All programs are free of charge unless noted otherwise. Learn more at friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
BPL Library Reopening!
The Central Library in Copley Square will reopen for limited service on June 1. Patrons will be able to browse for materials, use computers, make copies, and hang out in the courtyard. The second floor of the Johnson Building, including the Children’s Library and Teen Central will remain closed until June 14. On this day, all services at Copley will be available without limitations. On June 14 the library branches that are not under construction will also open for full services. While there will be no capacity limits or social distancing required, patrons using the library buildings will still need to wear masks since the library serves vulnerable populations and children who cannot yet be vaccinated. For more information, see https://www.bpl.org/news/reopening/
BPL Announces Permanent Elimination of Late Fines
Mayor Kim Janey recently announced that once approved by its Board of Trustees, the Boston Public Library will permanently eliminate late fines for patrons of all ages. This removal of late fines is supported by $125,000 of ‘revenue relief’ in Mayor Janey’s 2021 budget and will go into effect on July 1, 2021. The policy change will remove barriers and increase access to BPL resources for patrons across the City of Boston. Read more about this policy change here.
BPL COVID-19 Resources
Looking for reliable information about COVID vaccines? The BPL has put together a resource guide to help answer your questions.
Friends Summer Reading List!
It's officially summer, and we collaborated with Rozzie Bound to create a list of some of the hottest books coming out this season. We have books for adults, teens, and kids in print, ebook, and audiobook formats. Best of all, the Friends receive 20% of the sales for all books sold from this list. Get your summer reading shopping started here.
Celebrating LGBT Pride Month!
June is LGBT Pride Month, and we are celebrating with a new virtual shelf created with Rozzie Bound. The shelf features a great list of LGBT authors we think you should know about! You can find our list here. We also have a list celebrating Asian American authors, which you can also find here.
SPEAK OUT Contest for Boston Youth
Deadline: June 30, 2021
The Friends of the Roslindale Branch Library are inviting Boston youth in 3 age groups (Grades 6-8, 9-10, 11-12) to speak out about their experiences this past year. You may submit an entry in any form and any language. The name of each person who submits an entry will be entered into a drawing for $100 gift cards (we will have 3 of these prizes). When a celebration and the drawing are scheduled this summer, we will invite you to attend (outdoors, socially distanced, etc.). Please respond to one or both of these sets of questions:
1. What has the last year in a pandemic been like for you as a young person? What’s been hard? How have you found joy, strength, and resilience or learned to cope in some way?
2. What are you looking forward to with friends, school, sports, or elsewhere? What do you hope the future holds?
Submissions can be in any form - art, poetry, rap, recording, multimedia, etc. - and in any language. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit or to arrange for pick-up/delivery. Please include your current grade, name, address, and a way to contact you by phone or email.
Send Us Your Bulb Pictures!
If you purchased bulbs in our Dutch Mills fundraiser last year, and the bulbs are starting to bloom, send us pictures! We want to share them in our newsletter. Please email us at email@example.com.
BPL Summer Reading
The library is doing a summer reading program for both children and adults. The adult summer reading program starts on June 1. Sign up and download a bingo card at bpl.org/bingo. The Bingo card has 24 challenges. Complete a row on the bingo card and submit it for a chance to win a $20 gift card to your favorite independent book store. Participants will also be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $200 gift card to an independent restaurant or grocery store. Children’s Summer Reading starts on June 14. Challenge yourself to read and participate in library programs nine times throughout the summer. Pick up a bookmark to track your progress at any BPL branch, and turn it in for a chance to win books, toys, and age-appropriate activity kits. Go to bpl.org/summer for more information. Note that the website will be live closer to June 14.
Preschool Storytime Reads the Alphabet
Tuesdays, June 1, 8, 15 & 29 at 4:30
No storytime June 22
Families with children ages 3–5 are encouraged to tune in for a virtual storytime with Ms. Celeste. Each week we will focus on a different letter of the alphabet. Please register by 10 am on the day of the program with an email to receive the Zoom link. You do not need to register each child if you have multiple children. Please go to https://tinyurl.com/BPL-Preschool to register. Registering once will sign you up for the whole series so you do not need to register every week.
Ms. Celeste Goes Back To School!
Ms. Celeste is beginning an MFA program in Writing for Young People at Lesley University this month. The program is low-residency, so she will be able to continue to serve the families of Roslindale as the branch’s children’s librarian while learning to write her own picture books and middle-grade novels.
The Tempest Discussion
Tuesday, June 15, 7 PM
Our revels now are finally beginning again, and Boston’s Shakespeare on the Common will be performing The Tempest this summer, with registration for free tickets beginning in late June for July and August performances. To get you in the mood for this brave new world, John Galton will lead a discussion of The Tempest on June 15 at 7 PM. Click here to register for a Zoom full of sights, sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. You can reserve a copy of the play here or find it online here.
Race and Song: A Musical Conversation
Monday, June 14 at 3:30 PM
Join the Roslindale Library in welcoming Alastair Moock and Reggie Harris for Race and Song: a Musical Conversation about race. We will screen a recording of the conversation and performance by Reggie and Alastair at 3:30 and follow up with a live Q&A with both performers via zoom starting at 4:30. This program is suitable for grades 3 and up. Go to https://tinyurl.com/RaceAndSong to register.
What happens when two friends get together? Usually, they talk about their lives, get caught up on the news, maybe listen to each other’s points of view, and share what’s on their minds. And, if they’re musicians, they’re likely to pull out an instrument or two along the way… In Race and Song: A Musical Conversation, Alastair Moock and Reggie Harris do just that. Only, in this case, these friends of different races, ages, and social backgrounds share how they’ve seen and experienced the world in different ways. They explore issues of race, class, gender, and history with intentionality and generosity of spirit that will draw in kids and adults alike. These aren’t always comfortable topics for discussion, but the discussion –– and the discomfort –– are keys to moving forward. Together in musical conversation, and with the aid of historical and family photos, Alastair and Reggie open up to each other and frame their perspectives through music (which always helps the medicine go down!). Join these two veteran musicians and storytelling troubadours for a very special performance ––an exploration of the past, the present, and the possible.
Online Spanish Conversation Group
Saturdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Join this casual Spanish conversation group for all levels. It is currently accepting new members into the group. To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Spanish Group" in the subject line.
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 email@example.com, 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.
Online Resource Highlight: Creativebug
Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
This resource requires you to register an account so you may save and continue your progress.
Thanks to recent donations from Google, John Hancock, and Bain Capital 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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!
Online ESL Classes
The BPL offers various online courses for those learning English:
- Beginner Class for Spanish Speakers, Fridays, 10:30-11:30 am
- High Beginner/Elementary Class, Fridays, 11:30am-12:30pm
- Intermediate Class, Wednesdays, 1-2:15 pm
- Advanced Class, Tuesdays, 1-2:15 pm
- Reading and Discussion Class, Thursdays, 11 am-12:30 pm
- Conversation Classes, Mondays, 3-4:15pm, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45pm, Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm, Fridays, 1-2:15pm
Students can register by emailing email@example.com or calling 617-859-2446. They also have an online ESL Singing Class with the Back Bay Chorale, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 pm, students can register at https://bbcboston.org/bridges/esl. The BPL is partnering with St. Mark Community Education Program to offer online Citizenship classes. The classes have already started, but students can sign up for the waitlist at https://www.stmarksesol.org/copy-of-classes-resources.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.
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.
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!
BPL Reading Together in July: LGBTQ+ Authors for Adults
These books are recommended for the July challenge (Read a Book by an LGBTQ+ Author), but you can read them at any time, or choose a completely different book if you prefer.
Books about Happiness in Food!
Happiness is the flavor of life, and you are the chef. Here are some cookbooks to spark your joy!
Books about Relationships
This list of nonfiction titles covers a wide variety of topics such as communication between partners, dating, polyamory, healthy boundaries, and more.
Books about Black Lives Matter
Now and always, the Boston Public Library stands with the Black community. Check out one of these titles today to educate yourself about police brutality, anti-Black racism in the present day and throughout history, and the BLM movement. None of these books have waitlists!
Words of Wisdom
“Don't be afraid; people are so afraid; don't be afraid to live in the raw wind, naked, alone...Learn at least this: What you are capable of. Let nothing stand in your way.” ― Tony Kushner, Millennium Approaches
Sharing is Caring
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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!