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How to Exhibit in the Main Library

Main Library (361 Washington St., Brookline) Exhibit Areas

First floor:

  • Foundation Case — located in the west entrance foyer near School St.
  • Emery & Lobby Cases — in the main lobby across from the new nonfiction books.
  • Brookline 300th Display Case — in the Reference Room

Children's Room:

  • at the entrance
  • across from the Circulation Desk
  • all around the room.

The Gallery in Hunneman Hall — located on the second floor

The Gallery in Hunneman Hall is open up to 30 minutes before closing as long as the hall is not is use. For scheduled programs and events, click on Calendar in the upper right-hand corner of our web page at brooklinelibrary.org. If the track lights are off when you arrive, the (labelled) switches are just inside the door to your right.

Permanent Installation: Jeremy Kindall's "Storyville" at Putterham Branch Library

Jeremy Kindall's sculpture was installed at Putterham in June, 2014, in honor of former Putterham Branch Librarian Barbara Warner.


The Public Schools of Brookline: Grades K-7, "Schools Out For Summer"

Jun 7, 2014-Aug 29, 2014
Main Library, Second floor: The Gallery in Hunneman Hall

*Please note: this exhibit will be unavailable for public viewing until Monday, July 28, due to floor refinishing in Hunneman Hall*

A retrospective of K-7 visual storytelling created during the 2013-2014 school year in the eight elementary schools in Brookline

Kindergarten Work Lawrence School; Grade 1 Work Baker School; Grade 2 Work Driscoll School; Grade 3 Work Pierce School; Grade 4 Work Heath School; Grade 5 Work Devotion School; Grade 6 Work Runkle School; Grade 7 Work Lincoln School

Diane Chester-Demicco: Puddingstone Recast

Jun 7, 2014-Aug 4, 2014
Putterham Branch Library display case


Brookline Artist Diane Chester-Demicco specializes in kilncast and coldworked sculptural glass. Her artwork reflects her great passion for the natural world, both existent and fantasized. Almost every day she explores local trails, gathering inspiration that she incorporates into glass (and more recently, bronze and aluminum). She especially enjoys walking through our local sanctuaries filled with Roxbury “Puddingstone” Conglomerate, the State Rock of Massachusetts. By removing the original rocks and replacing them with copies made of glass and metal, she brings unexpected sparkle and beauty to this otherwise dull-colored stone.

Miniature Book Society, Inc.

Jul 8, 2014-Aug 14, 2014
Main Library, First Floor: Exhibit case across from new fiction books

From ancient times, miniature books have been created from Babylon to China and throughout the world. They have been used in business, delighted royalty, used in propaganda, entertained travelers, challenged printers, binders, and artists, and have been collected by all kinds of people.

In 1983, Miriam Owen Irwin of Cincinnati, Ohio, invited Ian MacDonald, of Paisley, Scotland, and several other publishers to her family farm in Tipp City, Ohio. Soon other publishers and collectors asked to be included in the gathering. Out of this developed the Miniature Book Society.

In the years since 1983, membership has grown to nearly 300 people from 25 countries and 40 states. Conclaves and miniature book fairs are held every year in different cities around the world. The meeting this year is being held at the Taj Hotel on Arlington Street in Boston (the last Boston meeting was held 30 years ago). The book fair will be open to the public on Sunday afternoon, August 18th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to see the world of miniature books, to meet some of the publishers and artists, and to obtain miniature books.

The Society was incorporated in 1989 and became non-profit in 1990. Meetings have been held in Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and across the United States. The meeting next year will take place in the Netherlands. Stephen Byrne, from Scotland, is the first European to be elected president of the Society.

Two beautiful displays of miniature books travel throughout the United States and Europe each year and have been received with great delight by thousands of viewers. One of these displays will be on view at this library from July 8 through August 14.

For more information, go to: www.mbs.org

Retro Technology Exhibit

Jul 8, 2014-Aug 29, 2014
Main Library


We started off our STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) themed summer reading program this year with a Retro Technology Fair, featuring the technology of yesterday…today! Although the Fair was for one day only, we invite everyone to come and see the highlights of our Fair in our ongoing display throughout June and August.

Come in and explore the media technology of the past decades, featuring objects on display from the early 1900s to the early 2000s. We have on display record players, radios, telephones, typewriters, cameras, movie projectors, and all kinds of audio technology from a reel to reel tape recorder to an iPhone 5 (for comparison's sake.) Check out all the technology for writing, picture-taking, music-listening, playing games, and computing that everyone used before smartphones and tablets.

Throughout the summer, join us in our Retro Summer Reading Challenge, for teens (going in to 7th grade and up) to adults. Register, and start tracking your time spent reading! You can share book recommendations, win prizes, and check in to see what everyone else is reading. Any reading counts, including reading novels, nonfiction, comics, magazines, newspapers, online or listening to audiobooks.