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.

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.

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.

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!