October 2018 Library News and Events

October 1, 2018

autumn_leavesOctober 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, October 8 in observance of Columbus Day.   Call the branch at 617-323-2343 for more information.   Learn more at friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.

Book Discussion: Evicted

Saturdays, October 13, 20 & 27

9:15 - 11 AM

We will discuss Matthew Desmond's Evicted, a book that looks at poverty and housing injustice in America and how we can address these issues better in our community.  The discussion will be led by local educator Josh Frank and books will be available to borrow from the Roslindale Library soon.

Crochet Class: Holiday Gift Edition

Saturday, October 20

10 am-Noon

Join us for this introduction to basic and intermediate stitches during Roslindale Open Studios. We will have a small selection of yarn, or you're welcome to bring your own yarn and crochet hooks, preferably a size 8 hook. You can choose to make a couple of coasters or a votive holder. Both patterns and the glass jars will be provided to all. Baby or sock yarn works best for these projects.  The class will be facilitated by crocheter Sue Forti.

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

Saturday, October 27, 10 am - 1 pm

Adams Park and Roslindale Library

Gather at the market's kids area for traditional dances, games, and crafts by La Pinata. Costume parade departs from the market after La Pinata's performance and ends at the Library. Photos of your deceased loved ones are welcome on our Community Altar. Mexican hot chocolate and pan de Muerto will be served & the film COCO will be shown at the library.

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, October 5 – November 9, 10:30-11:30 am

Adult Book Club
Thursday, October 18, 1:30-2:30 pm

We will be discussing Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout. Newcomers Welcome. Enjoy refreshments. Meet new friends.

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, October 25, 7 - 9 pm, Roslindale House, 120 Poplar Street

Featured poets: Paula Bonnell and Charlot Lucien

Note: We will NOT be having Homework Assistance Program this school year due to our upcoming renovation.

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!

Busing in Boston
Podcast Discussion
November 3 & 10

Housing Justice Teach-in
November 8

Love Letter To The Library

You may have noticed this banner on the side of the library recently.  This is part of the “Love Letter to a Library” public art collaboration throughout the library system.  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 will be available at the circulation desk for patrons to share their memories soon.

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 info@friendsofroslindalelibrary.org 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!

More Than Words Opens Store in Boston

Speaking of the renovation project, many of you were wondering what we did with the excess donated books we had to move out of the library.  The Friends made a large donation of books to More Than Words (MTW), a Waltham-based nonprofit that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives and learn life skills by running a used bookstore.  MTW recently opened a new store in the South End.  You can read more about the new store in this Boston Globe article.  Please consider making your book and monetary donations to MTW and visit the store!

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 info@friendsofroslindalelibrary.org

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 info@friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.

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 info@friendsofroslindalelibrary.org

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 Gothic Horror
Check out our updated list of books featuring the best in gothic horror, as well as Halloween and Day of the Dead.

Books about Travel Writing
Just because summer is over doesn't mean you can't take a mental vacation.  Here is a list of the best in travel writing.

Words of Wisdom

We are frightened of what makes us different. - Anne Rice

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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