Starting July 8 parking at Brookline Village will be limited due to the Pierce School construction.

Please note: The Brookline Village Library will be closed on Sundays from June 16 to September 1.

Book & Social Groups

Library staff members lead a variety of book discussion and social groups — we are always excited to welcome new participants. Explore the descriptions below to find out more about each group. Have a question for a book group leader? Send us a message!

For book groups, copies of the books are available for pickup starting approximately one month in advance of the meeting and may be picked up at the circulation desk at the library hosting the group.

Click on “Show Book List” to see upcoming books and their meeting dates. Click View in Catalog to see further details.

If you plan to attend one of our book groups, please check the next meeting date on our events calendar in case of changes of time or venue.

Brookline Village Library


A Taste of Poetry

Where: Where: Brookline Village Library, meeting virtually -- register for the A Taste of Poetry Zoom Meeting
When: First Thursday of the month, 11 AM
Led by: Jackson

Bring your lunch and an appetite for poetry. Each month we look at half a dozen poems by a well-known poet. We provide copies of the poems – no need to read anything in advance – and lead a discussion after reading them. Request a copy of this month’s poems through our contact form.

January 4: Seamus Heaney 

February 1: Sonia Sanchez

March 7: Louise Glück

April 4: Poetry month medley

May 2: Rabindranath Tagore 

June 6: Federico García Lorca

July 11: Hoa Nguyen

August 1: Mark Strand 

September 5: John Keats

October 3: Emily Pauline Johnson

November 7: Dunya Mikhail

December 5: Emily Dickinson


Graphic Novel Group

Where: Where: Brookline Village Library Conference Room, meeting virtually -- register for the Graphic Novel Group Zoom Meeting
When: Fourth Monday of the Month, 7 pm
Led by: Jared

Read and discuss graphic novels with like-minded readers. We read a wide range of books, from big titles everyone has heard of to the newest micropress anthology that might just become your new favorite, and are always willing to try something new that the group is interested in reading.

Look Back Tatsuki Fujimoto Cover
July 22

Look Back

Tatsuki Fujimoto

The overly confident Fujino and the shut-in Kyomoto couldn’t be more different, but a love of drawing manga brings these two small-town girls together. A poignant story of growing up and moving forward that only Tatsuki Fujimoto, the creator of Cha

Read More View in Catalog
Giant Days Vol. 1 John Allison & Lissa Treiman Cover
August 26

Giant Days Vol. 1

John Allison & Lissa Treiman

"Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, "personal experimentation,"

Read More View in Catalog
Do a Powerbomb Daniel Warren Johnson Cover
September 23

Do a Powerbomb

Daniel Warren Johnson

From the creator of MURDER-FALCON and WONDER WOMAN: DEAD EARTH comes the wrestling adventure of the decade! Lona Steelrose wants to be a pro-wrestler, but she's living under the shadow of her mother, the best to ever do it. Everything changes wh

Read More View in Catalog
Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition) Junji Ito Cover
October 28

Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition)

Junji Ito

A masterpiece of horror manga, now available in a deluxe hardcover edition! Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not

Read More View in Catalog
Paying the Land Joe Sacco Cover
November 25

Paying the Land

Joe Sacco

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE GUARDIAN, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, POP MATTERS, COMICS BEAT, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY From the “heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman” (Economist), a masterful work of comics journalis

Read More View in Catalog
Klaus Grant Morrison Cover
December 23

Klaus

Grant Morrison

Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be-- the tale of one man and his wolf against a totalitarian state and the ancient evil that sustains it ... Klaus is 'Santa Claus: Year One&

Read More View in Catalog

Queer Reading Group

Where: Where: Brookline Village Library, meeting virtually -- register for the Queer Reading Group Zoom Meeting
When: Second Thursday of the Month, 7 pm
Led by: Percival

Read and discuss books by queer authors in a variety of genres. This group has a stress-free structure, where the conversation we develop about identity, gender, race, and all intersections that these generate is just as important as reading the book. We make space to feel seen, safe, ask questions, and learn.

This Is How You Lose the Time War Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone Cover
July 10

This Is How You Lose the Time War

Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

* HUGO AWARD WINNER: BEST NOVELLA * NEBULA AND LOCUS AWARDS WINNER: BEST NOVELLA * “[An] exquisitely crafted tale...Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit, revealing layers of me

Read More View in Catalog
How Far the Light Reaches Sabrina Imbler Cover
August 8

How Far the Light Reaches

Sabrina Imbler

A fascinating tour of creatures from the surface to the deepest ocean floor: this "miraculous, transcendental book" invites us to envision wilder, grander, and more abundant possibilities for the way we live (Ed Yong, author of An Immense W

Read More View in Catalog
How to Be Ace Rebecca Burgess Cover
September 12

How to Be Ace

Rebecca Burgess

PRISM AWARDS FINALIST 2021 GREAT GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR TEENS - YOUNG ADULT LIBRARY SERVICES ASSOCIATION (YALSA) 2022 "When I was in school, everyone got to a certain age where they became interested in talking about only one thing: boys, girls and

Read More View in Catalog

Coolidge Corner Library


Afternoon Book Group

Where: Coolidge Corner Library, meeting virtually -- register for the Afternoon Book Group Zoom Meeting
When: Third OR Fourth Monday of each month, 3 PM; check events calendar for the latest schedule.
Led by: Jessica

This group reads a variety of fiction and nonfiction. Books chosen are usually 350 pages or less and released within the last 5 years.

Lessons in Chemistry Garmus, Bonnie Cover
July 15

Lessons in Chemistry

Garmus, Bonnie

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very

Read More View in Catalog
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Lori Gottlieb Cover
August 18

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lori Gottlieb

From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are looking for answers

Read More View in Catalog
When Trying to Return Home Jennifer Maritza McCauley Cover
September 16

When Trying to Return Home

Jennifer Maritza McCauley

A short story collection spanning a century of Black American and Afro-Latino life in Puerto Rico, Pittsburgh, Louisiana, Miami, and beyond-and an evocative meditation on belonging, the meaning of home, and how we secure freedom on our own terms

View in Catalog
Thornhedge T Kingfisher Cover
October 21

Thornhedge

T Kingfisher

There's a princess trapped in a tower. This isn't her story. Meet Toadling. On the day of her birth, she was stolen from her family by the fairies, but she grew up safe and loved in the warm waters of faerieland. Once an adult though, the f

Read More View in Catalog
A Grandmother Begins the Story Michelle Porter Cover
November 18

A Grandmother Begins the Story

Michelle Porter

From award-winning Métis author Michelle Porter, a powerfully funning and moving story told not just by five generations of Métis women, but also by the land, the bison that surround them, and two utterly captivating dogs. Carter is a young mother

Read More View in Catalog
The Bad Muslim Discount Syed M. Masood Cover
December 16

The Bad Muslim Discount

Syed M. Masood

Following two families from Pakistan and Iraq in the 1990s to San Francisco in 2016, The Bad Muslim Discount is an inclusive, comic novel about Muslim immigrants finding their way in modern America. “Masood’s novel presents a stereoscopic, three-

Read More View in Catalog

Midday Monday Mystery

Where: Coolidge Corner Library, virtual option available -- register for the Midday Monday Mystery Zoom Meeting
When: Second Monday of the month, 12:30 PM
Led by: Chloe

A mystery book group at the Coolidge Corner Library.

Spider Woman's Daughter Anne Hillerman Cover
May 13

Spider Woman's Daughter

Anne Hillerman

Don’t miss the TV series, Dark Winds, based on the Leaphorn, Chee, & Manuelito novels, now on AMC and AMC+! NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Spider Woman’s Daughter is an intricately plotted, suspenseful, colorful, and unforgettable journey. R

Read More View in Catalog
Light on Bone Kathryn Lasky Cover
July 8

Light on Bone

Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky has written an exciting new adult amateur sleuth mystery set in New Mexico in the 1930s. The sleuth is Georgia O'Keefe, who actually did suffer a nervous breakdown in 1933 when her husband Alfred Stieglitz had a somewhat public aff

Read More View in Catalog

Movie Matinee

Where: Coolidge Corner Library Meeting Room
When: Wednesdays at 1:30 PM
Led by: Jeanne

Join the Coolidge Corner Library every week for free screenings of recent favorite films! Doors open at 1:15 PM.

Mon crime  Cover
July 10

Mon crime

In 1930s Paris, Madeleine, a pretty, young, penniless and talentless actress, is accused of murdering a famous producer. Helped by her best friend Pauline, a young unemployed lawyer, she is acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. A new life of fame

Read More View in Catalog
One Life  Cover
July 17

One Life

British stockbroker Nicholas Winton visits Czechoslovakia in the 1930s and forms plans to assist in the rescue of Jewish children before the onset of World War II, in an operation that came to be known as the Kindertransport.

View in Catalog
Anatomie d'une chute  Cover
July 24

Anatomie d'une chute

A woman is suspected of her husband's murder, and their blind son faces a moral dilemma as the sole witness.

View in Catalog
Arthur the King  Cover
July 31

Arthur the King

Over the course of ten days and 435 miles, an unbreakable bond is forged between pro adventure racer Michael Light and a scrappy street dog companion dubbed Arthur. As the team is pushed to their outer limits of endurance in the race, Arthur redefine

Read More View in Catalog

The Millennial Book Group

Where: Coolidge Corner Library
When: Third Tuesday of the month, 7 PM
Led by: Kenny

A book club intended for busy millennials looking to make connections and read books they never thought to read before. Group members select a variety of books (such as fiction, non-fiction, memoir, short story, and even graphic novels) and discuss each month.

Yellowface Rebecca F. Kuang Cover
July 16

Yellowface

Rebecca F. Kuang

When failed writer June Hayward witnesses her rival Athena Liu die in a freak accident, she sees her opportunity... and takes it. So what if it means stealing Athena's final manuscript? So what if it means 'borrowing' her identity? And

Read More View in Catalog
Stories of Your Life and Others Ted Chiang Cover
August 20

Stories of Your Life and Others

Ted Chiang

Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—with some

Read More View in Catalog
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy Cover
September 17

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969. Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s modern classic is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, a

Read More View in Catalog
Cultish Amanda Montell Cover
October 15

Cultish

Amanda Montell

The author analyzes the social science of cult influence: how cultish groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power. What makes “cults” so intriguing and frightening? What mak

Read More View in Catalog

Putterham Library


Council on Aging Book Group

Where: Putterham Library Meeting Room, meeting virtually -- register for the Council on Aging Book Group Zoom Meeting
When: Third or fourth Monday of the month, 2 PM
Led by: Ginger

A book group for seniors to read together. Please note we’re taking a break in October!

The Guncle Steven Rowley Cover
August 19

The Guncle

Steven Rowley

From the author of Lily and the Octopus comes a moving and deeply funny novel about a once-famous sitcom star who is left to care for his niece and nephew after an unexpected family tragedy. Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP for short), has always l

Read More View in Catalog
Mexican Gothic Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover
September 16

Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.”—The Guardian IN DEVELOPMENT AS A HULU ORIGINAL LIMITED SERIES PRODUCED BY KELLY RIPA AND MARK

Read More View in Catalog
Project 562 Matika Wilbur Cover
November 18

Project 562

Matika Wilbur

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A photographic and narrative celebration of contemporary Native American life and cultures, alongside an in-depth examination of issues that Native people face, by celebrated photographer and storyteller Matika Wilbur of

Read More View in Catalog
Dead and Gondola Ann Claire Cover
December 16

Dead and Gondola

Ann Claire

In this series debut, a mysterious bookshop visitor dies under murderous circumstances, compelling the Christie sisters and their cat, Agatha, to call on all they’ve learned about solving mysteries from their favorite novelist. “A fair-play plot,

Read More View in Catalog
Instructions for Traveling West Joy Sullivan Cover
January 27

Instructions for Traveling West

Joy Sullivan

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A vivid and inspiring poetry collection about what’s possible when we heed our instincts and honor our intuition, allowing ourselves to strike out for new territories of love, pleasure, and peace. “This empathetic, honest,

Read More View in Catalog
The Color Purple Alice Walker Cover
February 24

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning novel is now a new, boldly reimagined film from producers Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, starring Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and Fantasia Barrino. A PBS Great American Read Top 100

Read More View in Catalog

Wisdom Cafe

Where: Putterham Library Meeting Room
When: Starting in September: first or second Friday of the month, 12 PM
Led by: Ginger

Join us at the Putterham Library for Wisdom Cafe: a social hour that features guest speakers sharing their knowledge across a diverse range of topics.

Wisdom Cafe takes place on the first or second Friday of the month following Gentle Chair Yoga. Coffee and pastries provided!

Fall’s featured guests:

September 13 – eLibrary resources with Ginger O’Day

Join local librarian and Putterham’s own Branch Supervisor Ginger O’Day to learn about accessing the Public Library of Brookline’s digital collection. She’ll walk attendees through the three most widely used resources for ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and more: Libby, Hoopla, and Kanopy!

October 11 – Legacy letters with Miriam Diamond

Convey your personal values and life lessons with a legacy letter: a means of conveying personal ideals to inspire family, community members, friends, and future generations. Program leader and frequent Library collaborator Miriam Diamond will guide attendees through reflecting on, articulating, and preparing to communicate their special insights.

November 1 – Therapy dog meet and greet with Deb Harrow and Buddy

Therapy dog handler and Library volunteer Deb Harrow will be joining us to speak about therapy dogs and provide a special Q+A session. Attendees get to meet the amazing Buddy, Deb’s dog and one of the stars of our popular Pups @ Putterham reading program!


Brookline Village Library


A Taste of Poetry

Where: Brookline Village Library, meeting virtually -- register for the A Taste of Poetry Zoom Meeting
When: First Thursday of the month, 11 AM
Led by: Jackson

Bring your lunch and an appetite for poetry. Each month we look at half a dozen poems by a well-known poet. We provide copies of the poems – no need to read anything in advance – and lead a discussion after reading them. Request a copy of this month’s poems through our contact form.

January 4: Seamus Heaney 

February 1: Sonia Sanchez

March 7: Louise Glück

April 4: Poetry month medley

May 2: Rabindranath Tagore 

June 6: Federico García Lorca

July 11: Hoa Nguyen

August 1: Mark Strand 

September 5: John Keats

October 3: Emily Pauline Johnson

November 7: Dunya Mikhail

December 5: Emily Dickinson


Graphic Novel Group

Where: Brookline Village Library Conference Room, meeting virtually -- register for the Graphic Novel Group Zoom Meeting
When: Fourth Monday of the Month, 7 pm
Led by: Jared

Read and discuss graphic novels with like-minded readers. We read a wide range of books, from big titles everyone has heard of to the newest micropress anthology that might just become your new favorite, and are always willing to try something new that the group is interested in reading.

Look Back Tatsuki Fujimoto Cover
July 22

Look Back

Tatsuki Fujimoto

The overly confident Fujino and the shut-in Kyomoto couldn’t be more different, but a love of drawing manga brings these two small-town girls together. A poignant story of growing up and moving forward that only Tatsuki Fujimoto, the creator of Cha

Read More View in Catalog
Giant Days Vol. 1 John Allison & Lissa Treiman Cover
August 26

Giant Days Vol. 1

John Allison & Lissa Treiman

"Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, "personal experimentation,"

Read More View in Catalog
Do a Powerbomb Daniel Warren Johnson Cover
September 23

Do a Powerbomb

Daniel Warren Johnson

From the creator of MURDER-FALCON and WONDER WOMAN: DEAD EARTH comes the wrestling adventure of the decade! Lona Steelrose wants to be a pro-wrestler, but she's living under the shadow of her mother, the best to ever do it. Everything changes wh

Read More View in Catalog
Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition) Junji Ito Cover
October 28

Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition)

Junji Ito

A masterpiece of horror manga, now available in a deluxe hardcover edition! Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not

Read More View in Catalog
Paying the Land Joe Sacco Cover
November 25

Paying the Land

Joe Sacco

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE GUARDIAN, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, POP MATTERS, COMICS BEAT, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY From the “heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman” (Economist), a masterful work of comics journalis

Read More View in Catalog
Klaus Grant Morrison Cover
December 23

Klaus

Grant Morrison

Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be-- the tale of one man and his wolf against a totalitarian state and the ancient evil that sustains it ... Klaus is 'Santa Claus: Year One&

Read More View in Catalog

Queer Reading Group

Where: Brookline Village Library, meeting virtually -- register for the Queer Reading Group Zoom Meeting
When: Second Thursday of the Month, 7 pm
Led by: Percival

Read and discuss books by queer authors in a variety of genres. This group has a stress-free structure, where the conversation we develop about identity, gender, race, and all intersections that these generate is just as important as reading the book. We make space to feel seen, safe, ask questions, and learn.

This Is How You Lose the Time War Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone Cover
July 10

This Is How You Lose the Time War

Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

* HUGO AWARD WINNER: BEST NOVELLA * NEBULA AND LOCUS AWARDS WINNER: BEST NOVELLA * “[An] exquisitely crafted tale...Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit, revealing layers of me

Read More View in Catalog
How Far the Light Reaches Sabrina Imbler Cover
August 8

How Far the Light Reaches

Sabrina Imbler

A fascinating tour of creatures from the surface to the deepest ocean floor: this "miraculous, transcendental book" invites us to envision wilder, grander, and more abundant possibilities for the way we live (Ed Yong, author of An Immense W

Read More View in Catalog
How to Be Ace Rebecca Burgess Cover
September 12

How to Be Ace

Rebecca Burgess

PRISM AWARDS FINALIST 2021 GREAT GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR TEENS - YOUNG ADULT LIBRARY SERVICES ASSOCIATION (YALSA) 2022 "When I was in school, everyone got to a certain age where they became interested in talking about only one thing: boys, girls and

Read More View in Catalog

Coolidge Corner Library


Afternoon Book Group

Where: Coolidge Corner Library, meeting virtually -- register for the Afternoon Book Group Zoom Meeting
When: Third OR Fourth Monday of each month, 3 PM; check events calendar for the latest schedule.
Led by: Jessica

This group reads a variety of fiction and nonfiction. Books chosen are usually 350 pages or less and released within the last 5 years.

Lessons in Chemistry Garmus, Bonnie Cover
July 15

Lessons in Chemistry

Garmus, Bonnie

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very

Read More View in Catalog
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Lori Gottlieb Cover
August 18

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lori Gottlieb

From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are looking for answers

Read More View in Catalog
When Trying to Return Home Jennifer Maritza McCauley Cover
September 16

When Trying to Return Home

Jennifer Maritza McCauley

A short story collection spanning a century of Black American and Afro-Latino life in Puerto Rico, Pittsburgh, Louisiana, Miami, and beyond-and an evocative meditation on belonging, the meaning of home, and how we secure freedom on our own terms

View in Catalog
Thornhedge T Kingfisher Cover
October 21

Thornhedge

T Kingfisher

There's a princess trapped in a tower. This isn't her story. Meet Toadling. On the day of her birth, she was stolen from her family by the fairies, but she grew up safe and loved in the warm waters of faerieland. Once an adult though, the f

Read More View in Catalog
A Grandmother Begins the Story Michelle Porter Cover
November 18

A Grandmother Begins the Story

Michelle Porter

From award-winning Métis author Michelle Porter, a powerfully funning and moving story told not just by five generations of Métis women, but also by the land, the bison that surround them, and two utterly captivating dogs. Carter is a young mother

Read More View in Catalog
The Bad Muslim Discount Syed M. Masood Cover
December 16

The Bad Muslim Discount

Syed M. Masood

Following two families from Pakistan and Iraq in the 1990s to San Francisco in 2016, The Bad Muslim Discount is an inclusive, comic novel about Muslim immigrants finding their way in modern America. “Masood’s novel presents a stereoscopic, three-

Read More View in Catalog

Midday Monday Mystery

Where: Coolidge Corner Library, virtual option available -- register for the Midday Monday Mystery Zoom Meeting
When: Second Monday of the month, 12:30 PM
Led by: Chloe

A mystery book group at the Coolidge Corner Library.

Spider Woman's Daughter Anne Hillerman Cover
May 13

Spider Woman's Daughter

Anne Hillerman

Don’t miss the TV series, Dark Winds, based on the Leaphorn, Chee, & Manuelito novels, now on AMC and AMC+! NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Spider Woman’s Daughter is an intricately plotted, suspenseful, colorful, and unforgettable journey. R

Read More View in Catalog
Light on Bone Kathryn Lasky Cover
July 8

Light on Bone

Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky has written an exciting new adult amateur sleuth mystery set in New Mexico in the 1930s. The sleuth is Georgia O'Keefe, who actually did suffer a nervous breakdown in 1933 when her husband Alfred Stieglitz had a somewhat public aff

Read More View in Catalog

Movie Matinee

Where: Coolidge Corner Library Meeting Room
When: Wednesdays at 1:30 PM
Led by: Jeanne

Join the Coolidge Corner Library every week for free screenings of recent favorite films! Doors open at 1:15 PM.

Mon crime  Cover
July 10

Mon crime

In 1930s Paris, Madeleine, a pretty, young, penniless and talentless actress, is accused of murdering a famous producer. Helped by her best friend Pauline, a young unemployed lawyer, she is acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. A new life of fame

Read More View in Catalog
One Life  Cover
July 17

One Life

British stockbroker Nicholas Winton visits Czechoslovakia in the 1930s and forms plans to assist in the rescue of Jewish children before the onset of World War II, in an operation that came to be known as the Kindertransport.

View in Catalog
Anatomie d'une chute  Cover
July 24

Anatomie d'une chute

A woman is suspected of her husband's murder, and their blind son faces a moral dilemma as the sole witness.

View in Catalog
Arthur the King  Cover
July 31

Arthur the King

Over the course of ten days and 435 miles, an unbreakable bond is forged between pro adventure racer Michael Light and a scrappy street dog companion dubbed Arthur. As the team is pushed to their outer limits of endurance in the race, Arthur redefine

Read More View in Catalog

The Millennial Book Group

Where: Coolidge Corner Library
When: Third Tuesday of the month, 7 PM
Led by: Kenny

A book club intended for busy millennials looking to make connections and read books they never thought to read before. Group members select a variety of books (such as fiction, non-fiction, memoir, short story, and even graphic novels) and discuss each month.

Yellowface Rebecca F. Kuang Cover
July 16

Yellowface

Rebecca F. Kuang

When failed writer June Hayward witnesses her rival Athena Liu die in a freak accident, she sees her opportunity... and takes it. So what if it means stealing Athena's final manuscript? So what if it means 'borrowing' her identity? And

Read More View in Catalog
Stories of Your Life and Others Ted Chiang Cover
August 20

Stories of Your Life and Others

Ted Chiang

Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—with some

Read More View in Catalog
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy Cover
September 17

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969. Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s modern classic is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, a

Read More View in Catalog
Cultish Amanda Montell Cover
October 15

Cultish

Amanda Montell

The author analyzes the social science of cult influence: how cultish groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power. What makes “cults” so intriguing and frightening? What mak

Read More View in Catalog

Putterham Library


Council on Aging Book Group

Where: Putterham Library Meeting Room, meeting virtually -- register for the Council on Aging Book Group Zoom Meeting
When: Third or fourth Monday of the month, 2 PM
Led by: Ginger

A book group for seniors to read together. Please note we’re taking a break in October!

The Guncle Steven Rowley Cover
August 19

The Guncle

Steven Rowley

From the author of Lily and the Octopus comes a moving and deeply funny novel about a once-famous sitcom star who is left to care for his niece and nephew after an unexpected family tragedy. Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP for short), has always l

Read More View in Catalog
Mexican Gothic Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover
September 16

Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.”—The Guardian IN DEVELOPMENT AS A HULU ORIGINAL LIMITED SERIES PRODUCED BY KELLY RIPA AND MARK

Read More View in Catalog
Project 562 Matika Wilbur Cover
November 18

Project 562

Matika Wilbur

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A photographic and narrative celebration of contemporary Native American life and cultures, alongside an in-depth examination of issues that Native people face, by celebrated photographer and storyteller Matika Wilbur of

Read More View in Catalog
Dead and Gondola Ann Claire Cover
December 16

Dead and Gondola

Ann Claire

In this series debut, a mysterious bookshop visitor dies under murderous circumstances, compelling the Christie sisters and their cat, Agatha, to call on all they’ve learned about solving mysteries from their favorite novelist. “A fair-play plot,

Read More View in Catalog
Instructions for Traveling West Joy Sullivan Cover
January 27

Instructions for Traveling West

Joy Sullivan

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A vivid and inspiring poetry collection about what’s possible when we heed our instincts and honor our intuition, allowing ourselves to strike out for new territories of love, pleasure, and peace. “This empathetic, honest,

Read More View in Catalog
The Color Purple Alice Walker Cover
February 24

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning novel is now a new, boldly reimagined film from producers Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, starring Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and Fantasia Barrino. A PBS Great American Read Top 100

Read More View in Catalog

Wisdom Cafe

Where: Putterham Library Meeting Room
When: Starting in September: first or second Friday of the month, 12 PM
Led by: Ginger

Join us at the Putterham Library for Wisdom Cafe: a social hour that features guest speakers sharing their knowledge across a diverse range of topics.

Wisdom Cafe takes place on the first or second Friday of the month following Gentle Chair Yoga. Coffee and pastries provided!

Fall’s featured guests:

September 13 – eLibrary resources with Ginger O’Day

Join local librarian and Putterham’s own Branch Supervisor Ginger O’Day to learn about accessing the Public Library of Brookline’s digital collection. She’ll walk attendees through the three most widely used resources for ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and more: Libby, Hoopla, and Kanopy!

October 11 – Legacy letters with Miriam Diamond

Convey your personal values and life lessons with a legacy letter: a means of conveying personal ideals to inspire family, community members, friends, and future generations. Program leader and frequent Library collaborator Miriam Diamond will guide attendees through reflecting on, articulating, and preparing to communicate their special insights.

November 1 – Therapy dog meet and greet with Deb Harrow and Buddy

Therapy dog handler and Library volunteer Deb Harrow will be joining us to speak about therapy dogs and provide a special Q+A session. Attendees get to meet the amazing Buddy, Deb’s dog and one of the stars of our popular Pups @ Putterham reading program!