Monday, June 1st 2020

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

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Staged Library Re-Opening Plan

These past three months have been one of the most unusual times in American history. We hope that all of you have been well and healthy during the pandemic. For those of you stricken by illness or loss, please know that our hearts go out to you.

We are so anxious to get back to serving you in person and providing you physical materials, but we need to make sure that we are able to do that in a way that is safe for both you and our staff. We invite you to read this message from Library Director Sara Slymon, which outlines the Library's plans for a staged re-opening.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading is coming! This summer, we’ll be bringing Summer Reading to you online. From June 15 – August 14, we'll have reading prompts, fun activities, and online programs for patrons of all ages – plus weekly raffles and grand prize drawings for gift cards to local businesses.

Supporting our community is what the Library does best. That’s why this summer, for every person who registers between June 1 and June 30, the Friends of the Brookline Public Library will make a donation to the Brookline Food Pantry.

Pre-registration begins today! Learn more and sign up on our website.

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 Nature Talk with Mass Audubon!

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WEDNESDAY, June 3 at 3:30 PM

Join the Library and Mass Audubon on Facebook Live for a virtual nature talk: Terrific Turtles! Learn about turtles, see them LIVE, and ask all your burning questions in a Q&A at the end. This is an all-ages program but will mostly be targeted at our friends who are in grades K-4.

You can access the live stream on the Public Library of Brookline’s Facebook page. Generously sponsored by The Brookline Library Foundation.

Virtual Music Performance with Vanessa Trien

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Saturday, June 6 at 10:30 AM

Join us for a special movin’ groovin’ virtual performance from Vanessa Trien! Recommended for ages three and up. Watch live on the library’s Facebook page, or interact with Vanessa during the program by joining our Zoom room, below:

Click here to join!
Password: 1RAQbf

Generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Stories in the Sky


WEDNESDAY, June 10 at 5:30 PM

Come discover more about our constellations and the interesting stories they tell with Hands on Nature. We will begin with an overview of the night sky, and then focus on the stories of our constellations. Enhance the quality of stargazing – there is a whole world to explore after dark! Includes a fun night sky activity for children of all ages.

Click here to join!
Meeting ID: 833 2250 8064
Password: 9gRvzL

Generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Critical Thinking in a Time of Pandemic

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THURSDAY, June 11 at 7 PM

Jonathan Haber, author of Critical Thinking Essentials from MIT Press, will reflect on what critical thinking skills are and how they might help us navigate a global pandemic. Can critical thinking help us understand the news and make better decisions? Can it be taught, learned, practiced, and applied to any issue by people of any age?

Join the Zoom event here.
Zoom Meeting ID: 851 4001 9672
Password: 4CdFWZ
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