Sunday, June 26, 2011


That's the total amount we earned for the Library during the Gala event "The Future Begins Here" held May 1 at the Holyoke Mall. The check came this week, reports Tim Damon, President of the Friends.  Tim wrote yesterday:
"A very sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who helped make this years Future Begins Here event our best year ever! The Friends of the Holyoke Public Library earned a grand total of $13,476.85! Congratulations on a very successful project. These funds will be used towards the Friends pledge for the Library Building Campaign. I look forward to your continued help and participation in the future. Please join the Friends at our next meeting August 10 at 5:30 at Career Point, 850 High St, Holyoke."
Silent Auction
A big THANK YOU also to all the businesses and individuals who donated items for the auctions, sponsored tables, and invited colleagues and friends to come. We could not have had such success without you.
Delicious food prepared by chefs!
Anne Gorman, María Pagán, and Wanda Myslek
at the completion of the gala event, May 1.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Holyoke Public Library Day!

The Holyoke High Marching Band performed at the Library this afternoon and Mayor Elaine Pluta proclaimed today as Holyoke Public Library Day!

This was the Campaign Kick-Off for the Library for the 21st Century.

There was much GOOD NEWS to share as the public phase of the fundraising campaign was launched. Peoples Bank has pledged a generous gift of $200,000! The Davis Foundation is giving $100,000. The Friends of the Library were thanked for making an early pledge of $100,000. In all, behind-the-scenes fundraising over the past two years has already accumulated an impressive total, reaching 1/2 of the total goal of $2.5 million!  

Rory Casey and Terry Plum showing the progress to date.

Library Campaign leaders posed for pictures
We look forward to breaking ground on the significant library renovation/expansion project in October.
Friends President Tim Damon and Board Member Migdalia Thomas

Monday, June 6, 2011

Exciting week for Library Friends

There are TWO events of note this week for the Friends of the Library:

the first Board meeting with the newly-elected board members (Wed, June 8, 5:30-7:00 pm at the BOAT HOUSE, Jones Ferry River Access)

the Capital Campaign Kick-off Event Thursday June 9, 4:00-6:00pm, at the Library.   Join us!  The Holyoke High School Marching Band will play, the Mayor and others will speak, and we'll all be invited inside for a reception.  

Please come and bring your friends!