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A Note from the Director

Kevin Suggs

A Fond Farewell

We're very sad to announce that after 14 years on our team, librarian Rio A. is leaving to take a Teen Librarian position at a public library in Westchester. Rio started as an Information Services Assistant and then went on to achieve her Master's degree in Library & Information Science. We wish her all the best and hope she comes back to visit.

Janis Erin

Welcome to Erin & Janis

Please join me in welcoming Erin P. and Janis K. to our HKDPL family! Erin is our new librarian in Adult Services and will be happy to find your next favorite read or connect you to the resources you need. Janis works in our Technical Services department, which means she's responsible for getting our new materials shelf-ready for you to discover.

Are You a Library Champion?

Every winter library folks from around the state head to Albany to advocate for state funding of libraries of all kinds. We love to share stories with our legislators of how the library has changed people's lives. If you've got a great story to tell about how important HKDPL is to you and your family, please email us at . And let us know if you want to add your voice in person when we go north on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.


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 economially 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 November and December: Victor C., 3 years; Priscilla H., 13 years; Alice K., 2 years; Anne S., 14 years; Tim T., 2 years; Sajan T., 2 years in August; and Charlotte V., 41 years. That is 77 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 to All Teen Volunteers

Library teen volunteers worked on various projects this summer. They made blankets, pillows, toys, hats made with a loom, paracord bracelets for deployed military service people, helped with Children's programs, and more!

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.

Adult Programs & Services

Individual Resumé Workshops with Eileen Grimm
Friday, November 15th, 11 am - 1 pm
Monday, December 2nd, 5 pm - 7 pm
Sign up for an individual 30 minute consultation with career counselor Eileen Grimm, who will help you recreate your resumé and make it stand out. Regardless of you experience or profession, there are "insider tips" you need to know. By appointment only - call 845-786-3800, ext. 18 or 19.

UFOs - Linda Zimmermann
Wednesday, November 13th, 7 pm
Author and paranormal researcher Linda Zimmermann started investigating UFOs in the Hudson Valley after residents shared their UFO experiences with her. She discovered that this area is abundant in ghost and UFO sightings and has written several books and filmed a documentary on the subject. Join Linda as she speaks about her experiences in this fascinating field.

Inner Peace through Meditation this Holiday Season
Thursday, November 14th, 7 pm
Long-time meditator Dr. Frank Pawlowski discusses the positive effect meditation can have on your life. The benefits of incorporating meditation into your daily routine are numerous. Learn a simple yet powerful meditation technique to help with seasonal stress and enrich your life.

Alicia's Colors
Saturday, November 16th, 12 pm
Alicia Benton returns with her colorful, bright, and fun painting workshop. Create an autumn leaf painting that you will be proud to hang in your home. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION starts November 1st, $5 non-refundable materials fee due at registration.

In the Gallery

November - Helen Hayes Hospital - "History & Patient Testimonials"

December - Haverstraw King's Daughters Junio Art Show
An Art Reception will be held December 14th, 10:30 am - 12 pm, in the Community Room.

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.

Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am - 4 pm
Our second annual Holiday Craft Fair is here! Stop by for all your holiday shopping. Local crafters will display a variety of wares. Whatever it is you're looking for, you will find it here! And don't forget to visit our Raffle Table for the chance to win wonderful prizes. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be donated to charity.
For more information, please call 845-786-3800 ext. 18

Holiday Craft Fair - Vendors Wanted! Saturday, November 23, 10 am - 4 pm

Do you knit? Crochet? Are you a creative crafter with a house overflowing with items to sell? Then this fair is perfect for you! Tables/spots must be reserved in advance, $5 per spot if you have your own table, $10 if you need to borrow one, and we ask that each vendor donate a small item to be raffled off that day. The proceeds from the table fees and any raffles sold will be donated to charity. To reserve a table, please stop by the Adult Reference Desk. For more information, please call Jaclyn Gomez, 845-786-3800 ext. 21.

Lunch at the Library

More than 60 children enjoyed a free lunch at HKDPL's Village Branch on 5 Thursdays over the summer. The lunch included milk, fruit juice, a sandwich, and a serving of fruit. Meals were prepared by the North Rockland Central School District and delivered to the library courtesy of the Haverstraw Center. Lunch preparation costs were funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program.

Junior Art Show Call for Submissions

Are you an artist? Do you love to create? If so, please bring us a piece of your artwork to display in our Junior Art Show this December! All artists up to age 12 are invited to submit a piece of ready-to-hang artwork for the show.

Please attach a piece of paper or index card to the back of your work telling us the name of the artist, phone number, and the title of the piece. Please bring all submissions of artwork to the Children's Desk by Monday, November 25th.

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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