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Coolidge Corner Renovation

The Coolidge Corner Library is now closed for a projected, six month renovation. During this time, limited library service (picking up holds, a small popular materials collection, and Wi-Fi) will be available at the Sussman House, 50 Pleasant St. This location is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are pleased to announce as of June 17, the Brookline Village Library’s hours will continue as they are now: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Saturday, June 16, for Tee Off) and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. In addition, a pilot program begins at our Putterham Library on June 16. This library will then be open seven days each week for the duration of the renovation project: Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

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English Conversation Classes

The Friends of the Brookline Public Library sponsors free English conversation classes. These classes are for adults who speak English as a Second Language; they focus on practical, everyday topics. If you are a non-native English speaker who wants to have fun and meet people from all over the world while practicing your spoken English, then this is the place for you.

Since the Coolidge Corner Library is now closed, this class will meet at the Brookline Village Library every Thursday through June 21 and will resume Sept. 13. Through June 19, another class will meet at the Brookline Village Library, Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., in a room called the “Rabbit Hole,” near the book sale area on the lower level. And classes will continue at the Putterham Branch Library on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room through June 14. No need to preregister or sign up. Just come!

Superhero Tee Off at the Library

Our seventh annual “Tee Off at the Library” will be held Saturday, June 16 at the Village Library. Online tickets are available now or buy tickets at the door (credit cards accepted). The theme is superheroes/supervillains! For family and community members of all ages, join us in the afternoon. Doors open at noon and the last tee off is at 4 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person, $5 at the door. For adults 21 and older, come in the evening. This session begins at 6 p.m. and the last tee off is at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 ($10 at the door), or $15 with alcohol ($20 at the door). Sessions are similar in that you can: enjoy mini-golf (with loop de loops), wear your best superhero or supervillain outfits, visit and have a chance to take photos with your favorite superheroes and supervillains and/or sit in the green screen photo booth. And, in the afternoon, have your face painted! In the evening, sip two drinks, if you wish: beer, wine or a Superhero-themed cocktail, and dine on catered delectables for all tastes. We have many sponsors for this event but at this time we want to thank the Trustees and the Friends of the Brookline Public Library for their significant support. Buy tickets before this event or at the door (credit cards accepted).

Friends’ Book Sale

We know there are some Louis L’Amour fans out there. Then it’s time you trotted forward and claimed the goods! We have, at the Village Library Book Sale, a full set of the Bantam Leatherette L’Amour in beautiful shape. Contact us for further details. Also, for poetry fans, we have a very special collection of LPs: the Yale Series of Recorded Poets, primarily from the 1960s and 1970s. Included are such poets as Stanley Kunitz, Robert Penn Warren, John Hollander, Louis Bogan, Conrad Aiken, Yvor Winters, C. Day Lewis and many more. Again, be in touch, if you’re interested. And for music lovers, watch on the first floor at the Village sale for a variety of CD sets - jazz, classical, rock — something for everyone. We can be reached, as always, at One final note... Kudos to a creative staff member for the lovely new signage at the Village book sale! We hope this attractive improvement makes your book browsing and buying that much easier!

Book Displays

Look for the following June book displays at the Village Library: Audiobooks, Summer Bounty, Tony Awards, Pride Month, and Superheroes.


In the Children’s Room at the Brookline Village Library, Elyse Loscalzo will display her tsums-tsums and shopkins until June 27.

An exhibit featuring books written by Brookline’s Poets Laureate is now on view at the Brookline Village Library. Displayed are the works of the third and current Poet Laureate Zvi A. Sesling (2017-2020), the writings of the second Poet Laureate Jan Schreiber (2015-2017), and the poetry books and poetry teaching books of Brookline’s first Poet Laureate Judith Steinberg (2013-2015).

The mission of ArtsBrookline, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is to support artists in the Brookline Community through events, exhibitions, professional development and cultivating an audience. ArtsBrookline maintains an online calendar of arts and cultural events throughout April, May and June annually, to highlight the many Brookline arts organizations and artists. A selection of those organizations is currently featured in an exhibit in the Emery and Lobby cases at the Village Library.

At the Putterham Library this month, see origami by sixth-grader Hayoung Eun.

Gentle Yoga with Ken Beasley

Our eight-part, drop-in yoga workshop series continues at our Putterham Library, Fridays at 10:15 a.m. Gentle yoga is designed for those seeking to increase strength and flexibility through gentle movements which may be done from a sitting or standing position. This series concludes June 21 and has been generously sponsored by the Library Trustees. Registration is not required.

Teen Writing Workshop

Join creating writing workshop leader Robert Uttaro to stretch your creative writing imaginations. Every Monday for the month of June he will provide teen writers the mental space, resources, and advice to get their writing flowing. Open to teens in grades 7 through 12. Each session will meet at 7 p.m. in the Commons on our ground floor. Please register online.

Learn Something New

Everyone from new comics readers to long-time enthusiasts are invited to join the library’s resident comics expert Robin Brenner to learn how to decode visual cues, read in between the panels, and understand how this hybrid medium engages our brains. Join us, Monday, June 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Then learn the basics of salsa dancing with Johnny and Felicita from Salsa y Control Dance Company on Wednesday, June 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear. No dance partner necessary. These events are part of the Learn Something New series, will be held at the Village Library in Hunneman Hall, and are generously sponsored by the Library Trustees. Please register online.

New England Birds of Prey

Birds of prey are also known as raptors, and they are hunting birds characterized by hooked beaks and powerful grabbing feet armed with sharp talons. Raptors include hawks, falcons and owls. Because many birds of prey are declining in number, this presentation also features one or more of the endangered raptors that WINGMASTERS cares for, and explains why these species face an uncertain future. This program is for ages 3 years old and up, and has been generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation. It’s being held at the Putterham Library on Tuesday, June 19 from 3 to 4 p.m. Please register online.

Animals Rock!

Come to the Village Library, Hunneman Hall, on Friday, June 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. to learn about the craziest, coolest animals around! Featuring real, live animals and presented by Animal World Experience. This program has been generously sponsored by the Trustees and Friends of the Brookline Library.

Puppet Showplace Theater

Sock Monkey Circus is a full circus performed in miniature! Sock Monkey Circus features the magical talents of the host, “Funny Honey” and her clever monkeys, who are trained to juggle, dance, and swing on a flying trapeze! Everyone is welcome to monkey around with the Sock Monkey Circus Saturday, June 23, Village Library, Hunneman Hall from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. This performance is generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation.

Learning to Knit

Local knitting instructor Lisa Piel will demonstrate the basic concepts of the knit stitch. You’ll learn the first steps of this wonderful craft using materials supplied by the library. This program is limited to 10 adults and has been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library. Join us at the Putterham Library, Monday, June 25 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Big Joe the Storyteller

Come see Big Joe the Storyteller at the Village Library in Hunneman Hall, Thursday, June 28 from 2 to 3 p.m. This program has been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library.

Book Discussion Groups

BV: (Let Them Eat Baked Goods and baked goods will be shared!) Thursday, June 14, 6:30 p.m., “Flour,” by Joanne Chang and Christie Matheson.

PUTT: (Council on Aging), Monday, June 18, 2 p.m., “The Woman in Cabin 10,” by Ruth Ware.

BV: (Mystery) Tuesday, June 19, noon, “The Eight,” by Katherine Neville.

Brookline Senior Center: 93 Winchester St. (new pick up and meeting location!): (And the Award goes to…) Wednesday, June 20, 2 p.m., “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr.

BV: (Read and Meet), Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m., “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

BV: Taste of Poetry, Thursday, July 5, noon, the poetry of Emily Dickinson will be discussed.

Webster Bank: 297 Harvard St. (some copies available @ the Sussman House) (Mystery) Monday, July 9, 12:30 p.m., “In the Woods,” by Tana French.

BV: (Shelf Respect) Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m., “The City’s Sun: the Skyscraper Throne 1,” by Tom Pollock.