Unless noted otherwise, all programs are free of charge and in person at the Roslindale Branch. Learn more at friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
Congratulations to Jennifer Hawes for earning her 25th-year recognition at the June 9, 2023, Staff Appreciation Night. The 25th-year recognition is given to those who have completed 25 years of full-time work at the Boston Public Library. Jennifer's commitment to working for the BPL began when she worked part-time before she became a full-time Library Assistant, later a Children's Librarian and Branch Librarian. The staff at Roslindale are very appreciative of all her hard work.
Roslindale Branch Is Open!
The Roslindale Branch is open Mondays - Wednesdays 10 AM - 6 PM; Thursdays 12 PM - 8 PM; Fridays 9 AM - 5 PM; and Saturdays 9 AM - 5 PM.
Do you need a job? The Boston Public Library is hiring system-wide. They have MANY positions that need to be filled. The sooner we fill the vacancies, the sooner we can look forward to a second late night, faster building repairs, and a less stressed staff!
Business Based Little Library Restockers needed
In preparation for our building renovation, the Friends set up many business-based bookshelves. We are in need of volunteers willing to bring books from our donated stock to keep some of those bookshelves full. Please email [email protected] if you can help with this every 3-4 week task. The two businesses that need restockers are off American Legion Highway.
Gardening Help needed
The Friends are seeking gardening helpers to remove the dead plants from the library planters and make a replanting and maintenance plan. The BPL has no landscape staff, so it is up to us. Please contact Rachele at [email protected] if you are interested in helping out.
FORL at Roslindale Village Farmer's Market
July 8, August 5, and September 30, 9 AM - 1:30 PM
Come to our table to buy books or just say hello!
Hora de cuentos con convospan
Los sábados 8 y 22 de julio: 11 AM
¡Disfrutemos de cuentos y canciones en español para luego jugar y colorear con Miss Jeannette con ConvoSpan!
Book Discussion Club: Bowlaway: A Novel (2019) Elizabeth McCracken
Wednesday, July 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and Thursday, July 13. 6:30 – 7:30 PM (Choose one day and time.)
Join Branch Librarian Jennifer Hawes to discuss this sweeping novel about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley. Email [email protected] to join.
Saturdays, July 15 and 29, 10:30 AM
Children ages 0-5 join Miss Celeste for stories, songs, and activities to promote early literacy.
Spanish Conversation for English Language Speakers
Saturday, July 15, 12 – 1 pm
Practice Spanish language with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting. Email [email protected] to register.
Book Ambassador: Irene Li
Saturday, July 15, 1:30-3 PM
Chef Irene Li is the July/August 2023 Roslindale Book Ambassador! She will discuss her new book, Perfectly Good Food. Written by the chef-sisters behind Boston’s acclaimed Mei Mei Dumplings, this cookbook/field guide is a crucial resource for the thrifty chef, the environmentally mindful cook, and anyone looking to make the most of their ingredients.
Digital Literacy for English Learners
Mondays, July 17 – August 14 at 2:00 – 3:30 PM
This 5-week course is designed for adult English learners to strengthen their technology skills for work and everyday needs. Classes will focus on building basic skills such as connecting to and searching for information on the internet, communicating using email or social media, filling out online forms and setting up online accounts, and learning to keep personal information secure to avoid scams. Presented in partnership with St. Mark Community Education Programs. Space is limited. Register in person, by calling 617-323-2343, or by emailing [email protected].
Free Legal Clinic for Immigration Assistance
Thursday, July 20, 3 – 8 PM
Free, drop-in legal consultations for immigrants will be offered by Rian Immigrant Center’s expert legal staff and pro bono attorneys. Translators will be present to assist. (Please note that attorneys are not able to review or fill out forms.)
Poplar Street Better Bike Lane In-Person Office Hours
Thursday, July 20, 4 – 7 PM
The City of Boston’s Better Bike Lanes will be on site with information regarding the creation of a two-way bike lane installation of traffic-calming measures on Poplar Street.
Author Visit and Book Signing with Eddie Neal
Saturday, July 22, 2- 3:30 PM
Join Boston author Eddie Neal as he discusses his 2021 book Urban Workers. You’ll never look at a subway commute the same way again! Impending danger of an unknown origin looms for Boston urban worker bees who thought they were on a morning routine subway commute... How does the reality behind the origin of the attack and the prognosis for the future challenge the hopes and dreams of all? Registration is not required.
Alfred Hitchcock Film Series
Join Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, to view and discuss films directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
39 Steps (1935)
Thursday, July 13, 2 – 4 PM
The daughter of a convicted Nazi spy is asked by American agents to gather information on a ring of Nazi scientists in South America. Starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains. 1 hr 42 min.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Thursday, July 27, 2 – 4 PM
A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence after he's accused of murdering the husband of a high-society entertainer. Starring Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, and Michael Wilding. 1 hr 50 min.
We can continue online programming during the pandemic thanks to recent donations from Google, John Hancock, and Bain Capital. 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 [email protected].
Amazon 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 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 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!
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 OverDrive, Kanopy, 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 [email protected]. Please leave your gently-used donated books in any little library in the Roslindale Community Library Network.
Books of the Month
Each month, we feature themed booklists grouped for adults, teenagers/young adults, and children, and can be borrowed from bpl.org!
A list of books about getting out this summer!
BPL Staff Picks
Every month staff from the Boston Public Library recommend their favorite books for all ages across various genres. This list covers 2018-present. See our catalog for all staff picks, including titles in print, here: https://bit.ly/BPLStaffPicks. See our catalog for other formats or languages.
Words of Wisdom
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." – William Shakespeare
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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!