Friday, January 20, 2017

Lobbying for Library Funding

Friends members and library advocates Kate Kruckemeyer and Sandy Ward met with our State Rep Aaron Vega at the annual Library Legislative Breakfast with State Senator Don Humason on January 20, 2017.  It was held in Easthampton, in the Williston Memorial Library.

We listened to speakers representing library users, library directors, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commission (MBLC), as well as legislators from several local towns and cities.  We heard details of the budget shortfalls in library funding, and were advised about strategies for lobbying for increased funding.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thinking of Wanda

Wanda Myslek volunteered her time and talents to many good causes, including the Holyoke Public Library. She was an active member of the Friends of the Library and served as Treasurer for many years. Her name as Treasurer is on the official letter in fall 2009 committing the Friends of the Library to a $100,000 pledge to the Library's Capital Campaign.  (In 2016 we completed payment of that pledge.) We are glad she lived to see the successful expansion and remodeling of the Library.

Wanda helped us with many projects, including several Future Begins Here fundraisers at the Holyoke Mall.  This photo of Wanda with Anne Gorman and María Pagán was taken at FBH in 2011:

Today many friends (and Friends of the Library) gathered at the funeral home to pay respects to Wanda.  Anne Gorman and María Pagán were there, as well as Friends President Karlene Shea and Past-President Sandy Ward.   (Wanda's Obituary is on Masslive.)

 R.I.P. Wanda    We miss your smile! 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Sponsors for 2017 Mini Golf in the Library

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On December 28, 2016, The Republican published this story about our upcoming Mini Golf fundraiser and our request for sponsors for 2017: "Tee off to help library"
(See also the MassLive version posted the next day.)

We are pleased that many of last year's sponsors wish to sponsor again. We thank in particular two sponsors who have DOUBLED their level of sponsorship and sent us their checks promptly:
  • Ross Insurance Agency
  • Conklin Office Furniture
Ross Insurance Agency is our first Event Sponsor for 2017, sponsoring at the Gold Level.

Conklin Office Furniture is the first of our Hole Sponsors for 2017. They have chosen to sponsor one of the premium holes: the 18th Hole.  On our Friends Facebook page Conklin Office Furniture commented,
"Something to look forward to in 2017! A fun time and such a great cause! Thanks for all the work you do Friends of the Holyoke Public Library."
For more information about our April 2017 fundraiser and how to become a sponsor, visit this Mini Golf page on the HPL website:

We'll update this page as additional sponsorships come in.

December 30: We are happy to welcome a NEW sponsor for 2017: Racing Mart Fuels, 330 Main Street, Holyoke. Racing Mart is an Event Sponsor at the Bronze level.

A sponsorship check from Marcotte Ford, 1025 Main Street, Holyoke, arrived in our mailbox in early January. We welcome Marcotte Ford as an Event Sponsor at the Bronze level.

On January 10, CareerPoint returned as a sponsor, increasing their contribution to become an Event Sponsor at the Silver level this year. Thank you!

Aaron's, 740 High Street, will sponsor the 1st Hole. This is their second year of sponsoring a Premium Hole at the $500 level. Much appreciated!

Store Manager Rob Lopez presented the Aaron's check to Sandy Ward, Mini Golf chair, on Friday January 27.

Mount Holyoke College has become an Event Sponsor at the Bronze level, thanks to Kevin McCaffrey, MHC Director of Government and Community Relations.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ornaments on sale at Library

This is the latest addition (2016) to the Friends series of ornaments depicting historic Holyoke buildings and scenes.  It is a 21st Century view of our public library showing the new addition and entrance facing Chestnut Street.    (Scroll below for additional photos of this one.)

You can buy this lovely new ornament at the Library Circulation Desk; the price is $20.  Other ornaments, including the Maple Street view of the 1902 Library, are also available. 

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.