All programs take place at the Roslindale Branch Library and are free of charge unless noted otherwise. The library will be closed on Tuesday, January 1 for New Years Day and Monday, January 21 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day. Call the branch at 617-323-2343 for more information, go to friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
Book Discussion: Between the World and Me
Saturdays, January 5, 12 & 26, 9:15-11 AM
We will be discussing Ta-Nehisi Coates's ground-breaking book, Between the World and Me, which explores some uncomfortable truths about race in America. The discussions will be led by local educator Josh Frank and books are available to borrow from the Roslindale Library now.
Imagine and Move
Saturday, January 5, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Bring your kids to the library for some music and dancing. Ages 2 and up and snacks provided. Come before or after you visit the Winter Farmers Market!
Dialogue 2 Action
Thursdays, January 10, 24 & 31, 6:30 - 8 PM
Dialogue 2 Action is a facilitated race and equity discussion series with a four-session curriculum. Participants should plan to attend all the sessions. The fourth session date will be determined by the participants. The facilitator for the Roslindale Library series will be Samuel R.W. Ellison, a senior administrator at The Partnership, Inc., an organization that works with organizations in all sectors to build racially and ethnically diverse leadership pipelines.
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 PM
Come to the library to craft and have pleasant conversation with your neighbors in this weekly drop-in social group. All levels of skill are welcome.
Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, January 17, 1:30-2:30 PM
We will be discussing A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Newcomers Welcome. Enjoy refreshments. Meet new friends.
PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes): A Fair Deal in Boston?
Thursday, January 17, 6-8 PM
PILOT Action Group is a coalition of community, faith and labor groups who came together to address concerns around the role of our wealthy nonprofit neighbors in the future of our city.
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, January 24, 7 - 9 PM, Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street
Featured Readers: Phyllis Bluhm, Frances Donovan & Mary Lou Maloney
Weekly Children's Programming
Mondays, 10:30 am
Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Tuesdays, 4-5 pm
(Time may be changed to 4:30)
Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm
(for children ages 4 and older, with caregivers )
Mondays - Thursdays, 3:30- 5:30 pm
Weekly Adult Programming
English Conversation Group
Thursdays, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Spanish Conversation Group
Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm
State Rep-Elect Nika Elugardo
A People's History Lesson
February & March
Limited call for book donations and the yarn sale prior to renovation closing
We are awaiting a revised community meeting and construction schedule but it looks like the branch will be open at least through the end of the school year. Therefore, the Friends could use some book donations for our daily sale shelves in the rotunda. Please bring in small batches of your recent fiction and non-fiction in good condition. We are also planning to host our annual yarn sale this spring and we need donations of yarn, fabric and other crafting notions from the community. Lastly, we welcome donations of giftable handmade items - hats, scarves, etc - from the community to sell at our Holiday Mini-Craft Fair on December 15. Give your donations to the staff at the circulation desk. All sales from books, yarn and handmade crafts will support the library.
More Than Words at the Winter Farmers Market
Waltham-based nonprofit More Than Words will have selling books at the Winter Farmers Market on Saturday, January 12, 9 AM - 2 PM at the Sons of Italy. Last year, the Friends donated most of its excess books to the organizations. More Than Words is a youth-led used bookstore and nonprofit social enterprise based in Waltham and Boston. Its youth employees are 16-24 years old and are system involved: homeless, in foster care, in the court system, or out of school. At More Than Words, youth earn a job in our job training program learning the ins and outs of running a business, while simultaneously working on personal goals, such as graduating high school or pursuing post-secondary education. They sell our books online, in its stores, to wholesale purchasers, and at our pop-up bookstores throughout Massachusetts!
Roslindale Library Memory Journal!
The BPL is running the “Love Letter to a Library” public art collaboration throughout the library system with a banner on the side of the building. This project is meant to encourage patrons to share their memories of the library and its importance in the community. The Roslindale branch will be closing soon for renovations and it is even more important to record the memories of Roslindale community members. A memory book is available now in the library rotunda for patrons to share their memories.
Growing the Network of Free Community Bookshelves
Do books inspire you? The Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library will be closing for renovation in 2019. While this is going on, we would like to ensure our neighbors of all ages access to books to celebrate the joy of reading and encourage positive community interaction. Here is one idea that we would like to propose: Adding more yard and business based little free lending libraries!
A first step is to find out what we have already and we could use your help. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any answers to these questions.
- Do you have a book sharing shelf or little library on your street? At what address or business?
- Can you recommend new business locations for library shelves?
- Would you be interested in learning how to build a little library for your yard?
- Would you be interested in volunteering to help grow and maintain this project?
- Do you know of organizations that would support this project through donations of books or materials?
- Do you have other ideas?
We would love to hear from you!
Join the Friends Race and Inclusion Committee!
We have heard how much you appreciate the programming we have been offering including the Globe Spotlight Team discussion, presentations by Hoda El-Sharkawi and Rev. Irene Monroe, and our popular book discussions with Josh Frank. We also have created book lists and reviews. Our programming will not stop once the library building closes for the renovation and we have more ideas about celebrating and uniting our community. If you are interested in helping to plan and produce educational events, discussions, and presentations related to race, ethnicity, religion, and culture with us, email email@example.com.
Read a Book, Suggest a Book, Review a Book
We maintain a wide variety of topical books in our race and inclusion mega reading list for adults, teens/young adults, and children. We also welcome any book suggestions, especially ones for teens and children, to add to this mega list, which is mostly comprised of titles recommended by community members like you! This book list is meant to be a community resource that encourages thoughtful conversation, education, and respect for diversity. Also, if you read any of the books listed and want to write a review, let us know. We will consider review submissions for publication in our newsletter and website. Send your book suggestions and reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for volunteers for a number of Friends' and library programming. Please view the job descriptions on VolunteerMatch. If you are interested in any of the positions, contact us at email@example.com.
Books of the Month
Each month we feature themed booklists grouped for adults, teenagers/young adults, and children, and can be borrowed from the Roslindale Library!
Content for Your New Gadgets!
Did you get a new tablet or e-reader over the holidays? The library offers millions of ebooks, movies, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, and music that you can download or stream through OverDrive and Hoopla on your devices. All you need is your BPL library card to sign in!
Jump Start The New Year!
The new year is a good time to reset and do something new and different. Here is a list of books that can help you with your resolutions.
Send us your book recommendations!
These booklists have been very popular, and we will continue making them in the new year. Did you read a book that you would like Roslindale to know about? Let us know about it! It can be about any topic for any age group. We might include it in a future book list. Email your recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Words of Wisdom
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” - Martin Luther King Jr
Support the Friends!
We are a volunteer-run organization. All the work we do for library programming, publicity, and building improvements is done with support from the community. There are many ways to support the Friends, like donating, becoming a Friends member and even shopping on Amazon!