Monday, October 9th 2023

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Afro-Cuban Music and Poetry

Coolidge Corner Library

THURSDAY, October 12 at 7 PM

Join us for a dynamic night of Afro-Cuban poetry and music! Northeastern University professor and scholar of Latin American Studies Alan West-Durán will guide us on a journey through the poetry of Nicolás Guillén (1902-1989). Guillén was a leader in the Afrocubanismo arts movement that had ties both to the Harlem Renaissance and the Negritude Movement of the French-speaking Caribbean.

Guillén’s poetry captures the daily life of Afro-Cubans and the history of Cuba. Many of his works have also been set to music. Alan will share five of Guillén’s poems and their musical renditions. Musical genres will include Cuban son, folk, nueva trova, classical, salsa, and rap. If you are interested in learning more about Afro-Cuban arts and culture, this session is for you!

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration – 中秋節慶祝活動

Winthrop Square Park

SATURDAY, October 15 from 2-4 PM

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with the Public Library of Brookline, outdoors!
Join us at Winthrop Square Park from 2-4 PM on Sunday, October 15. We'll have lantern decorating, a lantern parade, calligraphy, delicious snacks, and more!

This event is generously sponsored by Brookline Asian American Family Network, Zero Waste Brookline, Stop & Shop, Wegman’s Food Markets, the Brookline Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

On Display at the Library

A painted Oaxacan wood carving of an armadillo.
Brookline Village Library
The Visiting Mexican Artists Program: The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian - Norberto Fabian Xuana, son of the late master carver Ventura Fabian, from San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico, is proud to carry on the tradition of Oaxacan woodcarving. His work is on display through November 30. All are invited to join Norberto and The Visiting Mexican Artists Program for a demonstration of his work and a Q&A session on Saturday, November 4 at 2 PM.
Coolidge Corner Library
Zine Seen - New England Book Artists are pleased to share four years of their annual Zine Swaps, on display through November 30. If you’re inspired by the exhibit to make your own zine, check out our hands-on Zine Scene workshop on October 29 at 2 PM.


A Conversation with Meredith Broussard,

Author of More Than a Glitch


TUESDAY, October 17 at 7 PM

“When technology reinforces inequality, it’s not just a glitch—it’s a signal that we need to redesign our systems to create a more equitable world.” Join us online for a conversation with Meredith Broussard, author of More than a Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender, and Ability Bias in Tech.

Learn more and register for A Conversation with Meredith Broussard here!

Queer Art Night with Alex Makes Art

Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, October 18 at 6:30 PM

Join us for a cozy evening of crafting and queer community building at the Library. Alex Makes Art has conjured up a collection of creepy cute bits and bobs to shock and surprise our crafters! It will be a night of collage, creation, and collaboration as we make our very own faux monsterdermy plaques.

We’ll have additional festive stations to invoke your creative spark, plus book displays featuring crafting and queer stories. Costumes encouraged in our safe and inclusive environment! This event is drop-in and open to all adults, no registration required.

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

On the Calendar for Adults

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Meet the Brookline Pollinator Pathway at Brookline Village
Tuesday, October 24 at 7 PM - Learn about ways to support local pollinators like bees, birds, and butterflies!

Brushed Aside: The Untold Story of Women in Art with Author Noah Charney - Wednesday, October 25 at 1 PM - Learn not just about women artists, but also curators, critics, and more in this virtual conversation with historian Noah Charney.

Graphic Novel Group at Brookline Village
Thursday, October 26 at 7 PM - Read the latest and greatest in graphic novels at this new book group! Copies of the first title, The Low, Low Woods are available at the Brookline Village Circulation Desk.
Ongoing Programs:
For a listing of book group and movie screening titles, please visit our Book & Social Groups page. To see more programs, check out our events calendar.


Teen & Tween Crafternoon: Perler Beads

a pile of rainbow-colored plastic beads
Putterham Library

TUESDAY, October 10 at 3 PM

Spend an afternoon making Perler Bead designs! For tweens and teens in grades 5-12 only. No registration required. As supplies last.

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Tween Crafternoon: Scary Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Brookline Village Library

THURSDAY, October 12 at 3 PM

Spend an afternoon crafting in the tween room! Decorate the spookiest, scariest mini pumpkin that you can for a chance to win a Halloween-themed prize! For tweens in grades 5-7 only. No registration required. As supplies last.

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

On the Calendar for Teens & Tweens

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Cars and Ramps

Coolidge Corner Library

TUESDAY, October 10 at 3:30 PM

Join Sherry Eskin as we play with physics! Today, we’re constructing different kinds of ramps to push our cars farther and faster. What happens when we add different surfaces to manipulate friction? Together we will discover and have fun!

For ages 3 – 5. Limited to 20 kids. Tickets available at the Children’s Desk beginning a half hour before the program.

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Animals Around the World

with the Brookline Arts Center

Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, October 11 at 6 PM

Join an instructor from the Brookline Arts Center for a drawing program for children ages 5 to 9 years-old and their caregivers. We will explore different corners of the world, drawing interesting animals step-by-step and even learning a little bit about them. Students will learn foundational artistic skills while learning to draw cool creatures such as the fennec fox, capybara, and koalas! This program does not require registration but will have a limited capacity, so please arrive in a timely manner.

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

On the Calendar for Kids

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Pint Size Yoga at Brookline Village
Saturday, October 14 at 11 AM - Little ones will be guided through stretching, breathing, and age-appropriate yoga poses, along with dancing and games.

Songs with Seth at Coolidge Corner
Wednesday, October 18 at 10:30 AM - Join local children’s musician Mr. Seth for a series of interactive family sing-along jam sessions.

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