Unless noted otherwise, all programs are free of charge and in person at the Roslindale Branch. Learn more at friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
Thursdays, June 1, 8, and 15, from 4:30-6 PM
Ages 6-12 - Join Miss Celeste and Miss Mary for arts and crafts projects. Children 6-8 must be accompanied by an adult who is able to help their child with projects as needed.
FORL at the Roslindale Village Farmer's Market
Saturday, June 3, 9 AM - 1:30 PM, Adams Park
The Friends will have a table at the market. Come say hello or buy books.
Saturday, June 3 and 17 at 10:30 AM
Children ages 0-5 join Miss Celeste for stories, songs, and activities to promote early literacy.
Book Ambassador: Kate Fussner
Saturday, June 3, 1:30 - 3 PM
Rozzie Bound, 739 South Street
Kate Fussner will sign copies of her new middle-grade book, The Song of Us. A queer in-verse retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice, Fussner’s debut follows the story of two middle school girls learning to love each other and themselves as they fight not to lose one another. Fussner holds her B.A. from Vassar College, her M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People from Lesley University. She is the recipient of the W.K. Rose Fellowship from Vassar College (2022). After over a decade of teaching English for the Boston Public Schools, Kate now writes books, delights her wonderful wife with homemade baked goods, and walks her dramatic dog, Weasley. The Roslindale Book Ambassador Program is co-sponsored by Rozzie Bound.
Spanish Conversation for English Language Speakers
Saturday, June 6, 12 – 1 PM
Practice Spanish language with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting. Email [email protected] to register.
Hora de cuentos con convospan
Los sábados 10 y 24 de junio: 11:00 AM
Edades 3-7 ¡Disfrutemos de cuentos y canciones en español para luego jugar y colorear con Miss Jeannette con ConvoSpan!
Miss a story time or just want to revisit a favorite? Looking for ideas of books to share with the little ones in your life? Here are the books Miss Celeste read for story time in May 2023.
Meet Your Neighborhood Age Strong Advocate
Tuesday, June 13, 2 – 4 PM
Age Strong's Mary Sullivan will assist older adults with applying for city services and government benefits and connect them to programs and resources. Mary will return monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 2:00–4:00 PM. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required.
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, June 15, 7 pm, Roslindale House
Featured readers: Kevin Gallagher, Queen Hodge
Banned Book Club: Gender Queer
Thursday, June 22, 6:30-7:30 PM
We will discuss Maia Kobabe's Gender Queer, which has frequently been censored because it includes LGBTQIA+ content. The book is available for purchase from Rozzie Bound or borrowed from the library. RSVP: [email protected]. Rozzie Bound is giving away one autographed copy of Gender Queer. Enter for a chance to win it now. The winner will be contacted by June 19. Good luck!
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.
Keeping Roslindale's Memories #3
Topic: Scouting in Roslindale
Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Hwy
June 13, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM - Monthly discussions (2nd Tuesdays)
The Roslindale Historical Society will facilitate oral history discussions on local history at the renovated Roslindale Community Center. Participants are encouraged to bring stories and photos about Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Campfire programs that served Roslindale youth.
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
“We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag” - RuPaul
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