Monday, December 19th 2022

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Holiday Hours

All Public Library of Brookline locations will close at 3 PM on Saturday, December 24, and remain closed Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26.

All Library locations will also be closed Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2. Besides these days, the Library will be open regular hours the next couple of weeks. For a full listing of hours and holidays, please visit our website.

Please note that our children's programming is also taking a winter break. Between December 26 and January 6, we will not be holding any of our regular children's programs. This includes English storytimes and after-school programs. Finally, the newsletter will be on vacation next week and will return in January. We wish everyone happy holidays and a happy new year!

2022 Staff Favorites

As we reach the end of the year, we're sharing some of our favorite books of 2022. Here are some of the books our staff loved this year. They're all available from the Library, so all you need to get reading is your library card!
Sunbearer Trials
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Register for 2023 Kids Clubs Starting December 19

Kids Club Registration
Brookline Village Library
Registration opens Monday, December 19 at 6 PM for our Winter 2023 Kids Clubs! These clubs will run from January through March on Tuesday afternoons. All clubs meet in the Rabbit Hole on the ground floor of the Brookline Village Library. This winter we'll be offering Pollywogs (grades 1-2), Leapfrogs (grades 3-4), Bullfrogs Graphic Novel Club (grades 1-4), and our Kids RPG Club (ages 5-9). Please visit our website for more information about our kids clubs.

Tween D&D at the Library

Tween D&D at the Library
Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, December 21 at 3 PM

Tweens, join us for D&D at the Brookline Village Library! 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!

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.

Mandarin Storytime – 室内普通话故事会

mandarin storytime
Brookline Village Library

THURSDAY, December 29 at 10:30 AM

Join us for an in-person Mandarin storytime filled with stories, songs, and poems! This storytime is geared for kids who are ages 0 to 6 years-old.

Space is limited, so please arrive early and stop by the Children’s Room Desk to get a storytime ticket. We will begin handing out tickets at 10 AM. 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.

From the Special Collections

Our Special Collections librarians have been diligently working on digitizing Brookline's newspapers over the last few years. We know that it's a great resource for researching our local history, and it's always a triumph when the newspapers help answer local history questions like this one:

Our friends at the Historical Society posted a photo of the fire department, Station D from 1905, which was sent in by firefighter Lyons's great-grandchild. Another descendant then identified William Norris. Unfortunately, the Historical Society couldn't find reference to Norris in annual directories - but they did find one in the Brookline Press! The paper reported that Norris was at Station D, but was only there for a few months. The annual directory wouldn't have noted this fleeting posting.

If you are planning on doing your own dive into local history, don't forget that all patrons are able to access the newspapers through our local history page. All papers are fully searchable within the database; researchers can download content or share links that go directly to the section in question. Thanks to Larry Barbaras for passing on this success!
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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.
For Adults:
  • Movie Matinee at Coolidge Corner - Thursday, December 22 at 1:15 PM - Screening this week: The Bishop's Wife
  • English Club at Brookline Village - Friday, December 23 at 10:30 AM
  • Hybrid Gentle Chair Yoga at Putterham - Friday, December 23 at 10:30 AM
  • Caffe Italiano at Coolidge Corner - Wednesday, December 28 at 12:15 PM
  • Movie Matinee at Coolidge Corner - Thursday, December 29 at 1:15 PM - Screening this week: Brian and Charles
  • Grammar and More at Brookline Village - Tuesday, January 3 at 10:30 AM
For Kids:
We're taking a winter break! Between December 26 and January 6, we will not be holding any of our regular children's programs. This includes English storytimes and after-school programs.
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