National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 21 – Oct. 27

In recognition of National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 21 – Oct. 27, the Howland Public Library in Beacon wishes to thank the Friends of Howland Public Library for raising funds to purchase items for the library that are outside the budget voted on annually by residents of the Beacon city school district. With public library budget increases restricted to 2 percent or less, and with most of that increase eaten by mandated costs, supplemental Friends funds are more important than ever.

Recent Friends purchases include new library tables, T-shirts for HPL’s winning teen Battle of the Books team, a historical-document scanner, a hanging system for our gallery spaces, an HDTV for programs, and coming soon — e-readers loaded with bestsellers. We couldn’t have purchased these items without Friends donations.

Many thanks to Friends President Stacy Dedring, Vice President Elsa Franco and Treasurer Marion Imperatore; to Vickie Raabin for co-chairing the Friends Fabulous February Family Fundraiser; and to Marcia Frahman, Vicki Blucher, and the best bunch of bookstore volunteers ever! They’ve made the Beacon Reads Bookstore the success it is today.

Finally, thanks to HPL Board Liaison Prue Posner, for helping the Friends attract and keep great people.

Everyone in the community who has supported the Friends of HPL membership drive this year and in years past is a Friend of HPL.

All Friends – those who volunteer and those who raise funds and those who write checks – make a real difference in our community.

Fanny Keaton

HPL Director

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