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.
Vote For Us!
The Roslindale Branch Library is a nominee for the 2022 People's Preservation Choice Award. Voting is open until May 11 at 9 AM. The winner will be announced live at the 2022 Preservation Celebration at Boston's Copley Plaza Hotel.
Yarn & Book Sale
Thursday, May 19, 5 - 8 PM
Friday, May 20, 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday, May 21, 10 AM - 1 PM
We plan to do a combined yarn and book sale in May! If you have a stash of yarn, crafting items, or books that you don't need anymore, please donate them to the Roslindale Branch now. There is a bin near the library entrance to drop off your donations. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds from the sale will go towards programming and other initiatives at the Roslindale Branch!
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@example.com the book title, author, format, ISBN, and a brief description.
Rozzie Bound Author Signings!
The following authors are scheduled to sign copies of their books at the Substation on the dates below from 12 PM - 2 PM.
May 14 - Ladette Randolph, author of Private Way
May 28 - Kerri Greenidge, author of Black Radical
June 25 - Michael Lowenthal, author of Sex with Strangers
Celebrating Asian American Authors
In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we have a virtual bookshelf featuring books by Asian authors and about the Asian American experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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@example.com.
Adult Book Discussion
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Thursday, May 5, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Copies of the book are available to borrow from the library's main desk. Please call 617-323-2343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Davey the Clown Show
Saturday, May 7, 11 AM
The Roslindale library is thrilled to welcome Davey the Clown back into the building for a live, in-person show. Davey will bring his signature blend of juggling, unicycling, and general crowd-pleasing antics! Come for the laughs; stay for even more laughs.
Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion:
Saturdays, May 7, 14 & 21
9:15 - 11 AM (Morning) or 2 - 3:45 PM (Afternoon)
This special Mother's Day discussion will focus on Imani Perry's Breathe: A Letter To My Sons. Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life—and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition.
The discussion will happen on Zoom and will be led by local educator Josh Frank. You can get the book from bpl.org 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 50% of the proceeds from each book sold. You can find the virtual shelf here: https://bookshop.org/shop/rozziebound.
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@example.com. Please write "Breathe 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 do not get an email from Jennifer, please assume that you are not registered.
Online Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, May 19, 7 PM
Featured Readers: Danielle Legros Georges and L.R. Berger
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 magnatiles; 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.
Noir You Should See: The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)
Friday, May 13, 2 PM – 4 PM
Directed by Robert Siodmak and starring George Sanders, Ella Raines, and Geraldine Fitzgerald. 1 hr 20 min. Introduced by Emerson Professor Barry Marshall.
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!
You may have noticed the new flyer design for announcing BPL events on the bulletin board above the Friends Daily Shelves. The flyers were redesigned to make it easier for patrons to identify events they might be interested in attending.
Event and program flyers are color-coded for audience levels: Adult = orange + green; Teen = magenta + blue; Kids = blue + orange. Dark orange flyers indicate a Central Library based adult initiative.
BPL Online Resource Highlight: ComicsPlus
Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga without holds, waitlists, or monthly limits.
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@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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@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.
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
Asian American Drama
The BPL has a database containing 252 plays by 42 Asian American playwrights, with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. Half of these plays have never been published before now.
A Bouquet of Books!
Brighten up your day with one of these eBooks and eAudiobooks with floral covers! The BPL has selected from a wide variety of genres, so there's a little something for everyone.
Books about True Crime
The library can be your source for in-depth investigations and real-life mysteries. Get the stories behind the crimes with this list.
Words of Wisdom
"In a time of destruction, create something.”― Maxine Hong Kingston
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!