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Community Meeting: Renovation of the Coolidge Corner Branch Library

Thu 2/5 7:00 PM at Coolidge Corner branch library

The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Brookline has begun the process of evaluating the Coolidge Corner Branch as it considers options for improvements to the Branch. The evaluation will result in a written library building program, which will serve as the guide for future planning.

The creation of the library program for the Coolidge Corner Branch will include staff and key community stakeholder focus groups, open community conversations, online and paper surveys, demographic and community growth projections over the next 20 years, and a review of trends in library facilities and the services offered.

We would like to invite you to attend one of the Community Meetings which we have scheduled to discuss this part of the project. Please join us in the lower level meeting room of the Coolidge Corner Branch Library.

January 25, 2015 (Sunday) 10a-1p Please enter through the back door, as the main entrance of the library will be closed. Follow the sidewalk to the left of the building down and to the right.

February 5, 2015 (Thursday) 7p-9p Please enter through the main entrance.

The Library Building Program has been generously funded by the Brookline Public Library Foundation.


Robots Are People Too - Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Wed 2/18 7:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Recently, technologies like self-driving cars, drones, and artificial intelligence have appeared frequently in the news and reports about the future of jobs. Boston attorney John Frank Weaver, contributing writer for Slate and author of Robots Are People Too, will discuss some of the legal challenges these developments introduce and propose changes to our laws and public policies to address them.


Doug Schmolze: Songs of Stage and Screen

Sat 2/21 2:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Singer/Guitarist Doug Schmolze performs tunes from some of America’s greatest composers-- the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Leonard Bernstein. Doug’s performance includes background and historical context through storytelling and anecdotes. Be prepared to participate in a few sing-alongs as well! 2:00-3:30pm. All ages welcome. www.dougschmolze.com


Financial Talks by Fred Wilcon, Esq. - Real Estate Purchasing

Thu 2/26 7:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Attorney Fred Wilcon grew up in Brookline and graduated from Brookline High School. He graduated from Harvard College and Columbia Law School. Fred presently lives in Newton and is an experienced attorney whose practice emphasizes Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, etc.) and Real Estate transactions. 7-8:00 PM.

Minuteman Legislative Breakfast

Fri 3/6 8:00 AM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

BPL will be hosting the annual Minuteman Legislative Breakfast on March 6th from 8am-9:30am. We are looking forward to an exciting and informative morning of letting our legislators know what libraries need in Massachusetts and how they can help. All Minuteman Library Network patrons are encouraged to attend.


Short Skirts, Oh My! The Evolution of the Women's History Movement

Sat 3/7 2:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

This is a special event in honor of Women's History Month. Anne Barrett performs as part of her Historical Presentations series. In 1910, women’s skirts and hair were long... little more than a decade later, skirts were reaching unseemly heights, bobbed hair was all the rage, and women had finally won the right to vote. How did this happen? Follow the evolution from Abigail Adams advising husband John to “remember the ladies” during the struggle for women's suffrage, to the shocking emergence of the 1920’s “fiery youth." 2-3pm.


Marc Berger Performs Music of the American West

Sat 3/21 3:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Clouds that forever stampede the endless sky, shadows gliding over canyon walls– the West is a vast expanse of magic and mystery. American artists from John Ford to Frederick Remington to A.B. Guthrie have used film, canvas and the printed page to convey the essence of its unique landscape and mythology. Marc Berger will perform selections from his critically acclaimed album, RIDE, whose cinematic recordings capture the vastness and romance of the West’s wide open spaces. Hear tracks, watch video, and get the backstory: www.marcbergermusic.com Marc has performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. His song THE LAST ONE was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for years, and has been quoted in The NY Times and featured on the CBS Evening News. 3-4pm.


Journey from San Rocco

Thu 3/26 2:00 PM at

Lifelong Quincy resident Rosalind Cuschera will discuss her 2013 book Journey from San Rocco. After WWI, Ms. Cuschera’s grandmother was offered the chance to immigrate from Italy to the United States, but she was able to bring only one of her four children. The book traces her family's story from 1918 to 2006 and explores the dynamics of a family separated and rejoined as they search for the American dream.


Getting the Most out of your Visit with your Doctor

Tue 4/14 7:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Part of Brookline Health Department's Celebration of National Public Health Week

Dr. Dennis Rosen's book "Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors And Patients" discusses the importance of good communication between doctors and patients, explores why it often goes badly, and provides concrete guidance to both patients and doctors for improving the communication with each other. Dr. Rosen focuses on these topics in his talk, and he will also share personal anecdotes from a career practicing medicine in 4 countries (US, Israel, Haiti, and Guatemala) over the last 18 years. He is a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.


Resume Writing Workshop with George Zeller

Wed 4/29 6:30 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

This workshop focuses on resume content, beginning with your summary statement, and provides tips and strategies to highlight your strengths, skills, and positive outcomes. Learn how to translate experience & duties into accomplishments and outcomes; construct a draft summary statement; be strategic about the content and format of your resume; identify and avoid disqualifiers in your resume.George Zeller is a Senior Employment Specialist at Career Moves, a division of JVS. He works with professional level job seekers across a wide spectrum of occupations. George earned his BA from Clark University and an M.Ed. in Counseling from Northeastern University. He is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer (Professional Association of Resume Writers). 6:30 - 8:00PM.