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If Walls Could Speak: a reading and conversation with five renowned poets

Thu 5/5 7:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Poetry lovers save the date! Ekphrastic poems are inspired by works of art. Brookline's Poet Laureate Jan Schreiber presents "If Walls Could Speak", a reading and conversation of paintings and poetry with five poets whose writing responds to memorable artwork. Participating poets are Alan Feldman, Annie Finch, Fred Marchant, Jan Schreiber and Kathleen Spivack. This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Library, Century Bank and Bay State Federal Savings Foundation. More information at www.artsbrookline.org.

Celebrate Music 2016

Sat 5/7 1:30 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Celebrate Music 2016, a new offering for Arts Brookline this year, brings a spectrum of musical performances to Hunneman Hall. The performances will be taped and broadcasted by Brookline Interactive Group. Watch the Arts Brookline schedule at artsbrookline.org for details as they are updated. This series is sponsored by Arts Brookline/Hammond Residential, The Friends of the Brookline Public Library, and Brookline Interactive Group.

Our Saturday, May 7 program begins at 1:30 p.m. when Josie Lowder performs. Combining RNB, Funk, Jazz and Electric, Boston-based Lowder fills the room with awesome guitar playing and a bluesy voice. At 2:30 p.m. Jack and Katie (a Brookline native), an indie folk/rock duo based in Boston, will combine powerful, gritty vocals with intricate guitar picking. The last set begins at 3:30 p.m. when Cruel Miracle takes the stage. Classic rock with a sense of danger and romance, Cruel Miracle delivers rock and roll realness! Hailing from Boston, this band features: vocalist Sadie Vada, guitarist Sir-Ken Celli, bassist Charlie Black, and drummer Luis Castellanos. Cruel Miracle offers a sound reminiscent of Guns & Roses, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors, with a fresh perspective. (Each set is 45 minutes long followed by a 15 minute break.)

This program is sponsored by Arts Brookline/Hammond Residential, The Friends of the Brookline Public Library, and Brookline Interactive Group.


Searching for My True Voice: One Deaf Woman's Story by KR Glickman

Sun 5/8 2:00 PM at Coolidge Corner Branch Library

"Searching for My True Voice:One Deaf Woman's Story" is KR Glickman's autobiographical story/theatre piece about growing up in a silent world, frustrated with attempts at oral communication and finally connecting and thriving through her introduction to ASL (American Sign Language). Shared in ASL with a voice interpreter. Supported by a grant from the Brookline Commision for the Arts and the Mass Cultural Council. See the full program here.

Celebrate Grandparents and Grandchildren

Thu 5/12 6:45 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Celebrate with poets Margot Wizansky and Judith Steinbergh (co-hosts), Jan Schreiber (Brookline Poet Laureate), Elizabeth McKim, Connemara Wadsworth, Karen Mason, Susan Nissenbaum Becker, Daisy Novoa Vásquez, and BHS writer, Carolin Brigi, each reading a few poems appreciating the lives of grandparents and grandchildren. Children and teen poets are welcome to bring their original poems on this theme to read aloud, and/or be part of a poster display. Contact Judith at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are a student who wishes to read. We welcome all to celebrate.


Books in Bloom

Sat 5/14 10:00 AM at Main Library

A library twist on the MFA's Art in Bloom! Pick up a map at the Reference Desk to view flower arrangements inspired by books. The pairings will be on display throughout the library on Saturday 5/14 and Sunday 5/15.

Special event 5/14, 2pm: Betsy Williams Container Gardening. Learn how to create your own, and enter the free raffle for Betsy’s demo! This event will be in Hunneman Hall.

Books in Bloom is a collaboration with the Garden Club of Brookline & the Chestnut Hill Garden Club.


Learn to Crochet with Catelyn

Sat 5/14 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM at Putterham Branch Library

Supplies included. Registration required. Call 617-730-2385 to sign up. More information at the Fiber Arts Boston Resource & Innovation Center.


Betsy Williams Container Gardening Demo

Sat 5/14 2:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Well known Boston area gardener and herb grower Betsy Williams demonstrates container gardening tips & techniques for creating a summer potted garden with herbs & flowers. The finished container will be raffled as a door prize to a lucky attendee! This event will be in Hunneman Hall.


Trivia Challenge

Sat 5/21 2:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Doors Open at 1:30 for Team Set-up and Registration. Test your knowledge with this pub-style Trivia Challenge! Assemble a team of up to six players, or come on your own and join forces with other experts when you arrive. Be sure to bring your thinking hats with you and prepare for multiple rounds of trivia categories. Some categories may include visual or audio clues. Doors will open at 1:30 PM for participants to form teams and register a team name. Brain food will be provided during the evening. Each member of the winning team will win a prize! For people in their 20s and 30s, no advanced sign-ups required.


Get Your Resume into Human Hands

Wed 5/25 7:00 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Did you know that over 90% of companies use computers to screen your resume to determine if it matches the job? Learn what you need to do to get your resume into human hands. By Career Navigator Wendy Gelberg from JVS CareerSolutions http://www.careersolution.org


Maggie Stiefvater

Thu 5/26 6:59 PM - 8:29 PM at Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Mark your calendars: Thursday, May 26th, 7:00pm, here at the Main Library: Brookline readers, you are invited to join us for an evening with Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Raven Cycle (among many other excellent titles) to celebrate the release of the final installment in the series, The Raven King.

Details coming soon about the evening’s festivities and how to reserve a seat. Books will be sold by our lovely partners-in-reading, The Children’s Book Shop.

If you haven’t already devoured the series, one, you should, and two, you can reserve them here at the library following the links below.  If you want to experience them through audio, check out the audiobooks (which are glorious, just wait till you hear Kavinsky) through Hoopla (no waiting!) or Overdrive. 

We so look forward to welcoming Maggie Stiefvater here!

You may reserve your ticket to the event starting 10am on Thursday, May 5th. To see the tickets that will be available and check out the FAQs for the event including signing information, please visit our Eventbrite page.
Eventbrite - Maggie Stiefvater Event

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels ShiverLingerForever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.



Howie Newman & Jackie Damsky

Sat 6/4 2:00 PM at Main Library lawn

Not your typical guitar-fiddle duo. Howie Newman and Jackie Damsky, longtime performers on the New England acoustic music scene, play funny original songs (suitable for all ages) as well as well-known covers. It’s a very lively show with great musicianship and tight vocal harmonies.

BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS AND BEACH TOWELS-- this event will be held on the library lawn if the weather is amenable. If not, the performance will be held in Hunneman Hall.

This performance is part of Brookline PorchFest, sponsored by the Public Library of Brookline.



Tee Off at the Library

Sat 6/18 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Main Library

Join us for a day of mini-golf & treasure hunting in the spirit of Indiana Jones.

Get your tickets early!

For all ages: Get your tickets over at the Brookline Recreation department site starting May 1st. Tickets are $3 per person, $5 at the door.

For adults 21+: Get your tickets online starting May 1st here. Tickets are $5 or $15 (including alcohol), but after June 16th, tickets will only be available at the door for $10 or $20 (including alcohol.) This event is limited to golfers 21+ -- if you're not 21 or older, please get your tickets for golf in the afternoon for all ages!

Festivities will include

  • Mini-golf (with loop de loops!)
  • An invitation to both gents and ladies to adventure with Indiana Jones -- draw inspiration for your outfit from the movies or from the 1930s era.
  • A professional photo booth with Indiana Jones props
  • Face-painting in the afternoon
  • Catered delectables and cocktails in the evening
  • The chance to get a beautiful henna design in the evening

Beer, wine, and cocktails from the outstanding local purveyors, Samuel Adams and the Wine Gallery.

We thank our generous sponsors for the event including the Friends of the Brookline Library, the Trustees of the Brookline Library, Otto, Roche Bros, Whole Foods, The Wine Gallery, Samuel Adams, and Richard Reed Homes.