Monday, April 27th 2020

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Read on for what's happening at the library this week.

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An Update from the Library Director

Dear Friends in the Brookline Community:

It is with a heavy heart that I report that the Public Library of Brookline will remain shuttered until at least June 29, in keeping with the closure of the Brookline Public Schools and all schools in the Commonwealth. We miss you all very much, and know that you miss us, too. Keep an eye on social media for a glimpse of some of our faces smiling out at you.

As the COVID-19 epidemic in Massachusetts begins to subside, we will begin to prepare in earnest to reopen as soon as we can and welcome you back.

Don’t forget we are offering lots and lots of wonderful services online!

With fondest regards,
Sara Slymon
Library Director

A Note on Book Returns

Since we have been closed, we occasionally get asked how to return books. We appreciate our community's thoughtfulness in asking; however, we cannot check in materials while the Library is closed. Please keep your checked out items until we are able to reopen. No one will have to pay fines for having materials checked out while the Library is closed. Similarly, we are unable to accept book donations at this time, so we ask community members to not leave materials in front of the Library buildings.

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 Read with a Ranger


TUESDAY, April 28 at 10 AM

Join us on Facebook Live for a fun program led by Brookline’s very own park rangers! Come hear a fun story about spring, followed by a short sensory exercise and a craft. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Virtual Mindfulness for Tweens


TUESDAYS, April 28, May 5, May 12 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 more classes.

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.

ideaSPACE Craft-Along: Collage Art


THURSDAY, April 30 at 4 PM

Join the ideaSPACE Team in this virtual workshop and learn the basics of collage. Watch and try it later on your own or bring your supplies and craft-along with us! You’ll need:
  • Paper! Unwanted books or magazines are great to use, too.
  • White Glue or Modge Podge
If you have them, we also recommend:
  • An Old Gift Card to use as a scraper
  • Any Paint, Paint Pens, or Sharpies you have on hand
To join the meeting click here or phone in at 1-929-205-6099.
Meeting ID: 986-986-782

Author Talk: Rachel Barenbaum


THURSDAY, May 14 at 7 PM

Join us on Zoom to celebrate the paperback release of local author Rachel Barenbaum’s novel, A Bend in the Stars.

In Russia, in the summer of 1914, as war with Germany looms and the Czar’s army tightens its grip on the local Jewish community, Miri Abramov and her brilliant physicist brother, Vanya, are facing an impossible decision. As the eclipse that will change history darkens skies across Russia, not only the safety of Miri’s own family but the future of science itself hangs in the balance. Grounded in real history — and inspired by the solar eclipse of 1914 — A Bend in the Stars offers a heart-stopping account of modern science’s greatest race amidst the chaos of World War I, and a love story as epic as the railways crossing Russia.

To learn more, check out Rachel Barenbaum’s interview on NPR!

This program is in partnership with Brookline Booksmith.

Click here to join the event.
Zoom Meeting ID: 946-5893-2741
Password: 4ZtM00
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