Concerts in the Garden Finale with Tony Cibotti

waynePotash2015aug13Last week our family music concert with Wayne Potash, pictured here, had every kid in the audience jumping, singing and speeding around our garden like rockets!

This week Thursday Aug 20th, join us a half-hour earlier at 6pm as we celebrate a successful 10th season with cake, followed by Hyde Park’s favorite crooner Tony Cibotti who will conclude our 2015 Concerts in the Garden series at 6:30pm.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Tony’s performances of Sinatra and company are audience favorites, and he generously donates his talents each time he appears at the library.  Thank you, Tony, for supporting the library and the community!

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

National Dance Day at the Library

luminariumKids, ages 8-13!  Join Luminarium Dance Company Artistic Directors Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman, Saturday, July 26, at 1pm in Weld Hall, for Dance + Light, a special workshop merging dance with hands-on lighting design, from projectors to handheld lights.  For more information, email

National Dance Day takes place annually on the last Saturday of July and was created by Nigel Lythgoe, producer of So You Think You Can Dance.  This National Dance Day event is presented by Luminarium Dance Company and Artists-at-Large.

Fox and Branch: Family Concert in the Garden

Smooth jazz and blues entertained all ages (pictured) last week, and this week’s concert will be as delightful with the Friends’ very first Family Concert in the Garden featuring American folk with Fox and Branch on Thursday August 16, 2012, 6:30pm-7:30pm.

While this annual Hyde Park favorite usually performs in the branch Children’s Room during the day, Fox and Branch are set to offer a fun-filled musical hour for the young and young-at-heart.  Dave Fox (guitar, fiddle, jug, washboard & vocals) and Will Branch (guitar & vocals) perform a crowd-pleasing mix of fiddle tunes, old blues, New Orleans-flavored numbers and Cajun tunes.  Teachers by day, they bring years of experience and love of the music to every performance, whether in concert or in their children’s shows.  Three of their family CD releases have even won “Recommended” awards from Parents’ Choice, so don’t miss this wonderful duo who make everything they play their own!

Beverages and light refreshments will be available.  In the (unlikely so far!) event of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held in Menino Hall in the library.

This summer’s Concerts in the Garden series is sponsored by the Friends of the H.P. Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

This summer Dream Big – READ! in Hyde Park

Come join us for dreamy Fridays at the branch library with the Dream Big – READ! programming starting at 10:30am:

Jul 20     Destination Dreamland with Scott Kepnes
Performing a participatory selection of songs, stories and poems that celebrate Reading, Night Dreaming, Summertime and all things Night time and Nocturnal, Scott plays guitar, harmonica and percussion.

Jul 27     Dream Big – READ Magic Show
Magician Debbie O’Carroll is looking for a bedtime book! Will she choose an adventure, a fairy tale, a mystery, a history or a biography? The Dream Big – Read Magic Show delights youngsters of all ages with stage magic, physical comedy, and an innovative script. A summer treat for young readers!

Aug 3     Sweet Dreams – Magical Bedtime Tales
Tuck yourself in at your neighborhood library and enjoy the best-ever bedtime stories filled with fairytale magic.  These stories, fully enacted by master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, are entertaining and participatory – A fun-filled performance filled with magical tales for the whole family!

Aug 10     Animal World Experience  
A live animal show, “Nocturnal Nights” showcases night-time animals, and explores all of the great reasons animals come out at night such as lack of predators, availability of food, better weather conditions, camouflage and much more!

Dream Big – READ! is sponsored by the Boston Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Chameleon Arts Ensemble Returns June 2nd

Photo by Susan WilsonThe Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston returns to the Hyde Park Branch Library on Saturday June 2, 2012 at 2pm to perform Tunes, Tales and Tricksters, a free family concert.  The Ensemble will fill the afternoon with classical chamber music inspired by stories, poems, conversations, and communications through music.  Musical selections include those composed by Strauss, Mozart, Roberto Sierra, Michael Colgrass, and Hans Spencer.  Following the concert, drum with the Chameleons and give their instruments a try in the instrument petting zoo!

This concert is part of the Chameleon Arts Education Program, and is an interactive performance to not only introduce classical music, but to make personal connections to music that will enhance enjoyment and spark musical creativity.

Roundup: April Vacation Events

Children had a great time this week attending April school vacation week events sponsored at the branch library.  On Tuesday, cartoonist Andy Fish presented a manga/cartoon workshop to teens and a pair of enthusiastic youngsters.   Green Golly‘s Little Kids Little Songs kicked off the afternoon with a well-attended presentation introducing young ones to music, comedy, and theater.

Wednesday featured magician Debbie O’Carroll as Debra Cadabra lost in the Magic Library.  Debbie led the children through different styles of literature, incorporating magical interludes that entertained all who attended.  Pictured at left is a young audience member assisting Debra in making waffles in her hat. 

Rounding out the week on Saturday, solo puppeteer Jonathan Keezing and his Caravan Puppets led the children around the world with tales new and familiar.  Here young volunteers assist Jonathan in telling the tale of the 3 Little Pigs.  Later in the afternoon Delta Blues guitarist Erin Harpe presented an introduction to the Blues for teens and young adults.

Debbie O’Carroll is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library.  Andy Fish is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.  The Green Golly Project and Caravan Puppets are sponsored by the Boston Public Library.  Erin Harpe is sponsored by the Boston Public Library in collaboration with Artists-at-Large, Inc.

Books to Life with Su Eaton

Join us Thursday evening, April 5, 2012, at 6:30pm for a special family literacy event featuring creative arts educator Su Eaton.  A children’s favorite at the Hyde Park Branch Library, Su will bring stories from popular picture books to life with songs, stories, and movement to create a fun learning experience for kids and their parents.

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