Holiday Book Sale
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Book Sale

A great way to start off your holiday shopping while also supporting the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.  We will offer gently used books and DVDs all with bargain rates (all items just $1 or $2).  Books for all ages and in every genre. 

Book dealers please note - we ask that you do not use scanners at this December book sale and we will restrict purchases to no more than 20 items at a time.

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Annual Meeting of the Friends of the JP Branch Library
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Annual Meeting of the Friends of the JP Branch Library

All members of the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library are invited to our annual meeting. The meeting will include a small business section and then we will have a concert by the Pat Loomis Trio.

Refreshments will be served. While this event serves as our annual meeting, all patrons of the JP Branch Library are welcome to attend.

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Annual Book Sale
May
11
to May 12

Annual Book Sale

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The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library host their annual book sale. A great way to feed your reading habits while also supporting the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. We will offer gently used books and DVDs all with bargain rates (all items just $1 or $2). Books for all ages and in every genre.

We will be open from 9:30 to 5:00 on both Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th. On Saturday from 4:00-5:00pm buy a bag for just $5 and take home all the items you can stuff into it!

Book dealers please note - we ask that you do not use scanners at our book sale and we will restrict purchases to no more than 50 items at a time.

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Annual Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society Concert
Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

Annual Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society Concert

The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society's annual benefit concert for the Friends of the JP Branch Library will feature a range of music to welcome spring at the JP Branch Library, including rousing Irish songs and tunes, boisterous maritime music, revivals from their long tradition of performances, original tunes, and some delightful surprises.   A $10 donation is requested.  Snacks will be on sale. The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society are a recipient of the City-Wide Friends of the BPL Inaugural BPL Benefactor Award and have been holding this annual fundraiser for more than 30 years - help them support the JP Plain Branch and treat yourself to a wonderful evening. Tickets are available beforehand using the button to the right - or you can always pay at the door.

Cannot attend but still want to contribute? Please use the Donate button on our website to send in a contribution. Thank you!

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Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society Documentary
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society Documentary

A screening of the documentary detailing the history of the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society from its beginnings in 1976 through 2017.

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Tropical Festival
Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Tropical Festival

Join us to shake off the end-of-winter blues at a Tropical Fiesta with a Puerto Rican theme.  Lots of delicious food will be on hand and there will be dancing with the youth from the Hyde Square Task Force.

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Clutter Control Workshop
Jan
6
2:00 PM14:00

Clutter Control Workshop

Did you make a new year's resolution to clean out some of your clutter? Dave Downs will present a fun-filled humorous program loaded with personal examples of his own love/hate relationship with STUFF!  He wants to address these questions: Why do Americans have too many possessions? How can we begin to resolve this problem?

After presenting several BIG reasons why we have so much STUFF, Dave shares original thoughts, practical tips, and easy to understand strategies that anyone can use to begin the process of change. This is an innovative, upbeat program that contains useful information that will help motivate you to control your clutter.

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Book Sale
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Book Sale

A great way to start off your holiday shopping while also supporting the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.  We will offer gently used books and DVDs all with bargain rates (all items just $1 or $2).  Books for all ages and in every genre. 

Book dealers please note - we ask that you do not use scanners at this December book sale and we will restrict purchases to no more than 20 items at a time.

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Annual Holiday Party
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Holiday Party

The Friends of the JP Branch Library invite everyone in the community to kick off the holiday season with a little food and some great entertainment.  We'll have a potluck - please bring an item to share - followed by a return performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra.  Back by popular demand!

All are welcome!

 

 

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Annual Meeting of the Friends of the JP Branch Library
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Meeting of the Friends of the JP Branch Library

All members of the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library are invited to our annual meeting.  In 2017, the Friends turn 65!  Help us celebrate this milestone (and relish it in our new renovated Branch building). The meeting will include a small business section and then we will have refreshments.  All this will be topped off by a wonderful musical performance by Reynaliz Herrera 'Ideas, not Theories"

IDEAS, NOT THEORIES Is a theatrical percussion show. The performance features original music which explores the use of unconventional instruments such as: bicycles, tap and body percussion, water, brushes, as well as traditional percussion instruments such as marimbas and drums. All of the musical works are linked together through a story line, physical comedy and original characters, making the complete performance a unique, quirky and creative artistic experience. 

While this event serves as our annual meeting, all patrons of the JP Branch Library are welcome to attend.

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First Tuesday Fundraiser
Oct
3
5:30 PM17:30

First Tuesday Fundraiser

Tres Gatos, Boston's first full-service restaurant, book and music store is holding a fundraiser for the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library!  A portion of all proceeds on the First Tuesday in October will be given to the Friends of the JP Branch.  So please come out on October 3rd to enjoy excellent food and drink...and bring your friends.

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Sep
14
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDs over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat:  all Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2.  All proceeds go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi! #TOTLatLGH

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Sep
7
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDs over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat:  all Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2.  All proceeds go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi! #TOTLatLGH

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Aug
31
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDs over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat:  all Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2 and all proceeds will go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi! #TOTLatLGH

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Aug
24
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDs over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat:  all Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2 and all proceeds will go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi! #TOTLatLGH

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Aug
17
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDs over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat:  all Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2 and all proceeds will go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi! #TOTLatLGH

(We need to leave early for a Board meeting!)

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Aug
10
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDS over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat: Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2 and all proceeds will go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi! #TOTLatLGH

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Aug
3
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDS over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat: Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2 and all proceeds will go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi! #TOTLatLGH

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Jul
27
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDS over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat: Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2 and all proceeds will go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi! #TOTLatLGH

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Jul
20
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDS over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat: Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2 and all proceeds will go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi!  #TOTLatLGHPlease note: we have to leave early due to a Friends of the JP Branch Library Board meeting.

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Opening Reception for Ikonoplastic
Jul
13
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Reception for Ikonoplastic

The second show in the new art gallery is by mixed media artist Cristina Rosa Nelson. Based in Jamaica Plain, Nelson combines her academic expertise in history and gender theory with her multicultural background through whimsical, multivalent collages and assemblages. She collects objects and paper ephemera incessantly, accumulating medical textbook pages, vintage illustrations, animal figurines, environmental detritus, and various thrifted bric-a-brac. These components are then brought together in two- and three-dimensional mixed media creations, each layered with characters and symbols at once familiar and strange. As the title suggests, Nelson considers her work iconoclastic, smashing together recognizable historical figures, fashion models, fantastical creatures, and traditional monuments with irreverence, critique, and at times a cheeky sense of humor. However, it is also plastic, open to many interpretations as each viewer brings their own experience, knowledge, and perspective to the work.

IKONOPLASTIC is on view from July 7 through August 31, 2017. This exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. 

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Jul
13
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDS over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat: Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2 and all proceeds will go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi!  #TOTLatLGH

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Jul
6
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDS over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat: Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2 and all proceeds will go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi!

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Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn
Jun
29
4:00 PM16:00

Book/DVD mini-sale at Thursdays on the Lawn

The Friends will bring a random assortment of used books (children's, young adults, adult fiction and non-fiction) along with DVDS over to the Thursdays on the Lawn event to sell. Our prices cannot be beat: Children/YA Books $1, Soft Cover $1, Hard Cover $2, DVDs $2 and all proceeds will go to supporting the JP Branch Library.  Stop by to check out our selection and say hi!

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Annual Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society Concert
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Annual Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society Concert

The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society's annual benefit concert for the Friends of the JP Branch Library will feature a range of music to welcome the new chapter of the JP Branch Library, including rousing Irish songs and tunes, boisterous maritime music, revivals from their long tradition of performances, original tunes, and some delightful surprises.   A $10 donation is requested.  Snacks will be on sale. The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society are a recipient of the City-Wide Friends of the BPL Inaugural BPL Benefactor Award and have been holding this annual fundraiser for more than 30 years - help them support the JP Plain Branch and treat yourself to a wonderful evening. Tickets are available beforehand using the link to the right.

Cannot attend but still want to contribute? Please use the Donate button on our website to send in a contribution. Thank you!

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Public Reception
Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Public Reception

Steven Edson |  Road Paint

Public reception to celebrate the premier exhibition in the new art gallery space.  The show will be up from May 5th to June 30th.

Steven Edson is a photographer based in Belmont with a keen eye for detail and fondness for pattern and texture. Edson captures abstract selections of paint found on city streets, boiling them down to an essence of line, shape, and color. His works make the familiar suddenly unfamiliar, reframing pavement traversed unnoticed by so many pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers every day.  Each photograph carries multiple levels of interpretation, whether viewed literally, figuratively, or abstractly.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. 

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