Monday, February 6th 2023

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Black History Month Talk with Dr. Rebecca Hall, Author of Award-Winning Graphic Novel WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

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SATURDAY, February 11 at 2:30 PM

Rebecca Hall, JD PhD is an independent scholar, activist, and educator. Her paternal grandparents were born enslaved. She writes and publishes on the history of race, gender, law, and resistance as well as articles on climate justice and intersectional feminist theory. Her most recent book, Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (Simon & Schuster, 2021) has won multiple awards, and was a finalist for the N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards and the Pen America Open Book Award. Wake has been listed as a Best Book of 2021 by NPR and The Washington Post, Forbes, and Ms. Magazine. Her work has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships. She is a 2022-23 Radcliffe Institute Fellow.

Learn more and register here!

Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention with the

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Identity Theft & Fraud Prevention Feb 2023
Brookline Village Library

TUESDAY, February 7 at 7 PM

Scammers target everyone. Do you know how to keep your identity safe? Join the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation at the Brookline Village Library to learn essential information to stay steps ahead of fraudsters and to get informed about the latest scams.

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation protects and empowers consumers through advocacy and education, and ensures a fair playing field for the Massachusetts businesses its agencies regulate. For more information, visit their website here.
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Tween Lego Build: Pirate Ship

Brookline Village Library

THURSDAY, February 9 at 3 PM

Build a Lego set – collaboratively! The Lego build for February is the Pirate Ship (set 31109). The finished set will be displayed proudly in the Tween Room for all to see!

For tweens in grades 5-7 only. No registration necessary. This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Chinese Characters Storytime

Chinese Characters Storytime
Putterham Library

Saturday, February 11 at 1:30 PM

Join us for an in-person interactive Chinese character storytime, where we will learn simple Chinese characters through stories and drawings. This storytime is geared for kids who are ages 1 to 6 years-old. This program is good for anyone who is interested in learning about Chinese characters. No prior experience is needed.

Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon

illustration of Frederick Douglass and photograph of Mary Shadd Cary
Brookline Village Library and on Zoom

TUESDAY, February 14 from noon-3 PM

The Library will participate in Douglass Day 2023 by hosting a public transcribe-a-thon, where community members can help transcribe the papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893). Shadd Cary was one of the earliest Black women to edit a newspaper, serve as a Civil War recruiter, attend law school, and much more. Participants will learn how to use an online platform to transcribe and enhance newly digitized collections from Shadd Cary’s long and fascinating life, contributed by the Archives of Ontario and Libraries and Archives Canada.

You don’t need any experience with transcription or digital archives to participate in this celebration of Black history! And you can join us in person or online, anytime between 12 to 3 PM. Learn more about Douglass Day and this program here!

Introduction to Induction Cooking

DRAFT Putt Induction Cooking FB 223
Putterham Library

WEDNESDAY, February 15 from 3-5:30 PM

Curious about all the buzz regarding induction cooking? Join us for an induction cooking demonstration with members from Mother’s Out Front. They will be making chocolate-coated treats to sample and speaking about the benefits of induction cooking for the environment. Stop by anytime between 3 and 5:30 PM!

Want to try induction cooking at home? Check out or reserve an Induction Plate Kit from our Library of Things.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Rose Lerner & Olivia Waite Author Talk

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THURSDAY, February 16 at 7 PM

Rose Lerner and Olivia Waite are romance authors with a gift for creating characters who are deeply relatable, are beautifully flawed, and earn their happily ever afters. Their research into 19th-century England gives their writing context and detail. Join us for an author talk and Q&A with Rose and Olivia in celebration of Valentine’s Day! We’ll discuss their writing processes, how they research historical details, and how they craft historical happily ever afters. We’ll be highlighting Rose’s new book, Sailor’s Delight, and Olivia’s The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows.

Learn more and register here!

This event is in partnership with Brookline Booksmith and the public libraries of Ashland, Belmont, Canton, Franklin, Millis, Tewksbury, Watertown, and West Falmouth. 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!

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