David Macaulay: Life in the Studio

Save the date! David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, will discuss current projects in a talk, “Life in the Studio,” at the Library on Wednesday, November 6, at 7 PM, in the Main Room. The talk is part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesday Lecture series

Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award.

Brooks Memorial Library Looking for Trustees For Upcoming Vacancies in 2014

The Board of Library Trustees of Brooks Memorial Library seeks enthusiastic and dedicated library lovers to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Board. One candidate will be elected at the March 2014 representative town meeting to complete one year of an unexpired term. Two others will be elected at town meeting to fill three-year terms.

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Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival

Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival 
Thursday, October 03, 2013, 7 pm –  9 pm

On Thursday, October 3, at 7 PM in the Library’s Main Room, Guilford poet Ken Hebson has organized local published poets Arlene Distler; Barbara Benoit; Charles Butterfield; Wyn Cooper; Ed Rayher; and Tim Mayo, to read their favorite poems from Poetry 180; and which will be paired with their own poetry. There will be several students from Brattleboro Union High School who will be invited to read as well. Copies of Poetry 180 are available at the Library’s main circulation desk. 

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Seeks Donations of Books

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library seeks donations of books for the fundraising December holiday book sale. Proceeds from the book sale help support the First Wednesday lecture series, computer access services, free museum passes and Children’s Room materials.

The Library needs books donated that “look like new.” Book donations can be hardcover, soft cover and mass-market paperbacks in fiction and non-fiction. In addition, the Library accepts coffee-table books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and rare first edition and signed books.

The Letter, The Book, and The Print

On Thursday October 3rd at 5pm, David Walter’s Master Craft Gallery hosts the opening of “The Letter, the Book, and the Print”

The exhibition features the work of three esteemed local artisans: Julia Ferrari, Abigail Jones, and Brian Cohen who are among a small handful of individuals globally who work to master the arts of letterpressing, bookbinding, and printmaking.

Julia Ferrari has spent 33 years exploring the art of language and the book. She works by hand at the arts of punchcutting, letterpress (for which she designs and hand-cut her own letters), prints, and binding. She is also a poet.

Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival

Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival 
Thursday, October 03, 2013, 7 pm –  9 pm

The Brattleboro Literary Festival was founded in 2002.  Since then the festival has gone on to present nearly 300 authors, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Newbery Medal, and the Caldecott Medal.

Since 2003–the first year of Vermont Reads, which featured Brattleboro’s Newbury Award Winning resident Karen Hesse and her book,  Witness–Vermont Reads program has been an integral part of the Festival.

The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

Photographer Paul Wainwright will present at talk on New England’s colonial meetinghouses.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Using photographs of the few surviving “mint condition” meetinghouses as illustrations Wainwright will tell the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.

Author Elly Griffiths at Everyone’s Books

English author Elly Griffiths will be at Everyone’s Books on Monday, September 23 at 4:30 pm to discuss her new novel, A Dying Fall. With baby Kate in tow and Cathbad the Druid to help, Forensic Archeologist Ruth Galloway heads off to Lancashire to investigate the death of a friend as well as the momentous discovery he said he had made.

Ms. Griffiths will also be available to sign books.


New Journal of the Plague by Namaya

by Namaya

 New Journal Of The Plague on Amazon. Published by Unlimited Publishing.

 This book is a penetrating first person memoir by a male nurse and Vietnam era veteran who worked with AIDS patients at a Veterans hospital in NYC in the early ‘nineties. Though set in the first years of the epidemic, one reader has said, “This book will stand among the classic tales of illness and healing.”

Poetry to the Earth: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Deerfield

Please join us on Wednesday, September 11, at 7 pm in the Library’s meeting room for a discussion by Suzanne Flynt, Curator at Memorial Hall Museum on her recently published book, Discussion with Suzanne Flynt, Curator at Memorial Hall.

A 1903 article in Gustav Stickley’s The Craftsman declared that “Deerfield is sending all over the country beautiful things…to bring back something of lost poetry to the earth.” This book will appeal to aficionados of American folk arts, decorative arts, textile history, and the Arts and Craft movement. Suzanne Flynt, curator of Memorial Hall Museum, has authored the story of this beautiful Massachusetts town that shows how Deerfield played a pivotal role in the American Arts and Crafts movement.

Fiction and Poetry: New Works by Wolf, Benoit, and Butterfield

Novelist Muriel Wolf, and poets Barbara Benoit and Charles Butterfield will read from their new works on Tuesday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at Brooks Memorial Library.

Wolf will read from her debut novel, “The Book of Gone.” Her book has received agent representation and is making the rounds of publishers.  Her short story, “The Chocolate Errand,” won Best Short Fiction Prize from Boulevard Magazine and was finalist in the Crazy Horse short story competition.  She is at work on her second novel.  A visual artist, Wolf’s monotype collages were on exhibit at the Catherine Dianich Gallery last winter.

Jazz From Row Six Book Talk

Jazz From Row Six Book Talk

Join photographer Jean Germain on Wednesday, September 4, at 7 PM, in the Meeting Room for a talk on her great book of jazz musicians.

Whether it is Bucky and John Pizzarelli jamming together or Eartha Kitt showing that she still has “it” at age 80, Jazz From Row Six is a book filled with exciting photographs of legendary musicians performing America’s original art form. Along with the 100 photographs are personal anecdotes documenting a snapshot in the history of the big band sound.

Language, Music and Spirit in Ireland and India: Themes That Inspired a Suspense Novel

Language, Music and Spirit in Ireland and India: Themes That Inspired a Suspense Novel 
Wednesday, August 14, 7 PM

Join Vermont author Kathryn Guare on Wednesday, August 14, at 7 PM in the library’s meeting room to share a multi-media presentation of the elements that inspired the writing of Deceptive Cadence: The Virtuosic Spy, a suspense/mystery released in the spring of 2013. The novel introduces Conor McBride, an Irish musician and reluctant undercover operative who is sent on a mission to India to capture the man who ruined his career: his own brother.

AAUW To Hold Used Book Sale

Hundreds of used books will be on sale Thursday, Aug. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. to benefit the local scholarship fund of the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The sale takes place at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street in Brattleboro, Thursday until 5 p.m.,Friday until 6 p.m. and Saturday until noon, when all books are half price.

Teen Online Summer Reading Program Needs Readers!


We need more teen readers willing to take on the challenge of digging into reading this summer. 

Are you between the ages of 13-18?

Then join your fellow teen readers online for a reading challenge this summer and enter to win a great prize from Brown Computer Solutions.

Putney Author Stuart Strothman Discusses “Sackett” at Brooks Library

Join Putney author, Stuart Strothman, on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 PM, in the meeting room of the Brooks Memorial Library for a discussion of his novel, Sackett, an historical novel that spans the years 1682 to 1763, the story of a lost hero of the Abenaki, born of an abducted little girl gone native, grandchild of Greylock, enemy of the British.

Stuart Strothman has been interested in the original land and its people since he was a young child, canoeing in Nova Scotia, wandering in the woods of southern New York where he grew up. As an undergraduate, he focused on Native American studies under advisor Larry Hauptman, and took bachelors degrees in history and literature, and later a masters in education. He taught for many years at Landmark College and has published articles in the Dictionary of American Biography and The New Paltz Historical Review. He is past president and now secretary of the Putney Historical Society, which he staffs in the summertime, helping visitors with any research they may be interested in.  

Sackett Reading at Brooks Memorial July 17

Hello everyone!

Next Wednesday, the 17th at 7pm I will be reading from my historical novel Sackett at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, and discussing the context of First Nation and colonial culture along the frontier of New England. Slideshow and refreshments included. Free.

You are all invited. Some enticement follows: