Even though libraries aren't open for in-person services, that doesn't mean the Jamaica Plain Branch Library doesn't have things to offer patrons. For all you gardeners, the Jamaica Plain Branch Library is offering free "Resilient Garden Kits," seed kits for people in the community. The kits include seeds for plants like radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce, peas, sunflowers, parsley, cilantro, and more. The project began last year at the Egleston Square Branch Library and will continue at a number of other BPL locations including Jamaica Plain, Egleston Square, Codman Square, Parker Hill, Mattapan, South End, South Boston, and East Boston, according to the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library newsletter. Seed kits will be picked up during pick up hours, using the same contactless pickup method as for other items. Please check the JP Branch Library Facebook page for an update about when seed kits will be available to pick up.
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.
Live from the Mermaid's Tavern will be a virtual concert and fundraiser for the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library on May 28. The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society are hosting the concert that will feature intimate solo performances, creative digital collaborations, clips from the GH&CS YouTube channel, and live commentary celebrating the band's annual reunion. All donations go to benefit the Jamaica Plain Public Library. The event will take place on May 28th at 7:30 pm. The concert is free, but a suggested $5 per person online donation is welcome.
One thing is for sure, children love author Mo Willems in Jamaica Plain. Incredibly Willems had the 10 most popular kids books in terms of circulation for the JP Library Branch. The following lists were provided by the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. The following are the top 10 most borrowed children's books, all by Willems.
Should I share my ice cream? My new friend is so fun!