Monday, May 8th 2023

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Birds of Prey with Mass Audubon

Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, May 10 at 7 PM

Join the Mass Audubon team at the Brookline Village Library for an encounter with some of their animal ambassadors! During this program, we’ll learn what exactly a bird of prey is through a close-up encounter with three different birds of prey. Together we’ll discover where they live, what they eat, and their unique behaviors. We’ll also explore bird of prey biofacts, which we can touch and learn from.

This program is for adults and kids ages five years old and up, so come join us for this exciting opportunity to meet some special birds!

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Brookline Asian American & Pacific Islander

Heritage Day

Brookline Village Library


All are invited to the inaugural Brookline Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Day Celebration on Saturday, May 20, 2023, presented by BAAFN (Brookline Asian American Family Network); Public Schools of Brookline; Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations; and the Public Library of Brookline.

Activities will include AAPI author talks for readers of all ages, book signings, performances, arts and crafts, games and prizes, a food truck, free snacks, and much more. Click here for a full celebration schedule!

Edith Pearlman Prize Awarded to Pascal Srinivasan

Pascal Srinivasan, who has just completed his first year in the ACE (Alternative Choices for Education) program at Brookline High School, is this year’s winner of the Edith Pearlman Creative Writing Award. Named for the late, and beloved, Brookline resident who the Boston Globe described as “our greatest living short story writer,” the Pearlman Award celebrates a student who has demonstrated exceptional ability and achievement in the area of creative writing. The award is sponsored by the Trustees of the Brookline Library.

Pascal has won the admiration of his teachers and peers for what BHS faculty member Brendan O’Connell has described as his “collaborative orientation toward the writing process.” Not only has he produced “a compelling short story, a fun personal narrative, and multiple snappy poems that engage readers with rhyme and symbolism” this year but has also been a close and supportive reader of his classmates’ work and has been willing to share his dilemmas and suggestions about writing.

The Edith Pearlman Award was established in 2016 as a tribute to Pearlman, an acclaimed fiction and travel writer and a long-time resident of Brookline. Fellow writers have praised her “capacity to draw beauty from loss” and her sensitivity to “the difference between seeing and understanding.” Her perceptive, delicately crafted work has served as a source of inspiration to young writers. The 2023 Pearlman Award was presented by Library Director Amanda Hirst at BHS’s annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 2. Congratulations to Pascal Srinivasan!
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Author Event with Maxim D. Shrayer

Coolidge Corner Library

TUESDAY, May 9 at 7 PM

Join Brookline author Maxim D. Shrayer for a reading from his new memoir, Immigrant Baggage (March 2023). This will be a hybrid event, so you can attend in person at the Coolidge Corner Library or online via Zoom. No registration required for the in-person program. To register for the Zoom option, click here.

Read more about Maxim D. Shrayer and Immigrant Baggage here!

Early Release Movie

Brookline Village Library

WEDNESDAY, May 10 at 1 PM

Looking for something to do after school on early dismissal days? Join us at 1 PM for a family-friendly movie in Hunneman Hall (on the second floor of the Brookline Village Library). We will show a popular Disney or Pixar movie with a PG rating – and you get to vote on what to watch! This program is intended for kids ages 5 and older. Children ages 8 and younger must have an adult with them in the room at all times.

LEGO Pirate Ship Build

Coolidge Corner Library

WEDNESDAY, May 10 at 3 PM

Yo-ho-ho! Are ye up to the challenge? Join us as we work together to build an epic, 1,426-piece LEGO Pirate Ship! For grades 4 – 7 only.

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Teen Taste Test: Kit Kats

Brookline Village Library

FRIDAY, May 12 at 2:30 PM

Join us for a tasty challenge! Judge which Kit Kats, direct from Japan, are the tastiest. Can you identify the variety of flavors? Limited to the first 18 participants. For teens in grades 8-12 only. In the Teen Room.

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

Outdoor Puppet Storytime

with Through Me to You Puppetry

Brookline Village Library

SATURDAY, May 13 at 11 AM

Join us for a fun and interactive puppet storytime with Leigh Baltzer from Through Me to You Puppetry. This program is recommended for ages 0 – 5, but families and kids of all ages are welcome!

This program will be outdoors at Brookline Village on the lawn between the Library and Town Hall. We recommend bringing a blanket or something to sit on. If the weather is not suitable for an outdoor program, it will be moved inside to Hunneman Hall. Any location change will be announced on Library social media and this event listing will be updated. In the event that this program is moved inside, space will be limited, so free tickets will be required.

This event is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Tabletop Role Playing Group

MONDAY, May 22 at 6 PM

Announcing a new group for adults starting May 22: the Tabletop Role Playing Group!

This is a tabletop role playing gaming group for patrons 18 and over, where we will try a variety of role playing game systems and settings. D&D is in vogue, but there are many other fun worlds to visit! The group will meet on Discord, the fourth Monday of every month, from 6-8:30 PM. Attendance is limited to 8 people per session so be sure to register on Eventbrite to attend.

Our first game is Call of Cthulhu by Chaosium Inc. Call of Cthulhu is a horror-themed game set in 1920s Boston.
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The Library holds many regularly occurring programs for adults and kids of all ages. Check out our calendar to see what's happening this week!

For a listing of book group and movie screening titles, please visit our website.
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