Monthly Archives: April 2016–Online Learning Site

The Public Library of Brookline offers Brookline residents access to’s library of instructional videos. Normally, using requires a paid subscription, but as a resident library cardholder you can access content from any computer with an Internet connection. Access the Public Library of Brookline’s login here. is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics including most Microsoft Office programs. There are courses on photography, web site design and set up and many other topics. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. is just one of the dozens of online subscription resources that BPL offers its cardholders. To browse the full list, visit the Library’s Online Resources page.

Town Election May 3rd

Tuesday, May 3rd is Town Election Day.  Polls will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm. This year we have no contested races for Town-wide offices and no ballot questions. In some precincts, there is competition for seats in Town Meeting.  Even though we have a quiet Town election this year it is important that we exercise our right to vote.  Too frequently turnout for town elections is only about 10% of registered voters in Brookline.  By voting, we let elected officials know that we are paying attention. Seniors traditionally vote in all elections. Let’s make sure this town election is no exception to that tradition.  See you at the polls May 3rd.

New Progress Report on Brookline’s Age-Friendly City Initiative

The Brookline Age-Friendly City initiative has released a 27-page report on its extensive accomplishments in the past two years. The report provides an overview of many projects that are included in the collaboration among many Town departments, BrooklineCAN, and the Council on Aging. Three pages are devoted to highlights. The report is available electronically through the BrooklineCAN website:

Paper copies can be requested through the Council on Aging at 617-730-2777. They will also be available at Town Hall.  Brookline launched its Age-Friendly City initiative in 2012. The effort to strengthen the Town’s age-friendly features continues.

What’s Your Plan for Driving Retirement?

The Brookline/Newton TRIPPS program offers individual support to seniors who are exploring alternatives to driving. This spring, TRIPPS is hosting a two-part panel discussion on the long process of “driving retirement.” On Tuesday, May 17 from 6-8 pm, attendees will hear from a panel of professionals who work with seniors navigating the process of retiring from driving, either gradually or suddenly, and either by necessity or by choice. On Thursday, June 16th from 6-8 pm, the panel for the second session will include seniors from our community who currently get around without driving. The panelists will describe their own experiences, discuss the drawbacks and benefits of using various modes of transportation, and talk about overcoming some of the barriers that can keep seniors from exploring and using non-driving options. Both events will be held at the Brookline Senior Center and are free and open to the public. Please call 617-730-2644 to reserve your seat. Light refreshments will be available. For help with transportation to and from these events, please call 617- 730-2644.

Age-Friendly Cities – TV

On April 14, 2016 Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) aired Episode 6 in a series of Age-Friendly Cities TV (AFC-TV) programs on local Brookline channels. The program focused on TRIPPS, a new Brookline and Newton sponsored service supporting the life transition of retirement from driving. Program Director Kerri Ann Tester was an exciting guest. Kerri Ann is a driving force in organizing and delivering services essential to all who are or will be changing their modes of transportation to walking, cycling, ride hailing, taxis, public transportation, and other forms particularly aimed at older adults.

TRIPPS is available in the Brookline and Newton Senior Centers and via telephone, web site <>, email and social media. Volunteers are needed as transit advisors, researchers, outreach reps, event planners and admin. Contact Kerri Ann at or 617-730-2644. Check out the Brookline Age-Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Spanish Treasures: Gaudi to the Alhambra

Have you ever wanted to visit Spain?  This lecture by Sally Peabody on Thursday, May 26, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Brookline High School offers a spirited look at two irresistible Spanish regions: Andalucia in the sunny south and Catalonia in the northeast. Learn about flamenco, tapas, wines, modernista architecture, the Medieval Jewish quarter of ancient Girona, and charming Cadaques, home to Dalí and the inspiration to numerous other painters and writers. $6.  Brookline Adult & Community Education, , 617-730-2700,

Books in Bloom

This month the Public Library of Brookline will offer its own twist of the MFA’s Art in Bloom.  Pick up a map at the Reference Desk to view flower arrangements inspired by books. The pairings will be on display throughout the library on Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15.  At 2:00 pm on Saturday come to Hunneman Hall to learn from Betsy Williams how to create your own container garden.  Books in Bloom will be presented in collaboration with the Brookline and Chestnut Hill Garden Clubs.  For more information: or 617-730-2370.