Monday, June 21st 2021

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Welcome Back!

All Brookline library buildings are once again open to the public! You can read up on our current services and our current hours so you're in-the-know for your visit. Welcome back, Brookline. We're so glad to see you again!

Tails and Tales Summer Reading!

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June 28 - August 20

Join the 2021 Summer Reading Program with The Public Library of Brookline! After a tough year, we want nothing more than to encourage Brookline to read whatever and however you want – there’s no wrong way to read! The program is open to community members of all ages, from kids through adults. To participate, simply:

1. Sign Up for Summer Reading. Preregistration begins June 15th.

2. Log Your Reading. Track your hours spent reading using your Beanstack account or a paper log available at all our Library locations.

3. Redeem Your Hours for Prizes! Show Library staff your Beanstack account or bring your paper reading log to any Brookline Library to redeem your hours.

Kids, tweens, & teens can read for 20 hours and earn a Base Buddy kit which you can use to create your very own, stuffed-animal “Library-Buddy,” or “Lib-Buddy” for short! Continue reading up to 50 hours to earn extra features and accessories to further personalize your Lib-Buddy!

Adults can read for 20 hours to earn a $1 voucher to the Friends of the Brookline Library Book Sale (many of the books cost $1 or less). Continue reading up to 50 hours to be entered into a grand prize raffle for gift cards to local Brookline businesses!

Celebrate the start of this year’s Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program with our Virtual Animal Encounter with a sea lion or fur seal from the New England Aquarium!

This program is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Brookline Public Library and the Library Trustees.

On Display: Voting Is the Cornerstone of Democracy

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On display in the lobby of the Brookline Village Library, the League of Women Voters of Brookline features a history of the women’s suffrage movement, voting rights today, and a centennial exhibit of its own activities over ten decades. The exhibit celebrates the importance of citizen engagement through voting in local, state, and national elections. This display will be on exhibit through July. You can learn more about the League of Women Voters of Brookline here.
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Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Other Beneficials with John Root (Virtual)


THURSDAY, June 24 at 2 PM

Join us for a lively program about ways to promote birds, bees, and butterfly visitors to our gardens!

To register, please click here.

Generously sponsored by the Brookline Arts Council and the Library Trustees.

Live Animal Encounter – Summer Reading Kickoff (Virtual)

MONDAY, June 28 at 3 PM

This year's Summer Reading theme is Tails and Tales - and we're celebrating with a virtual encounter with a sea lion or fur seal from the New England Aquarium!

Join the marine mammal trainers from the New England Aquarium for a training session with a California sea lion or northern fur seal. Learn about how they train, why they train, and what you can do to protect the ocean environment for these amazing creatures. You’ll have a chance to see the animals up close (over Zoom) and to ask the trainers your questions. This program is for adults and kids of all ages.

Registration is required. Sign up for the live animal encounter here!

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Summer Storytime @ The Park

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WEDNESDAY, June 30 at 10 AM

Join us for stories under the sun! We’ll share 30 minutes of stories and songs for ages 5 and under. Summer Storytimes will be held outdoors, and in the case of inclement weather, will be canceled. When attending Library programs, please wear a mask which covers your nose and mouth. Children ages 2 through 11 and unvaccinated teens and adults must wear masks at all times. You may be asked to keep distance between yourself and staff, and social distancing with other patrons is highly encouraged.

This storytime will be held at Winthrop Square Park/Minot Rose Garden (located at St. Paul St. and Freeman St.). For any questions about this storytime, please contact the Coolidge Corner Children’s Room at 617-730-2680.

To sign up for text updates on all of our summer programming, including program cancellations, text “@brksummer” to 81010.

Virtual D&D Character Building Workshop


FRIDAY, July 2 at 3 PM

Try your hand at creating new characters for D&D. If you’re new to the game, learn the mechanics of character creation! If you’re a seasoned veteran, talk to others about D&D and try creating something brand new.

All participants will need free accounts on,, and Discord. A computer with speakers and microphone capabilities is a plus, but not required. Those without a microphone can participate through text.

Please register for sessions through Eventbrite here.

Regular games sessions for D&D will begin July 8. For tweens in grades 5 and up only.

Read with Pride Digital Display

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Celebrate Pride Month with LGBTQIA+ stories! We’re highlighting media which feature LGBTQIA+ characters, journeys, and history. Each item is available through the Minuteman Library Network. All you need is your library card!

Check out our digital display!

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