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A Note from the Director


Get Counted

2020 is a national Census year. For the first time ever the Census is online, not on paper. You should receive a postcard with your specific login info in March. Haverstraw is considered a "Hard to Count Community" and HKDPL can connect you securely to the Census 2020 site. We'll have dedicated computers and trained staff members to facilitate your filling out the survey. New York State has a lot to lose if our residents are undercounted, including the loss of 2 congressional seats and underfunding of federal programs such as the school lunch program, highway plannning and construction, unemployment insurance, and crime victim assistance. Get counted at the library.


Fond Farewell

I'm sad to announce that children's librarian Elyse Stoller will be leaving us at the beginning of 2020. She's going on to an exciting opportunity at the Finkelstein Memorial Library as the Head of Circulation & AV. Elyse has been a creative and enthusiastic member of our team for almost 5 years and we will miss her playful spirit. Please join me in wishing her all the best.



I'm excited to announce that Sajan Thomas has been appointed our new Information Services Assistant. He's a familiar face, as he's been part of our Circulation Department for the last 2 years. Please join me in congratulating Sajan.


2020 marks the 125th anniversary of HKDPL. Society has changed a lot and we want to help lead the way in Haverstraw to ensure that we're here for another 125. Reducing energy consumption by installing solar panels and instituting a recycling program are only part of the picture. We'll be implementing shifts in all areas of our business so that our actions incorporate practices that are environmentally sound AND economically feasible AND socially equitable. Our intention is to be certified as a Sustainable Library by the New York Library Association, and continue to support a Haverstraw that is thriving and able to bounce back from disruption.

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 January and February: Yahira B., 4 years; Elizabeth B., 12 years; Claudia D., 8 years; Liju D., 7 years; Patrice G., 21 years; Tim H., 15 years; Naomi H., 16 years; Ken K., 5 years; Helen R., 26 years; Arlene S., 4 years. That is 118 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

Visit a Museum

Looking for something to do? 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 Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim, Storm King Center and Boscobel House and Gardens. Click here for a full list of museums.

Thank You Senator James Skoufis and Stony Point Pharmacy & Gift

Thank you for generously providing flu shots for 40 HKDPL patrons and staff on November 25th. We are grateful for your commitment ot the Library and to the health of our community.

Thank You to Our Patrons

Thank you to all who came to support our local vendors at our Holiday Craft Fair on November 23rd. Thanks to your generosity, we raised $355 for the American Cancer Society through raffle ticket sales.
Thank you for your continued donations of food. Because of your generosity, every month we donate numerous bags of food to Catholic Charities Community Services.

Adult Programs & Services

Gentle Yoga
Wednesdays, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 2:30 pm
Marla Caplan is back to lead the classes. Chairs provided if needed. Bring a yoga mat or towel, a bottle of water and dress comfortably.

Start the New Year with Meditation
Thursday, January 9th, 7:00 pm
Begin the New Year with a clean slate and a fresh start. Long-time meditator Dr. Frank Pawlowski leads this powerful and inspiring workshop. Learn and practice a simple meditation technique that will bring joy, peace, possibility and relations into your daily life.

Rockland County Office of the Aging
Friday, January 10th, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Representatives will be available to share information and answer questions about senior resources available in Rockland county. Stop by and say hello!

Thursday, January 16th, 6:30 pm
The honey bee is one of the most useful insects but sadly, bee populations are on the decline. Learn the basics to get started as a beekeeper: the supplies needed; locations for hives; and "how-tos" of keeping bees. Local beekeeper Judy Curcio will discuss the complex social organization of the beehive community and their life cycle.

Tabletop Gardens: Bonsai and Kodedama
Thursday, January 23rd, 3:30 pm
Keep your thumb "green" during the winter months and turn your attention to gardening indoors. Learn the ancient and widely practiced art of the Bonsai and the technique used to create terrariums and indoor garden baskets for any room in your home.


Presented by Genealogy Expert Tony Lauriano

Finding Your Female Ancestors
Wednesday, January 8th, 6:30 pm
Tracing female ancestry can be challenging. Join tony Lauriano as he shares strategies for uncovering those elusive maiden names in your family tree.

Military Records Research
Wednesday, February 12th, 6:30 pm
Get insight into researching military records in this informative and interactive lecture. Also, HKDPL cardholders can search military records at home with our new database, FOLD3. See a librarian for details.

Sunday Concert Series

The Guthrie Brothers - Scarborough Fair / Everything Everly
Sunday, January 26th, 2:00 pm
Prepare to fall in love again with the music of Simon & Garfunkel as Jeb and Jock Guthrie capture the sound and spirit of Scarborough Fair. Their spellbinding version of All I Have To Do is Dream , their authentic rendition of Sounds of Silence, their playful version of Cecilia and their stories, trivia, and humor will have you smiling and singing along.

In the Gallery

January -Zeta Phi Beta Sorority "Centennial Celebration - Celebrating 100 Years of Scholarship, Service & Sisterhood"

February -Henry Pfeffer - "Surfaces" - Abstract Paintings

Our gallery is located at the lower level of the main library in Garnerville.
Interested in exhibiting your artwork? Please call Cheryl at 786-3800 ext. 14 for information. We have months open in 2020.


Fridays @ 1 pm
January 3: Of Mice and Men 110 mins. PG-13
January 10: The Descendants 115 mins. R
January 17: Water for Elephants, 121 mins. PG-13
January 24: Beautiful Creatures , 124 mins. PG-13
January 31: The Lucky Ones 101 mins. PG-13

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