Back to Basics Bookmark Ball

Back to Basics Bookmark Ball, April 30, 2011The date is set, so block out Saturday, April 30, 2011, on your calendars!  The Friends’ Back to Basics Bookmark Ball will be held between 8pm and 11pm at the Hyde Park Branch Library.  Monies raised from this event will fund the Friends’ summer concert series and other musical art programs–free and open to the public–throughout the coming year.

As in previous Balls, a quilt exhibition as well as a jazz music art exhibit will adorn the branch library walls for our event.  Light refreshments and a cash bar (beer & wine) will entertain the palate, while the Ralph Rosen Trio appears as the Bookmark Band to offer straightahead classics for your listening and dancing pleasure.  This year the Ball will feature items from the community for raffle and silent auction.

More details about Ball features coming soon.  Ball contact at 617-364-1507 or


Haven’t gotten your invitation in the mail yet?  Our e-invitation with return form can be found here:  BBBB_e-invite.

Friends Meeting Date Change

The Board of Directors for the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library voted at its March 3rd meeting to change the date of the Friends’ monthly meetings. Monthly meetings of the Hyde Park Friends will now be held on the FIRST MONDAY of every month. If the branch library is closed for a holiday, the meeting will be held on the following Monday. Start time and location remain 6:30pm in Menino Hall, unless noted otherwise.

A schedule of upcoming Hyde Park Friends meetings is:

April 4
May 2
June 6
July 11
August 1
September 12
October 3
November 7
December 5

Hyde Park Friends meetings are open to Friends members and the general public, however, only Board Directors may vote.

Friends’ Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 26, 2011, 1:30pm, in Menino Hall, Hyde Park Branch Library. The Hyde Park Friends membership is invited to attend this annual meeting to receive reports on the organization and to approve 3 Board of Directors members to new two-year terms. The annual Friend of the Year award will be presented to Victoria Gall.

At the conclusion of the organization’s business, the branch library’s newest librarians–Adults Librarian Jean Antoine, Children’s Librarian Vicky Burr, and Teen Librarian John Kenney–will speak about their roles and plans. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the Annual Meeting.

For more information, please call 617-361-2524.

Free Tax Help Returns to Hyde Park Branch

Massachusetts AARP Tax-Aide is again offering free tax help to ALL low – moderate income taxpayers on Tuesdays, February 1 through April 12, 2011, between 10am and 5pm, at the Hyde Park Branch Library. Four to five IRS-trained and -certified preparers will be on hand in Weld Hall (second floor) to assist in preparing 2010 tax returns.

Please call ahead to the branch (617-361-2524) to make an appointment–last appointment time is 3:30pm. To facilitate tax preparation, please bring all 2010 tax forms (that is, W-2s, 1099’s, dependent care provider information, senior homeowner information, water/sewer for 2010, etc.), as well as last year’s tax records, and social security cards/ITIN’s for self and dependents.

This free program is funded in part by the IRS and the AARP.

Honor Enough: Sergeant Horatio Homer

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library are pleased to sponsor on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 2pm, Margaret R. Sullivan’s illustrated, historical lecture on Horatio Homer, the first black officer with the Boston Police Department.   Appointed in 1878 and promoted to Sergeant in 1895, Homer served with distinction for more than 40 years. A lover of music and poetry, Sgt. Homer was a political activist and a quiet leader of a long forgotten cohort of 19th century African-American Boston officers. Ms. Sullivan is the Records Manager and Archivist of the Boston Police Department, as well as the volunteer instructor for Crochet Workshop for Kids.  Light refreshments will be offered at the program’s end.

Back to Basics Bookmark Ball — Save the Date!

Back to Basics Bookmark Ball, April 30, 2011 The Bookmark Ball returns on Saturday, April 30, 2011!

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library will again play host to the Hyde Park community and beyond to raise funds for the Friends’ summer concert series and other musical programs for all ages throughout the year. Join the fun and meet your neighbors as they gather for music, dancing, refreshments and cash bar, and a raffle and silent auction on Saturday, April 30, 2011, 8pm-11pm at the branch library. Stay tuned for more updates!

Embracing the New

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library arrive at another milestone in 2011 with this, our very first blog post!

The Board of the Hyde Park Friends are very excited to bring news and information about the branch library to Friends members and the general public alike with timely postings on this blog site.  We also look forward to seeing your comments and suggestions for programs at the branch library using the blog’s comment system (publicly visible when posted) or at the email address below.

So look around our blog site, bookmark us or subscribe…more postings and pages are coming!