Monday, April 20th 2020

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Digital Library Services

Though our Library buildings are closed, we're still here to help you fill your days with books, stories, and art. We have many online resources--from virtual programs to answering your reference questions to digital books, movies, magazines, and more! Check out our website for a full list of resources and events or ask a Librarian for help. Looking for resources and activities for kids? Check out this page.
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Virtual Mindfulness for Tweens


Starts TUESDAY, April 21 at 2 PM

We’re partnering with Mindful Minis Boston for a multi-week mindfulness series made specifically for tweens (grades 5-7)! Class activities will help tweens calm their minds, understand how their brains work, keep them physically aware, handle emotions, boost positivity, and have fun! Each session will last around 30 minutes. Sign up for one or all four.

All you’ll need is a computer for a Zoom call and room to dance and move. Any additional materials will be emailed the day of. Registration through Eventbrite is required. Please register here. This event series is for tweens in grades 5-7 only. Generously sponsored by The Brookline Library Foundation.

Virtual Memory Cafe


WEDNESDAY, April 22 at 1:30 PM

Please join us for a Virtual/Conference Call-style “Memory Connections Café.” The session will be led by Jamie Jensen, Memory Connections Cafe Coordinator from the Brookline Senior Center. We will reminisce over “icebreaker” questions and then be joined by Reference Librarian Cailey Biles, who will discuss what’s happening at the Library with current online program offerings, as well as answer any questions about accessing resources.

We will then be joined by Music Therapist Emily Higgins who will lead the group in an upbeat music therapy session. We are thankful to Season’s Hospice & Palliative Care for their sponsorship of this special Café!

How to participate day of:
To join us by telephone: call this conference line 1-929-205-6099. When you are prompted, please enter this meeting ID number: 573-076-750. Zoom now requires a password. Please use this password if needed: 123456.
To join us online, please click on this Zoom link.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Jensen at or 617-730-2753, Monday-Thursday 8:30-5 PM.

Virtual Crafting Circle


WEDNESDAY, April 22 at 4 PM

Grab your knitting, crochet, or sewing, and join us for a virtual crafting circle. Connect with fellow craftspeople as you work on your project.

Join the Zoom meeting here
Zoom meeting ID: 603-731-303
Password: 009406

ideaSPACE Craft-Along: Upcycled Terrarium

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THURSDAY, April 23 at 7 PM

Celebrate Earth Day with the ideaSPACE Team in this virtual workshop and learn to make your own tiny upcycled terrarium out of common household items. Watch and try it later on your own or bring your supplies and craft-along with us! You’ll need:
  • An Old, Clean Container (glass jars and mint tins work especially well)
  • Glue
  • Whatever craft supplies you have on hand! Paper, felt, pompoms, old magazines, paint, markers, cardboard, wire – bring it all!
To join the meeting click here or phone in at 1-929-205-6099.
Meeting ID: 986-986-782

Virtual Poetry Discussion Group


MONDAY, April 27 at 2 PM

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a virtual poetry discussion group. We’ll read aloud and discuss a handful of poems selected by the Academy of American Poets and the League of Canadian Poets (no need to read anything in advance). The packet of poems can be found here.

Join the Zoom meeting here
Zoom Meeting ID: 762-208-297
Password: 049179
Call into the meeting at 1-929-205-6099

Public Library of Brookline in the News

Library Director Sara Slymon has been in the news talking about how the Public Library of Brookline is serving our community while taking measures to keep our patrons and staff safe. She appeared on an episode of WGBH's In It Together to discuss virtual library services and using the Library as a temporary firehouse. Then she was quoted in a New York Times article on libraries closing during the pandemic.

Listen to the In It Together episode here (Sara's interview begins around minute 49)
Read the New York Times article here.
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