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Italian Conversation Class

Wed 12/2 5:00 PM at Putterham branch library

In collaboration with the Education Office of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, we will be offering a series of Italian Conversation classes at Putterham during the month of December. The groups are for adults who would like an opportunity to practice their Italian language skills in a casual, friendly setting, while enjoying a coffee. For elementary to advanced levels. Wednesdays: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 5 - 6pm No registration required.

For more information, contact the Educational Office at the Italian Consulate: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Precious Bane - a 50 minute Musical

Wed 12/2 7:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Join us for a 50 minute concert version of a new two-act musical adaptation of Mary Webb’s 1926 novel, Precious Bane. Five singer/actors will perform musical highlights from the show, accompanied by the composer Miriam Raiken-Kolb on piano, with narration to fill in the story by the librettist/playwright G.L. Horton.

If you enjoy good literature set in the 19th century, “Masterpiece Theatre” costume drama, or stories about young people caught up in melodies of impossible yearning and conflicting loyalties, this program is for you.

Stay for the post-performance book discussion and comments from the creators on adapting this classic novel for the stage. Visit the Reference Desk to request the novel!


Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich, M. T. Anderson, and the Arneis Quartet

Mon 12/7 7:00 PM - 8:29 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

National Book Award and Printz Honor Winner M. T. Anderson presents from his newest work, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. Following his presentation, he will introduce the performance of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 by the lauded Arneis Quartet.

Symphony for the City of the Dead has been praised in the New York Times, was nominated for the longlist for the National Book Award, and has received four starred reviews.

From the Kirkus Review, "The storytelling is captivating, describing how Shostakovich began composing the symphony under relentless bombardment in Leningrad and later finished it in Moscow, its triumphant performance in Leningrad during the siege, and how it rallied worldwide sympathy for Russia's plight. Music is at the heart of the story. As Anderson writes in the prologue, 'it is a story about the power of music and its meanings,' and he communicates them with seeming effortlessness in this brilliantly written, impeccably researched tour de force. A triumphant story of bravery and defiance that will shock and inspire."

The Arneis Quartet has gained equally high praise from the Boston Musical Intelligencer, "As a relatively young quartet, they have already achieved something it often takes years to develop: a unique, collective sound which is as warm and full of sparkle as liquid gold.” Mr. Anderson and the quartet have long hoped to present Shostakovich's music together and we are proud to be able to bring their wish to life here in Brookline.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Library. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of the Children’s Book Shop.


Holiday Collage Crafting for Adults

Sat 12/12 2:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

*Participation is limited to the first 20 adults who show up*

Take some time to de-stress in the midst of the busy holiday season. Artist Sabrina will help you create a mixed medium collage. Choose from a fun variety of materials to experiment with-- you may also bring items from home to add to your piece! Come ready to get crafty and a little messy. Hosted by Moonbeam Creative Empire as part of their Arts in the Library series.