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Monday  2/17  
Also In This eNews
Help HPL Plan in 5 Minutes or Less
Navigating Healthcare
Free Tax Help
Donation for Children's Books
Tail Waggin' Tutors!
From the Director


The Southern Dutchess NAACP Black History Month Exhibit will be on display in the library's main room through the month of February.

For Adults

Black History Month Film
(Missed the screening?  Borrow the DVD.)




 Big Library eRead:
Keys to the Kitchen
by Food Network and Cooking Channel star Aida Mollenkamp
 Get the free ebook
from 2/16 - 3/5

For Teens

Find Book Page at HPL.
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Howland Public Library Board FY 2013-14
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Thanks to those who filled out HPL surveys at community meetings and at the library and to people who've taken our online survey. For those who have not, there's still time to help plan HPL's future in 5 minutes or less. Please complete our Online Survey.

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Public Library of the Beacon City School District

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Featured Article

Pete Seeger  (1919-2014)

Come to the library to see our display of works by or about Pete Seeger or find the works in our library catalog.  Pete and Toshi Seeger donated many of these books, DVDs, and CDs to the library, so they would be accessible to the whole community. They seldom missed an opportunity to support the library and other institutions that work for the public good.

You can show your support for libraries by reading and signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. The Declaration reminds us why public libraries are important.

Navigating Healthcare Options


Photo: Yi Chen
There are many health plan options to choose from today. The Maternal-Infant Services Network (MISN) can help adults of all ages make a knowledgeable choice and  navigate through the somewhat confusing application process.  

Navigators will be at HPL to help with affordable healthcare enrollment by appointment:   

2/14,  2/28,  3/14,  3/28  


To schedule an appointment call MISN toll free at



Free AARP Tax Help at HPL

Free tax preparation and e-filing of Federal and NYS returns for low- and moderate-income taxpayers -- especially those age 60 and older -- from now until April 15th at HPL.

By appointment only:
Dial 2-1-1 or

Click here for a list of important documents to bring to your appointment.  Find more information at

Family of Anne Petix Donates in Her Memory

Photo: Ginny Figlia
HPL was able to purchase these wonderful new children's books thanks to the generosity of Karen Morgan and family.  Anne Petix was a teacher, library patron, and supporter who enjoyed home services provided by HPL staff.  After her death, her daughter Karen made a $500 Morgan/Petix donation to purchase books in her mother's memory. This gift will be appreciated by HPL children for many years to come.

Tail Waggin' Tutors

Photo: Ginny Figlia

"Dogs are wonderful --- they listen patiently  

and they don't criticize."

Children in grades 1-5 who need practice reading will have the opportunity to read aloud to a specially trained dog from Therapy Dogs International. Children will have a quiet spot in the Children's Room to sit with Aries, pictured above. They can choose a library book, or bring a book from home, to read to their furry friend. 


Aries and owner Caley will be at the library the second Tuesday of each month: 

2/11,  3/11,  4/8,  5/13 

 4:00 - 5:30 PM   


Parents may sign children up for a 15 minute time slot each month; however, priority will be given to those who have not had a turn. Register by contacting Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at 845-831-1134 x 103.      


From the Director

Thanks to everyone who supported Food for Fines! Donations benefited our neighbors who rely on the New Vision Church of Deliverance Food Pantry at the Beacon Community Resource Center. 

As I sit working in the comfort of my home while the snow accumulates, I also would like to thank the people who are out in the cold clearing our roads, keeping our lights on, responding to emergencies, and generally watching out for us. 

Safe home, everyone!

Fanny Keaton

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