March 2021 Library News and Events

March 1, 2021

March 2021 Library News & Events

All programs are free of charge unless noted otherwise. Learn more at

BPL To-Go App
Patrons are now able to pick up physical items at the Boston Public Library with the new BPL To Go program. Using the library website, phone line (617.536.5400), or the BPL To Go iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs.

BPL COVID-19 Resources
Looking for reliable information about COVID vaccines? The BPL has put together a resource guide to help answer your questions.

Renovation Update
Our children’s librarian continues to work on ordering books for the grand opening of the new Roslindale Branch. This month she is working on children’s fiction, science fiction, and mysteries.

Craft and Hobby Online Book Fair!
The Bad News: We are not doing a yarn sale this year.
The Great News: We are doing an online craft and hobby book fair instead!

The Friends are collaborating with Rozzie Bound to create an online book shopping experience just for crafters and hobbyists.  We have a list of nearly 100 books about knitting, crochet, sewing, and other crafts.  If fiber arts aren't your thing, we got you covered!  We also have books on the list about art, design, cooking, travel, sports, gaming, antique collecting, writing, and more!  Rozzie Bound will donate 50% of all sales from the list to the Friends between March 1 - 15, and one shopper who buys a book from the list will be randomly selected to receive a $25 gift card from Rozzie Bound.  Get shopping today:

Books about Women's History 
We also created booklists for adults and young readers celebrating Women's History Month at Rozzie Bound.  The list includes both feminist classics, as well as books by and about women making history now.  The Friends receive 20% of sales on each book sold from the lists.

Books at the Food Pantry!
Our Little Library subcommittee has also created special lists of books in Spanish and Haitian Creole on Rozzie Bound's website. Thanks to a donation from Rozzie Bound, some of these books were purchased and placed in a special bookcase at Roslindale Congregational Church's food pantry, which has been available every Saturday 2 - 4 PM since January 10. The bookcase has become a hit with pantry clients!  They are also working with the group that runs the Community Fridge on the corner of Firth and Washington to create a permanent Little Library at that site.  When neighbors access food, they can also access books.  We welcome donations from the community to support multicultural literature.  You can make a monetary donation, or if you have multicultural books you want to donate, please contact Laura Gang at

Adult Books in Haitian Creole
Children's Books in Haitian Creole
Children's Books in Spanish

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion:
White Rage
Saturdays, March 6, 13 and 20
9:15 - 11 AM (Morning) or 2 - 3:45 PM (Afternoon)

We will discuss Carol Anderson's book, White Rage. Carefully linking voting rights and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. The discussion will happen on Zoom and will be led by local educator Josh Frank.  You can get the book from or an online bookstore like Rozzie Bound, which has the book listed on the Friends "Black Histories and Futures" adult virtual bookshelf.  The Friends will receive 20% of proceeds from each book sold.

Because this is a very popular book, we will have two sessions with 20 participants each on the three dates.  Times: Morning session at 9:15-11 AM and an afternoon session at 2 -3:45 PM.

To register, please email JP Branch librarian Laura Pattison at  Please write "White Rage Book Discussion" in the subject line when you RSVP.

  • You only need to register once for all three dates, even if you think you might miss a date.
  • Please choose the morning or afternoon time, and you will be registered for that same time for each date.
  • Laura will register the first 40 people, 20 each for the morning and afternoon groups.  You will get an email if you are registered.  If you do not get an email from Laura, please assume that you are not registered.
  • This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

Activist Kids Book Club
Saturdays, 4 PM

Through April 24, the Activist Kids Book Club will focus on a different page in A is for Activist, read other picture books about the issues and movements discussed in the book, learn about kid activists throughout history and today, and talk about what we can do to make our world a little more just for everyone. This group is best for kids ages 6 and up. We will send out a Zoom link on the day of the program.  Curious about what we have been reading? Check out the Activist Kids Book Club book list. Register for the whole Activist Kids Book Club here:

On February 6, we will be welcoming a special guest. Levi is a 13-year-old activist who is one of 21 young people represented by Our Children's Trust in a lawsuit suing the U.S. Government over its inaction regarding climate change. Levi and his fellow plaintiffs believe that young people in the country have a constitutional right to a healthy environment. Levi will talk about his role in the case and his work as a climate activist. Questions can be directed to the Roslindale Branch Children's Librarian Miss Celeste at

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, March 18, 7 PM

To sign up, contact
Featured guests: Dorothy Derifield and Jennifer Jean

New month's event: April 15: Bruce Weigl and Cammy Thomas

Preschool Storytimes
Tuesdays, 4:30 PM

Miss Celeste kicked off Preschool Storytime this year with an alphabet-themed series. Each week she introduces a puppet version of the letter of the week and gives the opportunity to guess the character’s favorite food, animal, and other items. This helps promote letter recognition and phonetic awareness. We read stories and sing songs to develop early literacy skills in a fun and playful way. Please go to to register.

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 with "Spanish Group" in the subject line.

Help keep our Community Library Network supplied!
The Friends have a team of volunteers who restock the business-based and home-based libraries that we put up in anticipation of the library being closed for renovation.  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 for a pickup.

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 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  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

BPL makes historical images available for use in Wikipedia

In celebration of Wikipedia’s 20th anniversary on January 15th, Boston Public Library has uploaded more than 8,000 historical photographs from its archival collections to Wikimedia Commons. These images include some of the library’s most important photographic collections and contribute to the single largest batch of uploads ever contributed to Wikimedia Commons. By uploading these public domain images, BPL is making them available so that they can be freely used to enhance Wikipedia articles, re-printed in publications, or incorporated in student projects and papers.   Read more about it here.

New Reevx Labs Financial Series for Small Businesses

The BPLs Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center (KBLIC) is teaming up with Reevx Labs for three special episodes of BPL's virtual roundtable series, "Coffee With KBLIC". Together, Reevx Labs and KBLIC will offer free resources and advice to small businesses and individuals through discussions on personal finance, small business and non-profit banking needs, and banking for veterans. These discussions will be hosted on the BPL's YouTube channel and led by KBLIC Adult Technology Coordinator, Amber De Angelis MLS, MBA.  The next event occurs on March 8 and will look at finance issues for veterans.p.  No oversized books or textbooks, please.  Many thanks.

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, 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.

Virtual Homework Assistance Program
The Boston Public Library’s Homework Assistance Program has gone virtual this year. Students in grades K-8 can meet with high achieving high school students on Zoom to get help with school assignments. There are four different Zoom rooms for different areas of the city. Roslindale is in Zoom 3. The Homework Assistant Program can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet, or telephone.

Online Resource Highlight: Kovels

The go-to source for expert antiques and collectibles information. Find resources for identifying, pricing, buying, and selling antiques and collectibles. is a great source for information about all kinds of antiques and collectibles, curated by experts. On the website, you can identify and get price information on your antique or collectible. Use their exclusive identification guides and their pottery, porcelain, and silver marks database. Learn the best way to buy or sell antiques or collectiblessettle an estate, or downsize. Read thousands of reader’s questions answered by experts. Find the latest collecting news and information. Subscribe to their free weekly e-newsletter Kovels Komments.
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Business Donations!
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

Holiday 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 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!

The BPL is offering limited pickup services for physical library materials at most branches when put on hold.  Library cardholders — including e-card holders — will be able to safely pick up their items much like picking up takeout from a restaurant, and return items using designated bins.  No other physical services at the library will be available, but branches will continue to offer a wide range of online programming and resources.

Library Moratorium
The Boston Public Library recently announced that is it extending its moratorium on assessing late fines through March 31, 2021. The BPL first instituted the moratorium in March 2020 in the wake of the pandemic. While originally planning to reinstate fines in September 2020, the BPL instead extended the moratorium through the end of 2020 and has now extended it for a second time through the end of March 2021.

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 Readers are also welcome to choose their own books each month and to share their recommendations with others participating in the challenge.


Online Resources at
There are many ways to use the Boston Public Library during this period. You can sign up for a BPL library card at to get an eCard. The eCard provides access to millions of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, newspapers, magazines, journals, databases, and other online resources, including OverDriveKanopy, and Hoopla. All you need is a computer, phone or tablet, and an internet connection to access these resources and then log in to with your eCard or physical library card.  The BPL is also offering a full listing of online services.  Send your questions to   Please leave your gently-used donated books in any little library in the Roslindale Community Library Network.

Computer Access at the BPL
Mayor Walsh and the Boston Public Library launched two new initiatives designed to help bridge the digital equity gap in the City of Boston. The Public Computer Access program will allow residents to sign up for a two-hour appointment to use library computers in a socially distanced space within the Central Library in Copley Square. The Outdoor Wi-Fi Program provides 24-hour outdoor internet access at nine BPL branch locations across the city, allowing users to socially distance while accessing the Internet for free.

Museum Passes
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.

Printing To Go
Printing To Go, a free print-on-demand service is now available at all BPL branches not currently under construction.  Patrons can upload documents they need to be printed by filling out a form at, selecting their location, and picking up their print jobs 72 hours later at the branches, or 24 hours later at the Central Library in Copley Square. Printed items can be picked up during branch hours of operation, a reservation is not needed.  The service is limited to 10 pages per patron per day. Documents will be printed in black and white, single-sided, on 8.5" x 11" paper, and should not include personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or other similar information. Print requests must comply with the Library’s Internet Use Procedures and Guidelines.

New WiFi Hotspots
The Boston Public Library has invested in new wifi hotspots that can be checked out from the library. If you do not have internet access at home you can check out a hotspot for three weeks. The hotspots have unlimited data and can support up to 15 devices. You can place a hold on a hotspot online or by calling your closest library branch. Since the Roslindale branch is closed for construction, you can place a hold to pick up a hotspot at Jamaica Plain (617) 524-2053 or West Roxbury (617) 325-3147, or any other branch that is convenient.

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!

Books about Women's History
Check out this list of biographies and memoirs by and about great women!

Books about Libraries
A list celebrating libraries, librarians, book lovers, and lovers of libraries.

Books about Mystery
In these uncertain times, cozy mysteries can be very comforting reads with no sex or violence and a formula you can trust to deliver a good mystery.  Check out these recommendations.

Words of Wisdom

"Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind." - Brené 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 and  If you know anyone who would like to join our email list, please tell them to sign up on our website's homepage at  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!

Contact the Friends
For information about the Friends, contact us.  We also share information about upcoming events, photos from past events, and other library news on Facebook, and on our blog!

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