Holyoke is a city of immigrants. Known as the “Ireland’s Parish”, even before being officially named as the City of Holyoke, the “Paper City” has always been home for different cultures, nationalities, traditions, and influences. For this reason, the recognition of the immigrants who made and still make Holyoke what it is, becomes a month-long celebration of diversity, community, and identity during June, National Immigrant Heritage Month. Mayor Alex Morse, talk about the celebration, some of the activities planned for the month of June, and the importance of recognizing the different communities in the city. The Wistariahurst Museum will be … Continue reading HOLYOKE CELEBRATES IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH IN JUNE

Rachel Dowd – Teen Librarian

The Holyoke Public Library has a unique space, dedicated to nurturing the needs and interests of youth in the community. Rachel Dowd is the Teen Librarian responsible for a transformation of the Teen Room to a hub for a myriad of activities that involve utilizing the Library as a safe space for reading, creativity workshops, promote self-expression, but most important, curate an inviting and welcoming space for youth to just BE. The Teen Room at Holyoke Public Library offers several activities and keeps adding more workshops, events, and opportunities for youth in the community to get access to entertainment that builds knowledge, skills, … Continue reading Rachel Dowd – Teen Librarian

MLK Day ON! Youth Conference

Holyoke Youth gathered on January 16th, 2017 at the Holyoke Senior Center, to discuss several youth issues and draft a 10 years vision plan to present to the City. This is a special report with some of the topics addressed at this event, organized by The Holyoke Youth Commission, The Holyoke Youth Task Force, and The Enchanted Circle Theater. Continue reading MLK Day ON! Youth Conference