Monday, February 21st 2022

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Virtual Author Event: Jerald Walker

Jerald Walker event

MONDAY, February 28 at 7 PM

Join us for an evening with author Jerald Walker. He will read excerpts from and discuss his new book, How to Make a Slave and Other Essays, which was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in nonfiction and winner of the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction. A Q&A will follow.

In addition to How to Make a Slave, Jerald Walker is the author of two memoirs, Street Shadows and The World in Flames. His work has appeared in publications such as The Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Iowa Review, and Mother Jones, and has been widely anthologized, including five times in The Best American Essays series. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, Walker is a Professor of Creative Writing and African American Literature at Emerson College.

Register for this event here! The Zoom link will come from

If you wish to purchase a copy of How to Make a Slave and Other Essays, they are available at Newtonville Books.

This program is cosponsored by the Ashland Public Library, the Newton Free Library, the Tewksbury Public Library, and the Watertown Free Public Library.

Virtual Event: Leaping Lizards!


SATURDAY, February 26 at 3 PM

Meet some live lizard friends, virtually! From a tiny anole and a huge Komodo dragon to a venomous Gila monster, lizards can look very different. How are they similar? How do their differences actually help lizards survive around the world and even here? Find out about the amazing abilities of different lizards – some of whom will be joining us live on camera! For children ages 5 and up.

Sign up for Leaping Lizards here!

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.
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On Display at the Library

TS - 128, Laundry Day, Along the Arno
Brookline Village Library
The next time you stop by the Brookline Village Library, take a look at displays of work by three incredible artists. John Wilson (1922-2015), a skilled painter, draftsman, printmaker and sculptor, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. This installation is dedicated to his talent and passion for drawing. Whether it was a gesture, a slight motion, or an unusual posture, the artist’s keen ability to translate his observations to paper is remarkable.

Hilda Belcher (1881-1963), one of the country’s leading portrait and genre painters in the early 20th century, was the second woman to be elected to the National Academy of Design. Truman Seymour (1824-1891) was a superb watercolorist who spent his retirement painting in Europe. The three works of his included in this installation were all done in Florence.

All pieces or art are being displayed courtesy of Martha Richardson Fine Art, Boston. These works will be on exhibit through March 29.

Virtual Event: Songs with Seth


WEDNESDAY, February 23 at 10:30 AM

Join special performer Seth Hanson for a virtual, interactive singalong! This program is for families and kids of all ages, but will be mostly targeted to our friends who are 0-5 years old. We can’t wait to sing along with you!

Sign up for Songs with Seth here!

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Virtual Adult Dungeons and Dragons Introduction and Character Creation


WEDNESDAY, March 2 at 6:30 PM

New to D&D? Join us for our Virtual D&D Introduction and Character Creation! This one-time event will walk you through building a character sheet, the basics of the game, and the mechanics of using online programs and resources like D&D Beyond, Roll20, and Discord. Please set up your free accounts on,, and before this event. We'll be starting monthly D&D sessions on Wednesday, March 9, and this introduction is a great way for new players to learn about the game before the campaign begins.

Click here to register for the program!

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Virtual Okonomiyaki Cooking Class

Photograph of Okonomiyaki

WEDNESDAY, March 9 at 5 PM

Let’s make Okonomiyaki, A Japanese Savory Pancake! Learn about and make Okonomiyaki with Table for Two’s Wa-Shokuiku: Learn. Cook. Eat Japanese! Okonomiyaki is a delicious and healthy Japanese savory pancake that is sometimes called Japanese Pizza. The pancake is chock-full of crunchy cabbage and topped with a yummy glaze.

To accompany the program, we have 33 Okonomiyaki kits available. Kit reservation starts Monday, February 28 at 6 PM. Visit our website for more details and sign-ups. This is a family-friendly event. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome. We encourage families to enjoy the program together!

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation and The Otafuku Company.
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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

Maya Angelou Ginger BHM recommendation
To celebrate Black History Month, we asked our staff to recommend works by Black creators. Reference Librarian Ginger chose The Collected Poems of Maya Angelou. "'Still I Rise' is one of the poems that made me fall in love with poetry years ago. Maya Angelou’s writing continues to not only inspire but empower readers because of the defiant strength present in her words, her story, and her legacy." 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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