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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

Morning Meditation with Music and Mindfulness
Mondays, February 3rd, 10th & 24th, 10:30 am
Experience the peace of a quiet mind and open heart while being guided through gentle meditations with music and mindfulness. Learn simple tools you can use at home. All levels of experience welcome. Class led by Carole Brill, pianist, composer, singer and songwriter, who has been meditatin for over 30 years.

Gentle Yoga
Wednesdays, February 5th, 19th, 26th, 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.

Recognizing and Preventing Human Trafficking
Thursday, February 6th, 6:30 pm
Learn how commmercialized human trafficking works on a local, national and international level including the factors that lead to the victimization of so many. Presented by Voice of the Kids, a local non-profit organization. Panel members are: Ron Minsky, former New Jersey Deputy Attorney General, Sex Crimes Unit; Dr. Surajit Khanna, former NYC Assistant Commissioner; and Rosemary D'Alessandro,

Genealogy - 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.

Trash to Garden Treasure
Thursday, February 20th, 6:30 pm
Learn new tricks for indoor and outdoor gardening, become more sustainable and reduce your waste. This informative lecture will help you turn your ordinary waste, plastic water bottles, metal cans, and discards into beautiful garden containers for indoor and outdoor plantings. This program also includes a discussion on composting kitchen scraps and yard waste.

Berry Gordon and Motown Records
Thursday, February 27th, 7:00 pm
Join us for a lively lecture and presentation highlighting the rise and success of Berry Gordy and his iconic record label Motown Records. Gordy and Motown launched the careers of Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five and more, and played a substantial role in the racial integration of popular music.

Sunday Concert Series

The Homegrown String Band
Sunday, February 23rd, 2:00 pm
Hum and sway along as The HomeGrown String Band sings and strums their way into your hearts! With featured vocals backed by guitar, banjo, mandolin, and dulcimer, you'll love this family and marvel at their talent.

Fiddler's Green
Sunday, March 1st, 2:00 pm
Fiddler's Green returns to perform traditional Irish music in an authentic acoustic style. Unique and breath-taking renditions of Irish airs as well as lively jigs, reels, hornpipes, and evocative ballads are performed on fiddle, accordion, 12-string guitar, hammered dulcimer, concertina, guitar, bodhran, banjo, tin whistle, wood flute, and spoons and vocals.

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
February 07: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, 113 mins. NR
February 14: Selma, 128 mins. PG-13
February 21: Hidden Figures, 127 mins. PG
February 28: Lee Daniels' The Butler, 132 mins. PG-13

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