October 2021 Library News and Events

October 1, 2021

October 2021 Library News & Events

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

BPL Library Reopening!
All branch libraries not currently under reconstruction are now open for in-person services. All reopening plans follow the latest city and state public health guidance. While there will be no capacity limits or social distancing required, patrons using the library buildings will still need to wear masks since the library serves vulnerable populations and children who cannot yet be vaccinated. For more information, see https://www.bpl.org/news/reopening/.

BPL COVID-19 Resources
Looking for reliable information about COVID vaccines? The BPL has put together a resource guide to help answer your questions.

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.  Orders will begin shipping on September 15.

Roslindale Library Program Survey
The Roslindale Branch is scheduled to reopen in the fall with a new head librarian. The Friends plan on collaborating with staff to bring a robust series of programs to the new space, and we are looking for community input about what types of programs would interest you. Please check any topic that would be of interest, indicate whether your interest is for adults or youth, and feel free to provide more details or other suggestions here.

Hispanic Heritage Month Ends October 15
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, 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 50 percent of sale proceeds.  Buy some books here: https://bookshop.org/shop/rozziebound

BIPOC Author Preorders
As part of the ongoing conversation about improving equity in the publishing industry, we have worked with Rozzie Bound to create a virtual shelf featuring upcoming books by authors of color that you can preorder now.  By preordering, you help drive up sales and possible placement on bestseller lists and help make publishers pay attention to and better support and uplift authors of color and their readership.  The shelf currently lists a number of books from different genres coming out this fall and early winter and will be updated regularly.  Some books of note coming out soon include Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo (Oct 5), Until I Am Free by Keisha Blain, Shelf Life by Nadia Wassef (Oct 5), and Dear Memory by Victoria Chang (Oct 12). You can also ask the BPL to purchase these books. Learn more about library purchasing here.

Family Book Discussion: We are Grateful: Ostaliheliga by Traci Sorell
Wednesday, October 20, 4:30 PM

Children and caregivers are invited to join the BPL’s discussion of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, a picture book that follows a Cherokee family and their tribal nation through the year as they express thanks for celebrations big and small. The discussion will be followed by a craft activity using materials that can be found at home. This Community Read book discussion is a part of Reading Together, the Boston Public Library's Yearlong Reading Challenge. You do not need to be participating in the Reading Together challenge in order to take part in this book group, but we urge you to join! You can learn about the different monthly challenges, get recommendations for books to read, and find other ways to connect with your reading community at bpl.org/yearlong.

Online Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic on Zoom
Thursday, October 21, 7 PM

Featured readers:  Krysten Hill and Christine Tierney
For Zoom link, contact hguran@aol.com

BPL at the Roslindale Village Farmer's Market
Saturday, October 23, 9 AM - 1:30 PM

Join branch librarian Jennifer Hawes, children’s librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri, and the Friends of the Library at the Farmers Market. The Roslindale Library will have a table with information about library programs, library card sign-ups, and a children’s book giveaway and swap. Bring gently used children’s books to swap for new reading material. At 11 AM, join Miss Celeste in the children’s entertainment area for storytelling. Costumes are encouraged!

Online ‘Dia de Los Muertos’ DIY Altar Building and Music Workshop
Saturday, October 30, 11 AM - 12 Noon

Join Roslaba Solis from La Piñata for a virtual Día de los muertos/ Day of the Dead celebration on Zoom. Participants will get a custom Zoom background, interactive padlet, and more. We will recognize the indigenous peoples of America who are still here and are an essential voice in Hispanic culture and their quintessential celebrations like Dia de Los Muertos. This program will include a DIY altar-building workshop and interactive traditional Meso-American music where participants will be taught how to sing and play Meso-American music and rhythms. Participants will be invited to use commonplace home goods to put together “ofrendas.”  Register for this event hereThis event is co-sponsored by the Roslindale Village Main Street.

Preschool Storytime Reads the Alphabet
Tuesdays, 4:30 PM

Join Children’s Librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri on zoom for Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5. Each week we will read 2-3 stories and do songs and fingerplays to build early literacy skills.  Please go to https://tinyurl.com/BPL-Preschool to register. Registering once will sign you up for the whole series so you do not need to register every week. Preschool Storytime and Bouncing Babies are both parts of the BPL’s Future Readers Club program.

Bouncing Babies in Adams Park
Tuesdays, 10 AM

Join Children’s Librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri at Adams Park for Bouncing Babies storytime for ages birth to two. Miss Celeste will share stories, rhymes, and fingerplays designed to help build early literacy skills. Bring a mat or blanket to sit on. Miss Celeste will also have some yoga mats for seating, but as the program is popular she often runs out. In the event of rain, the program will be canceled. Follow the Roslindale Library on Facebook for up-to-date information about whether or not storytime is canceled.

Future Readers Club
The Future Readers Club is for children ages birth to kindergarten and their caregivers, a club to support reading aloud to the very youngest children with a goal of reading 1000 books together before the child begins kindergarten. The Club includes programming like Preschool Storytime and Bouncing babies as well as an app to track the books you are reading with your little one and opportunities to receive free books to keep. We want your help to make the Future Readers Club even better! Please respond to our survey as we plan FRC programming for the fall and beyond. More info: bpl.org/future-readers-club.

Children’s Book Bundles
Roslindale Children’s Librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri and Jamaica Plain Children’s Librarian Barbara Rhodes are working together to create custom book bundles for kids to pick up at the Jamaica Plain library. We know it is hard to know what books to choose for your kids without browsing the shelves. Since the library buildings will remain closed for the time being due to escalating COVID cases in the city, book bundles are the next best thing to browsing! Fill out one of our request forms, or email the information to jamaicaplain@bpl.org, and we will prepare a stack of books just for your kid!

After-hours Book Drops Are Now Open
While the Roslindale Book drop is still unavailable due to the ongoing construction, the after-hours book drops at the other city branches are now open. You can return books at your convenience.

Attention Local Authors!
Do you have a book coming out in 2021 or 2022? Please keep us updated so that we can share the news with Rozzie residents in our newsletter and ask our partner at Rozzie Bound to link to the book online. Rozzie Bound generously shares a portion of sales with the Friends. Email us at roslindalelibraryfriends@gmail.com the book title, author, format, ISBN, and a brief description.

Volunteer Restockers Needed
The Roslindale Community Library network needs some volunteers to keep some of our business and home-based little libraries stocked.  You can take responsibility for one or more.  It involves checking every few weeks and picking up and delivering books as needed.

Calling all newly installed little library owners!  
The Friends maintains a map of available little libraries in Roslindale and if you recently installed your own, you may not be on it.  If you would like to be listed, please email your address to info@friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.

Little Library Program at the Food Pantry Seeks Volunteers
Since early January, the Friends have been setting up a Little Library at the Roslindale Food Pantry.  The Pantry runs out of the Congregational Church (25 Cummins Highway) from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. every Saturday.  The Pantry serves between 75 - 90 individuals/families every week.  Before the Pantry opens, our volunteers set up a portable bookshelf and stock it with adult, young adult, early reader, and children’s books.  The volunteer is responsible for returning to the church at 4:00 p.m. (at the close of the Pantry) to break down the Little Library and store the shelf and books.   If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please e-mail Laura Sitterley at lsitterley@gmail.com.  You do not need to commit to a certain number of Saturdays a month.  Thank you!


Makey Makey at the Farmers Market!

The Makey Makey demo table at the Roslindale Village Farmer's Market on September 12 went great! We made a piano out of some veggies and got lots of kids playing it. People were definitely interested in the idea of Makey Makey workshops at the library!

Seeing America Slowly

If you missed Alan Wright's great presentation on September 20, or want to rewatch it, here is the YouTube video.  Please share the link with others who are interested in cycling and climate change issues.

BPL Online Resource Highlight: MA RMV Driving Test

Whether you’re planning a fall foliage tour or a visit to the Berkshires, you’ll need a driver’s license, a motorcycle license, or a CDL. And the first step to getting it is to pass a written learner’s permit exam. Our practice tests include hundreds of questions based on the RMV manuals that resemble those on the official learner’s permit exams.

Enter the website here.

Business Donations!
Thanks to recent donations from Google, John Hancock, and Bain Capital, we can continue online programming during the pandemic.  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 roslindalelibraryfriends@gmail.com.

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 ESL Classes

The BPL offers various online courses for those learning English:

  • Beginner Class for Spanish Speakers, Fridays, 10:30-11:30 am
  • High Beginner/Elementary Class, Fridays, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Intermediate Class, Wednesdays, 1-2:15 pm
  • Advanced Class, Tuesdays, 1-2:15 pm
  • Reading and Discussion Class, Thursdays, 11 am-12:30 pm
  • Conversation Classes, Mondays, 3-4:15pm, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45pm, Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm, Fridays, 1-2:15pm

Students can register by emailing literacyservices@bpl.org or calling 617-859-2446. They also have an online ESL Singing Class with the Back Bay Chorale, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 pm, students can register at https://bbcboston.org/bridges/esl.  The BPL is partnering with St. Mark Community Education Program to offer online Citizenship classes. The classes have already started, but students can sign up for the waitlist at https://www.stmarksesol.org/copy-of-classes-resources.

BPL Reading Together
The Boston Public Library is launching Reading Together, a yearlong reading challenge for the year 2021. While many Bostonians remain isolated due to the global health emergency, Reading Together challenges BPL patrons to read a book each month that falls under a suggested theme. The themes were chosen to broaden perspectives and connect readers across the city throughout the year.  Readers of all ages and all language speakers are encouraged to participate in the yearlong challenge. Recommended booklists corresponding to the monthly themes are available for adults, teens, and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Readers are also welcome to choose their own books each month and to share their recommendations with others participating in the challenge.

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.

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!

Books about Portal Fantasy
Need to escape the real world for a little bit? Try a portal fantasy ebook! This subgenre of fantasy revolves around an everyday protagonist who is transported to a new world, usually by means of a magical portal such as a wardrobe or train station platform.

Books about Science Fiction
Dozens of books for adults, teens, and kids!

Gaiam Workout Videos
Learn yoga, Pilates, meditation, and more from home from this list. And no waitlist in sight!

Books about Black Lives Matter
Now and always, the Boston Public Library stands with the Black community. Check out one of these titles today to educate yourself about police brutality, anti-Black racism in the present day and throughout history, and the BLM movement.  None of these books have waitlists!

Words of Wisdom

“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.” - Langston Hughes

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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