Monday, June 8th 2020

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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.

Check out our video about Summer Reading, and sign up on our website.
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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

Critical Thinking Skills book cover

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

Virtual Teen Writing Workshop

Teen Writing Workshop Event Listing

WEDNESDAYS, starting June 17 at 6 PM

Join creative writing workshop leader Robert Uttaro to stretch your creative writing imaginations. For ten Wednesday evenings in June through August, he will provide teen writers the mental space, resources, and advice to get their writing flowing. Open to teens going in to in grades 8 through 12.


Meet Massachusetts Wildlife

Barred Owl

SATURDAY, June 20 at 4 PM

Learn more about the wildlife of Massachusetts with Blue Hills Trailside Museum! Meet two live animals that are native to our home state – and learn more about their adaptations, their importance to local ecology, and the conservation challenges they face. This program is open to all-ages, but it will mostly be geared towards adults.

Zoom meeting information coming soon. Generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.
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Edith Pearlman Award

The Trustees of the Public Library of Brookline are proud to present the 2020 Edith Pearlman Award to Brookline High School senior Chris Jennings. The Edith Pearlman Award celebrates a student who has demonstrated exceptional ability and achievement in the area of creative writing.

Chris Jennings is a devoted writer and filmmaker. He is passionate, reflective, driven and humble. He is the first to praise others for their stories and always has something kind and perceptive to offer his peers. He is unabashedly hard-working. He believes in challenging himself in every which way--academically, personally, creatively. He is not afraid to throw himself out there, even when it feels like a risk. His work shines on the page but what a treat to listen to Chris read his work aloud in his dramatic voice. He is a deep thinker and old soul and inspiration to those around him.

The Edith Pearlman Award was established in 2016 as a tribute to Pearlman, an acclaimed short-story and travel writer and a long-time resident of Brookline. Fellow writers praise Pearlman's "capacity to draw beauty from loss" and her sensitivity to "the difference between seeing and understanding." Her perceptive, delicately crafted work serves as a source of inspiration to young writers like Chris Jennings and future winners of the Award.
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