October 2020 Library News and Events

October 1, 2020

October 2020 Library News & Events

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

Late Fee Moratorium 
The Boston Public Library is extending its moratorium on assessing late fines through the end of the year. The BPL instituted the moratorium in March in the wake of the pandemic, originally planning to reinstate fines in September, but has decided to continue the practice in the coming months. This extension applies to all adult library cardholders at all BPL branches. Patrons across the library system under the age of 18 are already exempt from late fines.  Read more about it here.

New WiFi Hotspots
The Boston Public Library has invested in new wifi hotspots that can be checked out from the library. If you do not have internet access at home you can check out a hotspot for three weeks. The hotspots have unlimited data and can support up to 15 devices. You can place a hold on a hotspot online or by calling your closest library branch. Since the Roslindale branch is closed for construction, you can place a hold to pick up a hotspot at Jamaica Plain (617) 524-2053 or West Roxbury (617) 325-3147, or any other branch that is convenient.

BPL Anti-Racist Working Group
Our children's librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri is part of an informal anti-racist working group that has been working with BPL President David Leonard to reflect on the library’s role and take action for racial justice. The group worked with Leonard on early drafts of the BPL’s Racial Equity Commitment and Action Plan, which is now published on the BPL website. They have also purchased Black Lives Matter signs and displayed them at all the open BPL branches (Because of the construction at the Roslindale Branch, there isn't any space to display a sign at our branch). The Library administration has gotten some negative feedback regarding the signs, but they continue to stand with their Black colleagues and the communities they serve. The BPL administration and City Hall would welcome messages of support as well.

The Friends of Roslindale Library has also been working on these equity issues for the last four years through our Race and Inclusion initiative, which plans educational events, discussions, and presentations related to race, ethnicity, religion, and culture.  All of these events are nonpartisan and we welcome everyone to attend, regardless of race, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, political affiliation, or ideological differences! Check out our upcoming events at the Race and Inclusion group page.

Online Rozzie Reads One Book!
Little Fires Everywhere
Sund, October 18, 3 PM

On your mark, get set, go! And we’re off to Roslindale’s third Community Read, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng! The Roslindale Library is closed for renovation and most of us are staying close to home but the goals of reading a book together are to get our neighborhood talking and communicating with each other and we can still do this.  Little Fires Everywhere is a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who unexpectedly disrupt their lives.  It was also made into a Hulu series recently starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

RSVP for this event at roslindalelibraryfriends@gmail.com with "Rozzie Reads One Book" in the subject line by October 16. Two attendees will win a book of their choice worth up to $25 from FORL partner, Rozzie Bound!

How To Get The Book:

1. Borrow the Book - We purchased copies of the book and the JP Branch is holding 10 copies just for this event, where you can borrow one, without an appointment, during these weekday hours: Mon-Thurs: 2-5:30 and Fridays 1-4:30. To pick up a book, patrons should call the posted number when you get to the front door of the branch.  You can just give the title and staff will know where to find the books.  If anyone can't make the preferred afternoon times, they can come on weekday mornings after 10 am.  There is a long waitlist for the ebook on bpl.org.

2. Roslindale Community Library Network - We purchased 20 copies of the book and placed them in little libraries around the neighborhood.  You can find your nearest little library with our map.  Also, if you have a copy you don’t need anymore, please consider passing it along to a little library near you.

3. Rozzie Bound - You can purchase the book in many formats at our local independent bookstore, Rozzie Bound!  It is also listed on their Racial Justice bookshelf, where 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.quity issues for the last four years through our Race and Inclusion initiative, which plans educational events, discussions, and presentations related to race, ethnicity, religion, and culture.  All of these events are nonpartisan and we welcome everyone to attend, regardless of race, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, political affiliation, or ideological differences! Check out our upcoming events at the Race and Inclusion group page.

Kids Activists Book Club
Saturdays, 4 PM

The Activist Kids Book Club will continue to meet on Saturdays at 4 PM throughout the month. To date, the book club has talked about Black Lives Matter, income inequality, the labor movement, and met 12-year-old drag kid and LGBTQ rights advocate Desmond is Amazing. Children’s librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri has been impressed with the participants' eagerness to engage with the topics each week, and the depths of the conversations we have had. In October we will talk about democracy, environmental justice, and feminism. There will be no Activist Kids Book Club on Saturday, October 31.  By parent request, families only need to register once for the book club rather than registering separately every week. Interested families can register here.

Online Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Thursday, October 22, 7 PM

Join Rozzie Reads Poetry on Zoom for our October 22nd event at 7:00 pm. Featured readers are Eileen Cleary and Yves Mary Jean. Poets can sign up for the open mic, too. Get on the list for a Zoom link by contacting hguran@aol.com.

Preschool Storytimes
Tuesdays, 4:30 PM

Children’s librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri continues to hold Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 on Zoom every Tuesday at 4:30. During storytime, we read two or three books, sing songs, and do fingerplays that support early literacy skills. Preschool storytime is part of the Boston Public Library’s Future Readers Club, which encourages caregivers to sing, read, and talk with their little ones from birth on. You can register for the club, download an app to track books, and more on the future readers club website. Can you read 1,000 books with your child from birth to kindergarten?

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion:
So You Want To Talk About Race
Saturdays, November 7, 14, and 21

9:15 - 11 AM (Morning) or 2 - 3:45 PM (Afternoon)
We will discuss Ijeoma Oluo's book, So You Want To Talk About Race. Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life. The discussion will happen on Zoom and will be led by local educator Josh Frank.  You can get the book from bpl.org (which has a very LONG waitlist) or an online bookstore like Rozzie Bound, which will be donating ALL sales from this book to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Dorchester-based nonprofit that serves as "a center of healing, teaching, and learning for family and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss."  As a matter of fact, Rozzie Bound will donate all its proceeds from its "Racial Justice Bookshelf" to the Peace Institute. You can find the virtual shelf here: https://bookshop.org/shop/rozziebound.

Because this is a very popular book, we will have two sessions with 20 participants each on the three dates.  Times: Morning session at 9:15-11 AM and an afternoon session at 2 -3:45 PM.

To register, please email JP Branch librarian Laura Pattison at jamaicaplain@bpl.org.  Please write "Ijeoma Oluo Book Discussion" in the subject line when you RSVP.

  • You only need to register once for all three dates, even if you think you might miss a date.
  • Please choose the morning or afternoon time, and you will be registered for that same time for each date.
  • Laura will register the first 40 people, 20 each for the morning and afternoon groups.  You will get an email if you are registered.  If you do not get an email from Laura, please assume that you are not registered.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library.

Hispanic Heritage Month Continues!
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends on October 15, the latest offering on our virtual bookshelf at Rozzie Bound features books by Latinx authors or have Latinx characters for adults, teens, and children.  The Friends will receive 20 percent of sale proceeds.  Buy some books here: https://bookshop.org/shop/rozziebound

Our children's librarian Celeste has also put together booklists featuring Latinx characters for kids and teens that you can borrow from the BPL.

Virtual Homework Assistance Program
The Boston Public Library’s Homework Assistance Program has gone virtual this year. Students in grades K-8 can meet with high achieving high school students on Zoom to get help with school assignments. There are four different Zoom rooms for different areas of the city. Roslindale is in Zoom 3. The Homework Assistant Program can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet, or telephone.

Buy Bulbs, Support The Friends
We are fundraising with Dutch Mill Bulbs to earn money for art and other enhancements to 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
https://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/shop/?affiliates=friendsofroslindalebranch and you’ll be directed to our custom page. 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 as gifts to other addresses. Please place your order by October 30. Orders will begin shipping September 15.


Online Resource Highlight: Art & Architecture Virtual Booklet

Boston Public Library is pleased to announce the creation of an expansive new booklet celebrating the art, architecture, and built heritage of the Central Library in Copley Square. We invite visitors near and far to virtually explore this National Historical Landmark and learn more about the BPL’s stunning spaces and world-class library services.

Generously sponsored by Bank of America, the virtual booklet is now available here, and free printed copies will be offered once the library reopens to general visitation. We hope that patrons will enjoy this fresh look into the built treasures that the public can be proud to call their own.

Go to: https://apps.bpl.org/tourbooklet/

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 to 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 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!

Do Your Census!
The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that the response collection will conclude SOON!  The U.S. Census Bureau is urging residents to complete the Census online or over the phone to lessen the need for in-person, door-to-door outreach while the country grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.  It’s available in 13 languages at my2020census.gov or by calling (844) 330-2020. Additional toll-free numbers in other languages can be found online.  If you already received a mailer, it contains a Census ID number you can use to log in online, which the Census Bureau recommends as the fastest method. You can still respond online even if you haven’t received the number or lost it.  It takes only ten minutes to do and can be done while social distancing at home!   The Census not only supports community resources you depend on like the public library but also public health initiatives and regulations.

The BPL is offering limited pickup services for physical library materials at most branches when put on hold.  Library cardholders — including e-card holders — will be able to safely pick up their items much like picking up takeout from a restaurant, and return items using designated bins.  No other physical services at the library will be available, but branches will continue to offer a wide range of online programming and resources.

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 OverDriveKanopy, 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 ask@bpl.org.   Please leave your gently-used donated books in any little library in the Roslindale Community Library Network.

Computer Access at the BPL
Mayor Walsh and the Boston Public Library launched two new initiatives designed to help bridge the digital equity gap in the City of Boston. The Public Computer Access program will allow residents to sign up for a two-hour appointment to use library computers in a socially distanced space within the Central Library in Copley Square. The Outdoor Wi-Fi Program provides 24-hour outdoor internet access at nine BPL branch locations across the city, allowing users to socially distance while accessing the Internet for free.

Museum Passes
The Boston Public Library also announced it is reinstating a version of the Museum Passes program, granting BPL patrons access to free and discounted passes to Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions. As museums continue to open in Phase Three of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan, the library will add more institutions to the program. For more information on COVID-19 safety requirements when visiting these organizations, patrons can call or visit their websites directly.  

Printing To Go
Printing To Go, a free print-on-demand service is now available at all BPL branches not currently under construction.  Patrons can upload documents they need to be printed by filling out a form at bpl.org/printing-to-go, selecting their location, and picking up their print jobs 72 hours later at the branches, or 24 hours later at the Central Library in Copley Square. Printed items can be picked up during branch hours of operation, a reservation is not needed.  The service is limited to 10 pages per patron per day. Documents will be printed in black and white, single-sided, on 8.5" x 11" paper, and should not include personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or other similar information. Print requests must comply with the Library’s Internet Use Procedures and Guidelines.

Books of the Month

Each month we feature themed booklists grouped for adults, teenagers/young adults, and children, and can be borrowed as an ebook from bpl.org!

Highlighting Intellectual Diversity
Someone on our email list asked us to feature more books by conservative and libertarian authors.  We created a list featuring all of the emailer's suggested books, as well as our suggestions.  Please email us at roslindalelibraryfriends@gmail.com if you would like to add your own book suggestions.

Books about Gothic Horror
So, Halloween looks very different this year! Even if you don't get to go trick or treating or put on your costume, check out our updated list of books featuring the best in gothic horror, as well as Halloween and Day of the Dead.

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 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!

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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