The Health & Wellness Resource Center – At Brooks Memorial Library

February was designated American Heart Month by the American Heart Association, and the first official observance was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1963, to raise awareness of heart diseases—the number one killers of Americans, according to the CDC and to tell people about all the steps they can take to minimize their risks and improve their health.


No Fines at Brooks Memorial Library!

This is just a reminder to anyone who might not have heard the great news:

Do you have old fines from years ago? Brooks Memorial Library will forgive them, and you can start over with a clean slate  We have changed for the better!

Moving forward, we are mostly FINE FREE.


Brooks Memorial Library Closed for Presidents’ Day

Brooks Memorial Library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 18th, in observation of the Presidents’ Day holiday. If we get more snow, don’t forget to check out some SNOWSHOES!

Since the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed in 1971, it has been celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally created as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday, it was later expanded to include Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, as well as being a way to honor all presidents, and celebrate other aspects of our national culture.


Scrabble Night – Drop In & Play!

Stop by and play a game of Scrabble with us at Brooks Memorial Library 🙂 The atmosphere is pleasant and mellow, with plenty of smiling and laughing! All levels are absolutely welcome to join the fun!!


Free Poetry Reading – William Forchion: Sacred & Sacrosanct

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library at 7 pm on Monday, February 11th as William Forchion reads from his book Sacred & Sacrosanct: a collection of poems! Wiliam is a Director, Producer, Poet, Clown, Acrobat, Stuntman, Father, Friend, Minister, Coach, Writer, and Teacher, all in one package. His works have been called “resonant” and “insightful.” In addition to reading, he will offer insight into his #ApoemAday project, where he has been writing and sharing a poem every day for a year via Twitter.


Brooks Memorial Library has Snowshoes to Borrow!

Just in time for winter to really kick in, Brooks Memorial Library is pleased to have added snowshoes and adjustable poles to our catalog! They are loaned on a first-come, first-served, and are available in several sizes, from childrens’ to adult. A special waiver for each cardholder must be signed and dated before they are borrowed. Check them out!


Valentines for Veterans: Free Workshop Activity

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 19th, for a morning of card making for our veterans, some of the many men and women who have given so much in service to our country.
This workshop is absolutely FREE, and all materials will be provided.


Speak-Out: Celebrate the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us and Brattleboro Solidarity at 3:30 pm on Saturday, January 19th,as we honor the life and work ofDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the third annual Speak-Out event!
 During this FREE event, Actor David Millswill embark on an engaging, dramatic presentation through the journey ofDr. King, as he transforms from his early uncertainties about Civil Rights into the historic and monumental figure he became. 

The program will highlight Dr. King’s, Letter from a Birmingham Jail, I Have a Dream, Promised Land, If I had Sneezed, and Early Days.  Mr. Mills’ stirring presentation will take a look at both the public figure and the private man.


Brooks Memorial Library Seeks Trustees

The Board of Library Trustees of Brooks Memorial Library seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated library user to fill an open position on the Board.  

Candidates for this position should have an interest in maintaining a strong and visionary library in Town.  Trustees must be residents of Brattleboro.

The Board, which numbers nine trustees, meets at the Library from 4:45 p.m. to 6:45PM on the second Tuesday of the month.  Members are asked to chair or serve on two or more committees that convene as needed.


Savvy Social Security Planning for Women

Join us on Wednesday, January 16th at 7pm for the educational workshop, Savvy Social Security Planning for Women.

Social Security is one of the few income sources that keeps up with inflation and lasts for life. But most women fail to maximize their benefits because they don’t understand the little-known rules that can help them get more out of the system.


Retirement Open House for Therese Marcy

Please join us for a Retirement Open House in honor of  Therese Marcy To celebrate 28 years of dedicated service at Brooks Memorial Library Thursday, December 20, 2018 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Brooks Memorial Library, Main Room

Cookies and punch will be served, and we hope you will all stop by to visit on Therese’s last day!


Like-New Holiday Remainder Book Sale!

The Like-New Holiday Remainder Book Sale will continue until December 16th!
Don’t forget to pick up raffle tickets for one of the fabulous gift baskets that have been so kindly donated! Raffle tickets are $2 each, but you can increase your chances by buying 3 for $5.

The Raffle Drawing will be held no later than 6 pm on December 17th, so you have plenty of time to purchase your tickets at the circulation desk!


Brooks Memorial Library: Consultant Sought

Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, VT seeks experienced consultant to guide staff and trustees in preparation of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to develop a new website. Submissions must be received by 4:00 pm Friday, January 11, 2019 at Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office, Attn: BML Website RFQ, 230 Main Street, Suite 208, Brattleboro, VT 05301, at which time and place all submissions will be publicly opened and read aloud.


Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Holiday Gift Basket Raffle Drawing

Don’t forget to pick up raffle tickets for one of the fabulous gift baskets that have been so kindly donated! Raffle tickets are $2 each, but you can increase your chances by buying 3 for $5.

The Raffle Drawing will be held no later than 6 pm on December 17th, so you have plenty of time to purchase your tickets at the circulation desk!


Like-New Holiday Remainder Book Sale: Prices Marked Down!

The Like-New Holiday Remainder Book Sale will continue until December 16th, with all prices REDUCED!
Don’t forget to pick up raffle tickets for one of the fabulous gift baskets that have been so kindly donated! Raffle tickets are $2 each, but you can increase your chances by buying 3 for $5.


Brooks Memorial Library Weekly Newsletter

Did you know that Brooks Memorial Library sends out a newsletter once a week? It is an easy way for you to find out what fun and interesting events will be happening there!

From book sales and author talks, to First Wednesday and Children’s Room events, brief updates are delivered right to your email, and linked directly to the more complete story if you would like more information.


Author Talk with Valerie Abrahamsen

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library at 7 pm on Tuesday, December 4th as Harvard-trained theologian Dr. Valerie Abrahamsen discusses her book Paranormal: A New Testament Scholar Looks at the Afterlife.

In her book, she examines four types of evidence for the survival of the individual soul after bodily death: scientific instruments and techniques, near-death experiences, reputable psychics and mediums, and out-of-body experiences. Dr. Abramson contends that not only is the afterlife a certainty beyond a reasonable doubt, but the evidence also points definitively to reincarnation, the law of cause and effect (karma), pre-birth decisions, our ability to communicate with those who have passed over, and the fact that our loved ones know what is going on in our lives.