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149 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Branch Librarian: Allen Knight


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Hours & Directions

Current programs and activities

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At 5 p.m. on Friday, November 17 the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library will undergo a temporary closure for renovations with plans to reopen in Spring 2020. The $14.7 million renovation includes a new welcome area overlooking a redesigned plaza; improved visibility and openness; dedicated space for children, teens, and adults; a nutrition lab and technology teaching lab; refreshed collections; and more. During the closure, Dudley Branch patrons are encouraged to use any of the BPL’s other locations throughout the city.

Collections may be returned to the Dudley Branch up until Friday, November 17 at 5 p.m. Following the closure, museum passes and holds on items can be picked up at the Grove Hall Branch at 41 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.

Dudley Branch relocated programming during temporary closure

Additional programs will be posted when confirmed.

Concert: The Makanda Project
Saturday, November 18, 7 p.m.
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury
Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Fund program
All ages

Preschool Story Time
Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 a.m., begins December 6
Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren Street, Roxbury
Ages 2-5

Teen Board Games
Wednesdays 3-5:30 p.m., begins December 6
Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren Street, Roxbury
Ages 12-18

Dudley Reads Book Discussion Group
First Monday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., begins January 8, 2018
Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren Street, Roxbury
Ages 18+

Crazy Quilt-Making for the Winter Blues: A beginner course for older adults living in Boston
Wednesdays, January 10 - March 28, 2018, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
CBES Dudley Supportive Housing, 2311 Washington Street, Roxbury – First Floor Community Room
Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Fund program

Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Fund programs – Times and Dates TBD
Tracing Our Roots Workshops, February 6-27, Tuesday nights from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Play Reading Book Club, sponsored by ArtsEmerson
Youth Arts for Social Change Conference & Job Fair, sponsored by Boch Center
Take Back the Kitchen Family Classes, sponsored by Haley House, Thursdays: April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Take Back the Kitchen Adult and Senior Classes, sponsored by Haley House, Wednesdays: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 12-2:30 p.m.
Makanda Project Concerts, led by John Kordalewski
Memoir/Personal Essay Writing Workshop, led by Naomi Lomba-Gomes
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, led by Bonita Jones
Piano Classes, led by Carlos Vargas (classes are full)
Smart Phone Workshops, led by Joel Mackall of Reidren Business Group,
Tracing Our Roots workshops, led by Joel Mackall of Reidren Business Group


The Dudley Branch has a large collection of books covering the African American experience since before the Civil War. Some of the topics covered are the slave trade, the Underground Railroad, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights Movement. There is also an extensive collection of books about African American music and musicians including gospel, blues, jazz and soul.


Each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. films are shown for preschoolers. Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. is story time for children. Craft projects are often included so, please preregister. Anime’ films for teens are shown Thursdays at 4 p.m. On alternate Saturday afternoons, chess lessons are offered for all ages.


The Black Doll Show, live concerts, author visits and poetry sessions are some of the annual offerings at the Dudley Branch. Each year there are also programs sponsored by the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund Grants and may include local history, adult literacy, music and children and teen programs.

There are excellent programs sponsored by the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund.

Children's Area Dudley Friends group

The Children's Area

Members of the Dudley Friends Group—Photo by Ronald Shelburne, Jr.


The Dudley Branch opened its doors in its current location at 65 Warren Street, in April of 1978, replacing both the Mount Pleasant Branch and the privately endowed Fellowes Athenaeum.