Monday, July 27th 2020

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

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Library Services

The Library continues to offer contactless pickup; digital collections; virtual programs; and phone, email, and chat reference services. For an overview of current services, including Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our website.

ideaSPACE Craft-Along Kits

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Our August Craft-Along Kits will be available to reserve on Eventbrite starting Tuesday, July 28 at 7 PM.
We miss making with you! That's why we've created ideaSPACE Craft-Along Kits - complete with everything you need to make an awesome DIY project and an online video workshop hosted by one of your local Brookline librarians, perfect for makers of all ages!

Here's how it works:
  1. Reserve your Craft-Along (for makers ages 10-110) or Craft-Along Jr. (for makers ages 5-9) Kit on Eventbrite - we'll be offering a new project every four weeks for the rest of the year, and you can place a reservation up to a week before kits become available.
  2. Give us a call at 617-730-2370 or chat with us at to schedule contactless pick-up, then come by during your 30-minute time slot to pick up your kit.
  3. Whenever you're ready for a Craft Night, open up your kit and follow the shortlink to your video workshop. That's it! You can keep everything in your Craft-Along - no returns necessary.
What's in this month's Craft-Along?
This month's Craft-Along Kits are centered on something you probably see every day: concrete!
Craft-Along Jr. Kits (recommended for ages 5-9, plus a grown-up) come with everything you need to make and decorate a Mini Concrete Flower Pot. We've also included some seeds and soil to jumpstart your tiny garden.
Craft-Along Kits (recommended for ages 10-110) are packed with all you'll need to cast and paint your own set of four Concrete Coasters.
Didn't get a kit this month?
You can still Craft-Along with the videos when they're posted on our YouTube Channel! Find the full list of materials you'll need on our website.
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Hands on Nature: Magical Fireflies


WEDNESDAY, July 29 at 3:30 PM

Learn about these special nocturnal insects, and the ways they have been used as sources of light in many cultures. Discover the habits and lifestyles of these luminous insects, and learn what makes their "cool light" different from other "warm light." Bring a recycled glass jar, and make a firefly catcher to bring home and enjoy this summer! Recommended for ages five and older.

To join the Zoom Meeting, click here!
Meeting ID: 879 4457 4300
Password: 5W5aEh
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library

Writing Workshop with Rachel Barenbaum


MONDAY, August 3 at 7 PM

Want to get started with creative writing? Looking to spark your creativity? Join us for a virtual writing workshop with local author Rachel Barenbaum. Rachel will offer advice and provide prompts to get everyone writing during the workshop. The workshop is open to all adults regardless of writing experience. Whether you’re a new writer or looking for new inspiration, you’re welcome to take part.

Sign up here!

Rachel Barenbaum is a prolific writer and reviewer for the LA Review of Books, the Tel Aviv Review of Books and DeadDarlings. She is a graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator. Her debut novel is A Bend in the Stars.

Matt Heaton: Music for Children and Families


WEDNESDAY, August 5 at 3:30 PM

Matt Heaton’s songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots, and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun. Whether you call it children’s music, family music, kindie, or toddlerbilly, it’s sure to please listeners of all ages!

To join the Zoom Meeting, click here!
Meeting ID: 882 9352 4123
Password: 4RyvFV
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library

Demystifying Medical Cannabis

FINAL Adult Demystifying Medical Cannabis Aug 2020

WEDNESDAY, August 5 at 7 PM

In this informational session on medical cannabis, Julie Battel, CNM, MPH of CED Clinic, will discuss the effects of medical cannabis, how the Massachusetts program works, how to become a patient, and more.

The mission of CED Clinic is to educate the public and practitioners on the benefits of medical cannabis and the ways in which it can promote wellness. For more information visit

Please register for this session here.

Virtual Kids' Book Trivia

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Did you miss your chance to compete in our Virtual Kids' Books Trivia night? Don't worry, now you can test your trivia knowledge online. Sadly, we can't have the delightful Jack Gantos host this version, but the questions are the same and there are even bonus questions to earn a few more points.

Click here to try the trivia challenge. Enter your email address or phone number and you could win a giveaway of children's items for curbside pickup.

Please note: the trivia is running on a loop. The site will make sure you get a chance to answer all of our questions and then let you know your final score!
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