Join Us for a Screening and Discussion of the Movie "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North," with Descendants of the Largest U.S. Slave-trading Family, Based in Bristol, RI
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Join Us for a Screening and Discussion of the Movie "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North," with Descendants of the Largest U.S. Slave-trading Family, Based in Bristol, RI

Filmmaker Katrina Browne (R) and a Ghanaian child on the ramparts of a West-African slave fort

Filmmaker Katrina Browne (R) and a Ghanaian child on the ramparts of a West-African slave fort

Filmmaker Katrina Browne, a descendant of the largest slave-trading family in the U.S., traced the geographic, historical and political legacy of her ancestry, together with eight of her cousins, to produce a documentary movie, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. It was shown on PBS, won the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and was nominated for an Emmy Award for historical research. FOSEL board member, Gary Bailey, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice at Simmons University, will introduce the event and its participants, Dain and Constance Perry. .

The DeWolfe family’s 1810 mansion in Bristol, RI

The DeWolfe family’s 1810 mansion in Bristol, RI

Dain Perry is one of the filmmaker’s cousins; his wife, Constance, is a descendant of slaves. Together they have conducted more than 350 screenings and facilitated conversations in over 160 cities across the country, including many libraries and churches. Both active in the Episcopal Church, they will lead a discussion about the documentary’s subject after the movie..

DeWolf descendants at the ruins of “Noah’s Ark,” one of five plantations owned by DeWolfs in Cuba.

DeWolf descendants at the ruins of “Noah’s Ark,” one of five plantations owned by DeWolfs in Cuba.

Traces of the Trade describes the DeWolf family of Bristol RI, who from 1769 to 1820 trafficked in human beings. Their ships sailed from Bristol to West Africa, with rum to trade for African men, women and children. Captives were taken to plantations that the DeWolfs owned in Cuba, or were sold at auction in Havana and Charleston while sugar and molasses were brought from Cuba to the family-owned rum distilleries in Bristol. Over the generations, the family transported more than ten thousand enslaved Africans across the Middle Passage. They amassed an enormous fortune. By the end of his life, James DeWolf had been a U.S. Senator and was reportedly the second richest man in the United States.

DeWolf descendants looking at family records from the slave trade,, including a whip and manacles, at the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society, in Bristol, RI.

DeWolf descendants looking at family records from the slave trade,, including a whip and manacles, at the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society, in Bristol, RI.

The film follows ten DeWolf descendants, ages 32-71, as they retrace the steps of the Triangle Trade, from the DeWolf hometown of Bristol to slave forts on the coast of Ghana to the ruins of a family plantation in Cuba, exploring the impact of slavery on America and its ongoing legacy of racism. Back home, the family confronts the thorny topic of what to do now. In the context of growing calls for reparations for slavery, family members struggle with how to think about and contribute to “repair,” questions that apply to the nation as a whole: What is the legacy of slavery? Who owes who what for the sins of the fathers of this country? What history do we inherit as individuals and as citizens? How does Northern complicity change the equation? What would repair—spiritual and material—really look like and what would it take?

The event is free. Due to the length of the movie (1.5 hours) and the time required for a post-movie discussion, the event begins at 6:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM. We thank branch librarian Anne Smart for keeping the library open beyond its usual time.

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Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe Advice Columnist for the Lovelorn, Will Discuss Her Novel, "Can't Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions From a Modern Advice Columnist," Tuesday, October 1
Oct
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Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe Advice Columnist for the Lovelorn, Will Discuss Her Novel, "Can't Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions From a Modern Advice Columnist," Tuesday, October 1

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Meredith Goldstein, advice columnist and entertainment reporter for the Boston Globe, will be at the South End library on October 1 at 6:30 PM, to talk about her memoir, Can’t Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions From a Modern Advice Columnist. Her Love Letters advice column has been running online and in the paper since 2009. Can’t Help Myself is based on the author’s column in the Boston Globe and includes stories about work romances, millennial friends, sickness and health, and grilled cheese. The column runs Monday to Friday on Boston.com, and in the print edition of the Boston Globe on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Previous novels include Chemistry Lessons, a young-adult novel about a young woman who uses science to manipulate her love life; and The Singles, about a group of dateless guests at a wedding. Goldstein has been interviewed by – and written for –  the Washington Post, Bustle, Elite Daily, Apartment Therapy, Shondaland, and Real Simple.

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Oct
8
6:30 PM18:30

South End History Writer Alison Barnet Will Present "Once Upon a Neighborhood: A Timeline and Anecdotal History of the South End of Boston," Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 PM

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Local author Alison Barnet, a member of the informal South End Library’s History Collective, will return for her most recent take on what makes the South End tick. The author of a series of perceptive, original and passionate analyses of the South End as both a place and a character, Barnet will be introduced by her colleague, another local history scribe, Russ Lopez.

Barnet’s serendipitous landing in the South End happened in the 1960s when, as a transfer student to Boston University, she was not offered dorm space there. She found room in one of the “approved” living spaces for women at the time, the Franklin Square House on East Newton Street, where her love affair with the South End began as she walked from the South End back and forth to BU every day. As she reported in a previous book, South End Character, “I liked it when people spoke to me, and I found what they said witty, offbeat, profound, poetic, right on target, and never boring.” One of the founders of the South End News in the 1980s, Barnet also wrote Extravaganza King: Robert Barnet and Boston Musical Theater and Sitting Ducks.

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Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Award-winning Foreign Correspondent Stephen Kinzer Returns to the South End Library with "Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control," October 22

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Award-winning foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer, whose investigations and penetrating analyses have shed harrowing light on innumerable clandestine American adventures here and abroad, will return to the South End library on Tuesday, October 22, with the amazing results of his latest investigation of government wrong-doing, Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control. A former New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua, Berlin and Istanbul, and current world affairs columnist at the Boston Globe, Kinzer tells the hair-raising tale of chemist Sidney Gottlieb, who was in charge of the CIA’s MK-ULTRA mind control project in the 1950s and 60s, when Allen Dulles was head of the CIA.

In a recent interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, Kinzer described how Sidney Blumenthal brought LSD to America, from its pharmaceutical producer in Switzerland, to find a way to control the minds of human beings, ostensibly for national security purposes. Assisted by funds from phoney foundations, Blumenthal asked various institutions around the world, including hospitals and prisons, to experiment with LSD on those under their control. One of them was Whitey Bulger who received LSD every day for a year when in Federal detention, he discovered.

Strangely, Gottlieb, who oversaw experiments at secret prisons in the 1950s and ‘60s, producing pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without leaving a trace, considered himself deeply spiritual. He lived in a remote cabin without running water, meditated, and rose before dawn to milk his goats. Since his death in 1999 it has become possible to piece together his astonishing career of 22 years in the CIA, and Kinzer, the author of a dozen books including The True FlagThe BrothersOverthrow, and All the Shah’s Men, was able to draw on newly available documents and additional original interviews to write Gottlieb’s biography (although he prefers to say he was on an LSD trip and saw Sidney Gottlieb there).

“It’s all in the bone-crunching detail, and Kinzer, a master of American perfidy, has done it again,” says Seymour Hersh, investigative journalist and national security contributor to The New Yorker. Kinzer, a South End resident, is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

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The A-Beez Music Collective Will Play at the Last Jazz & Blues Concert of the 2019 Summer Season in Library Park on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:30 PM
Aug
27
6:30 PM18:30

The A-Beez Music Collective Will Play at the Last Jazz & Blues Concert of the 2019 Summer Season in Library Park on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:30 PM

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Tuesday, August 27, at 6:30 PM, Library Park will be the venue for Pat Loomis and his Special Guest Performers, The A-Beez, a Boston based music collective with its roots in soul, funk, and R&B. At its core are Amy and Aaron Bellamy, keyboardist and bassist, respectively. They began their musical collaboration in the early 2000s as members of the Sam Kininger band (BMG Japan recording artists) and have since backed up numerous artists, including Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Terri Lyne Carrington, Elan Trotman, Martin Luther, Cody Chestnut, The Perceptionists and Club D’elf .

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In addition to touring nationally and internationally, the A-Beez are staples of the local Boston scene, hosting a more than 14 years’ residency at Boston’s renowned Wally’s Café and performing in clubs and venues throughout New England and the East coast. They co-wrote and compiled a catalog of original material that became their debut album Never Going Back, released in April 2015.  Their second studio album, Say Goodbye, came out in March 2018. The A-Beez have an eclectic and original sound which draws from the traditions of funk and R&B, and is heavily influenced by jazz as well as hip hop. It includes hints of rock, country, and even classical and the lyrics are personal and honest.


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The Nephrok! Allstars Band, Showcasing the Motown Sound, Will Perform at Library Park on Tuesday, August 20 at 6:30 PM
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

The Nephrok! Allstars Band, Showcasing the Motown Sound, Will Perform at Library Park on Tuesday, August 20 at 6:30 PM

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The Nephrok! Allstars consists of some of the the most talented musicians around. Their music spans several decades and many genres including Soul, R&B, Rock, and undoubtedly The Funk,” according to a recent review in Somerville Arts Council’s Artbeat. There are many elements that make this band a Funk Force to be reckoned with. Influences that range from Sly and The Family Stone, to James Brown, to Parliament Funkadelic, Prince, and a host of other Funk pioneers are deeply rooted in their sound while they still bring their creativity and originality to the surface. With Pete MacLean on Drums, Aaron Bellamy on Bass, and Van Martin on Guitar, you’d be hard-pressed to find a tighter rhythm section.”

The Nephrok Allstars will be the star performers with Pat Loomis and his Friends on Tuesday, August 20 at 6:30 PM.

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NOTE: The free concerts will be held, rain or shine, inside the library or outside in Library Park.

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Aug
13
6:00 PM18:00

SE Library to Show "Robbery of the Heart," Tuesday, August 13, 6:00 PM, a Film about a Holocaust Survivor Returning to his Home in Germany, and Turning the Old Synagogue into a Cultural Center

The town of Wetter, in Germany.

The town of Wetter, in Germany.

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Harry Weichsel, a Holocaust survivor, returned to the land of his youth, Germany, for the first time in 1992 and was shocked to discover that the old synagogue in his home town, Wetter, was being used as a stable. Weichsel wrote a letter to the mayor of Wetter, suggesting a collaborative effort between Wetter and any surviving Jewish families to reclaim and restore the synagogue. Next, he learned there were no Jewish families left in Wetter, and therefore no longer a need for a synagogue. So Weichsel proposed it be turned into a cultural and learning center. What happened next is the subject of the documentary, Robbery of the Heart, which will be shown at the South End Library on August 13 at 6:00 PM. Filmmaker Micah Brandt, will participate in the post-movie discussion.

The restored synagogue of Wetter

The restored synagogue of Wetter

The city of Wetter agreed that restoring the synagogue was a good idea, but felt they should take on the responsibility on their own. The restoration was completed in time for 2008, when all across Germany remembrances were being held for the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known as the night of broken glass, a pogrom that took place the evening of November 9th, 1938, when the Nazis destroyed Jewish businesses and homes and sent 30,000 Jews to concentration camps.

Harry Weichsel was the sole survivor of these boys in a Frankfurt orphanage in 1940

Harry Weichsel was the sole survivor of these boys in a Frankfurt orphanage in 1940

Although he was only five years old,. Weichsel remembers the night well. His grandmother hid him under the bed, and he had to stay there all night as the Nazis ransacked Wetter. In 1941, at the age of eight, Harry Weichsel fled with his mother. The two traveled through France, war-ravaged Spain, and finally Portugal, where they were able to board a boat that took refugees and orphaned children to America. The title, according to filmmaker Brandt, came from the shape of the two walls surrounding the village, ressembling a heart. Usually, said Brandt in a recent phone conversation, the Jews were housed separately from Gentiles in towns and villages, but not in Wetter. They all lived together, embraced by the town walls.

The event is free.

Harry Weichsel (on right, third row) surrounded by his family

Harry Weichsel (on right, third row) surrounded by his family

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New York-based composer and pianist Kevin Harris will perform with Pat Loomis and his Friends in Library Park, Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 PM
Jul
30
6:30 PM18:30

New York-based composer and pianist Kevin Harris will perform with Pat Loomis and his Friends in Library Park, Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 PM

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NOTE: The free concerts will be held, rain or shine, inside the library or outside in Library Park.

The second of the four Jazz & Blues concerts in Library Park this summer will showcase the acclaimed composer/pianist and Berklee College of Music faculty member Kevin Harris. Known for his exploration of the crossroads and intersections between Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis. J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric African rhythms of the Caribbean, Harris has performed at national and international venues, including the Blue Note in New York City, Boston, Milan and Beijing; Copenhagen's JazzHus; and Boston's Wally's Jazz Cafe and, with his ensemble, has participated at jazz festivals in Havanna, Cuba; Panama; Umbria, Italy; Denmark, Peru; Israel; and numerous others in the USA.

Harris holds a master's degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) and an undergraduate degree in music education from Morehead State University, KY. At the NEC, he studied with Fred Hersch, Mike Cain, Cecil McBee, George Garzone, and Danilo Perez, and performed with George Russell, Benny Golson and Bob Brookmeyer.  At Berklee College, he coaches ensembles, theory classes, piano labs, and private piano instruction. Harris is also a MIT-affiliated artist. In addition, he has taught classes at the Boston Arts Academy and collaborated with the North Eastern University Fusion Art's Program teaching students from Brazil, India, and South Africa.

Committed to getting youth involved in music, Harris has conducted clinics and master classes in both public and private schools throughout the USA and abroad. In 2000 he started five separate band programs with help from Arts In Progress, a Boston based arts organization. He currently serves as a council member for Music is my First Language, an arts organization based in Brooklyn, NY.

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Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

The First of Four South End Library Jazz & Blues Concert in Library Park Will Showcase Pat Loomis and His Friends and Grammy-award Winner, Puerto Rican Percussionist Eguie Castrillo

Percussionist Eguie Castrillo will be in Library Park on July 23.

Percussionist Eguie Castrillo will be in Library Park on July 23.

NOTE: The free concerts will be held, rain or shine, inside the library or outside in Library Park.

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Saxophonist Pat Loomis, who with his great Friends Band has electrified summer evenings in Library Park for years, has booked four Special Guests for the upcoming outdoor Jazz & Blues concerts on Tuesdays July 23, July 30, August 20 and August 27. The series will start on July 23 with Special Guest Puerto Rican percussionist Eguie Castrillo known for the intensity, energy and excitement of Mambo, Son and Cha-Cha-Cha that pays homage to the first Mambo Kings: Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Machito.

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The Special Guest on July 30 will be New York -based pianist/composer Kevin Harris. He is known for his exploration of the crossroads and intersections between Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis. J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric African rhythms of the Caribbean.

Nephrok and the Motown Masterpiece Orchestra, coming to Library Park on Augu st 20

Nephrok and the Motown Masterpiece Orchestra, coming to Library Park on August 20

FOSEL and Pat Loomis will showcase the exciting vocalists Nephrok and the Motown Masterpiece Orchestra on August 20 and one week later, on Tuesday, August 27, we will host The A-Beez, a Boston based music collective with its roots in soul, funk, and R&B. At the core of A-Beez are keyboardist Amy Bellamy and bassist Aaron Bellamy, who began their musical collaboration in the early 2000s as members of the Sam Kininger band (BMG Japan recording artists). They backed up numerous artists, including Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Terri Lyne Carrington, Elan Trotman, Martin Luther, Cody Chestnut, The Perceptionists, Club D’elf and many more.

The A-Beez, a Boston-based music collective in Library Park August 27.

The A-Beez, a Boston-based music collective in Library Park August 27.

FOSEL serves delicious slices of fresh watermelon, as always. There will be some seating provided but feel free to bring your own.

Library Park Special Guests Hosts Pat Loomis and his Band

Library Park Special Guests Hosts Pat Loomis and his Band

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Little Groove Musicians Return to Library Park on Monday, July 1 at 10:30 AM for a Morning of Song and Dance for the Littlest South-enders
Jul
1
10:30 PM22:30

Little Groove Musicians Return to Library Park on Monday, July 1 at 10:30 AM for a Morning of Song and Dance for the Littlest South-enders

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You will see a huge crowd in Library Park on Monday, July 1 at 10:30 AM when Little Groove music performers will bring song and dance and invite all of you to sing and dance along with them. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the South End Library.

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Sara Wheeler founded Little Groove pre-school for music and art years ago when she realized that there was a lack of music programs in the Boston area that fit the developmental needs of infants and toddlers. She wanted to make a program that helped children develop better communication skills, trust, language and overall well being.

Little Groove classes are conducted in a live music setting. During the class teachers perform songs playing live instruments. These songs are fun, catchy and repetitive and help teach your child about his/her environment. Children interact at their own level. The classes also incorporate brightly colored instruments that your child can touch, feel and shake.

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Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Author Erica Ferencik Will Present Her Latest Suspense Novel, "Into the Jungle," Based on a True Story, With a Slide Show Titled "A Night in the Amazon," Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 PM

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Erica Ferencik, a Boston-area novelist and essayist, will be at the South End library on Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 PM to give a talk about her latest suspense novel, Into the Jungle. Ferencik will narrate a slide show about her month-long sojourn in the Peruvian Amazon to research her work. The novel, her second, is based on a true story and describes one woman's terrifying journey of survival in the Bolivian Amazon.

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In a recent interview with the on-line magazine Dead Darlings, Ferencik said the true-life story was told by a friend, a foster child who, at sixteen found herself in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she fell for a local man and followed him to his ancestral home. It was remote river village in the Amazon rainforest without roads, electricity, or running water. She stayed for ten years, not returning to America until she was twenty-six years old. Publishers Weekly gave Into the Jungle a starred review and called it “[A] ferocious fever dream of a thriller…Ferencik delivers an alternately terrifying and exhilarating tale.” The New York Times included in their Summer Reading Guide, saying, “Erica Ferencik paints a picture of a jungle ripe with the amorality of nature, where dropping one’s guard or losing focus means death from any number of sources.”

Ferencik’s first thriller, The River at Night, was a #1 Pick by Oprah, who called it “the page-turning novel you’ve been waiting for, a heart-pounding debut.” It was also a Must Read selection of Entertainment Weekly, which described the novel as “harrowing…a visceral, white knuckle rush.” Miramax has recently optioned The River at Night for film. 

The author has been a ghostwriter, editor and screenwriter, and did stand-up comedy for ten years at various clubs in Boston and New York. She was a material writer for David Letterman during the early years of his national late-night show. Her work has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio. A previous novel, Repeaters, has been optioned for film.

Into the Jungle will be available for borrowing from the library and sale and signing by the author.

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Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Annual South End Library Book Sale Will Be Held Saturday, June 15, 10:00 AM, at 685 Tremont Street

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SPRING BOOK SALE!!!

 SATURDAY, JUNE 15th!

10:00am - 2:00pm

(NO EARLY-BIRD ENTRANCE & BUYING)

  Hardbounds: $2.00, Paperbacks: $1.00.  

DVDs:$1.00, CDs:$.50. Special Editions:$5.-$10

BOOKS, CDs & DVDs for all ages!!

Come! Browse! Buy! 

Support your Library!!

 South End Branch Library

685 Tremont St. in the South End.

 

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Jun
5
2:00 PM14:00

South End Library Offers Two One-hour Free Brain Health Workshops, Starting Wednesday, June 5, at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM

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According to Elizabeth Boveroux’s message to South End Seniors’s Listserve:

“The workshop is run by a Toronto based company called Cogniciti which has been very active in brain research. It, in turn, is affiliated with Baycrest, which runs a hospital that was founded in 1918 and mental health clinics and recreation programs for people with various stages of memory loss. 

They run these free mental health workshops all over Canada and the US, looking for people who are nervous about their mental health but are not yet in the vortex of serious trouble. 

In part they are looking for people who might be interested in clinical trials designed to test possible approaches to memory problems before they become severe. It consists of a 20 minute test, which you can also take on line (Google Cogniciti), and if appropriate they will provide a private consultation. Apparently, research on memory loss prevention is very slow because it is difficult to find people interested in the trials: the normal source of trial candidates is from doctors, but by the time people are concerned enough to see a doctor they are usually too far into it to be helpful for these preventive trials.

Your report will include a science based brain health score and you will have access to Cogniciti's online Memory and Caregiver Centres, each full of science based brain health information and tools."

REMINDER: If interested call 617-536-8241 to reserve a place at one of these workshops: Next Wednesday, June 5th 2 to 3pm and 3 to 4pm.

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Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

South End Forum Neighborhood Meeting to Take Place at the South End Library on Tuesday, June 4, 6:00 PM

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The first Tuesday of every other month is when the South End Forum, a coalition of local neighborhood associations, meet for updates and presentations about the nuts and bolts of what is going on in your neighborhood. Chaired by Rutland Square Association’s Stephen Fox, the Tuesday, June 4 event will provide updates about the Long Island Bridge project'; the latest ups and downs of the Alexandria Hotel; Shattuck Hospital developments; and a variety of local events sponsored by South End organizations. Utility staff from Eversource, national Grid and Viola will be there together with Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets and Chris “Buddy” Christopher of the Inspectional Services department. Seating is limited.

6:00 PM: Introductions and Association Announcements:

 

Intro of new Forum representatives and guests, association announcements of upcoming events, invitations, fund-raisers, and special interest notices. The Forum will not meet in July or August. The next meeting will be (T) Tuesday, September 10. 

 AGENDA

6:05 PM: Brief Forum Announcements and Updates on Initiatives by Working Groups:

Update on Forum Working Group with Boston Water and Sewer Commission to change existing policy to create maintenance equity between public and private alley abutters. First meeting with Mayor, BW&SC staff, Chief Osgood, and Forum representatives. Follow up meeting sponsored by the Mayor is planned
Update from the Forum's Working Group on Addiction, Recovery, and Homelessness. 
Updates on Roxbury Post Office contact list, South End Branch Library renovation funding, Library Park renovation work this summer, and current SE Transportation Planning Initiatives.
Brief introduction to the focus and work of "Speak for the Trees" organization from Executive Director David Meshoulam, followed by brief Q&A


6:15 PM: South End Public Safety Profile: Captain Sweeney will discuss the current South End public safety profile.


6:30 PM: Brief Presentation by New Boston Ventures team of Tubman Placeresidential, community, and commercial space development for the parcel currently occupied by USES owned Tubman House at Mass Ave and Columbus . Brief Q&A


6:45 PM: Brief Presentation by LIHC of their proposed residential development on Worcester Street:LIHC are the current owners of Tremont Street's Concord Houses and this property is currently gated open space, a parking lot fronting on Worcester Street. Brief Q &A


7:00 PM: Panel Discussion with representatives from Eversource, National Grid, and Veiola. As follow up to Boston Water and Sewer's construction plan presentation at the last Forum meeting, this is an opportunity to learn of plans for the South End by these key utilities in the coming months. Also discuss a neighborhood alert and notification protocol beyond individual customer phone or email notifications


7:15 PM: Dialogue with Chief of Streets Chris Osgood and his team:Topics to be covered will include the following in addition to Q&A
New Waste Hauling Contractor has been selected for the South End, replacing Sunrise Scavenger.The city has proposed that trash and recycle pick up times will start at 6 AM rather than the current 7AM thereby totally undercutting a five year effort by South End neighborhood association  to reduce overnight put outs by neighbors.
Pilot Collapsible Container proposal is about to get underway.
Update on selection of new Transportation Commissioner.
Tremont Street Safety Redesign update


7:40 PM: Presentation and Q&A with BPDA's Chris Busch of a Proposed Flood Resiliency Overlay Districtto include specific design guidelines to promote flood resiliency in new neighborhood development and building retrofits.


7:50 PM: Brief discussion of the South End's new Massport CAC seat: With the South End now having formal permanent representation on the CAC, South Enders will need to become more engaged in using CAC on line information and tools and begin to assemble key South End concerns to be brought to the CAC and from there to Massport and the FAA. Next CAC meeting is  4 PM on June 13 at the Transportation Building at Park Plaza. Meetings are open to the public.  
http://massportcac.org/meeting/massport-cac-general-meeting-8/

 8:00 PM:  Adjourn

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Little Groove Music Troupe Returns to the South End Library's Park Monday, June 3 at 10:30 AM for Song and Dance with (and for) Tiny Tots
Jun
3
10:30 AM10:30

Little Groove Music Troupe Returns to the South End Library's Park Monday, June 3 at 10:30 AM for Song and Dance with (and for) Tiny Tots

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You will see a huge crowd in Library Park on Monday, June 3 when Little Groove music performers will bring song and dance and invite all of you to sing and dance along with them. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the South End Library.

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Sara Wheeler founded Little Groove pre-school for music and art years ago when she realized that there was a lack of music programs in the Boston area that fit the developmental needs of infants and toddlers. She wanted to make a program that helped children develop better communication skills, trust, language and overall well being.

Little Groove classes are conducted in a live music setting. During the class teachers perform songs playing live instruments. These songs are fun, catchy and repetitive and help teach your child about his/her environment. Children interact at their own level. The classes also incorporate brightly colored instruments that your child can touch, feel and shake.

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South End History Scribe, Russ Lopez, Returns to Talk about His Latest Work, "The Hub of the Gay Universe: An LGBTQ History of Boston, Provincetown, and Beyond"  Tuesday, May 28
May
28
6:30 PM18:30

South End History Scribe, Russ Lopez, Returns to Talk about His Latest Work, "The Hub of the Gay Universe: An LGBTQ History of Boston, Provincetown, and Beyond" Tuesday, May 28

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Russ Lopez will return to the South End library on May 28 with his latest book about local urban history, this time about the impact of the GLBTQ community since the 17th century, titled The Hub of the Gay Universe: An LGBTQ History of Boston, Provincetown, and Beyond. The author will be introduced by South End’s new State Representative for the 9th Suffolk district, Jon Santiago.

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As his website describes it, “Since the coming of Europeans to Massachusetts in 1620, LGBTQ people have been an important presence. They challenged gender, social, and sex norms in the 17th century. They were welcomed into the upper reaches of Boston society in the 19th century. They contributed to the great effort to liberate LGBTQ people everywhere in the 20th and 21st centuries.”

“From the Trans Day of Remembrance to same-sex marriage, Boston has been at the forefront of the battle for LGBTQ rights. Meanwhile Provincetown has been welcoming LGBTQ people to its beaches and nightspots since at least World War I.  The LGBTQ hisory of the region includes heartbreakingly sad moments that will make readers angry, and increadilbly happy times that will make them wish they had been there to share in the fun.”

Lopez was at the library in February 2018 to discuss earlier work, charting the revival of Boston’s fortunes since its downward spiral the 1940s and 1950s (Boston's history, Boston 1945 - 2015: The Decline and Rise of a Great World City). Before that, he wrote about the South End’s gentrification tribulations (Boston's South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhoods).

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The author came to the South End decades ago when he was invited to a party here. He says he never really left after that, is part of the informal but dedicated South End Library's historical archives group that collects information about the neighborhood’s bygone days for safekeeping at the branch's second-floor archives' office.  The group represents a small cottage industry of South End historians and history buffs who have written about the neighborhood's art, culture, gentrification and urban renewal battles. Many of them have talked about their work for the South End Writesprogram at the library. They include South End News’s former Police Blotter scribe, John Sacco (famous for his iconic phrase, "The Scoundrel Was Arrested on the Spot"); Lynne Potts (A Block in Time: a History of the South End from a Window on Holyoke Street); Hope J. Shannon (Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End); Jean Gibran (Love Made Visible —a biography of her marriage to South End sculptor Kahlil Gibran); Alison Barnet (South End Character: Speaking Out on Neighborhood Change and the South End thriller Sitting Ducks); and Richard Vacca’s outstanding history of the local music scene (The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places and Nightlife 1937-1962).

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A native of California, Lopez received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University and his Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His doctorate is from the Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health His research interests include urban environmental health and the role played by cities, neighborhoods and the built environment on public health outcomes.  Current and past studies by Lopez include the role of neighborhoods in long-term diet and exercise interventions; the influence of schoolyard renovations on student test scores; and the association between the built environment and obesity.  Lopez has published articles on the health effects of racial segregation, income inequality and urban sprawl.  He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health.

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The Twelfth Annual South End Library Easter Egg Hunt, Featuring the Easter Bunny, Will Take Place in Library Park, Sunday, April 21, 11:00 AM, Rain or Shine..
Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

The Twelfth Annual South End Library Easter Egg Hunt, Featuring the Easter Bunny, Will Take Place in Library Park, Sunday, April 21, 11:00 AM, Rain or Shine..

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…and it will be over by 11:05 AM, so come early. As always, the Easter bunny will distribute many hundreds of eggs filled with chocolates, poems and knock-knock jokes. There will be delicious refreshments, warm coffee and cool lemonade after the hunt.

FOSEL has already ordered good weather and hope it will be delivered in time. We have baskets for those who can’t find their own from last year. We expect the Area D4 police to be available, as they always have been, for those crossing Tremont Street.

There will be a separate area cordoned off for the very young so they won’t be crushed by their enthusiastic and experienced older hunter colleagues. For those whose naps ran a bit late, the Easter bunny will have some extra eggs reserved especially for you..

The Easter Egg Hunt of 2018 when District 2 Councilor  Ed Flynn  assisted the bunny and kept the crowd behind the fencing as long as he could…

The Easter Egg Hunt of 2018 when District 2 Councilor Ed Flynn assisted the bunny and kept the crowd behind the fencing as long as he could…

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Author Christopher Castellani Returns on Tuesday, April 9, with a Widely Praised New Novel, "Leading Men," about Tennessee Williams's Life of Love, Glamour, Desire and Ambition in Italy in the 1950s
Apr
9
6:30 PM18:30

Author Christopher Castellani Returns on Tuesday, April 9, with a Widely Praised New Novel, "Leading Men," about Tennessee Williams's Life of Love, Glamour, Desire and Ambition in Italy in the 1950s

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Christopher Castellani, the award-winning novelist of three critically acclaimed works of fiction reaching back in to the Italian immigrant background of his family, will return to the South End Library on Tuesday, April 9, with his acclaimed new book of fiction about Tennessee Williams’s time in Portofino, Italy, in the early 1950s, Leading Men. With a focus on the playwright’s longtime relationship with Frank Merlo, the Boston Globe calls it a “seductive, steaming novel.” The New York Times book reviewer, Dwight Garner, describes it as a novel that casts "a spell right from the start” and “vividly reimagines” the relationship between Williams and Merlo, while offering “intricate thoughts about the nature of fidelity, the artistic impulse, and estrangement.”  The author will be introduced by Aaron Lecklider, Professor of American Studies at UMass, Boston, who wrote Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture.

Playwright Tennessee Williams with Frank Merlo in the 1950s.

Playwright Tennessee Williams with Frank Merlo in the 1950s.

Also serving as artistic director of Grub Street, the country’s largest independent creative writing center, Castellani was at the South End library in 2014 to read from All This Talk About Love, the last of his trilogy about Italian-American immigrants, a novel that was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award. In addition to  A Kiss from Maddalena, which won the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award;  The Saint of Lost Things, a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book; and All This Talk of Love, Castellani authored, The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, a collection of essays on point of view in fiction.

He received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council to write Leading Men. Castellani is on the faculty and academic board of the Warren Wilson MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

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Suzanne Berne, Orange Award-Winner for "A Crime in the Neighborhood,"  Will Talk about her Latest Suspense Novel, "The Dogs of Littlefield," Tuesday, March 19.
Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

Suzanne Berne, Orange Award-Winner for "A Crime in the Neighborhood," Will Talk about her Latest Suspense Novel, "The Dogs of Littlefield," Tuesday, March 19.

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On Tuesday, March 19, prize-winning author Suzanne Berne will be at the South End library to read from her latest suspense novel, The Dogs of Littlefield. The New York Times reviewer wrote that “..nothing sucks a reader in like psychological menace, and Berne is a master of the craft.” The Boston Globe said it was a “..near-flawless satire of middle-class America…”

Berke, who is the fiction editor of The Harvard Review, teaches creative writing at Boston College and the Ranier Writing Workshop. She won the U.K.’s Orange Award for A Crime in the Neighborhood. Earlier novels are The Ghost at the Table and A Perfect Arrangement. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in magazines including PloughsharesAgniThe Threepenny ReviewMademoiselleVogueThe New York Times MagazineThe Guardian, and The Quarterly.  

 

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Dan Kelley, Architect Affiliated with the Firm that Designed the South End Library in 1960s Will Talk about the Building's Architecture on Tuesday, March 12
Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

Dan Kelley, Architect Affiliated with the Firm that Designed the South End Library in 1960s Will Talk about the Building's Architecture on Tuesday, March 12

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The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) is the headquarters of NATO’s Allied Command Operations located near Mons, Belgium.)

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Does the image above remind you of the design of the South End library? No surprise if it does, as it was the product of the same architectural firm of Mitchell/Giurgola, then based in Philadelphia, now in New York. Dan Kelley, the principal architect of MGA Partners, which began as Mitchell/Giurgola, will be at the South End branch to talk about the library’s architectural history on Tuesday, March 12, at 6:30 PM.

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In a talk titled, Beyond City Hall, Kelley will describe how Romaldo Giurgola, one of the key figures of The Philadelphia School of the 1960’s, challenged doctrinaire modernism with designs and buildings that conceptually recognized their context.  Giurgola completed the BPL’s South End library branch in 1971 as he and the Mitchell/Giurgola Architects firm attracted national and international attention for their work.  Giurgola was awarded the AIA Gold Medal in 1983. In his presentation, Kelley will track the ideas in Giurgola’s work and survey the design history of the firm’s South End library project.

The South End branch of the Boston Public Library was designed by Ronaldo Giurgola in the late 1960s

The South End branch of the Boston Public Library was designed by Ronaldo Giurgola in the late 1960s

Romaldo Giurgola left Philadelphia when he became the chair of the Columbia University School of Architecture and Planning, around the time the South End branch was designed. He opened a second office of Mitchell/Giurgola in New York City, and later moved to Canberra, Australia, when the firm won the competition to design the Australian Parliament building. He passed away in 2016. His partner in the firm, Ehrman Mitchell, died in 2005. The Philadelphia office is now called MGA Partners.

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Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

From Page to Stage: Zeitgeist Stage Director David Miller, Will Discuss "Trigger Warning," a New Play about the Impact of a School Shooting from the Perspective of the Shooter's Family

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In the spring of 2019, Zeitgeist Stage Company, a resident theater company at the Boston Center for the Arts, will present the world premiere of Trigger Warning by playwright Jacques Lamarre. Zeitgeist Stage commissioned the play, in which the playwright looks at the impact of a school shooting from the perspective of the shooter’s family. Playwright Lamarre will join Zeitgeist’s award-winning Artistic Director, David Miller, for the event, February’s weather permitting, as he is traveling to Boston from Hartford, CT. The event was rescheduled to February 26 from the previous date, January 8.

This Page to Stage discussion, a first for the South End Writes author series, will illuminate the process of preparing a script for presentation in a premiere production. It will  include the reading of a scene from the play. Zeitgeist’s Miller, a South End resident, has recruited several of the actors in the production to participate in the event. 

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Eamon Shelton, BPL's Director of Operations, Will Discuss Library Renovation Plans at FOSEL's Annual Members Meeting  and 2019 Board Election on Tuesday, February 5, at 6:30 PM
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Eamon Shelton, BPL's Director of Operations, Will Discuss Library Renovation Plans at FOSEL's Annual Members Meeting and 2019 Board Election on Tuesday, February 5, at 6:30 PM

Next Tuesday, the Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL) will have its Annual Members Meeting where you can elect our proposed slate of directors, get updates on our financial status, programming and renovation plans. Eamon Shelton, the Director of Operations at the Boston Public Library. will be at the meeting to discuss renovation plans for the branch and answer any questions you might have. This is also the time when you can propose yourself as an advisor to the FOSEL board and/or sign up for any of its programs.

Our proposed 2019 slate of voting-board directors this year is made up of current officers for the second of their two-year terms, most current directors and one new candidate. Officers serve two-year terms; directors one year. The candidates are: Marleen Nienhuis (President); Barbara Sommerfeld (treasurer); Kim Clark (clerk); Marilyn Davillier; Gary Bailey; Duncan Will; and Jennifer Watson (new).

Our proposed 2019 advisory board includes many of the 2018 advisory board members: Anne Smart, Don Haber, Jacqueline McRath, Stephen Fox, Liane Crawford, Susanna Coit, Michael Cox, Michelle Laboy, Gail Ide and Nick Altschuller. Maura Harrington and Licia Sky asked to move from the 2018 voting to the 2019 advisory board due to increased commitments in their professional lives. In addition, Reinhold Mahler has agreed to join as a new advisor. Two wonderful 2018 advisory board members, Karen Watson and Ed Hostetter have moved out of state and are directing their generous volunteer efforts elsewhere. We thank them for their important contributions. Jon Santiago, who served on the FOSEL advisory board for three years, was counseled by legislative advisors to step down from all boards now that he is a newly elected State Representative (replacing Byron Rushing). We thank Jon for his advocacy and volunteering, and wish him the best.

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Here are brief descriptions of the proposed candidates:

Barbara Sommerfeld has been a meticulous treasurer for eight years, patiently and graciously processing innumerable contributions for both capital and membership campaigns by FOSEL. She is an active and devoted South End library user who is always ready to volunteer in any FOSEL project.

Kim Clark has organized board meetings, kept track of by-laws and written crisp and accurate board minutes. She has enthusiastically introduced numerous speakers for South End Writes, and recruited wonderful speakers (Mel King, Byron Rushing, Melinda Lopez). She is a longtime South End library user.

Marilyn Davillier, a therapist, is an active contributor to numerous FOSEL ventures, including the South End Writes program and the Holiday Party, and has made excellent recommendations for past and future speakers on the subject of children’s developmental psychology. She and her husband, Ed Tronick, a renowned child psychologist at UMass, hope to create a seminar series at the library for families of young children. 

Gary Bailey is a Professor of Practice at Simmons School of Social Work, very active in and connected to a range of neighborhood associations, and interested in the role the South End library can play in the lives of homeless patrons.

Duncan Will’s background is in secondary education. He is a member of the Local/Focus group, taking apart old displays and installing new ones. He works closely with Reinhold Mahler in this program.

Jennifer Watson. contacted FOSEL in 2018 and has taken on FOSEL’s newest program, the Award-winning Books Window. She was in charge of the first display, the 2018 Massachusetts Book Awards. She is now planning the second display, the Edgar Awards for Crime Fiction. She works as an executive’s chief of staff at the Boston Medical Center.

Anne Smart is the head librarian of the South End library is an invaluable member of FOSEL advisory board, especially in light of the library’s renovation projects.

Maura Harrington was the FOSEL Capital Campaign’s invaluable co-chair, a generous volunteer for Local/Focus and the Holiday Party, and will continue to be devoted to the branch’s well-being.

Licia Sky, a poet, composer and playwright, hopes to organize poetry slams at the branch, and aan evening of local folk music.

Don Haber, as co-president of the Jamaica Plain branch library, is an invaluable sounding board and source of information about library renovations and BPL developments.

Jacqueline McRath has been a loyal volunteer at FOSEL events, and has a wealth of knowledge about fiber artists, writers and poets in the South End community.

Stephen Fox, as chair of the South End Forum and the Rutland Square Association, has been a vocal and important advocate for the South End library and Library Park with our elected city representatives and appointed heads of city agencies.

Liane Crawford has made great recommendations for the Local/Focus window and has been very helpful in our fundraising efforts.

Susanna Coit is a trained archivist at the Perkins School for the Blind. She is very excited to continue as an advisor as the library is going through its renovation process and has kept FOSEL abreast of new information about libraries.

Michael Cox has recruited a number of speakers for South End Writes and is an active volunteer who distributes posters and flyers for our events throughout the neighborhood.

Michelle Laboy’s contribution to FOSEL as an architect helping us to envision a welcoming and beautifully renovated South End library has been inspiring and gratifying. She has participated in numerous meetings with the BPL’s executive and project teams to advance the renovation plans. 

Gail Ide is a library abutter who has been a longtime South End library and Library Park advocate.  She will continue to work  on the redesign and planting plans for Library Park.

Nick Altschuller has made very nice recommendations of authors for South End Writes and compiled a wonderfully curated set of crime fiction titles for our January Local/Focus mystery window, centered on Boston writers and/or fiction set in the Boston area. 

Reinhold Mahler is also an abutter to the library and has a background in architecture. He has made fantastic contributions to the formatting and design of the Local/Focus windows in the past year. The installations have never looked better and Reinhold is delighted to do more of the same in 2019. 

 Marleen Nienhuis founded FOSEL in 2007. After leaving the voting board in 2010 and returning in 2014, her current term will end next year. A 2019 nominating group will focus on expanding/renewing FOSEL’s leadership for the 2020 terms.

 

 

 

 

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Joan Diver, Subject of J. Anthony Lukas's Pulitzer prize-winning Busing Chronicle, "Common Ground," Will Read from her Memoir, "When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey," January 15
Jan
15
6:30 AM06:30

Joan Diver, Subject of J. Anthony Lukas's Pulitzer prize-winning Busing Chronicle, "Common Ground," Will Read from her Memoir, "When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey," January 15

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Joan Diver will be at the South End library on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 PM to talk about her debut memoir, When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey. It describes the voyage by Diver, a former South End resident, from nationally recognized foundation executive and social-justice advocate to spiritual healer through times of family crisis and confrontation with the challenges of urban life, while managing intense physical pain resulting from back injuries and, finally, her spiritual awakening after exploring healing traditions in East and West.

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Diver and her husband, Colin, lived a few steps from the South End library on West Newton Street in Boston in the 1970s and 1980s when gentrification and the busing crisis made a roller-coaster out of the daily lives of many Bostonians. Struggling to raise their family in the South End and navigating the school system, the Divers finally moved with their children to suburban Newton to provide a better education for their children than seemed possible in Boston at the time. “You’ve heard the expression, ‘A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged,’ ” Colin Diver told Yvonne Abraham in an interview with the Boston Globe in 2014. “I guess I was thinking, ‘A suburbanite is an urbanite who has had his kid’s reading scores decline.’ ”

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The Divers agreed to be one of the three families profiled by J. Anthony Lukas for what became his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Common Ground, which chronicled the heart-wrenching changes resulting from court-ordered busing. After the Divers left the South End, Joan Diver became the executive director of Boston’s Hyams Foundation. Colin Diver was appointed dean of Penn Law School in Philadelphia and, subsequently, became president of Reed College, in Portland, OR. The Divers returned to Boston in 2012 when Colin retired, and currently live in the Back Bay.

The event is free. Seating is limited.

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You're Invited to the South End Library's Annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 PM, Offering Music by Pat Loomis's Jazz & Blues Band, Food and Good Cheer
Dec
18
10:30 AM10:30

You're Invited to the South End Library's Annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 PM, Offering Music by Pat Loomis's Jazz & Blues Band, Food and Good Cheer

Chef John Hampton serving the holiday dinner at the South End library last year, with Pat Loomis and his Friends in the background.

Chef John Hampton serving the holiday dinner at the South End library last year, with Pat Loomis and his Friends in the background.

Yes, it’s that time of year when library staff and library supporters and friends get together for the Annual Holiday Party. As always, there will be Jazz and Blues music between the stacks, with Pat Loomis and his Friends who will include Antonio Loomis on guitar, Jim Dower, piano, Colescott Rubin, bass, and Benny Benson on drums. In addition, Loomis hopes to book a Special Guest, who shall be announced shortly.

In previous years, the husband of library staffer Carol Glass, John Hampton, prepared dinner but, regrettably, he is unable to do so this year (though we hope he’ll attend). Instead, library staff and FOSEL board members are organizing dinner and drink. As always, culinary donations will be welcomed.

Free to all. The library is fully handicapped accessible.

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Dec
11
6:30 PM18:30

Iran and Syria: Our Enemies or Potential Partners? Prize-winning Foreign Correspondent, Stephen Kinzer, Will Return to the South End Library, Tuesday, December 11

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Stephen Kinzer, a long-time South End resident, will be back at the South End library by popular demand to give us an update about his latest insights, this time into the fraught relationship between the US, Iran and Syria. He will be introduced by the esteemed WBUR OpenSource radio host, Christopher Lydon. An October 25 interview with Christopher Lydon on the fraught Middle East situation is linked here.

Kinzer’s thought-provoking assessments of foreign-policy matters are rooted in a distinguished career of reporting and managing several New York Times bureaus in, among other places, Istanbul and Berlin. His weekend op-ed pieces in the Boston Globe always offer the reader an unexpected new twist on the usual media story to chew over for the remains of one’s supposed day of rest. Kinzer, who won Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot prize for outstanding coverage of Latin America, has reported from more than 50 countries on five continents as a foreign correspondent. The Washington Post described him as "among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling." His two decades working for the New York Times placed him at the center of historic events and, at times, in the line of fire.

When Kinzer was the New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua in the 1980s, he covered war and upheaval in Central America and wrote two books about the region, Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, co-authored with Stephen Schlesinger, and Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua, a social and political portrait that The New Yorker called "impressive for the refinement of its writing and also the breadth of its subject matter." In the 1990s, he was posted in Germany and became chief of the Berlin bureau after German unification, from  where he covered the emergence of post-Communist Europe, including wars in the former Yugoslavia.

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As chief of the New York Times bureau in Istanbul, Turkey, he traveling widely in Turkey and in the new nations of Central Asia and the Caucasus, after which he wrote Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds. While in Turkey, Kinzer hosted the country’s first radio show devoted to blues music.  He is the author of the entry on Jelly Roll Morton in The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge.

In 2006 Kinzer published Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq  which describes the 14 times the United States has overthrown foreign governments, why these interventions were carried out and what their long-term effects have been. He has made several trips to Iran, and is the author of All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. Word has it, this book was part of John Kerry's library when he was Secretary of State under the Obama administration. It described, among other events,  how the CIA overthrew Iran's elected government in 1953.

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Kinzer wrote about Africa in his book A Thousand Hills: Rwanda's Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa called it "a fascinating account of a near-miracle unfolding before our very eyes.” Among his later books are The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War and The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire, each of which were the subject of Kinzer's earlier popular talks at the South End library.

After leaving the New York Times, Kinzer taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern University and Boston University.  In addition to writing a world affairs column for The Boston Globe, he is a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

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Janet Fink, Recorder Player, and Alastair Thompson, Harpsichordist, Will Play Johann Sebastian Bach Suites and Sonatas on Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 PM
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Janet Fink, Recorder Player, and Alastair Thompson, Harpsichordist, Will Play Johann Sebastian Bach Suites and Sonatas on Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 PM

South End recorder player Janet Fink and harpsichordist Alastair Thompson will play another one of their popular concerts on Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 PM, upstairs at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library. The program will be of suites and sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, specifically numbers BWV 1031, 1033, and 1034. The program notes will tell the story of the multigenerational connections in the Mendelssohn family to Bach's works.

Recorder player Janet Fink has studied with numerous local teachers and coaches. She has performed in the Boston area for more than twenty-five years, in recorder consort with, among other groups, A Moveable Feast, and as soloist with the Witchtrot Consort, the St John’s Ensemble, and the Hemlock Consort. Always on the lookout to help young struggling musicians, she currently serves as President of the Board of the new wind band, Grand Harmonie. Fink offers frequent recitals at the South End and West End branches of the Boston Public Library.

Harpsichordist Alastair Thompson comes from a family of musicians and dancers and could not possibly stay away from the stage for long. In April 2011 he co-directed a stage performance of Matthew Locke's 1657 masque Cupid and Death (the masque is a form of festive festive entertainment that flourished at courts in 16th- and early 17th-century Europe). As a harpsichordist, he has accompanied performers at Boston-area conservatories and collaborated with many chamber ensembles, including Seven Times Salt, Les Enfants Terribles, the Zelenka Project, Patalena, the Weckmann Project, the Cavalier Consort, and Fourscore. He is also active as accompanist and administrator with Amherst Early Music.



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Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

Boston Medical Center Pediatricians Will Host Parents and Children at the Library to Talk about Oral Health for Toddlers and Tweens

In the second of two interactive health programs for parents and children at the South End library, a team of excellent local pediatricians will talk with caregivers, parents, grandparents and teachers about their children’s oral health. There will be space for play and crafts during the programs. It offers parents an opportunity to express their concerns about child-rearing in a supportive environment with other parents.

The first program is centered on literacy, reading together and screen time for toddlers and preschoolers. Both events are free to all. For further information, please contact Anne Smart, head librarian, at 617 236-4077 or at asmart@bpl.org.

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Nov
27
6:30 PM18:30

Award-winning Author and Boston Globe Op-ed Contributor, Joan Wickersham, Will Talk about her Acclaimed Short-story Collection,"The News from Spain," Tuesday, November 27

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Boston Globe columnist and award-winning author, Joan Wickersham, will talk about her latest collection of short stories, The News from Spain, on Tuesday, November 27. The San Francisco  Chronicle called it "Divine." Kirkus Reviews and NPR said it was “one of the best books.” Her 2009 memoir, The Suicide Index: Putting my Father's Death in Order, was a National Book Award finalist and won Salon Book Award. She is also the author of a novel, The Paper Anniversary. 

Wickersham introduced the Pulitzer-prize winning biographer, Megan Marshall, when she was at the South End library in May to present her biography of the poet Elizabeth Bishop,  A Miracle for Breakfast. Wickersham's fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and has been published in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her op-ed column runs regularly in The Boston Globe. She has published essays and reviews in The Los Angeles Times and The International Herald Tribune; and has read her work on National Public Radio’s On Point and Morning Edition. She also writes frequently about architecture, including The Lurker, a column she created for Architecture Boston magazine.

The author has received the Ploughshares Cohen Award for Best Short Story and has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has taught at Harvard, Emerson, the University of Massachusetts (Boston), and the Bennington Writing Seminars. Joan graduated from Yale with a degree in art history, and she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

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Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Jessica Keener, Bestselling Novelist ("Night Swim") and Short-story Writer ("Women in Bed") Will Read from her Latest Work, "Strangers in Budapest," Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 PM

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In her second novel, the December 2017 Indy Pick Strangers in Budapest, Jessica Keener delves underneath the surface of the architecturally glittering city of Budapest where the characters are presented with inhabitants who live with the scars inflicted by Communism and the Nazi occupation. A young American family, Annie and Will with a newly adopted child, Leo, moves to Budapest (where the author lived herself), to pursue one of those irresistible business opportunities that popped up after the Communist era ends. In what Library Journal called “a slow burn of an international psychological thriller,” Annie is led into that city’s past as well as her own.

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The author of the national bestseller, Night Swim, Keener grew up in the greater Boston area and devoted the early part of her writing career to short stories. One of them, Recovery, informed by the author’s battle with a life-threatening illness right after she graduated from high school, won a Redbook magazine prize and became part of the award-winning collection, Women In Bed.

The recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for fiction, Keener was listed by the editors of the Pushcart Prize under “outstanding writers.” She has been published in literary magazines and on-line sites such as The Southeast ReviewChariton ReviewNorthwest Corridor, Night Train, Eclectica, Wilderness House Literary Review, Connotation Press,The Nervous Breakdown, and Huffington Post. In the 1990s and 2000s for the Boston Globe Magazine, Poets & Writers, O, The Oprah MagazineInspired HouseCoastal Living and Design New England.

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Acclaimed Playwright and Actress Melinda Lopez Will Talk at the South End Library About Her Recent Work on Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 PM
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Acclaimed Playwright and Actress Melinda Lopez Will Talk at the South End Library About Her Recent Work on Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 PM

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by Kim Clark, FOSEL board member

The acclaimed Boston playwright, Melinda Lopez, will be at the South End library to talk about her work on Tuesday October 30 at 6:30 PM.  Lopez will be introduced by Isabel Alvarez Borland, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and author of Cuban-American Literature of Exile: From Person to Persona.

Lopez, also an accomplished actress, is recognized as one of the most exciting playwrights currently working in the U.S.  In 2013, she was named the first Playwright-in-Residence at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Before becoming a playwright, Lopez came to the theater as an actress. She launched her career by taking part in readings of new plays at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, MN, and moved on to roles in staged performances. She acted in numerous plays, including Romeo and Juliet at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, ME (1997); A Month in the Country (2002); The Rose Tattoo (2004) and Persephone (2007) at the Huntington.  As an actress attuned to dialogue, Lopez wondered if she might do more than interpret the stories of others if she had her own compelling stories to tell? 

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Early forays into writing plays, primarily about her family, were encouraging. She was accepted into the MFA Playwrighting Program at Boston University where Nobel Prize-winning poet and author, Derek Walcott, was her mentor. Her play, Sonia Flew, debuted at the Huntington in 2004 and was awarded both the IRNE and Eliot Norton Awards for Best New Play in that year. Sonia Flew has since been produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, the San Jose (CA) Repertory Theatre and other theater companies. Lopez's other plays include Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre, 2014), Caroline in Jersey (Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA 2009) and Alexandros (Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA 2008).

Her poignant and powerful one-character play Mala, the only one of her works in which she also appears, debuted at ArtsEmerson Boston in 2016 and won the 2016 Eliot Norton Award for Best New Play. Mala has also been performed at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis (2017) and at the Huntington (2018).

Lopez is currently working on an adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1934 classic Yerma, set to be staged at the Huntington Theatre in June 2019. She likes to feel that a play must have 'heart and compassion, must celebrate the human condition,' whether she is the author, a cast member or, as with Yerma, the translator and adaptor. She feels that theater is at its best when a play explores the existential questions of life and living.

 

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Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Boston medical Center Pediatricians Will Host and Interactive Program on Children's Health for Parents and Children: Literacy, Reading Together and Screen Time for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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A team of Boston Medical Center pediatricians will be at the South End library to offer advice and suggestions in two interactive programs for parents and children. The first one-hour program will take place on Tuesday, October 23, at 6:30 PM, and center on literacy, reading together, and screen time for the young and very young. The second will take place on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 PM, and focus on oral health for toddlers and tweens.

Parents can share concerns about child-rearing in a supportive environment with guidance from three top-notch local pediatricians. There will be space for play and crafts during the program. Teachers, parents, caregivers and grandparents are all welcome. For further information, contact head librarian, Anne Smart, at 617 536-8241 or at asmart@bpl.org.

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Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Randolph Fuller, Opera Aficionado and Co-founder of Odyssey Opera, Will Stand in for Odyssey Conductor Gil Rose, Who Had to Cancel the Tuesday Talk Due to a Scheduling Conflict

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Randolph Fuller, a passionate opera fan and financial backer of Odyssey Opera, has graciously offered to stand in for Odyssey’s conductor Gil Rose, who had to cancel his Tuesday, October 9 appearance at the South End library due to a last-minute scheduling conflict. Rose emailed FOSEL to say Fuller would be “very entertaining,” and hopes to return himself at a later time.

On Tuesday, Fuller will focus on the 19th-century French composer Charles Gounod’s most famous opera, Faust, first performed at La Scala in 1862. When the Metropolitan Opera in New York City opened in 1883, Gounod’s Faust was its premier performance. This year is the composer’s 200th anniversary of his birth. Fuller has asked for a CD player to accompany his talk so the sound of opera will resound in the library’s community room on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 PM.

Randolph Fuller talking to an engaged audience last year about Boston’s distinguished history with opera companies and the sad demise of the Opera House, formerly on Huntington Avenue.

Randolph Fuller talking to an engaged audience last year about Boston’s distinguished history with opera companies and the sad demise of the Opera House, formerly on Huntington Avenue.

Last October, Rose and Fuller discussed the 2017-18 Trial by Fire performances of Odyssey Opera, five operas by different composers, each focused on the life of Joan of Arc. Fuller, a longtime South End resident and local benefactor, gave an erudite talk about the history of opera in Boston, an art form he's been in love with since he was nine, when his parents took him to see Die Fledermaus at the Boston Opera House.

Odyssey’s 2018-19 season includes two of Gounod’s operas. The first, The Queen of Sheba, received a glowing write-up from Boston Classic Review; the next, The Doctor In Spite of Himself  will be preformed at the Huntington Theatre on November 9 and 11. Odyssey's three spring 2019 operas are inspired by "the face that launched a thousand ships," Helen of Troy: Paris and Helen by Christoph Willibald Gluck (2/15 and 2/17); The Egyptian Helen by Richard Strauss (4/19); and The Beautiful Helen by Jacques Offenbach (6/14 and 6/16).

Artistic director/conductor Gil Rose greeting admirers at last year’s Odyssey Opera event at the South End library

Artistic director/conductor Gil Rose greeting admirers at last year’s Odyssey Opera event at the South End library

Fuller recommends the following readings on Faust: by Thomas Mann (Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend); Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust); and a short story by Stephen Vincent Benet (The Devil and Daniel Webster).

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Award-winning Novelist of Domestic Drama, Randy Susan Meyers ("The Murderer's Daughter," "Accidents of Marriage"), Will Read from "The Widow of Wall Street," Based on the Bernie Madoff Case
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Award-winning Novelist of Domestic Drama, Randy Susan Meyers ("The Murderer's Daughter," "Accidents of Marriage"), Will Read from "The Widow of Wall Street," Based on the Bernie Madoff Case

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Randy Susan Meyers, known for her novels of domestic drama, will present her latest work, The Widow of Wall Street, on Tuesday, September 25, at the South End library at 6:30 PM. Her novels, international bestsellers, are informed by years of working with families impacted by violence, and represent her personal long journey from idolizing 'bad boys' to loving a good man. Her most recent work, a novella called, 19 Myths About Cheating, also will be available at the event.

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The Widow of Wall Street, her fourth novel, was called an “engrossing emotional journey” by Kirkus Review, and “compelling” by the Associated Press. Library Journal wrote it was  “..full of deceit, scandal, and guilt.." and that it "..expertly explores how rising to the top only to hit rock bottom affects a family. The consequences will leave readers reeling.” Meyers, who calls her latest book a roman à clef, a form of fiction she enjoys reading herself, delves into the role of Ruth Madoff, wife to Bernie, of the infamous Ponzi scheme.

The author won the 2015 Must Read Fiction Massachusetts Book Award for her earlier work, Accidents of Marriage. The Boston Globe reviewer said the book, which explores emotional abuse in a family living in a Jamaica Plain Victorian, a 'complex, captivating tale.'  It was chosen by People Magazine as "Pick of the Week." 

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The Boston Globe called Meyers's second novel, The Comfort of Lies, as “..sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny when the author skewers Boston’s class and neighborhood dividing lines." In addition to her debut novel, The Murderer's Daughters, Meyers has published an author's guide called What To Do Before Your Book Launch. The Los Angeles Times called The Murderer's Daughters a "knock-out debut." Meyers's novels have been chosen twice by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as "Must Read Fiction,” and she has been a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award twice, as well.

 In a 2010 article published in the U.K., Meyers disclosed her own father tried to kill her mother when she was four. She described in the interview how domestic violence affected her family for decades after.

 

 

 

 

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Sep
11
9:00 PM21:00

Library Park Now Under Reconstruction: Due to Re-open in Mid-fall

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Library Park has been under construction since late July and is expected to be completed sometime in early fall. According to Lauren Bryant, the project direct for the park's reconstruction, the contractor will demolish the items in the park that will be replaced, like the bluestone pavement and the brick seating areas.

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Then the concrete pavement will be built (currently almost completed) and new benches, tables installed, as well as previous wrought-iron seating.  Trees will be pruned and the soil will be amended. Any further updates will be reflected on this website. 

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