October 2019 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 14 for Columbus Day. Call the branch at 617-323-2343 for more information. Learn more at friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.
Closing For Renovation
The Roslindale Branch closing will officially close for renovation on Friday, October 18 at 5 PM. Museum passes, holds, and other items will be transferred to the West Roxbury Branch. The branch will be closed for approximately two years.
Frequently Asked Questions and Library Programs During the Renovation
Over the last few weeks, we have put together answers to the most frequently asked questions about the renovation we have received from you into one FAQ list for your perusal. We have also finalized the list of regular programs that will continue after the library closes and takes effect on October 19. A big thank you to the Roslindale Community Center, Rogerson Communities, and the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for accommodating our programming during the renovation! Please note that both lists are subject to change, and we will do our best to keep you updated with the latest information as it comes to us. If you still have questions and need more clarification, please let us know at email@example.com.
Ongoing Furniture Sale!
We still have some furniture to sell before the library closes for renovations on October 18, 2019. Here is our updated list of items that are on sale as of last Friday. Everything must go! Teachers and nonprofits can get furniture for free with a teacher's ID or 501c3 proof. Any questions? Contact Amy Gitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask at the circulation desk.
Help record our iconic building before the renovation! Calling all photographers - all ages, all experience levels.
We invite you to take photos of the library building before it closes on October 18. Then submit your best three images to the Friends at email@example.com by October 19. We will use them on our website now and in the future to remind us all of the building as it is now.
Roslindale Community Library Network Online Map
We have finally installed all the little libraries around Roslindale and now have a map of where they are all located! The library is no longer accepting book donations because of the closure on October 18. Instead, 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. We also still need a couple of people to regularly restock these libraries with books on an ongoing basis. Please contact Laura Gang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit us at the Roslindale Village Farmer's Market
Saturday, October 19
9 AM - 1:30 PM
Visit us at our table to learn more about our community library network and the library's upcoming renovation.
Dia de Los Muertos Celebration
Saturday, October 26, 10 am - 12 pm
Gather at the farmers market's kids area for traditional dances, games, and crafts by La Pinata and a kids costume parade. Photos of your deceased loved ones are welcome on our Community Altar. Mexican hot chocolate and pan de Muerto will be served. In the event of inclement weather, this event will take place inside the Roslindale Community Center across the street.
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 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 circulation desk so they will know how many people to expect for attendance. The discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of JP Branch Library.
Wednesdays, 1:30-3 PM
Come to the library to craft and have a pleasant conversation with your neighbors in this weekly drop-in social group. All levels of skill are welcome.
Faroles Workshop with La Piñata
Tuesday, October 1, 4:15 PM
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, join La Piñata in a faroles making workshop. Children will learn the history behind the lanterns that are often used during Día de Los Muertos. Participants will create their own lantern out of recycled materials and will learn about Latin American history through storytelling and folk music.
Bouncing Babies: Fridays, October 4-11, 11:00 AM
Babies from 0-2 are invited to join us for Bouncing Babies Storytime! Come enjoy lap rhymes, tickle rhymes, songs, and stories for our littlest friends. Playtime will follow storytime with an assortment of age-appropriate toys.
Comics Workshop with Jerel Dye
Tuesday, October 8, 4:00 PM
Jerel Dye, illustrator of the graphic novel Pigs Might Fly, will lean a 90-minute workshop for kids who want to learn to make their own comics. This program is best for kids 8 and up.
Thursdays October 10 &17, 6:30 PM
Put on your PJ’s and head over to the library for songs, stories, and rhymes before bed. Pajama Storytime is appropriate for children ages 0-5.
Adult Book Discussion
Thursday, October 17, 1:30-2:30 PM
We will be discussing Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Beginning in November, we will meet at the Roslindale House community room on the third Thursday of the month at a new time, 12:30 PM.
Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, October 24th, 7 - 9 pm, Roslindale House
Featured readers: Michael Sherlock and Nausheen Eusuf
Note: The weekly programming schedule below goes through Friday, October 18. The new schedule with new locations and times goes into effect on Saturday, October 19. The last Preschool Movies is on October 7.
Weekly Adult Programming
English Conversation Group
Thursdays, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Spanish Conversation Group
Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm
Weekly Children's Programming
Monday, Oct 7 10:30 am
Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Roslindale Branch Closing
The Bluest Eye Book Discussion
November 2, 19 & 23
Every Membership and Donation Counts!
We plan to keep running most of the library programming during the renovation, including Toddler Time and the Race and Inclusion series. Thanks to a recent grant and donation from the City-Wide Friends of the BPL and Google, respectively, we will be able to fund some programs. However, we will need more support during the whole time the library is closed. Please consider joining or renewing your Friends membership or making a donation to keep many of your favorite programs going during this period. Having a membership will also ensure you that you stay on our email list and stay up to date with all of our events during the closure.
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 https://www.gofundme.com/support-tracy-wiggins. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 Dogs
Dogs are a big part of the culture here in Roslindale. We created a list of books about our furry best friends.
Words of Wisdom
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. - Langston Hughes
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!