Tuesday, February 19th 2019

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Remembering Paula Sharaga

The Staff and Trustees of the Public Library of Brookline are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Children’s Librarian, Paula Sharaga, passed away on Friday. Paula was a wonderful asset to the Coolidge Corner community, which she served for almost two decades. Paula was a fun, caring, thoughtful, and empathetic staff member, and a kind and good friend. An avid bicyclist, dedicated environmentalist, and vigorous political advocate, Paula was loved by all who knew her and will be missed terribly by the staff of the library, and by her friends in the community and around the world.
Our hearts go out to Paula’s husband and the rest of her family at this terrible time.
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Froca: Afro-Caribbean Dance Fitness

Brookline Village

SATURDAY, February 23 at noon

Froca is a high-intensity, cardio dance workshop that blends the latest African and Caribbean moves. Set to the hottest hits from across Africa and the Diaspora, enjoy an exhilarating workout with Sylver Rochelin Randrianantenaina, a professional dancer from Madagascar who has performed with top African musicians worldwide and made a name for himself as a prominent dance cardio instructor in Boston. No experience necessary!
Generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Animal World Experience

Brookline Village

WEDNESDAY, February 20 at 3 PM

Join Matt from Animal World Experience to learn about and interact with his rescued animals. Children ages 5 and up are welcome to attend.

Ashley Bryan Movie and Craft

Brookline Village

THURSDAY, February 21 at 2:30 PM

Ashley Bryan has written and illustrated more than fifty children’s books, many inspired by African folktales and Black American spirituals. Seeking to sustain African oral folktale traditions, Bryan also creates puppets from shells, driftwood, and other objects found near his island home off the coast of Maine. Join us for a half-hour movie celebrating Ashley Bryan’s life and work. Afterwards, we will make puppets from found objects in Ashley’s signature style! Ages 6 and up welcome.
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

Let’s Learn About Japan

Coolidge Corner

FRIDAY, February 22 at 2:30 PM

Come play, sing, and learn about Japan. Featuring traditional songs, folk tales, origami, Japanese toys, and lots of fun! Led by visiting student teachers from Showa University in Tokyo. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Star Wars Symposium

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SATURDAY, February 23 at 11:30 AM

Come dressed as a character for a costume contest, learn about the history of Star Wars, explore a traveling Star Wars museum, and watch Star Wars Pop Culture Videos. Bring your show and tell items, join a trivia contest, watch Star Wars Pop Culture Videos, and more! For ages 5 and up, families welcome!

Family Singalong with Matt Heaton

Matt Heaton - Family Singalong
Coolidge Corner

SATURDAY, February 23 at 3 PM

Join toddlerbilly musician Matt Heaton for an all-ages singalong! Come sing and dance with us in the Coolidge Corner Meeting Room.
Generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.
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WEDNESDAY, February 20

1:30 PM

More about Midday Movies


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Coolidge Corner
THURSDAY, February 21

1 PM refreshments
1:30 PM film

More about Movie Matinee
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Black History Month Reads

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This February, Library staff are sharing reading recommendations to celebrate Black History Month. Here are some of our favorite novels. Looking for more works celebrating Black history and culture? Stop by the Library and check out our displays of books, movies, and comics.
Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor - Lauren's pick
Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson - Amanda's pick
Native Son, by Richard Wright - Pamela's pick
Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley - Roy's pick
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston - Gina's pick
How Long 'til Black Future Month?, by N.K. Jemisin - Cailey's pick
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