Monday, December 16th 2019

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Boycott of Macmillan Ebooks

Macmillan Publishing announced that it will place a new purchasing embargo on eLending as of November 1, 2019, allowing libraries to purchase only a single copy of a Macmillan eBook in the first eight weeks of release, regardless of demand or the size of the library. In protest, we plan to boycott Macmillan eBooks effective January 1, 2020.
Given that other publishers are likely to follow Macmillan’s example, a boycott can be successful for our patrons even if Macmillan does not drop its policy. Success looks like:
  • No other publisher implements an embargo of any type.
  • No publisher adds further restrictions to lending models.
  • No publisher increases pricing to libraries out of proportion with increases to consumers.
  • If enough other libraries join us, Macmillan will drop the embargo.
Read more about our decision here.

Author Talk: Maxim D. Shrayer

Author Talk_ Maxim D. Shrayer
Coolidge Corner

TUESDAY, December 17 at 7 PM

Join us for an author talk as Maxim D. Shrayer discusses his new book, A Russian Immigrant. Told both linearly and non-linearly, with elements of suspense, mystery and crime, these three interconnected novellas gradually reveal many layers of the characters’ Russian, Jewish, and Soviet identities.

Maxim D. Shrayer, a translingual author, scholar, and translator, is Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College and Director of the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry at Harvard’s Davis Center.

Pizza and Nintendo Switch!

Pizza and Switch
Coolidge Corner

FRIDAY, December 20 at 2:30 PM

Join us in the Coolidge Corner Meeting Room for pizza and Nintendo switch! This program is for tweens in grades 5–7.
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Knitting Circle

Rainbow-colored yarn balls, viewed from above.
Coolidge Corner

THURSDAY, December 19 at 6 PM

Starting a new project? Have a question about an ongoing project? Curious about cabling? Drop by the Coolidge Corner Library’s knitting circle! This is a casual, drop-in program for knitters of all ages and skill levels. Bring your own project, or come with yarn and a pair of needles and we’ll help you get started with the basic techniques.

ABCs of 3D Printing


SATURDAY, December 21 at 2 PM

Learn the basics of 3D printing! This introduction will include a demonstration print and the possibility for all participants to send in their request. For up to six participants of any age.

Ideaspace is generously funded by the Brookline Library Foundation and brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Learn more on the Ideaspace Page!

Elaine Kessler as the Snow Princess

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Coolidge Corner

MONDAY, December 23 at 10:30 AM

Sing, dance, play, and pretend with our beloved Miss Elaine. Ages 3 and up. Generously sponsored by The Brookline Library Foundation.

Hanukkah Storytime

Brookline Village
MONDAY, December 23 at 10:30 AM
Coolidge Corner
TUESDAY, December 24 at 10:30 AM
Join us for a Hanukkah storytime and craft from Chabad Center of Brookline. For the Brookline Village program, please arrive early to get a ticket from the Children’s Room desk. The Coolidge Corner program is limited to the first 30 children. For children ages 2 and up.
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peanut butter falcom
WEDNESDAY, December 18

1:30 PM

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white christmas
Coolidge Corner
THURSDAY, December 19

1 PM refreshments
1:30 PM film

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