Monday, May 22nd 2023

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Fun with Swords! with Athena School of Arms

Brookline Village Library

SATURDAY, May 27 at 2 PM

Athena School of Arms presents Fun with Swords!: A demonstration of the British military saber, medieval longsword, sword & shield, dagger, and other historical fighting styles. Join us to learn about these different types of swords, and see sparring matches between them. This demonstration is open to adults and kids of all ages; no registration required.

Following the demonstration, Athena School of Arms will hold a no-contact, hands-on lesson in one of these sword forms. This workshop is open to adults (18+) on a first come, first served basis – sign up before the demonstration to participate! All equipment provided, no experience necessary.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Poetry Writers Meetup

Brookline Village Library

TUESDAY, May 23 at 7 PM

Do you love to write poetry? Do you want to connect with other poets in the area? Join us for a get-together with poets from Brookline and Greater Boston! We’ll meet in an informal setting to share our experiences writing and discuss what we’re reading. Whether you’re just starting to write poetry or have been writing for a while, if you’re looking for a community of poets, you’re welcome to join us.

The Poetry Writers Meetup is hosted by Brookline’s current poet laureate, Jennifer Barber. On May 23, we will be joined by Daniel Carey, who will talk briefly about the experience of starting Thinking Core Press and the journal Paradise in Limbo; his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Lesley University; his role at the poetry publisher Grid Books; and his own development as a poet.

This program is open to all adults and is especially geared towards emerging poets.

This program is in partnership with the Brookline Commission for the Arts.

Library Closed for Memorial Day

All Public Library of Brookline locations will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, May 30.
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Learn Ukulele with Julie Stepanek

Julie Stepanek holding a ukulele
Putterham Library

WEDNESDAY, May 31 at 7 PM

Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. No experience necessary. Ukuleles provided. This program is intended for adults age 18 and up.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Upon Receipt of Ancestry DNA Test Results

Coolidge Corner Library or Zoom

MONDAY, June 5 at 3 PM

Receiving your first DNA test results is exciting. And confusing! This presentation addresses some things you should understand and a few decisions you should make before delving too far into those Ethnicity Estimates and DNA Matches that we all crave upon receipt of test results. Presented by Seema Kenney of Ancestral Books, Legacy, and Education.

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. Click here to register for the Zoom meeting.

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

Flower Arranging Workshop

Coolidge Corner Library

TUESDAY, June 6 at 7 PM

Each participant in this flower-arranging workshop will leave with a centerpiece in a container, and skills to create more on their own. Limited to 12 participants. Registration is required and opens Sunday, May 28, at noon.

Click here to register for Flower Arranging!

This program is part of Poetry in Bloom.

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

Queer & Trans History:

Looking Back and Moving Forward

WEDNESDAY, June 7 at 7 PM

How have queer and transgender people existed throughout history? How can we learn about queer and trans people of the past, and how does their history connect to the present day?

Join us for an interactive workshop with educator Matisse DuPont, tracing the lineage of LGBTQIA+ identities related to contemporary western society. We’ll explore 200 years of history and spark your curiosity about the past, present, and future of queer and trans people. Matisse will also highlight notable figures from queer and trans history and recommend resources for further learning. This multigenerational program is geared towards adults and teens. Come with an open mind and curiosity – there will be lots of time to answer your questions.

This program is in partnership with the Brookline Council on Aging and Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.
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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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