Monday, February 13th 2023

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Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon

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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!

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.

Library Closed for Presidents' Day

All Public Library of Brookline locations will be closed Monday, February 20 for Presidents' Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, February 21.

Kids' February Vacation Week Programs

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Next week is school vacation week, and we’ve got exciting children’s programs at all three Public Library of Brookline locations! We hope you’ll join us to learn, create, and explore. Learn more about our vacation week programs here!
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Bristlebot Racing

Coolidge Corner Library

WEDNESDAY, February 15 at 3 PM

Join us as we first use our circuitry skills to build our own bristlebots, and then compete to see which bots can reach the finish line first! This event is open for ages 7 to 10. Limited to the first 20 kids.

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Introduction to Induction Cooking

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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 of Mothers 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.

The Softer Side of Celtic

Celtic Music, Stories, and History with Jeff Snow

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Putterham Library

SUNDAY, February 25 at 2 PM

Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who shares the music, and the stories behind the music, of Scotland, Ireland, and England. Growing up in a home where old Scottish folk songs were the everyday sounds, Jeff developed an early love for Celtic music. Much of the history of these lands was preserved in song. You will see singing, laughing, lots of smiles, and perhaps a few tears as we travel through time.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Flower Arranging Workshop

DRAFT Social CC Spring Workshops Feb 23
Coolidge Corner Library

TUESDAY, February 28 at 7 PM

Each participant in this flower-arranging workshop for adults will leave with a centerpiece in a container - and skills to create more on your own! Limited to 12 participants. Registration is required and opens Sunday, February 19 at noon.

Sign up for flower arranging here! You can also sign up to get a reminder when registration opens.

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

On Display at the Library

9 colorful eye-shaped sculptures
Coolidge Corner Library
Eye of the Dragon: Second Grade Mixed Media Sculptures - Second graders at the Florida Ruffin Ridley School created 3-D dragon eye sculptures! On display through March 31.
Brookline Village Library
Simone’s Bunny Pirate Ship and Arbel’s Rock Collection - Check out the collections on display in the Children’s Room! In our wall case, Simone shares her Bunny Pirate Ship installation. Simone is in third grade at Lincoln School. Her Pirate Ship features origami bunnies and sea creatures surrounding the ship! In our flat case, Arbel shares his rock collection. Arbel is 4 years old, and he likes rocks because they are pretty and remind him of the different places he’s been! On display through February 21.
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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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