Howland Public Library eNews                        2018~v.22
Let the Battles Begin!
Join the Battle of the Books

HPL  is currently recruiting students entering grades 6-9 in September of 2018 to participate in the 14th annual Middle School Battle of the Books, and students in grades 9-12 to participate in the 3rd annual High School Battle of the Books. Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest in which young people answer trivia questions based on specific books that they have read during the summer. It is designed to expose young people to good literature, new friendships, and build teamwork and good sportsmanship skills while enjoying friendly competition.
Students will participate in meetings, coaching activities, and practice Battles each week between the end of June and August. Middle School students will meet every Thursday from 5-7pm between June 28th and Aug. 30th. High School students will meet every Tuesday from 5-7pm between June 19th and Aug. 14th. The library will supply the books, team t-shirts, and pizza!  
After practice battles with other libraries, each team will compete in the Regional Battle of the Books competition at Ulster Community College. The Beacon Bees were the Middle School champions in 2010, 2013, and 2015, and the Beacon Buzzers were High School champions in 2017!
This fun program is free for participants. The Beacon team is generously funded by Howland Public Library's Friends Group. To register for the Middle School BOB, contact Ginny Figlia, Head of Youth Services, at or 845-831-1134, x.103. To register for the High School BOB, contact Michelle Rivas at or 845-831-1134, x.101.
Memorial Day Weekend
Monday, May 28th

HPL will be closed on Monday, May 28th, in honor of Memorial Day. We'll reopen at 9:30am on Tuesday.

While we're closed, remember our digital library is always open. Download a book with Overdrive. Lean a new language with Mango. Stream music with Freegal, or watch a movie with InstantFlix. All you need is your library card and pin.  
Go to to find out more.
Upcoming Programs for Adults
Socrates Café
Tuesday, May 29th, 4-5pm

Join moderator Alan Goldsmith in a Socratic dialog that explores a philosophical, ethical, or socio-political issue using questions that probe underlying assumptions and statements. The goal is not to come out on top in an argument, but to arrive at a deeper appreciation for a subject's richness and complexity.
Come join the conversation!
Cancer Risk Factors
Thursday, May 31st, 6-7:30pm

Join Dr. Marc Rappaport for a discussion on how your family's medical history could impact your chances of developing certain types of cancer. In addition, learn about various cancer risk factors and what can be done to help mitigate them, including lifestyle choices and medical options to discuss with your physician. Register (suggested, but not required) online at or call (845) 784-3849.
Paper Cutting with Sine
Thursday, June 7th, 5:30-7:30

Create beautiful and unique pieces of artwork out of black paper, with Ms. Sine Hjort, using careful cuts and folds. Participants will learn about the different types of paper available, how to best handle the paper, and how to cut the basic patterns to create a beautiful work of art to bring home. Registration is required as space is limited. Registration will begin on Friday, May 25th. This special event is free. Sign up at the front desk.  This event is for adults only.
Tween & Teen Programs
Sketchbook Open Studio
Wednesday, May 30th, 3-5pm

Stop by the Library the last Wednesday of every month for Sketchbook Open Studio.
SOS is simply an open space for middle school and high school students to work on sketchbooks, art journals and other drawing projects.  All kinds of art materials will be on hand to use during studio time. Bring your own sketchbook. All skill levels welcome.
No registration needed. RSVP is appreciated so we have enough supplies available. For more information, contact Michelle at
Teen Library Council
Wednesday, June 6th, 3:30-4:30pm

Do you wish there were more activities for teens in Beacon? Do you already enjoy the teen programs at the library but wish there were more? Would you like to suggest books and movies for the library to purchase? Then the Teen Library Council is for you!

 Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 6th. We'll be discussing upcoming teen council film presentations and possible summer programs. We'll be creating some painted rocks to go in the YAC alcove garden.
High School Writing Lab
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 3-4pm

Need help with college essays or other writing assignments? Starting on 4/18, high school students can stop by the Writing Lab after school on first and third Wednesdays. Facilitator, Jess Conway, an instructor at Teachers College, will be available to provide support, assistance, and encouragement for students in grades 9-12 at work on school or personal writing projects and college essays.    

RSVP requested. Email Jess at  
Creating Comic Characters
with Deb Lucke
Thursday, June 7th. 3:30-5pm

Middle school and high school students are invited to join local graphic novel artist and author, Deb Lucke for a special workshop, Creating Comic Characters. In this workshop, students work on how to make a character who is actually only a drawing or a few words on a page into something that feels alive. Deb Lucke will lead the workshop in fun exercises to invent heroes, villains, and stooges with personalities. Then, we'll explore how these characters might behave under pressure.

Scribbling and doodling is necessary.
This workshop is open to middle school and high school students. This class is free but registration is required as space is limited.
To register, email Michelle at
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