February 2019 Library News and Events

February 1, 2019

February 2019 Library News & Events

All programs take place at the Roslindale Branch Library and are free of charge unless noted otherwise. The Library is closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents Day. Call the branch at 617-323-2343 for more information, go to friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.

A People's American History Lesson
Saturdays, February 2, 9, 23 & March 2, 9:15 - 11 AM

We will discuss Howard Zinn's classic on the version of American history you didn't learn in school! The discussions will be led by local educator Josh Frank and books are available to borrow from the library now.  Please start reading chapters 1 & 2 for the February 2 discussion.

More info: friendsofroslindalelibrary.org/inclusion

A Conversation with State Representative Nika Elugardo

Thursday, February 7, 6:30 - 7:45 PM

The Friends invited Nika Elugardo to speak to the community about her legislative agenda.  Nika Elugardo has more than 20 years of experience in community and economic development with public, private, and nonprofit leaders in communities of color.  Elugardo is the State Representative for the 15th Suffolk District, including Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, and Roslindale.

Library Renovation Community Meeting

Tuesday, February 26, 6:30-7:45 PM

Please come to this community meeting and contribute your vision for the renovation of the Roslindale Branch Library. This meeting is the next step in an exciting process that started several years ago and will result in a fantastic, updated library.  The library is expected to close for the renovation this summer.  Join representatives of the Boston Public Library, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, and Friends of the Roslindale Library to learn more about the process and share your creative ideas.  You can also send your ideas to Priscilla Foley, BPL Chief of Neighborhood Services, at 617-859-2233 or pfoley@bpl.org.

Annual Yarn and Craft Book Sale
February 28 - March 2

Come buy some of the best yarn, craft books, patterns, and accessories in the city! All proceeds from the sale will go towards programming, publicity and other building improvements at the library!

Thursday, February 28, 5-7:45 PM - Preview Sale & Knitting Circle
Friday, March 1 - Sale Hours 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday, March 2 - Sale Hours 10 am - 1 pm

Knit/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 PM

Come to the library to craft and have pleasant conversation with your neighbors in this weekly drop-in social group. All levels of skill are welcome.

Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, February 21, 1:30-2:30 PM
We will be discussing Beartown by Fredrik Backman. Newcomers Welcome. Enjoy refreshments. Meet new friends.

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, February 28, 7 PM, Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street

Featured readers: Gloria Mindock, Dzvinia Orlowsky

February School Vacation Children's Programs
"The Four Season Bear" with the Caravan Puppets
Wednesday, February 20, 11 AM

Collage Art with Sherry Eskin
Friday, February 22, 10:30-11:30 AM

Note: Preschool Movies, Creative Drama, and Homework Help are canceled during school vacation week, February 18-22.

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)

Lego Club
Thursdays  4:30-5:30  pm
(for children ages 4 and older, with caregivers )

Homework Help
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

Coming Soon!

Revisiting A Raisin in the Sun
March 9, 16 & 30

A Midnight's Summer Dream
Book Discussion
March 21 & 28

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) will be 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.

Donate your yarn at the Roslindale Library

Donate your yarn, needles, project bags, fabric, and any other accessories at the library during library hours (or we may be able to arrange pickup in the area).  The Friends annual yarn sale is February 28-March 2, and proceeds benefit all of the Friends programs at the library, including race and inclusion education programs, events and speakers, book discussions, ESL groups, children’s and teen programming and more.

Makerspace Programming!

We are thinking of new ways of using the library in the future, and especially after the renovation is completed.  One of the things we are looking into is having a designated makerspace in the renovated library.  We are hosting two sessions - March 7 and 16 - to showcase the types of maker programming that are possible with our space.  Then on March 23, we will host another session on planning future maker events.

Recyclables that could be useful for maker programming on March 7 and 23:

  • Clean cardboard, especially small and medium Amazon boxes or similar
  • Plastic berry baskets
  • Soda bottles and soda bottle tops
  • Yogurt containers, especially pint size, and similar dairy containers
  • Any old electronic devices such as phones, tablets, gaming consoles, printers, weather stations, etc.
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Styrofoam and shaped packaging materials
  • Styrofoam trays
  • Colored paper/cardstock

New Online Resources on BPL's Website
Starting this year, the Boston Public Library acquired new or extended online resources that patrons can access for free using their computers. All you need is a BPL card to access them! Click on the resources below, and read more about these resources on the BPL's website.

American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection
American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990

Archives of Sexuality & Gender

British Library Newspapers

CQ Researcher

International Herald Tribune Historical Archive (1887-2013)




New York Times (current edition)

Royal Shakespeare Company Collection

Very Short Introductions

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 info@friendsofroslindalelibrary.org

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 African-American "Firsts"
In honor of black history month, we have compiled a list of books celebrating first achievements by African Americans that have led to major cultural shifts.

Books about Love and Friendship
Valentine's Day is the one time of the year to show your love and compassion for people in your life you most care about.  Check out this list that celebrates both romantic and platonic relationships!

Words of Wisdom
"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place" - Zora Neale Hurston

Words of Wisdom
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” - Martin Luther King Jr

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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