Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Moving Day Approaches

As of today, it appears that that Saturday, December 10, will be the last day that Holyoke Public Library will be open to the public prior to its move to temporary quarters at City Hall. Current plans call for the Library to resume service from the auditorium at City Hall on Monday, January 3, 2012. 

Patrons are advised that items which they have at the present time and are unable to return to the library by December 10, should be held by the patron until the Library is operating at City Hall in January. Those items will be automatically renewed without fines, and patrons will have until January 9 to return them to the temporary Library location. This procedure applies to all items with due dates of December 12 or later.

Items requested on reserve, or through Interlibrary Loans, that are received through December 10, can be picked up at the library’s Circulation desk. For requested items that have not  been received by December 10, please call the Library at 413-322-5640 for an update on the item.

All regular programs and activities offered by the library, including children’s story hours, game programs, etc., will be suspended during the period from Monday, December 12 through January 2 in order to complete the move from the Library’s location on Maple Street to its temporary home at City Hall. The actual move of Library materials will begin on Tuesday, December  12.

Current plans call for the Library to resume its regular schedule at City Hall starting January 3. Monday through Thursday the Library will be open from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM, Friday and Saturday hours are 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. For answers to any questions regarding programs, schedules, use of computers, or other information regarding the Library’s move to City Hall, please call 413-322-5640.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Grateful for Good Times

Happy Thanksgiving!  What a wonderful week of celebrations at the Holyoke Public Library!

Generations of descendants of early library donors and leaders gathered Sunday in the History Room for a special Heritage event hosted by the Library Capital Campaign.   

On Saturday evening Friends and guests enjoyed the Annual Cocktail Party with delicious food catered by the Holyoke Country Club and music by DJ Tony Pluta.

Two days before that party, on Thursday November 17, a celebratory Groundbreaking Ceremony drew a crowd outside the Library.

Patience Jackson (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners) and Library Director María Pagán
celebrating this milestone in the Holyoke Public Library project,
on which both have worked for many years.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Groundbreaking for Library expansion!

Come to the Groundbreaking Ceremony Thursday November 17, 11:00am.   All welcome!  This will be a celebration of the Holyoke Public Library renovation/expansion project.

Among those participating in the event will be state and local officials as well as representatives of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners,  the architectural firm Finegold Alexander & Associates, and Fontaine Brothers, Inc., the general contractors for the project.

Construction is about to begin.  During the construction phase, library services will be provided on the 3rd floor of City Hall.  The move from 335 Maple Street to City Hall will occur in the coming weeks, as soon as the spaces there are prepared.

Note the NEW look on the Library's website:

Holyoke Public Library

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cocktail Party in the Library!

Come party with us in the Holyoke Public Library!  Saturday November 19, 6:00pm-10pm.

Help us celebrate the Library of the last 100 years before work begins to renovate and expand our cherished library for the next 100 years.  Don't miss this last chance to mingle and reminisce in the old building after hours and support the Friends of the Library and the great programs we fund.

Catering by the Holyoke Country Club
Featuring DJ Tony Pluta
Cash Bar sponsored by Pat Brennen
Raffles will be held during the evening

Cost: $25 per person or $40 per couple

Please make checks payable to the Friends of the HPL
with Cocktail Party in the memo and mail to:
The Friends of the HPL, P.O. Box #604,  Holyoke, MA 01040

You can pay in advance at Library or by mail, or pay at the door.

Note: if you plan to attend MIFA's event that same night (Mark Twain at 8 pm at the High School), MIFA is offering a 10% discount on their tickets for anyone who also supports the Library Cocktail Party.   You can enjoy the beginning of the Cocktail party and then attend the MIFA event.