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Book Art Workshop

Monday March 27, 7:00p.m.

Join librarian Robin Brenner to learn the basics of creating art from discarded books, including paper folding, creative cutting, and thinking outside the box (or the binding!). Attendees can bring in their own books to transform or use one of our own samples to try out a new project. We invite everyone to take the techniques used and create art for our second annual Libraries Transform Book Art Contest in honor of National Library Week.

Bento - Japanese Culture in a Box - SOLD OUT

Saturday April 1, 2:00p.m.

Bento, the compartmentalized Japanese lunch boxes are a window into Japanese culture and the importance placed on presentation, color, nutrition and balance. In this hands-on workshop, food writer and cookbook author Debra Samuels will show you how to make onigiri, the rice ball known as Japanese soul food and pack a beautiful lunch the Japanese way. Each participant will create their own box and enjoy eating the fruits of their labor.

Samuels has lived in Japan for more than a decade, studied Japanese cuisine and is the author of, My Japanese Table: A Lifetime of Cooking with Friends and Family (Tuttle Publishing, 2011) and has conducted bento workshops around the country.

Being Green at Home: Natural Cleaning Products & Makeup

Tuesday April 4, 3:30pm

In this hands-on workshop, learn how to make your own natural, green cleaning products and make-up.

This event is a collaboration with the Brookline Department of Health to celebrate National Public Health Week.

Pen and Ink Drawing Workshop - SOLD OUT

Thursday April 27, 6:30pm

Are you a stick-figure artist yearning become a more capable composer of sketches? In this hands-on class we’ll be learning the basics of pen handling and use from Boston-area artist, Eli Portman, as well as beginner drawing concepts of linework, hatching, composition, form, shading, etc…

Each person will get the opportunity to explore and experiment with this fascinating and versatile tool for themselves. Intermediate and advanced artists are also welcome to come and do some drawing with us, and learn higher techniques and concepts of their choosing.

Portman graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors Degree in studio art in 2014. His work has been hung in galleries, shops, and cafes throughout the Greater Boston Area. You can see examples of his work on his website here.

Make the Best Coffee at Home

Thursday May 4, 7:00p.m.

Participants will take away the key to brewing delicious coffee at home using two methods: french press and pour over. This is also a great opportunity to also learn about the fundamentals of coffee, from tree to cup, so that you can become a more educated consumer.

Basic Bike Maintenance

Wednesday May 24, 6:30p.m.

Bring your bike for a hands-on presentation on basic bike maintenance for beginners. The workshop will help you become a more confident cyclist and allow you to be more self-sufficient while on the road. Some of the topics covered will include the anatomy of the bike, inflating tires, patching flats, and adjusting brakes. No bicycles are required in order to participate in this workshop.

How to Dress for your Body Type

Saturday June 10, 3:00pm

It's Spring! There is no better time to show off your shape and embrace new looks for the upcoming season. With so many options and trends, finding the right fit can seem like a challenge. Learn some tips on how to find the styles that flatter you most and some ways to rock them proudly!

Sarah McManus is a Boston based fashion stylist. Working as an assistant fashion editor at a prominent Boston magazine, she honed her skills before branching off on her own, now styling some of Boston’s most striking. Sarah is also a fashion writer penning the blog, BostonStylista.

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