All Brookline libraries will be closed on Sunday, January 20 for inclement weather and on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Lunar New Year Celebration 慶祝農曆新年

Come ring in the Year of the Pig with the Coolidge Corner Library!

We will be celebrating on Sunday, February 3 at 2 PM with a Lion Dance demonstration by Gund Kwok, the only Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe in the United States, a Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration, and a Children’s Craft.

All Ages Welcome

Generously Sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library, Wegmans, and Traders Joes.


農曆新年慶祝活動將有賀年揮春示範,兒童手工,    並有美國唯一全女班醒獅團–巾幗,表演金龍舞獅迎新春。誠意邀請您與我們一起感受濃濃的歲首氣氛。

鳴謝贊助:布魯克拉圖書館友協,Trader Joe’s, Wegmans

2019 Reading Challenge

Looking for a fun way to read broadly in 2019? Try the Public Library of Brookline’s 2019 reading challenge! The rules are simple: Read one book in each of the 19 categories below and note down the title (each book may only count for one category). You can read different genres and formats, such as fiction, nonfiction, comics, ebooks, audiobooks.

Pick up a reading challenge sheet at any Library location. Finish the challenge and return your completed form to a librarian to win a prize.

Need suggestions for books in particular categories? Just ask a librarian – we’re always happy to recommend titles. We’ll also be putting up displays of books in various categories throughout the year and recommending titles in the Library newsletter and on social media. Use #BookingThru19 to find reading recommendations and share your own.

The 2019 reading challenge is open to adults at all Public Library of Brookline locations.

The categories for the 2019 reading challenge are:

  • A book you’ve been meaning to read for ages
  • A book of poetry or a novel in verse
  • A comic or graphic novel by an artist or writer of color
  • A book recommended to you by someone of a different generation
  • Reread a book
  • A book that explores immigration
  • A book recommended by a librarian
  • A book that has been banned or challenged
  • A book about arts or sports
  • A humorous book
  • A book by a Massachusetts author or about a Massachusetts subject
  • A book about science written by a woman
  • A book in or translated from another language
  • A romance
  • A book that intimidates you
  • A collection of essays or short stories
  • A memoir by someone from a different background than you
  • A collection of letters or epistolary novel
  • An OwnVoices book

(#OwnVoices is a term coined by author Corinne Duyvis to describe books with a protagonist of an underrepresented or marginalized identity written by an author who shares that identity.)

Staff Favorites from 2018

As the year comes to a close we wanted to share this year’s favorites from the library staff. Have you had a chance to check these out? This might be a good way to find something from 2018 which flew under your radar!

Looking for our most borrowed books from 2018? You can read about those here. Happy New Year!

Our Favorite Fiction (Published in 2018)

Our Favorite Nonfiction (Published in 2018)

Our Favorite Movies and TV Shows (Released in 2018)

Top 10 Borrowed Books and Movies of 2018

As the year comes to a close we wanted to share the community’s most borrowed books and movies published this year. Have you had a chance to check these out? Consider placing a reservation or picking up a copy — chances are it’ll be a good point of conversation with friends or family!

Looking for staff recommendations from 2018? You can read about those here. Happy New Year!

Most Borrowed Books (Published in 2018)

Most Borrowed Movies (Released in 2018)

Sign up for teen event texts!

Sign up for text alerts and reminders about upcoming teen programs at the library. Our teen events include a wide range of activities, from weekly programs to special events including taste tests, escape rooms, creating writing workshops, cooking classes, and author visits.
If you’re in grade 8 to 12, or a parent of a teen, text @brklibteen to 81010 or click on the button below. Once you’ve confirmed your subscription, you will start receiving texts immediately. We will only use them to alert you about upcoming teen programs, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
If you’re interested specifically in our Fandom Tuesday weekly club, which meets 4-5 PM most Tuesdays to discuss pop culture, debate fandoms, eat snacks, and make fannish crafts, text @fandomtu to 81010 or click on the button below and you’ll get alerts only about Fandom Tuesday.
If you have any issues signing up, please contact our Teen Librarian Robin Brenner at for troubleshooting.

Volunteer to Tutor English

Become a Volunteer English Tutor!

Looking for a rewarding way to connect with the community? Become a volunteer English tutor at the Public Library of Brookline. You’ll be paired with an adult English language learner and meet weekly to help them improve their English. No teaching or tutoring experience is required, and all tutors will receive training from Library staff.

Interested in becoming a tutor? Ask a librarian for a sign-up form at any Public Library of Brookline location.

Announcing the Tween Room

Starting in 2019 the Brookline Village Library will have a new space and collection to offer our younger patrons. In early September we hired a Tween Librarian, Abbey Stephens, in order to better serve our middle-school-aged patrons (grades 5-7), and come January we’ll have a separate space and collection just for them. The lower level communal space, known as the Commons, will be reserved for our Tween patrons from 2-6 PM, Monday through Friday. They’ll have access to robust fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novel collections, as well as weekly programming designed just for them. Coming in the spring of 2019 the Coolidge Corner and Putterham Libraries will both have corresponding Tween sections as well.

Over the next few weeks, the Commons will be closed on certain days in order to redecorate with new paint, carpet, and furniture. The Commons will be closed on the following days:

Sunday, December 9 from 1-5 PM
Sunday, December 16 from 1-5 PM
Wednesday, December 19 from 2-9 PM
Thursday, December 20 from 2-9 PM

Any questions about the upcoming tween space can be directed to the Tween Librarian at

Holiday Book Sale

It’s that time of year again! The Friends of the Brookline Public Library kick off their annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Brookline Village Library, first floor.

The sale will continue for as many days as their special items last. The Friends have been collecting unique and beautiful items all year, so that you can find one-of-a-kind items for family and friends at prices which can’t be beat. You can check out a selection of these special holiday offers here.

Beautifully-bound literature, like-new coffee table books, pristine art books, untouched kids’ books — come shop for treasures you won’t find anywhere else, and get something special for yourself!

Thanks to the Friends of the Brookline Public Library for bringing back such a popular sale! We can’t wait to hear what great things you find at this year’s sale.


Coolidge Corner Grand Re-Opening

We are excited to announce the re-opening of the newly renovated Coolidge Corner Library! Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, December 2, from 3 – 5 PM. We can’t wait to see you there.  We will begin normal hours of operation on December 3.

Coolidge Corner Library Hours of Operation Beginning on December 3

Monday 10 AM – 6 PM

Tuesday 10 AM – 9 PM

Wednesday 10 AM – 6 PM

Thursday 10 AM – 9 PM

Friday 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Saturday 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Sunday 1 PM – 5 PM


Putterham Library Resumes Traditional Hours Beginning 11/13

The Putterham Library will resume its regular hours on November 13, 2018.
Throughout the summer and fall, the Putterham Library participated in a pilot study of expanded hours. The Library will now return to its traditional hours and evaluate this study.
Starting November 13, the Putterham Library’s schedule will be as follows:
Monday: 1 – 9 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday: 1 – 9 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Friday-Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM