December 2019 Library News and Events

December 1, 2019

christmas ornamentsDecember 2019 Library News & Events

All programs are free of charge unless noted otherwise. Learn more at

Holiday Maker Workshop
Wednesday, December 4, 7 - 8:30 PM
Roslindale Community Center

Reduce plastic and make reusable net produce bags as holiday gifts!  Feel free to bring your school-age kids with you, as we will have some fun tinkering activities set up, too.   We'll build some contraptions and make them move with motors.   Young inventors, you're invited! We will provide materials and equipment.  RSVP:

Posada Navideña and Holiday Mini-Craft Fair
Saturday, December 14, 9:30 AM - 12 PM
Roslindale Community Center

A true Mexican and now Roslindale tradition - the Nativity re-enactment of Joseph and Mary seeking lodging. Come dressed warm and ready to carol for “Posada” or “Shelter" around the Village accompanied by Mariachi Estrella de Boston and expect to be greeted with goodies for the children, warm tamales, champurrado (hot chocolate) and other Mexican treats.  We also invited the Roslindale Community Center's knitting club to sell their items at our Holiday Mini-Craft Fair.  Please bring cash for purchases, as they will not be taking credit/debit cards. 

We will depart from the Roslindale Community Center at 10 AM sharp to Adams Park and other participating businesses.  We will return to the community center to end our celebration where the Friends will greet us with books, piñatas, and goodie bags for the kids.  Check out a quick video of the mariachi band singing Feliz Navidad. Please join us!

Ornament Workshop
Wednesday, December 18, 3:30 - 5 PM
West Roxbury Branch, 1961 Centre St

Roslindale Head Librarian Becky Manos will co-host an ornament-making workshop with the West Roxbury Branch.  Drop in to create ornaments for your home or for gifts. Bring your friends and/or family.  Materials will be provided.  All ages are welcome. Children under age 12 need to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  The program will be in the lecture hall.

1619 Project Discussion
Saturdays, January 4, 11 & 18, 2 - 4 PM
JP Branch Library, 30 South St

We will discuss the 1619 Project, a groundbreaking series of essays, poems, short fiction, and a photo essay featured in the August 18, 2019 edition of The New York Times Magazine. It looks at the legacy of slavery and race in America since the first enslaved Africans were brought to Virginia. The discussion will be led by local educator Josh Frank and a free online copy of the magazine's edition can found on the Friends' website or get a print copy of it at the JP Branch library. Please register for the discussion by calling JP library at (617) 524-2053 or in-person at their library's adult reference desk, so they will know how many people to expect for attendance. The discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of JP Branch Library.

Roslindale Community Library Network
You can view all business-based and home-based little libraries in Roslindale on our online map and PDF download.  Please consider donating your recent fiction and non-fiction in good condition to any little libraries near you.  Children's and young adult books are welcome as well.

Knit/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 PM
Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street

Join us to craft and have a pleasant conversation with your neighbors in this weekly drop-in social group. All levels of skill are welcome.

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, December 12, 7 - 9 PM
Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street

A special open mic featuring New Mission High School students Sharon Castang, Jeremiah Dailey, Henry Deloach, Alex Johnson, Kyara Martinecruz, Tyara Martinecruz, Kirsten Ashley Meji, Chelesae Simpson, Chyane Sims Reece, Jahniya Stewart, and Anaiyah Webster.

Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, December 19, 12:30-1:30 PM
Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street

Join us for refreshments and a discussion of The Storied Life of A.J. Filkry by Gabrielle Zevin.  Please bring your library card to check out the following month's book.

New Program Schedule

Weekly Children's Programs:

Toddler Time
Tuesdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 10 -11 AM
Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Hwy
(Not meeting November 5 and 12)

Lego Club
Thursdays, December 5, 12 & 19, 4:30-5:30 PM
Roslindale House, 120 Poplar St
Children are required to come with caregivers/parents

Bouncing Babies
Fridays, December 6, 13, 20, 27 , 11 AM - 12 PM
Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Hwy

Weekly Adult Programs: 

Knit/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 PM
Roslindale House, 120 Poplar St

Spanish Conversation Group
Saturdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
JP Branch Library, 30 South St

Thanks again to the Roslindale Community Center, Rogerson Communities and the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for hosting our programs during the renovation!  You can also download this schedule as a PDF.

Coming Soon!

1619 Project Discussion
January 4, 11 & 18

Solo on the Silk Road

Beloved Book Discussion
March 7, 14 & 28

Holiday Shopping with the Friends!
If you do any shopping on Amazon this holiday season, 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, especially during the holidays.

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!

Renovation Library Services
Please visit these branch libraries in adjacent neighborhoods to get the same book borrowing, computer, copier and printer services you accessed at the Roslindale Branch Library while it is closed during this renovation period:

  • West Roxbury Branch: 1961 Centre Street, West Roxbury, (617) 325-3147
  • Jamaica Plain Branch: 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, (617) 524-2053
  • Hyde Park Branch: 35 Harvard Ave, Hyde Park, (617) 361-2524
  • Mattapan Branch: 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, (617) 298-9218

What if I am not able to get to other branches outside of Roslindale?
There are many ways to use the Boston Public Library without physically going into a branch building. 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 OverDrive and Hoopla. All you need is a computer and an internet connection to access these resources and then log in to with your eCard.

In Memorium
We are sorry to report the recent passing of Richard Duggan, a former President of the Friends of Roslindale Branch Library. Rich was a dedicated contributor to the Roslindale community, and his time and effort supporting the library helped its Friends group accomplish many important goals. We are grateful to Rich and we extend our condolences to his wife Diane, his daughter Molly, and the rest of Rich’s family and friends.

New Bookstore Coming to Roslindale!
Please welcome Rozzie Bound, a new, indie book store that will launch as a monthly pop up in Turtle Swamp Brewing’s Roslindale Beer Hall on December 21 & 22. The new store will offer new and used books in excellent condition from a variety of genres including literature, history, politics, children’s, and young adult. To learn more, please check out their website and Facebook page. The new venture was founded by Roy Karp, freelance writer and educator, and Tom Nealon, owner of Pazzo Books. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement for this endeavor.

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.

Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for volunteers for a number of Friends' and library programming, including new members for our decoration and race and inclusion committees.  Please view the job descriptions on VolunteerMatch.  If you are interested in any of the positions, contact us at

Books about Holiday Traditions
Want to learn more about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Posada Navideña, Epiphany and even Festivus and how others celebrate these traditions around the world?  We have a booklist for that!

Words of Wisdom

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. - Mother Teresa

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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