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:

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..."

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Envisioning Mini Golf in our Library

Is it time yet to play Mini Golf at the Holyoke Public Library?
A practice "hole" will come soon...

These wonderful images have been created for us by local graphic artists. We are in the process of creating flyers to promote the event. Which image(s) would be best?  Such a hard choice!

There is also a catchy cartoon image chosen by the editor of the HPL Newsletter.  See page 1 of the Winter 2016 issue. 

If you'd like to help, or to express you preference, please email  friendsofthehpl [@] gmail [.] com

Thursday, March 10, 2016

2016 Dues

Thank you to Friends who have renewed memberships for 2016.  We are happy to see the remittance envelopes in our mailbox:

The pile of mail you see in this photo yielded $850 in dues. THANK YOU!

We much appreciate the generosity of Friends who choose to contribute at levels well above the minimum $10 rate. We are glad, too, to have Friends members contribute $10, indicating a desire to stay on our mailing list and be a Friend.

Not visible in the photo are renewals arriving via PayPal (the DONATE button on this page).   If you are reading this page and didn't recently receive a letter from us, you may use that button to send in dues ($10, or above) and inform us of your current address.

We are using a new system for tracking memberships, and have had some delays in getting everything set up.  No formal request for dues was sent out in 2014/15, so we may not have your current contact information. We voted in 2015/16 to change the renewal cycle to calendar year – simpler to understand and remember. Dues paid now will cover the membership period January-December 2016.

Our letter requesting 2016 dues was dated February 29 and mailed late that day. Our membership chair, Pattie Lumbra, began processing the renewals on March 9. We look forward to receiving more renewals in our mailbox in the coming days and weeks.