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!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BOOK SALE May 20-21

A big BOOK SALE will be held in the Community Room at the Holyoke Public Library on Friday May 20th 12noon-4pm and Saturday May 21st 8:30am-4pm.

This is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library. Most books will be priced at $1 for hardback and 50¢ per paperback. We have over 6,000 books awaiting sale.

Book Sale Categories:

Children's books
Foreign language
Hobbies & Sports
Holyoke/New England
Home & Garden
Mystery & Suspense
Poetry/Short Stories
Politics & Government
Religion & Philosophy
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Social Science
Science & Technology

Since December 1, 2015, a small self-serve book sale has been running daily in the lobby of the library. That sale has been quite successful, raising an average of over $100 a month for the Friends. But it has not made much of a dent in the huge pile of books in storage. Thus, it is time for a BIGGER sale, to help us recycle more of these gently-used books.

Come to the sale! Bring your friends! 

Prices will be discounted in the final hour (Saturday 3pm-) of the sale.  Help us clear that room!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mini Golf - more photos

   Some fairways...

were on



      April 9, 2016


HAP Housing sponsored the 8th hole and added a house!

Mini Golf in the Library was fun for all ages. On Saturday 200 people came and played mini golf!  Families played together.  Laughter and smiles were everywhere.

 "This is genius!" remarked one man. Throughout the day we had heard many positive comments.  "Please do this again" was a common refrain.  "Will you do this next year?"

YES!  By unanimous vote at the Friends of the Library board meeting April 25, the decision was made. We'll repeat this wonderful fundraiser (and FUN-raiser) next spring. Save the date:  Saturday April 8, 2017.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Mini Golf FUN!

Playing mini golf INSIDE the Holyoke Public Library!   These photos are from the preview event Friday night.  MORE fun to come TODAY, 9:30am-3:30 pm April 9.   Don't miss it!

All sorts of obstacles may appear on the fairways.
Someone called this one a "Sandy Trap"

Monday, April 4, 2016

Thanking Our Sponsors

We thank the generous sponsors who have provided major funding for Mini Golf in the Library!

Each sponsor is invited to attend our "SWING into SPRING with the Friends" Cocktail Party this Friday, April 8, 6:00-9:00pm at the Library, and to add special "obstacles" to their portion of the golf course, which we expect will be enjoyed by hundreds of golfers of all ages the next day.

Come PARTY with us Friday night, and preview the course.  Play a round, if you wish. See Facebook invitation:  www.facebook.com/events/797130643752080/

Sponsors at the Silver level:

Holyoke Gas & Electric Co  (event sponsor)
People's United Bank (event sponsor)
Finegold Alexander Architects  (1st hole)
Westfield Bank  (18th hole)
Aaron's (19th/ Hole in One contest)

Hole Sponsors:

CareerPoint  (event and hole sponsor)
Children’s Study Home
Conklin Office Furniture
HAP Housing
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Mass. Surgical Supply
Open Square
Reliable Computer
River Valley Counseling Center
Ross Insurance Agency
State Representative Aaron Vega
Tea Cups on Linen
Williamson Commercial Properties

COME PLAY Mini Golf in the Library Saturday April 9, 9:30am-4:00pm (last tee-off at 3:30pm).

Complete information about both events is posted on the Library website:

Friday, March 18, 2016

A Mini Golf green has arrived

A very large box arrived today from Library Mini Golf, LLC.  Inside we found the components of a "green" for Mini Golf.  This will become a Practice Hole for the public – once we acquire some golf balls and decide how/when/where to make the LMG putter available (without causing a nuisance or extra work for library staff).  For today, we just assembled the green and placed it in the lobby, adding a big sign, "Coming soon..."