Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mini Golf in the Library! 2018

Plans are rolling forward for the Third Annual "Mini Golf in the Library! ¡Minigolf en la Biblioteca!" fundraiser at the Holyoke Public Library. This year, the LIBRARY is the official host, with Friends of the Library volunteers helping run three (3) events. Proceeds from sponsorships (Hole Sponsors, Event Sponsors), ticket and auction sales will go directly to the Library to enhance programming and services for children and young adults.  

We thank our SPONSORS (see below) for supporting the Library!
To become a sponsor or donor, please contact Sandy Ward, Mini Golf Chair, or Nancy Kocsmiersky, HPL Development Office (413-420-8109), or send email to friendsofthehpl@gmail.comThank you!   
Visit www.holyokelibrary.org/aboutfriendsgolf.asp for more information.

Friday, April 6, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, $20
“Swing into Spring” Cocktail Party / Mini Golf 21+

Food by Brennan’s Place of Holyoke, Cash Bar, Lucky Ticket auction
and as much Mini Golf as you wish.

Saturday, April 7, Mini Golf for all ages
9:30 am - 3:30 pm 

Under 5, Free   Ages 5-12, $3   Adults, $5  (No registration required)
Come play 18 holes INSIDE the Library! 

NEW   TEAM Tournament, Sat. April 7, 9:00 am
Teams of 4, competing for Prizes and bragging rights
Pre-register via EventBrite or send check ($80/team) to HPL Development Office.

SPONSORS for 2018: 

We are pleased to report that Sponsorship checks began to arrive 2/8/18. Some of last year's sponsors made commitments last spring to return for 2018.  Conklin Office Furniture will return as Sponsor of the 18th Hole. Open Square will return as a Hole Sponsor, on one of the stairway "holes."

Racing Mart Fuels (330 Main Street), an Event Sponsor last year, will be a Hole Sponsor this year. We thank them for being the 1st in 2018 to submit a sponsorship check.

Ross Insurance Agency is our first Event Sponsor of 2018. We thank Maureen Ross O'Connell for being such a loyal friend of the library, supporting this event every year.

We also thank Aaron Vega, State Representative for the 5th Hampden District, for three years of support. He will be a Hole Sponsor again in 2018.

We welcome Valley Opportunity Council as a new Hole Sponsor this year.

Marcotte Ford, one of last year's Event Sponsors, has chosen to be a Hole Sponsor this year. We thank them and look forward to seeing what they may add to the course.

Mount Holyoke College returns as an Event Sponsor, again helping to underwrite this wonderful community event.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Comics! Comic artists! Coming Saturday Feb 17, 1-3

Come to a panel featuring Holyoke artist Hector Rodriguez
and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles illustrator Jim Lawson
and illustrator/colorist Michael Kelleher. 

Friends board member Terrence Smith, who is also works mentoring youth, has organized this  special program. Friends Treasurer Scott Meyer helped design the flyer, and Friends member Koco Givner assisted with planning.  We hope many youth will attend. All ages welcome, of course.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library. 
Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! Mini Golf will come again...

Happy New Year!  Please save these 2018 dates for the THIRD Annual "Mini Golf in the Library! ¡Minigolf en la Biblioteca!" Fundraiser:
  • Friday April 6, 6:30-9:30pm - Cocktail Party and Mini Golf for 21+
  • Saturday April 7, daytime* - Mini Golf for all ages!
It is a significant FUN raiser, as well as fundraiser, for the Holyoke Public Library. 

We hope you'll come, and bring your friends. Don't miss the fun!

* We're adding some new features for Saturday, and will announce those, and the timing, soon. Stay tuned. 

For information about very special event, visit this page on the Library's website:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Launch of "Saber es Poder" collection

Thanks to a grant from the Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice, and matching funds from the Friends of the Library, an important new collection is available at the Holyoke Public Library.  

Saber es poder: Resources on Puerto Rican and Latinx History, Culture, and Social Movements

Dr. Llana Barber, center, with Kate Kruckemeyer, right
On October 20, 2017, in conjunction with Dr. Llana Barber's presentation about her book Latino City, Friends board member Kate Kruckemeyer announced the arrival of relevant books for this new collection, which is intended to encourage and support Holyoke residents’ understanding of the Puerto Rican experience, and celebrate contributions of Latinx peoples to American culture.

The audience was invited to examine the new books, and to borrow any of interest. Julita was delighted to find a perfect book to share with her grandson.

Click on photo to enlarge
More books will be added in the future. A working group of library staff, academics, and local experts from the public sector are collaborating in developing and promoting the collection. 

For more information, or if you are interested in being involved with the planning for this project, please contact HPLSaber@gmail.com, or speak with Rachel Dowd (413-420-8119) at the Library.

Future community events in connection with this project are being planned. This collection is intended to emphasize historic and ongoing struggles to build community, resist oppression, and create social change, in an effort to inspire library patrons of all backgrounds to engage in building a positive future for Holyoke. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bylaws revision passed; new Officers elected

Update from Annual Meeting: The proposed bylaws revision passed, with all present voting in favor.

The following Officers were elected for the 2017-2018 year:

    Karlene Shea, President
    Sarah Page, Vice President
    Kate Kruckemeyer, Secretary
    Scott Meyer, Treasurer

Margaret McCarthy will serve as Membership Chair this year. Sandy Ward will continue as Mini Golf Chair.  Terrence Smith is leading the Comic-Con planning group. Kate is coordinating the Poder es Saber project.

The next Friends board meeting will be Monday October 23, 5:30pm at the Library. (We hope to make it a short meeting, so that people can also get to the Candidates Forum hosted by the Holyoke Youth Task Force that same evening.)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Pathway to the Future: 2017 Annual Meeting

All current Friends members will soon receive the above flyer and enclosed proposal (revised bylaws and a summary of the proposed changes).  Copies of these documents and other background information are also available via the Library's website, at this address:

Please come September 25.  Enjoy REFRESHMENTS with Friends. Come hear updates about projects underway for 2017-18, and help us discuss and decide how best to move forward. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sun article about Friends event

Sun Correspondent Sandra Dias wrote an excellent article about Eric Toensmeier's presentation at the Library. See the edition dated August 4-10, 2017, pages 2-3:
 "Puerto Rican cuisine: a blend of foods from other cultures."

Click here for the Archives of the Sun online

Or, go directly to the pdf of August 4th paper, and scroll to page 2: