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Welcome to iBrattleboro!
It's a local news source by and for the people of Brattleboro, Vermont, published continually. You can get involved in this experiment in citizen journalism by submitting meeting results, news, events, stories, reviews, how-to's, recipes, places to go, things to do, or anything else important to Brattleboro. Or, just drop by to see what others have contributed.

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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.

Brooks Memorial Library Closed Friday and Saturday: Veterans Day

Dear Brattleboro Community,

The Library will be closed On Friday, November 10th, and Saturday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.

Make sure to come in before we close on Thursday evening to stock up on Books, Movies and Magazines!

We will re-open on Monday morning at 10 am, as usual!

~Your Library Staff


Book Lover's Calendar Sale at Brooks Memorial Library

These page-a-day calendars are a great deal at only $10 each! All proceeds are collected by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library and will support our technology and programs.


Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida - A Poem For You by Namaya


The new book Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida is out!  It is available at Everyone's Books and Art Rageous in Brattleboro. It is also available at Amazon.com. here is a poem from the book. Enjoy!

Be the Rose

I never expected miracles as a Homeopathic physician, but I was open to the possibility. A woman came into my office, who was an alcoholic & apparently abused, a spirit more broken than mended. On her breast rising up to her collar bone was a rose tattoo. After two hours of listening in the spirit of compassion and love, I gave her a homeopathic dose of stramonium. A remedy, as I saw it, for “One who was lost in the wilderness without their tribe.” I didn’t expect to see her again, there are too many wounded spirits in the world, who cannot find their way home.


Free Poetry Reading at Brooks Memorial Library

Join us for a FREE Poetry reading at Brooks Memorial Library at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 25th 2017!
The following poets will share their works with us:

Verandah Porche - Recipient of the Ellen McColloch-Lovell Award and the Vermont Arts Council Award of Merit.


Free Opening Reception: Brattleboro's Letterpress Years Exhibit

Peoples, Places, and the History of Words in Brattleboro, (Vermont Words Project) and Brooks Memorial Library will present a FREE opening reception for “Brattleboro’s Letterpress Years” on Wednesday, October 11th from 5-7 pm. 


Contributed By: Spinoza

When we started iBrattleboro, we had some grand visions. In addition to wanting to provide a platform for local news, views, and opinions, we hoped that local writers would enjoy publishing their work to a large, local audience. It would be possible for any writer to have a regular place on the site, and build a following of regular readers, but also compile their collected works into a book if they so desired.

Almost 14 years later, it happened. The essays of “spinoza” were recently collected and collated by some sneaky members of the spinoza family, and presented back in the form of a bound volume. A copy arrived mysteriously on our back doorstep recently, and it was a real joy to behold. It was a bit like admiring a new infant in the family for the first time. “So what do we have here?”


Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida - Everyone's Books Friday 22 September 2017 6 PM

CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA by Namaya reading on 22 September Friday 6 – 6:30 PM  at Everyone’s Books. 

The new book CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA by the Vermont poet & storyteller – T. Namaya. The book  it is available at Everyone’s Books.

Samples below on Amazon link.  And audio.  http://amzn.to/2sK94Q9 
- Celebrate Life Kindle and print book. Audio Tracks and CDS: Celebrate Life 


Children's Book Art Display at Brooks Library: Judith Oksner

Stop by and check out the lovely watercolor illustrations of Judith Oksner any time we are open from now until the end of September! The images are on display in the second floor hallway, in the glass case, and they are for the book "Barking," by Edith Milton.

Here is a brief write bio, a link to her website,and there is also a neat video of Judith talking about her work on YouTube:

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at a time when steel mills were the pride of the city and nobody knew smog was bad for you.


Author Elizabeth Minnich: Community Conversation and Book Discussion

Please join us as we welcome Author Elizabeth Minnich at a FREE event on Friday, September 8, at 4 pm in the Second Floor Meeting Room. She will introduce and open discussion abnout her new book, The Evil of Banality: The Life and Death Importance of Thinking.

A moral philosopher, Elizabeth began her quest to comprehend how ordinarily decent people make 'extensive evils" (genocide, slavery) and "extensive good" possible when, as Hannah Arendt's teaching assistant, accompanied her to defent Arendt's controversial concept, the banality of evil.

For more information about the author, please visit her website below!


Book Scanning at Experienced Goods

The other day, while looking at books at Experienced Goods, I noticed two middle-aged women working their way around the room with a handheld device.

Watching for just a moment, I could see that it was a smart phone with a scanner attachment.

One woman was checking each section for possible “candidates” to scan, while the other scanned each barcode. Her device would then do a quick lookup to, I assume, tell her how much she could expect to sell that book for. If the amount was more than what Experienced Goods was charging, they’d add it to their pile.


Local Consortium Wins NEH Grant To Fund Brattleboro People, Places, & Words

Multi-Year Project Kicks-Off at the 2017 Brattleboro Literary Festival

2 August 2017 Brattleboro, Vermont: The National Endowment for the Humanities chose Brattleboro as the site for a new $150,000 multi-year “Creating Humanities Communities’ matching grant to illuminate and share greater Brattleboro area’s rich history of words -- stories, literature, publishing, printing -- to cultivate a greater sense of place for those who live, work, play and raise families here, as well as attract and inform visitors to the area.

“Peoples, Places, and the History of Words in Brattleboro, Vermont” sets out a three-year plan to build community through collaborative activities including creating audio tours linked to key places in and around Brattleboro, exhibitions and a book on the rich and little-known printing and publishing history of the area.


BCTV Video: Peter Gould at Putney Public Library


Free Public Readings: Marlboro College Summer Writing Intensive

Marlboro College's summer writing intensive connects writers who are just starting out with writers who have made a career out of the craft. Authors will be reading excerpts of their work Monday July 31 - Friday August 4th at 5 pm in the library's main room. All of the readings are free! Marlboro's Summer Writing Intensive this year will include a series of free, public readings by celebrated writers with military connections.

This year's visiting authors include;

Dave Cullen - Monday, July 31, 5 pm
Mira Ptacin - Tuesday August 1, 5 pm
Mira Jacob - Wednesday, August 2, 5 pm
Ron Currie - Thursday, August 3, 5 pm
There will be a reading on  August 5 of selections from participants of the intensive!


Save the Date: Brooks Memorial Library's 50th Birthday Party!

Save the Date!

Brooks Memorial Library's Birthday will be Saturday, September 23rd, @ the Library :)

EVERYONE is invited for food, fun and celebration!

There will be more information about party details when September rolls around.
See you there!


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.


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! 


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


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.


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! 


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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