Monday, May 11th 2020

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

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Sewing Masks and 3D Printing Face Shields

Library staff have been putting the ideaSPACE sewing machines and 3D printers to use to help our community. So far, we've sewn over 200 masks to donate to the Brookline Senior Center and Brookline Food Pantry. We've also 3D printed parts for over 60 face shields for The Makery's COVID-19 response efforts. We're glad that we can use Library resources help support our community.

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 Knitting Circle

Rainbow-colored yarn balls, viewed from above.

TUESDAY, May 12 at 6 PM

Starting a new project? Curious about cabling? Tune into the Public Library of Brookline’s knitting circle! This is a casual, drop in virtual program for knitters of all skill levels and ages. Tune in with your own project, or bring yarn and a pair of needles and we’ll help you get started with the basic techniques.

We will meet at 6 PM on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, beginning on May 12.
Join the event here
Meeting ID: 883-3656-4458
Password: 1ztkBT

Virtual Japanese Paper Theater (Kamishibai) with Yumi


WEDNESDAY, May 13 at 10:30 AM

Join storyteller Yumi Izuyama to experience kamishibai virtually, as she retells Goethe’s famous fable, The Boy and the Jaguar! Kamishibai is a Japanese paper storytelling method that will engage kids and adults alike.

The program will appear in two parts, on May 13 and 20. Enjoy STEM art activities after the performance to enhance the engagement of the children and show how these stories can relate to them and their own families and community. Recommended for children ages four to seven years old.
Join the event here
Password: 7P8a6h

Virtual Boabom Classes


WEDNESDAYS, May 13, 20, and 27 at 7 PM

Join Yemado, Director of the Boston School of Boabom, for a 3-week online course in Boabom, a system of breathing, meditation, movement, and defense with roots in ancient Tibet. This course will introduce both the gentle and faster systems of movement within the Boabom Arts. Classes will practice breathing techniques, stretching and strengthening exercises, and movements designed to build coordination and focus, combining them into a harmonious class that is both relaxing and invigorating.

All you need to participate are comfortable clothes that you can move around in, enough space to stretch your arms fully, and be able to take a couple of steps. No prior experience is required. All are welcome!
Please register for the series here.

Author Talk: Rachel Barenbaum in conversation with Michelle Hoover


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.

Sign up here to join the program!
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