‘BPL to Go’ Launches at Jamaica Plain Branch Library

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library is one of the five branch libraries that will participate in the initial BPL to Go program, which will allow people to pick up physical items such as books, DVDs, and CDs. BPL to Go launched at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library on June 22. "We are so glad to return this first in-person service to our patrons, to complement the online services we have rolled out since we closed in March," said David Leonard, BPL President.  "For several weeks, we have been planning how to safely return to in-person service; after evaluating recommendations from experts and learning from peer libraries across the country, we have a program that will allow us to place some of our collections back into circulation." The first five locations participating in the program re the Central Library in Copley Square, the Codman Square Branch, the East Boston Branch, the Jamaica Plain Branch, and the Mattapan Branch. BPL hopes the program will be expanded throughout the system in the coming weeks.


Tropical Fiesta at the Library!

Join the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library in shaking off the end-of-winter blues at our annual Tropical Fiesta! We will cast off Winter and welcome the coming of Spring with delicious food (Coco Verde Vegan) combined with some delicious live music (Jefferey Clayton from the Pan Neubean Steel Band).

Jamaica Plain Collage Artist Marnie Jain’s Exhibit Opens at JP Library March 6

Jamaica Plain artist Marnie Jain's In Close Proximity art exhibit is opening at the JP Library on March 6. Jain is known for her delightful collage compositions featuring rabbits, frogs, birds, and snakes hidden among flowers and forest greenery, according to a press release. She uses bright colors to create playful, textured, and often enlightening works of art. In Close Proximity highlights insects, reptiles, and animals that live in Jamaica Plain, and she includes some imaginary creatures, too. “This show is a recognition that there is more to our environment and neighborhood than we visibly see, that the natural world is abundant with co-existing species, and that all of it holds beauty,” said Jain.


New Library Photo Exhibition Highlights Jamaica Plain Neighborhoods

Photos in the most recent art exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library may look familiar, as Robin Radin's "The Nearness of Us" features JP neighborhoods. JP resident Radin presents our neighborhood's parks, streets, train stations, and other public spaces while using stark black and white images. “My work examines the intricacies of human relations: a visual acknowledgement that we are both together as community and family, and alone, as individuals,” said Radin. In her exhibit, Radin observes the relationships of relatives, friends, partners, and their surrounding environment. She utilized quiet moments occurring within the more frenetic experience of city life.


‘Always on the Camino’ Exhibit at Jamaica Plain Branch Library

The latest art exhibit at the JP Branch Library is based on a resident's 500-mile pilgrimage leading to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in Spain. Andrew Stearns' Always on the Camino is the last exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for 2019. This is the newest exhibit as part of a rotating art program by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, in partnership with Uforge. Stearns is a Jamaica Plain-based printmaker with a BFA in Printmaking and History of Art from MassArt.