All programs take place at the Roslindale Branch Library and are free of charge unless noted otherwise. The Library will be closed on Monday, April 15 in observance of Patriots Day. Call the branch at 617-323-2343 for more information, go to friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
Boston Marathon Fundraiser For The Library
Friends member Greg Tobin is running in this year's Boston Marathon to raise money for library's programming, such as Toddler Story Hour here at the branch. Greg's "Run for the Readers" will be his first marathon, as part of a 15-member BPL team. Come cheer for them on April 15! And if you would like to support him, here is the link for donations. Greg's wife Jeannette is creating a beautiful quilt to be raffled off, and the Friends will be holding a drawing for the winner. Each donation of $5 to the BPL Marathon team will earn a chance in the drawing! The quilt (in progress) is on display at the library.
Rozzie Reads One Book!
The Friends of the Roslindale Library will host another community-wide Rozzie Reads One Book while the library is undergoing renovation. Help us decide what to read! Here are the general criteria:
--Local author preferred
--Possibilities for multigenerational programs
--Available in paperback
Please recommend a book on our nomination form.
Book Discussion: Just Mercy
Saturdays, April 6, 13 & 27, 9:15-11:00 AM
We will discuss Bryan Stevenson’s best-seller about the inequities in the U.S. legal system for people of color on death row. Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. The discussions will be led by local educator Josh Frank and books are available to borrow from the library now.
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 PM
Come to the library to craft and have a pleasant conversation with your neighbors in this weekly drop-in social group. All levels of skill are welcome.
Blossom Girls Program
Mondays, April 1-May 6, 2:30-3:45 PM
For ages 11-15. Sign-up required (not meeting April 15) Mentoring, life skills, leadership, safe-space, personal development, community relations.
Teen Crafts with Sherry Eskin: Homemade Bouncy Balls
Tuesday, April 2, 3-4 PM
For ages 12 and up
BabyTime with Sherry Eskin
Wednesday, April 3, 10:30 AM
Spring Singing Lessons - 8 week series with Maire Clement
Wednesdays, April 3-May 8, 3-4:30 PM
Limit: 10 participants. You must be able to attend all or most of the eight lessons. The program will be open to eight adults and two teens. Areas that Maire covers are: Breathing, Projection, Language, Expanding your range, Vocal Health, Resonance, How to Practice, Artistry and Performance Skills. Please speak with the Head Librarian if you have questions or if you would like to register: 617-323-2343 or email email@example.com.
Preschool Reading Readiness
Fridays, April 5 & 12 10:30-11:30 AM
Topics include numbers, letters, colors, shapes, sizes, self-concept. Stories and Songs with Joe Pagliuca.
Crafternoon at the Library: Decorate Cupcakes with Sherry Eskin
Monday, April 8, 4:30-5:30 PM
For ages 5 and up.
Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, April 18, 1:30-2:30 PM
We will be discussing The State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Newcomers Welcome. Enjoy refreshments. Meet new friends.
Read Your Way Across the USA with Judy Pancoast
Thursday, April 18, 2 PM
Upbeat songs, interaction, dancing, musical, and literary adventure.
Library Office Hours: State Rep Nika Elugardo or her assistant, Isabel Torres
Friday, April 19, 11 AM-1 PM
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, April 25, 7 pm, Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street
Featured readers: Judy Katz-Levine and Con Squires
Note: Several children's programs will not meet during the BPS school vacation week April 15-19, including Preschool Movies, Creative Drama and Homework Assistance Program.
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
Author Talk with Lorenz Finison
James Baldwin/Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mashup Book Discussion
May 4, 11 & 18
Farewell Dan! Hello Benedita!
Roslindale branch custodian Dan Welchlin retired last month after working for the BPL system for 37 years! He worked for the West Roxbury branch for six years, JP and Connolly branches for 11 years, and finally the Roslindale branch for the last 20 years. Good luck to Dan in the next chapter in his life! Also, you may have noticed a new face at the circulation desk. Benedita Gomes is the new library assistant. Say hi to her the next time you are in the library!
Roslindale Community Libraries Project
The Friends are increasing the number of free book sharing libraries in neighborhood businesses and yards to make sure you can get books during the library’s renovation starting later in 2019. With the help of wonderful partners, we will have handcrafted libraries to give away to people who would like one on their property and meet the criteria. The little libraries come in a wide variety of designs, shapes, colors, and sizes!
If you are interested in having a library on your property starting this summer, please see the criteria on the application available on our website, or at the circulation desk at the library. Submit the application by the end of April. For more information, contact 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!
Books about Poetry
April is National Poetry Month, and we compiled a great list of books celebrating our favorite poets.
Books about Home and Gardening
Yes, it is time to start thinking about getting back into your garden and spruce up your home! Here is a list of books to offer advice on gardening and interior design.
Words of Wisdom
“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.” –Emily Dickinson
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!