Saturday May 14: Bring your Memories!

MMRSThe Mass. Memories Road Show, is coming to Hyde Park!  Whether you’re a recently arrived resident or have lived in Hyde Park for generations, join us on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136, and become a part of Massachusetts and Hyde Park history!  This event is free and open to the Public.

SELECT and BRING 3 photos of family and friends in the Hyde Park community to contribute to the Mass. Memories Road Show, a state-wide public history digital archive based at the Joseph P. Healey Library, UMass-Boston.  All collected images will become part of the Open Archives at UMass Boston and will be shared online with the world at http://openarchives.umb.edu.

Current and former residents as well as business owners of Hyde Park are welcome to drop-in and participate.  A sampling of photos to bring include those depicting family reunions and special occasions, snapshots and candids, military or public service.  Unframed originals are preferred, and cell phone images are welcome, too!  The photos will be scanned or copied onsite, and the originals immediately returned to their owners.  A video area where individuals may choose to share a 2-3 minute story about their photos will also be available.  Professional archivists will be on hand to advise contributors on how to care for and protect their precious artifacts.

The Hyde Park Mass. Memories Road Show is sponsored by UMass Boston, the Friends of the Hyde Park Library, The Hyde Park Community Center, and Spin350 Creative.  For more information, please contact massmemories@friendshlibrary.org or call 617-968-6577.  Keep up with us on Twitter: #HydeParkMMRS.

Friends Annual Meeting, April 2, 2016

owlsAll are invited to the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 2, 2016, beginning at 1:30pm.  During the Annual Meeting, the Friends will honor Tommey Seggers and Artists-At-Large, Inc., as Friends of the Year for their contributions to the library and to the community.

Following the business meeting and award presentations, Elizabeth Ives Hunter, former director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, will speak about Isaac Caliga and his portrait of Hyde Park’s American Impressionist painter John J. Enneking.  The formal unveiling of the portrait will take place at the end of the lecture, and the afternoon will conclude with a reception featuring the traditional offering of homemade sweets.

Final Weeks of Booktique!

Book Sale!Don’t miss out!  The final weeks of our Booktique event will go by quickly!

To clear our stock of donated books received BEFORE November 2015, the Friends are offering reduced prices on these books. Volunteer staff will be available in the branch library’s basement level during these dates and times:

Tuesday                      March 22        12:00 – 2:00
Thursday                    March 24       5:30 – 7:30
Monday                      March 28        4:00 – 6:00
Tuesday                      March 29        12:00 – 2:00
Thursday                    March 31         5:30 – 7:30
Monday                      April 4               4:00 –  6:00
Tuesday                      April 5             12:00 – 2:00
Thursday                    April 7             5:30 – 7:30
Saturday                     April 9             10:00 – 12:00
Come by for a bargain and support programs at our Hyde Park Branch Library!

August 2015 Concerts and Thank-yous

2015concert-ziliSaturday August 15th was sunny and hot, and the ladies of Zili Misik cranked up the heat with their world rhythms!  Thank you, Ladies, for a wonderful performance!  Thanks also to Tommey Seggers of Artists-at-Large for our photo pictured here.  Earlier that day the Friends’ Children’s Books mini-sale finished its second day of sales, netting nearly $500 for upcoming programs at the Hyde Park library!  Thank you, Book Lovers!

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The Friends’ Concert in the Garden Series has been playing every summer for 10 years, and we couldn’t let this milestone pass without notice!  Just before the last show on August 20th, we cut and shared a celebratory cake with the audience. A big thank-you to the baker at Shaws in Hyde Park for your impromptu musical decoration!

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Hyde Park’s favorite crooner Tony Cibotti concluded our 2015 Concerts in the Garden series with another terrific show of Sinatra and company favorites.  Annually, Tony generously donates his talents at every appearance at the library, and this year he brought back up!  His wife and two ladies associated with the Pied Pipers provided some harmonious accompaniment.  Thank you, All, for a great time!

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library are grateful for the grant by the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation for this year’s concert series, and encourage our audience and Friends members to thank the Blue Hills Bank for its support of our library and community.

Concerts in the Garden Finale with Tony Cibotti

waynePotash2015aug13Last week our family music concert with Wayne Potash, pictured here, had every kid in the audience jumping, singing and speeding around our garden like rockets!

This week Thursday Aug 20th, join us a half-hour earlier at 6pm as we celebrate a successful 10th season with cake, followed by Hyde Park’s favorite crooner Tony Cibotti who will conclude our 2015 Concerts in the Garden series at 6:30pm.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Tony’s performances of Sinatra and company are audience favorites, and he generously donates his talents each time he appears at the library.  Thank you, Tony, for supporting the library and the community!

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Family Fun with Wayne Potash at Concerts in the Garden

PMJazz2015aug6The Patrice Monahan Jazz Trio,  pictured here with a special guest tap dancer, played and tapped their way into our audience’s hearts last week!

Please join us this Thursday, August 13, as Wayne Potash in the Friends’ next concert of the series, starting at 6:30p.m.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

A hard-working children’s performer, Wayne Potash performs for young audiences all over New England and is a a Parents’ Choice Award winner.  Sing-a-longs, dancing, jumping, and lots of fun are on the list for our Concert in the Garden this week!

Our remaining concert will feature perennial Hyde Park favorite Tony Cibotti on August 20.  Join us earlier on August 20 as we close of our 10th season with cake at 6pm!  Tony’s performance will begin at 6:30pm!

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

 

Patrice Monahan Jazz at Concerts in the Garden

dAllegroDuo2015jul30Laura DelGado Clemons and Bob Shea as D’Allegro Duo,  pictured here, cooled down Menino Hall with their melodious tunes last week as the heat drove our series indoors!  Please join us this Thursday, August 6, as Patrice Monahan Jazz performs straight-ahead jazz selections in the Friends’ next concert of the series, starting at 6:30p.m.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Patrice Monahan Jazz are a trio of talented ladies serving up rhythm and groove at every performance.  Pianist Patrice Monahan leads with clear vocals, and rounding out the group are Berklee graduates Tal Shalom – Kobi on bass, and  Miki Matsuki on drums.  In addition to stage and event performances, they are jazz educators of children and adults.

Our remaining concerts will feature family music and fun with Wayne Potash on August 13, and perennial Hyde Park favorite Tony Cibotti on August 20.  Join us especially on August 20 as we celebrate the close of our 10th season with cake at 6pm, before Tony’s performance at 6:30pm!

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

 

D’Allegro returns to Concerts in the Garden

MJBTrio2015jul23As the shadows lengthened in the Garden last week, the jazz by MJB Trio, pictured here, got cooler!  Please join us this Thursday, July 30, as  D’Allegro performs American Songbook selections in the Friends’ next concert of the series, starting at 6:30p.m.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Laura DelGado Clemons, vocalist, Bob Shea, keyboard, and Andrew Shea, drums, comprise the trio.  Laura and Bob have been performing together for more than 5 years, with Andrew joining them last year.  They enjoy every opportunity to make music for others.  D’Allegro specializes in jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.  Garden concert audiences first heard D’Allegro in 2012 at the Friends’ Annual Meeting and the garden concert series, and we welcome their return this Thursday.

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

 

The MJB Trio in the Garden Thursday, July 23

CamZM-20150716192725841The Savin Hillbillies, pictured here, are quite the pair.  They wow’d the crowd with lively tunes and had them clapping up a storm in their singalong!

The Friends’ next concert in the series will be held Thursday, July 23, at 6:30p.m.   Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

The MJB Trio consists of Mark Earley on Tenor and Baritone Saxaphones, Jerzy Glod on Drums and Brad Hallen on Bass. The group performs American Songbook classics as well as compositions by Jazz Composers.  Mark has been a member of Roomful of a Blues for 15 years and is a first call saxaphone player in New England.  Jerzy is a first call drummer from Boston and is on everybody’s list.  Brad has been a member of The Duke Robillard Band for over 6 years and freelances in New England.

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

A Fun Appraisal Day

appraisal-CWpitcherThe Friends’ Antiques Appraisal Day on Saturday July 11th was a fun day amid other events at the branch library–girl scouts met in Menino Hall in the morning, followed by a community meeting with Mayor Martin Walsh.   Our event was as well-attended, and many happy owners learned more about their objects.  This Pilgrim pitcher was valued at about $200-300.

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The antique clock here is handsome!

 

 

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This Civil War-era sword had the highest estimated value of the day at $12,000!

 

 

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Friends Board President Vicky and Emeritus Board Member Claire look over some of Claire’s items.

 

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Banjoist John added his musical flair during the entire event.  Thank you very much, John!

Joining him here are Friends volunteer Diane, Friends Board member Barbara and branch staffer Yosefa.