Friends of the Adams Street Branch Library

Friends of the Adams Street Branch Library I cannot live without books! -- Thomas Jefferson Service to the Adams Street neighborhood was first provided in 1875 through a delivery station on Walnut Street.

A reading room was opened at 362 Neponset Avenue in 1947. The present branch library building was opened in 1951, and represented the first new neighborhood facility built in 20 years. In 2004, through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Adams Street Library, a portion of the library’s yard was transformed into a Reading Garden, featuring decorative brickwork, colorful landscaping and wrought iron benches - a peaceful oasis in the midst of a busy urban neighborhood.

Operating as usual

While we're starting to get back to programming in person, there are still lots of great programs you can attend virtual...
10/26/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Kyle T. Mays — An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

While we're starting to get back to programming in person, there are still lots of great programs you can attend virtually! Here are some that are being offered in the library in the coming weeks!

*Tomorrow* October 27th at 6pm: Reece Jones in conversation with LMEC’s Garrett Dash Nelson about Jones’s new book, White Borders: The History of Race and Immigration in the United States from Chinese Exclusion to the Border Wall. (via Zoom Webinar; in partnership with LMEC and the State Library of Massachusetts)



BiblioCommons event listing: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/6112dc258b2801380049766d



To register: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KNxcsS-_Qd-HYmonh_ikFg



Wednesday, November 3rd at 6pm: An evening with Larry Spotted Crow Mann. As a part of our Nord Family funded author programming Larry will join us to talk about his writing and work. David Leonard will join Larry for a conversation for a portion of the time. Drumming & Dreaming is available for online order from Trident Booksellers. (In-person and via Zoom Webinar)



BiblioCommons event listing: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/615717f73c8cb02800205cfb



To register to attend in person in Rabb Hall, use the register button in the upper right corner of the events listing.



To register to attend via Zoom Webinar: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TAK0NpiES92PQUi_zFBgMQ



Thursday, November 4th at 2pm: Poet and activist Sara Ting joins us in person for this week’s Never Too Late program in Rabb Hall. Sara recently gave a TED talk called Advancing Equity through the Arts. (In person)



Bibliocommons event listing: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/611e9900164e9b4100a761d9

(Registration is not required and this program will be offered in person only.)



Tuesday, November 9th at 6pm: Robert Gross in conversation with the Trustees of the Reservations’ Cindy Brockway about Gross’s new book, The Transcendentalists and Their World. (via Zoom Webinar; in partnership with NEHGS/American Ancestors and The Trustees of the Reservations)



Event listing: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/6144be5d257a2d290006efd1



To register: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TfaFPGxUSyuQEkYwyN49Cg



Monday, November 29th at 6pm: Kyle T. Mays will discuss his forthcoming new book An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States with David Leonard. (Via Zoom Webinar)



Event listing: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/616067f366359037007f327e



To register: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AGbbn7ceSDm96Jip2E3pRg

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Kyle T. Mays — An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

10/10/2021
10/10/2021

Join us for a special performance by Little Groove! This program will be held outdoors in the reading garden (weather permitting) and requires pre-registration to attend. To sign up, go to bit.ly/adamsstreetkids, or call (617) 436-6900. You will be notified if the program is postponed due to inclement weather.

Please note, Toddler Tales Storytime will not be taking place on this date. This program is geared toward children ages 15 months - 5 years. We will be inviting Little Groove back at the end of the month for our baby group, so keep an eye out!

10/10/2021

Registration is now open for our Creepy Crawly Storytime with Mass Audubon! This program is perfect for kids ages 2 - 5.

Registration is required and you will be notified by e-mail 30 minutes prior to the program if it is postponed due to inclement weather. Sign up by going to bit.ly/adamsstreetkids or calling (617) 436-6900.

Please note: Baby & Me Storytime will not be taking place on this date.

10/10/2021

Check out our upcoming Youth Programs for the month of October! Programs will be held outdoors (weather permitting) and all in-person programs require registration. To sign up for a program, go to bit.ly/adamsstreetkids or call (617) 436-6900 ext. 1009.

09/28/2021

Teens...you could be the next Boston Youth Poet Laureate! Click here for more information:
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09/28/2021

Check out these virtual Career Skills Workshops coming up in October. For more information, click here:
https://bit.ly/3yWCRUC

09/28/2021

We still have spots for our After School Makers Club this Wednesday 9/29 at 3:30 PM! This activity is great for kids ages 5 - 12 and will be held outdoors in the Reading Garden (weather permitting). Registration is required- you can sign up at:
bit.ly/adamsstreetkids.

You will be notified by email if the program is rescheduled due to rain.

09/28/2021
While the Friends of the Adams Street Library appreciates your book donations we want to remind our community friends th...
09/14/2021
30+ Ways To Responsibly Dispose Of Old Books (Sell, Donate, & Recycle)

While the Friends of the Adams Street Library appreciates your book donations we want to remind our community friends that you can not leave them outside the library. If you have books in good condition for our annual book sale, please call 617-288-4977. We appreciate your generosity. If you have books that may not be book sale worthy and are not sure what to do with them please consider checking out some of these great ideas ~ https://www.honestlymodern.com/how-to-dispose-of-old-books/

Wondering what to do with old books? Do you want to dispose of old books without just tossing them in the trash? Read on for 25 ideas about how to dispose of old books without

Youth!
09/09/2021

Youth!

-Anya

Such a great opportunity for all of the students in Boston!
09/08/2021

Such a great opportunity for all of the students in Boston!

HAP is back at Adams Street starting September 20th! Kids in grades K-8 can stop by for homework help from teen mentors Mondays - Thursdays from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

Check out all the great things happening in September!
09/02/2021

Check out all the great things happening in September!

Check out our upcoming Youth Programs for the month of September! Programs will be held outdoors (weather permitting) and all in-person programs require registration. To sign up for a program, go to bit.ly/adamsstreetkids or call (617) 436-6900 ext. 1009.
Please note: Our children's librarian will be on vacation from 9/7 to 9/14 so there will not be any programs on those dates, including storytime!

From the BPL ~ Summer is coming to an end, which means it's time to turn in your Adult Summer Reading Bingo Card! If you...
08/24/2021

From the BPL ~
Summer is coming to an end, which means it's time to turn in your Adult Summer Reading Bingo Card! If you're still working on yours, don't forget to turn it in online, by email to [email protected], or in person at any open Boston Public Library location before the end of the day on Tuesday, August 31.

We will conduct the prize drawing in early September and contact winners via email, so keep an eye on your inbox. We will also be in touch with a feedback survey once the program is over, if you have any thoughts to share.

From the BPL ~
Summer is coming to an end, which means it's time to turn in your Adult Summer Reading Bingo Card! If you're still working on yours, don't forget to turn it in online, by email to [email protected], or in person at any open Boston Public Library location before the end of the day on Tuesday, August 31.

We will conduct the prize drawing in early September and contact winners via email, so keep an eye on your inbox. We will also be in touch with a feedback survey once the program is over, if you have any thoughts to share.

Boston Public Library to Host Free Rotating Ice Cream Trucks Outside Its Branch Locations for Two WeeksDorchester schedu...
08/21/2021
Boston Public Library to Host Free Rotating Ice Cream Trucks Outside Its Branch Locations for Two Weeks as Part of Mayor Janey’s…

Boston Public Library to Host Free Rotating Ice Cream Trucks Outside Its Branch Locations for Two Weeks
Dorchester schedule ~
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – Super Star Ice Cream
1:00–2:00 pm: Adams Street Branch
2:30–3:30 pm: Codman Square Branch
4:00–5:00 pm: Lower Mills Branch
Thursday, August 26, 2021 – Super Star Ice Cream
1:00–2:00 pm: Fields Corner Branch
2:30–3:30 pm: Uphams Corner Branch
4:00–5:00 pm: Grove Hall
https://www.bpl.org/news/boston-public-library-to-host-free-rotating-ice-cream-trucks-outside-its-branch-locations-for-two-weeks-as-part-of-mayor-janeys-joy-agenda/?fbclid=IwAR3yd2H5V4EXAp1XwuV_81C6AeRkAHPpoDvjbY1VByy_6tsM3jvfkbJup0s

The Boston Public Library will host free ice cream trucks outside its branch locations during the last two weeks of August as part…

08/20/2021

Teens! Have you ever wanted to check out a tabletop RPG? Our virtual Bite-Sized RPG program is perfect for teen players of all levels of experience. Click here to register:
https://bit.ly/bplrpgs0921

Story Time
08/13/2021

Story Time

August calendar!
08/10/2021

August calendar!

Check out our August Children's Program Calendar! All in-person programs will be held outdoors (weather permitting) and require registration. Go to bit.ly/adamsstreetkids to sign up, or call us at (617) 436-6900 if you have any questions!

Great job for teens! The Boston Public Library’s Homework Assistance Program is hiring high school sophomores, juniors, ...
08/09/2021

Great job for teens!
The Boston Public Library’s Homework Assistance Program is hiring high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Work two 2-hour shifts per week from September 20, 2021 – May 12, 2022. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQJE5RvDc1OyK8SRXSH4m8ouQEaDfFJGhnSIqsBxBj50p93g/viewform
Bilingual teens are especially encouraged to apply.

Great job for teens!
The Boston Public Library’s Homework Assistance Program is hiring high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Work two 2-hour shifts per week from September 20, 2021 – May 12, 2022. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQJE5RvDc1OyK8SRXSH4m8ouQEaDfFJGhnSIqsBxBj50p93g/viewform
Bilingual teens are especially encouraged to apply.

From BPS ~ Adams St. Celebration will be 8/25 from 6-7:30PM, but you can attend any of the choices offered.Countdown to ...
08/09/2021

From BPS ~ Adams St. Celebration will be 8/25 from 6-7:30PM, but you can attend any of the choices offered.
Countdown to Kindergarten K Days "K Days" begin August 16
The JOY of Kindergarten is back! Countdown to Kindergarten welcomes you to celebrate with us.
Countdown to Kindergarten "K Days" are back this year, at locations throughout the City of Boston. Incoming kindergartners can pick up their yellow “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirt and a gift.
Wear your mask and meet the Countdown to Kindergarten team.
Please choose one location to attend. https://files.ctctusercontent.com/127d10e6001/89a02bb5-ab71-4a56-8d81-127d6ae2e280.pdf?rdr=true

From BPS ~ Adams St. Celebration will be 8/25 from 6-7:30PM, but you can attend any of the choices offered.
Countdown to Kindergarten K Days "K Days" begin August 16
The JOY of Kindergarten is back! Countdown to Kindergarten welcomes you to celebrate with us.
Countdown to Kindergarten "K Days" are back this year, at locations throughout the City of Boston. Incoming kindergartners can pick up their yellow “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirt and a gift.
Wear your mask and meet the Countdown to Kindergarten team.
Please choose one location to attend. https://files.ctctusercontent.com/127d10e6001/89a02bb5-ab71-4a56-8d81-127d6ae2e280.pdf?rdr=true

08/09/2021
Chief of Staff & Strategy in | Careers at BPL Directors Office - 2

Looking for a job with BPL? ~ https://city-boston.icims.com/jobs/20266/chief-of-staff-&-strategy/job?mobile=false&width=1200&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240

Position Overview The role of Chief of Staff & Strategy, incorporates responsibility for institutional strategy & strategic initiatives, planning & ex*****on, and organizational accountability. The role is part relationship manager, external affairs liaison and part institutional project manager, an...

Stop by and pick up an activity!
08/05/2021

Stop by and pick up an activity!

It's raining, it's pouring...but your day doesn't need to be boring! Pick up one of these awesome take-home activity kits created in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art! Each kit comes with the supplies you need for three different activities, including a guided imagination activity, watercolors, and fabric dyeing! Available while supplies last.

Check out the Story Walk locations!
08/05/2021

Check out the Story Walk locations!

Looking for a fun way to read stories while enjoying the outdoors? Check out our new StoryWalk Series at the following locations. New locations will be added later in the month. For more information, visit:
https://www.bpl.org/blogs/post/storywalks/

Everything you need to know about hours at the Adams Street Branch!
08/05/2021

Everything you need to know about hours at the Adams Street Branch!

Everything you need to know about hours at the Adams Street Branch!

This past July when the Friends of the Adams Street Library made their annual summer outing to Spectacle Island, with Sa...
08/02/2021

This past July when the Friends of the Adams Street Library made their annual summer outing to Spectacle Island, with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, they brought along a treasure to leave behind. In 1921, Inez Haynes Irwin wrote a book called, Maida's Little House. Irwin was born in Brazil, but raised in Boston and attended Boston Public Schools. The book hi-lights Spectacles (note the s on the name of the island in 1921) Island and in honor of the 100th anniversary of the book, we donated it to Spectacle Island. It was not a book from the BPL, but from a private collection.
To learn more about Inez Hayes Irwin, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inez_Haynes_Irwin She lead a long and interesting life.

A cute PSA and comic from local author Jarrett Lerner ~
07/29/2021

A cute PSA and comic from local author Jarrett Lerner ~

A cute PSA and comic from local author Jarrett Lerner ~

The Georgia Peach Truck returns to Dorchester today to Cedar Grove Gardens between noon-1:30PM. Mass. Reading Associatio...
07/23/2021
Peaches

The Georgia Peach Truck returns to Dorchester today to Cedar Grove Gardens between noon-1:30PM. Mass. Reading Association paired some peach books and peach recipes! https://www.smore.com/16uqm

Peaches

07/23/2021

Shared from Popes' Hill Neighborhood Association!

We have reserved 30 spots for Spectacle Island for Wednesday, July 7, if anyone is interested. Children need to be accom...
07/02/2021
Spectacle Island - Boston Harbor Islands

We have reserved 30 spots for Spectacle Island for Wednesday, July 7, if anyone is interested. Children need to be accompanied by an adult & adults need to be with children. You need to wear a mask on the boat, bring sunscreen and pack a lunch. The trip is FREE, but parking is not. You will meet at the Leader Bank Pavilion at 290 Northern Avenue in the Seaport between 9:15 and 9:45 AM. Unless you are dropped off you will need to park somewhere on the waterfront. The boat will be back to the dock at 2:30 PM. Additional information can be emailed to you. The seats have been reserved through the Friends of the Adams Street Library. This is something we have been doing for close to 15 years!
If anyone is interested we can add you to the guest list, you must sign-up! :) Here is more about Spectacle Island ~ https://www.bostonharborislands.org/spectacle-island/

Discover your inner explorer on Spectacle Island. This 114-acre island is the perfect location for hiking, swimming, boating, and learning.

Address

690 Adams St
Dorchester, MA
02122

General information

We support the Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library with an ongoing book sale, and several special events throughout the year. To join the Friends Group, drop by the library and fill out a form. Annual dues are very modest.

Opening Hours

Monday 12pm - 8pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 12pm - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(617) 436-6900

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I like Friends of the Adams Street Branch Library!👍
Thank you 💞Meghan for story time yesterday it was great Aigagh and Michael enjoyed it👍💞💛