Monday, February 8th 2021

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Read on for what's happening at the library this week.

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Library Closed for Presidents’ Day

All Public Library of Brookline locations will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presidents' Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, February 16.

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.

Black History Month Reading Recommendations:

Friendship, Family, and Romance

Black History Month: Friendship, Family, and Romance
We are celebrating Black History Month with weekly reading recommendation lists throughout February! This week we are featuring books by Black authors about friendship, family, and romance 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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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.

Virtual Game Night: Among Us

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THURSDAY, February 18 at 4 PM

February vacation week got you feeling sus? Join us on February 18 at 4 PM for an afternoon of Among Us. Open to teens in grades 8-12 only.

Register for the game night here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

An Evening with Desmond Hall and Christina Hammonds Reed

DRAFT BHM Hall and Reed Author Event 2021 (1)

TUESDAY, February 23 at 7 PM

Join us for an evening with two outstanding YA authors, Desmond Hall and Christina Hammonds Reed, to discuss their writing process, Black history, working on historical fiction, and the world of YA. We are delighted to partner with 826 Boston for this event, and the conversation will be led by 826 Boston student leaders.

Register to attend this author event here!

This event will be held live through Zoom on Tuesday, February 23 at 7 PM. A recording will also be available post-event on the Public Library of Brookline’s YouTube channel.

Florida Ruffin Ridley and Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin

Florida Ruffin Ridley
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin

SATURDAY, February 27 at 3 PM

How much do you know about Florida Ruffin Ridley, the Brookline resident for whom the former Coolidge Corner School is named? Dolita Cathcart, Associate Professor of History at Wheaton College, will discuss the life and legacy of this groundbreaking figure, along with her influential mother, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin.

To register, please click here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Children's Book Roundup Results!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2020 Children's Book Roundup polls! Want to see the results? Just click on each category!

Laugh Out Loud
Invention & Imagination
Thrill Seekers
I Wish I Could Meet
Be Yourself
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