Monday, September 7th 2020

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

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Virtual Boabom Series: Self Defense


WEDNESDAYS, September 9, 16, and 23 at 7 PM

Learn basic self defense techniques in a fun, positive class. Based in Boabom, a Tibetan system of self-defense, relaxation, and meditation, this class will teach you a variety of simple but effective ways to remain calm in a tense situation and defend yourself should you need to. You will also learn some fundamental breathing and stretching, along with techniques to evade, escape, and defend yourself.

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! This class will be taught by Yemado, Director of the Boston School of Boabom.

Register here!

Generously sponsored by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.

Civic Engagement Series

This September and October, we’re hosting a series of virtual events on civic engagement. The series will feature topics ranging from Immigration and COVID-19 to voting rights. For complete program descriptions and registration, please visit our website.

Library Services

The Library continues to offer contactless pickup. And now, when your items are ready for pickup, you can stop by any time during library hours--no appointment necessary! For a full description of contactless pickup and operating hours, please visit our website. We also continue to provide digital collections; virtual programs; and phone, email, and chat reference services.

Now you can browse new materials on our website! Explore new titles for all ages here.
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Virtual Girls Who Code Meet and Greet

DRAFT Girls Who Code 2020 September Ad

WEDNESDAY, September 16 at 6:30 PM

Join us to find out more about Girls Who Code at the Public Library of Brookline - coming to you via Zoom this fall! This meet and greet is for anyone who is curious about how the clubs work and would like to get to know this year’s facilitators. You do not have to attend this meet and greet to be a part of this year’s club, but we’re here to answer any questions and explain more about what Girls Who Code offers.

This year our club meetings will be held on Wednesdays starting September 23 at 6:30 PM through Zoom. The club regularly meets on Wednesdays between September and June 2021, with breaks during school vacations.

This club is open to girls in grades 5 to 12.

To join the program via Zoom, click here!
Meeting ID: 895 1320 1146
Passcode: w6Qc0L

Political Hobbyism vs. Political Power

FINAL Adult Political Hobbyism Talk Sep 2020

THURSDAY, September 17 at 6:30 PM

More than ever, Americans are spending time thinking, talking, and reading about politics. And yet, we’re below historical averages in actual civic and political volunteerism. What’s going on? Today, most people who are interested in politics are “political hobbyists” – engaging in politics to satisfy their own intellectual interests and emotional needs. In this talk, based on his book, Politics is for Power, Tufts University professor Eitan Hersh will lead a discussion on why so many of us practice a shallow form of political hobbyism, and most importantly, what the alternative is. The alternative is told through inspiring stories of seven organizers, including three from the Boston area, who figured out how to get into the trenches and empower their values.

This program is part of the Library's civic engagement series. Please register here.

Generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Immigration and COVID-19


THURSDAY, September 24 at 6:30 PM

Want to make a difference in your community? Join us as Sabrineh Ardalan, Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, discusses the policies and practices that put immigrants at specific risk during the pandemic, and learn how you can get involved and take action to help protect immigrant rights.

This program is part of the Library's civic engagement series. Please register here.
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