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A Note from the Director


There's so much news to share with you! Starting in June 2019, you can come to HKDPL to process your US Passport! Also, we did an investigation into the impact of overdue fines on children and teens. We were surprised to learn that overdue fines on those materials meant that over 20% of our young people were prevented from borrowing any books at all. We're in the business of providing access to materials, not blocking access, so as a result we've eliminated fines on children's and teen materials. Because we know so many people are on fixed incomes, we also removed fines for our senior patrons age 65 and over. Items still need to be returned in a timely fashion or lost fees will be assessed, but we feel this goes a long way to keeping access open for everyone.

In other changes, please join me in saying a heartfelt Thank You to Naomi Goldberg Honor and Barbara Fleischer for their years of service. Naomi has retired as the Head of our Adult Services department after 15 years, but you may still see her occasionally behind the reference desk. Barbara has retired as a Children's Librarian after nearly 10 years and will be moving out of the area. Best wishes in your next chapter!!

Finally, help me Welcome Nicola McDonald as our new Assistant Library Director and Lori Salotto as our new Head of Adult Services! Nicola was the Library Manager at a branch of the New York Public Library and Lori was the Head of Adult Services at the Nanuet Public Library.

See you in the stacks!
Claudia Depkin, Library Director

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Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow Poster Exhibit

During June, please come view the Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow poster exhibit, organized by the New York Historical Society. The exhibit, which will be displayed in the Adult Reference Room in the Main Library, tells the dramatic, national story of the struggle for black equality after the end of slavery.

Image above: Unidentified artist, Dred Scott, after 1857. New-York Historical Society.

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.

2019 Reading Challenge

Join the 2019 Reading Challenge! Test yourself with easy to hard challenges. For added fun, compete with your friends and family to see who can finish the most challenges. Will you be able to finish all the challenges by the end of the year? Try and find out!

Sign up for the challenge today!

Questions? Contact Jaclyn Gomez at 786-3800 ext. 21.

Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election

The Library's annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election is on June 6, 2019, 9 am to 8 pm, in both Library buildings. You must be a resident of the Library's district and a registered voter in order to vote. If you are not a registered voter you can register at the Board of Elections in New City, 11 New Hempstead Rd., 845-638-5172. You must be registered no later than May 10, 2019 to be eligible to vote in our election. For more information on the budget vote, please see page two.

Save the Date for King Con! August 3, 10 am - 4 pm

Our annual mini-comic convention, King Con, is back! For information on the events being held, to reserve an artist table, to find out what artists and vendors are coming, and more, please go to We hope to see you there!

Are you creative? Enter our King Con Art Contest! Whatever your fandom is, Anime, Comics, TV or movies, your submission is welcomed. Pieces must be brought to the Adult Reference Desk, ready to be hung, no later than July 22nd. No late entries will be accepted. There are 3 categories, Children, Teen, and Adult, and there will be one winner for each category. Come on and show off your artsy side!

In the Gallery

May - Hi Tor Animal Care Center - Children's Art - "Be Kind to Animals"
June - Jane Aguilar Murphy - Photographs - "For the Love of Animals"

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

Judi Meighan, Joan Rosen, and Claudia Depkin

Grant Award

Joan Rosen (center), of the Haverstraw King’'s Daughters Public Library, was awarded a $2500 grant from the Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation for her program Reach for Hired Ground, aimed at high school juniors and seniors. The 5-week workshop, to be taught at the Main Library in the fall, will teach the tools (resumé, interview techniques) needed for a successful job search. Registration begins in September. In the photo Judi Meighan (left), Director of the Foundation, presents the check to Ms. Rosen and Claudia Depkin (right), Library Director.

June Means Graduation and Yearbook Signing

Can you help HKDPL complete our yearbook collection? The Thomas F.X. Casey Local History Room is looking for the following volumes:

High School Yearbook Recensio - Haverstraw High School - pre-1943 & North Rockland High School - 1968, 1969, 1972, 1986, 1988, 2016
Haverstraw Middle School Yearbook Genesis - 1987
James A Farley Middle School Yearbook Omega - 1970-1974, 1981-1983, 2005, 2009-2011
Fieldstone Middle School Yearbook - 2013-2018

Yearbooks can be dropped off at the Adult Services reference desk on the entry level. Thank you!

Summer Volunteers

This summer Teen Volunteers can earn Community Service by working on projects that will be donated to various organizations. Please pick up an application at the Library beginning June 24.

All volunteers must be entering grades 7-12 and live in or attend school in the NRCSD.

Service Recognition

We are so very lucky to have a dedicated team of people who are committed to the Library and to our community. I'd like to take this opportunity to recognize those folks whose anniversaries occur during May and June: Rio A., 14 years; Cheryl B., 16 years; Cathy C., 18 years; Chris C., 16 years; Richard C., 2 years; Barbara G., 14 years; Jackie G., 10 years; Pam G., 12 years; Austin H., 7 years; Tyler H., 4 years; Barbara K., 39 years; Pat P., 16 years; Christopher S., 6 years; Angie Y., 23 years. That is 197 years of service to this institution and to you. If you see them, please join me in congralutating and thanking them! This recognition of team members is a regular feature in our newsletter.

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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