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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.

Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Library

Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Memorial Library. Start the New Year with Gratitude. Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday 19 January 2017, 3 pm - 5 pm and Monday 23 January 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm for writing thank you letters. More info at Brooks Library events calendar http://brookslibraryvt.org/upcoming-events/icalrepeat.detail/2017/01/19/2896/-/start-the-new-year-with-gratitude


Start the New Year with Gratitude, Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Library

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday 19 January 2017, 3 pm - 5 pm and Monday 23 January 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm for writing thank you letters. At this time of year we think that it’s important to find and express the things that we’re grateful for. To that end we’re setting up some tables with paper, pencils, pens, envelopes, and stamps and we’re writing letters. Thank-you letters. We’re writing letters to thank the sun for coming up, to thank a friend for their love, to thank our bodies for carrying us through life.


First Wednesdays at Brooks Library: Canterbury Tales, Still Funny after All These Years

Dartmouth professor Peter Travis will discuss the genius, comic wisdom, and enduring humanity of Geoffrey Chaucer, the fourteenth-century “Father of English Poetry,” in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., in Brattleboro on January 4 at 7:00 pm.

His talk, “Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: Still Funny After All These Years,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.


Scrabble! At Brooks Memorial Library

Interested in joining others in a lively game of Scrabble? Weekly drop-in Scrabble at Brooks Memorial Library begins on Wednesday 14 December 2016 at 6 pm. Drop-in Scrabble will continue weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm in the Local History Room, except on First Wednesdays. 

Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Contact us at info@brookslibraryvt.org or 802-254-5290


Brooks Memorial Library Like-New Holiday Book Sale

Don't miss the 11th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Like-New Holiday Book Sale! It will be held Thursday and Friday, December 1st & 2nd, from 10am-6pm, and Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am-2 pm. What better place to find a gift for the holidays?


Ken Sold His Book!

Greetings Former Neighbors! - 

More than excited to announce that my first book will be released Spring 2017 and Brattleboro features quite a bit heavily in the text. I most definitely think you all are going to enjoy it. We set up a website to collect e-mail addresses to notify folks when the book is ready for order and IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME if you would sign up! - http://www.kenschneck.com/seriously

More to come!,
Ken Schneck


Archer Mayor Talk and Book Signing at Dummerston Community Center

The Dummerston Community Center will host Archer Mayor's appearance and discussion on his most recently published book " Presumption of Guilt" on Monday, November 14th at 7 pm. Joe Gunther investigates a very cold "missing person" case after the discovery of a 40 year old skeleton at the decommissioned Vermont Yankee plant.

The Community Center is located in the West Dummerston Village, off Route 30. The event is free.

Books will be available for purchasing and for Archer's autograph.
For more information , call 254-2415 or 254-9212, or go to http://archermayor.com/


The Value of Old and Rare Books: Lecture & Appraisals by Ken Gloss of Boston's Brattle Books

     Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a free and open talk, and will give free verbal appraisals of books, on Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 pm at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT. Ken will discuss the value of old and rare books. 

Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to around 1825.


Brooks Library - Under Construction and Survey!

Please forgive the dust and occasional noise in the library in the next couple of months. We're building an even better Brooks Memorial Library!

If you missed the email about the library survey... Don't worry; there's a link right here. What do you love? What do you wish for? Please tell us what you think! They survey takes about 7-10 minutes, or longer if you want to share details. It's your choice. Thanks for being part of the conversation! 

Library Survey Link


Celebrating The Stephen Daye Press

On Thursday, September 8 at 7PM there will be a presentation about Brattleboro’s Stephen Daye Press to be held in the Brattleboro History Center at 196 Main Street in Brattleboro. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Founded in 1932 by John S. and Marion R. Hooper, the Stephen Daye Press (SDP) published books about New England. It is now considered the first in the field of regional publishers in the United States. Children of the SDP founders, John, Mary Ann and Steve Hooper, all formerly of Brattleboro will give the presentation about the Stephen Daye Press. In addition, there will be a display of SDP books, photos, tools of the trade, original promotional materials and other items.


A Book that Amazon Refused to Publish

I stumbled across an interesting book review.  I have not yet read the book, and can not comment as to the truth or falsehood of its contents. If it is true, it is wonderful news. If not, it is a travesty and the author needs to be prosecuted for perpetrating a horrible fraud on the families and upon the people of America.


Vermont Humanities Council's Summer Humanities Camps Awards to Twelve Middle Schools Statewide

Camps in Brattleboro, Burlington, East Corinth, Fair Haven, Irasburg, Northfield, Richford, Springfield, St. Albans, Stowe, Williamstown, Windsor

Montpelier ~ The Vermont Humanities Council is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants for its popular Humanities Camp summer program to bring learning and fun to youth statewide. This year the thematic, week-long day camps for students aged 11-14 will run in twelve schools in nine Vermont counties.

Schools awarded this year’s camps are Brattleboro Area Middle School; Edmunds Middle School (Burlington); Fair Haven Grade School; Irasburg Village School; Northfield Jr./Sr. High School; Richford Jr.-Sr. High School (with Berkshire Elementary School); St. Albans City School; Stowe Middle School; Waits River Valley School (East Corinth); Williamstown Middle School; and Windsor Schools.


Brooks Memorial Library - Ongoing Programs and Services

Ongoing Programs and Services at Brooks Memorial Library - Reference, Technology, Fax Services and Wireless Printing.

Reference service
Need help finding books, movies, and other media in traditional and electronic formats? Engaged in a research project for school, work, or personal interest? Want help using the online catalog and finding your way through the library? Reference librarians can help with all of these questions and more. The desk is staffed Monday-Friday, 10-2 and 3-6, and most Saturdays 10-5, or email us at asklibrarian@brookslibraryvt.org. All reference is confidential.


Mexican-Americans: Experience & Identity-A Reading-Discussion Series: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

Brooks Memorial Library continues its Vermont Humanities Council reading/discussion series, Mexican Americans: Experience and Identity on Wednesday 16 March 2016, at 7 pm - 8:30 pm with The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle. This 4-Part series 'Mexican Americans: Experience and Identity,' deals with the experiences of Mexicans living in the United States, from the struggles of migrant farmworkers and day laborers in California to coming of age stories of Chicanos as U.S. citizens.

The third book in this series is The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, which is story of illegal aliens in California, told through the eyes of two very different couples, one well-off Anglos, the other illegal Mexicans living in a canyon. The novel chronicles their relationship against the background of growing hostility between immigrants and natives. 


First Wednesday at Brooks Library: Celebrating E.B. White

Drawing on stories, essays, poems, and letters, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine celebrates E.B. White's versatility and enormous legacy. From Charlotte’s Web to his exquisite essays in The New Yorker, E.B. White remains the master’s master of elegant prose, sophisticated wit, and graceful irreverence.

On Wednesday, March 2, at 7 PM, in the library's main room, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine celebrates White’s versatility and enormous legacy by drawing on his stories, essays, poems, and letters.


Mexican-Americans: Experience & Identity - A Reading-Discussion Series at Brooks Memorial Library

Brooks Memorial Library continues its Vermont Humanities Council program on Latino-Americans with a reading and discussion series 'Mexican Americans: Experience and Identity." The series will deal with the experiences of Mexicans living in the United States, from the struggles of migrant farmworkers and day laborers in California to coming of age stories of Chicanos as U.S. citizens. Books are available for checkout at the main circulation desk. Remaining books in the series are: February 17, (Under the Feet of Jesus); March 16, (The Tortilla Curtain); April 20, (Days of Obligation)

Facilitated by Patricia Pedroza Gonzalez Ph.D. who teaches at Keene State College at Keene, NH., Dr. Gonzalez's international expertise has shaped her research experience and her current teaching involves Chicana/U.S. Latina, and Latin-American Studies, American Studies, Feminisms by Women of Color, and Transnational Education. Her research focus is on politics of knowledge construction and social identities. She is the current Chair of Women's and Gender Studies Department at Keene State College.


Mexican-Americans: Experience & Identity - A Reading-Discussion Series

Mexican-Americans: Experience & Identity--A Reading-Discussion Series: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. Wednesday 20 January 2016, 7 pm - 8:30 pm. This 4-Part series 'Mexican Americans: Experience and Identity,' deals with the experiences of Mexicans living in the United States, from the struggles of migrant farmworkers and day laborers in California to coming of age stories of Chicanos as U.S. citizens. The first book in the series is Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, which chronicles the story of an alienated New Mexico boy who seeks an answer to his questions about life in his relationship with Ultima, a magical healer.


Naturally Firm Skin - 3 strategies For Beautiful Tight Skin

There degree of complexity of anti-wrinkle creams you can find today. Each cream promises to diminish wrinkles with regular use. Popular creams work, while some are no more than. plain creams. A waste money. So you really to be able to choose wisely when buying anti-wrinkle improves.


Holiday Book Sale and Free Gift Wrapping at Brooks Memorial Library

The 10th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Holiday Book Sale will be held in the Library on Thursday and Friday, December 3 and 4 from 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday, December 5 from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Gift quality books and gently used fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and CDs will be on sale. Non-fiction titles include art, cooking and gardening, history, music and more subjects. Book sale discount coupons are now available from the Front Desk of the Library. 


First Wednesday Lecture Series: Glenn Andres The Buildings of Vermont at Brooks Memorial Library

Join Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 PM in the library's main room. He will examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of Vermont’s built landscape. Andres’s talk will look beyond Vermont’s pastoral stereotypes to examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of its built landscape.

Andres has taught, primarily in the areas of architectural and urban history, at Middlebury since 1970. His research spans from the Italian Renaissance through 19th century America to postmodernism. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University and a PhD in architectural history from Princeton University.

His doctoral dissertation on the Villa Medici in Rome was pursued while a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Underwriter: Crosby-Gannett Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. The event is free and open to the public. 


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