January 2021 Roslindale Library News and Events

January 1, 2021

January 2021 Library News & Events

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

BPL To-Go App
Patrons are now able to pick up physical items at the Boston Public Library with the new BPL To Go program. Using the library website, phone line (617.536.5400), or the BPL To Go iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs.

Library Moratorium
The Boston Public Library recently announced that is it extending its moratorium on assessing late fines through March 31, 2021. The BPL first instituted the moratorium in March 2020 in the wake of the pandemic. While originally planning to reinstate fines in September 2020, the BPL instead extended the moratorium through the end of 2020 and has now extended it for a second time through the end of March 2021.

BPL Reading Together
The Boston Public Library is launching Reading Together, a yearlong reading challenge for the year 2021. While many Bostonians remain isolated due to the global health emergency, Reading Together challenges BPL patrons to read a book each month that falls under a suggested theme. The themes were chosen to broaden perspectives and connect readers across the city throughout the year.  Readers of all ages and all language speakers are encouraged to participate in the yearlong challenge. Recommended booklists corresponding to the monthly themes are available for adults, teens, and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Readers are also welcome to choose their own books each month and to share their recommendations with others participating in the challenge.

Friends Virtual Open House
Monday, January 25, 7 PM

You have probably seen news of the ongoing library renovation or information about events, and this is an opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at what the Friends do.   Please "stop by" to learn about the Friends’ goals, the status of the renovation, the events we plan, information about how you can be involved (with as little or as much time as you have available.   We’d like to know what you and your household would like to see from the Roslindale branch.  We look forward to seeing you virtually in January and would value your participation in planning several fun celebrations (in person, we hope) for when the library reopens.  Please RSVP by Sunday, January 24 at roslindalelibraryfriends@gmail.com to get the Zoom link on January 25.

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
January 21, 7 PM

To sign up contact hguran@aol.com
Featured readers: Alondra Bobadilla and Boston Youth Poet Laureate Susan Eisenberg

Some exciting featured Rozzie Reads Poetry readers coming in 2021:
February 18: Regie Gibson and Alexis Ivy
March 18: Dorothy Derifield and Jennifer Jean
April 15: Bruce Weigl and Cammy Thomas

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

Registration for this program is now closed, as both the morning and afternoon sessions are at capacity. It's an important book, and we hope you will still read the book on your own if you didn't get into this program! 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 bpl.org (which has a very LONG waitlist for the print book), or get the ebook or audiobook from Overdrive.com.  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: https://bookshop.org/shop/rozziebound.

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 jamaicaplain@bpl.org.  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.

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: https://bit.ly/35KunCy. You will receive reminders and the Zoom link every week. Questions can be directed to the Roslindale Branch Children's Librarian Miss Celeste at cchaudhri@bpl.org.

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 bpl.org/events.  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.

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 lgang2@comcast.net 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 jamaicaplain@bpl.org, and we will prepare a stack of books just for your kid!

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.

Renovation Update
The new awning has been placed where the expanded entrance will be.

Online Resource Highlight:
The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection

These high-definition, surround-sound recordings of William Shakespeare's plays featuring the world's best Shakespearean actors bring performances filmed at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford-upon-Avon theater to your computer screen. 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 roslindalelibraryfriends@gmail.com.

Holiday 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 Amazon.com 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.

Online Resources at BPL.org
There are many ways to use the Boston Public Library during this period. You can sign up for a BPL library card at bpl.org/get-a-library-card 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 bpl.org with your eCard or physical library card.  The BPL is also offering a full listing of online services.  Send your questions to ask@bpl.org.   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 bpl.org/printing-to-go, 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 bpl.org!

Books about Mystery
Tired of waiting for a popular audiobook to become available? These mysteries are instantly available to you, your friends, your book club, and anyone else you want to read together with!

Books about Inspiration
Looking for some positivity to start the new year?  Here are some inspiring books!

Books about Hygge
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of contentment. Living a hyggelig life has become a cultural movement in America. Grab some candles, a blanket, and learn about hygge and similar concepts from other countries around the world from this list!

Words of Wisdom

“For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

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 friendsofroslindalelibrary.org and bpl.org.  If you know anyone who would like to join our email list, please tell them to sign up on our website's homepage at friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.  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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