All staff-run children's programs at the Coolidge Corner Library are cancelled through Sunday, March 3 and will resume on Monday, March 4. Check our events calendar for up-to-date information on other scheduled programs.

Meet the Children's Librarians

Caroline Richardson

Hi, I’m Caroline Richardson, children’s librarian at the Brookline Village Library. Here are some fun facts about me:

I have been at the Public Library of Brookline for five years. Prior to that, I worked in children’s publishing and as the assistant children’s book review editor at a national monthly book review publication.

I lead two weekly storytimes (one for two-years-olds and one for three- to five-year-olds), our biweekly LEGO Club, our biweekly Mad Scientist Club (beginning robotics and circuitry), and our monthly crafts for ages six and up.

I think Bark, George! is the perfect picture book. What about you? Want book recommendations or have questions about what the Children’s Room has to offer? Ask me!

Paula Sharaga

I have been a children’s librarian for 17 wonderful years, 11 of them at Coolidge Corner. Before that I was a preschool teacher, fueling my excitement and skills for working with children and the books they love. I make sure to liven up my storytimes with movement, singing, play, puppetry, yoga, nature, and process art that reflects developmental learning.

My evolving dream is to turn the children’s room into a center for self-directed play and creativity. I could not do any of this work without the genius of the Coolidge Corner Library staff and our amazing Simmons College interns.

We may look busy, but don’t be shy. Come say hi and ask us a question! Your interests are our priorities.

Batia Bloomenthal

Hi there. I’m Batia Bloomenthal, the Putterham Library Supervisor and Children’s Librarian. I’ve worked at the Public Library of Brookline for over 14 years. During that time I’ve led kitchen science clubs, storytimes, and creative writing workshops.

I currently lead two weekly storytimes, one for two- and three-year-olds, and one for three- to five-year-olds. I love being a children’s librarian because we get to do the coolest things, like getting to hold a baby alligator, meeting a favorite author, or feeding Ralph and Henry, our two library guinea pigs.
Next time you’re in the library, ask me about my favorite book, It’s Duffy Time!, or why my favorite bird is the turkey.