November 2019 Library News and Events

November 1, 2019

November 2019 Library News & Events

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

The Bluest Eye Book Discussion
Saturdays, November 2, 16 & 23, 1:15 - 3 PM
JP Branch Library, 30 South St

We will remember the life and legacy of Toni Morrison by discussing her first novel, The Bluest Eye, which asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing. The discussion will be led by local educator Josh Frank and books are available to borrow now from the JP Branch Library. Please register for the discussion by calling JP library at (617) 524-2053 or in-person at their library's adult reference desk so they will know how many people to expect for attendance. The discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of JP Branch Library.

Posada Navideña and Holiday Mini-Craft Fair
Saturday, December 14, 9:30 AM - 12 PM
Roslindale Community Center

A true Mexican and now Roslindale tradition - the Nativity re-enactment of Joseph and Mary seeking lodging. Come dressed warm and ready to carol for “Posada” or “Shelter" around the Village accompanied by Mariachi Estrella de Boston and expect to be greeted with goodies for the children, warm tamales, champurrado (hot chocolate) and other Mexican treats.  We will also host a mini-craft fair, selling handmade items made by the Roslindale Community Center's knitting club!

We will depart from the Roslindale Community Center at 10 AM sharp to Adams Park and other participating businesses.  We will return to the community center to end our celebration where the Friends will greet us with books, piñatas, and goodie bags for the kids.  Check out a quick video of the mariachi band singing Feliz Navidad. Please join us!

Meet Our New Children's Librarian
As you probably already know, Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri is the new children's librarian for the Roslindale branch.  She has really hit the ground running since coming on board two months ago.  Celeste plans to stay involved in the community during the renovation by giving out books at the Home for Little Wanderers every second Tuesday of the month and visiting schools, daycares, and head starts around Roslindale.  She spoke to us in an interview recently about the path she took to become a librarian and all the programs and initiatives she will implement in her new job.

No More Youth Library Cards Fines!
Starting today, BPL youth library cards will no long accrue library fines. You read that right--kids will no longer be fined for bringing books back late!  The announcement follows a unanimous vote from the BPL Board of Trustees to eliminate overdue fines which in turn will also remove barriers and expand access to the important services and resources offered at the library for all youth in Boston.

Voting on Tuesday?
If you live in Ward 19, Precincts 10 and 13, which usually votes at the Roslindale Branch Library, your voting will now take place at the Roslindale Community Center at 6 Cummins Highway starting with the November 5 election.

Roslindale Community Library Network
You can view all business-based and home-based little libraries in Roslindale on our online map.  Please consider donating your recent fiction and non-fiction in good condition to any little libraries near you.  Children's and young adult books are welcome as well.

Knit/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 PM, Roslindale House

Join us to craft and have a pleasant conversation with your neighbors in this weekly drop-in social group. All levels of skill are welcome.

Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, November 21, 1:30-2:30 PM, Roslindale House

Join us for refreshments and a discussion of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro. Please bring your library card to check out the following month's book.

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, November 21, 7 - 9 pm, Roslindale House

Featured readers: Daniel Johnson and Wendy Drexler

New Program Schedule

Weekly Children's Programs:

Toddler Time
Tuesdays, November 19 & 26, 10 -11 AM
Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Hwy
(Not meeting November 5 and 12)

Lego Club
Thursdays, November 7, 14 & 21, 4:30-5:30 PM
Roslindale House, 120 Poplar St
Children are required to come with caregivers/parents (Not meeting on Thursday, November 28)

Bouncing Babies
Fridays, November 1, 8, 15 & 22, 11 AM - 12 PM
Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Hwy

Weekly Adult Programs: 

Knit/Crochet Circle
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 PM
Roslindale House, 120 Poplar St

Spanish Conversation Group
Saturdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
JP Branch Library, 30 South St

Thanks again to the Roslindale Community Center, Rogerson Communities and the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for hosting our programs during the renovation!  You can also download this schedule as a PDF.

Coming Soon!

Posada Navideña
December 14

Race and Inclusion Book Discussion
January 4, 11 & 25

Holiday Shopping with the Friends!
If you do any shopping on Amazon this holiday season, 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, 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!

Renovation Library Services
Please visit these branch libraries in adjacent neighborhoods to get the same book borrowing, computer, copier and printer services you accessed at the Roslindale Branch Library while it is closed during this renovation period:

  • West Roxbury Branch: 1961 Centre Street, West Roxbury, (617) 325-3147
  • Jamaica Plain Branch: 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, (617) 524-2053
  • Hyde Park Branch: 35 Harvard Ave, Hyde Park, (617) 361-2524
  • Mattapan Branch: 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, (617) 298-9218

What if I am not able to get to other branches outside of Roslindale?
There are many ways to use the Boston Public Library without physically going into a branch building. 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 OverDrive and Hoopla. All you need is a computer and an internet connection to access these resources and then log in to with your eCard.

Public Libraries and the 2020 Census
In 2020, the Census will be conducted primarily online for the first time. Like past e-government efforts, this will likely impact libraries and libraries' technology resources as staff work to assist people in participating in the Census. The 2020 Census also presents an opportunity to increase public awareness and use of Census data. To best position libraries to support our communities in the 2020 Census, the American Library Association is engaging with the Census Bureau and other stakeholders to ensure that libraries are informed and represented in the policy discussions and planning process. ALA is advocating for a fair, accurate, and inclusive Census that recognizes the roles libraries will play in this vital civic effort.  The 2020 Census will also help determine library funding, redistricting in some communities, and provide relevant data about libraries that will be used by researchers, policy makers, businesses, and nonprofits.

Learn more about the ALA's efforts here.

Support Tracy Wiggins
Tracy is very grateful for all the love and support for her family in the last few weeks.  You can continue to send your donations to  We will send another email if Tracy needs special assistance from the community.

Rozzie Reads One Book!
The Friends of the Roslindale Library will host another community-wide Rozzie Reads One Book while the library is undergoing renovation. Help us decide what to read! Here are the general criteria:

--Local author preferred
--Possibilities for multigenerational programs
--Available in paperback

Please recommend a book on our nomination form.

Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for volunteers for a number of Friends' and library programming, including new members for our decoration and race and inclusion committees.  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 any BPL branch 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 Veterans
During this time of the year, we also give thanks to the men and women who have served in the armed forces.  Check out this list of books either written by veterans and/or about their experiences.

Words of Wisdom

Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this. - Toni Morrison

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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