August 2019 Library News and Events

August 1, 2019

August 2019 Library News & Events

All programs take place at the Roslindale Branch Library and are free of charge unless noted otherwise.   Call the branch at 617-323-2343 for more information. Learn more at

Roslindale Branch Closing and Retirement Party

Saturday, August 3, 9 am - 2 pm

Before the library closes on October 18, we are throwing a daylong, tropical-themed party on August 3!  We will have food, drinks, music, entertainment, and craft activities for both adults and kids.  We will have an information table where you can learn more about our new Roslindale Community Library Network and library programming during the renovation. You can also buy raffle tickets (until 1 pm), make furniture purchases, become a Friends member or make a donation to our organization - all while listening to live steel drumming and the sounds of classic reggae, samba, merengue, and salsa music! This will also be a good time to sign up for a library card at the circulation desk if you don't have one already. Just come in with a picture ID and proof of Massachusetts residency for the card.  More info:

Schedule of Events

9 am - 2 pm - Information Table

9 am - 2 pm - Furniture Sale

9:30 am - 11:30 am - Live Steel Drumming by Justin Petty Steel Drums & Pan Loco Steel Band

11 am - 1 pm - Henna Tattoos by Sue Murad, Balloon Animals by Debbie Pettengill of Falmouth Fun Factory & Kids Crafting Area for making crowns!

12 pm - 1:30 pm - Paula Wiktorowicz's Retirement Party, Food provided by Las Palmas and Roche Bros.

1 pm - Raffle Drawing

Thanks again to our raffle donors!  Here is the list of raffle items that were donated.

Paula Wiktorowicz Retirement Party!

Our children's librarian Paula Wiktorowicz is retiring on August 16 and her retirement party will formally start on August 3 at 12 PM.   In the meantime, we did our own "exit interview" with Paula recently where she reflected on her service to the library and the Roslindale community.  We will also have a comment book at the information desk all day where you can leave your words of gratitude for Paula. 

Furniture Sale

Over the years the Friends have purchased items for the branch that will not be needed after the renovation.  This includes framed book cover posters, chairs, couches, and shelving units.  These will all be for sale during the party on August 3, 9 am - 2 pm. Come browse!  They will be priced to sell! 

Closing For Renovation

The Roslindale Branch will officially close for renovation on Friday, October 18 at 5 PM.  Museum passes, holds, and other items will be transferred to the West Roxbury Branch.  The branch will be closed for approximately two years.  

Frequently Asked Questions and Library Programs During the Renovation

Over the last few weeks, we have put together answers to the most frequently asked questions about the renovation we have received from you into one FAQ list for your perusal.  We have also finalized the list of weekly programs that will continue after the library closes and takes effect on September 14.  Both of these lists can be found at A big thank you to the Roslindale Community Center, Rogerson Communities, and the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for accommodating our programming during the renovation! Please note that both lists are subject to change, and we will do our best to keep you updated with the latest information as it comes to us.  If you still have questions and need more clarification, please let us know at  

Visit us at the Roslindale Village Farmer's Market
Saturdays, August 10 & Sept 14
9 AM - 1:30 PM

Visit us at our table to buy books, as well as learn more about our community library initiative and the library's upcoming renovation.

Knit/Crochet Circle
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.

Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, August 15, 1:30-2:30 PM
We will be discussing The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton. Beginning in September, we will meet at the Roslindale House community room on the Third Thursday at a new time, 12:30 PM.

Baby Birds and Their Nests
Saturday, August 10, 11 am

Best for ages 2-8, but children of other ages are welcome. During the program, each child will learn about how birds choose their habitat, build a nest, and raise baby birds. Each child will build their own bird nest out of natural material and create a bird and an egg out of clay. Topics will include migration, why different birds build different types of nests, the habitat requirements for nesting, and parental care by birds. During the program, participants will listen to a story and sing bird songs, look closely at different nests from our nest collection, examine the artwork of birds and their nests, build their own nest, and hand build a bird and birds eggs out of clay.  Each participant will go home with a nest they built and a clay bird and bird egg.  Presented by staff of Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, Canton.

The Beautiful Struggle Book Discussion
Saturdays, September 7, 21 & 28, 1:15-3 PM
Jamaica Plain Library, 30 South Street
We are happy to announce our new collaboration with the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and the JP Branch Library with our Race and Inclusion series during the renovation. Thanks to a recent grant from the City-Wide Friends of the BPL for making this happen! Our first book discussion will be about Ta-Nehisi Coates's memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. We will explore how the author's upbringing has influenced his thinking about race, social justice, and politics in America. The discussions will be led by local educator Josh Frank and books can be borrowed from the Jamaica Plain Branch.  Please note the time change!

Summer Reading Program for Kids and Teens
Do you have what it takes to be a Champion of Reading? How many activities can you complete before summer is over?  Our Summer Reading Program starts on Monday, July 1 and ends on Monday, August 26.  Please register your child and pick up activity sheets at the Roslindale Branch Library Children's Room or Circulation Desk. Both children and teens can participate.

Read Your Way To Fenway Contest
Did you know that you could enter to win tickets to see the Red Sox play at Fenway? All you have to do is write a brief description of a book you’ve read this summer. Who are the characters, what happens in the story, and what did you like about it?  Children and teens ages 5-17 read a minimum of three books for a chance to win tickets to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 18. Essays are due at any BPL location by August 1. Winners, accompanied to the game by a parent or guardian, receive three Red Sox tickets and a Red Sox t-shirt, hat, backpack, and vouchers for food at Fenway Park.

Champions of Reading Adult Book Bingo!
Get some reading done while winning bingo prizes from the BPL this summer.  All you have to do is pick up a bingo card at the Roslindale branch or online.  Then, fill in your Bingo Card with what you read, did, or discovered between Monday, July 1, 2019, and Sunday, September 1, 2019. Drop your completed card off at any BPL location or send a picture of the card to by end of day on Saturday, September 7. All are welcome to participate, but only Boston Public Library cardholders (including eCards) ages 18 and up are eligible to win a prize. If you do not have a library card, sign up for one at the circulation desk.

Please Note: Lego Club will not meet in August.  We plan to start up again at the Roslindale House Community Room on Thursdays in October at 4:30 PM.  The West Roxbury Branch will have Kenny Wiggins facilitating Lego Club at 2 PM on Thursdays in August.

Weekly Children's Programming

Preschool Movies
Mondays, 10:30 am

Toddler Time
Tuesdays, 10:30 am

Creative Drama
Tuesdays, 4-5 pm
(Time may be changed to 4:30)

Weekly Adult Programming

English Conversation Group
Thursdays, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Spanish Conversation Group
Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm

Coming Soon!

Race & Inclusion Book Discussion
September 7, 21 & 28

Roslindale Branch Closing
October 18

Every Membership and Donation Counts!
We plan to keep running most of the library programming during the renovation, including Toddler Time and the Race and Inclusion series.  Thanks to a recent grant and donation from the City-Wide Friends of the BPL and Google, respectively, we will be able to fund some programs.  However, we will need more support during the whole time the library is closed.  Please consider joining or renewing your Friends membership or making a donation to keep many of your favorite programs going during this period.  Having a membership will also ensure you that you stay on our email list and stay up to date with all of our events during the closure.

Library Museum Passes!
Looking to do something fun and educational with your family this summer? The Friends sponsors the library's museum pass program, which is available to any library cardholder. Reserve all passes in advance for a particular day. Plastic, returnable passes are checked out like books and must be returned to the library after your visit. To get passes, contact the circulation desk at the library or go to  You can also visit some of these museums for free on certain days thanks to the Highland Street Foundation.

Children's Museum
One-day paper pass admits 4 people, with half-price copay per person

DCR MassParks
Returnable parking pass for $5

Franklin Park Zoo
One-day paper pass admits 6 people, $9 per adult and $6 per child

Harvard Museum of Natural History
$6 per visitor, limited to four people

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
One-day paper pass for 4 people, $5 copay

Museum of Fine Arts
One-day paper pass admits 2 people, with $10 copay per person

Museum of Science
One-day paper pass admits 4 people for free, this doesn't include parking fee

USS Constitution Museum
Returnable pass for 9 people, free admission

Wheelock Family Theatre
With a library card and calling the theater ahead of time, patrons can get 2 for 1 admission

Maker Kit Available at the Roslindale Library
The Friends purchased a K’Nex Builders Kit for library patrons to use. Build your own designs or use the included directions and choose from 52 designs. Pieces connect together in all kinds of interesting ways. Designs range from beginner to advanced. Many more ideas can be found online. You need a BPL card to borrow it. Please request it at the circulation desk.

Support Tracy Wiggins
Tracy is very grateful for all the love and support for her family in the last few weeks.  You can continue to send your donations to  We will send another email if Tracy needs special assistance from the community.

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.

Limited call for book donations prior to renovation closing
We didn't have our annual book sale this year because the Roslindale branch is expected to close this summer.  Until then, the Friends could use some book donations for our daily sale shelves in the rotunda, our farmer's market visits, and our new community library network.  Please bring in small batches of your recent fiction and non-fiction in good condition.  Give your donations to the staff at the circulation desk.  All sales from books will support the library.

Volunteers Wanted

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

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 Caribbean Heritage
Our party this Saturday will be heavily influenced by Caribbean culture, and to celebrate we are highlighting our list of books that are either about Caribbean culture and history and/or books written by well-known Caribbean authors.

Books about Summer
Of course, we would have a list featuring books that take place in the summer! Whether you are looking for a beach read or a book to take on vacation, you will definitely enjoy this list.

Romance Book List: A Happily Ever After For EVERYONE
This special adults-only booklist celebrates the diversity of romance authors and novels that usually don't get enough mainstream recognition. Our list represents different subgenres, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, as well as all levels of heat for your summer reading! It's still a work in progress, so if you have any recommendations to add to this list, please email

Words of Wisdom
Character—the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life—is the source from which self-respect springs. - Joan Didion

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,

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!

Contact the Friends
For information about the Friends, contact us.  We also share information about upcoming events, photos from past events and other library news on Facebook and on our blog!

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