Ongoing Programs

Storytimes and Play Programs

The Library offers three exciting storytime programs for children ages 0 to 5, in addition to our World Language storytimes. For the safety of patrons and staff, masks are strongly encouraged for ages 2 and older. We also offer play-based programs for ages 0-4 that encourage fine and gross motor skill development and social interaction. Please check out our events calendar for more information about each individual program.

Building for Babies and Toddlers

This program is a thirty minute drop-in program that uses various types of blocks and building materials to encourage fine and gross motor skill development and social interaction. This program is intended for kids ages 0 to 4, their caregivers, and their siblings. The Library runs this program at the Brookline Village Library on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM. Tickets are not required for this program.

Mother Goose on the Loose 

This storytime is a thirty minute, interactive program that uses repetition, rhymes, songs, props, and books to build early literacy skills in babies and toddlers. Children between the ages of six and twenty-four months benefit the most from this program, along with an attentive caregiver. The Library runs this program at our Brookline Village location on Mondays at 10:30 AM and at our Coolidge Corner location on Wednesdays at 10:15 AM. There is a limited capacity, so please stop by the Children’s Room desks for a storytime ticket. Read more about the Mother Goose on the Loose program online.

One’s and Two’s Storytime

This storytime is a thirty minute, interactive program that uses repetition, rhymes, songs, props, and books to build early literacy skills. This program is limited to children ages 1 and 2, their caregivers, and their siblings. The Library runs this program at Putterham Location on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. There is a limited capacity, so please stop at the Service Desk for a storytime ticket.

Playspace

This program is a thirty minute session of free play and social development. This program is intended for kids ages 1 to 4, their caregivers, and their siblings. The Library runs this program at Coolidge Corner on Wednesdays at 10:15 AM and at Putterham on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 AM.

Storytime for Twos and Threes

This storytime is a thirty minute, interactive program that uses songs, felt stories, and books to build early literacy skills. This program is limited to children ages 2 to 3, their caregivers, and their siblings. The Library runs this program at our Brookline Village location on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM; and at Coolidge Corner on Tuesdays at 10:15 AM; There is a limited capacity, so please stop by the Children’s Room desks for a storytime ticket. 

World Language Storytimes

The Library is pleased to partner with dedicated community members to offer storytimes in multiple languages. All of our world language storytimes are conducted fully in their designated language.  The Library currently offers storytimes in French, Hebrew, Mandarin, Japanese, and Taiwanese. World Language storytimes may be virtual or in person, so read more about these programs on our events calendar.


After-School Programs

Every week, at all three locations, the Library hosts a fun variety of after-school programs designed to engage kids ages 5 to 9. Check out our full list of programs on our events calendar!

Bullfrogs: Graphic Novel Book Club

This book club meets twice a month on Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 4:45 PM. Patrons will read the same book and discuss it at the meeting. An activity relating to the book will be offered along with the discussion. This program is for kids in grades 1 through 4 and requires registration.  Please visit our Eventbrite page to register. By registering, you are committing to attend all five winter book club meetings. Books will be available for pickup at the Brookline Village Library children’s desk two weeks before each meeting. 

Kids RPG Club

This club is a registration-based roleplaying group where kids will learn about role playing games by creating characters, going on adventures, and telling stories together. This group meets twice a month on Tuesdays from 3 to 3:45 PM at our Brookline Village location. This program is intended for kids ages 5-9 and requires registration. Please visit our Eventbrite page to register. By registering, you are committing to attend all five winter program sessions. 

Leapfrogs: 3rd and 4th Grade Book Club

This book club meets twice a month on Tuesday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:30 PM at Brookline Village. Patrons will read the same book and discuss it at the meeting. An activity relating to the book will be offered along with the discussion. This program is only for kids in grades 3 and 4 and requires registration. Please visit our Eventbrite page to register. By registering, you are committing to attend all five winter book club meetings. Books will be available for pickup at the Brookline Village Library children’s desk two weeks before each meeting.

Lego Club

This program is a drop-in, forty-five minute program where kids are encouraged to free-build their ideas with the Library’s Legos. This program is intended for kids ages 5 to 9, but siblings may attend along with caregivers. The Library runs Lego Club at our Brookline Village location on Thursdays at 3:00 PM and at Coolidge Corner on Tuesdays at 3:15 PM.

Maker Monday

This program is a drop-in, hour-long program where we provide basic craft supplies and kids provide the ideas! You never know what you might make. This program is intended for kids ages 5 to 9, but siblings may attend along with caregivers. The Library runs Maker Monday at our Brookline Village location on Monday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.

Pollywogs: 1st and 2nd Grade Book Club

This book club meets twice a month on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00 to 3:30 PM at Brookline Village. Patrons will read the same book and discuss it at the meeting. An activity relating to the book will be offered along with the discussion. This program is only for kids in grades 1 and 2 and requires registration. Please visit our Eventbrite page to register. By registering, you are committing to attend all five winter book club meetings. Books will be available for pickup at the Brookline Village Library children’s desk two weeks before each meeting. 

Storytime for Three- to Five- Year-Olds

This storytime is a thirty minute, interactive program that uses songs, puppets, felt stories, and books to build early literacy skills and a love of reading. This program is limited to children ages 3 to 5, their caregivers, and their siblings. The Library runs this program at our Brookline Village location on Wednesdays at 3 PM; There is a limited capacity, so please stop by the Children’s Room desks for a storytime ticket.


Display Cases

Fill our display cases in both the Children’s and Teen Rooms at Brookline Village with your collections or artwork! LEGO’s, bracelets, rock collections, painted art, and more have all been displayed in our cases over the years. There are two cases for kids and one case plus multiple frames for teens, so there is plenty of room to share your passion. Fill out our Display Case Request Form to get your name and display idea added to our waitlist!


Early Literacy Calendars

Every month, we put together a calendar full of ideas and activities to help practice early literacy skills with your little ones. Each week is focused on a different theme and includes suggestions of how to Sing, Talk, Read, Write, and Play together to get your child(ren) ready to read! There is also a weekly book recommendation, which is always available physically and digitally through the Library.  Download our twelve-month Early Literacy Calendar for 2023!