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30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

April 2014

JP Jubilee Sings at First Night

April 22, 2014 @ 8:00 am - May 1, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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JP Jubilee gives a free concert at the JP Branch Library, 7:00pm, Thursday May 1, free admission.  JP's chorus of elders sings Motown, Pete Seeger, show tunes and more. The group is conducted by JP resident Elizabeth Anker.   The JP branch library is corner of South and Sedgewick Streets, near the Monument.  The concert is short and sweet.

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May 2014

Annual Book Sale

May 16, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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FREE

The Friends of the JP Branch Library annual book sale featuring gently used books and DVDS at rock bottom prices ($1-$2). Every genre for every age. Come by to stock up for all your summer reading. All proceeds go to support the library. The last hour on Saturday (4pm-5pm) will feature a special sale - purchase a $5 grocery bag and take away everything you can fit in it!

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Author Visit : Tania Unsworth

May 17, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Meet local author Tania Unsworth. She'll be reading from her newest book, One Safe Place, a dystopian novel for middle grade and teen readers. One Safe Place will be released on April 29th and has already received starred reviews from SLJ and Kirkus Reviews. Please come! Bagels, juice, and coffee will be served! “A group of orphans uncovers a sinister plot in this chilling and engrossing tale filled with detailed, sharply drawn characters…A standout in the genre’s crowded landscape"--Kirkus.

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June 2014

Terry Kitchen reads from Next Big Thing at JP Library Thurs 6/12

June 12, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Terry Kitchen will be reading from his new novel Next Big Thing at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Jamaica Plain on Thursday June 12. The reading begins at 6:30 PM and admission is free. Kitchen will also perform songs from the accompanying soundtrack CD. Called "a great debut novel" by the San Francisco Book Review, Next Big Thing is set in the 1980s Boston music scene, when Kitchen's own band Loose Ties was engaged in a nightly…

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10 Crazy Experiments Magic Show with Awesome Robb

June 26, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join us for our Fizz Boom Read! Summer kick-off. Awesome Robb’s science show will demonstrate electricity, motion and flight, and chemical reactions with lots of magic and laughter! Children who attend will receive backpacks, summer reading folders, and science passports. The Awesome Robb magic show is funded by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

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July 2014

Fizz Boom Read Science Tales with Caravan Puppets

July 10, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Join us for a collection of Caravan's favorite literary tales with a science twist including "Caterpillar Wants to Fly," "Bear Hibernates," and "Pterodactyl's Eggs." Jonathan's rocking songs, handmade puppets, and delightful tales make this a show the whole family will enjoy!

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New England Aquarium visit: Lobsters!

July 14, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Learn about the biology of this popular crustacean and the lobster fishery in New England. Participants will interact with a real lobster trap, learn about sustainable lobster fishing, and meet a real live lobster!

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Super Cold Science with the Museum of Science

July 17, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

When temperature goes extreme, see materials break all the rules! With the help of a museum educator and an intensively cold liquid, participants experience the remarkable changes in size, form, and behavior that occur when a variety of objects and substances are super-cooled. For children ages four and up.

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August 2014

Community Meeting on Design for Renovation

August 4, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Architects Utile will present their further refined design based on the June meeting and their work thereafter. All community members are invited to attend. To be held at the JP Branch Library (the branch will be closed but the downstairs community room will be open just for the meeting).  It's vital to have community members attend and provide feedback -- to make sure the renovated branch includes the items we think are important!

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Second Annual Ice Cream Social

August 9, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

Come to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for some ice cream (thanks to JP Licks and FoMu!) to celebrate the summer and the branch having OPEN HOURS on Saturdays.  A $2 donation is requested (but not required).

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Flower Power Magic Show with Debbie O’Carroll

August 14, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Flower Power is a zany magic show about a day in the life of a honeybee. Debbie uses stage magic, comedy, and theatre to acquaint children, ages 4-11, with the social structure of a honeybee colony and its fragile ecology.

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Creature Teachers: Animals from Around the World

August 21, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Come take a trip around the world with Creature Teachers and find out where animals come from. This program explores the diverse habitats of our planet and the animals that live within them. You might meet a hedgehog, kinkajou, wallaby, gray fox, skunk, alligator, red-eyed tree frog, kookaburra, and more!

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September 2014

Intercambio

September 18, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Meet for bilingual conversations (Spanish/English).  This is an informal, fun group that meets to practice Spanish and English.  Participants should know some of both languages, it is not a "class" where one could learn Spanish. We meet every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:45 at the JP Library.  We hope to see you there. Esperamos verlos allí

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October 2014

Jumpstart Read for the Record: Bunny Cakes!

October 21, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Join us, along with millions of children and adults across the country, to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. We'll read this year's book Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells. We'll also make bunny ears, Max stick puppets, and enjoy mini bunny cakes! For children ages 18 months to five years.

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Halloween Celebration with crafts, cupcakes, and Rosalita’s Puppets Haunted Woods Show

October 29, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

We'll celebrate the season with crafts at 3:00 p.m. and Rosalita's Puppets Haunted Woods show at 4:00 p.m. Take a spooky (but not too spooky) walk through Rosalita's Haunted Woods and meet some spiders, ghosts, and witches! We'll end the afternoon with creepy crawly cupcake decorating. Rosalita's Puppets funded by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

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November 2014

JP Branch Renovation Meeting

November 12, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Be part of the process. Participate in the design phase for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch library. Listen to the project architects (Utile) and give them your feedback.

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December 2014

Morning, Noon, and Night: JP Jubilee Concert

December 13, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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A chorus of local seniors directed by Elizabeth Anker brings you a short and sweet concert followed by refreshments.  Free concert, donations accepted.

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Suzuki Method Information Session

December 18, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Lisa Goddard, professional violinist and Jamaica Plain violin teacher, presents a discussion on the Suzuki Method. Geared towards parents, the talk will address the nuts and bolts of starting an instrument for kids, the myriad benefits of early childhood music education, and the philosophy and practice of the Suzuki Method. Early childhood music education can have an enormous impact on a child's success and lifelong approach to learning, both musically and otherwise. The Suzuki Method is modeled on how people…

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February 2015

Zingerman’s Paul Saginaw on Customer Service and Business Growth

February 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Co-founder Paul Saginaw of the legendary Zingerman's Bakehouse in Ann Arbor is being brought to JP this February by JP Local First and the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts. His talk is entitled "How an Obsession with Extraordinary Customer Service can Grow Your Business," to be held at the JP Public Library from 7pm-9pm. Click here for a video recorded Paul Saginaw talk on treating employees like customers. Please visit www.jplocalfirst.org for registration information. Don't miss out! This event is open to everyone,…

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March 2015

Caribbean Festival

March 7, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 1:45 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Providing an antidote to winter, The Friends of the JP Branch Library present Kathleen Gaskin-Holland who will bring authentic Trinidadian cooking, costumes, music and dance to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. The events will feature Kathleen's troupe of carnival dancers and Charles Sarjent on the steel drum. Come sample some wonderful food and dance away those winter blues! Free and open to the public.

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Civil Rights Movement 2015

March 19, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Across the country, thousands of young people of color have taken to the streets.  Defying authority and traditional methods of political change, they are demanding an end to racism in policing, and in the justice and economic systems.  Please come to hear Carl Williams, Staff attorney at ACLU, and Ivan Richiez of Youth Against Mass Incarceration, speak about this civil rights movement.

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Women’s History Month Performance

March 21, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

What happened to former slaves and their families after emancipation? Writer/educator Desiree Taylor will talk about the life of Amanda Berry Smith (1837-1915), a former slave who sought freedom of spirit and circumstance for herself, her community and the world.

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JP Branch Renovation meeting

March 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Get ready for a renovation! Please join representatives from the Boston Public Library and Utile, Inc. for the 4th Jamaica Plain Community Advisory Committee meeting.  Be part of the process!  The Branch closes at 6pm, please enter through the back entrance off Sedgwick Street.

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Community Meeting on JP Library Renovation

March 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Join us for the next public meeting on the renovation project. Designs are finalized and it is time to discuss interior details! Please bring your thoughts about what should be included in the renovated building and also what to do during the closure to support JP patrons. The library building actually closes at 6pm so entry to the meeting will be through the back door directly into the Community Room in the basement.

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April 2015

JP Reads Song of Achilles Book Discussion Group

April 2, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join us to discuss JP Reads 2015 book--Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Laura Pattison will lead the discussion. 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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JP Reads and Eliot School Art Inspired by Literature Workshop

April 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Bring a work of literature to life in the physical realm. Create a piece of visual art inspired by Madeline Miller's 'Song of Achilles.' Led by artist Deymirie Hernandez. For adults and teens--all levels of experience welcome! Sponsored by Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts. Workshop is free but please preregister at http://eliotschool.org/registration Works created at the workshop will be on display at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library during the month of April.

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Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society Annual Fundraising Concert

April 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$10

The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society's annual benefit concert for the Friends of the JP Branch Library will feature a range of music to welcome you, after a long winter, to the glories of spring, including rousing Irish songs and tunes, boisterous maritime music, revivals from their long tradition of performances, original tunes, and some delightful surprises.   A $10 donation is requested.  Snacks will be for sale. The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society are a recipient of the City-Wide Friends of…

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JP Reads Puppeteers Cooperative Workshops

April 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Get ready for JP Reads and Wake up the Earth! We'll be reading Greek mythology, creating a large Trojan Horse Puppet and making Greek masks with the help of The Puppeteers Cooperative! The workshops will be held on three Wednesdays in April: April 15, 22 and 29. Participants are encouraged to march in Spontaneous Celebrations' Wake up the Earth Parade on May 2. Funded by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. The Puppeteers’ Cooperative is a group of…

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Every Hero has a Great Story!

April 22, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Comic mime Robert Rivest leads family audiences on a fun, upbeat journey of everyday heroes, super heroes and heroes from Greek mythology and popular books. This exciting program is highly participatory. Everyone gets the opportunity to learn mime, act out their favorite hero, and help Robert create a new hero and story. Funded by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.  A JP Reads program.

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May 2015

JP Jubilee presents Heart & Soul

May 9, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

JP Jubilee presents Heart & Soul, a short and sweet program, Saturday May 9, 12:30 pm. Audience participation welcome. Free!  (Donations are welcome, but not required.) Reception follows.  JP Jubilee is a chorus of seniors directed by Elizabeth Anker.  617-524-2053

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Annual Book Sale

May 15, 2015 @ 9:00 am - May 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Annual Book Sale of the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library features thousands of books in every genre and for all ages. Rock bottom prices ($1 for paperbacks, $2 for hard cover) mean you can buy a lot! Sale is from 9am to 5pm Friday & Saturday. For the last hour on Saturday (from 4-5pm) you can purchase a bag (generously donated by Whole Foods) for $5 and take away all it can hold. All proceeds go to support the…

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June 2015

Final Community Meeting on the JP Branch Renovation Plan

June 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The final public meeting on the renovation project.  Designs will be finalized and discussion will be on interior details! Topics will include furniture, signage and materials to be used. Please bring your thoughts about what should be included in the renovated building and also what to do during the closure to support JP patrons.  The building actually closes at 6pm, entry to the meeting will be through the back door directly into the Community Room in the basement.

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Sir George and the Dragon Puppet Show with Diane Kordas

June 25, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free!

Join us for our Every Hero has a Story summer reading kick-off! “Sir George and the Dragon” is a fun and exciting medieval tale and Kordas’ trademark humor and use of audience participation update this classic. The knight Sir George rescues the Princess Petunia from a very hungry baby dragon. No swords here, but Sir George subdues the dragon just the same.  Funded by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

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August 2015

Super Hero Send Off

August 1, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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On the final day that the Jamaica Plain Branch Library is open before the renovation, we plan to send-off the "old" branch with a pack of superheroes.  Come snap a selfie with Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Captain America or the Incredible Hulk. They'll all be there to say goodbye to the library and give it a SUPER send off.  Hear about plans for the amazing new building we will have in the spring of 2017. There will be cake and…

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September 2015

Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for Renovation of the JP Branch Library

September 25, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join Mayor Marty Walsh, JP's City Councilor Matt O'Malley, BPL Interim President David Leonard and other dignitaries to mark the official groundbreaking for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.  The Friends of the JP Branch Library are on the program too.  

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March 2017

Assignment Tutor

March 18, 2017
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

We are assignment writing expert and first time we organized an event to learn student how can they make assignment with some trick so we invite our Expert writer who makes thousand of project for the student and this is also a Motivation event and we give you one task to make an assignment and the winner will get a scholarship and then he/she will be a part of our company.

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May 2017

The Next Chapter Fundraiser for the JP Branch Library

May 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$100.00

As the renovation draws to a close and the Jamaica Plain Branch Library enters its next chapter, please help the Friends of the JP Branch Library support activating all the new spaces. This fundraiser will take place within the Library (before it opens to the public) and will raise money for ongoing programming in the new teen area, art gallery and maker space over the coming year. The fundraiser will feature a performance by members of 'A Far Cry', the Isabella…

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September 2017

JPNC Fixit Clinic

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
free

Come join your neighbors at this free event. You bring your broken items, and we’ll provide the tools and volunteer coaches with expertise fixing a wide variety of things, including: Bikes and skateboards Clothing and fabric items Computers and phones Toys and wooden items Small kitchen appliances Small electrical devices Jewelry Lamps and anything else!* Pre-register at http://goo.gl/qTzh9J * Carry in only: no oversized items. Also, no firearms, gasoline engines, or other dangerous items. If you are interested in volunteering…

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October 2017

Annual Meeting – Friends of the JP Branch Library

October 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

All members of the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library are invited to our annual meeting.  In 2017, the Friends turn 65!  Help us celebrate this milestone (and relish it in our new renovated Branch building). The meeting will include a small business section and then we will have refreshments.  All this will be topped off by a wonderful musical performance by Reynaliz Herrera 'Ideas, not Theories" IDEAS, NOT THEORIES Is a theatrical percussion show. The performance features original music…

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November 2017

Folksingers Terry Kitchen & Ken Perlman at Jamaica Plain Library Nov. 2nd

November 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist (and former JP resident) Terry Kitchen and award-winning banjoist/folklorist Ken Perlman will present an evening of traditional and original folk music at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library on Thursday November 2. The program begins at 6:30 PM and admission is free. Both Kitchen and Perlman have worked with legendary folksinger Pete Seeger, and the program will include stories of their experiences. The Jamaica Plain Branch Library is at 30 South St., Jamaica Plain. Call 617-524-2053 or visit www.bpl.org/branches/jamaica.php…

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December 2017

Annual Holiday Party

December 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

The Friends of the JP Branch Library invite everyone in the community to kick off the holiday season with a little food and some great entertainment.  We'll have a potluck - please bring an item to share - followed by a return performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra.  Back by popular demand! All are welcome!

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Book Sale

December 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

A great way to start off your holiday shopping while also supporting the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.  We will offer gently used books and DVDs all with bargain rates (all items just $1 or $2).  Books for all ages and in every genre. Book dealers please note - we ask that you do not use scanners at this December book sale and we will restrict purchases to no more than 20 items at a time.

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Playdate & Politics: Fighting for Universal Pre-K

December 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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It’s time for universal pre-kindergarten to be a reality in Massachusetts. Join us for a discussion with State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz about how we can make this happen. KIDS ARE WELCOME. Coffee will be served. This discussion is being organized by a group of local JP parents and friends. Co-sponsored by Boing! JP's Toy Shop.

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January 2018

Clutter Control Workshop

January 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Did you make a new year's resolution to clean out some of your clutter? Dave Downs will present a fun-filled humorous program loaded with personal examples of his own love/hate relationship with STUFF! He wants to address these questions: Why do Americans have too many possessions? How can we begin to resolve this problem? After presenting several BIG reasons why we have so much STUFF, Dave shares original thoughts, practical tips, and easy to understand strategies that anyone can use…

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Opening Reception for Liliana Marquez: RePOPART

January 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join us for a public reception for the new exhibit in the JP Branch Library: rePOPART Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Liliana Marquez has always been part of a creative, multicultural environment. She has dedicated her artistic practice to the concept of reclamation, relying on found and recycled materials--often taken from construction sites--to create sculptural wall-hanging abstractions. Liliana Marquez: RePOPART is on view from January 5 - February 25, 2018,  The library is open Monday-Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 12-8, and Friday-Saturday 9-5 (closed Sundays). The exhibition…

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Lewis-Dawson Farmhouse

January 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to learn about the history of the 1822 Lewis-Dawson Farmhouse at 1090 Centre Street, now part of the Arnold Arboretum. The illustrated talk will explore the house itself and its two most notable occupants, Jackson Thornton Dawson and Ernest Jessie Palmer, and their families. Both men were noted plant propagators for the Arboretum. Their work has shaped the Arboretum as we know it today. The Farmhouse was awarded Boston Landmark Commission status in 2007…

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May 2018

Gallery Reception: Maureen O’Connor – Just Ducky

May 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library in partnership with Uforge are pleased to announce a new exhibition as part of their rotating art program. After soliciting proposals from a range of local artists, a selection committee comprised of community members and BPL staff have chosen six exceptional artists to fill its gallery space over the course of 2018. During the months of May and June, a series of charming works by Boston-based painter Maureen O’Connor will…

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Annual Book Sale

May 11, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until May 12, 2018

Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library host their annual book sale. A great way to feed your reading habits while also supporting the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. We will offer gently used books and DVDs all with bargain rates (all items just $1 or $2). Books for all ages and in every genre. We will be open from 9:30 to 5:00 on both Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th. On Saturday from 4:00-5:00pm buy a bag for…

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June 2018

Summer Solstice Potluck/1st Birthday Party

June 16, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Friends of the JP Branch Library holiday potluck in December was such a hit that we've decided to host a potluck in June too! It will begin at 12:30. Please bring a food item to share with your fellow library lovers (the Friends will provide all the paper goods, etc.). To celebrate the first anniversary of our glorious branch renovation there will also be CAKE! We aim to serve it about 1:30. Come early at 11:00 to hear a musical…

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October 2018

Open House: Friends of Jamaica Plain Branch Library

October 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Come learn more about the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and how we support the Branch. Maybe we can convince you to join as a member and take part in our efforts? We can always use more volunteers and supporters! Refreshments will be served.

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November 2018

Open House: Friends of Jamaica Plain Branch Library

November 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Come learn more about the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library and how we support the Branch. Maybe we can convince you to join as a member and take part in our efforts? We can always use more volunteers and supporters! Refreshments will be served.

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December 2018

Holiday Book Sale

December 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Free

A great way to start off your holiday shopping while also supporting the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.  We will offer gently used books and DVDs all with bargain rates (all items just $1 or $2).  Books for all ages and in every genre. Book dealers please note - we ask that you do not use scanners at this December book sale and we will restrict purchases to no more than 20 items at a time.

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Annual Winter Holiday Party

December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Free

We invite you to come to our Winter Holiday Party, an annual tradition. This party is a potluck, so we ask that you please bring a dish to share with our JP Branch community. The Friends will provide drinks and all the utensils, etc. After our feast, we will have entertainment provided by members of the Footlight Club, our Jamaica Plain neighbor and America’s oldest community theater. It’s an evening of food and friends to celebrate the holiday season. See…

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January 2019

History of the Warren House

January 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Jamaica Plain was once the summer home of the eminent Warren family (the remnants of their time in JP are still found in the name of Warren Square off Green Street) However, their main home was located at 130 Warren Avenue, Roxbury. This talk, by Maddie Webster, is the culmination of a 2018 research fellowship at the Nichols House Museum. It will focus on the historical significance of the 1846 Warren House in its own right and detail some of the accomplishments of generations…

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Public Reception for Kevin Gillespie: Local Scenes

January 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library in partnership with Uforge are pleased to announce a new exhibition as part of their rotating art program. After soliciting proposals from a range of local artists, a selection committee comprised of community members and BPL staff has chosen six exceptional artists to fill its gallery space over the course of 2019. The first exhibition of the year will highlight the watercolor landscapes of local artist Kevin Gillespie.…

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March 2019

Tropical Fiesta

March 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join us at the Jamaica Plain Library to shake off the end-of-winter blues at a Tropical Fiesta. We will have fantastic food from Jamaica Plain’s new Dominican eatery, 100% Delicias. Music will be provided by the St. Mary’s Heavenly Fire Steel Orchestra. This group was formed in 1995 and have dazzled audiences around New England ever since with their fun and flavorful renditions of traditional hymns mixed in with popular music, classical, Latin and of course Calypso and Soca, the…

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Hidden History of Boston Book Talk

March 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Though arguably America's most historic city, Boston also claims its share of little-known events. Our colonial past saw riotous mobs celebrating their hatred of the pope in an annual celebration called Pope's Night; William Monroe Trotter, champion of civil rights at the turn of the last century, published the independent African American newspaper the Boston Guardian; In 1991, a centuries-long turf war played out on the streets of quiet Chinatown, ending in the massacre of five men in a back…

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Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society

March 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Alzheimer’s Association Meeting of the Minds: Mood, Memory & Aging

March 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join us for a discussion about mental health symptoms that may be experienced in late life as well as the relationship between depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer's disease risk. Tips on maintaining your mental wellness will also be discussed, in addition to potential challenges.

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Alzheimer’s Association Meeting of the Minds: Estados de Animo, Memoria y Envejecimiento

March 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Acompanenos a una charla sobre algunos de los estados de animo que pueden presentarse en la vejez, asi como la relacion entre la depresion, la ansiedad y el riesgo de desarrollar la enfermedad de Alzheimer. Tmabien se daran consejos para mantener la salud mental y se discutiran algunos de los desafios mas comunes.

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Alzheimer’s Association Meeting of the Minds: Estados de Animo, Memoria y Envejecimiento

March 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Acompanenos a una charla sobre algunos de los estados de animo que pueden presentarse en la vejez, asi como la relacion entre la depresion, la ansiedad y el riesgo de desarrollar la enfermedad de Alzheimer. Tmabien se daran consejos para mantener la salud mental y se discutiran algunos de los desafios mas comunes.

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Alzheimer’s Association Meeting of the Minds: Estados de Animo, Memoria y Envejecimiento

March 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Acompanenos a una charla sobre algunos de los estados de animo que pueden presentarse en la vejez, asi como la relacion entre la depresion, la ansiedad y el riesgo de desarrollar la enfermedad de Alzheimer. Tmabien se daran consejos para mantener la salud mental y se discutiran algunos de los desafios mas comunes.

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May 2019

Annual Book Sale

May 10, 2019 @ 9:30 am - May 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library host their annual book sale. A great way to feed your reading habits while also supporting the Jamaica Plain Branch Library. We will offer gently used books and DVDs all with bargain rates (all items just $1 or $2). Books for all ages and in every genre. We will be open from 9:30 to 5:00 on both Friday, May 10th and Saturday, May 11th. On Saturday from 4:00-5:00pm buy a bag for…

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October 2019

Friends of the JP Branch Library Annual Meeting

October 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Every year, the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library gather to give an update on what we've been up to and what's in store for the future. This is a great opportunity to stay up to date on your local library. Following our updates we'll all share desserts, live music, and good company! Join us on the lower level of the library from 6:30 to 8:00 on Thursday, October 10.

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December 2019

Holiday Potluck and Concert

December 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Friends and Staff of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library invite you to come to our Winter Holiday Party, an annual tradition. This party is a potluck, so we ask that you please bring a dish to share with our JP Branch community. The Friends will provide drinks and all the utensils, etc. After our feast, we will have entertainment provided by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. It’s an evening of food and friends to celebrate the holiday season. See you…

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Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library Holiday Book Sale

December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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A great way to start off your holiday shopping while also supporting the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.  We will offer gently used books and DVDs all with bargain rates (all items just $1 or $2).  Books for all ages and in every genre. Book dealers please note - we ask that you do not use scanners at this December book sale.

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March 2020

Tropical Fiesta at the Library!

March 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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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).

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June 2021

Film Screening: Borderland The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames

June 5, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Blanche Ames Ames (1878-1969) was an artist, activist, builder, inventor, a birth control maverick and a leader within the woman suffrage movement in Massachusetts. She also has an intriguing and rather unique connection to Jamaica Plain. Please join us for a screening of a film about the life of this trailblazing woman, followed by a Q&A session with historian Ed Hands, who is featured in the film. This event is sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public…

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May 2022

Jamaica Plain Library Book Sale

May 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Library Spring Book Sale is May 5 - May 7. $2 hardbacks, $1 paperbacks. No scanners and no saving books. May 5: 5-8 pm May 6: 9:30 am - 5 pm May 7: 9:30 am - noon The library is located at 30 South Street.

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Jamaica Plain Library Book Sale

May 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Library Spring Book Sale is May 5 - May 7. $2 hardbacks, $1 paperbacks. No scanners and no saving books. May 7: 9:30 am - noon The library is located at 30 South Street.

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