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Books


Brattleboro is a book-reading and book-buying town. There are no less than five bookstores downtown with books available in other stores as well. There is an annual literary festival, every October. And there are more book venues scattered around the county from Putney to Newfane and on into Keene. Read the iBrattleboro Books section for the latest in local book news from readings to reviews covering new publications and old favorites.

Summer Fun: Museum & Park Passes at Brooks Memorial Library

Did you know you can check out passes for free and/or reduced prices at many area museums, parks, and nature centers? Check out the Museum Passes page for more info and to book a pass for your next great day trip.

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Half-Price: Brooks Memorial Library Booksale

Last chance! The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library book sale will continue until June 22nd. 1/2 PRICE! All proceeds benefit Brooks Memorial Library, and support programming, materials, and technology. Looking for a good summer read? There are still plenty of treasures to be found! 

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Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida - New Book

Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida is finished. It is now available on Kindle and Amazon.com  At the end of this note, are several poems and photos from this book and because it is father's day i have included sample of poems that you can share with your favorite "dad/man" in your life. Happy Fathers/ Men Day

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Childrens Book Artwork by Ellen Tumavicus: Ralph Flies the Coop

Please read this lovely write up by Artist Ellen Tumavicus, about the process of working with author Jaime Scanlon on the book "Ralph Flies the Coop." This exhibit will be on display through July!

Artist Statement:
I have always loved to draw and paint. Throughout my life, I have drawn the world around me. My face in a mirror, the view from the window of the train or the bus or the airplane, people on the subway and on park benches, my kids sleeping, the feelings I can’t put into words, the pears in the bowl on the kitchen table. Drawing has consistently been my avenue towards feeling good and connected with my inner and outer self.

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Friends of Brooks Annual Book Sale - Ongoing until June 22nd

Looking for a good summer read? The Friends of Brooks annual book sale is ongoing until June 22nd, with all items 1/2 price starting on the 15th. Proceeds benefit the Brooks Memorial Library, and will support programming, materials, and technology. Hurry on down during open hours, plenty of treasures still to be found! 

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New York Public Library Photo

The historic 1948 New York Times Photo Collection Image of the New York Public Library can be yours for only $1. Only 1 month left to buy tickets! The drawing will be held July 5th at 7pm! 

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are holding a raffle for a 14x17 framed photo print by James Sneddon from the New York Times Photo Collection. Generously donated by Mary Ide, it is valued at $250. Tickets are $1 each, and will be on sale at the circulation desk at Brooks Library, where the print may be also be seen in person. 

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Horse Drawn Yogurt: Author Reading by Peter Gould at Brooks Library

We hope you will join us as Peter Gould presents his new book, Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm, here at Brooks Memorial Library, on Wednesday, June 14, at 7 pm, downstairs in the Main Reading Room. Horse-Drawn Yogurt, from Green Writers Press, is his first published non-fiction book. It's a collection of true-life stories of a young man's life on a Vermont farm commune at the height of the movement. The performance is free, accessible, and open to the public. Gould will read from the book, and will have copies for sale. 

Gould was a founding member of the 1970's "Back-to-the-Land" commune movement in Vermont, a story he has told in various ways in his two nationally-known novels, "Burnt Toast" and "Write Naked," which won the 2009 National Green Earth Book Award.

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Library Book Sale - 15th Annual Strolling of the Heifers

The wonderful Friends of Brooks Memorial Library is hosting the 15th Annual Strolling of the Heifer's Book Sale!
The sale hours will be:
Thursday and Friday, June 1st & 2nd from 10 am - 6pm
Saturday June 3, 8 am -1 pm

All proceeds will benefit Brooks Memorial Library. The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library fund technology, Children's Room programming, Library lectures and material purchases.

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Author Reading: Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm

We hope you will join us as Peter Gould presents his new book, Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm, here at Brooks Memorial Library, on Wednesday, June 14, at 7:00, downstairs in the Main Reading Room.

Gould was a founding member of the 1970's "Back-to-the-Land" commune movement in Vermont, a story he has told in various ways in his two nationally-known novels, "Burnt Toast" and "Write Naked," which won the 2009 National Green Earth Book Award.

Horse-Drawn Yogurt, from Green Writers Press, is his first published non-fiction book. It's a collection of true-life stories of a young man’s life on a Vermont farm commune at the height of the movement.

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Book Talk at Brooks Library: The Life We Got: Losing Sight and Gaining Vision

Save the Date for a Book Talk at Brooks Memorial Library. We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, May 24th at 7 pm in the Meeting Room to meet Neil and Alison Taylor, who co-authored their memoir called "The Life We Got: Losing Sight and Gaining Vision."

Neil was a young teacher and athlete when the discovery of a brain tumor catapulted him into a life of blindness. With his dreams shattered and the future uncertain he began, with unwavering support from his family, one step at a time, rebuilding a life worth living and worth celebrating. A monumental step in his journey toward acceptance and wholeness was the writing of this memoir with his mother Alison.

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Congratulations Library Raffle Winners!

Brooks Memorial Library would like to offer congratulations to our Open House Raffle winners Joan Ellis and Eric Pofcher! They each won a $20 gift certificate to Everyone's Books. 

Thank you Everyone's Books! And thank you to everyone who came by to celebrate our renovations, which were made possible by the bequest of Ronald Read.  We could not have done it without all of you!

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Did Tiger take the Rain? The Art of Illustrator Charles Norris-Brown

Did you know that Brooks Library regularly shows the work of childrens' book illustrators? The display case is on the second floor across from the Children's Room. Stop by and check it out!

For the month of May, there will be some beautiful original sketches and watercolors from the book "Did Tiger Take the Rain?" by Charles Norris-Brown. Please take a moment to read his brief bio and statement below!

Dish washer, bus driver, teacher, theoretician, and artist, Charles Norris-Brown was born in the small northern Pennsylvania town of Warren. He completed a PhD degree in Social Anthropology and Sociology at Lund University, Sweden, in 1984, based on fieldwork in the inner hills of Uttarakhand, India.

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Brooks Memorial Library Open House

Everyone is cordially invited and welcome to attend our Open House in celebration of our recent renovations, April 29th from 2-5 pm! Please come take the tour! Light refresments will be served. There will be an official welcome at 2:30, and a seek-and-find raffle. You can win prizes!

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Brooks Memorial Library Open House

The Trustees and staff of the Brooks Memorial Library invite you to check out our new meeting spaces, teen room, renovated reading room and children’s area and more during an Open House and tour, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 2pm-5pm. There will be a brief welcome at 2:30pm and tour guides on hand for exploration of the new spaces.

Light refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Thanks to Brooks Memorial Library Volunteers

Brooks Memorial Library and the community are a better place because of our volunteers. National Volunteer week is April 23-29. National Volunteer week was established in1974 by President Nixon. Each year, the current president issues a special proclamation in honor of volunteers. This week is a time to recognize our 35 volunteer who generously give of their time to help achieve the overall mission of the Library.

Several of our volunteers have over 20 years of service while many have been recognized with over 5 years of service to the library. We also have some turn over and immensely appreciate and depend on new volunteers to come forward. We are fortunate that our volunteer positions do not remain vacant for long.

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Ken Schneck's Brattleboro-Related Book is Now Available!

I'm MOST pleased to let you all know that my book "Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew" is now available for order on Amazon. I think you all are truly going to love it (and you'll definitely see a TON of Brattleboro-related life in there!). And, of course, it would mean the world to me if you pre-ordered it! - http://tinyurl.com/SeriouslyAmazon

WIth great appreciation,
Ken 

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Tiny House Talk at Brooks Library

First Wednesdays:Reinventing the Family Home
Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m. 

Join us for a free lecture, as Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of "the simple life," attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.

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Reinventing the Family Home: First Wednesdays Lecture at Brooks Memorial Library

Join us for a Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays lecture at Brooks Memorial Library. On April 5 at 7 pm, Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.

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Brooks Library Main Reading Room & Mezzanine Closed March 19-25

The Brooks Memorial Library Main Reading Room and Mezzanine will be closed due to renovations March 19-25. The Children's Room and Teen Room will remain open. We will be installing flooring in our first floor reading room. Materials may be requested via email and picked up in the Children's Room when their arrival has been confirmed. Thanks for your patience as we build an even better Brooks Memorial Library.

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Digital Library Services: Hands-On Sessions at Brooks Library

Have you discovered the free resources available with your Brooks Memorial library card on your home computer or mobile device? Are you curious about Overdrive and OneClick and want to learn more? Did you try some of this and get frustrated? Matt and Jeanne are teaming up for two hands-on sessions to get you cruising forward into the digital library world.

Drop by for either session: Monday, March 13th or Monday, March 20th, 1:00 p.m. 

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