All programs take place at the Roslindale Branch Library and are free of charge unless noted otherwise. The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Call the branch at 617-323-2343 for more information. Learn more at friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
Say Goodbye and Thanks To Paula Wiktorowicz!
Our children's librarian Paula Wiktorowicz will be retiring on August 16. She has been with our branch since 1981! We plan on throwing her a big retirement party as part of our daylong library farewell celebrations on Saturday, August 3, 9 am - 2 pm. We are also collecting any old photos or memories you have had with Paula over the years that we can share at the party and in our memory book for her. Maybe you remember coming to the library as a child or bringing your children and participated in story time or a craft activity with Paula. Save the date, plan to come to our party and send any photos or written memories and words of gratitude you would like to share with Paula before she leaves at firstname.lastname@example.org or hand deliver them to the head librarian Becky Manos at the library.
In the meantime, we did our own "exit interview" with Paula recently where she reflected on her service to the library and the Roslindale community.
Closing For Renovation
The Roslindale Branch will officially close for renovation on Friday, September 13 at 5 PM. Museum passes, holds, and other items will be transferred to the West Roxbury Branch. The branch will be closed for approximately two years. We will send more information about this in subsequent emails.
Thursday, July 11, 6:30 - 7:45 PM
In preparation for the rare opportunity to see Shakespeare's mysterious and magical Cymbeline, produced by Shakespeare on the Common, we will explore the complexities of this late romance with local educator John Galton.
This is a play by William Shakespeare set in Ancient Britain and based on legends that formed part of the Matter of Britain concerning the early Celtic British King Cunobeline.
Visit us at the Roslindale Village Farmer's Market
Saturdays, July 27 & August 10
9 AM - 1:30 PM
Visit us at our table to buy books, as well as learn more about our community library initiative and the library's upcoming renovation.
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 PM
Come to the library 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 Discussion Group
Tuesday, July 16, 7 PM
Roslindale House, 120 Poplar St
Led by Dorothy Derifield. We will be discussing Bastards of the Reagan Era by Reginald Dwayne Betts.
Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, July 18, 1:30-2:30 PM
We will be discussing The Leavers by Lisa Lo. Newcomers welcome. Enjoy refreshments. Meet new friends. We will continue to meet throughout July and August on the third Thursday of the month at 1:30 PM. Starting in September we will meet at the Roslindale House on the third Thursday of the month at a new time, 12:30 PM.
Summer Reading Program for Kids and Teens
Do you have what it takes to be a Champion of Reading? How many activities can you complete before summer is over? Our Summer Reading Program starts on Monday, July 1 and ends on Monday, August 26. Please register your child and pick up activity sheets at the Roslindale Branch Library Children's Room or Circulation Desk. Both children and teens can participate.
Read Your Way To Fenway Contest
Did you know that you could enter to win tickets to see the Red Sox play at Fenway? All you have to do is write a brief description of a book you’ve read this summer. Who are the characters, what happens in the story, and what did you like about it? Children and teens ages 5-17 read a minimum of three books for a chance to win tickets to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 18. Essays are due at any BPL location by August 1. Winners, accompanied to the game by a parent or guardian, receive three Red Sox tickets and a Red Sox t-shirt, hat, backpack, and vouchers for food at Fenway Park.
Champions of Reading Adult Book Bingo!
Get some reading done while winning bingo prizes from the BPL this summer. All you have to do is pick up a bingo card at the Roslindale branch or online. Then, fill in your Bingo Card with what you read, did, or discovered between Monday, July 1, 2019, and Sunday, September 1, 2019. Drop your completed card off at any BPL location or send a picture of the card to email@example.com by end of day on Saturday, September 7. All are welcome to participate, but only Boston Public Library cardholders (including eCards) ages 18 and up are eligible to win a prize. If you do not have a library card, sign up for one at the circulation desk.
Weekly Children's Programming
Mondays, 10:30 am
Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Tuesdays, 4-5 pm
(Time may be changed to 4:30)
Weekly Adult Programming
English Conversation Group
Thursdays, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Spanish Conversation Group
Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm
Race & Inclusion Book Discussion
September 7, 21 & 28
Roslindale Branch Closing
Every Membership and Donation Counts!
We plan to keep running most of the library programming during the renovation, including Toddler Time and the Race and Inclusion series. Thanks to a recent grant and donation from the City-Wide Friends of the BPL and Google, respectively, we will be able to fund some programs. However, we will need more support during the whole time the library is closed. Please consider joining or renewing your Friends membership or making a donation to keep many of your favorite programs going during this period. Having a membership will also ensure you that you stay on our email list and stay up to date with all of our events during the closure.
Maker Kit Available at the Roslindale Library
The Friends purchased a K’Nex Builders Kit for library patrons to use. Build your own designs or use the included directions and choose from 52 designs. Pieces connect together in all kinds of interesting ways. Designs range from beginner to advanced. Many more ideas can be found online. You need a BPL card to borrow it. Please request it at the circulation desk.
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 https://www.gofundme.com/support-tracy-wiggins. 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.
Limited call for book donations prior to renovation closing
We didn't have our annual book sale this year because the Roslindale branch is expected to close this summer. Until then, the Friends could use some book donations for our daily sale shelves in the rotunda, our farmer's market visits, and our new community library network. Please bring in small batches of your recent fiction and non-fiction in good condition. Give your donations to the staff at the circulation desk. All sales from books will support the library.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Early American History
Brush up on your knowledge of American history and impress your friends and family at the barbeque this week with our booklist!
Books about New England
New England has a great literary tradition. Check out this list of book that either take place in the region and/or written by prominent New England authors.
Romance Book List: A Happily Ever After for EVERYONE
This special adults-only booklist celebrating the diversity of romance authors and novels, which usually don't get mainstream attention. Our list represents different subgenres, races, sexual orientations, abilities, as well as all levels of heat for your summer reading! It is still a work in progress, so if you have any recommendations to add to this list, please email email@example.com.
Words of Wisdom
Your authenticity is your activism. - Elaine Welteroth
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!