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PLEASE NOTE

All locations will have a delayed opening on Wednesday, March 7. Our Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner locations will open at noon, and our Putterham location will be open their usual hours from 1 PM to 9 PM.
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ANNOUNCING BROOKLINE READS 2018

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The Underground Railroad, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, by Colson Whitehead, is this year’s Brookline Reads selection. Whitehead will be at the Brookline High School auditorium, 115 Greenough Street, to discuss his book at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 25.

Our Brookline Reads programs leading up to Colson Whitehead’s appearance include
  • Wednesday, April 4: A screening of the uplifting documentary Our Mockingbird, introduced by filmmaker Sandra Jaffe, at 7 PM in Hunneman Hall at our Brookline Village location.
  • Saturday, April 7: A walking tour of Underground Railroad sites on April 7 (rain date April 8) led by Suzette Abbott of Hidden Brookline, starting at 2 PM at the Town Hall.
  • Thursday, April 12: Judge Nancy Gertner will moderate a conversation on the economic realities of racism. She will be joined by experts in the fields of law, economics, and journalism. This discussion will take place at 7 PM in Hunneman Hall at our Brookline Village location.
  • Wednesday, April 25: A discussion with author Colson Whitehead. This event will take place at 7 PM at the Brookline High School Auditorium, 115 Greenough Street.
Register for events here. Registration for the discussion with Colson Whitehead will start March 15.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Jenny Erpenbeck in conversation with Claire Messud

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TONIGHT! at 7:00 PM

Coolidge Corner
In partnership with Brookline Booksmith, Jenny Erpenbeck will discuss her most recent novel Go, Went, Gone with Claire Messud. Go, Went, Gone tells the tale of Richard, a retired classics professor who lives in Berlin. His wife has died, and he lives a routine existence until one day he spies some African refugees staging a hunger strike in Alexanderplatz. Curiosity turns into compassion and an inner transformation as he visits their shelter, interviews them, and becomes embroiled in their harrowing fates.
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Beat the Librarian Trivia Night

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Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM

Brookline Village
Offsite at Best Burger Bar, 195 Washington St.
The Public Library of Brookline is coming to the Best Burger Bar to host an epic night of trivia, where you can compete against real-life librarians!
Bring a team of three to six of your best friends to show off your trivia skills.
Prizes, bragging rights, food, drinks and more await.
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Discover Mary Baker Eddy

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Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 PM

Putterham
Meeting Room
Sandra J Houston, Executive Director of the Longyear Museum, presents an Introduction to Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, through the lens of the Longyear Museum collection. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Library and the Longyear Museum.
Register on Eventbrite.
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Celebrate Pi Day with us!

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Brookline Village

Pi Day Taste Test

WEDNESDAY March 14 at 3 PM
Celebrate Pi Day by eating lots of pie! Join us to taste and vote on a wide range of tasty baked pies of all varieties. Open to all ages.
Coolidge Corner

Pi Day with

Boston Cream Pie

WEDNESDAY March 14 at 4:30 PM
Join us on Pi(e) Day at the Public Library of Brookline to learn about the history and evolution of the Boston Cream Pie, and come prepared to sample a few from local eateries!
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UPCOMING SCREENINGS

MIDDAY MOVIES

MOVIE MATINEE

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 7
1 PM
More about Midday Movies
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Coolidge Corner
THURSDAY MARCH 8
Refreshments 1 PM
Screening 1:30-4 PM
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Brookline Village
SATURDAY MARCH 10
2 PM
More about Women's History Month Film Series

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CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

Let’s Learn about Japan!

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Coolidge Corner
Friday March 9 at 3 PM
Come play, sing, and learn about Japan. Featuring traditional songs, folk tales, origami, Japanese toys, and lots of fun!
Led by visiting student teachers from Showa University inTokyo. Recommended for ages three and up.

LEGO Club

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Coolidge Corner
Mondays at 3 PM
Come to the Library every Monday for free-building fun with LEGO! We supply the LEGO bricks. Children ages five and up welcome.
Visit the Children's Department online.
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MEET THE STAFF

Reference Librarian at Brookline Village Cailey Biles

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First literary crush (author or character): Prince Jon from the Song of the Lioness quartet.
Last song you listened to: Music For A Found Harmonium by Penguin Cafe Orchestra .
Hogwarts House: Gryffindor with Hufflepuff tendencies.
Name a word that starts with the letter Q: Quagmire.
Movie or TV show you always watch when it comes on screen, no matter what: Avatar the Last Airbender.
If you could travel back in time, what period would you go to?
Sometime late in the Cretaceous period but only for a moment. Just long enough to wave to a T-Rex and then be whisked away home.
Cake or pie? Pie.
Big dogs or small dogs? All dogs.
Hardcover or paperback? Both.
Fictional world or game you'd most like to visit? The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce.
What book would you most like to see turned into a top-notch film or miniseries? The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley.
Favorite fictional librarian? It's a tie between Lirael and Tammy Two.
Favorite fictional detective? Phryne Fisher.
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