FHPL Historic Garden

Boston’s Community Preservation Committee voted to fund the FHPL’s  Historic Garden application, pending City Council approval.  Two carvings of the god Mercury from the Hyde Park railroad station built in 1914 and demolished in 1974, along with  the Corrigan stone from    St. Catherine elementary school, Mount Neponset, will be  cleaned and stabilized.   After the work in the early summer is completed, benches will be added to the area. More information about the railroad station and the school will be shared in later posts.

x2 with corrigan

The Friends  are working with William Barry of Heritage Planning & Design who  prepared this preliminary sketch.


If you have photos or information about the railroad station or the school please send  to: friendshplibrary@yahoo.org or leave at the library.

Two other HP applications were also funded; the Seventh Day Adventist Church for roof and masonry repair and the YMCA for an outdoor exercise and play area.

Thank you Massachusetts taxpayers!


The 38th annual meeting of the Friends of the Hyde Park  Library will be on March 23rd. The business meeting will start at 1:30 followed by the presentation of the Friend of the Year Award.   We have chosen Thien Simpson, the Executive Director of Hyde Park Main Streets. We are delighted with our selection and look forward to her energy spilling over to us.

David Leonard the President of the the Boston Public Library is the guest speaker.  He has much to share with us about ongoing activities and future plans at Copley Square, at the branches and with online resources.  Reception to follow.

                                      save the date clip art

HP Library New Books – January 1914

In microfilm from The Hyde Park Gazette – Times newspaper, I found monthly reports of  the titles of books added to the Hyde Park Library. Here is the listing for January, February and March of 1914.



This weekly newspaper was published from 1912-1924 . The  yearly subscription was $1 or  2 cents a copy.

The microfilms to this local newspaper are in the local history room at  The Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library. Check with the adult librarian about viewing.

Be sure to check out the BPL’s amazing  online  newspaper resources .











Storeroom book sales continue in 2019

Thank  shoppers who bought books, media and art during our successful Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon hours in October, November and December.

We will continue to open the book store room and also have a table of DVDs and CDs for sale on the following dates and times in the winter and early Spring.

  • Saturday,  January 26th      12-2
  • Saturday, February 23rd    12-2
  • Saturday, March 16th          12-2
  • Saturday, April, 13th            12-2

During February School vacation we will sell children’s books during special library programs on the following days.

  • Wednesday, February 20th      3-5
  • Thursday, February 21st          2-4
  • Friday, February 22nd             10-12


We need volunteers to sort books and help at sales. Leave you contact information if you have the time  to help out.    friendshplibrary@yahoo.org

















holiday sale 2018
Our 4 hour mini holiday sale added more than $440 to our programming account.  Thank you shoppers. The book store room and access to  wall art and ” special’ higher priced books is open to you on the following days . 
     Thursday Dec 13 and 20    5-7pm
     Saturday Dec 8,15 and 22    12-2 pm
Raffle tickets  for a  HP 150th  basket,  wheeled suitcase, and sunglasses/watch are on sale until Dec 18th.  You can buy tickets at the library, or via paypal on our website http://www.friendshplibrary.org/.   Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.
Please consider buying  gift memberships for holiday presents and/ or giving an additional end of year donation to the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library.  
Of course your time and skills are equally valuable to this organization. We need volunteers especially those with social medial and computer skills.  Contact me if you can make a committment to the group, or know someone else I can recruit to help out.
Please contact me if you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering or making a donation.
With hopes for better times for all,
Vicky Gall
President, FHPL

Mini Holiday Sale

Friends of the Hyde Park Library

 Mini Holiday Sale

Books – Media – Wall Art  

New & lightly used holiday items and gifts

Raffle tickets

Saturday, December 1, 2018

10:00- 2:00

Menino Hall Area  — Hyde Park Library

35 Harvard Ave