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Fond farewell to Betty

A Note from the Director

Consumer Reports

This just in! Now you can access Consumer Reports online from your home, phone, or the library. In addition to the product reviews they're known for, this subscription also includes loads of information about saving money, consumer privacy in the internet age, car maintenance and repair guides, and topical highlights such as fall home improvement tips. Check out the new service and let us know what you think.

Fond Farewell

We're sad to announce that Betty Forkin, part-time librarian in the Children's Department, retired in October. Betty was a member of our team for 16 years and her contributions to services and programs will be missed. Best of luck in your next chapter, Betty!

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 recognize those team members whose anniversaries occur during November and December: Victor C., 2 years; Wilma G., 23 years; Priscilla H., 12 years; Alice K., 1 year; Anne S., 13 years; and Tim T., 1 year. That is 52 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 newsletter.

See you in the stacks!
Claudia Depkin, Library Director

Thank You!

Thank you to The Orchards of Conklin for donating apples for our Apple-Mania program. Over 10 people of all ages enjoyed Jonathan Kruck's stories as well as tasting locally-grown apples.

Thank you to everyone who donated blood at our Blood Drive on September 5, honoring the lives lost on September 11. 77 pints were collected!

Visit a Museum

Looking for something to do this holiday season? Try visiting a museum for free on us! Haverstraw patrons in good standing have a choice of borrowing out from 12 different local museums such as the American Musuem of Natural History, Guggenheim, Storm King Center and Boscobel House and Gardens.

HKDPL Junior Art Show

Come and see the art work of our youngest community members throughout November and December! Enjoy mixed media by artists up to age 12.

Join us for a Junior Artists Reception on Saturday, November 3 from 10:30 am to 12 pm at the Community Room in our Main Library.

Annual Giving Tree

Our annual Giving Trees will be up in both our Main Library and the Village Branch. In past years you, our patrons, have been extremely generous with your gifts for local children and pets in need.

Your gifts will be donated to People to People, Hi Tor Animal Shelter, and the Center for Safety & Change. These organizations are always appreciative of your generosity. The trees will be up November through mid-December, the exact dates will be announced soon. Thank you again.

Borrow a Tablet

Starting in December, the Library will have available, to HKDPL cardholders only, for a 2 week borrowing period, Wacom and VisTablet drawing tablets. These are in addition to the iPads, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft Surface Pro, and Kindles that we already circulate.

Borrowers must sign our tablet agreement, and have a clean (no overdue nor lost charges) library card. These items are available for borrowers ages 13 and up. Parents must sign an agreement on behalf of their children age 13 to 18. There are no renewals.

Congrats to Joan

Congratulations to Joan Rosen!

At the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, we strive to deliver programming and resources that can help the people we serve achieve their highest potential as learners. We're very excited to announce that the Library's Photograph Your World program, led by HKDPL's Joan Rosen, was selected by the Ramapo Catskill Library System as Youth Program of the Year.

Photograph Your World is a series of five to seven sessions that uses photography as an art form and educational medium. Each year Joan teaches photography to 3rd to 5th graders at the HKDPL Village Branch. Children are given cameras and taught how to use them. They focus on portraiture, family, and community. The classes offer the children a new and meaningful way to express themselves.

We're very proud of Joan's work on this program and this recognition is well-deserved. The Library offers many great programs for people of all ages - concerts, art classes, play times, story times, writing workshops, community service opportunities, comic-cons - there's a lot going on at the Library! Visit our calendar for a list of programs for adults, teens, and children. And if you have a suggestion for a program, or if you have some skill or knowledge you'd like to share with your neighbors, let us know.

Holiday Craft Fair, Saturday, December 8, 10 am - 4 pm

You are invited to attend our first annual HKDPL Holiday Craft Fair! With over 25 vendors, you will be able to browse our extensive collection of handmade crafts, jewelry, and even food! No charge to come and browse, you never know what you'll find! For more information, please call Catherine Campos, 845-786-3800 ext. 22.

Inclement Weather Reminder

Check announcements made on our phone message at 786-3800, WHUD 1700 FM,, and for the library's late openings and closings this winter season. No fines on snow days! Click here for NRCSD closings.

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Main Library

  • 10 West Ramapo Road
  • Garnerville, NY 10923
  • Telephone: (845) 786-3800
  • Fax: (845) 786-3791

Village Branch

  • 85 Main Street
  • Haverstraw, NY 10927
  • Telephone: (845) 429-3445
  • Fax: (845) 429-7313