The Friends Celebrated Earth Day with Keep Hyde Park Beautiful

by Janet Smith

The Friends of the Library’s kick-off event for its Monday Speaker Series was an Earth Day presentation by “Keep Hyde Park Beautiful.“  The guest speaker was Dan Ruben, who is Executive Director of Boston Green Tourism and the Chair of Green Newton.  The slide/ talk entitled  “Putting your house in order:  How to live an “environmentally-friendly lifestyle” was primarily about things that individuals and households can do, as opposed to large government policy/ strategy issues.  Not only do these ideas help the earth, they save money and are generally more healthful. Dan passed out a 2- page sheet with lots of tips and links to other sites. 

Some are easy no-brainers, like fixing dripping faucets and drafty windows and avoiding single-use plastic water bottles.  Others are more future to-do’s, like replacing old inefficient appliances with Energy Star ones or buying more fuel- efficient cars.  Some of the statistics he gave are alarming, particularly for those of us in coastal areas like Boston, where the Atlantic Ocean flooded parts of the city twice this past year.  He also focused on impact of eating one less red meat meal a week, turning down the thermostat one degree, and turning the water heater down a few degrees, things that most of us can do painlessly.  

Other suggestions are more aspirational, but worth thinking about, like air-drying clothes and vacationing close to home.  Afterwards, Dan took questions and comments from the audience.    One problem was with condo residents who do not control many factors in their complexes.  Dan, also a condo resident, urged people to pressure their condo boards to be more environmentally conscious.  Also mentioned was that many schools do not teach about global warming or other green topics.  Parents and teachers can help here.  In addition, we can all vote for candidates who support these issues and donate to environmental causes with money and time.   

 Go to for tips to make Hyde Park greener and cleaner.

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Celebrate Earth Day with ‘Keep Hyde Park Beautiful’

Please help us kick off our 1st Monday Evening at the Hyde Park Library series sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Library and the community group ‘Keep Hyde Park Beautiful’.

  Monday, April 22, 2019

 6:30-7:45 P.M.

 Hyde Park Library –Menino Hall 

35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde PArk, MA 02136   

Speaker: Dan Ruben, Executive Director of Boston Green Tourism will share tips on how to live a green lifestyle, cut our carbon footprint, and save money in the process!  Read the full  flyer for what’s planned for this session.  Guaranteed to be informative and fun! 

Earth Day Flyer

The crowd said it all – A successful 2019 Annual Meeting

More than 60 people attended the March 23rd event that included a brief business meeting which is a requirement for a non profit organization, the presentation of the Friend of the Year Award to Thien Simpson from Hyde Park Main Streets, and an informational  session  with Q &A time with David Leonard, the President of the Boston Public Library.

Highlights from 2018

  • Revenue from membership fees, donations,  and fundraising events such as book sales and raffles topped $5,600. The Citywide Friends of the  Boston Public Library supported  HP Friend with a $1,650 grant that totally covered the Summer Garden Concert Series.  TOTAL INCOME $7,250.
  • Expenses were mainly for entertainers, refreshment for adult, children and teen events,  and supplies for crafts ($6,571)
  • A historic consultant was hired to help with the application for Community Preservation Act funds ($2,500). Yeah, we were funded!
  • Kathryn MacDonald, Patrice Gattozzi and David Vieira’s  terms on the board of directors  were renewed for another 3 years.

Highlight Summary for 2019

  • Monday Evenings at the Hyde Park Library  an informational lecture discussion series will commence on April 22  at 6:30 in Menino Hall. The series will continue through October.  Look for a separate post about each topic and speaker.
  • The annual Book and Media Sale is set for April 4-6th.  Details to follow.  Drop off your items for the sale in May.   If you would like to volunteer, email us at
  • The Summer Garden Concert Series is scheduled for July and August. There will be 5 adult themed programs and 1  geared to families and children.  Four of the concerts will be part of a partnership between the FHPL and the Berklee College of Music’s Summer in City program. Thanks to Kathryn MacDonald for setting up the partnership and for arranging the series.Details to follow.

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