Monday, February 1st 2021

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Delayed Opening February 2

Due to the snow, all in-person and virtual library services will begin at 12 noon on Tuesday, February 2.

Pop Culture Trivia

FINAL Pop Culture Trivia Soc Med 2021

MONDAY, February 8 at 7 PM

Join us for an entertaining evening of all-ages trivia! We’ll revisit our favorite parts of pop culture from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, so there is something for the whole team. Questions are geared for pop culture pros ages 8 and up. This program will be streamed live on our Facebook page.

Some important details for this event: You will need TWO DEVICES in order to enjoy the optimal experience – a computer/smart phone (to view the program on Facebook) and a smart phone or tablet (to play the game). Teams can be comprised of individual or multiple players. Recommended team size is 3-6 players. If members of a team are in separate locations, we suggest arranging a conference call during the game. Each team will use ONLY ONE smart phone or tablet to enter the game and submit the answers.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

Lunar New Year Celebration – 农历新年

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欢迎大家参与我们的网络贺岁活动!从二月起,我们将会在 YouTube 频道上播放农历新年在线故事时间和手工学习视频。别错过呀!

Join us for a virtual Lunar New Year Celebration! Starting on Monday February 1, we’ll be featuring Lunar New Year storytime and craft-along videos on our YouTube Channel. Make sure to check them out here!

Here are the instructions for our Lunar New Year crafts (recommended for children ages 5-9):
Noisemaker craft instructions – 拨浪鼓
Red envelope craft instructions – 春节红包手工

Generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Black History Month Reading Recommendations: Biography and Memoir

Black History Month: Biography and Memoir
We are celebrating Black History Month with weekly reading recommendation lists throughout February! This week, we are featuring biographies and memoirs for readers of all ages. Each book is available through the Minuteman Library Network. All you need is your library card!

Check out our recommendations!

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Robert Reich: The System, Who Rigged It, How We Fix It (Virtual)


THURSDAY, February 11 at 7 PM

Millions of Americans have lost confidence in our political and economic system. With the characteristic clarity and passion that has made him a central civil voice, Robert B. Reich shows how wealth and power have interacted to install an elite oligarchy, eviscerate the middle class, and undermine democracy. Join us for an engaging conversation with Mr. Reich on his latest book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It. Christopher Lydon, host of the original podcast, Open Source, heard in Boston on WBUR, will moderate.

Space is limited, please register here. Login information will be sent the day of the event. Registration will close two hours before the event begins. After the event concludes, a recording will be posted online and available to everyone, no registration required. The live event and recording will both include closed captions.

If you’d like to borrow The System from the library, please reserve it here. Signed copies of The System will be available through Newtonville Books; please write to orders@newtonvillebooks if you would like to purchase a signed copy. This program is in partnership with the Newton Free Library.

ideaSPACE February Craft-Along Kits Reservations

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THURADAY, February 4 at 7 PM

ideaSPACE Craft-Alongs are back and better than ever: Thanks to generous funding from the Library Trustees and the Friends of the Brookline Public Library, we'll be doubling the number of Craft-Along Kits available in February and doubling again starting in March! This month, we're learning the basics of Block Printing by creating our own block-printed greeting card set (Craft-Along Kit recommended for ages 13-103) and celebrating Lunar New Year at home by making Paper Dragons (Craft-Along Jr. kit recommended for ages 5-9). Get everything you need to Craft-Along by reserving a free kit at starting Thursday, February 4 at 7 PM.

Virtual ELL Book Group

ELL Book Group

WEDNESDAY, February 10 at 1 PM

Join us to practice your English language skills as we read or listen to materials in English and gather online for virtual discussion. This group is open to all English Language Learners but will be geared towards intermediate and advanced speakers. This month, we will be discussing three poems by Joy Harjo: Eagle Poem, An American Sunrise, and Remember.

Sign up for the ELL Book Group here!

Volunteers Needed for Online Citizenship Classes!

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The Public Library of Brookline is partnering with the St. Mark Community Education Program and the Boston Public Library to recruit volunteer trainers for online citizenship classes. St. Mark will provide training and support for volunteers who will teach English vocabulary, civics, and history for students preparing for their citizenship test. The citizenship classes will run several times a week from February through early May. To sign up as a volunteer trainer, contact Mike at 617-288-8515 or
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