Monday, February 7th 2022

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Virtual Family Trivia Night

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WEDNESDAY, February 9 at 7 PM

Put your knowledge of books to the test and join us for a fun night of virtual family trivia! Our trivia winners will receive prizes, so don’t miss out! This program is for kids and adults of all ages and will be hosted on Zoom.

Click here to register for the Zoom link!

Some important details for this event: You will need TWO DEVICES in order to enjoy the optimal experience – a computer/smart phone (to join the program on Zoom) and a smart phone or tablet (to play the game). If you’re playing with multiple people in the same household, only one person needs to register for and open the Zoom call. The remaining players can play the game from other devices (one per person). You can also play as one team, in which case, you’d only need one other device.

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

A Note from the Friends of the Brookline Library

The Friends of the Brookline Library are pleased to announce that the Book Sale is open again on the ground floor of the Brookline Village Library, with a growing supply of books, CDs, and DVDs.

At this point, we still cannot accept book donations, though we will be sure to announce when donations can resume. In the meantime, take a look at the Book Sale the next time you're at the Brookline Village Library and see what you discover!
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February To-Go Kits

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MONDAY, February 14

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 every other month. All kits come with everything you need to complete that month’s project, plus video instructions from one of your local librarians.

Kits will be available at all Library locations on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Here’s what we’re making this month:
  • Craft-Along Kit (ages 13-103): Weaving
  • Craft-Along Jr. Kit (ages 5-9): Animal Sweaters
  • Tween & Teen Art Camp Kit (ages 10-18): Graphic Novel Wall Art
This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

Virtual Poetry Reading

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SATURDAY, February 19 at 2 PM

Please join Brookline poet laureate Jennifer Barber as she hosts a virtual poetry reading featuring Somerville poet laureate Lloyd Schwartz and Boston’s 2020 youth poet laureate Alondra Bobadilla. A Q&A will follow the reading.

Lloyd Schwartz is Poet Laureate of Somerville, Mass., Frederick S. Troy Professor of English Emeritus at UMass Boston, an editor of the works of Elizabeth Bishop, and an arts critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and WBUR’s the ARTery. He has been awarded NEA, Guggenheim, and Academy of American Poets fellowships in poetry and a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. His latest book is Who’s on First?—New and Selected Poems.

Alondra Bobadilla was named Boston’s first-ever Youth Poet Laureate in January of 2020. Her poetry demonstrates how creative expression can be a powerful tool for youth to examine feelings around issues, find their voice, and speak up about the changes they want to see for their future. Her collection of poems is entitled With Clipped Wings, and she is a student at UMass Boston majoring in International Relations with a minor in Dance.

Jennifer Barber is Brookline Poet Laureate for 2021-2024. Her new collection, forthcoming in 2022 from The Word Works, is The Sliding Boat Our Bodies Made.

Sign up for the Virtual Poetry Reading here!

Co-sponsored by the Brookline Commission for the Arts and the Public Library of Brookline.

Virtual Cooking Class: Whoopie Pies


SATURDAY, February 19 at 3 PM

Do you love making delicious food all by yourself? We do, too! Join Food Explorers for this virtual cooking class for children! For children in grades 2–5, accompanied by an adult. Limit to 20 families only.

Sign up for the cooking class here!

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.
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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!

Black History Month Book Recommendations

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To celebrate Black History Month, we asked our staff to recommend works by Black creators. Reference Librarian Lily chose Me (Moth) by Amber McBride. "This teen novel in verse follows Moth, a grieving girl, and Sani, a boy who seems to truly see her, as they embark on a road trip together. The writing is simply beautiful, haunting and vibrant at the same time." Borrow it here!

Looking for more books to read to celebrate Black History Month? Check out our displays at any of the three Brookline Libraries, or ask us for personalized recommendations.
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