Monday, January 3rd 2022

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2021 Favorites

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As we begin 2022, we're celebrating some of our favorite books from the past year. Check out some of our staff picks from 2021, for readers of all ages:

For Adults:
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
The Disordered Cosmos by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel and Holly Rae Taylor

For Teens and Tweens:
Amber & Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz and Julia Iredale
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor by Shaenon K. Garrity and Christopher John Baldwin
The Genius Under the Table by Eugene Yelchin
Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating - by Adiba Jaigirdar

For Kids:
Delicious: Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World by Julie Larios and Julie Paschkis
Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall
Dumplings for Lili by Melissa Iwai
Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor
Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter and Oge Mora
A Hundred Thousand Welcomes by Mary Lee Donovan and Lian Cho

Of course, these are just a few of the books we loved this year. Want even more great reads for you and your family? Ask us for personalized book recommendations!

Virtual Queer Reading Group

FINAL Queer Reading Group Jan 2022

THURSDAY, January 13 at 7 PM

The Library is excited to announce a brand new book group for adults: the Queer Reading Group!

Join us to read and discuss books by queer authors in a variety of genres. This group has a stress-free structure, where the conversation we develop about identity, gender, race, and their intersections is just as important as reading the book. We make space to feel safe, ask questions, and learn. Approach with curiosity and we’ll meet you more than halfway: you’ll fit right in.

Sign up for the Queer Reading Group here!

The Queer Reading Group will meet the second Thursday of the month, starting on January 13. You can pick up a copy of our first book, Cheer Up!: Love and Pompoms, at the Brookline Village Library Circulation Desk. And check out future book selections here.
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English Language Learning

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Looking to practice your English in the new year? Come join one of the Library's English Language Learning programs! English Club is an informal conversation group where you can practice your speaking and listening and get to know each other. You can attend on Tuesday evenings, Friday mornings, or both! And our ELL Book Group meets monthly to discuss English-language short stories, videos, and podcasts on a variety of topics. All of our ELL programs meet virtually and are open to adult learners at all levels.

Virtual American Sign Language Workshop

FINAL ASL Virtual Workshop Jan 2022 (Facebook Post)

FRIDAY, January 14 at 2 PM

Curious about American Sign Language? In this immersive workshop, you will learn how to sign basic words and phrases, practice spelling, and understand how to set yourself up for communication success. Stretch out your fingers and come sign with us!

Instructor Rhys McGovern, of New Leaf Language, is a teacher and speech language pathologist. Rhys has been teaching for over ten years and holds a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College.

This workshop will meet virtually over Zoom. To sign up, please email our programming librarian, Lily, at

This program is in partnership with the Brookline Senior Center and the Brookline Housing Authority. This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.
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Each week the Library holds many regularly occurring programs for adults and kids of all ages. Check out what's happening this week – and click on the links for more information and sign-ups!

Join Team Brookline!

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There's still time to apply to join Team Brookline for the 126th running of the Boston Marathon in April 2022! Apply to join Team Brookline in support of the Brookline Library because you appreciate all the Library offers to the community. For more information and to apply, click here.
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