To celebrate Food Day on October 24, the Public Library of Brookline will be hosting a food drive for the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry. The food pantry serves over 550 Brookline families, and need has been rising exponentially over the last few years.

Donations of non-perishable foods can be brought to the Brookline Main Library (361 Washington Street) from Sunday, October 20 through Friday, October 25. The most needed items include:

  • personal care items (soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste etc.)
  • oils
  • shelf stable milk
  • soups
  • canned vegetables
  • fruits
  • beans
  • tuna fish
  • instant coffee
  • tea
  • condiments

The food pantry will accept non-perishable food up to one year past the expiration date. Please join us in supporting Brookline families in need and donate generously! Let’s work together to make sure everyone in Brookline has enough to eat.

For more information on the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry, check out their website.

(Please note this is not a food for fines program—let’s all just donate out of the goodness of our heart, okay?)


On Wednesday, September 25 the Public Library of Brookline will be holding a read out to celebrate Banned Books Week. What is a read out? A read out is a chance to read a passage from a favorite book—banned or not—and celebrate our freedom to read. Librarians are big fans of reading (and freedom!) and so we’re asking you to join us!

Where: Main Library Lawn, 361 Washington Street

When: 1-4 PM, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How: Sign up for a time slot at the Main Library or call 617-730-2369. Walk-ins are also welcome! Don’t feel like reading? Make it a picnic and join us to listen to some great books.

Why: Because reading, freely and often, changes the world.

For more info on Banned Books Week, check out their site.

Hi summer readers! We wanted to let you know of this great event happening here at Main Library next week. Please join us as we celebrate Banned Books Week and enjoy an afternoon on the library lawn.

Check out some of the statistics from our Teen Summer Reading Challenge!  All of our participants should feel proud of what we all accomplished over the summer.

Up above you can see one of our winners of the three favorites bags!  Congrats to all three winners of the favorites bags: Will Mast (above with Teen Librarian Robin Brenner), Donna Marohn and Christin Wheeler!

UPDATE: Congratulations are also extended to our two grand prize winners: Jackson Schuh, who must now be planning how best to spend his $150 gift certificate to the Brookline Booksmith, and Johanna Rincon, who now has a brand new NOOK HD+ tablet.

If you haven’t already heard from us that does unfortunately mean that you have not won one of our finale prizes.  EVERYONE is still a winner in our books.  For all who participated this summer, we have custom, limited edition buttons: see our previous post on our button designs.

On Monday, September 9th, we’re having a special visit to the library from the 1942 Cadillac, just awarded Best in Class at the Cadillac & LaSalle Club 2013 Grand National.  Drop by the Main Library (on the green to the left toward School street) between 12noon and 2:30pm to see a beautiful classic car AND pick up your summer reading button.

After Monday afternoon, we will have all of the buttons available at the Reference Desk for participants to drop by an pick up whenever we’re open here at the Main Library.

“Wonder” is the story of a boy, a normal boy… or almost. His face has a big deformation. This book talks about his first year at school going into fifth grade. It is such a big, kind of scary adventure for him because he used to be homeschooled! His biggest concern is how the other kids will react. Will August (the boy’s name) survive school or will he have to abandon? This is such a tender and loving story of family and friendship. I really LOVED this book because you feel August’s emotions; you feel like you’re actually living the same things as him. “Wonder” is a book I will want to reread.

Get Wonder at the library.

This is the story of Emma Lazarus, the woman who wrote « The New Colossus ». This book tells you how she grew up in a Jewish family, her inspirations and people that helped her become the way we know her. Her life is sometimes difficult, but she knows that many immigrants’ lives are worse. I liked this book because it tells you all sorts of things that other people don’t know. The author also makes the book sentimental.

This sad novel follows one hectic weekend in the life of man struggling with alcoholism in 1936 New York City.  The author successfully details the mind of the main character and his desperate attempts to get one more drink.  Stealing money, pawning his typewriter, this guy will do anything to get drunk and you feel deeply for his situation and the trouble it causes.  I highly recommend this classic!

Get The Lost Weekend at the library.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is Maya Angelou’s autobiography. Spanning her life from age three to 16, we see her growing up alongside her brother in rural Stamps, Arkansas, and then in San Fransisco. They are primarily raised by their paternal grandmother, Momma, and their real mother. I loved the way that the stories generally each had a chapter of their own. And most of all, Angelou’s delightful wit and sense of humor paired with always-poignant descriptions of her feelings made this book a memorable read!

Get I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings at the library.

Fine story of a young, Scottish girl who is imprisoned for beating up a cop and placing her in a coma.  Did she do it?  Maybe, maybe not.  We get to go inside the main character’s head as she adjusts to her new surroundings and deals with some caring social workers.  Insight into her tough upbringing and rather hopeless circumstances are what make it worth reading.

Get The Panopticon at the library.

We’re almost at the end of our Summer Reading Challenge for 2013!

The final date to log your time spent reading this summer is tomorrow (the 31st) until midnight!  So, if you’ve forgotten to log any hours, or just need the reminder, please be sure to log your time by tomorrow night.

Second, we will be announcing the two grand prize winners and the three Brookline Favorites bag winners next week on Wednesday September 4th at 10am.  We’ll send out the announcement over email as well as post it on the site, so check in on Wednesday to see if you’re a winner!

  • 2 Grand Prizes: A NOOK tablet OR the equivalent in funding as a gift certificate to the Brookline Booksmith (for those who prefer paper to digital!) 
  • 3 Brookline Favorites Bags: Includes a gift bag, gift certificates, and selections of the top titles participants read over the summer.

As with our weekly raffle prizes, each of the grand prizes and favorites bags will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. We cannot guarantee winners their first choice in each prize category, but we think all are excellent rewards for any reader.

Third, of course we believe EVERYONE is a winner who participated in our challenge this year.  We promised you all prizes simply for participating, and due to various behind the scenes shenanigans have not yet fulfilled that promise.  BUT NOW, we can make good!  We DO have prizes for everyone who participated: custom, limited edition buttons!  See all the above sample buttons for the ones you’ll get to choose from — and we’re working on getting them all made for every single one of you.

To celebrate the finish of the program, on Monday, September 9th, we’re having a special visit to the library from a gorgeous antique car, a 1942 Cadillac, just awarded Best in Class at the Cadillac & LaSalle Club 2013 Grand National.  The Cadillac is owned and has been restored by Teen Librarian Robin Brenner’s parents, John F. and Joan Brenner.  We knew it would be fun for library patrons to see the car (and yes, you can even have a seat in the back and see the engine).  To make the visit extra fun, the car is where we’ll first be giving out all of our exclusive summer reading buttons.  So, drop by the Main Library (on the green to the left toward Cypress street) on Monday between 12noon and 2:30pm to see a beautiful classic car AND pick up your summer reading button.