Monday, July 3rd 2023

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The Public Library of Brookline Goes Fine Free!

The Public Library of Brookline is delighted to announce that we are now fine free! Our children's materials were already free of late fees, and we are now thrilled to do away with late fees for all of our materials.

How does it work? Beginning July 1, 2023, items borrowed at Public Library of Brookline locations will not be charged late fees. This includes items owned by other libraries in the Minuteman Network that are checked out in Brookline, and it applies to everyone checking out materials at a Brookline Library, regardless of residency. However, if you go to another library in the Minuteman Network and check out materials there, those materials will be subject to that library's policies. You will still receive due-date reminders when materials are renewed or due to be returned.

Please note that items checked out from Brookline that remain long overdue will still be billed for replacement fees, as will significantly damaged materials. If long overdue items are returned, the replacement fees will disappear.

Removing fines is a major step in our continual efforts to make the Library as equitable, accessible, and welcoming an environment as possible. We thank the Library Trustees and the Town of Brookline for approving this new policy. We are so pleased to be a fine free library!

Library Closed for Independence Day

All Public Library of Brookline locations will be closed Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day. Regular hours will resume Wednesday, July 5.

Concert Series: The History of Cello Music

Brookline Village Library

SATURDAYS, July 8, 15, & 22 at 3 PM

The Library is pleased to present a series of classical cello concerts. Cellist Ji Young Lee and pianist Soyoung Sarah Yang will perform three concerts that feature cello music written from 1700 to 2000. Each concert will be devoted to a certain era of music, with the series featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Ligeti, Piazzolla, and Demenga, as well as comments on the music and Q&A sessions.

The History of Cello Music will take place at 3 PM on three consecutive Saturdays – July 8, 15, and 22. This series is open to adults and children of all ages. Attendees are welcome to come to any or all of the concerts in the series, no registration required. See the full program and read more about the musicians here.

Become a Volunteer English Tutor!

The Public Library of Brookline is seeking volunteers for the one-on-one tutoring program! Our English Language Tutoring program for adults matches volunteer English speakers with English language learners for weekly practice sessions. No teaching experience or world language knowledge is necessary, and we will provide online training and tutoring resources.

If you are curious about other cultures and can commit to a weekly one-hour language practice session for five months, consider becoming a volunteer English language tutor at the Public Library of Brookline.

Click here to fill out a tutor application!

If you have any questions about the program or the application, please email the ELL coordinators at or call 617-730-2369 and ask to speak with Nina.
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Consent Talks for Littles

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Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, July 5 at 11 AM

Consent Talks for Littles is a workshop designed for young children and their parents and caregivers to age-appropriately learn about consent. Led by educator Ana Ramos from Familia Sex Talks, we will read books, sing, dance, and learn about consent and safety. Everyone will leave with a better understanding of what consent is and how to stay safe around other kids and adults. This program requires registration and is intended for kids ages 4 to 7 and their caregivers, although all children and families are welcome!

Sign up for Consent Talks for Littles here!

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Buildwave: Build With Your Family

Coolidge Corner Library

THURSDAY, July 6 at 6:30 PM

Join us for this special event for children and families! Families will be given waves of high energy kit-based building challenges. This is a hands-on program that will emphasize teamwork, creativity, and confidence building!

For kids ages 6 and older and their families. Maximum of 20 participants. Tickets are available at the desk 30 minutes before the program begins.

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

Folktales and Origami with Motoko!

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Coolidge Corner Library

SATURDAY, July 8 at 3 PM

Join Parents’ Choice Award winner and storyteller Motoko to hear delightful folktales from her native Japan! She will also lead participants in hands-on origami activities. Motoko’s step-by-step instructions make the ancient Japanese art fun and accessible. Children will learn focus, imagination, and precision while creating pieces of art. This program is geared for families with kids ages 5 and up.

Motoko has performed in schools, libraries, and museums across the U.S. She is the author of A Year in Japan: Folktales, Songs, and Art for the Classroom.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Family Learn Ukulele with Julie Stepanek

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Putterham Library

MONDAY, July 10 at 4 PM

Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. No experience necessary. Ukuleles provided; first come, first served.

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

Craftivism 101

Brookline Village Library

MONDAY, July 10 at 6:30 PM

Get acquainted with craftivism, learn to embroider, stitch something brilliant, and make friends—all in just two hours!

Craft-based activism has been used as a tool of resistance, coalition building, and even espionage! Learn from Shannon Downey—a leader in the modern craftivism movement. She will provide an introduction to the history of craftivism and ways you can get involved in the modern movement. Shannon will then teach you how to embroider and have you stabbing it out in no time. She guarantees you walk away feeling better than when you arrived.

This program is for adults. No registration required; as supplies last.

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

So You Want to Start a Podcast…

Coolidge Corner Library

TUESDAY, July 11 at 7 PM

Dahlia Balcazar, host of Bitch magazine’s Backtalk podcast and creator of 1999 FOREVER—a podcast about the most important year of all time—shares her experience in the world of podcasting and covers the basics of starting a podcast.

Q&A with SciFi/Fantasy Author Martha Wells

THURSDAY, July 13 at 7 PM

Join us for a virtual chat with author Martha Wells! We're big fans of her Murderbot Diaries series at the Library, and her latest release is Witch King – “a remarkable story of power and friendship, of trust and betrayal, and of the families we choose.” Whether you’ve been a fan for years or you’re looking for a “new to you” author, join us for this Q&A in which we get all of our burning questions answered.

Click here to register for this virtual program!

This program is in partnership with the Ashland Public Library. When you sign up for this program, you’ll receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails – make sure to check your spam folder for them. The email will be coming from
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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.
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