Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Recruiting Board Members

The Friends of the Holyoke Public Library are seeking additional people to serve on the Board and to join the team as we advocate for the Library, promote literacy programs, plan events, and raise funds in support of library services.  We welcome people from a variety of backgrounds who enjoy working as a team.  Board terms are 3 years starting in July 2012.  Assets we are looking for:

·      enthusiasm for the Library and what it stands for
·      good organizational and communication skills
·      willingness to participate actively on the Board, which meets monthly (5:30pm on 2nd Wednesdays)

If you are interested in serving on the Board of the Friends or would like to join the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library, please contact Tim Damon, Christine Alger <> or Sandy Ward:

“This is a great opportunity for Friends to increase their involvement by moving onto our Board and for other community members to become more active,” reports Board President Tim Damon. “We hope to interest folks of all ages to join our Board and help us expand our outreach. We especially would love to see more young people at our meetings; this is a great introduction to the process of serving as a Board member.”

The Friends will celebrate the end of an active year and the beginning of its new fiscal year at the Annual Meeting Wednesday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall (the Holyoke Public Library’s temporary location). The election of new board members and new officers will be held then. A slate of nominees is being prepared in advance by the Nominating Committee; additional nominations may be made during the meeting.  Please let us know of your interest by emailing

To be eligible for a position on the Board, nominees should be Friends members.  Membership in the Friends is open to all, with annual dues of $10 (or any additional amount you choose to donate).  Send your contact information and a check payable to the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library to 

   Friends of the Holyoke Public Library
   P.O. Box 604
   Holyoke, MA 01041

or pickup a Friends envelope (membership form) on the Friends display table near the Library entrance, and give the completed envelope to the library staff.   Come JOIN us!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Live video of Library Construction

Jay Borges, IT Director of the Holyoke Public Library, has set up a webcam (video camera) aimed at the Chestnut Street side of the Library construction site.  This should provide a good view of the demolition of the old stack wing and construction of the new addition.

A major phase of the demolition is expected to start tomorrow, Thursday May 3.

You can view the live streaming video via the web using Internet Explorer as your browser. Go to the Library website [] and follow the link to "Live Streaming of the Library Construction" -- using the username and password provided there.  You may have to enable/allow a plug-in in order to see the video.  [Note: this may not work with Firefox, Safari, or other browsers.]