September 2020 Library News and Events

September 1, 2020

September 2020 Library News & Events

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Computer Access at the BPL

Mayor Walsh and the Boston Public Library announced last week that 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.

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 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.

Kids Activists Book Club
Starting September 5

Calling all kids interested in working to make the world a better place! We are kicking off a new Kid Activist Book Club on Saturday afternoons at 4 PM starting on September 5. We will kick off the club with a special visit from activist and author Innosanto Nagara. We will read A is for Activist and talk about what it means to be an activist.  Through the 26-week Activist Kids Book Club, we will focus on a different page in A is for Activist, read other picture books about the issues and movements discussed in the book, learn about kid activists throughout history and today, and talk about what we can do to make our world a little more just for everyone. This group is best for kids ages 6 and up.

Register for September 5:
Register for September 12:
Register for September 19:
Register for September 26:

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion:
Stamped From The Beginning
Saturdays, September 12, 19 & 26
9:15 - 11 AM (Morning) or 2 - 3:45 PM (Afternoon)

We will discuss Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.  The discussion will happen on Zoom and will be led by local educator Josh Frank.  You can get the book from (which has a very LONG waitlist) or an online bookstore like Rozzie Bound, which will be donating sales from this books 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:

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  Please write "Kendi"
as the first word of 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.

Online Community Conversation
with City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo
Wednesday, September 23, 7 PM

Councilor Arroyo will join us for a wide-ranging discussion on issues affecting our community and the nation, including COVID-19, racial injustice, the 2020 Census, and how to make the public library more equitable.  To RSVP, email with "Arroyo Discussion" in the subject line.  Also, please email us your questions that you want him to address during the discussion by September 21.  We will send out the Zoom link to those who reserved the week of the discussion.

Online Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic Zoom Reading
Thursday, September 17, 7:00 PM

Featured Readers: Deana Tavares and Ed Meek. To sign up contact

Preschool Storytimes, Tuesdays, 4:30 PM
Our children's librarian Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri will be continuing her preschool Zoom storytime through the summer. Storytime is at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays. Register on our website to get the zoom link! And if you are keeping track of the Future Readers Club, the books read during this program can be added to your tally. Register for Preschool Storytime here.

Hispanic Heritage Month starts September 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 20 percent of sale proceeds.  Buy some books here:

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

Rozzie Reads One Book!
We recently solicited votes for our Rozzie Reads One Book celebration and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng was selected for our community-wide discussion this fall.  Some of you may have enjoyed it already as it has been a number one New York Times bestseller and there was a recent Hulu miniseries that garnered very positive reviews.   If you would like to be involved in the planning of our One Book celebration and discussion, please write to

Future Readers Club
The Boston Public Library Future Reader’s Club is now live and active! The Future Readers club is for children from birth to age five and their caregivers to support reading aloud to the youngest of children. The Future Readers Club is part of the 1,000 books before kindergarten. Check out the Future Readers Club website ( to download an app to track your reading, read blog posts on early literacy, find suggested book lists, and see upcoming Future Readers Club programs.

Remote Resources for Families and Youth
The children’s librarians across the BPL have been working hard to compile information and resources for families with children at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Remote Resources for Families and Youth libguide includes tips for talking to kids about Covid-19, lists of ebooks for children and teens available through the BPL, DIY storytimes, links to special read aloud and draw along with children’s authors and illustrators, and more. The DIY storytimes include links to YouTube videos of favorite storytime songs as well as links to specific picture book ebooks to check out from the library. The guide will continue to grow so check back frequently!

Ebooks for kids ready for chapter books
Celeste created a booklist of chapter books available as ebooks through the library. These books are great for second and third graders who are starting to read chapter books independently, but also make a fun read-aloud for the whole family.

Renovation Update
Here are some photos of the ceiling opened up, a view towards the door, and a view of the former community room space.

Online Resource Highlight: LearningExpress Library

Test preparation materials and practice exams for K-12 subjects, high school equivalency, college, and graduate admissions, military, U.S. citizenship, and professional licensing and certification exams. Includes the Job & Career Accelerator to help you achieve your career goals.

Go to:

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 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 on September 30.  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 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. The BPL is waiving all late fines for all materials until today, September 1.

Online Resources at 
There are many ways to use the Boston Public Library during this period. You can sign up for a BPL library card at 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 with your eCard or physical library card.  The BPL is also offering a full listing of online services.  Send your questions to   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 as an ebook from!

Banned Books Week 2020
The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week, which takes place this year September 27 - October 3.  Here are the top ten most challenged books as reported in the media and submitted to ALA by librarians and teachers across the country in 2019.

Words of Wisdom

Though we tremble before uncertain futures, may we meet illness, death, and adversity with strength. May we dance in the face of our fears. – Gloria Anzaldúa

Sharing is Caring
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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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