Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

A Note from the Director


We returned from the Labor Day holiday to find graffiti painted on the back of our main library. Of course we called the police right away and we are installing more security cameras so we can monitor activity both inside and outside the building. While such incidents are ugly and inconvenient, they're also pretty rare. We know this doesn't represent Haverstraw.

Service Recognition

We are so very lucky to have a dedicated team of people who are committed to the Library and to you, our community. I'd like to take this opportunity to reognize those team members whose anniversaries occur during November and December: Wilma Glover-Koomson, 21 years; Ann Hanus, 38 years; Priscilla Hervias, 10 years; Anne Sullivan, 11 years; and Charlotte Von Hein, 38 years. I also need to make a correction to our newsletter: Susan Alicea has been with us 20 years. That's 138 years of service to this institution and to the community. If you see any of these folks around, please join me in congratulating them! This recognition of team members is a regular feature in our newletter.

A Fond Farewell

As I just mentioned, Ann Hanus has been working for HKDPL for 38 years. I am really sad to announce that after spending all these wonderful years with us, she has retired from her position as our principal clerk. She's the glue that has kept us together all these years, and it's not just because she does our payroll! Please join me in congratulating Ann, and wishing her a long and healthy retirement. We'll miss you!

See you in the stacks!
Claudia Depkin, Library Director

Meet our Library Trustee Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman has served on the Board of Trustees since 1987, and have been Board President since 2010. A lifelong resident of Haverstraw, Rich is a descendent of bricklayers, the Freemans and Lynchs. He was Acting Postmaster of the Tuxedo Park and Blauvelt post offices, and was Postmaster of the Thiells, Pomona, and Haverstraw post offices. He is married to Susan and has 3 adult children, Richard Daniel, Christopher, and Kara. Serving the Library runs in the family; his uncle Farrel's wife, Kay Freeman, was Director in the 1950s and 1960s, and when Kay went on vacation, Rich's mom Agnes took over.

Winter Blood Drive - December 28, 11 am - 7 pm

A blood shortage continues in the Hudson Valley. Please donate and save a life! Sponsored by the NY Blood Center. Call Cathy at 786-3800 ext. 22 for more information.

New Resources @ Your Library

Starting in November, all cardholders will have access to Rosetta Stone Solutions, the acclaimed language learning software, as well as to hoopla!, a provider of e-books and audio, movies and comics. Stop by the Library for more information or to ask for a demonstration on how to access these resources.

In Our Gallery

NOVEMBER - HKDPL Junior Art Show - Mixed media by artists through age 12. An Artists Reception will be held on November 5, from 2 pm to 4 pm, in the Library's Community Room.

DECEMBER- Paintings by Anderson Albano.

Our gallery is located at the lower level of the library. Interested in exhibiting your artwork? Please call 786-3800 ext. 14 for information.

Winter Weather Closing Reminder

Autumn has just started, but Winter and snow are on the way. If North Rockland Schools are closed, the Library opens at 1 pm. If the weather is still bad at 11:30 am, the Library will not open. Closings are announced on our recorded phone message, on WHUD 100.7 FM and WRCR 1700 AM radio, and on cancellations.com.

Library Closings

Wednesday, November 23 - Early closure at 5:30 pm
Thursday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Day
Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 25 - Christmas Day
Monday, December 26 - Christmas Day (Observed)
Saturday, December 31 - New Year's Eve
Sunday, January 1, 2017 - New Year's Day

Remember, the Library Has...

Museum Passes - We have passes to 8 area museums that can be checked out for 3 days.
BYO Device Q&A - Get help with your tablet, smartphone, or e-reader on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 7 pm to 8:15 pm.
Waiting for You Book Club - Books by your favorite authors will automatically be put on reserve for you.
iPads & Android Tablets - Tablets can be borrowed for 14 days.

For a paper copy, please visit the library. For a list of programs and events, please select the appropriate department above or our Events Calendar. For previous Library newsletters, check our Newsletter Archive.

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