Get Ready for Summer Reading!
Howland Public Library eNews                       2016~v.20

Summer Reading Begins June 22nd!

We're gearing up for the Howland Public Library's Summer Reading Program "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" This summer's theme explores all kinds of topics from physical and mental fitness to the summer Olympics to being all that you can be. Children may attend the fun programs and events that we are planning for ages 3 to 12. The programs are free and open to young people of all abilities.
The benefits of summer reading programming for children:
  • Children are motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.
Find details for all of the programs and events by checking our online calendar at or downloading our flyer here.

Last Week of Spring Story Time

Starting June 7th, story time will be on break while we get ready for the 2016 Summer Reading Program. Stay tuned for news about our special summer story time, Ready Readers Story/Craft Hour starting Friday, July 8th.
Spanish Story Time
Monday, June 6th  9:45-10:30am

Let's Read Spanish, together! Join us for another special children's story hour with Lisa Marie. We invite children 0-5, with an adult, to a Spanish Story Time! We will meet in the children's area to share in the love of reading and music.
Battle of the Books 2016
June 30th - September 1st

Do you like to read, show off your literary talents, enjoy a little competition with friends? Well, then...
join the Battle of the Books Team this summer!
The Mid-Hudson Library System's 12th annual Battle of the Books, a nationally recognized literature contest, begins on June 30th. R
ead great books and meet with coaches every Thurs. from 5-7 pm to learn book-trivia, enjoy pizza and snacks, and participate in book-related activities. You will compete in mini-battles, based on the books you've read, with local libraries in August. The library will supply the books in July, however, if you'd like to start reading sooner, see Ginny.

An All-Star Team will be formed to compete on Sept. 17th against twenty-four other library teams to Battle it out for the Regional Championship.
(The Beacon Bees were the 2010, 2013, & 2015 Regional Champions!)
Students may sign-up by seeing or contacting Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian:
845-831-1134, x.103 or
Portraits: Works on Paper
by Joe Radoccia
Reception June 11th 5-7pm

One year ago, local artist, Joe Radoccia, set aside his oil paints, canvas and colorful pallet and picked up an ebony pencil, earth toned acrylics, and a roll of paper. The goal of his experiment was to paint larger scale without losing the intimacy of his smaller works. To achieve this objective he chose to limit his options using as few materials as necessary and focusing on a single subject, the portrait. "I  wanted to create not just larger than life representational portraits, but faces that somehow would engage the viewer and hint at the essence of the personality portrayed," he says. A selection of works from this year of portrait painting will be on view at the library from June 11th - July 3rd.
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