Unless noted otherwise, all programs are free of charge and in person at the Roslindale Branch. Learn more at friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
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 - 5 PM.
Do you need a job? The Boston Public Library is hiring system-wide. They have MANY positions that need to be filled. The sooner we fill the vacancies, the sooner we can look forward to a second late night, faster building repairs, and a less stressed staff!
Buy Bulbs, Support The Friends
We are fundraising again with Dutch Mill Bulbs to earn money for our future renovated branch. All items are guaranteed to grow and bloom, and our group earns 50 percent of the profit on every sale. It’s easy! Make your selections, provide billing and shipping information, and enter the Friends in the group name. Please go to our fundraising page to make purchases. The items you select will be sent directly to the shipping address you provide, and shipping fees will be added to each order. You can even order and send them as gifts to other addresses.
Join Us at the BPL Trustees meeting in Roslindale
The Boston Public Library Trustees are holding their quarterly meeting at the Roslindale branch on Tuesday, November 7, at 3 PM. It is a great chance to see who they are and how they conduct business. One of the Friends’ leaders will welcome them and provide a brief overview of what the Friends in Roslindale do. We will provide refreshments. Here is a link to where the meeting agenda will be posted. https://www.bpl.org/about-the-bpl/board-of-trustees/board-meeting-schedule/ The agenda will also include a Zoom link. But come if you can!
Art Exhibition: Mixed Media Works by Gail Bos
October 20 – December 8
Book Discussion Club: The Vanishing Half: A Novel (2020) Brit Bennett
Wednesday, November 1, 11 AM – 12 PM and Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Email [email protected] to join.
Race and Inclusion Book Discussion: South to America
Saturdays, November 4 & 18 and December 2 at 9:15 – 11:00 am and virtually at 2:00 – 3:45 pm
This group is now meeting in person at the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library in the mornings, and the afternoon session will continue on Zoom. They will be reading South to America by Imani Perry, and local educator Josh Frank will lead the discussion. Email [email protected] to join for the morning session, and email [email protected] for the afternoon session. Weaving together stories of immigrant communities, contemporary artists, exploitative opportunists, enslaved peoples, unsung heroes, her own ancestors, and her lived experiences, Imani Perry crafts a tapestry unlike any other. With uncommon insight and breathtaking clarity, South to America offers an assertion that if we want to build a more humane future for the United States, we must center our concern below the Mason-Dixon Line. Sponsored by the Friends of Roslindale Branch Library.
Saturday, November 4 and 18 at 10:30 AM
Children ages 0-5 join Miss Celeste for stories, songs, and activities to promote early literacy
Hora de cuentos con convospan
Sábado, 25 de Noviembre, 11 AM
¡Disfrutemos de cuentos y canciones en español para luego jugar y colorear con Miss Jeannette con ConvoSpan!
Saturday, November 4, 6 – 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 9, 1 – 3:30 PM
Join our new Scrabble group! Players of all levels are welcome. If you have a board to bring along, that would be great (but it’s not a requirement). For ages 18 and up. Registration is not required. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Doug Sondak at [email protected].
Mah Jongg Club
Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Play the American-style variant of this tile-based game that originated in China and requires skill, strategy, and calculation. Players with knowledge of the game are preferred, but it is a friendly group, and beginners are welcome. Email [email protected] to register.
Free Legal Clinic for Immigration Assistance
Thursday, November 16, 3 – 7:00 PM
Free, drop-in legal consultations for immigrants will be offered by Rian Immigrant Center’s expert legal staff and pro bono attorneys. Translators will be present to assist. (Please note that attorneys are not able to review or fill out forms.)
Alfred Hitchcock Film Series
Join Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, to view and discuss films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. No registration is required.
Monday, November 6, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence. Starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and George Sanders. 2 hr 10 min.
Monday, November 13, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. Starring Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, and Michael Chekhov. 1 hr 51 min.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Monday, November 27, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
A former tennis star arranges the murder of his adulterous wife. Starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and Robert Cummings. 1 hr 45 min.
Movie Theme Music Magic: Presentation
Monday, November 20, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Richard King, Media Historian, will take you on a musical trip through the world of cinema. From Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia to The Godfather and Star Wars, Richard will provide insights into the musical themes that helped make them classics. No registration is required.
Book Signing: Jayne Anne Philips
Saturday, November 4, 1:30-3 PM
Rozzie Bound, 739 South Street
Jayne Anne Phillips will sign her new book, Night Watch. She is the author of Black Tickets, Machine Dreams, Fast Lanes, Shelter, MotherKind, Lark and Termite, and Quiet Dell. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bunting Fellowship, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Winner of an Arts and Letters Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she was inducted into the Academy in 2018. A National Book Award finalist and twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, she lives in New York and Boston.
Holiday Book and Earring Sale
Roslindale Library, December 9, 10:30 AM - 4 PM
Gift-worthy books and earrings/jewelry. These would make fabulous holiday gifts! Please share the date with friends and family and contact The Friends if you would like to volunteer to serve a two-hour shift that day.
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.
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!
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
'To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.' – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sharing is Caring
The best way to know about upcoming 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!