Student Art Show, Caitlyn's F.I.G.H.T., Be an Entrepreneur
Howland Public Library eNews                       2016~v.16
2016 Helen Savoit Awards

Congratulations Marcia Frahman, recipient of the 8th Annual Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award. Marcia, a devoted friend of the library, has been volunteering her time to support the library for over 15 years. She served on the library's Board of Trustees for 10 years. In 2006, when Marcia was library board president, she approached artist Rick Price about creating the amazing mural that graces the facade of the library. As president of the Friends of the Howland Library, Marcia also manages Beacon Reads Bookstore. Beacon Reads is completely volunteer run and all proceeds from book sales benefit the library. Marcia feels very fortunate that she was able to meet Helen Savoit when she began volunteering at Beacon Reads. "She was such a lovely woman, a complete doll", Marcia remembers.

Shout Out for Justice!
Marcia will be honored alongside Justice McCray. Many of you know Justice as our amazing weekend tech-helper. We are pleased to announce that in recognition of all the wonderful work he does in the Beacon community, Justice will be the second recipient of the Helen Savoit Education Gift.

The Helen Savoit Award was established in memory of Mrs. Savoit. Helen Savoit taught in the Beacon City School District for over 25 years. A Town of Fishkill resident, Mrs. Savoit served on the Howland Public Library Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1995, and on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1997.  As MHLS President, Mrs. Savoit represented all public libraries in the Mid-Hudson region. A life-long library user and advocate, Helen volunteered in Beacon Reads. She also ran a library book club -- renamed the Helen Savoit Book Club in her honor.
Helen's death in 2008 was a personal loss to the Howland Public Library. The Savoit family requested that donations in her memory be sent to HPL. Those donations established this award.

On Saturday, May 21st, the Helen Savoit Award dinner will be held at St. Rocco's from 5-8pm. If you would like to join us in honoring Marcia and Justice, please contact or 845-831-1134 ex. 100. Full event details can be found here. If you cannot attend, but would like to support the Helen Savoit Fund, donations can be sent to Amy Raff, Director, Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508.
This Week at the Library
Book Talk: Caitlyn's Fight
Saturday, May 14th  1pm

Join Putnam County author, Joe Bagnato, as he tells of the darkest hour journey of his daughter Caitlyn's 10.5 month battle with stage four liver cancer. He also tells of how hope kept his family strong.

Since her passing, Mr. Bagnato has formed a foundation that helps children and families battling rare forms of pediatric cancers and blood disorders at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.

To learn more, go to 
Art By Mia Sarchill,
Rombout Middle School Grade 6
Between the Lines:
Art From Beacon City Schools
Reception Saturday, May 14th  4-6pm

Stop by on May 14th for the reception of Between the Lines, an annual exhibition of art from students of the Beacon City School District.The exhibition was organized with the assistance of Claudine Farley, District Art Department Coordinator and features work from each school in the district. The art on view is just a small sample of the amazing work being done by students in our community with the guidance of their dedicated art teachers. Please join us in celebrating the creativity of these young artists.  
Upcoming Events
Teen Dream:
Budget Wise Redecorating
Thursday, May 19th 6:30-8:30pm 

Come and get creative inspiration! Join local interior decorator, Denise Gianna, as she presents ideas and tips to decorate, all while staying within your budget. Ms. Gianna is the owner of Denise Gianna Designs.

Path to Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, May 17th 5:30-8pm

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Join a representative of the Women's Enterprise Development Center to learn about small business ownership. Learn about the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and what it takes to run your own business. Registration is required for this free event.
Go to to register. For more information contact 845-363-6432 or

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