Special Events


Live Tango Music & Dance

Thu 10/2 5:30 PM

The Brookline Public Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Join us for an evening of Tango! Dance and/or watch! All skill levels welcome! Five musicians will play between 6 & 7:30 p.m. Organized by Eduardo del Solar whose "Birds of the Americas" photo exhibit is on view in Hunneman through November 3. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library. 5:30-8 p.m. (live music 6-7:30 p.m.)


Author Visit: Raina Telgemeier

Fri 10/3 2:59 PM - 4:29 PM

Join us for a visit from one of today's comics superstars: Raina Telgemeier is appearing in Brookline to talk about her latest #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Sisters!

Thanks to our friends at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), the Brookine Booksmith, and Scholastic Graphix, we are bringing Raina here to your local library for a reading and signings.

The event kicks off at 3:00pm. Please be aware that we'll be opening the doors at 2:30pm and the event will be seated first come, first serve. The room capacity is 96, so be sure to get there on time to get a good seat.

Raina will also be appearing over the weekend, October 4-5, at the annual MICE show over in Cambridge at Lesley College, along with a whole roster of amazing creators, so be sure to go and check out the Expo too!


Following the critical success of her graphic memoir Smile, Eisner Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling comics creator Raina Telgemeier returns to her graphic memoir style with the companion Sisters. In full-color comic format, and with her signature humor and charm, Raina tells the story of her antagonistic relationship with her younger sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.

Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco and moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. SMILE, a critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, was a New York Times bestseller, appearing for more than 95 weeks on the list, winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Her most recent book, the full–color graphic novel DRAMA was another #1 New York Times bestseller and Kirkus raved in a starred review, “this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer.” Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband and fellow comics artist, Dave Roman. To learn more, visit her online at goRaina.com and on Twitter at @GoRaina.


Remembering the Tam with Terry Kitchen

Thu 10/9 7:00 PM

Local author and musician Terry Kitchen hosts an evening honoring Brookline's Tam O'Shanter nightclub, featuring music by Bill Coover of the Memphis Rockabilly Band and Jay Feinstein of Push Push. Kitchen will also perform and read from his new novel Next Big Thing, set in the 1980s Boston music scene.


Wendy's Journey on the Pacific Crest Trail

Thu 10/30 7:00 PM

From April to September of 2013, Wendy Johnston backpacked the entire 2,700 mile long Pacific Crest Trail from the US/Mexican Border to the US/Canadian border through California, Oregon, and Washington. Join Wendy on Tuesday, October 30, 2014 for a slideshow of photos taken along her hike, as well as a short talk focusing on the lessons that she learned during her 5 months on the PCT. A question and answer session will follow. It is Wendy’s hope that you will leave inspired and encouraged to follow. 7:00-8:30 PM.


Legendary Locals of Brookline

Mon 11/17 7:00 PM

Jennifer Campaniolo will read from her new book, "Legendary Locals of Brookline." Brookline boasts numerous Nobel Prize winners—doctors, scientists, and researchers who have made enormous strides in their fields. Brookline shares Boston’s strong literary tradition, with residents like poet Amy Lowell and mystery writer Dennis Lehane. Brookline has been home to a number of sports luminaries like Larry Bird, Terry Francona, and Robert Kraft. Famous politicians include the 35th president, John F. Kennedy, who was born in Brookline; former governor Michael Dukakis; and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. Legendary Locals of Brookline tells their stories, as well as the stories of some of the lesser-known heroes and humanitarians who make Brookline a great place to call home. Jennifer is a freelance writer. Originally from New Jersey, she lives in Brookline with her husband.