All programs take place at the Roslindale Branch Library and are free of charge unless noted otherwise. Call the branch at 617-323-2343 for more information, go to friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
Free MFA Admission For BPL Cardholders in June!
Throughout the month of June, BPL cardholders can receive free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts (for two adults and up to six children per visit) by presenting their library cards and e-mail address to any Museum ticket desk. Chelsea and Malden library card holders can present their cards for admission and BPL discount. Please note that eCards are not valid for this promotion. In addition, free museum passes to the MFA are available to BPL cardholders throughout the year by visiting the BPL's museum pass page or by inquiring at the Roslindale branch.
Visit us at the Roslindale Village Summer Farmer's Market
Saturdays, June 29, July 27 & August 10, 9 AM - 1:30 PM
Come visit us at our table to buy books, as well as learn more about our community library initiative and the library's upcoming renovation.
Bike Maintenance Demo Workshop & Fix-it Clinic
Saturday, June 29, 9:15-11 AM
Ever wondered how you can check your bike in about 10 seconds for major safety and maintenance issues? Want to learn how to fix a flat? Add air to tires? Adjust brakes or lube a chain? Having problems getting your bike helmet to fit? Bring these and your other questions about your bike to the library community room to get answers and bike repairs from RozzieBikes. Come early if you want to join other RozzieBikers on their weekly ‘You CAN get there from here by BIKE’ ride, which leaves from the Farmers’ Market. RozzieBikes members will be on hand to demonstrate these basic bike maintenance skills, answer your questions, and diagnose issues with your bicycle (Minor repairs and adjustments are dependent on parts availability). Custom helmet fittings also available.
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.
Summer Fun with Raising a Reader
Monday, June 3, 12-2 PM
Arts and Crafts, Storytime and Learning, Snacks, All Families Welcome
Feast of Weeks Adults Concert with Sagit Zilberman
Thursday, June 6, 6 PM
We welcome back Sagit to perform with a variety of instruments and singing from around the world. www.sagitzilberman.com
Crafternoon at the Library with Sherry Eskin
Monday, June 10, 4:30-5:30 PM
Ages 5-11 Rice Krispie treats will be served!
Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, June 20, 1:30-2:30 PM
We will be discussing The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. 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.
Weekly Children's Programming
Mondays, 10:30 am
Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Tuesdays, 4-5 pm
(Time may be changed to 4:30)
Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm
(for children ages 4 and older, with caregivers)
Weekly Adult Programming
English Conversation Group
Thursdays, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Spanish Conversation Group
Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm
Roslindale Branch Closing
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.
Roslindale Community Library Network!
So we have been busy the last few weeks installing bookshelves in local businesses. Five business libraries were installed at Barber Shop, Perfect Dental, Boston House of Pizza on American Legion Hwy, Harry’s All American Breakfast on Centre Street, and Arboretum Pizza Grill on Washington Street. Five more business libraries will go up in June. The 15 home-based libraries were also selected and carpentry instructor Stan Philip facilitated a workshop with the Boy Scouts Local Troop One who will help with installing the libraries in the next few months.
Mayor Walsh Announces New BPL Philanthropic Initiative
Mayor Walsh announced last Wednesday the launch of the Fund for the Boston Public Library, a new philanthropic endeavor created to support, sustain, and strengthen the Boston Public Library system across all 26 branches. At an event held at Copley Library, Mayor Walsh announced a founding investment of investment of $2.8 million to build the Fund, generously provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, State Street Foundation, Inc. and more.
The City of Boston provides significant resources to the Library - including a $127 million investment from Mayor Walsh's FY20-24 Capital Plan which includes funding for the renovation of the Roslindale branch, as well as other projects, programs, and initiatives at other branches. The Fund for the Boston Public Library serves as a successor to the Boston Library Foundation, which provided strategic and effective investments in the Library's major efforts that significantly improved the Library's ability to utilize its spaces, develop programming, and care for its special collections.
Read more about it on our website.
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 Father's Day
Here is a list of books dedicated to all of our great dads!
Books about LGBT Pride
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The following booklist features books either written by prominent LGBT authors and/or about the LGBT experience.
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
"Cloud travel is well and good when you have mastered the landings. I never have. I must live, not dream about living." ― Binyavanga Wainaina, One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir
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!