Monday, August 29th 2022

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Labor Day Closure and Fall Hours

Please note that all Public Library of Brookline locations will be closed Monday, September 5 for Labor Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, September 6.

Beginning the weekend of September 10, the Library will resume its weekend hours at all locations. All three Brookline Libraries will be open Saturday, September 10 and subsequent Saturdays from 10 AM - 5 PM. Beginning September 11, the Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner Libraries will be open Sundays from 1-5 PM.

Brookline Village Library Construction

Please be advised that there will be ongoing construction repairs to the exterior of the Brookline Village Library starting August 26 and lasting for approximately six weeks. Some entrances to the Library and 15-minute parking in front of the building will be temporarily unavailable. Accessible parking spots and entrances will not be affected and will be available as usual. Due to the nature of the work, it may cause noise inside the library and could impact library programs and services. We appreciate your patience!

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration – 中秋節慶祝活動

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Coolidge Corner Library

SUNDAY, September 11 from 2–4 PM

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with the Public Library of Brookline, in person! Join us at the Coolidge Corner Library from 2–4 PM on Sunday, September 11 for:
  • Flower arranging for adults
  • Lantern decorating for children and families
  • Delicious snacks
  • Riddle games
  • and more!
If you’d like to help at this special event, we would love to have you! Complete this Mid-Autumn Festival volunteer application, for the opportunity to help out as a volunteer event staffer.

布克拉圖書館與你同賀中秋! 過去兩年因疫情關係不能在館內與大家賀中秋, 深感遺憾。今年請於九月十一日,星期天,下午二時至四時來到Coolidge Corner 圖書館與我們同賀中秋! 節目豐富, 老少咸宜, 大家不容錯過:
  • 成人插花活動
  • 兒童燈籠手作
  • 猜燈謎
  • 淺嘗月餅, 小吃
  • 及其他活動
如有興趣加入這活動的志工行列, 請填寫 志工表格, 與我們一起服務社區。

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Asian American Family Network, Trader Joe’s, Stop&Shop, and Wegman’s Food Markets. This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation and the Library Trustees.
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Sign Up for Kids Book Clubs!

Kids Book Clubs
Brookline Village Library
Hop to it and register for the fall session of our Kids Book Clubs! Pollywogs is our book club for 1st and 2nd graders, and Leapfrogs is our book club for 3rd and 4th graders. Each club meets twice a month on Tuesdays: Pollywogs from 3-3:30 PM and Leapfrogs from 3:45-4:30 PM. Registration begins on Monday, August 29 at 6 PM.

Learn more and register for Pollywogs here.

Learn more and register for Leapfrogs here.

Argyle and Crew: Kids Roleplaying Game

Argyle and Crew
Brookline Village Library
Are you ready to test your creativity, create a character, and explore fantastical situations? Join us for our fall kids role playing game: Argyle and Crew. This program is for kids aged 5-9 and is the perfect group for kids who are interested in role playing games but might be too young for our Tween Dungeons and Dragons group. Our first session will start with character creation – making a sock puppet – and talking about the basics of role playing games. Then we’ll practice our role playing skills in the rest of the sessions.

Registration opens on Monday, August 29 at 6 PM, and the sessions meet on Tuesdays at 3 PM once or twice a month, starting September 13. For more information and registration for Argyle and Crew, please visit our website.

Sex Ed for the Real World

Sex Ed for the Real World

TUESDAY, August 30 at 7 PM

Teens ages 13+, join us for a virtual program through the Translate Gender LGBTQIA+ Youth Summer Series.

There is a ton of misinformation in the world of sexual health. Join us as we debunk common myths and provide you with inclusive, accurate, and practical information on sex, bodies, and more! We’ll discuss all types of sex, the intersection of sexuality and gender, how to keep our bodies safe, consent, practical information about STIs, and the role of “birth control” for various sexual and gender identities, including ways to stop bleeding cycles/periods in people that don't want to bleed. We will also walk you through the IRL experience of going to a health clinic for sexual health needs. This workshop is designed to empower you with the knowledge you need to navigate your unique sexual journey in the real world. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A! For teens ages 13+ only. Facilitated by Sarah Kiser (she/her) and Emma Bokhour (she/her and they/them)

Sign up for Sex Ed for the Real World here!

Popsicles and Programs

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Brookline Village Library

TUESDAY, September 6 at 2:30 PM

Welcome back to school! Join us in the Children’s Garden starting at 2:30 PM on the first day of school to have a sweet treat, tell us what you want to see at the Library this school year, and learn about Library programs and resources.

Kids, tweens, and teens of all ages are welcome to stop by. We will be handing out popsicles from 2:30 to 3:30 PM or while supplies last. Staff members will also be available to provide more information about programs, answer any questions, and help with registration for our book clubs and role playing game groups.

If the weather is not suitable for an outdoor program, this event will be moved to Rabbit Hole. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

Tween D&D at the Library: Character Creation

Tween D&D at the Library
Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, September 7 at 3 PM

Dungeons & Dragons is coming back to the Brookline Village Library Tween Room! If you have never created a character for D&D (or you still need practice) this one-time event will get you ready with a brand new character. This D&D program will use tabletop, pen and paper play. No computers or voice chat needed. All character sheets, pencils, and dice will be provided. This event will not feature any game play. The regular play sessions will begin for tweens on September 21.

Sign up for tween D&D through Eventbrite here.

Limit to 10 participants per session. For tweens in grades 5-7 only. This session is in person, but Eventbrite registration is still required.
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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.

Summer Staff Recommendations

Last week we shared some of our staff's favorite books of this summer. So this week, we're sharing movies and TV shows that our staff have watched and loved this summer, whether they're new releases or not. All of these movies and shows are available through the Library--all you need is your library card!

The Batman
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Gilmore Girls
I'm Your Man
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Rocky Balboa
Rutherford Falls
What We Do in the Shadows
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