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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
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.

Make an Ugly "Sweater"!
Monday, December 2nd, 6:30pm
MAKEUP DATE: Monday, December 5th, 6:30 pm
Bring in your shirt, sweatshirt or sweater and we'll help you make it the best "ugly sweater"! Add buttons, bows, pompoms and all sorts of fun shiny items to jazz up your sweater. You'll be the envy of your friends! Class is open to all ages. Bring the family and make matching sweaters! REQUIRED REGISTRATION opens November 4th.

Morning Meditation with Music & Mindfulness
Mondays, December 9, 16 & 23, 10 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 meditating for over 30 years.

Holiday Blood Drive
Monday, December 30th, 1pm - 7 pm
Help save lives and support the community by donating blood. No appointment necessary. Thank you!

Mountain Oysters Band
Sunday, December 8, 2 pm
Join Wild Bill and the Mountain Oysters Band, featuring the Divine Miss Emily on bass and Ian Moore on his "magic fiddle" for some "bluegrassy" Americana music. Featuring everything from Bill Monroe and Hank Williams to the Everly Brothers and Elvis.

Film: New York City Ballet Presents "the Nutcracker"
Wednesday, December 18th, 6:30 pm
Experience the wonder of the New York City Ballet's iconic holiday classic on the big screen. Filmed and produced by Lincoln Center. 110 mins.

Christmas Traditions
Thursday, December 18th, 6:30 pm
'Tis the season for a joyous historical slideshow by author, photographer and musician Kevin Woyce. This hour-long presentation uses original photographs, vintage images and live music to explore favorite Christmas traditions. Learn how historical figures such as Saint Nicholas and Charles Dickens have shaped the way we celebrate.

In the Gallery

December - Haverstraw King's Daughters Junior 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.


Fridays @ 1 pm
December 6: "Christmas with the Kranks", 99 mins PG
December 13: "Scrooged", 100 mins PG-13
December 20: "Home for the Holidays", 104 mins PG-13
December 27: "Jingle All the Way", 95 mins PG

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