Monday, November 28th 2022

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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.

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 and is best for those with some crochet experience. We'll also have blanket square coloring sheets available for kids. This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

English Language Learning Tutoring

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We are excited to announce that the learner waitlist for our one-on-one tutoring program will reopen on Tuesday, December 6 at 10 AM on the ELL webpage.

Our language tutoring program matches adult English learners with volunteer tutors for one-on-one sessions to practice English, learn about the local community, and share cultural knowledge. The learners and tutors meet weekly for one hour for six months in person or online.

Volunteers are fluent or native English language speakers with tutor training, but are not professional teachers. The program is limited to the residents of Brookline or the Greater Boston Area. A six-month commitment is required. If you have any questions, email the ELL coordinators at or call 617-730-2369.
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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.

Tween Hangout and Taste Test

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Coolidge Corner Library

FRIDAY, December 2 at 2 PM

Tweens, join us for a variety of fun activities each Friday. This Friday, we’ll be blind taste testing Oreos! Which flavor is most delicious – and can you guess which is which?

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Brookline Poets 4 x 4 Reading

Coolidge Corner Library

TUESDAY, December 6 at 7 PM

Four Brookline poets with various areas of expertise—photography, anthropology, literary studies, fiction, and poetry-in-translation—will each read four of their original poems. Featuring Peter Brown, Elizabeth Ferry, Melissa Green, and Kerry Loughman; hosted by Brookline poet laureate Jennifer Barber. The reading will be followed by a brief Q&A. Learn more about the poets here!

Sacha Lamb Author Talk

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Coolidge Corner Library

TUESDAY, December 13 at 7 PM

Join us for an author talk with Sacha Lamb in celebration of their novel When the Angels Left the Old Country. This event will include a Q&A and book signing, and copies of When the Angels Left the Old Country will be available for purchase courtesy of Brookline Booksmith.

When the Angels Left the Old Country is a queer immigrant fairytale about individual purpose, the fluid nature of identity, and the power of love to change and endure.
Perfect for fans of Good Omens! Learn more about the book and event here.

This event is in partnership with Brookline Booksmith and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

On Display at the Library

Jessica Steytler Art Exhibit
Brookline Village Library
Artwork by Jessica - Reference Librarian Jessica is always in search of new ways to express her creativity. This exhibit highlights some of her recent projects: different stages of spinning yarn, two knitting projects, upcycled metal containers decorated with polymer clay, drawing challenges from Inktober, and a painted silk scarf. On display in the main lobby through the month of December.

Brookline Whist Club - Our local history librarians have arranged a display of materials from our special collections highlighting the Brookline Whist Club. Whist is a card game that is the predecessor to bridge: it is played with one deck of cards with 4 players divided into 2 teams. Patrons who want to learn more about the club will find more in our fully searchable newspaper database. On display in the main lobby through the month of December.

Mila’s Illustrated Stories and Owen’s LEGO Collection - Check out the collections on display in the Children’s Room! In our flat case, Mila shares her illustrated stories. Mila is in the 1st grade and she loves to make books! Topics include Mila’s favorite sea creatures, and a book about things she loves. In our wall case, Owen shares his LEGO creations. Owen is in the 1st grade. His LEGO collection includes a triple-decker bus and a speedboat! On display through December 5.
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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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