Antique Toys in Children’s Room

Recently, a staff member at the Library discovered a treasure trove of antique toys in the Children’s Room Rabbit Hole. The majority of the toys feature characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and antique dolls make up the rest. Their history at the library is something of a mystery, but we believe they were donated to the library quite some time ago. In a final effort to find out who donated the toys, we are enlisting the help of you, our dedicated library patrons.

Do you know anything about the history of these toys at the library? Give us a call or send us a message. We’d love to hear from you.

Thanks to Vivien Goldman, photographer and Library Trustee, for taking these excellent photos. We at the Public Library of Brookline hope you enjoy this digital collection.

Adult Summer Reading

Summer reading is soon upon us! In addition to the activities happening for children and teens, the Public Library of Brookline will be holding two Adult Summer Reading activities: Summer Reading Bingo and Scratch Tickets/Raffle. Both of these activities will be held at the Brookline Village and Putterham Libraries. Sussman will not be participating this summer.

Adult summer reading will run from Monday July 2 until Friday August 31. Below you will find more information about each program.


Patrons can receive a BINGO card from either the Reference or Circulation desk. Present your bingo card when you check out and we’ll give you a sticker for the corresponding square.

Note: you can get one sticker per visit to the library (even if you are checking out books that correspond to multiple bingo squares). Additionally, you cannot use the same book for multiple squares.

If the book you are borrowing will give you bingo, you will receive your winning sticker and prize when you return the book in-person.

First-time bingo winners will receive a Public Library of Brookline tote bag. After your first Bingo, winners receive a piece of candy for each subsequent bingo.

Need assistance with finding books for your bingo card? Stop by the reference desk, a librarian would be glad to help.

Scratch Tickets & Raffle

Every time you check out a book, you can receive an instant-win scratch ticket. This is limited to one ticket per patron per day.  Scratch off a ticket to reveal a prize, then present it to circulation to immediately receive the revealed prize.

Prizes range from a piece of candy, to handmade bookmarks, to $5.00 Brookline Booksmith gift cards! Prizes cannot be exchanged.

Additionally, if you write down your name and email on the ticket you will be entered into our grand prize raffle. Two winners will be drawn at the end of the summer for $50 Brookline Booksmith Gift Cards.

Happy summer reading, everyone!

Computer Use FAQs

Effective July 2nd, all Public Library of Brookline computer stations in the Main Floor lab will switch to one-hour express stations. This means that all computers stations on the Main Floor are accessible without a library card.

Additionally, we now have a collection of 60 Chromebooks across all Brookline libraries. We’re excited to offer patrons more computing options than ever before.

We understand that with any change a number of questions arise. This is a great opportunity to clarify some common questions we hear about computer use at the Public Library of Brookline.

Are children allowed in the computer lab at Brookline Village?

Patrons 11 years old and up may use the lab; the Library defines teens as ages 11-18. Children in this age range who are working quietly and respectfully will not be asked to leave.

What if I want to use the computer for longer than 1 hour?

As of June 11, each Brookline library made Chromebook laptops available for in-house use. Chromebooks may be borrowed for a period of three hours and can be renewed twice. A library card is required for checkout.

What if I can’t find a free computer?

Please ask the reference staff for help with borrowing a Chromebook laptop. If none are available or you would prefer to use a desktop station, you will need to wait until one frees up. We are no longer taking reservations for desktop computers.

How will this impact using the computers and printing?

The computers themselves are not changing in any way. The difference with printing is that no matter where you were sitting you will now use the computer number to retrieve your print job from the release station instead of reentering your barcode. For instance, if you were sitting at Computer #2 in the lab when you sent a job to be printed, you will enter “2” in the box at the release station.

Chromebooks can only offer wireless printing at this time. Anyone can use this service as long as they have an email address. There’s a link to the wireless printing signup page in the Chrome “Quick Links” list, as well as a bookmark to the FAQ page that explains the process. If you need assistance printing, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian.

What if I want to listen to music or watch videos?

That’s fine by us as long as you use headphones. If you don’t have your own, you can purchase a pair from us for $2 or ask to borrow a pair if we have any available. Check with the reference staff.

What if I don’t want to or can’t use a laptop?

If Study Room C is not booked, there is an accessible computer station available for patrons to use at Brookline Village.

We also have mice to lend out to patrons who have difficulty using a trackpad. Also, there are a number of robust accessibility options built into Chromebooks, which may be accessed via the bottom right section of the taskbar. If you need assistance using the Chromebooks accessibility options ask a Reference Librarian.

Is there a daily use limit for computers?

No. We have never had one and will continue to not enforce one at this time.

How will this impact the Girls Who Code program and other upcoming library technology classes for patrons?

Library technology classes will no longer be confined to the computer lab to run their programs. Instead, because they only need computers with access to a web browser, tech classes can use a Chromebooks to set up wherever there is a free space.

Do you have a question you don’t see answered here? Don’t hesitate to send us a message. We’re eager to help address your questions and concerns.

Relocated Resources and Meetings

Since Coolidge Corner is now closed for renovation, a number of resources and regular meetings have been relocated. This page will provide a brief overview of where resources and services are now re-located.

We also have recently updated information about the Public Library of Brookline’s extended summer hours and the Sussman House Satellite Library.

Russian and Chinese Collections

The Russian and Chinese Collections from Coolidge Corner are now at Brookline Village. This collection includes Chinese and Russian books, magazines, DVDs, and children’s books.

The children’s books are located in the Children’s Room, while all other Chinese and Russian materials are in the Commons. Both of these rooms are on the ground floor of Brookline Village.

Book Groups and Other Meetings

Additionally, here is the most up-to-date list of new/revised meeting locations:

  • Read and Meet Book Group will now meet at Brookline Village, 2nd Floor Conference Room the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM
  • Let Them Eat Baked Goods will now meet at Brookline Village, 2nd Floor Conference Room the second Thursday of the Month, at 6:30 PM
  • And The Award Goes To… will now meet at the Brookline Senior Center, 2nd Floor the third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 PM
  • Mid-day Monday Mystery will now meet at Webster Bank (297 Harvard St) the second Monday of the month,  12:30 PM

Extended Summer Hours

In addition to the Sussman House satellite library, the Public Library of Brookline is proud to announce revised service hours and relocated resources to better serve its patrons.

Starting June 16 we will offer extended summer hours. You can always find our most up-to-date hours on our website. For your convenience, the extended summer hours for Brookline Village and Putterham are below.

Please note: the Brookline Village branch will be closed on Saturday, June 16th as it hosts the annual Tee-Off at the Library.

Brookline Village

  • Monday – 10 AM – 9 PM
  • Tuesday – 10 AM – 9 PM
  • Wednesday – 10 AM – 9 PM
  • Thursday – 10 AM – 9 PM
  • Friday – 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Saturday – 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Sunday – 1 PM – 5 PM


  • 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 – 5 PM

Sussman House Satellite Library

While the Coolidge Corner branch is closed for renovation we’ve opened up a satellite library hosted by the Sussman House.

This mini library is open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. It is located at 50 Pleasant St, directly across the street from the Coolidge Corner Library.

At the Sussman House satellite library you can:

  • Pick up holds
  • Pick up and reserve museum passes (for Coolidge Corner only)
  • Browse and check-out a small collection of popular books, DVDs, magazines, and newspapers
  • Access the Internet via our new Chromebook laptops (starting June 11)
  • Return library materials after-hours via our book drop

Please note: there is no WiFi or Public Printing at the Sussman House. Additionally, the Sussman House satellite library is a small space with a very limited collection. We encourage patrons looking for a larger space or more robust collections and services to visit the Brookline Village or Putterham Libraries.

Additionally, to better serve your needs, the Brookline Village and Putterham Libraries will offer extended summer hours. As always, you can access our most up-to-date hours and location information on our webpage.

Looking for more information about where Coolidge Corner book clubs will now meet? Or where the Russian and Chinese Collections now are? See this post for more information

Annual Friends Meeting – “Leading Women”

Join us Tuesday, June 5, 2018, for the annual meeting of the Friends of the Public Library of Brookline. This year promises to be a special treat as the Friends host Susan Quinn, author of the bestselling memoir Eleanor and Hick, a “fascinating and gossipy” (NY Review of Books) book that tells story of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena “Hick” Hickok). Quinn, our own leading woman, will talk about how she came to write such a captivating book and about her experiences growing up as a child from an Ohio mill town to growing into an adult with a varied and accomplished career as a biographer, journalist, investigative reporter, and actress.

There will be a short business meeting at 6:30 PM followed by the author talk at 7 PM.

Refreshments will be served.

You can learn more about the Friends and their activities through the Friends of the Brookline Public Library 2018 Newsletter.

Derby Day @ Coolidge

The Brookline Library Foundation is hosting a Kentucky Derby Day party at the Coolidge Corner Library, just before it closes for a brief renovation. We’ll sip mint juleps, listen to bluegrass music, and watch the 144th running of The Kentucky Derby all while raising money to support the renovation and fund technology at each of our libraries.

The party will run from 6 to 9 PM with TVs streaming the Derby set up all over the library. Come show your support and race for the renovation!

Learn more and make a donation today.

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