Saturday May 14: Bring your Memories!

MMRSThe Mass. Memories Road Show, is coming to Hyde Park!  Whether you’re a recently arrived resident or have lived in Hyde Park for generations, join us on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136, and become a part of Massachusetts and Hyde Park history!  This event is free and open to the Public.

SELECT and BRING 3 photos of family and friends in the Hyde Park community to contribute to the Mass. Memories Road Show, a state-wide public history digital archive based at the Joseph P. Healey Library, UMass-Boston.  All collected images will become part of the Open Archives at UMass Boston and will be shared online with the world at http://openarchives.umb.edu.

Current and former residents as well as business owners of Hyde Park are welcome to drop-in and participate.  A sampling of photos to bring include those depicting family reunions and special occasions, snapshots and candids, military or public service.  Unframed originals are preferred, and cell phone images are welcome, too!  The photos will be scanned or copied onsite, and the originals immediately returned to their owners.  A video area where individuals may choose to share a 2-3 minute story about their photos will also be available.  Professional archivists will be on hand to advise contributors on how to care for and protect their precious artifacts.

The Hyde Park Mass. Memories Road Show is sponsored by UMass Boston, the Friends of the Hyde Park Library, The Hyde Park Community Center, and Spin350 Creative.  For more information, please contact massmemories@friendshlibrary.org or call 617-968-6577.  Keep up with us on Twitter: #HydeParkMMRS.

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Friends Board Meeting – Monday, November 2, 2015

The next open board meeting for the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library will be held on Monday, November 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m.-7:45p.m. in Menino Hall at the library.  Friends members and the general public are invited and welcome to attend.

Upcoming Board Meetings occur monthly on the first Monday at the same times.

Also coming in December are Mini-Book & Holiday Sales.  Stay tuned for more news!

Friends Board Meeting – Monday, July 6, 2015

The next open board meeting for the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library will be held on Monday, July 6, 6:30 p.m.-7:45p.m. in Menino Hall at the library.  Friends members and the general public are invited and welcome to attend.

Upcoming Board Meetings occur monthly on the first Monday at the same times.

Appraisal Day is Saturday, July 11, from 10am to 2pm.  Bring up to 3 items (no stamps or coins, please) to learn more about its history and value.  Cost is $10 per item, 3 items for $25.  Friends members discounted to $20 for 3 items.  Contact us at:  info@friendshplibrary.org, for more information about helping with Friends’ activities.

Appraisal Day, Saturday July 11, 2015

Antonio-appraiserThe Friends will hold a one-day appraisal event for antiques and collectibles on Saturday, July 11, from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.  Appraisers from Cobwebs Antiques in Jamaica Plain will spend a few minutes with each item and tell you interesting facts about its history, condition, and value.

Cost:  $10 for 1 item, $25 for 3 items.  Friends Members: $20 for 3 items.

Bring in a family treasure, or something you found at a tag sale.  Please, NO stamps or coins.

Healthy Eating And Cooking Workshop

The Friends of The Hyde Park Branch Library are pleased to welcome nutritionist Karen Honig on Saturday May 4, 2013, at 1:30pm, to discuss healthy living through better food  choices.  Topics include improving eating habits,  controlling cravings and binges, and maintaining a healthy weight.  Free recipes will be provided.  

  

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library, and is supported by a grant from The Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Start November with New Books and DVD’s!

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch will hold its Fall book sale on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, from 10-3.  Members of the Friends get the best selection – and tasty treats as well! – at the preview reception on November 1 from 6-7:30.  If it has expired, you can renew your membership ($10 for basic level) at the door.  And bring a friend or neighbor who would like to join.

Do you have books in good, saleable condition that you would like to donate?  If so, please prescreen them at home and put into your recycling any books with the following problems: 1) torn bindings, covers, pages; 2) stains or warping from beverage spills; 3) mildew odors; 4) outdated computer and technical manuals and textbooks.  Leave donated books on the bench in the lobby near the elevator. 

Become a more active member!  We welcome volunteers during the week before the sale to sort and arrange the books, and on the sale days to assist us with a variety of tasks.  It is a wonderful opportunity to help the library (proceeds from all Friends fundraisers support programming at the branch) and to meet fellow book-lovers.  If you can help, leave your contact information (name, phone, email) at the circulation desk (617.361.2524) or at friendshplibrary@yahoo.com.

Hot Off the Press from the Friends Ongoing Book Sale

We are all readers!  This summer, the Friends have been feeding your habit by running a clearance sale: hard covers only 50 cents, softcovers 20 cents, and lots of books on the “free table” in the lobby of Menino Hall.  Be sure you check out the current offerings before Labor Day.

Calling All Students, Teachers, and Parents: do you need pictures for school projects or articles about fascinating parts of the world?  A donor brought in 12 boxes of National Geographic magazines. We are moving them to the “free table”, but in the meantime many are under the bench in the first floor circulation desk lobby.  Help yourself if you find something useful.

Donations Wanted:  Our goal this summer was to clear out many of the books we have been shuffling between storage and the formal book sales for years.  Because of our success, we are seeking more books in good condition for our next event.

Please prescreen your donations at home and put into your recycling any books with the following problems: 1) torn bindings, covers, pages; 2) stains or warping from beverage spills; 3) mildew odors; 4) outdated computer and technical manuals and textbooks.

Volunteers Needed!  We have a highly dedicated but much too small group of workers for our many Friends activities.   Everything we do is in support of the mission of the wonderful Hyde Park Branch Library.

Can you share your talents for a few hours a week or a month toward our efforts?  At present, we are especially seeking someone to work on publicity and outreach.  Kathy (president), Vicky (programs), and Alice (webmaster) are eager to work with you.  Or if you are able to help with book sorting, Kathy or Vicky will meet you at the library when you are available.  Please leave your name and email address and/or phone number at the circulation desk: 617-361-2524.

And please consider attending our next open board meeting on Thursday, September 6, at 6:;30 p.m. in Menino Hall.  In October, we will revert to our normal schedule of the first Monday of the month.