Doyle’s Cafe Lives…Online Through Image Gallery

While locals work to establish Doyle's Cafe as a historic landmark, a new online digital gallery debuted displaying the many items that once decorated the walls of the beloved restaurant. The Boston Public Library, Digital Commonwealth, and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society worked together to launch the new online collection. During the November 6th auction of many things, including the memorabilia on the walls, the fixtures, kitchen equipment and more, dozens of Doyle's regulars worked with the BPL to create the online collection. Buyers agreed to loan their items to the BPL, where they were digitized in the library’s on-site digitization lab. “Digitizing the history of Doyle’s was an easy choice for the library,” said Tom Blake, Director of Content Discovery at the Boston Public Library via press release.

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Boston Public Library Eliminates All Youth Card Fines

Wanting to remove barriers and access to the Boston Public Library system, the BPL Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate overdue fines for all youth younger than 18. “We are proud to be joining the ranks of libraries across the country who are moving towards being fine-free,” said BPL President David Leonard via press release. “Too often, fines penalize those least able to afford them and have the unintended effect of turning young people, in particular, away from their libraries. That’s just not what ‘Free To All’ should mean in the 21st century. Eliminating youth fines reflects core values of the BPL -- to be accessible, to be welcoming, and to ensure we are promoting youth reading, not preventing it.”

The BPL joins a growing number of public libraries, albeit only five percent of public libraries according to a Library Journey survey, that do not charge late fines for youth.

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A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Classes

If you haven’t heard of the African heritage diet, it’s time you introduced yourself. Learn all about the traditional foods of the African diaspora in Oldways’ A Taste of African Heritage classes, coming to the Egleston Branch of the BPL in February. In this Oldways-created cooking class, you’ll learn how to prepare the spices and herbs, leafy greens, whole grains, beans, tubers, fruits, and vegetables that have sustained Africans and their descendants for generations. At the end of the six-week series, you’ll be armed with information and recipes that will allow you to bring the African heritage diet into your own kitchen. The class is free of charge, and will meet Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., from February 10 to March 17.

JPNC Fixit Clinic

Come join your neighbors at this free event. You bring your broken items, and we’ll provide the tools and volunteer coaches with expertise fixing a wide variety of things, including:

Bikes and skateboards

Clothing and fabric items

Computers and phones

Toys and wooden items

Small kitchen appliances

Small electrical devices

Jewelry

Lamps and anything else!*
Pre-register at http://goo.gl/qTzh9J

* Carry in only: no oversized items. Also, no firearms, gasoline engines, or other dangerous items.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Fixit Coach, please contact jpnc.fixitclinic@gmail.com

Fixit Clinic is an all-ages, do-it-together activity where people bring their broken household things and learn how to assess, disassemble, and repair them instead of sending them to landfill. For more information, go to www.fixitclinic.org.