Monday, June 6th 2022

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ideaSPACE Make & Meet: Pride Month Laser Crafts

Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, June 8 at 7 PM

Want to make something awesome and meet the Library’s ideaSPACE tools up close? Then ideaSPACE Make & Meet is for you! These drop-in, hands-on activities are designed to give you a chance to ask questions and get creative with some of our favorite machines in the collection.

This month, we’ll be creating custom Pride magnets, necklaces, and pins and felt pronoun patches using the Library’s laser cutter! Swing by anytime between 7 and 8 PM to join in. This project is both kiddo- and grown-up-friendly, so the whole family is welcome to participate.

Tweens and teens, we'll also have extra Pride Make & Meet sessions just for you in the afterschool hours!
Tweens: Friday, June 10 from 2-3 PM
Teens: Friday, June 10 at 3-4 PM

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.
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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.

Summer Reading Kickoff

Read Beyond the Beaten Path Summer Reading 2022 at the Public Library of Brookline
Brookline Village Library
SATURDAY, June 11 from 2:30-4 PM
Coolidge Corner Library
TUESDAY, June 14 from 2:30-4 PM
Putterham Library
WEDNESDAY, June 15 from 2:30-4 PM
Join us to celebrate the start of summer reading with ice cream and popsicles! We're holding summer reading kickoff parties at all three Library locations. Drop by any of our kickoff parties to sign up for our 2022 Summer Reading Program and enjoy a sweet treat. Library staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you sign up for our online reading platform, Beanstack.

Our summer reading kickoff is for kids, tweens, and teens in grades K-12, though there are summer reading opportunities for library patrons of all ages. Visit our summer reading page to learn more about our 2022 Summer Reading Program – Read Beyond the Beaten Path.

The Brookline Village and Putterham kickoffs will be outdoors on the Library lawn. If the weather is not suitable for an outdoor program, the program will be moved indoors. Any location change will be announced on library social media and the event listing will be updated. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

June To-Go Kits

Library To Go

MONDAY, June 13

Craft along with us with our June To-Go Kits! Kits will be available at all library locations on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Here’s what we’re making this month:

Craft-Along Kit: Cyanotypes
Ages 13-103
Watch all our Craft-Along Kit videos!

Craft-Along Jr. Kit: Marshmallow Launcher
Ages 5-9
Watch all our Craft-Along Jr. Kit videos!

Tween & Teen Art Camp Kit: Pride Embroidery
Ages 10-18
Watch all our Art Camp Kit videos!

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

ELL Program Summer Celebration

FINAL ELL Celebration graphic June 2022
Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, June 15 from 2:30-4:30 PM

Join us for a celebration of our English Language Learning program! This party is for everyone who already takes part in ELL programs at the Library – English Club, ELL Film Group, and tutors and students in the tutoring program – and for those who want to learn more about these programs. Your families and children are welcome, too! We’ll have lawn games, activities, and snacks for everyone to enjoy. No registration necessary; just stop by anytime between 2:30-4:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you!

This event will take place on the Brookline Village Library lawn. If the weather is not suitable, we will meet inside in Hunneman Hall instead.

Want to learn more about ELL at the Library? Click here to learn about our English Language Learning programs.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.


lgbtqia summer series
The Public Library of Brookline is partnering with Translate Gender, LGBTQIA+ groups, and libraries around Massachusetts for the LGBTQIA+ Youth Series! Throughout the summer, there will be programs for youth ages 8-18.

The series kicks off this Tuesday, June 7 at 7 PM with the Affirmations Trans Book Club for ages 8-13. And next Tuesday, June 14 will be Labels Are for Soup Cans, a virtual workshop about the challenges and benefits of labels. Learn more and sign up for the LGBTQIA+ Youth Series here!
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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.

Town of Brookline Seeks Candidate for

Board of Library Trustees

The Brookline Board of Library Trustees and the Select Board wish to announce that they are seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Board of Library Trustees following the resignation of Regina Healy.

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter, 41, section 11, the Library Trustees and the Select Board will work jointly to find a person to fill the vacancy until the annual town election in May 2023.

Those interested should submit a cover letter and resume by June 10 to the Board of Library Trustees at, or by regular mail at 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445. Candidates must be registered voters of the Town of Brookline.

The Library Trustees will interview the candidates during the weeks of June 13 and June 20. All interviews will be held remotely.

The Select Board and Library Trustees will conduct final interviews at a Joint Convention on June 28 and will fill the vacancy at that time. The Joint Convention will be held via Zoom and the link will be posted on the Town Calendar.

The Board of Trustees consists of 12 local residents who are elected to three-year terms. Trustees work closely with the Director of the Library, and provide oversight of the library budget, services, and policies.

For more information on the responsibilities of a Library Trustee, please visit the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ website here.

"We thank Regie for her time on the Board of Library Trustees, and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Library Trustees Chair Michael Burstein said. “We look forward to working with the Select Board to identify the best person to fill the vacant seat. We strongly encourage all interested parties to apply for the position, especially those passionate about shaping the library’s future.”
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