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

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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Annual Holiday Party
Dec
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Book Sale
Dec
9
10:00am10:00am

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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Clutter Control Workshop
Jan
6
2:00pm 2:00pm

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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First Tuesday Fundraiser
Oct
3
5:30pm 5:30pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
5:30pm 5:30pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Official Public Reopening of the JP Branch
May
20
11:00am11:00am

Official Public Reopening of the JP Branch

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Walsh will happen at 11:00 am. All are welcome to attend.

The JP Branch staff are planning kids' crafts, face painting, performances by The Jamaica Plain Honk Band, JP Jubilee, and Grooversity!  The Friends will be providing cake!

The renovation features a 700-square foot addition facing South Street that will serve as a community reading lounge; a terrace along Sedgwick Street where residents can read and mingle; multiple meeting spaces; improved and more flexible space for children, teens and adults; and a refreshed collection of 30,000 items. Technology improvements include 15 new desktop and 20 laptop computers, free WiFi, additional self-checkout stations, and creativity software in the new digital maker-space. Other features include an elevator for full ADA accessibility to all levels, new and more efficient mechanical systems, parking for over 20 bikes, and new exterior landscaping. The 21 month renovation cost $10 million.

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Mar
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Percent for Art Community Meeting

The Mayor has established a new Percent for Art program for the City of Boston, and the first proposed project is associated with the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch! This new program will bring public art to Boston's neighborhoods via capital improvement projects. This meeting is the first in a series and will be used to gather input from community stakeholders. That way, the City can use that information when they draft the Request for Proposals (RFP) that will go out to artists.

Please attend this meeting and let your voice be heard about what art will decorate the exterior spaces of our renovated JP Branch Library!

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