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B2BBB Silent Auction: Baseball

It’s the start of a new season, Red Sox Nation!  Generous Friends are donating 2 silent auction items to support our team:PedroiaHomeJersey

Wear your pride with this Red Sox Jersey in Home White from Majestic Athletic featuring Pedroia’s #15.  The jersey is Adult size M, and is accompanied by an MLB-licensed Red Sox cap featuring the red socks emblem.  The jersey and cap are Item #5. [Value: $120/Reserve: $25]

RedSoxTix_2011May7Cheer our boys to victory in person with a pair of tickets to Fenway Park’s Grandstand!  Located in section 19, a lucky fan will have a great view of the field from between Red Sox Tix-2011Sep3homeplate and first base.  It will be winner’s choice of Saturdays:  May 7, 1:05pm vs. the Twins, OR September 3, 7:10pm vs. the Rangers.  The pair of tickets is Item #8. [Value: $110/Reserve: $20]

For pre-event registration as an absentee bidder, please send an email message containing your name, address, and telephone, AND the item description and number, and your min./max. bid amounts to Silent Auction Email.  A confirmation email will be sent with a unique bidder number which will be used during the auction at the Back2Basics Bookmark Ball, April 30, 2011.

Remember, all proceeds of this silent auction and the Bookmark Ball will benefit the Friends’ summer concert series and other musical art 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!

Bookmark Ball: Raffles

The Bookmark Ball will again offer a raffle of items donated by members of the Hyde Park community, as well as a special quilt raffle that will conclude at the Friends’ Summer Book Sale on June 11, 2011.

Tickets for the Ball raffles are $2 per ticket or 3 for $5, and can be purchased throughout the evening of the Ball on April 30.

Raffle items include

  • $25 gift certificate donated by the Hyde Park McDonald’s (2 winners will be drawn)
  • $30 gift certificate donated by Ron’s Ice Cream (1 winner will be drawn)
  • $25 gift certificate donated by Annabelle’s (1 winner will be drawn)
  • $25 gift certificate donated by Papa Gino’s (1 winner will be drawn)
  • $25 gift certificate donated by Fanfan’s Bakery (1 winner will be drawn)
  • gift basket from Hyde Park Main Streets (1 winner will be drawn)
  • a 1-year Individual membership to and donated by the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands (1 winner will be drawn)
  • a Boston Public Library commemorative tile (1 winner will be drawn)
  • a library/book lover’s gift set donated by Salamander Arts (1 winner will be drawn)

The quilt available for raffle is the creation of Friends members Mary Ellen Berman and Charlotte Halloran, and will be displayed at the branch library until the second day of the Summer Book on June 11, 2011, when the raffle winner will be drawn.  Raffle tickets for the quilt–also $2 each or 3 for $5–will be sold beginning April 30 at the Ball and continue to June 11th.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the branch library or via mail.

All proceeds from the Back2Basics Bookmark Ball and the quilt raffle will benefit the Friends’ summer concert series and other musical art performances throughout the year at the branch library.  All such concerts are free and open to the public.

Concert: Entourage

Jazz at the LibraryAs part of BostonJazz Week, Artists-at-Large, Inc., will be presenting Entourage at the Hyde Park Branch Library on Monday, May 2, 2011, 6:30pm-7:30pm.  Entourage is a youth and teen group from the Boston Arts Academy, and will be performing straight-ahead jazz with vocalists from Berklee’s City Music  Preparatory Academy, led by Berklee faculty member and Hyde Park resident Sherry Young.  This program is being funded by the Friends of the HP Branch.

Artists-at-Large, Inc., is committed to bringing art, in all its forms, to Hyde Park and beyond.  The Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is the city’s first and only high school for the visual and performing arts, and is located in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.  Berklee College of Music’s City Music Preparatory Academy is a comprehensive music program for kids grades 4-8 that introduces students to both the college experience and Berklee’s City High School Academy.

“I See Jazz” Exhibit

Hurricane, Man with HornThe Hyde Park Branch Library will be hosting a new art exhibit in conjunction with BostonJazz Week (running April 29-May 8, 2011).

Artists-at-Large, Inc. and the African American Master Artist in Residence Program (AAMARP), an adjunct of the Department of African American Studies at Northeastern University, will be presenting “I See Jazz”, an exhibit featuring the work of AAMARP artists. This eclectic and energetic group of master artists and crafts people will exhibit works inspired by jazz and bring it to Hyde Park in painting, photography, sculpture and more.

Featured Artists are Don West, Hakim Raquib, Gloretta Baynes, Susan Thompson, Shea Ramone Justice, Walter Clark, and L’Merchie Frazier.

The exhibit will run from April 30 through May 30, 2011, and can be viewed during library hours. A closing reception will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011, from 2pm-4pm.

Bookmark Ball: Silent Auction

Back to Basics Bookmark Ball, April 30, 2011This year’s Bookmark Ball will feature a silent auction offering an eclectic line up of items and services. The auction will be run between 8:00pm and 10:00pm, and bidders may bid in person or by absentee bid forms. Winning bidders need not be present, and will be notified within 48 hours of the auction’s close if they are not attending the Ball.

All interested bidders must register their contact information to participate in the auction. On registration, every bidder will be assigned a unique Bidder Number. Each bid must match the bid increment for each item–bids not following the bid increment will be disallowed. Absentee bids will be updated on bid sheets at regular intervals throughout the evening.

Pre-event absentee bidder registration forms will be available at the branch library during the week BEFORE the Ball (April 25-30). To register via email, please send your contact information (name, address, telephone, and email), a list of the items to be bid on,and minimum/maximum bids for each item to Silent Auction Email.  A confirmation email will be sent with a unique Bidder Number; in case of duplicate minimum and maximum bids on a particular item by an absentee bidder, the time and date stamp of the registration email will determine priority.
Silent Auction at library
A quick round up of some auction items (more details will be posted on this blog before the Ball) include Red Sox items, research and tutoring services, and artistic works which will be split 50/50 between the artist and the Friends. All items will have a reserve or minimum bid requirement.

Payment for successful bids may be by check made out to “Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library”, or in cash if attending the Ball. All auction items can be picked up from the branch library at time of payment, unless alternate arrangements are made.

Friends Annual Meeting

Members gatherMeeting Attendeesed Saturday, March 26, 2011, for the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library’s Annual Meeting. Officers reported on organizational activities and finances, as well as discussed the current and immediate future of the branch library and the Boston Public Library system as a whole.

Two of the three new branch librarians spoke about their work and plans for future activities. Children’s librarian Vicky Burr comes from the Faneuil Branch, and has worked in the Boston library system for 15 years. She regularly presents up to 60 toddlers and preschoolers stories and crafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Vicky create 3 new book discussion groups for children in grades K through 6 that meet monthly on Saturday.   Adult reference librarian Jean Antoine, originally from Haiti, HP Adults Librarianentered library service as a library assistant and worked his way up within the Boston Public Library to his current position.  He works closely with weeding older books and acquiring new ones for the branch collections.  Jean spoke of the branch’s receipt of laptops and a new class to teach the patrons how to sign up for and use email.  Although Young Adults librarian John Kenney could not attend the meeting, his prepared letter was read to meeting attendees, and described his gaming activities with teens at the library.  All three librarians made requests for items that would assist them in their activities.

Friends voluntFriend of the Year Awardeer Vicky Gall received the annual Friend of the Year Award for her tireless work with sale books and membership activities.  Following the award presentation, attendees received news about the upcoming Back2Basics Bookmark BallMeeting refreshments.

Following the day’s program Annual Meeting attendees enjoyed baked goods supplied by Friends members and directors, along with a selection of juices, water and tea.