“Iran 2017” by Sima Hajhariri

Brookline Village Library, First Floor: Lobby and Emery Cases

March 15 through April 29, 2018

“In December of 2017, I traveled to Iran with the intention of visiting the historic cities of Isfahan and Shiraz.  It was not my first trip to those two cities, however, growing up in Tehran-the capital of Iran-and maybe like many other Tehranis, I was too proud of my hometown to genuinely appreciate the art and history of anywhere else in Iran.  Even though I had enjoyed all my previous trips, the level of my appreciation of the cities was, “Oh, that was beautiful.  I had a good time.”

“This time was different.  I guess 20 years of being away from my home country made me realize how I had taken for granted all the opportunities I had had in my life to enjoy and really appreciate the art and culture of all my people.  It was during this trip that I learned that some of the beauties of Iran are not only unique within the country itself, but are also unique in the Middle East and Asia.  With March 20th (the vernal equinox), celebrated as the New Year (“Nowruz”) in Persian culture, right around the corner, I decided to share my experience with you.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.”

“Truth and Consequences: Climate Action Now” by Climate Action Brookline

Brookline Village Library, First Floor: Foundation Case

February 7 through March 11, 2018

The exhibit highlights influential books and resources, photographs and the upcoming, free and open to the public, 8th Annual Climate Week Brookline 2018, April 7-14, 2018.

Health and Climate Week Collaboration:  Climate Action Brookline and Brookline Dept. of Public Health have collaborated to align climate related events of National Public Health Week (April 2-8) with Climate Week 2018 (April 7-14).  Brookline Dept. of Public health has scheduled two environment related events:

Monday – April 2

Not Fake News# Public Health & Climate Change

Phillip Duffy, Ph.D., Exec. Dir., Woods Hole Research Center

Village Library, Hunneman Hall, 7–8:30pm

The health impacts of climate change come in many forms.  Dr. Duffy will discuss the growing health consequences of climate change and argue that more people have died as a result of climate change than have died from terrorism.

Friday – April 6

Movie Night: STINK!

Discussion to follow with Prof. Michael Berger, Simmons College advocates, and Kathryn Rodgers from Silent Spring Institute

Lawrence School Auditorium, 6:30–8:30pm 

STINK! opens with a foul smell, a pair of kid’s pajamas, and a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be.  Instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on a bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe – by design.  There will be a discussion after the film with an opportunity to learn how to make your home safer and less toxic.  Suggested audience: 10 and over.

Wisdom and Memories: Brookline Seniors and The Reunion Project by photographer Lora Brody

Brookline Village Library, Second Floor: The Gallery in Hunneman Hall

January 17 through March 12, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20, from 2-4 PM 

Nearly 50 Brookline senior women from both Goddard House and the Brookline Senior Center participated in The Reunion Project, a combination of art and narrative, designed to encourage older women to reflect on their memories and recognize the wisdom that comes with age.

The project culminates in an art exhibit featuring photographs and quotations that will be on display in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Village Library. The exhibit will open Wednesday, January 17 and will be on display through Tuesday, March 12. There will be an opening reception at the Library on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 2-4 PM.  The public is invited.

Ginny Mazur, Community Partnership Director at Goddard House, learned about the project and recognized its potential benefits for senior women and for the community. She remarked, “When I look at the younger- and older-self photos, I imagine all the life lived in between them.”

Lora Brody was invited to conduct The Reunion Project in Brookline. The project was welcomed by Senior Center Director Ruthann Dobek, who remarked, “It’s important to promote a positive image of aging with an emphasis on people’s history and the wisdom people bring to their life experiences.”

Frank Caro, co-chair of the BrooklineCAN Steering Committee, enthusiastically endorsed the project and BrooklineCAN (Brookline Community Aging Network) joined in as a sponsor.

From the collection of Roy MacKenzie: A Lifetime of Robots

Brookline Village Library, First Floor: Foundation Case

January 6 through February 4, 2018

“My name is Roy MacKenzie, and I am a member of the Reference Department (Brookline Village) at the Public Library of Brookline.  As you may have guessed, I’m very fond of robots.  This collection represents some of the many different robots I’ve accumulated over the years.  My interest in robots started when I was very young, and it continues to this day.  I hope that my display brings you some delight.”

From the Brookline Historical Society: Places and Faces in Brookline Village

Brookline Village Library, First Floor: Emery and Lobby Cases

January 3 through March 11, 2018

Brookline Historical Society Annual Meeting: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2PM  Brookline Village Library, Second Floor: Hunneman Hall

This exhibit from the Brookline Historical Society features eight posters with historic photos and accompanying stories that show the evolution of the people and businesses of Brookline Village from the mid-19th century to today.  It includes  views and accounts of former Irish tenements on Brookline Ave. and the businesses of lower Washington St. that were entirely eliminated in the 1960s urban renewal project.   Also detailed are close-ups of several former stores of the Village and their buildings as they exist today.

“Harvard Square (intersection of Washington and Harvard Streets) in 1895 and 1908.”

Brookline Historical Society Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2PM
Brookline Village Library, Hunneman Hall
Brookline Village in the 19th century

The neighborhood of Brookline Village emerged as Brookline’s municipal and commercial center in the mid-19th century after the construction of a new Town Hall and a branch of the Boston & Worcester Railroad in the 1840s. Join Historical Society President Ken Liss for a look at the origins of this historic neighborhood, including:

  • The commercial district along Washington and Harvard Streets, featuring brick buildings from the 1870s and earlier
  • The town’s civic center, site of three successive Town Halls, the public library (1869), the Pierce School (1855) , and other municipal buildings.
  • The Lindens, one of the first planned residential developments in town (1840s)
  • Emerson Garden and the Elijah Emerson House on Davis Avenue (1846)
  • White Place, with one of the largest concentrations of vernacular architecture in Brookline

The program will be preceded by a brief annual meeting. Refreshments will be served at the end of the talk.


Past Exhibits

Interested in exhibiting your work at the Public Library of Brookline? Review our Art Exhibition Policy and read about the specifics of exhibiting at the Brookline Village Library, the Coolidge Corner Library or the Putterham Library.

Brookline Village Exhibit Areas

First floor:

  • Foundation Case — located in the west entrance foyer near School St.
  • Emery & Lobby Cases — in the main lobby across from the new nonfiction books
  • Brookline 300th Display Case — in the Reference Room

Children’s Room:

  • at the entrance
  • across from the Circulation Desk
  • all around the room

Teen Room:

  • Near the entrance to the Teen Comics & Graphic Novels hallway

The Gallery in Hunneman Hall — located on the second floor

The Gallery in Hunneman Hall is open up to 30 minutes before closing as long as the hall is not is use. For scheduled programs and events, check our events calendar. If the track lights are off when you arrive, the (labelled) switches are just inside the door to your right.