
HPL's New History Blog
Chris Confalone is the Digital Literacy Specialist at HPL. About once a week, he'll showcase an item from the library's collection. Chris will be scanning and describing items of historic interest.  He invites you to check back to view some intriguing historical images at his HPL HISTORY BLOG.
The HPL Board Needs You

Howland Public Library Board FY 2013-14
The HPL Board thanks the 250+ people who've taken our online survey. If you have not, there's still time to help plan HPL's future in 5 minutes or less. Please complete our ONLINE SURVEY. We're also visiting local BCSD organizations.  If your organization is able to give us a few minutes of meeting time to get feedback from your members, please EMAIL HPL.
To MOOC, or Not?

This fall, I signed up for a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) -- Georgia Tech's Survey of Music Technology. I signed up out of interest, but also to get a better understanding of how libraries might help people expand their educational horizons for free online.  I got halfway through the course before I had to chose between my job and my music.  (Like no one's ever had to do that before!)  A nice thing about MOOCs is that many are offered multiple times through Coursera or StateStats.  I can try again. And again. There are so many MOOCs for people of all interests, maybe there's one for you.  I learned that some MOOCs are not designed to be taken in a public setting.  If HPL can help you learn online, please let us know.  MOOCs are free (for now) and they're forgiving.


Fanny Keaton

HPL Director