Race and Inclusion

Racial Justice and Inclusiveness Committee

The Friends of Roslindale Branch Library have formed a Racial Justice and Inclusiveness Committee to plan educational events, discussions, and presentations related to race, ethnicity, religion, and culture.  We also created a special list of books related to these topics.

If you are interested in joining our committee, email info@friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.

Schedule of Events

All of our upcoming Saturday afternoon book discussions will have an emphasis on how race and inclusion fit into issues related to the 2020 presidential election.

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion:
How To Be An Antiracist

Saturdays, May 2, 9 and 16
Morning (9:15-11 AM) and Afternoon (1:30-3:15 PM) Sessions

Our planned May discussion on Ibram X. Kendi's book, How to be an Antiracist, will now be done remotely on Zoom.  Antiracist is about understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves. Local educator Josh Frank will lead the discussion.   We would usually recommend borrowing the ebook version from bpl.org.  However, because there is a long waitlist for the ebook there, we encourage you to either buy the ebook or the physical book from our local independent bookstore Rozzie Bound in its online bookshop at https://bookshop.org/shop/rozziebound.  Customers will have to pay for shipping (which takes about five days), but all books are sold at a 10% discount.  Rozzie Bound is also donating sale proceeds to support its April community partner RoslindaleCares.com, a mutual aid group created by RISE to help the community deal with COVID-19.

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 1:30-3:15 PM.

To register, please email JP Branch librarian Laura Pattison at jamaicaplain@bpl.org

---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.  

These online discussions will happen on all the dates, even if the library miraculously reopens in May!

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