Dorchester neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Book sale

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

The Friends of the Fields Corner Branch will offer a large variety of gently used adult and juvenile books, CDs, DVDs and more at low prices. Proceeds will benefit the community programming at the library.

Call 617-436-2155 for more details.

Citizenship information

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will host a free USCIS immigration information session on benefits from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer will give general information on immigration issues such as naturalization and citizenship, eligibility requirements, permanent residency, filing procedures, avoiding scams and finding low cost and safe advice. This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement and Boston Public Library.

Call John McCarthy at 617-565-9430 for more information.

Zoo lovers’ day

The Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, will celebrate National Zoo Lovers’ Day and Ape Awareness Day with special programs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

The day will include special zookeeper chats at Bird World, Franklin Farm, the Children’s Zoo and Tropical Forest. In celebration of Ape Awareness Day, there will be ape-themed crafts and activities for kids throughout the day in the Tropical Forest.

The program is free with zoo admission. Visit or call 617-989-2000 for more details.

Boston Ballet story time

The Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., will offer story time with Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11.

Children and families are welcomed to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-298-7841 for further details.

Senator to speak

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will be the guest speaker at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 210 Morrissey Blvd., at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

The Democratic senator from Rhode Island will discuss his new book, “Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy” that covers corporate power in politics, as well as the issues that he hopes to make progress on in the Senate in 2017. Alison King, political reporter from NBC Boston, will moderate the evening.

A book signing will follow the program.

Advance registration is required for this free program, online at

Climate conversation

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, will welcome guest speaker Ernest J. Moniz from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

Moniz, the former U.S. Secretary of Energy and currently professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will look at key issues related to climate, clean energy and nuclear security.

The program is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 617-514-1646 or online at

Starring Olivier

A series of films starring British acting legend Lord Laurence Olivier is being shown at the Lower Mills Library, 27 Richmond St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during April.

Featured will be the comedy “The Prince and the Showgirl” co-starring Marilyn Monroe, on April 14; the thriller “Marathon Man” with Dustin Hoffman on April 21; and the WWII adventure “The 49th Parallel” co-starring Leslie Howard, on April 28.

Admission is free.

Call the library at 617-298-7841 for more information.

Easter egg hunt

The annual Dorchester Park Easter egg hunt will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 15 at the park, 2174 Dorchester Ave.

Kids should bring their own baskets to collect hidden eggs. RCN staff will take photos with the Easter Bunny when the egg hunt is over. Parents should look for the table near the tennis courts.

For further information, call 857-598-9500.

Duplo Day

The Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave., will offer a free Duplo Day program for kids from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 15.

Please join us for mornings filled with building with Lego Duplo blocks, books and fun. This program is best for children, ages 2 to 5 years old, accompanied by an adult.

Call 617-436-2155 for more details.

Healthcare conversation

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Dr. James O’Connell of Boston Health Care for the Homeless will have a conversation on healthcare from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 17 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point.

Sudders and O’Connell will discuss key healthcare issues, challenges and opportunities for consumers with moderator Emily Reimer of WCVB.

Reservations are required for this free program by calling 617-514-1646 or online at

Maritime history exhibit

The Commonwealth Museum in the Massachusetts Archives building, Columbia Point, is displaying “From Slavery to Freedom: African Americans and Maritime History” now through May 26.

The sea played a significant role in the history of African-Americans. It was a source of misery on the dangerous passage from Africa to the new world, but by the 19th century Massachusetts had become an important center of the abolitionist movement. Seaport communities became avenues of escape for fugitive slaves and a source of employment, especially in the whaling port of New Bedford.

This exhibit traces important themes in maritime history that have often been hidden

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-727-9268.