3 ways to buy your 2020 raffle tickets

THe Friends are pleased to offer two items in this early Spring Raffle. Winning names will be drawn at the Friends Annual Meeting on March 28, 2020. You do not have to be at the meeting to be a winner but you do need to buy some tickets.  

raffle basket 2

1. A basket of books, gift cards and more

  • 1876 Hyde Park Map (reproduction)
  • 2019 HPMS Ornament (Readville Trotting Park)
  • Black Tote
  • Boston Harbor Note Cards
  • Friends T-Shirts (2 Med & 1 Child)
  • Gogooda Storage Bags
  • Hyde Park Lunch Bag
  • Hyde Park Timeline by Nancy H. Hannon
  • Lindt Chocolates
  • Photo Frame (5′ x 7″)

Gift Cards:

  • Citywide Friends Copley library book sale $25
  • Essence of Time Café $10
  • Olive Garden Gift Card $25


A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts
by Joseph M. Bagley

A Lighthouse Family, Growing Up at the Lovells Island and Range Lights
by Harold B. Jennings

Kings Handbook of Boston Harbor
by M. F. Sweetser

Now or Never! 4th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery
by Ray Anthony Shepard

  1.   NEW Corvette roller bag suitcase

IMG_1088                        IMG_1088

This suitcase  was donated  by John Wentworth.

–How to buy raffle tickets–

Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 tickets for $5.00.  Three ways to enter!

  1. Ticket forms/envelope may be picked up from the display case in the library opposite the circulation desk.  Put completed form with payment in cash or check in the collection box (library staff cannot accept payments or issue tickets); or
  2. Make out a check to “Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library” and mail with your name, phone number and email address,  to the Friends c/o Hyde Park Branch Library, 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136; or
  3. Use a credit card with the Paypal buttons below.  Quantity for 3 raffle ticket option can be increased.
1 Raffle ticket, $2
3 Raffle tickets, $5

If you are a winner, we’ll call you on March 30th.

Save the Date – 20th Anniversary

This first photo has  not been photo-shopped!  Standing in the future site of Menino Wing and Children’s Garden are the library staff posing for their 1997 Holiday greeting card. A few more images of the library to peak you interest in seeing more.

Join us on Saturday, January 25*, 2020  from 12noon – 3pm to to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the expansion and restoration of the historic Hyde Park Library. We will be joined by the architectural team and participating BPL support staff, who will give a presentation on the planning and process of this award winning building, including before-and-after photographs. 

This event is free and open to the public. More details in January.

*Snow date Saturday, February 29


Holiday shoppers at the Library

A profitable evening at the library holiday sale. Books, gifts, decorations, yummy cookies and tray bakes (brownies & bars).


The sale continues on Friday December 6th from  11-2 and Saturday December 7th from 10-2. Stop by to support the Friends of the Library. Gift membership available for as little as $10.

The source of the water entry into the HP Library has been located

The source of the water infiltration into the basement of the Hyde Park Library is being investigated by city engineers. The water  has been running into a store room and then into the AV room in the back of Menino Hall. The back walls of these rooms are below ground level and adjacent to the ramp in the front of the library.
The repair bidding process and selection will take place this winter and the work will commence in the good weather /Spring. Menino Hall has been closed for programming since April and will remain closed until the work is completed next year.
closeupstorage roomAVRoom