Let’s Read 2019!

Let’s Read 2019 is a community reading initiative happening this summer and fall.  All members of the communities of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, and Vernon may participate. Let’s Read 2019 features The Benefits of Being an Octopus by local author Ann Braden.  This book is appropriate for children in 4th grade and up, as well as adults.  Several events including author talks, staged readings, and book club discussion groups will be held in September and October at local libraries, the Brattleboro Boys and Girls Club, and area schools.  


Free Author Talk at Brooks Library: Independence Corrupted

Join us at 7 pm on Monday, May 6th,  in the Main Reading Room at Brooks Memorial Library,  as author Charles Schudson presents a FREE presentation about his new book, Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions.

With twenty-two years in America’s courts, Judge Schudson knows the factors affecting judicial decision-making.  With scholarship and impassioned accounts of compelling cases, he brings readers behind the trial bench to see judges analyzing actual trials and sentencings – of abortion protesters, sex predators, murderers, white supremacists….


Jill Lepore: These Truths – Free Author Talk

Join us at 7 pm on Saturday, April 27th, at Brooks Memorial Library, as Harvard professor, New Yorker staff writer, and best-selling author gives a FREE public talk about her new book, in our Main Reading Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Calling All Bakers!

Calling All Bakers!

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are looking for tantalizing treats to tempt taste buds at the 2nd Annual Just Desserts Fundraising Friendraiser. Email the Friends, or stop by the library for more information 🙂


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.


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.


Trump on the Couch

In 2005, Justin Frank, M.D., a psychiatrist , wrote a book “Bush on the Couch” in which he provided keen insights into the president’s mode of thinking-or not thinking.

Commenting on “W”, Dr. Frank noted we are “dealing with a potentially cornered man [who] could lash out, and it is possible that the best way would be to bomb Iran…. Whatever the root causes of Bush’s pathology, we have a dangerous man running things…grandiose and unchecked.”


Brooks Memorial Library Holiday Closures

Dear Library Community,

All of us here at Brooks Memorial Library wish you a safe and happy holiday!

We will be CLOSING EARLY on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th. Our hours will only be from 10 am – 12 pm, so make sure to stock up on reading material while you can!


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!


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.


Like-New Holiday Book Sale @ Brooks Memorial Library!

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will be holding the 13th Annual Like-New Holiday Books Sale from November 29th through December 1st!

 Come on in and browse from the excellent selection of fiction, non-fiction, Kids books, CDs, and DVDs, and say hello to these hard-working library fundraisers 🙂 The Friends will be there from 10 am-6pm on Thursday and Friday, November 29th and 30th, and from 10 am-2pm on Saturday.
Can’t make it in then? No worries! the Book Sale is ongoing, and you may pay for your purchases at the Circulation Desk until we are closed.
There will ALSO be a holiday gift basket raffle ongoing until the drawing is held on December 16th. Tickets may be purchased at the Books Sale, or at the Circulation Desk any time we are open.


Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Annual Appeal

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Annual Appeal is underway. If you missed giving Tuesday, it is not too late to donate! All proceeds go towards the Friends support of library programming, technology, resources and material purchases. Read more…