August 2020 Library News and Events

August 1, 2020

August 2020 Library News & Events

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The BPL is offering limited pickup services for physical library materials at most branches which can be put on hold. Library cardholders — including e-card holders — will be able to safely pick up their items much like picking up takeout from a restaurant, and return items using designated bins.  All other locations will remain closed at this time.  No other physical services at the library will be available, but branches will continue to offer a wide range of online programming and resources. The BPL is waiving all late fines for all materials until September 1.

Online Resources at 
There are many ways to use the Boston Public Library during this period. You can sign up for a BPL library card at to get an eCard. The eCard provides access to millions of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, newspapers, magazines, journals, databases, and other online resources, including OverDriveKanopy, and Hoopla. All you need is a computer, phone or tablet, and an internet connection to access these resources and then log in to with your eCard or physical library card.  The BPL is also offering a full listing of online services.  Send your questions to   Please leave your gently-used donated books in any little library in the Roslindale Community Library Network.

Goodbye Rebecca Manos!
Roslindale Branch head librarian Rebecca Manos retired yesterday after 25 years of service to the Boston Public Library.  She worked at Roslindale since 2014 and previously at branches in Parker Hill, Dudley, Charlestown, and the now-defunct Washington Village.  We did an exit interview with her before she left, where she talked about her career and her love for the library community.

Preschool Storytimes
Tuesdays, 4:30 PM

Our children's librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri will be continuing her preschool Zoom storytime through the summer. Storytime is at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays. Register on our website to get the zoom link! And if you are keeping track of the Future Readers Club, the books read during this program can be added to your tally. Register for Preschool Storytime here.

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion:
Stamped From The Beginning
Saturdays, September 12, 19 & 26
9:15 - 11 AM (Morning) or 2 - 3:45 PM (Afternoon)

We will discuss Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.  The discussion will happen on Zoom and will be led by local educator Josh Frank.  You can get the book from (which has a very LONG waitlist) or an online bookstore like Rozzie Bound, which will be donating sales from this books to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Dorchester-based nonprofit that serves as "a center of healing, teaching, and learning for family and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss."  As a matter of fact, Rozzie Bound will donate all its proceeds from its "Racial Justice Bookshelf" to the Peace Institute. You can find the virtual shelf here:

Because this is a very popular book, we will have two sessions with 20 participants each on the three dates.  Times: Morning session at 9:15-11 AM and an afternoon session at 2 -3:45 PM.

To register, please email JP Branch librarian Laura Pattison at  Please write "Kendi"
as the first word of the subject line when you RSVP.

  • You only need to register once for all three dates, even if you think you might miss a date.
  • Please choose the morning or afternoon time, and you will be registered for that same time for each date.
  • Laura will register the first 40 people, 20 each for the morning and afternoon groups.  You will get an email if you are registered.  If you do not get an email from Laura, please assume that you are not registered.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library.

Support The Friends at Rozzie Bound
Speaking of buying books, we recently became the latest community partner for Rozzie Bound!  We have a virtual bookshelf showcasing some of our recommendations for summer reading during these unprecedented times that we think will inspire, amuse, and motivate you.  Best of all, the Friends will receive 20 percent of the shelf's sales.  Buy your next book here:

Help Us Develop An Anti-Racist Family Book Club!
Miss Celeste is also working on planning an anti-racist family book club for school-age kids and their grown-ups. Please take a moment to fill out this survey so that she can get an idea of what age kids are interested in and what days and times work best for people. The club will start up at the beginning of the school year. Feel free to include any questions or comments you have about the program. You can also reach out to Miss Celeste at

Rozzie Reads One Book!
We recently solicited votes for our Rozzie Reads One Book celebration and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng was selected for our community-wide discussion this fall.  Some of you may have enjoyed it already as it has been a number one New York Times bestseller and there was a recent Hulu miniseries that garnered very positive reviews.   If you would like to be involved in the planning of our One Book celebration and discussion, please write to by August 10.

Rozzie Reads Poetry
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic Committee are on vacation until September. We held ten readings this year. Thank you to the Friends, to all who participated in the regular and Zoom events, and to the excellent features. We are making plans for next season and anticipate another exciting year of poetry.  Look for the featured readers' books at the library when it reopens. Committee members: Steve Babcock, Linda Burnett, Dorothy Derifield, Holly Guran, Mary McCusker, and Vivienne Shalom.

Imagine Your Story
Summer Reading is here! This year’s theme is "Imagine Your Story." You can visit our website for a downloadable activity sheet. When you finish the activity sheet, let us know and your child will be entered into our grand prize drawing. The contest runs until August 15, 2020. Plus there will be special programs and events all summer long.

Online Spanish Conversation Group
This group is currently at capacity and can't accept any new participants right now.  We will reopen for new participants soon.

Remote Resources for Families and Youth
The children’s librarians across the BPL have been working hard to compile information and resources for families with children at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Remote Resources for Families and Youth libguide includes tips for talking to kids about Covid-19, lists of ebooks for children and teens available through the BPL, DIY storytimes, links to special read aloud and draw along with children’s authors and illustrators, and more. The DIY storytimes include links to YouTube videos of favorite storytime songs as well as links to specific picture book ebooks to check out from the library. The guide will continue to grow so check back frequently!

Ebooks for kids ready for chapter books
Celeste created a booklist of chapter books available as ebooks through the library. These books are great for second and third graders who are starting to read chapter books independently, but also make a fun read-aloud for the whole family.

Library Celeste YouTube Channel
Celeste has also created a personal YouTube channel for recording favorite storytime songs and activities. This is a side project, not part of her official work with the Boston Public Library and the channel is not affiliated with the BPL. However, she thought some of you might be interested in checking out Library Celeste!

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Amazon Shopping with the Friends!
If you are doing more Amazon shopping during the lockdown, please consider registering with our Friends' AmazonSmile account.  For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the Friends receive 0.5 percent of the purchase price year-round.  There is no additional cost to the Friends or to AmazonSmile customers. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for donation” on their product detail pages. The shopping experience is identical to with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate that percentage to the Friends!  The percentage might seem minuscule, but this adds up if you are a regular Amazon customer who makes purchases several times a week or month.  Of course, if you just want to donate directly to the Friends, you can do so on our donation page or become a Friends member.  Every dollar and cent counts!

Do Your Census!
The U.S. Census Bureau has extended the 2020 Census deadline in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to October 31. However, the Census announced on July 30 that door-to-door outreach will conclude on September 30.  The U.S. Census Bureau is urging residents to complete the Census online or over the phone to lessen the need for in-person, door-to-door outreach while the country grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.  It’s available in 13 languages at or by calling (844) 330-2020. Additional toll-free numbers in other languages can be found online.  If you already received a mailer, it contains a Census ID number you can use to log in online, which the Census Bureau recommends as the fastest method. You can still respond online even if you haven’t received the number or lost it.  It takes only ten minutes to do and can be done while social distancing at home!   The Census not only supports community resources you depend on like the public library but also public health initiatives and regulations.

Census Jobs
If you are looking for paid work, it’s not too late to apply for a temporary part-time position with the 2020 Census. Apply to earn extra income and help your community on the Census Jobs Portal.

Books of the Month

Each month we feature themed booklists grouped for adults, teenagers/young adults, and children, and can be borrowed as an ebook from!

Books about Disability Rights
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. Here is a collection of fiction and nonfiction for children, teens, and adults that look at disability rights and accessibility issues.

Books about Humor
Need a laugh right now? Try this humorous essay collection.

Books about Caribbean Heritage
All the parades in Boston are canceled this summer, including the Puerto Rican, Dominican and West Indian parades, but that doesn't mean we still can't celebrate!  Here is a list of books either written by authors of Caribbean heritage and/or about the Caribbean experience.

Words of Wisdom

"Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America." - John Lewis

Sharing is Caring
The best way to know about upcoming offsite Roslindale library programs, special events, news, and renovation updates is to stay on this email list, like our Facebook page and regularly visit and  If you know anyone who would like to join our email list, please tell them to sign up on our website's homepage at  We would also appreciate it if you forward our emails and share and like our Facebook posts with your networks to help get the word out.

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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