Monday, October 5th 2020

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

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Updates on Holds and Due Dates

The Library will begin clearing unclaimed holds that were available for pickup in the months of July and August. If you have items that were ready for you in July and August that you have not yet picked up, please visit us this week! This only applies to those items that were ready to pick up in July or August; all items that were ready to pick up in September will remain on hold for you for the time being.

The Library is also reinstating our regular loan rules. This means that when materials are checked out, they will be loaned for their usual time period. Most books, books on CD, and music CDs have 28-day loans. New books, and all DVDs and magazines, have 14-day loans. For a full list of loan periods, please visit our website. Items that were checked out with a November 2 due date will still be due November 2.

If you are unsure if you have items on hold or when your borrowed materials are due, please check your account online or call the Library at 617-730-2730 x 3 and a librarian will be happy to assist you.

Teen Stress Less Kits

DRAFT Teen Stress Less Kit Social Sept 2020 (2)
This month we're excited to introduce our new Teen Stress Less Kits for teens in grades 8-12. These monthly kits will be available for our teen patrons who want to get away from screens for a bit and do an activity that invites relaxation. October's kit features the chance to make DIY Bath Bombs! Get everything you need for this de-stress activity by reserving a kit Thursday, October 8 at 7 PM.
Teens and parents, want to get text updates about Library offerings for teens? Sign up here to receive text alerts from the teen librarian!
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Virtual Stuffed Animal Slumber Party!


MONDAY, October 5 - FRIDAY, October 9

Join the Youth Services team for a fun week of activities with your favorite friends - your stuffed animals! Since we cannot hold our annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover this year, we’ve come up with some picture prompts for you and your stuffed animals to complete at home. Be sure to send us your pictures of the days’ prompts for a chance to be featured on our website and social media, and a chance to win a brand new stuffed animal friend!

You can send us your pictures in a few different ways! You can use social media, such as posting a comment on our Facebook post with your photo, or tagging the Library (@brklib) on Instagram or Twitter. Or you can email pictures to with the subject line “Stuffed Animal Sleepover.”

Check out the week's photo prompts on our website!

Virtual Boabom Series: Meditation


WEDNESDAYS, October 7, 14, and 21 at 7 PM

In this hour-long, fully guided class, you will learn and practice a variety of relaxation and meditation techniques based in Boabom, a Tibetan system of meditation, breathing, and movement. Combining breathing, sound, visualization, and imagination, Boabom Meditation will help you develop mindfulness, slow down, and release stress. Suitable for both new and experienced meditators. It’s recommended that you have a yoga mat, pillow or bolster, as much of the class will take place seated or lying down.

Register here!

Generously sponsored by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.

Virtual ELL Book Group

FINAL ALL ELL Book Group virtual INSTA Fall 2020

WEDNESDAY, October 14 at 1 PM

Join librarians Cailey and Lauren to practice your English language skills as we read or listen to materials in English and gather online for virtual discussion. This group is open to all English Language Learners but will be geared towards intermediate and advanced speakers. At our October meeting, we'll be discussing My Husband, My Job, Myself: A Story of Three Marriages by Seljah Shah.

To join the Zoom meeting, click here!
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The Past & Present of Black Boston

DRAFT BV Past & Present of Black Boston Flyer Oct 2020

MONDAY, October 19 at 7 PM

Join Mary McNeil, research assistant for Tufts University’s African American Trail Project, for a lively discussion about the rich history of Black Boston. Mary will introduce attendees to the work that the African American Trail Project is up to before discussing a few sites of interest in the greater Boston area.

Mary McNeil is a Ph.D. candidate in Harvard University’s American Studies Program and a research assistant for Tufts University’s African American Trail Project. Her research and teaching interests broadly lie in Black studies, Native American studies, Black and Indigenous feminisms, social movement history, urban history, geography, and public humanities.

Please register for this Zoom webinar event here.

Generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.
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