Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Using Irish Records for Your Family History
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Even if you know where your ancestor called home in the Emerald Isle, there is still much to discover about your family history using Irish records.  With more and more resources being made available almost daily, it’s a great time to do online research. Lisa Dougherty, genealogist-in-residence for the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, NY, will present an up-to-date overview of the records available and how to use them effectively. The newly-launched collection of Roman Catholic Parish registers available on the National Library of Ireland website will also be examined in depth, with information on how to access and interpret the records.
These two, back-to-back sessions are especially useful for those who have started their Irish family history and want to dig deeper. 
Free and open to the public. Pre-registration recommended: call (413) 420-8107. 



Saturday, March 25, 2017
Teen Movie: Luck of the Irish
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


In honor of St Patrick's Day we will be watching Luck of the Irish: a movie about basketball, family heritage, and a lucky gold coin. There will also be pizza and snacks!


Monday, March 27, 2017
Book Drive for the Prison Book Program
8:30 AM -

Book Drive
for the Prison Book Program!
Holyoke Public Library joins Northampton, Southampton, Easthampton, Westhampton Libraries and Holyoke Community College in a Community Read Project
During the months of March and April 2017

 http://forbeslibrary.org/hhr


 

Book Drive @ Holyoke Public Library
for the Prison Book Program

From March 6 to April 3, donation boxes will be located at Holyoke Community College and the Public Libraries in Westhampton, Easthampton, Holyoke, Southampton, Northampton, and Florence.
The Prison Book Program serves prisoners in hundreds of facilities (state and federal prisons in 44 states). They collect donated books and send them to prisoners based on requests received from individuals. Prison Book Program accepts new and very gently used paperback books, and most especially needs dictionaries and thesauri.
Other most-needed books are
  1. Language dictionaries and grammar books (Spanish, Japanese, Hebrew, ASL)
  2. Exercise (yoga, weight lifting)
  3. Business (small business start-up, real estate, applying for loans)
  4. Hobbies (piano music, guitar, drawing, crocheting, chess, crossword puzzles, word games)
  5. Bible dictionaries and concordances as well as non-mainstream religions such as Wicca, paganism, spirits, dreams, tarot cards, etc.
  6. GLBTQ fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs
  7. Japanese Manga and comics
  8. Westerns
  9. Cultural books, especially African American and Native American
They can't accept hardcovers, spiral bound books or textbooks. A complete list of what you can donate can be found on their website. http://prisonbookprogram.org/donatesection/donate-books/
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017, to Monday, April 3, 2017
Time: During libraries hours
Location: Multiple Locations
Categories:  Hamptons + Holyoke Read HHR calendar Recurring Events



Monday, March 27, 2017
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
One–on-One Tech Tutoring allows you to register for a one-hour one-on-one session of any of our workshops. Appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
 
Workshops and One-on-One Tech Tutoring are offered in English and Spanish. A valid library card is required to participate. Space is limited appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  To register or schedule an appointment, call 413-420-8118, or write to grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Please contact us if more information is needed.

Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología
Durante los días de Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología, usted podrá registrarse para recibir una hora de sesión individualizada de cualquiera de nuestros talleres. Las citas para las tutorías deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación.
 
Los talleres, y las tutorías de tecnología se ofrecen en inglés y español. Se necesita una tarjeta de la biblioteca válida para participar. Espacios limitados deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación. Para registrarse en los talleres o sacar una citas, llame al 413-420-8118, o escriba a grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Si necesita más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros.


Monday, March 27, 2017
Makerspace Monday
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Monday, March 27, 2017
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
One–on-One Tech Tutoring allows you to register for a one-hour one-on-one session of any of our workshops. Appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
 
Workshops and One-on-One Tech Tutoring are offered in English and Spanish. A valid library card is required to participate. Space is limited appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  To register or schedule an appointment, call 413-420-8118, or write to grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Please contact us if more information is needed.

Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología
Durante los días de Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología, usted podrá registrarse para recibir una hora de sesión individualizada de cualquiera de nuestros talleres. Las citas para las tutorías deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación.
 
Los talleres, y las tutorías de tecnología se ofrecen en inglés y español. Se necesita una tarjeta de la biblioteca válida para participar. Espacios limitados deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación. Para registrarse en los talleres o sacar una citas, llame al 413-420-8118, o escriba a grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Si necesita más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros.


Monday, March 27, 2017
Pathway to Change
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM



Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Preschool Enrichment
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM



Tuesday, March 28, 2017
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
One–on-One Tech Tutoring allows you to register for a one-hour one-on-one session of any of our workshops. Appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
 
Workshops and One-on-One Tech Tutoring are offered in English and Spanish. A valid library card is required to participate. Space is limited appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  To register or schedule an appointment, call 413-420-8118, or write to grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Please contact us if more information is needed.

Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología
Durante los días de Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología, usted podrá registrarse para recibir una hora de sesión individualizada de cualquiera de nuestros talleres. Las citas para las tutorías deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación.
 
Los talleres, y las tutorías de tecnología se ofrecen en inglés y español. Se necesita una tarjeta de la biblioteca válida para participar. Espacios limitados deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación. Para registrarse en los talleres o sacar una citas, llame al 413-420-8118, o escriba a grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Si necesita más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Game On
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Take a break from homework to play games with your friends! The teen room has a collection of new games and old favorites.



Tuesday, March 28, 2017
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
One–on-One Tech Tutoring allows you to register for a one-hour one-on-one session of any of our workshops. Appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
 
Workshops and One-on-One Tech Tutoring are offered in English and Spanish. A valid library card is required to participate. Space is limited appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  To register or schedule an appointment, call 413-420-8118, or write to grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Please contact us if more information is needed.

Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología
Durante los días de Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología, usted podrá registrarse para recibir una hora de sesión individualizada de cualquiera de nuestros talleres. Las citas para las tutorías deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación.
 
Los talleres, y las tutorías de tecnología se ofrecen en inglés y español. Se necesita una tarjeta de la biblioteca válida para participar. Espacios limitados deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación. Para registrarse en los talleres o sacar una citas, llame al 413-420-8118, o escriba a grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Si necesita más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017
HCC
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM



Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Mindfulness Meditation Class
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM



Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Stories With jason
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM



Wednesday, March 29, 2017
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
One–on-One Tech Tutoring allows you to register for a one-hour one-on-one session of any of our workshops. Appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
 
Workshops and One-on-One Tech Tutoring are offered in English and Spanish. A valid library card is required to participate. Space is limited appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  To register or schedule an appointment, call 413-420-8118, or write to grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Please contact us if more information is needed.

Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología
Durante los días de Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología, usted podrá registrarse para recibir una hora de sesión individualizada de cualquiera de nuestros talleres. Las citas para las tutorías deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación.
 
Los talleres, y las tutorías de tecnología se ofrecen en inglés y español. Se necesita una tarjeta de la biblioteca válida para participar. Espacios limitados deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación. Para registrarse en los talleres o sacar una citas, llame al 413-420-8118, o escriba a grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Si necesita más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Teen Photography Series
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM



Wednesday, March 29, 2017
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
One–on-One Tech Tutoring allows you to register for a one-hour one-on-one session of any of our workshops. Appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
 
Workshops and One-on-One Tech Tutoring are offered in English and Spanish. A valid library card is required to participate. Space is limited appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  To register or schedule an appointment, call 413-420-8118, or write to grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Please contact us if more information is needed.

Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología
Durante los días de Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología, usted podrá registrarse para recibir una hora de sesión individualizada de cualquiera de nuestros talleres. Las citas para las tutorías deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación.
 
Los talleres, y las tutorías de tecnología se ofrecen en inglés y español. Se necesita una tarjeta de la biblioteca válida para participar. Espacios limitados deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación. Para registrarse en los talleres o sacar una citas, llame al 413-420-8118, o escriba a grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Si necesita más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Race to Incarcerate Discussion and Zine Making
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

As part of a larger community wide discussion about mass incarceration and the Hamptons + Holyoke Read, we will be looking at excerpts of the graphic novel Race to Incarcerate which provides a detailed history of the rise of the U.S. prison system and how it disproportionately affects communities of color.

We will then be making "zines" (small individual magazines) about mass incarceration and steps we can take toward prison reform and raising awareness.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017
BINGO!
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM



Thursday, March 30, 2017
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
One–on-One Tech Tutoring allows you to register for a one-hour one-on-one session of any of our workshops. Appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
 
Workshops and One-on-One Tech Tutoring are offered in English and Spanish. A valid library card is required to participate. Space is limited appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  To register or schedule an appointment, call 413-420-8118, or write to grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Please contact us if more information is needed.

Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología
Durante los días de Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología, usted podrá registrarse para recibir una hora de sesión individualizada de cualquiera de nuestros talleres. Las citas para las tutorías deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación.
 
Los talleres, y las tutorías de tecnología se ofrecen en inglés y español. Se necesita una tarjeta de la biblioteca válida para participar. Espacios limitados deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación. Para registrarse en los talleres o sacar una citas, llame al 413-420-8118, o escriba a grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Si necesita más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros.


Thursday, March 30, 2017
Drop In Writing Group for Teens
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Bring a piece of creative writing, an essay for school, a short story, etc. to work on and share with the group! Writing instructor and tutor Abby Forcier will be on hand to offer guidance.


Thursday, March 30, 2017
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
One–on-One Tech Tutoring allows you to register for a one-hour one-on-one session of any of our workshops. Appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
 
Workshops and One-on-One Tech Tutoring are offered in English and Spanish. A valid library card is required to participate. Space is limited appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  To register or schedule an appointment, call 413-420-8118, or write to grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Please contact us if more information is needed.

Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología
Durante los días de Tutorías uno a uno de tecnología, usted podrá registrarse para recibir una hora de sesión individualizada de cualquiera de nuestros talleres. Las citas para las tutorías deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación.
 
Los talleres, y las tutorías de tecnología se ofrecen en inglés y español. Se necesita una tarjeta de la biblioteca válida para participar. Espacios limitados deben programarse con 24 horas de antelación. Para registrarse en los talleres o sacar una citas, llame al 413-420-8118, o escriba a grivera@holyokelibrary.org. Si necesita más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros.


Thursday, March 30, 2017
Not Your Mother's Job Search
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
A series of three 2 - hour workshops
that addresses 21st-century job search information
and strategies, including resume writing, interview skills, and the art of the job search
with Barbara Foster Thursdays,
at 6:00pm
Holyoke Public Library -- Community Meeting Room
250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

Join us.
Workshop 2

INTERVIEW WITH CONFIDENCE
Preparation is the key to handling a job interview. You’ll practice how to handle those difficult interview questions and learn how to deal with various types of interviews, including telephone and Skype interviews.


Registration is required.

For more information and registration, please call 413-420-8101.

All library programs are open to the public free of charge thanks to our generous donors and supporters like you. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Holyoke Public Library or by registering in person at the library’s front desk. 

Parking available along the street in front of the new entrance to the library and in generous lots adjacent to and immediately across the street from the library.



Friday, March 31, 2017
Collaborative for Educational Services
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Saturday, April 1, 2017
Hamptons + Holyoke Read
8:30 AM -
Holyoke Public Library joins
Northampton, Southampton, Easthampton and Westhampton Libraries in a Community Read Project
During the months of March and April 2017




Five communities are coming together during March and April in a new partnership called Hamptons + Holyoke Read. The inspiration for this multi-community initiative is the book Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman, popularized by the Netflix series. Spearheaded by the public libraries in Holyoke, Northampton, Florence, Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton, Hamptons + Holyoke Read is sponsoring dozens of events exploring incarceration through discussion, art, film and lecture. Community partners for this project are wide reaching including Holyoke Community College, Historic Northampton, Wistariahurst, Prison Policy Initiative and UMass Amherst Public History Program.
 
Originally published in 2010, Orange is the New Black tells the true story of the author, a Smith College graduate, who served a 15-month sentence in a federal women’s prison for drug trafficking. Although the book and to a larger extent the Netflix series give a narrow and often unrealistic view of prison life, the organizers of Hamptons + Holyoke Read are using this book as a jumping off point to encourage community conversations about pervasive issues of mass incarceration affecting our communities and our nation.
 
There are currently 2.2 million people serving time in the United States, which represents a 500% increase over the last 40 years according to the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit research, and advocacy group. In  Massachusetts alone, there are nearly 20,000 people currently serving time. The State Senate will be discussing three important criminal justice related bills this year and nationally prison policy is receiving lots of attention. “The topics raised by this year’s community reading event are extremely timely and important. Participants will have the opportunity to increase understanding and foster conversation about the past, present and future of prison and its impact on our society,” said Lisa Downing, Hamptons + Holyoke Read Co-Chair.
 
Copies of Orange is the New Black are available to borrow from the participating libraries. For a complete list of events and exhibits please visit forbeslibrary.org/hhr.
 
Concurrent with Hamptons + Holyoke Read, the national exhibit States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories is coming to Holyoke and Northampton during the month of March. For more information about the exhibit and related programs, please visit https://pv-soi.org/.

For further questions on this entertaining event, please contact
Lisa Downing, Forbes Library Director, 413-587-1016, ldowning@forbeslibrary.org
María G. Pagán, Holyoke Public Library Director, 413-420-8101, library@holyoke.org



Saturday, April 1, 2017
Collaborative for Educational Services
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Monday, April 3, 2017
Book Drive for the Prison Book Program
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM

Book Drive
for the Prison Book Program!
Holyoke Public Library joins Northampton, Southampton, Easthampton, Westhampton Libraries and Holyoke Community College in a Community Read Project
During the months of March and April 2017

 http://forbeslibrary.org/hhr


 

Book Drive @ Holyoke Public Library
for the Prison Book Program

From March 6 to April 3, donation boxes will be located at Holyoke Community College and the Public Libraries in Westhampton, Easthampton, Holyoke, Southampton, Northampton, and Florence.
The Prison Book Program serves prisoners in hundreds of facilities (state and federal prisons in 44 states). They collect donated books and send them to prisoners based on requests received from individuals. Prison Book Program accepts new and very gently used paperback books, and most especially needs dictionaries and thesauri.
Other most-needed books are
  1. Language dictionaries and grammar books (Spanish, Japanese, Hebrew, ASL)
  2. Exercise (yoga, weight lifting)
  3. Business (small business start-up, real estate, applying for loans)
  4. Hobbies (piano music, guitar, drawing, crocheting, chess, crossword puzzles, word games)
  5. Bible dictionaries and concordances as well as non-mainstream religions such as Wicca, paganism, spirits, dreams, tarot cards, etc.
  6. GLBTQ fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs
  7. Japanese Manga and comics
  8. Westerns
  9. Cultural books, especially African American and Native American
They can't accept hardcovers, spiral bound books or textbooks. A complete list of what you can donate can be found on their website. http://prisonbookprogram.org/donatesection/donate-books/
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017, to Monday, April 3, 2017
Time: During libraries hours
Location: Multiple Locations
Categories:  Hamptons + Holyoke Read HHR calendar Recurring Events



Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Western MA Employment
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Tuesday, April 4, 2017
1199 SEIU
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM



Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Mindfulness Meditation Class
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM



Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Ukele
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM



Thursday, April 6, 2017
Not Your Mother's Job Search
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
A series of three 2 - hour workshops
that addresses 21st-century job search information
and strategies, including resume writing, interview skills, and the art of the job search
with Barbara Foster
Thursdays at 6:00pm
Holyoke Public Library -- Community Meeting Room
250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

Join us.
 Workshop 3

JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES
You’ll need to use a variety of strategies in your today’s challenging job market.  Networking, attending job fairs, performing informational interviews, and using your social media network. Staying motivated will also be discussed.

Registration is required.

For more information and registration, please call 413-420-8101.

All library programs are open to the public free of charge thanks to our generous donors and supporters like you. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Holyoke Public Library or by registering in person at the library’s front desk. 

Parking available along the street in front of the new entrance to the library and in generous lots adjacent to and immediately across the street from the library.



Friday, April 7, 2017
Friends set up for mini golf
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Friday, April 7, 2017
Swing into Spring PARTY, 21+
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Swing into Spring with the Friends!
Come play mini golf inside the library.

$15 per person includes delicious FOOD catered by Brennan's Place of Holyoke, and an evening of fun playing miniature golf (if you wish) and socializing with friends.

There will be a CASH BAR (staffed by Brennan's), and a Silent Auction (run by the Friends of the Library). 


Funds raised through ticket sales, auction sales, bar profits, and Mini Golf sponsorships will be used by the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library to support programming and services at the Library, especially for teens and children. 

Come support the Library!  Come view the decorations and obstacles added to the 18-hole course by enterprising sponsors!  Come practice your putting. (Improve your skill, and then return the next day, when the Mini-golf course will be open to all ages; invite more friends and family to come play with you on Saturday)


(This event has been listed on Facebook  and Eventbrite.  You may puchase tickets in advance via Eventbrite, or at the door.)

Questions?  please email friendsofthehpl@gmail.com  


Saturday, April 8, 2017
Mini Golf in the Library!
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Come play 18 holes of mini golf INSIDE the Library!  Don't miss this special event organized by the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library.  Join us for the 2nd Annual...

Mini Golf in the Library! ¡Minigolf en la Biblioteca!
Saturday April 8, 2017  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

The first four tees and putting greens will be on the top floor (Level 4) in and around the Non-fiction stacks and Reference stacks. Play will continue down the stairs and throughout the Children's Room on Level 2, and then down to the Fiction Stacks, Level 1, and the Teen Room on the ground level. 

This is a family-friendly event. All ages welcome. $5 to play. Discount rate for young children ($3 for ages 5-12; under 5 free).  Tickets at the door, or in advance via Eventbrite.

For an example of how much FUN this can be for children, watch this short video of a mini golf in a CT library in October 2015:

 http://www.blackstone.lioninc.org/caddystacks-blackstone-the-19th-hole-party/  

Library services will be open the usual Saturday hours (8:30 am - 4 pm). Certain areas (for instance, the Computer Room) will be undisturbed by the golf course.

This mini-golf tournament is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library. Major funding is coming from local businesses that sponsor "holes" on the golf course or choose other ways to underwrite the event. Such sponsors are being announced on the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library's blog and Facebook pages as commitments are received.

For more information, and list of sponsors for 2017, see http://www.holyokelibrary.org/aboutfriendsgolf.asp