Monday, November 21st 2022

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Library Closed for Thanksgiving

All Public Library of Brookline locations will close at 5 PM on Wednesday, November 23, and remain closed Thursday, November 24, for Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Friday, November 25.

Please note the many of our ongoing children's programs are on vacation this week. These programs will return next week. Read on for information about special events this week, and check out our full events calendar here.

The Pushcart Prize 2023:

Three Local Winners Read Their Work

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Brookline Village Library

TUESDAY, November 29 at 7 PM

Each year, the Pushcart Prize honors outstanding writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published by small presses. The 2023 Pushcart Prize winners include local authors Sam Cha, Maggie Dietz, and Nicole Graev Lipson. Join us at the Library to hear these three winners read their work, discuss their writing, and provide insight into the world of publishing with small presses – in conversation with Matthew Lippman, the author of six poetry collections, including the recent Mesmerizingly Sadly Beautiful.

Children’s Author Event with Michelle Figueroa

Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, November 30 at 3 PM

Join us at the Brookline Village Library for a very special visit from Michelle Figueroa, local children’s book author and creator of the Good News Movement Instagram page. She will read her picture book, A Good Thing Happened Today. Michelle will also share her kindness curriculum, which is part of her Kindness Tour across the US. The Brookline Booksmith will be selling copies of her book at the event, and Michelle will be available to sign copies after the event.

This program is aimed at kids ages 4-10 and their families. It will be held in Hunneman Hall. Masks are encouraged. Free tickets are required for this event and will be available at the Children’s Desk starting at 2:30 PM the day of the event.
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Settler-Colonist Ties to Thanksgiving & Columbus: Taking Back the Narrative

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MONDAY, November 21 at 7 PM

Missing information, inaccurate stories, and stereotypes perpetuate myths about Columbus and Thanksgiving. When we can’t describe an accurate First Nations perspective, it’s often because we have grown up in a system that has made hard truths invisible. In this presentation, we will explore this colonial system through primary sources and examine how language perpetuates invisibility and how we can dismantle oppression to bring accurate counter-narratives to life.

Click here for more information and sign-ups for this virtual program!

This program is cosponsored by Belmont Against Racism and the public libraries of Belmont, Brookline, Chelmsford, Lincoln, Maynard, Natick, Norwood, Stow, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston. This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Duct Tape Wallet Making

Coolidge Corner Library

TUESDAY, November 22 at 3 PM

Join us for a duct tape wallet making event for children ages 6-9. Already know how to make a basic wallet? No worries! For advanced makers, we will cover how to add photo pockets and coin envelopes to your duct tape wallet.

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Learn Origami

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Putterham Library

FRIDAY, November 25 at 2:30 PM

Join us for this fun introduction to the art of paper folding. This program is for kids 5 years old and up. Drop in; No registration required.

Family Game Night – BINGO

Putterham Library

MONDAY, November 28 at 6:30 PM

Join us as we celebrate International Games Month with a family-friendly, all-ages, rousing game of BINGO. Win prizes and meet new friends!

First Light: Welcome Blanket Craft Kits

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Brookline Village Library

THURSDAY, December 1 from 5-8 PM

The Library is delighted to be participating in the First Light Holiday Celebration 2022, organized by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. This year, we’re partnering with Welcome Blanket Brookline to offer Welcome Blanket craft kits. These kits contain supplies and instructions to make crochet squares that will be turned into blankets for immigrants and refugees. You can grab a kit to-go or get crafting in the Library. Volunteers from Welcome Blanket Brookline will be on hand during the First Light Holiday Celebration (5-8 PM) to help you get started with your project.

This craft is geared towards adults, teens, and tweens; we’ll also have blanket square coloring sheets available for kids. 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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*Please note the most of our regular children's programs are on vacation the week of Thanksgiving. These ongoing programs will return next week.*
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