Candidates Night: Library Edition

Join us on Wednesday, July 25th at 7 pm, as candidates who are on the ballot for Vermont State Senate and State House of Representatives discuss their favorite books. They will share everything from their childhood favorites to contemporary titles, and explain how those volumes helped to form their world view.

The list of candidates is: Becca Balint, Mollie Burke, Wayne Vernon Estey, Emily Kornheiser, Valerie Stuart, Tristan Toleno and Jeanette White for this unique perspective and a lively literary discussion at 7 pm, Refreshments will be served!


Library Newsletter, Week of June 24th

Dear Library Community,

Did you know that the we send out a newsletter every week to let people know what will be happening at Brooks Memorial Library? This week’s news includes information about Summer Happenings for kids & teens, the weekly resource highlight, and a chance to vote on the newsletter style that you like best!

You can sign up for the newsletter on our home page.


DOSA Kitchen Cookbook Launch Party on June 9

To celebrate the release of our cookbook, Dosa Kitchen will be throwing a launch party at our food truck.

When: Saturday, June 9, from 3-5
Where: Dosa Kitchen food truck, 400 Linden Street, at the Retreat Farm (next to Grafton Village Cheese)
What: SAMPLES from the book’s recipes * Reggae music by HEIRLOOM SEEDS * HENNA by Prasanna * BOOKS on sale by Everyone’s Books


Friends Books Sale Continues: Thank You!

Thanks to all who made the first few days of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Summer Book Sale a great success! The  sale will continue until Saturday, June 15th at 3 pm.

All proceeds support events, technology and other resources, like Lynda.com. Please pay for your books at the desk!


A Ramble Through Small Town New England, with Author Richard Marshall

Join us on Saturday, June 16th at 2 pm for an author reading and discussion of A Ramble Through Small-Town New England: Volume One, by Richard Marshall. Read his statement below for more information!

The idea of writing a book about towns along the southern New England border came while sitting on my deck in Whitingham on a beautiful sunny day. I was looking at a Vermont map and saw all the towns stretching from Brattleboro to Bennington. Why not go to each town, meet the people there and write about my impressions of what I saw and heard and, where possible, have people write their own stories? I interviewed artists, farmers, store owners, entrepreneurs, factory owners and many others.


Brooks Memorial Library Newsletter, Week of May 27th

Dear Library Community,

Here is this week’s news from your Library, including links to some interesting facts about Memorial Day. On Monday we will be closed to honor those who have lost their lives in service to this country. Click here to open the newsletter.


Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Summer Book Sale!

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are hosting their 16th Annual Book Sale fundraiser. Stop by and you will find plenty of good books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, and puzzles!

The book sale will be:
Thursday & Friday from 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm


Jeff Danziger: The Full Vermonty

On Saturday, May 19th at 2 pm, the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library proudly presents a reading of The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump, co-authored and read by syndicated political cartoonist, Jeff Danziger. Co-written with Bill Mares, it features writings from a host of local contributors who give their take on current themes of life in Vermont.


Opening: Brattleboro’s Printing and Publishing Heyday – 1900-1970

This new two-month exhibit illuminates the rich history of Brattleboro’s Printing and Publishing Heyday-1900-1970. It opens on Wednesday, May 9, at 7:00 pm at Brooks Memorial Library, with a question and answer session and refreshments.

The exhibit features rare images, books and ephemera, highlights some of the major printers and publishers of that era including the Vermont Printing Company, The Brattleboro Reformer, E.L. Hildreth Company, The Stephen Daye Press, The Stephen Greene Press, and The Book Press as well as local book designers.


Only Three “Little Free Libraries” Left for Sale and Raffle

There are now only two “Little Free Libraries” remaining for sale and one to be raffled to benefit the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

The libraries are all hand-built by the Brattleboro Rotary Club’s Literacy Project Committee and painted by local artists Robert Craig Aldrich, Bob Cincotta, Pat Little, John McCarthy, Susan Rosano, Kim Stice and Suzy Worden.


Sex and the Single Show Girl

Lately I’ve been running into lots of examples in movies, stories, and books of sexual harrassment of women in show business.  It’s just rampant.  Of course, my media sources aren’t from the present day — the present day is too depressing. I’ve set the dial back to about the turn of the century through the 1930s.  Now that I think of it, these too were depressing times.  But depressing times call for entertainment—so bring on the show girls!  


Keeping Warm at the Library

In spirit with the services that public libraries provide equally to all
who come, we received an excellent
this weekend! You can read it online with your library card: