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433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

May 2014

JP Music Festival instrument-making workshop for kids

May 31, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The JP Music Festival is holding an event for kids between 4-12 years of age on Saturday, May 31 at 10:00am - 11:30am at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library at 433 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. The JP Music Festival has joined forces with Jaymz Purtle and Spontaneous Celebrations for a kid’s instrument making workshop, a drum circle, snacks, and a sing along performance of songs by The Beatles with Ricky McLean and Tom Appleman. We…

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June 2014

Cuba Photography Slide Show

June 7, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

Cuba is an endlessly fascinating place with its revolutionary history, breathtaking beauty, classic cars, and colonial architecture. Art galleries are filled with exciting contemporary art that rivals those found in London and New York. Art festivals host internationally renowned ballerinas, musicians and actors. Come view a slide show of photographs by Jamaica Plain photographer, Charlie Rosenberg, who recently returned from his fourth trip to the island nation of Cuba. Free and open to the public Saturday, June 7 Noon to…

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April 2015

JP Reads Song of Achilles Book Discussion Group

April 6, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join us to discuss Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Copies of the book are available to borrow at the library and also for purchase at Tres Gatos and Papercuts J.P. All welcome!

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Traditional Greek Music Concert with Revma

April 13, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Come hear Revma play soulful and lively traditional music from Greece's ancient mountain regions and islands with a touch of urban rebetika. Revma features Rohan Gregory (violin), Glenn Dickson (clarinet), Sandy Theodorou (vocals, accordion, laouto), John Mitaras (bouzouki), and Fabio Pirozzolo (vocals, percussion). This event is free and for all ages.  A JP Reads program.

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September 2015

Jamaica Plain and Roxbury Save Energy!

September 19, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Renters & Owners: Save Money by Saving Energy. Come to a Renew Boston workshop. Find out how you can qualify to get: Free light bulbs, power strips, and showerheads! Free advice on shrinking your electric and heat bills Energy-saving door prizes Light refreshments. Free and open to the public. Children welcome. To reserve your place or for more information, call Lourdes Lopez: 617-635-4189. Renew Boston is a partnership among the City of Boston, Eversource, National Grid, Mass Save and community…

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April 2016

Community Maps with Ed McCarthy

April 11, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is pleased to sponsor this program highlighting the Boston neighborhood maps of Ed McCarthy. Ed McCarthy is an amateur Boston historian, who is also an EMT working at Boston EMS for 24 years. Ed gathers historical information and crafts it into comprehensive detailed maps that tell the history of Boston's neighborhoods in different time periods. As he works his way through Boston's communities, he has come across many obscure and little-known facts which he enjoys…

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Annual Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society Fundraising Concert

April 23, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The annual fundraising concert of the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society for the Friends of the JP Branch Library will take place at our sister branch this year.  The GH&CS  brings a huge energy where ever they play with their Celtic jigs & reels, sea chanteys and colonial-era tunes.  This annual concert brings together members of the band from its over 45 year history to reconvene and revisit all their old favorites. A $10 donation is requested and light refreshments will be…

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July 2017

Three JP authors discuss writing and publishing

July 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Katie Bayerl, author of the young adult novel A Psalm for Lost Girls; Mindy Fried, author of Caring for Red: A Daughter's Memoir; and Beth Castrodale, author of the historical novel Marion Hatley will discuss their experiences with the writing process, getting published, and creating a life as a writer.

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September 2017

Story Walk

September 15, 2017 - September 29, 2017
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

As a part of Latino Heritage Month, participate in a neighborhood Story Walk! Start by picking up a map from the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library. Then use the map to follow the story Welcome to my Neighborhood: A Barrio ABC page by page through the neighborhood. Return the completed map to the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library or Hyde Square Task Force for a prize! The Story Walk is a collaboration between the Connolly Branch…

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Dreams of Chonta Workshop

September 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Join filmmaker Monica Cohen and musicians Isaac Matus and Juan Tello to learn about music from the Pacific Coast of Colombia and the story of Diego Obregon, an Afro-Colombian musician and undocumented immigrant who is willing to sacrifice everything for his dreams. Excerpts of the film Dreams of Chonta will be shown and participants will have the opportunity to touch and play traditional Colombian instruments.  Join us on September 18th from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Connolly Branch of the Boston…

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December 2017

Rediscovering Bromley Park: Jamaica Plain’s Working Class Garden Square and the Natural City

December 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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While green design and urban open space initiatives enjoy great popularity today, nearly 150 years ago a residential development that integrated dense, working-class housing with ample green space arose in Jamaica Plain. In 1871, the wealthy industrialist John Amory Lowell subdivided his familial estate Bromley Vale into a residential garden square that he rechristened Bromley Park. Similar to Boston’s South End squares, Bromley Park consisted of an extensive central garden area surrounded by brick rowhouses. However, Bromley Park was much…

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January 2018

Three Kings Day Parranda

January 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Due to the predicted freezing temperatures, Hyde Square Task Force is postponing its annual Three Kings Day Parranda to January 12, 2018. We will start at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library for crown-making and a reading about Three Kings Day at 4:00 pm. We will then parade and sing down Centre Street with Musicians in Community youth at 5:00 pm. The parade will end at Hyde Square Task Force, 361 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, (behind the Blessed…

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September 2018

Reading from Forest Hills Cemetery-inspired Novel

September 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Beth Castrodale will read from her new novel In This Ground, which is set almost entirely in a cemetery. She will also discuss how Forest Hills Cemetery served as an inspiration for the book.

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November 2018

Vinfen Job Fair

November 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Looking for a full time or part time role in the human services field? Stop by our job fair on Wednesday, November 7th for an on the spot interview!  We are looking to speak with people who want to either start or continue their career in working with Adults with mental health conditions. Our positions have great varied schedules and are conveniently located in Metro Boston. We are hiring for the following roles: • Residential Counselors • Awake Overnight Residential…

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January 2019

Endings and Beginnings

January 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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JP@Home is sponsoring a retirement workshop that will focus on relationships and finding new meaning in your life.  The presenter will be Linda Trum, a PHd level social worker with experience in coaching and psychotherapy.

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April 2019

Community Meeting and Reception

April 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Free and open to the public.

Please join us for a Community Meeting and Reception. Meet and Greet the new staff members Support our local community library Learn how you can get involved in the Connolly Friends Group Light Refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Connolly Branch Library

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October 2019

The Arts & Crafts Houses of Massachusetts

October 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society for a book talk. Author Heli Meltsner will talk about her new book The Arts & Crafts Houses of Massachusetts: A Style Rediscovered. At the opening of the 20th century, Massachusetts architects struggled to create an authentic new look that would reflect their clients’ increasingly informal way of life. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, the result was a charming style that proved especially appropriate for the rapidly expanding suburbs and…

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