November 2018 Library News and Events

November 1, 2018

autumn_leavesNovember 2018 Library News & Events

All programs take place at the Roslindale Branch Library and are free of charge unless noted otherwise. The Library will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day, and Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving.  Call the branch at 617-323-2343 for more information.   Learn more at

Podcast Discussion: Busing in Boston
Saturdays, November 3 & 10, 9:15-11 AM

We will discuss the state of race and education in Boston today by revisiting the city's desegregation busing initiative and the METCO program. Everyone is invited to participate in this important discussion about making high-quality education accessible to all students, especially parents and teachers of current BPS and METCO students, as well as former students. The discussions will be led by local educator Josh Frank. Please listen to Code Switch's December 7, 2016 podcast, Audie and the Not-So-Magic School Bus, prior to our discussion.

Housing Justice: What's Your Vision? A Teach-in
Thursday, November 8, 6 - 8 pm

Join your neighbors to learn and discuss your rights and responsibilities. Find your place in efforts to stop displacement and to promote true affordability for everyone in our community. Guest Speakers will be Lisa Owens of City Life / Vida Urbana and housing justice activist George Lee, Jr. Co-sponsored by RISE: Roslindale IS For Everyone.

From Sarah's Long Walk to Sarah’s Long Bus Ride: How a Young Girl Changed Boston’s Education System
Thursday, November 29, 6:30-8 pm

Since its founding, Boston has had a strong focus on public education, but not everyone had access to the same education.  A young girl named Sarah Roberts forced Bostonians to acknowledge this inequality when she and her father sued the City of Boston because of the evident inequity in the public education system.  In the 1960s and 1970s, the citizens of Boston were forced to revisit these ideas of inequality when “Boston Busing” began.  Today, Boston Public Schools is working to close achievement and opportunity gaps, as we move into a new century of education and progress.  This program invites members of the education community to discuss how women like Sarah inspire them to provide an immeasurable service for all of our children across the Commonwealth.

Knit/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 pm

Come to the library to craft and have pleasant conversation with your neighbors in this weekly drop-in social group. All levels of skill are welcome.

Preschool Reading Readiness
Fridays, November 2, 9 & 16, 10:30-11:30 am

Silk Holiday Floral Arrangements with Jan G. Louissant
Saturday, November 3, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Registration required. Call 617-323-2343

Be Your Own Ally: Self Care for Caregivers
Saturday, November 10, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm 

Talk led by Marsha Jackson, MSW, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, November 15, 1:30-2:30 pm

We will be discussing The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. Newcomers Welcome. Enjoy refreshments. Meet new friends.

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, November 29, 7 - 9 pm, Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street

Featured poets: Mary Buchinger and Jean Dany

Homework Help is Back!
Good News: Yes, we will be having our Homework Assistance Program this school year as soon as we hire teen mentors.  We currently have our BTU Teacher on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Weekly Children's Programming

Preschool Movies 
Mondays, 10:30 am

Toddler Time 
Tuesdays, 10:30 am

Lego Club 
Thursdays  4:30-5:30  p.m.

Weekly Adult Programming

English Conversation Group
Thursdays, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Spanish Conversation Group
Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm

Coming Soon!


Posada Navideña & Holiday Mini-Craft Fair
December 15

Holiday Shopping with the Friends!
If you do any shopping on Amazon this holiday season, please consider registering with the Friends' AmazonSmile account.  For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the Friends will receive 0.5 percent of the purchase price.  As an added bonus, if you shop on Amazon between now and November 2, Amazon will donate five percent of the purchase price to us (that's ten times its usual donation rate).  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, especially during the holidays.

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!

Roslindale Library Memory Journal!
The BPL is running the “Love Letter to a Library” public art collaboration throughout the library system with a banner on the side of the building.  This project is meant to encourage patrons to share their memories of the library and its importance in the community.  The Roslindale branch will be closing soon for renovations and it is even more important to record the memories of Roslindale community members.  A memory book is available now in the library rotunda for patrons to share their memories.

Growing the Network of Free Community Bookshelves

Do books inspire you? The Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library will be closing for renovation in 2019. While this is going on, we would like to ensure our neighbors of all ages access to books to celebrate the joy of reading and encourage positive community interaction. Here is one idea that we would like to propose: Adding more yard and business based little free lending libraries!

A first step is to find out what we have already and we could use your help. Please email us at with any answers to these questions.

  • Do you have a book sharing shelf or little library on your street? At what address or business?
  • Can you recommend new business locations for library shelves?
  • Would you be interested in learning how to build a little library for your yard?
  • Would you be interested in volunteering to help grow and maintain this project?
  • Do you know of organizations that would support this project through donations of books or materials?
  • Do you have other ideas?

We would love to hear from you!

Join the Friends Race and Inclusion Committee!

We have heard how much you appreciate the programming we have been offering including the Globe Spotlight Team discussion, presentations by Hoda El-Sharkawi and Rev. Irene Monroe, and our popular book discussions with Josh Frank. We also have created book lists and reviews. Our programming will not stop once the library building closes for the renovation and we have more ideas about celebrating and uniting our community. If you are interested in helping to plan and produce educational events, discussions, and presentations related to race, ethnicity, religion, and culture with us, email

Read a Book, Suggest a Book, Review a Book

We maintain a wide variety of topical books in our race and inclusion mega reading list for adults, teens/young adults, and children.  We also welcome any book suggestions, especially ones for teens and children, to add to this mega list, which is mostly comprised of titles recommended by community members like you!  This book list is meant to be a community resource that encourages thoughtful conversation, education, and respect for diversity.  Also, if you read any of the books listed and want to write a review, let us know.  We will consider review submissions for publication in our newsletter and website. Send your book suggestions and reviews to

Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for volunteers for a number of Friends' and library programming.  Please view the job descriptions on VolunteerMatch.  If you are interested in any of the positions, contact us at

Books of the Month
Each month we feature themed booklists grouped for adults, teenagers/young adults, and children, and can be borrowed from the Roslindale Library!

Books about Native American Heritage
November is Native American Heritage Month.  Check out this list of books either by prominent Native American authors and/or about the Native American experience.

Books about Holiday Cooking
It's that time of the year again for holiday parties and dinners.  We created this booklist to support your cooking needs this holiday season.

Words of Wisdom
Things which do not grow and change are dead things. - Louise Erdrich

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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