Jamaica Plain Resident Named Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence

Jamaica Plain resident Lisa Rosinsky has been selected as the newest recipient of the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence fellowship. Rosinsky was selected as the 2016-2017 winner by a panel of judges, including authors, young-adult book editors and librarians. The judges read materials in a blind judging process, and selected Rosinsky based on the strength of her proposed young-adult novel. "My next book (the one I'm writing during my residency) is tentatively titled 'Robin & Mariana,' and it's a queer, modern-day Robin Hood retelling that is also a road trip novel," said Rosinsky to Jamaica Plain News. "Robin is a slam poet and she lives in Baltimore; Mariana is a high-school dropout in Berkeley.


Photos: Library Addition Makes Progress

Work continues on the long-sought renovation of the JP Branch of the Boston Public Library. Neighbors met with the city on Thursday to hear about the progress and discuss the hassles attendant to a big project being undertaken near the center of the neighborhood. We stopped by on Friday for a few photos of the construction. The Friends of the Library are also documenting the project. Its Facebook page is a good place to start to connect with the group.

Rendering of finished facade of JP Branch Library, as seen from South Street

Community Meeting Set on JP Branch Library Construction, Headaches

If you live or operate a business near the heavy construction zone that is the JP Branch Library, mark your calendar. The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library is holding a community meeting Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. at Curtis Hall, 20 South St., which adjoins the library site. City officials plan to deliver updates on construction progress and also on the attendant traffic and parking hassles. The library, long one of the busiest in the city's library system, is finally getting a massive makeover after many years of delays.


Jackson Square, Circa 1960

For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, we highlight an image of old JP. This nearly unrecognizable view of Jackson Square in about 1960 is from the photo collection of the Boston Public Library. Each weekday we post an image from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are three ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News

Put your photo in the Jamaica Plain News photo pool on Flickr


Throwback Thursday: Open Mic Night at Kilgarriff’s Café, 1976

For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, we highlight an image of old JP. Yep, open mics were a thing in 1976 too. This shot is from the Boston Public Library's extensive photo collection. Spencer Grant captured this at Kilgarriff's Café, which used to be at 131 Green St., next to the T.

In addition to the BPL's colleciton, the JP Historical Society's photo archive is a neighborhood treasure. Please visit it!