Monday, September 13th 2021

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线上贺中秋 – Virtual Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

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Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with us! Here’s how it works:
  • Beginning Tuesday, September 14, drop by any of our three libraries to share what you love about Mid-Autumn on our harvest moon bulletin boards.
  • Beginning Tuesday, September 21, drop by any of our three libraries to pick up your Mid-Autumn craft kit for ages 5-9. While you're outside, enjoy playing the Mid-Autumn riddle game displayed on our Children's Room windows!
  • Also on Tuesday, September 21, we’ll reveal our Mid-Autumn Festival video playlist on YouTube, including Play-Doh mooncake and lantern craft demonstrations, and more!
On Friday, October 1, we will announce our riddle game winners. Winners will get their choice of a staff-decorated lantern, or another special treat!

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation and the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

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September To-Go Kits

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Miss hands-on Library programs? We do too! That’s why our staff have put together a range of take-home Library program kits available at all Brookline Library locations. All kits come with everything you need to complete that month’s project, plus video instructions from one of your local librarians.

Kits are currently available at all library locations on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Check out what we’re making this month!

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library and the Library Trustees.

Girls Who Code

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Starting WEDNESDAY, September 22 at 6:30 PM

Join this year's Girls Who Code club! Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. We are hosting this year’s club for girls ages 10 up through 18 (grades 5 to 12). This year’s club starts Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 PM on Zoom. You will need to sign up for Girls Who Code through Girls Who Code HQ and well as register for our Zoom sessions. Click here for full details and registration links.

Commonwealth Watch Party and Conversation: Isabel Wilkerson

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WEDNESDAY, September 22 at 7 PM

On September 22, 2021, at 7:00 PM, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Massachusetts Center for the Book, and libraries across the Commonwealth will be hosting a statewide Watch Party and Conversation in collaboration with the Library of Congress and National Book Festival 2021.

The event features Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, in a video recorded for National Book Festival discussing the book.

After the video, there will be a conversation facilitated by former Massachusetts Representative and legendary civil rights advocate Byron Rushing, a strong library advocate, & Professor Roopika Risam, noted scholar in Public Humanities and African diaspora and Indigenous Studies at Salem State University and recipient of the first Civil Liberties Champion Award from Massachusetts Library Association.

Register for the event here!

You may participate fully in this conversation without having read Caste in its entirety. For background, you may wish to consult these resources, compiled by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Fall Storytimes

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Have you heard about our fall storytime lineup? Starting Tuesday, September 7, there will be weekly virtual storytimes on Zoom on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 AM. We'll also continue our monthly World Language Storytimes on Zoom! All Zoom storytimes require registration, so visit our events calendar for details!
Storytime At Home is back! Register for this program on Eventbrite to access new, weekly storytime videos that you can watch when your schedule allows. Interested in a Storytime Kit? Simply ask at the Children's Desk at any location. Learn more here!


FINAL Library Dragon Name Announcement Aug 2021
After over 430 suggestions and a robust selection process, we are so excited to announce the name of our big blue dragon! It was tough to decide on only one name, so we thought: why have only one name when you can have four?

Introducing... Sapphire "Washing Machine" Eat!, the Scholarly Dragon. Thanks to everyone who was inspired by our nameless blue friend and brainstormed such an outstanding variety of clever and fun names. Sapphire is now in hibernation, but will return for library visits in the future.
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