Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New team, new collaboration

On September 1, 2015, three of the new officers of the Friends met with HPL staff member Nancy Kocsmiersky of the Library Development Office to discuss ways that we could work together. Nancy snapped this photo of us:
   Sandy Ward, President (standing)
   Kate Kruckemeyer, Vice President, left
   Pattie Lumbra, Assistant Treasurer/Membership Co-Chair, right.

We are considering new ways to keep our membership information up to date.  It has been a challenge, in the past, to keep the Friends membership list (maintained in a spreadsheet by a volunteer on a home computer) and the Library's main mailing list (maintained by Nancy with much more sophisticated database software, not accessible by the Friends) in sync. People move, phone numbers change... and notification of such changes might be sent to the Library, or to the Friends, or neither, or both. In spite of efforts to communicate changes, our lists evolve separately.

In August Nancy printed address labels for mailing the Friends newsletter. That was a helpful efficiency, but some of our newsletters were undeliverable, costing us fees at the Post Office. As we investigated each bounced address, comparing data from our two separate lists, we realized, again, the nuisance of this separation. We are seeking solutions. The software in Nancy's office will soon have to be upgraded. We are hopeful that the new version will provide new options for collaboration.

Monday, August 31, 2015

New Board and Officers elected

At the Friends Membership Meeting on August 25, five new Board members were elected to serve 3-year terms:  Elizabeth Veillette, Sarah Page, Kate Kruckmeyer, Dottie Blain-Hamel, and Nick Alger.

In addition, three returning members were elected to 1-year terms:
Michael Baron, Darlene Elias, and Sandy Ward.

Officers for 2015 – 2016 were then elected:
  • President: Sandy Ward
  • Vice President: Kate Kruckmeyer
  • Treasurer: Barbara Raines
  • Assistant Treasurer: Pattie Lumbra
  • Secretary: Elizabeth Veillette
  • Corresponding Secretary: Dottie Blain-Hamel
For complete list of the Board of Directors, see About Friends Governance on HPL website.

Upcoming plans for the Friends for 2015-2016 were reviewed, including these events in September:

September 10:  Sip/Paint/Fun to be held 6:00 - 8:30 PM at the Wyckoff Country Club. Enjoy wine and conversation, and paint your own painting, $40 with some proceeds to benefit the Friends. See Facebook event posting for more information. Or to register.

September 18-19: Book sale to be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Volunteers are needed Thursday evening to help set up and Friday evening and Saturday to help with the sale. Call the Friends office 413-420-8110 (afternoons best time to catch volunteers there). Book donations will be accepted up until Wednesday, September 16.

September 29: Next meeting of the Board of the Friends, 7:00 - 8:15 PM in the Board room, Level 1 of the Library.  Open to all.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Membership Meeting Aug 25

All members of the Friends are invited to come to an important Membership Meeting:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6:00 pm*
Community Room
Holyoke Public Library
250 Chestnut St, Holyoke

*Arrive earlier for light refreshments and socializing, 5:30-6:00pm.

The official meeting will be brief, ending before 7 pm.  The purpose of the meeting is to elect new board members and officers for the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library, and to hear about plans for the coming year.

You may recall that such elections usually are held at an Annual Meeting in May or June. For various reasons this year, the spring meeting did not occur. (One attempted meeting was aborted by a severe storm warning/tornado watch, as sensible people stayed home, so no quorum was reached.)

We hope for good weather and a large turnout this time. A printed notice of the meeting is being mailed to all Friends of record.

This meeting is open to the public. You may bring friends along. They could join that night, if they wish to participate in the voting.  Minimum dues = $10/year.

Slate of Candidates for Officers for the coming year:
  • President: Sandy Ward 
  • Vice President: Kate Kruckemeyer 
  • Secretary: Elizabeth Veillette
  • Corresponding Secretary: Pattie Lumbra 
  • Treasurer: Barbara Raines 
  • Assistant Treasurer:  (open)
Additional nominations may be made from the floor for any of these officer positions and for board positions. Note: Officers must be members of the board, so the election to fill board positions will precede the election of officers.

If YOU would like to become a candidate for the board, please let us know.  Please send email to friendsofthehpl [at] gmail [dot] com, or call the Friends office 413-420-8110 and leave a voice message.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer 2015

Library Park improvements (as reported in the previous post) are now under construction, affecting the Cabot Street end of the park. The project should be completed this fall.

The Library has been open on selected Saturdays this summer, in addition to the usual M-F summer hours. This expansion of service is welcome.

The Friends of the Holyoke Public Library are collecting books for a BOOK SALE to be held on the weekend of September 18-20.  Please bring your donations of books to the Library. Staff at the Circulation Desk will accept book donations and take them to the basement Friends office for sorting and temporary storage. Thanks to a generous offer from Rev. Barbara Thrall of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 485 Appleton Street, the book sale will be held in a large space there, in conjunction with a bake sale run by church members. All proceeds of the book sale will benefit the Holyoke Public Library. We welcome volunteers to help with this book sale and its preparation.

Meanwhile, the Friends Board is making plans for the coming year. Several changes are underway. Want to be part of the process?  Come to the next meeting of the board:
Tuesday, July 28, 5:30-7:00 pm
Community Room, Holyoke Public Library
250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA

Stay tuned for updates. And, please mark your calendar for Tuesday August 25, 5:30pm -- proposed date/time of a special membership meeting to elect new board members and officers. (Planning for this is on the agenda of the July 28th meeting. Contact Barbara Raines for more information.)  A mailing to all Friends members of record will be prepared as soon as the details are confirmed.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Report of Annual Meeting

During the Friends Annual Meeting on June 11, 2014, María Pagán showed proposed re-designs for the Cabot Street side of Library Park, while Tim Damon helped hold her display.

Sherrill Harris, Mary Ross, Carol Soules, Baird Soules and Peg McCarthy were elected to the Board of the Friends; they will serve from July 2014 to June 2017. In addition, Board members Patricia Lumbra, Tim Damon, Barbara Raines, and Karlene Shea were re-elected for three-year terms.  Continuing board members include Christine Alger, Michael Baron, Catherine Dower, Darlene Elias, Maredith Haesaert, Connie Kennedy, Sara Krohn, Kate Lynch, Brittney Noble, Andrew Parker, and Migdalia Thomas.

Officers for the coming year were elected:  Tim Damon, President; Brittney Noble, Vice President; Barbara Raines, Treasurer; and Karlene Shea, Assistant Treasurer. (Two positions, Secretary and Corresponding Secretary, lacked candidates at the time of the meeting.) 

Board members whose terms expired (Dick Coleman, Sandy Ward) and one member who has moved out of the area (Elaine Baskin) were thanked for their years of service. 
Sandy and Elaine
After the meeting was adjourned, we enjoyed a lively performance by Sarah the Fiddler.

Light refreshments were provided, organized by Connie Kennedy:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sarah the Fiddler TONIGHT at Library

Come hear "Sarah the Fiddler" tonight, Wednesday June 11, in the Community Room of the Holyoke Public Library.   

Sarah Michel, fiddler, and her friends Keith DaSilva, percussion, and Joe Dziok, accordion and piano, will offer a lively program of bluegrass, Celtic and old-time tunes.

Bring your friends for this toe-tapping concert to celebrate with the Friends of the Library at the conclusion of our fiscal year.

(Come earlier, at 5:30pm in same room, to participate in the Friends annual membership meeting.  All welcome!)  Refreshments begin at 5:30pm.

For more information about the music, visit

Monday, May 26, 2014

Annual Meeting June 11, 5:30pm

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library will be held Wednesday June 11, 2014, at 5:30 pm in the Library Community Room.

All welcome!

Note:  The Library will be on summer hours by then, but we will be able to stay past the 6pm closing.

Library hours, June-August
Mon - Wed.: 8:30am - 6:00pm
Thurs & Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, & Holidays