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Public Library of the Beacon City School District

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World Book Night!

On April 23rd Howland Public Library will help give away half a million books across America as one of the libraries/ bookstores supporting World Book Night.  Twenty-five thousand

volunteers from Kodiak to Key West, including Beacon, will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country. The library serves as a community base for local givers, receiving the books that they will be giving out and providing useful resources. HPL Librarians Alison Herrero and Ginny Figlia will also be local book givers. World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book givers help promote reading by going into communities and handing out free copies to those who might not have the means for, or access to, a printed book. This is a person-to-person, carefully planned outreach.  WBN takes place on April 23, 2014 - Shakespeare's birthday - and is in its third year in the U.S. Its reach includes all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI, and overseas military bases.  For more information, go to
-- Ginny Figlia, Youth Services

Voter Registration
Thursday 4/24 from 1 PM - 7 PM

Citizens NOT already registered with the Dutchess County Board of Elections may register with the Library District to vote on the library budget increase and trustees on May 1, 2014. 
Voters must be U.S. citizens 18 or older by May 1st and residents of the BCSD for at least 30 days immediately preceding the vote.  Please bring ID and proof of residency to HPL to register.

New, Improved Catalog Coming Soon!


MHLS member libraries will soon have an enhanced search interface through the online catalog.  In addition to improved search results, users will experience one-stop shopping as the new catalog uses "federated" or "single search" technology. A federated search expands results in the catalog to include the physical items on library shelves, as well as full-text newspaper, magazine and newspaper articles from HOMEACCESS databases and real-time downloads of e-books and audiobooks from OverDrive.  The "Encore Discovery Solution" will be introduced later this Spring: "It's simple enough for new library users, and deep enough to satisfy exacting researchers."

                                                    -- Eric McCarthy

MHLS Automation Coordinator


New e-Book Site for Kids


The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience.  Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children's section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids e-Books and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kids eReading Room. 


April 22 is Earth Day!
Marcia Frahman and Kill-a-Watt Device
Marcia Frahman and Kill-a-Watt

Earth Day is a good time to borrow a Kill-a-Watt meter from HPL. It's a neat electricity usage monitor that lets you identify which home appliances are the biggest energy guzzlers. Simply plug an appliance into the Kill-a-Watt meter and it will display the power consumption in kilowatt-hours.  Knowledge is power.  The Kill-a-Watt meter provides the facts you need to make informed decisions on home energy usage. Is it worth it to unplug your coffee pot at night? Is it cost effective to purchase a new energy efficient refrigerator?  It's easy being green with a Kill-a-Watt meter.  Check one out!     


-- Alison Herrero, Adult Services


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