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Fond farewell to Wilma

A Note from the Director

In Defense of Reading

It seems like it's harder and harder to find time to read, doesn't it? Between sleeping, working, eating, and screen time, sometimes it's just easier to skip it. Not so fast... studies at Temple University and the New School for Social Research have shown that reading can help improve the 3 types of intelligence that are markers for success. Fluid intelligence is the ability to problem solve. Crystallized intelligence is the accumulated knowledge, facts and skills that one acquires and that require accessing long-term memory. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and respond to your own and others' feelings. Be sure to take those few minutes before bed and pick up a book. I bet you feel smarter already!

Fond Farewells

We're very sad to announce that after 23 years with us as a librarian, Wilma Glover-Koomson is retiring. Wilma’s infectious laugh and expertise in all things related to libraries have made her a vital part of our team. We will miss her and wish her a long and happy retirement!

Assistant Director Casey Conlin is also moving on. Though he was with us only 15 months, Casey has helped us revitalize our services and community engagement. We wish him all the best at his new position with the Mid-Hudson Library System!

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: Yahaira B., 3 years; Elizabeth B., 11 years; Claudia D., 7 years; Liju D., 6 years; Patrice G., 20 years; Tim H., 14 years; Naomi H., 15 years; Ken K., 4 years; Helen R., 25 years; Arlene S., 3 years; Stephanie W., 19 years. That is 127 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

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.

Visit a Museum

Looking for something to do this holiday season? 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.

Access Consumer Reports for Free!

Get product reviews as well as information on saving money,
consumer privacy in the internet age, car maintenance and repair guides,
and topical highlights such as home improvement tips.
Check out Consumer Reports today! Just enter your library card when asked.

Thank You!

Once again you, our patrons, have been extremely generous with your Giving Tree donations. Your gifts have been donated to People to People and the Hi Tor Animal Shelter. These organizations are always appreciative of your generosity. Thank you again!

AARP Tax-Aide: February 2 through April 16, 2019

It's that time of the year again! Get free income tax preparation for middle and low income taxpayers from AARP. Special attention given to those age 50 and older. Returns are prepared on a first come, first served basis. You must be signed one hour before the end of the session. Hours are as follows:

Tuesdays: 2 pm - 6 pm
Thursdays: 10 am - 2 pm
Saturdays: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Please bring a photo ID and the following: Notices and forms from NYS and the IRS; Social Security Cards; W-2s from each employer; Unemployment compensation statements; All 1099s; Forms indicating federal income tax paid; Dependent care provider information; Receipts and/or cancelled checks for income and property taxes paid and for charitable contributions; Copies of last year's Federal and State returns; Proof of health insurance coverage.

In the gallery

In the Gallery

January - Paintings by Franklin Castro

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'd love to have you!

Lots of Ways to Enjoy Library Materials!

Are you too busy to sit down with a book? Put your ears to work while you travel, craft, or putter around the house. We have audiobooks available in several formats, including Books on CD; Playaways, which are self-contained units which fit in your pocket and can be used with headphones, or played through your car audio system; and e-audio, which can be downloaded to your tablet, phone, or other device. We would love to help you get started with any of these, if you have not tried them yet. Stop by the reference desk and ask. And don't forget, there is children's and teen material available in all these formats as well. Everyone can get an earful!

Inclement Weather Reminder

Check announcements made on our phone message at 786-3800, WHUD 1700 FM,, and for the library's late openings and closings this winter season. No fines on snow days! Click here for NRCSD closings.

Borrow a Tablet

Starting in December, the Library will have available, to HKDPL cardholders only, for a 2 week borrowing period, Wacom and VisTablet drawing tablets. These are in addition to the iPads, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft Surface Pro, and Kindles that we already circulate.

Borrowers must sign our tablet agreement, and have a clean (no overdue nor lost charges) library card. These items are available for borrowers ages 13 and up. Parents must sign an agreement on behalf of their children age 13 to 18. There are no renewals.

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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