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 - 2 PM.
BPL Library Protocols
All branches follow the latest city and state public health guidance. While there will be no capacity limits or social distancing required, library patrons are recommended to wear masks since the library serves vulnerable populations. For more information, see https://www.bpl.org/news/health-and-safety-guidelines/.
BPL COVID-19 Resources
Are you looking for reliable information about COVID vaccines? The City of Boston has put together a resource guide to help answer your questions. As a reminder, the distribution of at-home COVID-19 tests at BPL locations has now ended.
The Friends would like to thank our community of donors, volunteers, and shoppers for making our recent yarn and book sale a smashing success. Together we raised over $3,500 while making many crafters very happy and getting books out into homes at a low cost. New space, new and veteran volunteers, and dynamic staff that will make the most of the proceeds for great programming - all make for some good news here in Roslindale. Look for us next at the Farmers Market and you can always support the Friends by joining or donating at https://friendsofroslindalelibrary.org/.
FORL at the Roslindale Farmer's Market
June 4, July 2, August 6 & September 17, 9AM - 1:30PM
Come visit us at our booth and buy books or just say hello!
May + June 2022 Book Ambassador
Michael Lowenthal's latest book is Sex with Strangers. He has published four novels—The Same Embrace, Avoidance, Charity Girl, and The Paternity Test. His shorter work has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The New York Times Magazine, Guernica, and The Southern Review. The recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf writers’ conference, the MacDowell Colony, and the Mass Cultural Council, he has taught since 2003 in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University. Before publishing his own work, Lowenthal was an editor at the University Press of New England, where he founded the Hardscrabble Books imprint, publishing such authors as Chris Bohjalian, W.D. Wetherell, and Ernest Hebert. He lives in Roslindale. His books can be found on his Local Authors shelf.
Lowenthal will sign copies of his book, Sex with Strangers, on Saturday, June 25, 12 PM - 2 PM at Rozzie Bound's popup at the Roslindale Substation. His book will be available for purchase at the event.
Roslindale Book Ambassadors is a joint effort of the Friends and Rozzie Bound.
Attention Local Authors!
Do you have a book coming out in 2022 or 2023? Please keep us updated so that we can share the news with Rozzie residents in our newsletter and ask our partner at Rozzie Bound to link to the book online. Rozzie Bound generously shares a portion of sales with Friends. Please email us at [email protected] the book title, author, format, ISBN, and a brief description.
Please help keep our Community Library Network supplied!
The Friends have a team of volunteers who restock the business-based and home-based libraries. 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 [email protected] for a pickup.
Calling all newly installed little library owners!
The Friends maintains a map of available little libraries in Roslindale, and if you recently installed your own, you may not be on it. If you would like to be listed, please email your address to [email protected].
Rozzie Bound Author Signings!
The following authors are scheduled to sign copies of their books at the Substation, 4228 Washington Street, on the dates below from 12 PM - 2 PM unless noted otherwise.
June 4 (10:30 AM-12:30 PM), Matt Meyer, author of Desmond Goes Free
June 11 - Neema Avashia, author of Another Appalachia
June 18 - Kim Foley McKinnon, author of 100 Things to Do on Cape Cod and the Islands Before You Die
Banned Book Club!
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30-8 PM
Roslindale Substation, 4228 Washington St
Rozzie Bound will read Malinda Lo’s Last Night at the Telegraph Club as the first selection in its inaugural Banned Book Club meeting. This young adult novel, about a lesbian romance set in 1954 between a Chinese American teen and a white classmate, has been flagged for removal from libraries and schools around the country. Register for the June 14 meeting here and borrow the book from bpl.org or buy the book from Rozzie Bound.
Summer Reads 2022 and Pride Month Bookshelves!
The Friends has virtual bookshelves with book recommendations for summer reading - adults, young adults/middle graders, and children. We also have LGBTQ+ Pride Month bookshelves for adults, young adults/middle graders, and children. We will receive 50% percent of sale proceeds to support library programs.
All Ages Family Chamber Music Concert
Saturday, June 4, 11 AM
Roslindale-based musiConnects celebrates the craft and community of string playing through an affordable private lesson program and a free concert season. On June 4, musiConnects students and teachers visit the Roslindale Branch to present a recital of string chamber music, including works by Béla Bartók, Charlton Singleton, and Philip Glass. The concert will take place in the Community Room. All ages welcome!
Pride Month Drag Story Time featuring Miz. Diamond Wigfall
Tuesday, June 7, 12:30 PM
What better way to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride than with a certified-fabulous drag queen…? Young children and families are invited to participate in a joyous, musical storytime experience with the illustrious queen, Miz. Diamond Wigrall. Diamond’s family-friendly program will see kids singing and dancing as their hearts open and their learning grows. We are proud to offer this special storytime in celebration of 2022 Pride Month.
Adult Book Discussion: Dial A for Aunties
Thursday, June 9, 2:30-3:30 PM
We will read Jesse Q. Sutanto's Dial A for Murder. When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It's the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—"Don't leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!"—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie's perfect buttercream flowers. Copies of the book can be picked up and borrowed at the library's main desk. Register at [email protected] or 617-323-2343.
Juneteenth Story Time and Book Giveaway
Thursday, June 16 at 7 PM
Celebrate Juneteenth with a special family storytime. Children's Librarian Ms. Celeste will read Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper. Copies of the book will be available for families to keep on a first-come, first-served basis
Family Concert with Alastair Moock
Saturday, June 18 at 11 AM
Alastair Moock is a 2013 GRAMMY Nominee, three-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, and recipient of the ASCAP Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award. The Boston Globe declares that “in the footsteps of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Alastair Moock makes real kids music that parents can actually enjoy.” Moock and Friends’ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin’, and dancin’ fun for the whole family!
Tuesdays, 11 AM - 1 PM
Bring your projects and enjoy the company of other crafters. Crafters of all levels are welcome.
Online Spanish Conversation Group
Saturdays, 11 AM - 12 PM
A casual conversation for Spanish speakers of all levels. Email rosl[email protected] to get on the group's email list.
Tuesdays 10:15 to 10:45 AM
Best for ages 0-2 - Join Miss Celeste for a short book, bouncing songs, baby sign language, and lots of movement activities to promote early literacy.
Wednesdays 10:30 - 11 AM
*There will not be Preschool Storytime on April 20*
Best for ages 3-5 - Miss Celeste will read two to three stories, sing songs, and do activities that promote early literacy and school readiness skills. Note: if your family includes multiple children, please pick one storytime to attend each week. Pick the one that works best for you and your family.
Explore and Play
Fridays at 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Best for ages 0-2 - Come meet new friends and explore different stations full of sensory toys including shakers, bells, and other noisemakers; blocks and magnates; play dough; tunnels and playmats, and more! This is an informal playgroup, so feel free to drop in late or leave early to suit your family’s needs.
Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 PM
The Roslindale Library is excited to bring the LEGO club back to the branch. Join Miss Celeste after school to see what you can build with the library’s collection of LEGO.
One-on-One Tech Help
Get assistance with basic computer skills or with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Stop by in person or call 617-323-2343 to make an appointment.
Thursdays, 4:30 to 5:30 PM
*There will be no Art Explorers on April 21*
Come learn about the life and work of famous (and not so famous) artists with Miss Celeste! After reading and listening to a short biography and looking at the artist’s work, kids will have an opportunity to make their own art inspired by the artist of the week. We will explore painting, collage, clay, and more!
Roslindale Historical Society presents
Inventing Roslindale: from a Triangle to a Square
Creation of the Roslindale commercial district from 1800 to the 1920s
Wednesday, June 15, 7 - 8 PM
Starts at Adams Park, with a short walk around the village
RSVP is required and Registration is limited
For more information and to RSVP, go to www.roslindalehistoricalsociety.org
BPL Online Resource Highlight: Boston Directories
Historical personal name directories such as city directories & telephone books, particularly ones related to Boston, MA, and New England.
Thanks to recent donations from Google, John Hancock, and Bain Capital, we can continue 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 [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.
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 protected] 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.
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. Patrons can call or visit their websites directly for more information on COVID-19 safety requirements when visiting these organizations.
Books of the Month
BPL Staff Picks
Every month staff from the Boston Public Library recommend their favorite books for all ages across a variety of genres.
Political Intrigue in Fantasy
Court intrigue, also known as political intrigue, enmeshes the reader in a magical world where kingdoms rebel against their rulers, heirs compete for the throne, and empires rise and fall. If you like secret plots, power struggles, and intricate worldbuilding, this is the genre for you!
Words of Wisdom
“The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.”
― Rita Mae Brown
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!