Now, more than ever, You need the Library and the Library needs YOU.
While its physical doors are closed, the Public Library of Brookline is forging ahead with its mission to keep patrons and the community connected, informed, and entertained. Now, more than ever, you need the Library and the Library needs YOU. Help us support their valuable work on Library Giving Day! We encourage patrons and library lovers to celebrate this online fundraising event by making a gift in support of your library anytime now through the end of April by clicking the button below.
The Library has partnered with Brookline Interactive Group to bring virtual storytimes, craft-alongs, book groups, and more to our community through interactive video conferencing and live television broadcasts, serving more than 800 participants in the partnership’s first four weeks. Check out the full schedule of programs.
Use of digital lending services has skyrocketed to meet the needs of our community, and librarians are providing live reference chat Monday through Saturday to recommend books, troubleshoot technology, and more.
The Library has also pivoted to directly address needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Brookline Village Library is now serving as an Auxiliary Fire Station for Brookline’s first responders. Check out photos of the company settling into their temporary workplace. Staff laptops are helping power the Brookline COVID Task Force Command Center, and plans are being made to distribute the Library’s Chromebooks to allow more Town Meeting members to participate virtually.
Meanwhile, librarians have repurposed ideaSPACE sewing machines and 3D printers to make personal protective equipment for the Brookline Senior Center and local hospitals in collaboration with Masks for Docs, The Makery, and the Brookline Teen Center. More than 100 fabric masks and 30 3D printed components have been completed already. Staff have also volunteered at the Masks for Docs assembly line, which has produced over 17,000 laser cut face shields in just two weeks. You can read more about this amazing community effort at The Makery’s blog.
Our Library has been recognized in the national press as a leader in keeping staff safe while still serving our community. Read coverage in the New York Times and listen to an interview with Library Director Sara Slymon on WGBH.
The Public Library of Brookline is doing amazing work to meet our community’s needs, but they need YOU to help them keep up this work! Donate now to the Brookline Library Foundation to play your part in supporting the Public Library of Brookline as it supports all of us.
It’s National Library Week–there’s no better time to give generously. Thank you!
The Brookline Library Foundation
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