Unless noted otherwise, all programs are free of charge and in person at the Roslindale Branch. Learn more at friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
Annual Yarn Sale!
March 9, 5-8 PM; March 10, 10 AM - 4 PM; March 11, 10 AM - 1 PM
Yarn and craft supplies at deep discounts. Also, we will offer $5/bag during the last hour on Saturday. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, which supports funding for library programming. Yarn, crafting, and book donations can now be dropped off at the Roslindale branch. All proceeds support programs at the Roslindale Branch.
March/April 2023 Book Ambassador: Kerri Greenidge
Dr. Kerri Greenidge is our Roslindale Book Ambassador for March/April 2023. She is the author of The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in An American Family and Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Trotter Monroe. Her books can be borrowed from the library. More details to come on her author event soon!
Book Discussion Club: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (2019) Patrick Radden Keefe
Wednesday, March 1, 11 am – 12 pm
Thursday, March 2, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Join Branch Librarian Jennifer Hawes on either 3/1 or 3/2 to discuss Patrick Radden Keefe’s nonfiction book Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. Email [email protected] to join.
Spanish Conversation for English Language Speakers
Saturday, March 4, 12 – 1 PM
Practice your Spanish language with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting. Email [email protected] to register.
Virtual Workshop: Interview Skills with Joyce Mandel (via Zoom)
Monday, March 6, 11 AM to 12 PM
In this virtual interactive role-playing workshop, you will learn how to prepare for in-person, telephone, and virtual interviews. You will be asked the 15 most important interview questions and how to answer them. Email [email protected] to register. The workshop is facilitated by Employment Skills Trainer Joyce Mandel of JMGM Employability Training. All workshops will be held via Zoom. A Zoom invite will be sent to you upon registration.
Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion:
Saturdays, March 11, 18 & 25
9:15 - 11 AM (Morning) or 2 - 3:45 PM (Afternoon)
We will read Eddie S. Glaude Jr.'s book Begin Again. This is one of the great books on James Baldwin and a powerful reckoning with America’s ongoing failure to confront the lies it tells itself about race. Just as in Baldwin’s “after times,” argues Eddie S. Glaude Jr., when white Americans met the civil rights movement’s call for truth and justice with blind rage and the murders of movement leaders, so in our moment were the Obama presidency and the birth of Black Lives Matter answered with the ascendance of Trump and the violent resurgence of white nationalism.
The discussion will happen on Zoom and will be led by local educator Josh Frank. You can get the book from bpl.org or purchase it from Rozzie Bound.
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 Roslindale Branch librarian Jennifer Hawes at [email protected]. Please write "Begin Again 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.
- Jennifer 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 are still waiting for an email from Jennifer, please assume that you still need to register.
Meet Your Neighborhood Age Strong Advocate
Tuesday, March 14, 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 be returning monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 2:00-4:00 pm. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required.
Zero Waste / Recycling Workshop
Thursday, March 16, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Confused about composting? Mixed up about mattresses? Reservations about recycling? Andrea Scarfo, Zero Waste Coordinator from the City of Boston Department of Public Works, will join us to describe the City’s programs, hand out helpful materials, answer questions, and perhaps provide attendees with a fun zero waste giveaway. Participants will learn about the importance of waste reduction and what they can do to help. This program is in partnership with the Friends of Roslindale Branch Library.
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, March 16, Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street
7 pm in person and on Zoom
Featured poets: Richard Wollman and Ann Bookman
contact [email protected] for a link
Savvy Information Consumers: A Discussion About Identifying Misinformation on the Internet
Thursday, March 23, 6 - 7:30 pm
Misinformation can spread quickly and widely on the Internet, especially during major news events. In this in-person workshop led by BPL’s Media and Journalism Research Specialist Eric Husting, we will explore misinformation and how false information can appear and spread online. This workshop will also go over tangible tips and critical thinking skills we can employ to vet and verify digital information we see online. No registration is required.
1970s Crime Thrillers Film Series: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
Monday, March 27, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Join Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, to view and discuss the 1973 film The Friends of Eddie Coyle. After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low-level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time. Directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, and Richard Jordan. 1 hr 42 min. Registration is not required.
Regular Adult Programming
Tech Goes Home Computer Class Series
Classes are 2x a week, Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 – 3:30 pm – FULL/REGISTRATION CLOSED.
Virtual Career Workshops with Joyce Mandel – via Zoom
Employment Skills Trainer Joyce Mandel of JMGM Employability Training facilitates the workshops. All workshops will be held via Zoom. A Zoom invite will be sent to you upon registration. Email: [email protected].
Grupo de conversación en inglés para hispanohablantes de nivel básico / English Conversation Group for Spanish Speakers
Mondays, 12 – 1 pm
En esta clase a cargo de un maestro voluntario practicarás el hablar en inglés con otros estudiantes adultos en un ambiente informal y amigable. Esta clase es para estudiantes cuyo primer idioma es el español y tienen un conocimiento básico del ingles. Registro no requerido.
Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly group setting. The class is designed for Beginner English speakers whose first language is Spanish and is led by a volunteer teacher. Registration is not required.
Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 pm
Bring your projects and enjoy the company of other crafters. Crafters of all levels are welcome.
Elementary-Level ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Classes
Wednesdays, 12:45 – 2 pm
This class is for speakers of other languages who know some basic English and would like to learn more. Students will expand their vocabulary and grammar and practice conversation and writing. Register by emailing [email protected] or calling 617-859-2446. Please note that this is a class rather than a conversation group.
One-on-One Tech Help by Appointment
Thursdays, 1 – 3 pm
Need help with your laptop, cell phone, or tablet? Looking to learn more about computer basics on our public computers? Make a 30- or 60-minute appointment with a librarian for one-on-one help. Reservations are required by calling 617-323-3243.
Regular Children's Programming
Mondays and Wednesdays: 3:30 to 5:30
High school student mentors are available on Mondays and Wednesdays to help you with your homework. On Thursdays, a teacher from the Boston Teachers Union is available for homework help.
Mondays, 4 – 5:30 PM
Watch Anime, discuss Anime and Manga, and try some Manga drawing. For ages 9 - 14. No registration is required.
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 many movement activities to promote early literacy.
Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11 AM
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.
Tales for 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM
Children ages 2-4. Join Miss Celeste for stories, songs, and rhymes to promote early literacy.
Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Ages 4 and up - Welcome to LEGO Club! Come build with the library's collection of LEGO and DUPLO blocks.
Thursdays, 4:30 PM
Ages 5 and Up. Each week Miss Celeste will read from biographies, folk tales, mythology, or chapter books. Reading will be followed by open-ended art, craft, or stem activities related to the book.
Explore and Play
Fridays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Best for ages 0-2 - 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.
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.
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. The library will add more institutions to the program as museums continue to open in Phase Three of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. When visiting these organizations, patrons can call or visit their websites directly for more information on COVID-19 safety requirements.
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 mostly memoirs with a few biographies thrown in for good measure
Books that make you curious to learn more!
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
“Books are the mirrors of the soul.” - Virginia Woolf
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!