December 2020 Library News and Events

December 1, 2020

December 2020 Library News & Events

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

Today is Giving Tuesday, which is a global movement to highlight and support nonprofit organizations doing good work in their communities.  If you like the work we do and want to help support our library programming in 2021, please consider joining or renewing your Friends membership or making a one-time or reoccurring donation.

Online Holiday Book Shopping!
Now more than ever, it is important to support local independent bookstores and public libraries. The Friends haven't been able to do any of our book or yarn sales because of the branch's closure and the pandemic, which is a big part of our income.  We have teamed up with Rozzie Bound to create a unique shopping experience with our special holiday gift lists!  We carefully curated three booklists - adults, teens/tweens, and children - featuring over 200 giftable books with a wide range of interests, topics, and genres that fit everyone's budget.  This is a great option for those of you who plan to do most of your holiday shopping online.  You can even order and send as gifts to other addresses.

Best of all, everyone wins here when you buy from our lists:

1. You support a local bookstore
2. The Friends receive 20% of sales from every book sold from the lists
3. You stay safe while shopping online
4. The recipient gets a thoughtful gift!

Give the gift of reading and buy your holiday gifts here:

Support Local Poets!
Because these poetry readings are on Zoom, it’s more challenging for poets to sell their books.  Many have been readers at the monthly Rozzie Reads Poetry Series on Zoom.  So the Rozzie Reads Poetry group has also set up their own list of giftable poetry books for the holidays!  Their books can be ordered online. Prices listed do not include shipping.

Thank You!
We raised over $600 in sales from Dutch Mill Bulbs.  The proceeds will be used for a future art installation in the renovated library to be announced soon!

Help keep our Community Library Network supplied!
The Friends have a team of volunteers who restock the business based and home-based libraries that we put up in anticipation of the library being closed for renovation.  What a help they have been for our community during these COVID times too!  BUT we need more book donations to keep the libraries stocked.  Please drop off gently used, recent, fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books at 631 South St. or email for a pickup.  No oversized books or textbooks, please.  Many thanks.

Children’s Book Bundles
Roslindale Children’s Librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri and Jamaica Plain Children’s Librarian Barbara Rhodes are working together to create custom book bundles for kids to pick up at the Jamaica Plain library. We know it is hard to know what books to choose for your kids without browsing the shelves. Since the library buildings will remain closed for the time being due to escalating COVID cases in the city, book bundles are the next best thing to browsing! Fill out one of our request forms, or email the information to, and we will prepare a stack of books just for your kid!

Activist Kids Book Club
Saturdays, 4 PM

Calling all kids interested in working to make the world a better place! Through the 26-week Activist Kids Book Club, we will focus on a different page in A is for Activist, read other picture books about the issues and movements discussed in the book, learn about kid activists throughout history and today, and talk about what we can do to make our world a better place for everyone. This group is best for kids ages 6 and up. We will send out a Zoom link 24 hours before the program and again an hour before it starts. To make sure you get a link, please register by 10 AM on Saturday. Register once for the whole 26-week series here: You will receive reminders and the Zoom link every week. Questions can be directed to the Roslindale Branch Children's Librarian Miss Celeste at

Preschool Storytimes
Tuesdays, 4:30 PM

Children’s Librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri continues her weekly Preschool Storytime series on Zoom. Join us every Tuesday at 4:30 for songs, stories, and fingerplays that reinforce early literacy and school readiness skills! Register at  Preschool Storytime is part of the Boston Public Library’s Future Reader’s Club! The Future Readers Club is for children ages birth to kindergarten and their caregivers, a club to support reading aloud to the very youngest children with a goal of reading 1,000 books together before the child begins kindergarten. You can register for our app to track your reading and review books here.

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion: Caste
Saturdays, January 9, 23 & 30

9:15 - 11 AM (Morning) or 2 - 3:45 PM (Afternoon)
We will discuss Isabel Wilkerson's latest book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.  Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. She is also the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns.  The discussion will be led by local educator Josh Frank.  You can get the book from (which has a very LONG waitlist for the print book), or get the ebook or audiobook from  You can also get it at an online bookstore like Rozzie Bound, which will be donating ALL sales from this book 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 "Caste Book Discussion" in 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.

After-hours Book Drops Are Now Open
While the Roslindale Book drop is still unavailable due to the ongoing construction, the after-hours book drops at the other city branches are now open. You can return books at your convenience.

Virtual Homework Assistance Program
The Boston Public Library’s Homework Assistance Program has gone virtual this year. Students in grades K-8 can meet with high achieving high school students on Zoom to get help with school assignments. There are four different Zoom rooms for different areas of the city. Roslindale is in Zoom 3. The Homework Assistant Program can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet, or telephone.

RIP Judy

Judy Scott-Hammerquist was a good friend who will be dearly missed. Judy was a founding member of the Friends' annual yarn sale fundraiser, and you could always find her ready to chat about her latest project, teach beginners the basics, and bring a smile and laugh to any knitter's circle. We'll miss her kindness, her laid-back nature, her sense of fun, her love of mohair, and of course the beautiful, colorful knitwear she created.  Judy passed away in October after a long illness.

Online Resource Highlight: Alexander St - Jazz Music Library

If you are a fan of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, or other jazz greats, this online resource is for you!  Music Online: Jazz Music Library is the largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.  Alexander Street brings together the skills of traditional publishing, librarianship, and software development to create quality electronic collections.  Click Here.

Corporate Donations!
Thanks to recent donations from Google and John Hancock, we are able to continue doing online programming during the pandemic.  We welcome donations large and small to help defray costs to keep us going.  If you work with a company that offers donations and corporate matches to 501c3 nonprofits like the Friends, please consider contacting your human resources or external giving department and email us at

Amazon Holiday Shopping with the Friends!
If you are doing more Amazon holiday 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!

The BPL is offering limited pickup services for physical library materials at most branches when 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.  No other physical services at the library will be available, but branches will continue to offer a wide range of online programming and resources.

Late Fee Moratorium 
The Boston Public Library is extending its moratorium on assessing late fines through the end of the year. The BPL instituted the moratorium in March in the wake of the pandemic, originally planning to reinstate fines in September, but has decided to continue the practice in the coming months. This extension applies to all adult library cardholders at all BPL branches. Patrons across the library system under the age of 18 are already exempt from late fines. Read more about it here.

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.

Computer Access at the BPL
Mayor Walsh and the Boston Public Library launched two new initiatives designed to help bridge the digital equity gap in the City of Boston. The Public Computer Access program will allow residents to sign up for a two-hour appointment to use library computers in a socially distanced space within the Central Library in Copley Square. The Outdoor Wi-Fi Program provides 24-hour outdoor internet access at nine BPL branch locations across the city, allowing users to socially distance while accessing the Internet for free.

Museum Passes
The Boston Public Library also announced it is reinstating a version of the Museum Passes program, granting BPL patrons access to free and discounted passes to Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions. As museums continue to open in Phase Three of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan, the library will add more institutions to the program. For more information on COVID-19 safety requirements when visiting these organizations, patrons can call or visit their websites directly.

Printing To Go
Printing To Go, a free print-on-demand service is now available at all BPL branches not currently under construction.  Patrons can upload documents they need to be printed by filling out a form at, selecting their location, and picking up their print jobs 72 hours later at the branches, or 24 hours later at the Central Library in Copley Square. Printed items can be picked up during branch hours of operation, a reservation is not needed.  The service is limited to 10 pages per patron per day. Documents will be printed in black and white, single-sided, on 8.5" x 11" paper, and should not include personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or other similar information. Print requests must comply with the Library’s Internet Use Procedures and Guidelines.

New WiFi Hotspots
The Boston Public Library has invested in new wifi hotspots that can be checked out from the library. If you do not have internet access at home you can check out a hotspot for three weeks. The hotspots have unlimited data and can support up to 15 devices. You can place a hold on a hotspot online or by calling your closest library branch. Since the Roslindale branch is closed for construction, you can place a hold to pick up a hotspot at Jamaica Plain (617) 524-2053 or West Roxbury (617) 325-3147, or any other branch that is convenient.

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!

Popular Graphic Novels
Explore the highlights of the BPL's ebook collection of comics, manga, and graphic novels and find something new to read!

Popular Cookbooks
Whether you're throwing a party or cooking for one, these cookbooks are full of new recipes and techniques to try!

Highlighting Intellectual Diversity
Someone on our email list asked us to feature more books by conservative and libertarian authors.  We created a list featuring all of the emailer's suggested books, as well as our suggestions.  Please email us at if you would like to add your own book suggestions.

Words of Wisdom

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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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