Monday, October 17th 2022

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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.

Making Comics with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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Brookline Village Library

THURSDAY, October 20 at 3:30 PM

Meet comics creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka at 3:30 PM on Thursday, October 20, at the Brookline Village Library in Hunneman Hall on our second floor. At this event, Jarrett J. Krosoczka will discuss how he got to be a cartoonist and break down how and why comics work. He will be doing live demos of drawing and will have time to answer questions. Titles will be on sale courtesy of the Brookline Booksmith and there will be a signing following the event.

Click here to register for Making Comics!

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, known since boyhood as “JJK,” is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator behind more than forty books for young readers, including his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, select volumes of the Star Wars™: Jedi Academy series, and Hey, Kiddo, which was a National Book Award Finalist. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores over the past twenty years.

This event is limited to 90 participants (including chaperones.) Please have at least one chaperone per two children. Masks encouraged. This event is presented in partnership with the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Library. Make sure to visit MICE the weekend after this event, October 22-23, at the Boston University School of Visual Arts!

ELL Programming Update

Starting this week, our English Language Learning programs will now meet at 10:30 AM. English Club, Grammar & More, and the ELL Film Group will still meet on the same days, but they will all now begin at 10:30 AM. Visit our ELL page for more information on learning English at the Library. We look forward to seeing you at these ELL programs!
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Tween Hangout and D&D Character Building Workshop!

Coolidge Corner Library

FRIDAY, October 21 at 2 PM

Join us in the Coolidge Corner program room for a variety of fun activities each Friday! This Friday, we’ll be building characters for our new tween D&D campaign: Candlekeep Mysteries. This campaign will use tabletop, pens, and paper play. No computers or voice chat needed. All character sheets, pencils, and dice will be provided.

This meeting is for character creation only. Regular in-person play sessions will begin on November 18. Register for character creation and regular D&D sessions here!

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Goofy and Ghostly Singalong with Seth!

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Coolidge Corner Library

SATURDAY, October 22 at 11 AM

Join us for a singalong with musician Seth Hanson, featuring silly songs about spirits, ghosts, spiders, and more! Recommended for ages 3 and older.

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

An Evening With Boston Ghosts:

Stories of Haunted History in Boston & Salem

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Brookline Village Library

TUESDAY, October 25 at 7 PM

This Halloween season, join us at the Library as we partner with Boston Ghosts for a night of spooky storytelling and local haunted history. Tour guide Jarrod will be giving a presentation to explore the macabre tales of Boston and Salem from centuries and decades past. All accounts given are researched and up-to-date to ensure you have the best, most chilling experience possible. Lovers of history, the paranormal, or simply those interested in discovering the darker side of New England are encouraged to attend! Due to the content, this program is open to adults and teens only.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Pumpkin Pie Madeleines — Bake with Chef Melissa


THURSDAY, October 27 at 7 PM

Join us for a fun baking workshop with Chef Melissa! In this live virtual class, Chef Melissa will guide you through every step of baking some delicious Pumpkin Pie Madeleines. Sit back and watch Chef Melissa demonstrate, or roll up your sleeves to bake with her, the choice is yours!

Click here for sign-ups and a list of ingredients!

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Self-Defense & Energy

With The Boston School of Boabom

Boabom Self Defense Program 2022
Brookline Village Library

SATURDAY, October 29 at 1:30 PM

Join us at the Library as we partner with The Boston School of Boabom to learn basic self defense techniques in a fun, positive class. Based in Boabom, a Tibetan system of self-defense, relaxation, and meditation, this class will teach you a variety of simple but effective ways to remain calm in a tense situation and defend yourself should you need to. We will also learn some fundamental breathing and stretching, along with techniques to evade, escape, and defend ourselves. Partner practice will be an optional part of the class. All are welcome!

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.
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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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