Friends’ 2018 Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday,  April 7, 2018, beginning at 1:30pm, in Menino Hall, Hyde Park Branch Library. The Hyde Park Friends membership is invited to attend this annual meeting to receive reports on the organization and to approve 2 Board of Directors members to new two-year terms.  Members of the general public are also welcome to attend.  The annual Friend of the Year award will be presented to H. Kenneth Farr.

At the conclusion of the organization’s business, local author Ray Anthony Shepard will present “Now or Never: Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery”.  Light refreshments will be served at the end of the Annual Meeting.

For more information, please call 617-361-2524.


The Grimke Sisters of Hyde Park, March 3, 2018

The Friends are pleased to announce a community event related to this year’s 150th anniversary celebration of the founding of Hyde Park. Boston Women, Inc., is sponsoring “The Grimke Sisters in Their Hyde Park Years: Educators, Aunts, and Voters”, by Louise W. Knight, Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, 2:00pm-4:00pm, at the Menino Arts Center, 26 Central Avenue, Hyde Park.

The Grimke sisters, Sarah and Angelina, along with Theodore Weld moved to Hyde Park, then called Fairmount, in 1864. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, the sisters’ years in Hyde Park marked a fulfillment of ideas supporting abolition and the women’s rights movements. Ms. Knight will capture these culminating years of their lives as educators, aunts and voters in her presentation.

Boston Women, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization based in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. It sponsors the annual “Women Amongst Us” Tea honoring Boston’s inspirational women every March to celebrate Women’s History Month. HP150 is a community celebration of Hyde Park’s 150th anniversary of its founding, sponsored by Blue Hills Bank Foundation, and by corporate sponsors including the City of Boston, SC Group, and Spin350 Creative. Hyde Park celebratory events are planned for April and June 2018.

Judy Pancoast Returns for Family Summer Concert

JudyPancoast22011 Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast returns to our concert garden stage this season on Thursday July 27th starting at 6:30pm.  In the event of excessive heart or rain, the concert may move inside to air-conditioned Menino Hall.

Judy is an annual favorite artist with our young library-goers, and will bring her own dance party to our series, with infectious melodies and clever lyrics that please and resonate with all her audiences, young and the young-at-heart!

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library, and Judy’s show is also sponsored in part by the Boston Public Library.

Summer Concerts in the Garden Starts Thursday, July 20


The Friends are very proud to offer its annual summer music series featuring a different local performing group each Thursday in the library garden through August 24.  Tanya Maggi and David Russell will kick off the 2017 Concerts in the Garden series on Thursday, July 20, 6:30p.m-7:30p.m.   Concerts will be moved inside to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

The full line-up:

Jul 20   Tanya Maggi and David Russell
Jul 27   Judy Pancoast (co-sponsored with BPL)
Aug 3   Bird Mancini
Aug 10  Savin Hillbillies
Aug 17   Marshall Richards (aka Boston Opera Guy)
Aug 24  Tony Cibotti

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and is also supported in part by the Boston Public Library.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

Friends’ 2017 Summer Book & Media Sale

Book Sale!It’s that time again to stock up on your beach entertainment and summer reading!  The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library’s 1st annual Summer Book and Media Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, from 10am to 3pm, in the Hyde Park Branch Library’s Menino Hall.

Hyde Park Friends members are invited to attend our evening members-only Preview reception on Thursday, July 13, from 5pm-7:30pm.  Renew your membership or join that evening!

Sale offerings include hardcover and paperback books for adults and children, as well as videos/DVDs, tapes/CDs, and premium books for discriminating book lovers.  Prices range from $.25 to $3.00; premium books are priced as marked OR your best offer.  Certain authors are half price.  Check our mini tag sale area, too.

It’s not too late to donate books to our sale!  Please place books in bags or boxes on the bench near the first floor elevator at the branch library.  For very large book and media donations, kindly let us know at to arrange a pick-up.  All proceeds from the book sale will be used by the Friends to support music and other programs at the branch library.  Programs at the library are open to all ages and are free.

Bookmark Ball 2016 Auction and Raffles

Silent Auction at libraryIn celebration of John J. Enneking’s life and career, this year’s Bookmark Ball on Saturday, October 22nd, will feature a live auction of 7 Enneking giclee reproductions.  Giclee is a French word meaning “to spray ink,” and is pronounced “zhee clay”.   A giclée print is a reproduction of an original work of art using a highly specialized inkjet printer.

The works available are:

Sandy Road (23” x 19.5”)

 Early Autumn (23.25” x 19”)

 Spring Brook (25” x 21”)

 December Thaw (17.5” x 13.5”)

 Resurrection Rock, Hyde Park (24” x 19.25”)

 Autumn Morning, Neponset (24” x 16.5”)

 Fall Landscape (20” x 16.5”, unframed)

The Friends thank the following organizations and individuals for contributing memberships and items for the Ball’s raffle:

Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands (FBHI), Individual membership and 4 books (Value $75+)

Citywide Friends of the BPL, $25 Copley Square book sale gift certificate

Citywide Friends of the BPL, Desktop Chelsea paperweight clock (Value $60)

Vicky Gall, America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2016 series (Value $20+)

Bryan Goldie, Pizzeria Uno $25 Gift card

McCrea’s Candies of Hyde Park,  Gift box of three 5.5 oz tins of caramels (Value $55)

Lorraine Nessar, Waterford crystal heart shape candy dish, 7.5 inches  (Value $50+)

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), Individual membership (Value $90)

David Vieira, Whole Bean Coffee by Mills Coffee Roaster, 6+ lbs. in 3 bags (Value $40+)

Tickets for the Bookmark Ball are $30 in advance, and a suggested $35 at the door.   All proceeds from the 2016 Bookmark Ball benefits the Friends’ Art Fund, which covers musical arts programs such as the Friends’ summer concert series and other performances throughout the year at the branch library.  These performances are open to the public of all ages and are free admission.

Good luck, bidders and raffle ticket buyers!

2016 Bookmark Ball Tickets

Back to Basics Bookmark Ball, April 30, 2011Over the years, the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library have held its biggest fundraiser in commemoration of different events in the history of our favorite branch library. Our last ball was our Back to Basic Bookmark Ball highlighting a challenge within our group to expend the least amount of funds to gain the most funds for future programming at the Hyde Park Branch Library. The Hyde Park community very generously supported us in that event through nearly 5 years of programming!

This fall the Friends will be celebrating the acquisition of Isaac Caliga’s portrait of American Impressionist John J. Enneking, Hyde Park’s artist and adopted son. In addition to our usual raffles and quilt display, the John J. Enneking Centennial Bookmark Ball commemorates the 100th anniversary of his death and celebrates his life and career with a live auction of 5 framed Enneking painting reproductions. These will be displayed at the branch library in the weeks prior to our ball.

Tickets for the event are $30 (tickets held at the door), but will be $35 on the day of the ball. Advance purchases can be made using the Paypal buttons below, or by sending a check made payable to the “Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library”, to 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136.

Support the Friends with your donation (using increments of $5) anytime with the convenient Paypal button below.


Bookmark Ball, Single Tickets – $30
Bookmark Ball, Supporter – $50 (incl. 2 tix)
Bookmark Ball, Sustainer – $100 (incl. 4 tix)
Bookmark Ball, Contributor – $250 (incl. 6 tix)
Bookmark Ball, Benefactor – $500 (incl. 8 tix)
Donation (in increments of $5)

Thank you for your support and see you on the 22nd!