Howland Public Library eNews                         2017~v.19
The Golden Age of Postcards: Celebrating the Mt. Beacon Incline 

A postcard craze swept the world at the turn of the 20th century.  The Mt. Beacon Incline opened in 1902 and drew hundreds of thousands of visitors.  It is not surprising that postcards depicting the mountain, the Casino and Hotel, the DAR Monument and more were sold, sent, and collected by sightseers and residents alike.  The Beacon Historical Society is featuring eight Mt. Beacon postcards from 1902 to 1960 in the Historical Connections display case next to the front desk.  Each card holds clues to help identify the date it was published.   Enjoy the views and learn about deltiology, the art of postcard collecting.
Markie Baylash
Photo Exhibit Preview

Get a sneak peek this weekend of Markie Baylash's photo exhibit, My Heroes Have Always Been Strong Women. Markie will be hosting an early preview during Beacon Open Studio's weekend on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14th from 1-3pm. The official reception will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 5-7pm.
 Upcoming Programs for Adults
May Book Club Meeting
Tuesday, May 9th, 1:30-3pm

Join us this month for the Helen Savoit Daytime Book Club. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30. This month, we are discussing the historical fiction novel "The Rebellion of Jane Clarke" by Sally Gunning. Read the book and then join us for a lively conversation.
New members are always welcome!

Copies of the book are available through the Mid-Hudson Library System. 
Top 10 Choices for a Healthier You
Wednesday, May 17th, 1-2pm 

Join Community Health Care Educator, Ms. Sydney Leone, of MVP Health Care, for an informative and educational presentation. Learn easy ways to improve your health that don't require making drastic changes. Your day to day choices matter!
This is a Medicare Living Well program that's goal is to help participants gain awareness, motivation, skills and opportunity to improve health. This event is free and no registration is required. 
 Teenscape Programs
for Tweens and Teens
Youth Advisory Council
Friday, May 12th, 3:15-4:15pm
The next meeting of the Youth Advisory Council is this Friday after school. This month, we'll discuss this year's YA Friday programs and brainstorm ideas for summer reading & next school year. YAC members will receive a certificate in recognition of their of their community service hours. 

For more information contact Michelle Rivas, YA Programs, at or 845-831-1134 x101

Zine Club
Friday, May 19th, 3-5pm

Teens ages 11 and up are invited to join the Howland Public Library's new Zine Club. Collaborate with other Beacon area teens to publish a zine for teens, by teens. What's a zine? Zines are self-published DIY magazines. Zines can be about whatever you are passionate about. Students can contribute art, photography, poetry, short stories, comics, fan fiction, and any anything else you can think of. The Zine Club meets monthly to work on individual and collaborative zines. Members participate in every step of the process from creation and editing to printing and distribution.

To join Zine Club contact Michelle at or 845-831-1134, x101. 

DIY Rubber Stamps
May 20th from 11am-12pm

Youth ages 11 and up invited to joins us for the next edition of Saturday Morning Makers. Students will design and create their own personal rubber stamps. We'll sketch out our designs then transfer them onto easy to carve rubber blocks. Then we'll learn to carve our stamps with special printmaking tools. Take your stamps home to use again and again. No experience needed. All supplies provided.

Advance registration is required for this free program as supplies are limited. To register stop by the library or contact Michelle at or 845-831-1134, x101.  
Let's Get Ready to Rumble
Battle of the Books 2017

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 13th annual Battle of the Books, a nationally recognized literature contest, begins on June 29th. Read 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.

An All-Star Team will be formed to compete on Sept. 16th against twenty-four other library teams to Battle it out for the Regional Championship.
(The Beacon Bees were the 2010, 2013, & 2015 Regional Champions!)

High School Team Joins the Battle

We're excited to announce that this year will be the first year Beacon is participating in the High School Battle of the books. The team is open to students currently in 9-12th grade. That's right, even if you are graduating in June, you can still join the team. The High School team will meet on Tuesdays from 5-7pm starting June 20th. The High School teams will converge on August 19th for the 2nd Annual Teen Battle of the Books. 

The library will supply the books for both teams in June, however, if you'd like to start reading sooner, see Ginny, Kristen or Michelle.

Middle School students may sign-up by seeing or contacting Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian:845-831-1134, x.103 or .

High School students can contact Michelle Rivas at the library or by emailing  
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