Tuesday, December 5th 2017

Good morning reader!

Read on for what's happening at the library this week.
  • We want your suggestions for our upcoming Brookline Eats event series. Fill out our survey.
  • Our Brookline Village Early Release movie today starts at 1 PM: the live action Beauty and the Beast.
  • Join us next week for our Telescope launch party in Brookline Village on Monday December 11.
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All Public Library of Brookline locations will open at noon today instead of 10 AM for staff development.

Brookline Eats

We're working on an exciting series of programs for spring exploring the cross section of cuisine and culture here in Brookline. We want to hear from you about what you'd like to see be a part of this series. We will also be collecting recipes to create a community cookbook. Tell us what you would like to see (and smell and taste).
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Queer Reading Group

Queer Reading Group

February 9, 2023 7:00 PM @ Brookline Village - Hunneman Hall

Hybrid Book Group!

Join us in person to read and discuss books by queer authors in a variety of genres. This group has a stress-free structure, where the conversation we develop about identity, gender, race, and all intersections that these generate is just as important as reading the book. We make space to feel safe, ask questions, and learn. Approach with curiosity and we’ll meet you more than halfway: you’ll fit right in.

If you are not able to join us in person, please register to join by Zoom.

Black History Month Talk with Dr. Rebecca Hall, Author of Award-Winning Graphic Novel WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

Black History Month Talk with Dr. Rebecca Hall, Author of Award-Winning Graphic Novel WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

February 11, 2023 2:30 PM @ Virtual - Zoom Webinar

Rebecca Hall, JD PhD is an independent scholar, activist, and educator. Her paternal grandparents were born enslaved. She writes and publishes on the history of race, gender, law, and resistance as well as articles on climate justice and intersectional feminist theory. Her most recent book, Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (Simon & Schuster, 2021) has won multiple awards, and was a finalist for the N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards and the Pen America Open Book Award. Wake has been listed as a Best Book of 2021 by NPR and The Washington Post, Forbes, and Ms. Magazine. Her work has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships. She is a 2022-23 Radcliffe Institute Fellow.

Click here to register for this program!

About the Graphic Novel:
Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (written by Rebecca Hall, illustrated by Hugo Martinez) tells the story of Dr. Rebecca Hall, a historian, granddaughter of slaves, and a woman haunted by the legacy of slavery. The accepted history of slave revolts tells her that enslaved women took a back seat. But she feels the need to look deeper. Her journey takes her through old court records, slave ship captain’s logs, crumbling correspondence, and even the forensic evidence from the bones of enslaved women from the “negro burying ground” uncovered in Manhattan.

She finds women warriors everywhere.

Using in-depth archival research and the measured use of historical imagination, Dr. Hall brings to life the women who fought for freedom during the Middle Passage and the women who led slave revolts in Colonial New York.

We also follow Rebecca’s own story of resistance as living in the wake of slavery continues to shape her own life — both as a successful attorney and later as a historian seeking the past that haunts her. But in the process, she learns that the power of these women’s resistance, buried in the past, is still very much alive.

The past is gone. But we still live in its wake.


This program is in collaboration with the Watertown Free Public Library.

שעת סיפור בעברית! Hebrew Storytime!

שעת סיפור בעברית! Hebrew Storytime!

February 13, 2023 4:30 PM @ Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room

Join us for an in-person Hebrew storytime filled with stories, songs, and poems! This storytime is geared for kids who are ages 0 to 6 years-old.

הצטרפו אלינו לשעת סיפור מלאה בסיפורים ושירים מוכרים ואהובים בשפה העברית ! שעת הסיפור מיועדת לילדים בגילאי 0 עד 6 שנים.

Space is limited, so please arrive early and stop by the Children’s Room Desk to get a storytime ticket. Only families with a storytime ticket will be admitted to the program.

מספר המקומות מוגבל, מומלץ להגיע מוקדם ולאסוף כרטיס לפעילות משולחן הקבלה באגף הילדים. הכניסה לפעילות תתאפשר רק עבור משפחות עם כרטיס.

For the safety of our program attendees and staff, masks will be required for all attendees ages 2 and older during the program.

למען בטיחותם של משתתפי הפעילות והצוות, יידרשו מסכות לכל המשתתפים מגיל שנתיים ומעלה במהלך הפעילות. תודה על שיתוף הפעולה

Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon

Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon

February 14, 2023 12:00 PM @ Brookline Village - Hunneman Hall

Douglass Day is an annual program that marks the birth (actual date unknown) of Frederick Douglass. Each year, a coalition of scholars from Penn State, the Colored Conventions Project, and elsewhere celebrate Douglass Day with a collective action for Black history. They gather people from across the nation to transcribe an online collection of Black history and culture.

In 2023, the Library will join in Douglass Day by hosting a public transcribe-a-thon, where community members can help transcribe the papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893). Shadd Cary was one of the earliest Black women to edit a newspaper, serve as a Civil War recruiter, attend law school, and much more. Participants will learn how to use an online platform to transcribe and enhance newly digitized collections from Shadd Cary’s long and fascinating life, contributed by the Archives of Ontario and Libraries and Archives Canada.

You don’t need any experience with transcription or digital archives to participate in this celebration of Black history! And you can join us in person or online, anytime between 12 to 3 PM.

No registration is required for the in-person gathering; to participate via Zoom, please register here.

“Pirates: Lost at Sea” by Talewise Science

“Pirates: Lost at Sea” by Talewise Science

February 22, 2023 2:00 PM @ Putterham - Meeting Room

Set sail with us on a journey into the wondrous world of SCIENCE!

Help the performer conduct several exciting science experiments all about chemical reactions, air pressure, the changing states of matter, the transfer of energy, and more!

The science experiments are cleverly tied together by a fun, interactive tale called “Pirates: Lost at Sea.” The entire audience will help the performer tell the story — you’ll even get to decide what happens next!

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind learning experience, featuring stories and science experiments that ‘ARRR’ sure to amaze you!

This program is for ages 3 years-old to 11 years-old. Registration is not required.

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Midday Movies

1:30-4 PM
More about Midday Movies

Movie Matinee

Coolidge Corner
Refreshments 1 PM
Screening 1:30-4 PM
More about Movie Matinee
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Children's Librarian at Brookline Village Caroline Richardson

First literary crush (author or character): Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane.
Last song you listened to: Moana soundtrack "We Know the Way".
Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff.
Name a word that starts with the letter Q: Quidditch!
Movie or TV show you always watch when it comes on screen, no matter what: Labyrinth.
If you could travel back in time, what period would you go to? Regency (with modern health care!)
Cake or pie? PIE!
Big dogs or small dogs? Mid-sized dogs--like a Basset Hound.
Hardcover or paperback? It makes no difference--I also love audiobooks and my Kindle.
Fictional world or game you'd most like to visit? I'd love to visit Thisby and get to know Puck and Sean from The Scorpio Races!
What book would you most like to see turned into a top-notch film or miniseries? Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis.
Favorite fictional librarian? The Night Vale librarians.
Favorite fictional detective? Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane.
Favorite Jane Austen character? Capt. Frederick Wentworth.
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Brookline Village
THURSDAY December 14, 3:00 PM
Go from gamer to designer with this one-time workshop from Empow Studios.
Kids love playing video games, but they have even more fun playing games they and their friends design! Video Game Design encompasses storytelling, pixel art, and object-oriented programming, all through a user-friendly, 2D game design platform.
Register on the event listing. Children in grades 3-6 welcome.


Brookline Village
Countdown to Kindergarten
Last Monday of the month at 10:30 AM
Age: 4 years old (get ticket at desk)
Terrific Twos (And Threes!)
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Age: 2 years old
Mother Goose on the Loose
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
Age: 13 to 23 month-olds (get ticket at desk)
Stories and Crafts (Drop In)
Wednesdays at 3:30 PM
Age: 3-5 years old
Stories and Crafts (Drop In)
Thursdays at 10:30 AM
Age: 2-3 years old (get ticket at desk)
Saturday Six to Eights
Saturdays at 2:30 PM
Age: 6-8 years old
Friday Flicks (Drop In)
Fridays at 10:30 am
Age: 2 years and older. Parents and caregivers are also welcome.
Coolidge Corner
Come Play With Us
Mondays at 10:15 AM
Age: Infants-12 month-olds
Mother Goose
Tuesdays at 10:15 AM
Age: 1-2 years-old
Sing Along, Dance and Play
Wednesdays at 10:15 AM
All Ages
Stories and Crafts
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Age: 2-3 year-olds
Step Into Story Time
Tuesdays at 3:30 PM
Age: 3-5 year-olds
Visit the Children's Department online.
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Shelf Respect Book Group

Brookline Village
WEDNESDAY December 6, 7 PM, to discuss Booked by Kwame Alexander.


All of our book clubs are drop in. If you'd like to join us, you may pick up the next title at the Circulation Desk of the hosting library and attend the next meeting ready to discuss.
More about each book club.

A Taste of Poetry

Brookline Village
Poet: Avrom Sutzkever
Noon-1:30 PM
Open to adults.

Brookline Village

Brookline Village
7-8:30 PM
Open to adults.

Shelf Respect

Brookline Village
7 PM
Open to teens and adults.


Brookline Village
Noon-1 PM
Open to adults.

Read and Meet

Coolidge Corner
7 PM
Open to adults.


2-3:30 PM
Open to adults.
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