Monday, September 19th 2022

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Susan Linn Author Talk

Susan Linn Author Talk 2022
Brookline Village Library

TUESDAY, September 20 at 7 PM

Join us at the Brookline Village Library for a very special visit from renowned local author Susan Linn. She will be discussing her new book, Who’s Raising the Kids?: Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of Children, on its launch date! Local independent bookstore Brookline Booksmith will be selling copies at the event starting at 6:30 PM, and Susan will be available to sign copies after the event.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, digital technologies had become deeply embedded in children’s lives, despite a growing body of research detailing the harms of excessive immersion in the unregulated, powerfully seductive, profit-driven world of the “kid-tech” industry. From birth, kids have become lucrative fodder for a range of tech, media, and toy companies, from producers of exploitative games and social media platforms to “educational” technology and branded school curricula of dubious efficacy. In Who’s Raising the Kids? Linn—one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of Big Tech and big business on children—explores the roots and consequences of this monumental shift toward a digitized, commercialized childhood, focusing on kids’ values, relationships, and learning.

Susan Linn is a psychologist, award-winning ventriloquist, and a world-renowned expert on creative play and the impact of media and commercial marketing on children. She was the Founding Director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (now called Fairplay) and is currently research associate at Boston Children’s Hospital and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Group Meeting Rooms

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Looking for a space to study in a group? The Brookline Village Library now offers group meeting rooms! These rooms
  • Accommodate 3-8 people
  • Contain a conference table, eight chairs, and power outlets
  • Are fully enclosed from the rest of the Library but connected by a portable partition
  • May be reserved for up to 3 hours per day, up to one day in advance
To book a room, just give us a call at 617-730-2370, chat with us online, or sign up in person at the Reference Desk. Reservations are free and do not require a Library card.

On Exhibit at the Library

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Coolidge Corner Library
The Hidden Beauty in Simplicity - Born and raised in Siberia, Lidia Mikhaylova spent most of her life working in the corporate world as a lawyer. After more than 15 years in Moscow, she decided to move to Riga, Latvia, to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming an artist. In Latvia, she became inspired by the colorful imagery of her surroundings and completely fell in love with painting. In the fall of 2019, Lidia had an opportunity to travel across the ocean and witness the incredible beauty of America, where she continues to transfer the beauty of the surrounding reality onto canvas or silk. On display through October 31.
Brookline Village Library
In the Children's Room
Luna’s Doll Collection and Ryoichi’s LEGO Collection - In our flat case, Luna shares her doll collection. Luna is a 3rd grader at Pierce School, and says that her dolls, “represent different races, skin colors, and most importantly they are a reflection of my friends and family!” Luna’s collection also includes miniature, doll-sized foods. In our wall case, Ryoichi shares his LEGO collection. Ryoichi is a 4th grader at Pierce School and really enjoys making miniature LEGOs! On display through September 26.
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D&D at the Library: Tweens

Tween D&D at the Library
Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, September 21 at 3 PM

D&D is back at the Brookline Village Library Tween Room! This program is for new and seasoned players alike and will feature a more casual drop-in play style so that you can join any time. All character sheets, pencils, and dice will be provided - just bring your imagination and sense of adventure. We will meet every third Wednesday of the month from 3-5 PM beginning September 21.

Sign up through Eventbrite here!

Limit to 10 participants per session. For tweens in grades 5-7 only. This session is IN PERSON but Eventbrite registration is still required.

Pajama Storytime!

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Brookline Village Library

THURSDAY, September 22 at 6:30 PM

Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to our in-person Pajama Storytime! This storytime is geared for kids who are ages 0 to 5 years-old.

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. For the safety of patrons and staff, masks are strongly encouraged for ages 2 and older.

Tween Zines!

Brookline Village Library

FRIDAY, September 23 at 2 PM

Join us in the ideaSPACE to learn about zines! These handmade magazines can be about anything you want. Your favorite food, TV shows you love (or hate!), activism – the sky’s the limit. We’ll have all of the materials you need to start creating your own.

Open to tweens in grades 5-7 ONLY. No registration required. This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Tween Craft: Sharpie Tie-Dye

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Brookline Village Library

MONDAY, September 26 at 1 PM

Join us in the Rabbit Hole at Brookline Village for an afternoon of “tie-dyeing” using Sharpies!

This program is open to tweens in grades 5-7 only. No registration required. This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.
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Each week 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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