Menino Hall 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6: Be There!

Jazz at the LibraryAll are invited to the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library’s Annual Meeting this Saturday, April 6, 2013, beginning at 1pm.  During the Annual Meeting, the Friends will honor Alice Yee Kane as Friend of the Year for her many contributions to the library and to the Friends.

In addition, the Friends will recognize longtime Hyde Park Branch library assistants Theresa Cameron and Marge Gurney who retired in 2012.

Following the business meeting and award presentations, Soo & Maria, a jazz duo from the New England Conservatory, will present selections from their repertoire of jazz favorites re-arranged for voice and harp.

The afternoon will conclude with a reception featuring the traditional offering of homemade sweets. And of course, an opportunity to investigate the mini-book sale kicking off this weekend!

Dues Online

Money_555We are pleased to offer Paypal options for joining and renewing your membership with the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library.   Please use the handy quick buttons in the right-hand sidebar for your chosen level, or click the link “Supporting the Friends” in the black menu bar below the library banner photo to pay dues and add a donation or Friends’ owl logo t-shirt to your order!

Our special thanks go to Tommey Seggers of Artists-at-Large, Inc., for being the first member to renew with our Paypal option!

Scam Alert! Friends email hacked

very sad emoticon  The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library’s email account at has been hacked, and we are aware of 1 scam message that went out to our list.  Please do not respond to this message…delete it.

We appreciate the outpouring of concern for our Board member.  We are sorry we could not reach our list members as our contact list was erased.  Thank you for your understanding.

Hot Off the Press from the Friends Ongoing Book Sale

We are all readers!  This summer, the Friends have been feeding your habit by running a clearance sale: hard covers only 50 cents, softcovers 20 cents, and lots of books on the “free table” in the lobby of Menino Hall.  Be sure you check out the current offerings before Labor Day.

Calling All Students, Teachers, and Parents: do you need pictures for school projects or articles about fascinating parts of the world?  A donor brought in 12 boxes of National Geographic magazines. We are moving them to the “free table”, but in the meantime many are under the bench in the first floor circulation desk lobby.  Help yourself if you find something useful.

Donations Wanted:  Our goal this summer was to clear out many of the books we have been shuffling between storage and the formal book sales for years.  Because of our success, we are seeking more books in good condition for our next event.

Please prescreen your donations at home and put into your recycling any books with the following problems: 1) torn bindings, covers, pages; 2) stains or warping from beverage spills; 3) mildew odors; 4) outdated computer and technical manuals and textbooks.

Volunteers Needed!  We have a highly dedicated but much too small group of workers for our many Friends activities.   Everything we do is in support of the mission of the wonderful Hyde Park Branch Library.

Can you share your talents for a few hours a week or a month toward our efforts?  At present, we are especially seeking someone to work on publicity and outreach.  Kathy (president), Vicky (programs), and Alice (webmaster) are eager to work with you.  Or if you are able to help with book sorting, Kathy or Vicky will meet you at the library when you are available.  Please leave your name and email address and/or phone number at the circulation desk: 617-361-2524.

And please consider attending our next open board meeting on Thursday, September 6, at 6:;30 p.m. in Menino Hall.  In October, we will revert to our normal schedule of the first Monday of the month.


No August Board Meeting for Friends of HP Branch

The next open board meeting for the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library will be on Thursday, September 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Menino Hall at the library.  The regular meeting time for the Board is the first Monday of each month.  The August meeting is canceled, and the September meeting is rescheduled because the library is closed on the first Monday of September, Labor Day.

In the meantime, please join us at the remaining 3 Thursday concerts in the garden: the JP Jazz Collective this Thursday, August 9; Fox and Branch on August 16, and Tony Cibotti on August 23.  The concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in Menino Hall in the event of rain or excessive heat.