Howland Public Library eNews                       2016~v.13
Message from the Director

Dear Community,

It was a busy and exciting 2015 at the Howland Public Library. I missed most of it because I started here as Director at the end of October. It was really good for me to put together this Annual Report. What a great library we have! So many programs for all ages, so many resources & space for the community to come together. This report showcases some of the highlights from the year and includes information about our programs and services. People are often surprised by what the library has to offer. There really is something for everybody. This is a vibrant city and I'm grateful to be a part of it. If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns about the Library call me 831.1134 ext. 100, email me at or stop by the Library (I'm one of those "door is always open" people).

Happy Spring and we'll see you at the Library.

~ Amy
From the President's Desk  

From the President's Desk
It has truly been an exciting time at the Howland Public Library. Our stunning new fašade has been installed to the outside of our building, brightening up our corner of Main Street. We have completed our inviting and energy efficient ADA compliant entryway, as well as our new and improved ADA compliant public restrooms. Although we were saddened to say goodbye to our outgoing director, Phyllis Keaton, we welcomed new director Amy Raff into our fold. Under her leadership, we look forward to another dynamic and productive year. I'd like to remind all registered voters of the Beacon City School District of the upcoming library budget and trustee election on April 28 at the Howland Public Library from 12 to 8PM. I urge all of our patrons to stop by and check out the many activities, programs and services that we offer for people of all ages. So please stop by and enjoy your Howland Public Library.
Thomas Rigney, President
Howland Public Library Trustee

Infographic by Michelle Rivas

Ms. Ginny celebrated 25 years at HPL as Youth Services Librarian. She has been imparting a love a reading to generations of children.  
Summer Reading Program : Every Hero Has a Story. Over 1,000 children enjoyed our 33 fun filled, interactive and educational programs.
Howland Public Library Staff enjoys SPIRIT OF BEACON DAY!  
Phyllis (Fanny) Keaton retired after 15 years as director. Ai-Ping Ma, head of tech services from 1998-2015,  also retired.  
Fašade Project completed. 
Beacon Bees, 1st  Place Winners of 2015 Battle of the Books  
ADA Compliance Project started at the end of 2015-bringing the library an accessible entrance and renovated restrooms.  
Hello Beacon 2163 Time Capsule unveiling by nationally-recognized glass artist & Beacon resident, Jill Reynolds.  
Tail Waggin' Tutors returned with Aries providing a nonjudgmental & supportive atmosphere for young readers.  
Thomas O'Connell named Beacon Poet Laureate.  

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