Monday, September 14th 2020

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A Letter from the Library Director

Dear Patrons:

Greetings from the Director’s Office!

This is usually one of the Library’s busiest weeks, welcoming the children back to the Library after school, fresh from their summer vacations, and looking forward to the new academic year. In the time of COVID, we are all missing the comfort of our routines, our annual rituals disrupted by the virus.

We miss all of our patrons terribly, although we have been glad to see some of you through the plexiglass and across the tables as you pick up your holds.

There is no firm date at which we will allow patrons back into the Libraries to browse and use our printing and computer services. The Trustees and I are concerned about the impact of students returning to school, college, and university. We will revisit this topic at our meeting in early October to try to pin down a date.

In the meantime, I am pleased to announce several new and exciting initiatives:
  • All due dates are extended until November 2.
  • We are working with the schools to help ensure that every child in Brookline has a library card in good standing to begin this challenging new school year.
  • Museum passes will be made available again very soon. We are working with the museums to make sure they are open and accepting passes and hope to roll them out soon.
The Putterham restroom construction project is humming along nicely. We look forward to presenting the public with two new, ADA-compliant restrooms when we reopen. Today we picked tile and grout, both in lovely natural colors to keep with the theme of bringing nature into our little mid-century modern gem.

Many of you have asked about donating books and materials to the Library. We will begin accepting donations EXCLUSIVELY at the Brookline Village location, effective immediately. At this time, please do not donate magazines, textbooks, or encyclopedias. We have limited storage space due to our modified workflows due to COVID. We appreciate your support at the ongoing book sale at all three locations and look forward to seeing what you have to donate!

Wishing you a good autumn!
Sara Slymon
Library Director
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Virtual Girls Who Code

DRAFT Girls Who Code 2020 September Ad

Meet and Greet: WEDNESDAY, September 16 at 6:30 PM

Join us to learn 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 club is open to girls in grades 5 to 12.

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

Club meetings: WEDNESDAYS, starting September 23 at 6:30 PM

Join us for weekly Girls Who Code club meetings – virtually!

To join the Zoom meeting, click here!
Meeting ID: 832 5180 3267
Passcode: F9CtA7

Virtual Boabom Series: Self Defense


WEDNESDAYS, September 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.

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.

Please register here.

This program is part of the Library's civic engagement series. For more events in this series, please visit our website.

Generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

100 Books Before High School/Graduation Info Session

DRAFT 100 Books Combo Banner August 2020

WEDNESDAY, September 23 at 4 PM

We are excited to be launching two new programs for middle and high school students: 100 Books Before High School (for grades 6-8) and 100 Books Before Graduation (for grades 9-12)! Tweens and teens will have the opportunity to read 100 books of their choice and enjoy fun perks, such as monthly raffles, a grand prize upon completion, expert book recommendations from our Tween and Teen Librarians, and major bragging rights!

This informational Zoom session is for tweens, teens, and parents who may have questions about the programs. Drop in if you have a question, or just want to chat with others who are taking on the challenge!

To join the Zoom meeting, click here!
Meeting ID: 819 2098 9464
Passcode: 9hK6yB

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