David Joseph Vieira – Life Friend

David Joseph Vieira (September 18, 1950 – July 10, 2022) Born in New Bedford Massachusetts and lived in Hyde Park for most of his life. Predeceased by his parent, and his partner, James Winkler (1950-2000).

Dress up at a Hyde Park Library Anniversary

David had a variety of careers: Finance, Hospitality, Retail, Government, Real Estate and more. His great passions were libraries, sailing, community engagement and caring for his mother, Marion Vieira. For forty years David had a strong connection to the Friends of the Hyde Park Library and later to the Citywide Friends of the Boston Public Library where he was president for many years before becoming the Branch Liaison to library Friends groups. Even with progressing visual impairment he would use public transportation throughout the city and state. David sailed for more than half his life and co-founded Boston Blind Sailing Inc.

David loved a bargain. He shopped for dress shirts in the old Filene’s basement, discovered never used men’s shoes in a Martha’s Vineyard thrift shop and found bottles of Himalayan pink salt at the dollar store. He could stretch a dollar like no one else.

In his later years after losing most of his vision, he found new ways to navigate the world. He learned how to use his “blind guy stick,” listened to books on his phone and learned how to dictate text to write emails. He also enjoyed early morning bird songs at the Readville train station and was able to continue his love of sailing by having a sighted person on board to guide him. Despite his vision loss, he could still see fluffy clouds against a clear blue sky and declare it a “fluffy cloud day.” Next time you see some big white clouds against a blue sky, think of David.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, September 16, 2022, 11:00AM, at the Forsyth Memorial Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hill Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Reception to follow in Hyde Park.

To recognize David’s impact on the community, a donation can be made to Community Boating, 21 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114,The Friends of the Hyde Park Library, 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136, or The Citywide Friends of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston 02116.

2022 Annual Meeting


Dear Friend of the Hyde Park Library,
It is understood that there have been many changes in the community and the library due to the Covid-19 virus these last two years. Thankfully, our library has reopened and will resume limited Saturday hours in March, and programs planned by the staff will slowly return. 

I invite you to our 2022 Annual Meeting on Saturday,  March 19th at 1 pm. via zoom. Register in advance for this meeting :Hyde Park Friends Annual Meeting 2022.

Angelina and Sarah Grimké

We are excited to have as our guest, author and historian Louise Knight, to discuss her current research for her book on sisters, Angelina and Sarah Grimké. http://www.louisewknight.com/

The Friends of the Hyde Park Library (FHPL) need new leaders and volunteers for programming and organizational tasks. Two board members are retiring, and we have openings for Associate Directors (non-voting). As a member and supporter of the Friends of the Hyde Park Library, please consider using your talents to lend a hand and serve our community. We are looking for volunteers with time to commit to the organization, energy, technical skills and fresh ideas. If you are interested in taking and ACTIVE part, please reach out to me using the contact information below and plan to attend the Annual Meeting.

Your efforts are needed to continue our book sales, concerts, and to offer other patron requested activities. In the meantime, we ask that you once again renew your membership or make a donation.


Vicky Gall

friendshplibrary@yahoo.com  or leave a message at the circulation desk 617 361-2524

Delay in Saturday Openings

The Public Library has a staff shortage problem so the HP branch will not open on Saturdays until sometime in March. Sorry for this news.

Plans for our 2022 annual meeting by Zoom are underway. It will be on a Saturday in March and Louise W. Knight, author and historian will talk about the book she is writing on the Grimké sisters. There will also be a short business meeting.

Saturday Hours at the HP Library

The BPL’s branch libraries will reopen Saturdays on a shortened schedule beginning on February 5, 2022. The Hyde Park branch will be opened from 9:ooAM until 2:00PM.

We have resumed accepting book and media donations for our first floor book- sale shelves. Please no textbooks, magazines or encyclopedias because they don’t sell and we have limited storage space.