Tuesday, October 17th 2017

Good morning reader!

Read on for what's happening at the library this week.
  • Just three days until the tickets for our Triwizard Tournament will be available!
  • Tell us what you want in terms of assistive technology and apps in our survey
  • This Friday is our visit from Amulet creator Kazu Kibuishi
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The Public Library of Brookline is looking to expand our iPad lending program and would like your input. We currently loan out iPads at the Putterham Library that come loaded up with accessibility apps and augmentative and alternative communication tools. This survey will help us to determine what kinds of apps and accessibility tools would most improve our patrons’ experiences at the Library.
Take the survey here!


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Three days left until you can start signing up to attend our library-wide Triwizard Tournament Sunday, November 5.
  • Tickets will be available online starting at 6 PM on Friday, October 20.
  • 50 tickets will be made available on October 20. Each day after, at 6 PM, 50 more tickets will become available until Friday, October 27. By Friday, all tickets will be available.
We have two events this year. Click the age range and bookmark each event registration page.
  • ALL AGES: Our event for families takes place from 2:00-4:00 PM, and is for all ages with activities for younger competitors up to 8th grade.
  • TEENS 9th GRADE and UP and ADULTS: Our evening event, 6:30-8:30 PM, is limited to teens in grades 9 and up through to adults.
Here's a sneak peek at what we've been working on for the Tournament.
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Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Concert

Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Concert

November 28, 2023 7:00 PM @ Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room

Join our friends from Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band for an evening of klezmer music and Yiddish song! Dancing and singing along are both welcome.

Pups @ Putterham: Read to A Dog!

Pups @ Putterham: Read to A Dog!

November 29, 2023 7:30 PM @ Putterham - Meeting Room

Reading is more fun when you’re reading to a dog! Our specially trained therapy dogs are accompanied by their human handlers, and will sit quietly while you read aloud to them. Bring a favorite book, and relax while you read to a friendly, furry, four-legged friend! For kids grades K-4.

Book your 15 minute session here.

November 29: Enso, with handler Liz Linder December 6: Goose, with handler Lisa Griffin

Enso is a sweet young Goldendoodle who grew up in a house lined with books. He loves people of all ages, balls, treats and belly rubs. He is happiest when out on walks in the neighborhood, will give a high-five if asked nicely, and is the favored subject of a local photographer.

Enso’s handler is Liz Linder, a local photographer who captures portraits and stories including those of her pup Enso. When not behind a camera, she is often on the other end of a leash, retraining her brain to best connect with a canine.


First Light Celebration- Rolled Beeswax Candles

First Light Celebration- Rolled Beeswax Candles

November 30, 2023 5:00 PM @ Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room

The Library is delighted to participate in this year’s First Light Celebration. While enjoying the festivities stop by the Coolidge Corner Library to make and decorate a rolled beeswax candle! This activity is recommended for adults and kids ages 5+.

First Light is organized by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce.

Sensory Friendly Magic Show with Todd the Magician

Sensory Friendly Magic Show with Todd the Magician

December 2, 2023 2:00 PM @ Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room

Join us in the Coolidge Corner Library Meeting Room on Saturday, December 2 at 2 PM for a special sensory friendly magic show! You’ll see magic tricks, juggling, comedy, and a lot of audience participation! Throw out any preconceived ideas you have a typical magician because Todd puts on a different kind of show. This performance is for kids of all ages and their families.

Todd Migliacci is a nationally touring family comedy magician with over a decade of experience up his sleeve. Todd is the only magician to have performed in Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World and back home, he is ‘New England’s Favorite Magician!’ It’s a fun, unforgettable, magical experience that you and your kids won’t soon forget. Best of all this is a sensory-friendly performance so everyone can enjoy it together. For more, check out Todd online @iHeartTodd

Concert: Songs in Cello & Piano Music

Concert: Songs in Cello & Piano Music

December 2, 2023 3:15 PM @ Brookline Village - Hunneman Hall

The Library is pleased to present a concert of classical cello and piano music, featuring music written by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, de Falla, and Rachmaninoff. The featured musical works are inspired by vocal genres including German opera and Spanish folksongs, and transcribed from songs without words. In classical music, the term “songs” refers to musical works written to be sung by vocalists. Cello, known as the closest instrument to the human voice, will be sung by Ji Young Lee and piano by Victor Cayres.

This concert will include comments on the music and a Q&A session. Adults and children of all ages are welcome, no registration required. Doors will open at 3 PM.

About the musicians

Cellist Ji Young Lee is known for her evocative interpretation and emotional depth in sound. Her solo performances include Korea’s Seoul Symphony Orchestra, New York’s Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New Jersey’s Bergen Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, The Juilliard Orchestra, and Seoul National University Orchestra. She holds Bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music, Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Peter Wiley, Timothy Eddy, and Joel Krosnick. Currently Ji Young is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser. She plays a cello by Raphael Antonio Gagliano from 1853. She now lives in Back Bay, Boston and likes to walk by the Charles River during sunset. Learn more about Ji Young Lee’s work on her website.

Pianist Victor Cayres has earned praise for concerts with the Sine Nomine string quartet and as soloist with Boston Pops, Orchestre des Jeunes de Fribourg in Switzerland, and Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. He has been a guest artist at Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Claflin University, Western Washington University, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory and State University for Arts and Culture. He has recorded for Albany, Centaur, Navona, and Parma Records, and frequently performs in Brazil, Europe, South Korea, and in the United States, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Preston Bradley Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall. His concerts have been broadcast live at Brazil’s TV Cultura channel, Boston’s WGBH 99.5 All Classical, and Chicago’s WFMT Fine Arts Radio. Mr. Cayres currently serves as Visiting Lecturer at Boston University, Co-Director for Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Piano Program, Faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Rivers School Conservatory. In his free time he enjoys cooking and playing soccer. Learn more about Victor Cayres’s work on his website.

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Midday Movies

1:30-4 PM
More about Midday Movies

Movie Matinee

Coolidge Corner
Refreshments 1 PM
Screening 1:30-4 PM
More about Movie Matinee
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Library Director Sara Slymon

First literary crush (author or character): Louis de Pointe du Lac, Interview with the Vampire.
If you could travel back in time, what period would you go to? Ancient Egypt.
Cake or pie? Neither.
Big dogs or small dogs? Big.
Hardcover or paperback? Hardcover.
Fictional world or game you'd most like to visit? Narnia.
Last song you listened to: Never Let Me Down Again, Depeche Mode.
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw.
Name a word that starts with the letter Q: Queen.
Movie or TV show you always watch when it comes on screen, no matter what: Blade Runner.
What book would you most like to see turned into a top-notch film or miniseries? Dragonriders of Pern.
Favorite fictional librarian? Evelyn Carnahan, The Mummy.
Favorite fiction detective? Burke (Andrew Vachss series).
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Brookline Village
Countdown to Kindergarten
Last Monday of the month at 10:30 AM
Age: 4 years old (get ticket at desk)
Terrific Twos (And Threes!)
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Age: 2 years old
Mother Goose on the Loose
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
Age: 13 to 23 month-olds (get ticket at desk)
Stories and Crafts (Drop In)
Wednesdays at 3:30 PM
Age: 3-5 years old
Stories and Crafts (Drop In)
Thursdays at 10:30 AM
Age: 2-3 years old (get ticket at desk)
Saturday Six to Eights
Saturdays at 2:30 PM
Age: 6-8 years old
Friday Flicks (Drop In)
Fridays at 10:30 am
Age: 2 years and older. Parents and caregivers are also welcome.
Coolidge Corner
Come Play With Us
Mondays at 10:15 AM
Age: Infants-12 month-olds
Mother Goose
Tuesdays at 10:15 AM
Age: 1-2 years-old
Sing Along, Dance and Play
Wednesdays at 10:15 AM
All Ages
Stories and Crafts
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Age: 2-3 year-olds
Step Into Story Time
Tuesdays at 3:30 PM
Age: 3-5 year-olds
Visit the Children's Department online.
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Mystery Book Club

Brookline Village
TUESDAY October 16, Noon, to discuss Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler.

Read and Meet Book Club

Coolidge Corner
THURSDAY October 17, 7 PM, to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

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All of our book clubs are drop in. If you'd like to join us, you may pick up the next title at the Circulation Desk of the hosting library and attend the next meeting ready to discuss.
More about each book club.

Shelf Respect

Brookline Village
7 PM
Open to teens and adults.

A Taste of Poetry

Brookline Village
Poet: Li-Young Lee
Noon-1:30 PM
Open to adults.

Brookline Village

Brookline Village
7-8:30 PM
Open to adults. *Date may change.

Read and Meet

Coolidge Corner
7 PM
Open to adults.


2-3:30 PM
Open to adults.


Brookline Village
Noon-1 PM
Open to adults.
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