The Boston Public Library compiled their top 10 list of books checked out in 2021 throughout the entire BPL system, as well as individual branches. And one author dominated both Jamaica Plain branch libraries. Children's book author Mo Willems continues to dominate the JP branches. In 2019, Willems' books took all 10 spots on the children's book list. In 2021, Willems was in the overall top 10 lists, which included adult and children's books.
Enjoy an outdoor Halloween Festival complete with games, activities, free food and more for the whole family on October 31 at the Connolly Branch Library. The event is hosted by the Hyde Square Task Force and the Connolly Branch Library, and will also include photo booths, and arts & crafts. The event will be from 2 to 5 pm on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St.). Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Hand sanitizer will be provided at each station.
The Boston Public Copley Library opens on June 1, and all branch libraries (not under construction) will be reopening on June 14. Beginning on June 1, patrons will be able to browse select books in the Copley Library building, and patrons will also be able to ask staff to pull books on demand. Patrons will be able to pick up holds, check out books and DVDs. Patrons will also be able to spend time in the courtyard, renew their library cards, use public computers, print, and make photocopies. Starting June 14 branch library visitors will be able to pick up holds, check out books, spend time browsing, use the library’s computers for limited time slots, print and make photocopies.
As you might expect, the pandemic has led to a large increase in Boston Public Library e-card signups, and the Black Lives Matter protests led to a huge increase of requests for the most popular anti-racism titles. "During the [Black Lives Matter] protests in June, we saw over a 500% increase in checkouts and holds on the most popular anti-racism titles including White Fragility, So You Want to Talk about Race, Between the World and Me, The New Jim Crow, and more," said Natasha Fee, Senior Public Relations Associate for the Boston Public Library. In the two weeks following the first June protests more than 1,200 BPL patrons requested ebooks of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, and How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. And hey, Kendi recently stopped by Jamaica Plain's bookstore Papercuts J.P. when he happened to be walking by the South Street store. "We’ve continued to see a steady interest in these items and have been purchasing additional copies of in demand titles (for kids and adults) to meet the demand," said Fee.
The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library are hosting an event on April 8 for people to learn more about the Friends, the library and meet the new library staff. Meeting attendees will be provided information about how to become more involved with Friends of the Connolly Library, which is sponsoring the event. The meeting will be on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 pm at the Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.). Light refreshments will be served. This meeting is free and open to the public.