Monday, March 21st 2022

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Digitized Special Collections

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The Library's Special Collections team is very happy to announce that our scanned newspaper database has more content from the Brookline Citizen (1935-1959) and Brookline Chronicle (1942-1960). This batch of newspapers is in grayscale, making for sharper images and improved OCR (Optical Character Recognition) – the key to keyword searching! You can explore our digitized newspapers here, or ask our Special Collections team if you need some guidance.

And did you know we also have digital collections of historical maps, photographs, manuscripts, and more? Check out our digital local history collections here.
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Tween/Teen Escape Room Kit: Chase Through History!

The Archivist Travel Agency needs your help! What kind of travel, you ask? Time travel, of course! A mysterious time traveler is disrupting history, and it’s up to you to follow them through time and stop them to protect the timeline! All the clues, ciphers, codes, and hints you need to crack the case are included in one handy kit.

Kit reservations begin Monday, March 21 at 6 PM. When reserving your kit, please select the Public Library of Brookline location where you would like to pick it up. Kit pickups begin Monday, March 28! This kit is meant for tweens and teens in grades 5-12 and their families. We recommend completing the escape room as a group! LIMIT ONE KIT PER FAMILY. Registration via Eventbrite is required. Register here for your kit.

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

Show or Tell? Languages of Love in Asian American Families

FINAL Stephen Chen Facebook Mar 22

THURSDAY, March 31 at 2:30 PM

Parents around the world express love and care for their children, but they do so in very different ways. Some parents express their affection verbally, while others may express care with actions, non-verbal behaviors, and even with words that seem more critical than affectionate.

In this talk, Professor Stephen Chen will present findings from his research on patterns of love and affection among Asian American immigrant parents. He’ll examine how these parents navigate Asian and American norms of affection, how acculturation shapes their emotional processes, and ultimately, how they “translate” their language of affection for their children.

Click here to register for this program!

Stephen Chen is an Associate Professor of Psychology and director of the Culture, Family, and Development Lab at Wellesley College. His research examines how cultural and family processes influence mental health and development across the lifespan, primarily in under-represented, underserved, and at-risk populations. At Wellesley, his courses include Asian American Psychology, Cultural Psychology, and a seminar on Culture and Emotion. Chen’s research and teaching are both shaped by his experience as a K-12 school counselor and administrator in Shanghai, China. He is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the Asian American Psychological Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development, where he is involved in the Asian Caucus and the Teaching Committee.

Can’t make it to the live event? Sign up here for a one-time screening of the recorded talk on Thursday, April 7 at 7 PM.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Vote & Run for GOV

FINAL Vote & Run for GOV March 2022
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations and the Office of the Town Clerk in Brookline are launching the Vote & Run for GOV Program, partnering with organizations around town to talk to you about elections and civic engagement! The Library is delighted to host Vote & Run for GOV on the following afternoons:

Tuesday, April 5, 2-4 PM at the Putterham Library
Wednesday, April 6, 2-4 PM at the Brookline Village Library
Tuesday, April 12, 2-4 PM at the Coolidge Corner Library

Election Day in Brookline is May 3, 2022. Many seats will be up for election, including Select Board, School Committee, Library Trustee, Constable, and Town Meeting. Because of re-districting, almost every Town Meeting seat is up for election, so it is a great chance to ensure your voice is heard. Come register to vote, request an absentee ballot, learn about changes to precincts and polling locations, get information on running for office and how to engage civically, and ask any questions!

For a full list of Vote & Run for GOV programs, locations, and partners, visit the Town’s civic engagement webpage.
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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!

English Language Learning Kits

The Library is delighted to launch our brand new English Language Learning Kits! ELL Kits are tote bags full of books and materials on a variety of themes, all geared toward English Language Learners. You can check out kits on the following themes at all Brookline Library locations: Get Reading, Get Cooking, Brookline and Boston, Exploring Nature, Family Reading, and Word Games!

ELL Kits have four-week loan times and may be renewed (unless there is a waitlist). All kits must be checked out and returned at their owning location. You can request a kit through our online catalog, or by asking a librarian.
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