Monday, October 3rd 2022

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An Evening with Ben Mezrich:

Exploring the Mind of a Literary Rockstar

At Brookline High School

WEDNESDAY, October 12 at 7 PM

Have you always wanted to know how to write a best-seller? Craft the script for an award-winning Hollywood movie? Bring down the house at Las Vegas? Create and produce a hit TV show? Have a lucrative career doing what you love? Ben Mezrich has accomplished all these things and many more. Known as the “reigning cowboy of narrative non-fiction,” Mezrich will be at the Brookline High School on October 12 to share some of the secrets of his success.

An Evening with Ben Mezrich: Exploring the Mind of a Literary Rock Star will present Cambridge-based Mezrich, a lively and provocative author, scriptwriter, and adventurer, in conversation with the multi-talented Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling writer of acclaimed mystery novels and Emmy-winning investigative reporter for Boston’s 7News. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Mezrich’s and Ryan’s books will be available for purchase through the Brookline Booksmith, and both authors will be available to sign their books. This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Library Closed for Indigenous Peoples Day

All Public Library of Brookline locations will be closed Monday, October 10 for Indigenous Peoples Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, October 11.
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Tween Hangout and Taste Test

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Coolidge Corner Library

FRIDAY, October 7 at 2:30 PM

Join us in the Coolidge Corner Meeting Room for a variety of fun activities for tweens each Friday! This Friday, we’ll be taste testing Oreos! Which flavor is most delicious – and can you guess which is which?

Can't make this flavor sensation? No worries – we’ll have a variety of activities for you to explore each session, sampling from:
  • Sculpy crafting
  • Nintendo switch
  • Snack sampling
  • Collage
  • Perler beads
  • D&D
Join us and have fun!

Girls Who Code

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Brookline Village Library

MONDAY, October 17 at 6:30 PM

Join us for weekly Girls Who Code club meetings! Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. Our weekly club meetings start on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 PM and are for members age 10 to 18 (in grades 5-12) only.

Sign up for this year’s Girls Who Code club here at Eventbrite here.

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

Water Protection Rights and Spirituality


TUESDAY, October 18 at 6:30 PM

Join us as we honor Indigenous Peoples Day at a special program that will open with traditional Danza and prayer, and will be followed by a panel discussion on Water Protection Rights. The participants will be Hiawatha Brown (Narragansett Elder), Liz Santana-Kiser (Nipmuc Elder) Kasike Jorge Estevez (Taino) and Robert Quesada (Mexika/Aztec).
Learn about:
  • Indigenous Spirituality as it relates to water
  • Issues concerning water quality, fishing rights, and industrial pollution
  • Land rights and what we can do to contribute to equitable access for all
Click here to register for this virtual program.

The Zoom login information will be emailed from the Ashland Public Library. Please be sure to check your spam folder in case it lands there. This program is presented in partnership with the Newton Free Library, Indigenous People’s Day Newton, and the Ashland Public Library. This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Abortion Rights in a Post-Roe World

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THURSDAY, October 20 at 7 PM

In this virtual talk, Professor Shoshanna Ehrlich will discuss how Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade – came about, what it means for those living in abortion-hostile states, and how states like Massachusetts are reacting to the decision by seeking to expand and protect abortion access. Professor Ehrlich will offer an up-to-date picture of the current crisis over abortion access in the wake of this dramatic reconfiguration of the legal landscape. This virtual program is for adults and teens and will include a Q&A.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

About the speaker:

Shoshanna Ehrlich is a professor in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at UMass Boston. Her interdisciplinary scholarship and advocacy focuses on the legal regulation of reproductive and sexual rights, with a particular focus on the rights of teens. Her books include: Abortion Regret: The New Attack on Women’s Reproductive Freedom (co-authored with Alesha E. Doan, 2019); Regulating Desire: From the Virtuous Maiden to the Purity Princess (2014); and Who Decides? The Abortion Rights of Minors (2006). Professor Ehrlich has also published extensively in law journals on these and related topics. Her most recent articles address the abortion rights of undocumented teens and the child marriage reform movement in the United States.
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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!

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