One of Brookline's oldest churches, First Parish in Brookline traces its roots back to 1717. It still meets in…More Brookline's original town hall, which predates the town itself, and an adjacent church building constructed in 1893.
Though nearly three centuries old, First Parish is "passionately dedicated to responding meaningfully to the world here and now and to spiritually nurturing ourselves and our children for the challenges of the future." The Rev. Martha Niebanck and Rev. Jim Sherblom serve as the congregation's co-ministers.
Brookline Main Library 361 Washington St, Brookline, MA02445 Built in 1910 and renovated in 2003, the main branch of the Brookline Public Library features a children's room, teen…More section, computers, meeting facilities and an extensive collection of books, newspapers, CDs and movies. The branch is also home to the Brookline Room, which includes a wide range of historical documents from the town's 300-year history. In addition to the nearly 500,000 items in its own collections, the Brookline Public Library is a member of the Minuteman Library Network, which gives residents access to materials at 42 libraries in Eastern Massachusetts.
Founded in 1984, Brookline Access Television operates two cable channels and a variety of production facilities out…More of its brand-new $1.9 million studio. The new space includes an educational studio and editing suite for Brookline High students, as well as state-of-the-art production equipment, a theater, and meeting spaces available to any Brookline resident.
Municipal programming, including live coverage of the Board of Selectmen meetings, is shown on Comcast channel 23 and RCN channel 15. Public access programming is shown on channel 3 for both Comcast and RCN subscribers.
BATV is a private, non-profit organization funded through cable franchise fees. Though not a part of Brookline town government, the organization is governed by nine directors appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
Situated in the heart of Brookline Village, Brookline's six-story town hall is home to the majority of the town's…More offices and serves as a meeting place for its many boards, commissions and committees. The building was completely gutted and renovated in 2008.
Town Hall is home to the school, finance and public works departments, as well as the offices of the town clerk, town counsel, town administrator and Board of Selectmen. The police, fire and health departments are housed in adjacent buildings in Brookline Village.
Metered parking is available in a lot between Town Hall the Pierce School and on nearby streets, though spaces can be hard to find during evening meetings. Town Hall is a short walk from the Brookline Village Station on the T.
Public restrooms are located adjacent to the Treasurer's Office on the ground floor, or across from the elevators on all other floors.
The Public Schools of Brookline serves more than 6,300 students in pre-school through 12th grade at its eight…More elementery schools, one high school, and a variety of special- and early-education programs. The district employs a total of 477 teachers, giving it a student-to-teacher ratio of 12.9 to 1.
The Brookline schools are goverened by the nine elected members of the School Committee, which meets regularly in a hearing room adjacent to the school department offices on the fifth floor of Town Hall. Dr. William Lupini is the town's superintendent of schools.