Monday, May 23rd 2022

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Library Closed for Memorial Day

All Public Library of Brookline locations will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, May 31.

Flash Fiction Writing Workshop - NOW VIRTUAL ONLY

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MONDAY, May 23 at 7 PM


Get writing at the Library! Authors Chandreyee Lahiri and Malavika Shetty will discuss their own writing journeys, give an introduction to flash fiction (very short stories), and provide a writing prompt. Then everyone will have a chance to write their own piece of flash fiction. Come write with us, whether you’ve been writing for a while or you want to give creative writing a try.

To register for the Zoom session, click here!

Chandreyee Lahiri is the author of “Dumba Chora,” the 2021 One City One Story all-city read. She earned an honorable mention in the 2020 Boston in 100 Words contest for her piece “Jellies in the Charles.” Learn more about Chandreyee Lahiri’s writing on her website.

Malavika Shetty is a lecturer in the Writing Program at Boston University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the Kenyon Review, and she is the author of the picture book The Sweetest Mango. Learn more about Malavika Shetty’s work here.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Book Donations Are Back!

We are delighted to announce that the Friends of the Library are now accepting donations at all three locations! You can bring books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, video games, and board games to any Library location to donate. If you have a large number of donations (more than one grocery bag), please bring them to the loading dock behind the Brookline Village Library. Please note that we cannot accept magazines, textbooks, mass market paperbacks, or materials in poor condition.
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Children's Programming Updates


Storytime Around the World

The Library is delighted to offer storytimes in world languages every day the rest of this week! Check out our Storytime Around the World offerings:

Portuguese Storytime at the Brookline Village Library - Tuesday, May 24 at 11:15 AM
Mandarin Storytime at the Brookline Village Library - Wednesday, May 25 at 10:30 AM
French Storytime at the Brookline Village Library - Thursday, May 26 at 10:30 AM
Japanese Storytime at the Coolidge Corner Library - Friday, May 27 at 10:30 AM

Space is limited at in-person programs, so please arrive early and stop by the Children’s Room Desk to get a storytime ticket. These programs are geared towards kids ages 0-5. For the safety of our program attendees and staff, masks will be required for all attendees ages 2 and older during the program.

Ongoing Children's Programs

This is the last week for our regularly scheduled children's programs at all locations. Starting on Saturday, May 28, we will be pausing our weekly English Storytimes, LEGO Clubs, and Drop-In Crafts as we gear up for a summer full of exciting programs! In June we will still have some World Language Storytimes, as well as several special events for kids, including Summer Reading Kickoff events. More information will be shared in upcoming newsletters and please continue to check our website calendar for updates.

Virtual Pop Goes the Culture:

The History of Asians in American Pop Culture

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TUESDAY, May 31 at 7 PM

Let’s close out Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a deep dive into Asians in pop culture! In the pre-talkie early years of Hollywood, two of the biggest silent movie stars, Sessue Hayakawa and Anna May Wong, were Asian. Portrayed as exotic and inscrutable, these stars graced the silver screen with great success. But suddenly and within a short period of time, all the major Hollywood movie studios began hiring white actors instead of actual Asians and gave them the “yellowface” treatment with taped-back eyes and makeup. Fast-forward to today, and Asians have attained an amazing level of stardom and success both on TV and the big screen. How, when, and why did all those cultural shifts come about? This presentation covers more than a century of how Asians have been portrayed in Hollywood, on commercials, and on stage.

Presenter Gil Asakawa is a journalist, editor, author, and blogger who covers Japan, Japanese American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander cultural and social justice issues, with a blog, The Nikkei View. He’s a nationally-known speaker, panelist, and expert on Japanese American history and Asian American identity.

To register for this program, click here!

This program is in partnership with the Ashland Public Library, Cary Memorial Library, Maynard Public Library, Morrill Memorial Library, Somerville Public Library, and Wayland Free Public Library. This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Nature in Your Neighborhood:

The Secret Life of Backyard and Migratory Birds

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Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, June 1 at 7 PM

Join Mass Audubon educator Kat Livar for this illustrated lecture focused on birds that are commonly seen throughout the spring in New England! You’ll get a glimpse into their secret lives, learn how and why birds migrate, and leave with newfound bird identification skills. Register here!

Tree Lines Poetry Anthology

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Brookline Village Library

THURSDAY, June 2 at 7 PM

Join us to celebrate the release of the poetry anthology Tree Lines: 21st Century American Poems. The anthology features nationally known as well as emerging poets and explores trees from many angles, recognizing the critical importance of trees in our daily lives and for our collective future.

Hosted by co-editors Jennifer Barber and Fred Marchant, the readers include Erica Funkhouser, George Kalogeris, Jennifer Markell, Gail Mazur, Barbara Thomas, and Gary Whited. Books will be available for sale during the event by cash, check or Venmo (not by credit card). Copies of Tree Lines are also available to borrow through the Public Library of Brookline.

This program is in partnership with the Brookline Commission for the Arts.

Seeing the Spectrum:

An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Diversity

FINAL Seeing the Spectrum adult program June 2022 (Instagram Post)
Brookline Village Library

TUESDAY, June 7 at 2 PM

Do you want to better understand gender and LGBTQIA+ identities, and the language we use to talk about them? Join us for Seeing the Spectrum, an introductory workshop on gender and sexual diversity. In this program, you’ll learn about the relationship between gender, sex, and sexuality; practice using gender-neutral pronouns; discuss how to show respect and support; and see how identity goes beyond the binary. There will be a Q&A, so bring your questions!

This is an introductory program open to all adults. Whether you’re just starting to learn about these topics or you want to expand your understanding, we invite you to attend Seeing the Spectrum!

About the presenter: Matisse DuPont (they/she) is an artist, educator, and consultant with expertise and scholarship in the areas of gender, sexuality, and identity. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Matisse holds a Master’s in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons University.

This program is in partnership with the Town of Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations. 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!

For a listing of book group and movie screening titles, please visit our website.
  • Storytime at the Brookline Village Library - Tuesday, May 24 at 10:30 AM
  • Storytime at the Putterham Library - Tuesday, May 24 at 10:30 AM
  • Lego Club at the Brookline Village Library - Tuesday, May 24 at 3 PM
  • Virtual English Club - Tuesday, May 24 at 7 PM
  • Storytime at the Coolidge Corner Library - Wednesday, May 25 at 10:30 AM
  • Virtual Caffe Italiano - Wednesday, May 25 at 12:15 PM
  • Lego Club at the Putterham Library - Wednesday, May 25 at 3 PM
  • Movie Matinee at the Coolidge Corner Library - Thursday, May 26 at 1:15 PM - Playing this week: Knives Out
  • Tween Crafternoon at the Brookline Village Library - Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 PM
  • Gentle Chair Yoga at the Putterham Library or online - Friday, May 27 at 10:30 AM
  • English Club at the Brookline Village Library - Friday, May 27 at 11 AM
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