Friday, November 4, 2016

Friends Board meetings

The Friends board will meet on Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:30 - 7:00pm in the Library.  These meeting are open; please join us if you are interested in the Friends group and how we function. We make decisions about what projects to undertake, how to raise funds (e.g., our Mini Golf event in April), what library services and programs to support with the funds we've raised, and what supplemental programs or activities to organize (e.g., an author talk, a poetry reading, or a games day).

Typically we meet on the 4th Monday of each month. But for November-December 2016, because of holiday schedules and conflicts, we chose to have a single combined meeting on Monday, December 5th.

Subsequent meetings dates as currently scheduled on 4th Mondays in 2017:
January 23, 2017
February 27, 2017
March 27, 2017
April 24, 2017
May 22, 2017
June 26, 2017

Mini Golf in the Library, again!

We are happy to announce that plans are underway for another Mini Golf fundraiser, a.k.a. FUN raiser.  Mark your calendars now:

 Saturday April 8, 2017,  9:30am - 3:30pm
Mini Golf in the Library
250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA

$5 Adults; $3 for ages 5-12; children under 5 are FREE.

The Friends of Holyoke Public Library invite you to come play Miniature Golf in the Library and thereby help us raise funds in support of library services and programs for youth.

Last spring's event was delightful, and raised over $6K, thanks to generous sponsors (Hole sponsors and Event Sponsors), donors of silent auction items, and the over 200 people who played the game.

If interested in being a Sponsor in 2017, please email  Our 2017 Mini Golf Chair (Sandy Ward) will let you know what sponsorship opportunities are available.

Here are a few photos from April 2016:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Library Fest photos

Here are some photos from the Library Fest, which was sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and planned in coordination with Children's Librarian Nathan Hayes and Teen Librarian Rachel Dowd. Activities were held both inside and outside the library on Saturday September 17, 2016.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Library Fest
Saturday, September 17
11 A.M.-2 P.M.
Holyoke Public Library

LOCAL-Join the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library for a day of free outdoor/indoor activities, including games, button-making, and Enchanted Circle Theater's reenactment of children's book “Max the Brave” at 11. Get a library card printed on the spot, so you can take the Fest home whenever you want.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Library outreach at Celebrate Holyoke

Friends of the Library helped with library outreach August 26-28, 2016 at Celebrate Holyoke. We staffed tables displaying Holyoke Public Library information as well as Friends merchandise.
Barbara Raines with Friends Merchandise

Karlene Shea and Tim Damon
The Library's Teen Outreach Librarian, Rachel Dowd, was there with us Friday evening. Archivist Eileen Crosby and several of her assistants from the History Room took turns staffing a display promoting the Nuestros Senderos project (Community digitization day coming September 24).

Eileen Crosby promoting Nuestros Senderos project 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Holyoke History Room

The History Room collection of the Holyoke Public Library contains many special resources and treasures. Archivist Eileen Crosby recently led Friends board members on an "after-hours" tour, showing us unique items and describing the types of research possible here.
Old maps made for insurance purposes detail the shapes and construction materials of buildings on each lot in Holyoke in the 1880's.
A Water dept notebook includes hand-drafted details of projects.

Holyoke Boys Club scrapbooks include clippings of newspaper articles about boxing matches and other sports and activities of the club. These large format scrapbooks, with old newsprint glued to pages, present challenges for archivists (e.g., how to store and preserve), yet provide wonderful information for those interested in Holyoke sports history.

Compact shelving in a climate-controlled area of the library basement provides safe long-term storage for archival collections.

Terrence Smith, newly elected member of the Friends board, stepped into one of temporary* aisles for a closer look at the archival boxes.

*The compact shelving rolls on tracks, allowing only one aisle open at a time. This is a huge space saver.

The public is not allowed in this basement room. Eileen invited us for a quick look at this specialized shelving. 

Fortunately many of the fragile old documents have now been digitized, and may be viewed online. The quality of the old lithographs is stunning.

 Eileen showed us examples of digitized books that can be downloaded.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Friends Board Meeting

The Board of the Friends of HPL will meet, as usual, on the 4th Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Library.  Thus, Monday, June 27, 5:30 - 7 pm.

Because the Library is now on SUMMER HOURS, closing at 6pm Mon-Thurs, we will meet in the Community Room, which can remain open past the closure of the library.

Childcare is now provided at Friends Board meetings.  We have young parents on the board, and wish to make it easier for them to attend meetings.

Our meetings are open to the public. All welcome!