North End Library Programs

October activities and programs at the North End Library has something to do for everyone’

During the month there will be films, computer assistance, a Mah Jongg Club, an author reading, adult book club, author discussion and many events for children.

Events For Adults

Friday Films: Hollywood UK: American Studios and Directors, British Actors and Crews with Professor Barry Marshall

Friday October 4    1:00 pm The Third Man

Friday October 11   1:00 pm Dr. No

Friday October 18   1:00 pm Dr. Strangelove

Friday October 25   1:00 pm Lolita

One-on-One Computer Assistance for Adults by Appointment

Call 617.227.8135 to reserve a 30-minute spot for personalized assistance with PC computing, laptops, iPads, tablets, the BPL catalog, and online resources. Laptops are available to use or you can bring your own.

Mah Jongg Club – Thursdays – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm

Come and play the American-style variant of this tile-based game that originated in China and requires skill, strategy, and calculation. Beginners are welcome. No sign up is required.

Black Coffee with Author Daniel Ford – Wednesday, October 9 – 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Daniel Ford, author of Sid Sanford Lives! reads from his new short story collection Black Coffee (2019). These nine moving, funny, and, at times, terrifying stories explore how people meander in and out of each other’s lives, why family bonds are the hardest to navigate and break, and how hope lights a path even in the darkest of coffee cups. Dave Pezza, host of the NovelClass podcast, will emcee and the author will take questions from the audience following the reading and discussion. Plenty of (free!) Black Coffee swag will be handed out.

Adult Book Discussion Club – Wednesday, October 16 – 6:30-7:30 pm

October’s book is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Books may be picked up and checked out at the library’s front desk.

Author Daniel Zimmerman Discusses Shots in the Dark: the Saga of Rocco Balliro – Wednesday, October 23 – 6:30-7:30 pm

Author Daniel Zimmerman discusses his true crime book, Shots in the Dark: the Saga of Rocco Balliro (2018) – much of which takes place in Boston’s North End – and explores the deadly shootout that took place in a darkened apartment on the outskirts of Boston on a frigid winter night in 1963. Zimmerman will discuss his prison visits with Balliro, as well as his personal connection to the Balliro family.

Children’s Events

Toddler Story Time – Tuesdays – 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Listen to stories, sing songs, and learn together through movement and play. This story time is ideal for little ones who have started walking and moving on their own.

Baby Story Time – Tuesdays – 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Enjoy gentle stories, songs, and lap bounces ideal for pre-walking babies and caregivers.

After-School Adventures – Tuesdays October 8 thru 29 – 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Drop in after school to explore art, science, or engineering through hands-on activities. Ideal for kids 6-12 years old.

LEGO Club – Wednesdays – 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Drop in after school to build whatever you can imagine with LEGOs and DUPLOs.

BTU Homework Help – Wednesdays – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Boston Teachers Union sponsors a Homework Helper program in each of the Boston Public Library branches. The BTU provides a teacher to help a child with his or her homework for free.

Dot & Dash Robots – Monday, October 7 – 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Build your coding skills using the library’s Dash and Dot robots. Ideal for kids 6 years and up.

123 Andrés Concert – Thursday, October 10 – 10:30-11:00 a.m.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, join Latin Grammy-winning 123 Andrés in a concert for kids and families! Get ready to learn or practice your Spanish and to sing, jump, and dance in this high-energy, interactive show.

Faroles Workshop with La Piñata – Monday, October 21 – 3:30-4:30 p.m. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, join La Piñata in a faroles making workshop. Children will learn the history behind the lanterns that are often used during Día de losMuertos. Participants will create their own lantern out of recycled materials and will learn about Latin American history through storytelling and folk music.

Middle School Book Club – Thursday, October 24 – 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Talk about books and join in fun activities with other middle schoolers! Ask at the branch for a copy of the book for October. Titles are aimed at students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

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