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   Friday, February 23, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Event Location: Gandara Youth Development Center: 306 Race Street
Contact: Rachel   413-420-8119
rdowd@holyokelibrary.org



   Monday, February 26, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Maker Mondays
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact: Rachel   413-420-8119
rdowd@holyokelibrary.org



   Tuesday, February 27, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting and the Natural Ice Industry in New England
Event Location: Community Room
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org
With: Dennis Picard
The commercial harvesting of ice from New England’s ponds and lakes for export began in the first decade of the 19th century.  By the end of that century ice harvesting was the 9th largest industry in the United States employing tens of thousands of workers in New England alone and producing hundreds of thousands of tons of block ice annually. 

Dennis Picard has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for more than twenty years at museums and environmental education centers.  He will display some of his antique tools of that trade including several invented in Massachusetts.  He will share the interesting tale of this once massive enterprise that is now fading from our collective memory.  Picard also invites and guides would-be ice harvesters to try their hand at working with some of his antique implements, including a “pond saw” and the breaker bar.  Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Holyoke History Room.

 



   Wednesday, February 28, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Introduction to Genealogy with Hillary Schau
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org

Part 2 of a 5-part series of free classes on genealogical research.

Feb 28: Sources I - Census and Vital Records.  Learn how to acquire these essential records online or, when necessary, in paper form.
For the full class schedule, click here.

Preregister by calling
(413) 420-8107.
Class size limited to 12.



4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org
On the last two Wednesdays of every month (February – June 2018), we will hold a free drop-in lab open to family historians at all stages of the research process.  If you are new to genealogy, or exploring new and unfamiliar research avenues, the lab offers a chance to ask questions and get some one-on-one assistance.  If you are a more advanced researcher, come to enjoy the company of fellow family historians and share your experience!

No pre-registration necessary, but you will need a Library Card to access Lab computers. You may also bring your own computer and use our free Wi-Fi and databases.
Genealogy lab patrons will be assisted by Hillary Schau, a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research.
Drop-in Lab Dates: February 21 & 28; March 21 & 28; April 18 & 25; May 23 & 30; June 20 & 27.
The Holyoke History Room will be open until 6 PM on Genealogy Lab days.  The History Room has many sources not accessible online, including Holyoke Transcript newspaper obituaries, Holyoke High School Yearbooks, selected church repertoires, and more.



4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact: Rachel   413-420-8119
rdowd@holyokelibrary.org



   Saturday, March 3, 2018
2:00 PM -
Rendering the Galaxy: Translator Tyran Grillo Discusses Yoshiki Tanaka's Science Fiction Masterpiece 'Legend of the Galactic Heroes'
Event Location: 1st Floor Board Room
Contact: Epi   413-420-8101
earias@holyokelibrary.org
Join translator Tyran Grillo on an intergalactic journey filled with timely political intrigue as he discusses volumes 4 and 5 from Japanese science fiction master Yoshiki Tanaka's epic series of novels, Legend of the Galactic Heroes.




Tanaka's grand space opera has long been known to fans outside of Japan due to the popularity of its anime adaptation, but the novels in translation are at last giving those same fans (and new readers alike) every satisfying detail with renewed clarity. Grillo will discuss the significance of this groundbreaking saga, read from his translations, and discuss the challenges of rendering such a complex work into English. An informal Q&A will follow

 



   Monday, March 5, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Maker Mondays
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact: Rachel   413-420-8119
rdowd@holyokelibrary.org



   Wednesday, March 7, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Introduction to Genealogy with Hillary Schau
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org

Part 3 of a 5-part series of free classes on genealogical research.

March 7: Sources II - Immigration, Naturalization, and Migration.  This session covers the basics of finding and understanding passenger lists, immigration documents, and other sources that document your ancestors' origins and movements. Start filling in the historical context of your family's past.
For the full class schedule, click here.

Preregister by calling
(413) 420-8107.
Class size limited to 12.



   Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Game On!
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact: Rachel   413-420-8119
rdowd@holyokelibrary.org



   Friday, March 9, 2018
2:00 PM -
Dupin Did It: A Reading from 'An Exaggerated Murder' & Discussion of 'The Purloined Letter'
Event Location: Community Room
Contact: Epi   413-420-8101
earias@holyokelibrary.org



*****
 Josh Cook reads from his critically acclaimed detective novel, An Exaggerated Murder and discusses Edgar Allen Poe's classic detective story, "The Purloined Letter." 


 
“If Sherlock Holmes and Ignatius J. Reilly had a baby, that child would be Trike Augustine, private investigator. Rude, slobby, irritatingly brilliant, quick-witted -- that's Trike. With the help of his saner, more reasonable employees, Trike has been tasked with finding a missing billionaire, but will the stupid clues stump the smart man, or will Trike manage to keep himself and his associates out of harm's way and solve the case before it's too late? An Exaggerated Murder is a fantastic, funny, smart debut, and I eagerly await more from Cook.” 
— Liberty Hardy
*******



   Monday, March 12, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Maker Mondays
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact: Rachel   413-420-8119
rdowd@holyokelibrary.org



   Wednesday, March 14, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Introduction to Genealogy with Hillary Schau
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org

Part 4 of a 5-part series of free classes on genealogical research.

March 14: . Digging Deeper - Military records, land records, and family papers/stories can all contain a wealth of information not found elsewhere.  This class will provide an introduction to locating and using these records, and to interpreting the stories, notes, and scraps of paper that may have been left by your forebears.  This session will also cover getting and understanding a DNA test.
For the full class schedule, click here.

Preregister by calling
(413) 420-8107.
Class size limited to 12.



   Thursday, March 15, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Game On!
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact: Rachel   413-420-8119
rdowd@holyokelibrary.org



   Wednesday, March 21, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Introduction to Genealogy with Hillary Schau
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org

Part 5 of a 5-part series of free classes on genealogical research.

March 21: Organizing your Digital Records - Staying well-organized is a must for any family historian. This class will focus on the best ways to keep your research organized using computer-based and online tools.
For the full class schedule, click here.

Preregister by calling
(413) 420-8107.
Class size limited to 12.



4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org
On the last two Wednesdays of every month (February - June 2018), we will hold a free drop-in lab open to family historians at all stages of the research process. If you are new to genealogy, or exploring new and unfamiliar research avenues, the lab offers a chance to ask questions and get some one-on-one assistance. If you are a more advanced researcher, come to enjoy the company of fellow family historians and share your experience!

No pre-registration necessary, but you will need a Library Card to access Lab computers. You may also bring your own computer and use our free Wi-Fi and databases.
Genealogy lab patrons will be assisted by Hillary Schau, a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research.
Drop-in Lab Dates: February 21 & 28; March 21 & 28; April 18 & 25; May 23 & 30; June 20 & 27.
The Holyoke History Room will be open until 6 PM on Genealogy Lab days. The History Room has many sources not accessible online, including Holyoke Transcript newspaper obituaries, Holyoke High School Yearbooks, selected church repertoires, and more.



   Thursday, March 22, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Game On!
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact: Rachel   413-420-8119
rdowd@holyokelibrary.org



   Monday, March 26, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Maker Mondays
Event Location: Teen Room
Contact: Rachel   413-420-8119
rdowd@holyokelibrary.org



   Wednesday, March 28, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org
On the last two Wednesdays of every month (February - June 2018), we will hold a free drop-in lab open to family historians at all stages of the research process. If you are new to genealogy, or exploring new and unfamiliar research avenues, the lab offers a chance to ask questions and get some one-on-one assistance. If you are a more advanced researcher, come to enjoy the company of fellow family historians and share your experience!

No pre-registration necessary, but you will need a Library Card to access Lab computers. You may also bring your own computer and use our free Wi-Fi and databases.
Genealogy lab patrons will be assisted by Hillary Schau, a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research.
Drop-in Lab Dates: February 21 & 28; March 21 & 28; April 18 & 25; May 23 & 30; June 20 & 27.
The Holyoke History Room will be open until 6 PM on Genealogy Lab days. The History Room has many sources not accessible online, including Holyoke Transcript newspaper obituaries, Holyoke High School Yearbooks, selected church repertoires, and more.



   Friday, April 6, 2018
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Swing into Spring Cocktail Party / Mini Golf 21+
Event Location: Community Room, Holyoke Public Library
Contact: Sandy Ward, Mini Golf Chair    413-250-8079 (Sandy), 413-420-8101 (Library)
friendsofthehpl@gmail.com
Join us for the 3rd Annual "Swing into Spring" party, with Food (and Cash Bar) by Brennan's Place, and an opportunity to play Mini Golf in the Library!  ¡Minigolf en la Biblioteca!

$20 per person. Purchase via Eventbrite, or at the door.

Funds raised at this FUN event will be benefit the Library – a good cause!  A "Lucky Ticket" Auction will be held during the party.
 
For more information about "Mini Golf in the Library!", see



   Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Mini Golf Team Tournament
Event Location: Holyoke Public Library
Contact: Kathy McKean, Sandy Ward, or Nancy Kocsmiersky   413-250-8079 (Sandy), 413-420-8109 (Nancy)
friendsofthehpl@gmail.com
Teams of 4 are invited to compete for Prizes and bragging rights.
"Shotgun" start at 9:00 am. Please arrive by 8:45 am to sign-in/register.

Advance registration required.  $80 per team.  Please register via EventBrite or contact Nancy Kocsmiersky, HPL Development Offfice, 413-420-8109, nancy@holyokelibrary.org.

Funds raised will be benefit the Library – especially programs for youth.  Proceed will be used to augment summer reading and literacy programs, and to expand Library STEM programming by adding a series of summer workshops with Holyoke Codes, a local organization that provides opportunities for kids to be involved in coding, robotics, and technology.
 
For more information about "Mini Golf in the Library!", see



9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Mini Golf in the Library!
Event Location: Library
Contact: Sandy Ward or Nancy Kocsmiersky   413-420-8101
friendsofthehpl@gmail.com
Come play 18 holes of miniature golf INSIDE our beautiful Library!
Families welcome. Children under 5 play for FREE. Ages 5-12, $3. Adults, $5.  No experience necessary. No need to register. Just come!

Photo of young golfer 
Bring your family. Bring your friends. Don't miss this fun community event, now in its 3rd year.
For more information, see



   Wednesday, April 18, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org
On the last two Wednesdays of every month (February - June 2018), we will hold a free drop-in lab open to family historians at all stages of the research process. If you are new to genealogy, or exploring new and unfamiliar research avenues, the lab offers a chance to ask questions and get some one-on-one assistance. If you are a more advanced researcher, come to enjoy the company of fellow family historians and share your experience!

No pre-registration necessary, but you will need a Library Card to access Lab computers. You may also bring your own computer and use our free Wi-Fi and databases.
Genealogy lab patrons will be assisted by Hillary Schau, a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research.
Drop-in Lab Dates: February 21 & 28; March 21 & 28; April 18 & 25; May 23 & 30; June 20 & 27.
The Holyoke History Room will be open until 6 PM on Genealogy Lab days. The History Room has many sources not accessible online, including Holyoke Transcript newspaper obituaries, Holyoke High School Yearbooks, selected church repertoires, and more.



   Wednesday, April 25, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org
On the last two Wednesdays of every month (February - June 2018), we will hold a free drop-in lab open to family historians at all stages of the research process. If you are new to genealogy, or exploring new and unfamiliar research avenues, the lab offers a chance to ask questions and get some one-on-one assistance. If you are a more advanced researcher, come to enjoy the company of fellow family historians and share your experience!

No pre-registration necessary, but you will need a Library Card to access Lab computers. You may also bring your own computer and use our free Wi-Fi and databases.
Genealogy lab patrons will be assisted by Hillary Schau, a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research.
Drop-in Lab Dates: February 21 & 28; March 21 & 28; April 18 & 25; May 23 & 30; June 20 & 27.
The Holyoke History Room will be open until 6 PM on Genealogy Lab days. The History Room has many sources not accessible online, including Holyoke Transcript newspaper obituaries, Holyoke High School Yearbooks, selected church repertoires, and more.



   Wednesday, May 23, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org
On the last two Wednesdays of every month (February - June 2018), we will hold a free drop-in lab open to family historians at all stages of the research process. If you are new to genealogy, or exploring new and unfamiliar research avenues, the lab offers a chance to ask questions and get some one-on-one assistance. If you are a more advanced researcher, come to enjoy the company of fellow family historians and share your experience!

No pre-registration necessary, but you will need a Library Card to access Lab computers. You may also bring your own computer and use our free Wi-Fi and databases.
Genealogy lab patrons will be assisted by Hillary Schau, a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research.
Drop-in Lab Dates: February 21 & 28; March 21 & 28; April 18 & 25; May 23 & 30; June 20 & 27.
The Holyoke History Room will be open until 6 PM on Genealogy Lab days. The History Room has many sources not accessible online, including Holyoke Transcript newspaper obituaries, Holyoke High School Yearbooks, selected church repertoires, and more.



   Wednesday, May 30, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org
On the last two Wednesdays of every month (February -  June 2018), we will hold a free drop-in lab open to family historians at all stages of the research process. If you are new to genealogy, or exploring new and unfamiliar research avenues, the lab offers a chance to ask questions and get some one-on-one assistance. If you are a more advanced researcher, come to enjoy the company of fellow family historians and share your experience!

No pre-registration necessary, but you will need a Library Card to access Lab computers. You may also bring your own computer and use our free Wi-Fi and databases.
Genealogy lab patrons will be assisted by Hillary Schau, a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research.
Drop-in Lab Dates: February 21 & 28; March 21 & 28; April 18 & 25; May 23 & 30; June 20 & 27.
The Holyoke History Room will be open until 6 PM on Genealogy Lab days. The History Room has many sources not accessible online, including Holyoke Transcript newspaper obituaries, Holyoke High School Yearbooks, selected church repertoires, and more.



   Wednesday, June 20, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org
On the last two Wednesdays of every month (February -  June 2018), we will hold a free drop-in lab open to family historians at all stages of the research process. If you are new to genealogy, or exploring new and unfamiliar research avenues, the lab offers a chance to ask questions and get some one-on-one assistance. If you are a more advanced researcher, come to enjoy the company of fellow family historians and share your experience!

No pre-registration necessary, but you will need a Library Card to access Lab computers. You may also bring your own computer and use our free Wi-Fi and databases.
Genealogy lab patrons will be assisted by Hillary Schau, a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research.
Drop-in Lab Dates: February 21 & 28; March 21 & 28; April 18 & 25; May 23 & 30; June 20 & 27.
The Holyoke History Room will be open until 6 PM on Genealogy Lab days. The History Room has many sources not accessible online, including Holyoke Transcript newspaper obituaries, Holyoke High School Yearbooks, selected church repertoires, and more.



   Wednesday, June 27, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
Event Location: Computer Classroom - Third Floor
Contact: Eileen Crosby   (413) 420-8107
historyroom@holyokelibrary.org
On the last two Wednesdays of every month (February -  June 2018), we will hold a free drop-in lab open to family historians at all stages of the research process. If you are new to genealogy, or exploring new and unfamiliar research avenues, the lab offers a chance to ask questions and get some one-on-one assistance. If you are a more advanced researcher, come to enjoy the company of fellow family historians and share your experience!

No pre-registration necessary, but you will need a Library Card to access Lab computers. You may also bring your own computer and use our free Wi-Fi and databases.
Genealogy lab patrons will be assisted by Hillary Schau, a professional genealogist from Western Mass with long experience assisting others with their family history research.
Drop-in Lab Dates: February 21 & 28; March 21 & 28; April 18 & 25; May 23 & 30; June 20 & 27.
The Holyoke History Room will be open until 6 PM on Genealogy Lab days. The History Room has many sources not accessible online, including Holyoke Transcript newspaper obituaries, Holyoke High School Yearbooks, selected church repertoires, and more.