Big Blue Book Book Drop for Brooks Memorial Library Book Returns!

Dear Library Community,

When bringing items back to us, please place them in the Big Blue Drop Box, immediately on the left when you enter the municipal lot (near where the police station used to be).

There is a handy parking spot reserved for your car, and you can drop them in from the driver’s side window Walkers are welcome!

Time To Read

Some people see opportunity in a crisis. If we put in even a little bit of effort we will find many opportunities to pursue endeavors we have put off, or have never made enough of an effort to engage in, in this time of quarantine and pandemic.

On the less glamorous side, house cleaning may be at the top of the list for some. Gardening and yard work have the potential for a special kind of soulful renewal and I suspect more people are now doing outdoor projects they have been putting off for a long time.

Another opportunity is for people to read more books. In this age of online access there are some who embrace platforms such as Kindle and find that kind of access to books satisfying. I have always been someone who needs to have a physical book in hand. I don’t think I will ever change that habit because it fulfills a unique kind of need.

The Way We Live Now

Spoiler Alert: If you plan to read The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, be aware that I’m going to spill the beans on fairly major plot elements.

I bought it for the title – and the introductory essay by David Brooks, whose description of the novel’s contemporary relevance immediately evoked Donald Trump. It being 2017, I was vulnerable to the book’s themes, and ventured to embark on this 900 page account of British society circa 1870 and the fabulously wealthy foreigner who briefly upends their world. The book is, of course, The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope. The disruptive foreigner is a Frenchman by the name of Augustus Melmotte, Esq., whose reputation and aura as the richest man in all the land soon has London society fawning at his feet.

Book Sale for Passionate Readers Jan. 25

On Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 to 2, the Words Book Project is sponsoring a giant book sale at 118 Elliot Street.  Come join us and find books that will inspire, inform, entertain and enlighten.

The proceeds from this big book sale will support the successful publication of a book about Brattleboro’s 250+ year printing and publishing history.  With grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and many local contributors, the Book Project has overseen the writing, design and editing of this groundbreaking work.  The book is being written by local authors, designed and edited locally. It tells the fascinating story of the people, places and businesses that caused Brattleboro to be known as a “Print Town.”

Next Stage Arts Project presents Author David Blistein on Thursday, December 5

Next Stage Arts Project, the Putney based community non-profit, presents award winning author David Blistein reading from his new book “Opium” on Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 pm at Next Stage. The book, Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World, tells the extraordinary and at times harrowing tale of how we arrived at today’s crisis.
Mr. Blistein will be joined for this special event by his collaborator and co-author Dr. John Halpern and the pair will facilitate a Q&A with the audience following the reading. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale. Admission $5 – $35 sliding scale with 100% of the ticket sales supporting Groundworks Collaborative and Next Stage Arts Project. Josh Davis, Executive Director of Groundworks Collaborative said, “In a time when there are a lot of unanswered questions around the opioid epidemic, David and John’s book asks a lot of interesting questions that are poignant and add depth to this complex and difficult topic.”

Autumn Crickets — Singing Their Way Back Home

Mr Cricket In Cup

At first, I thought our cat was bringing them in.  There seemed to be a cricket in every corner — crickets behind the bookcase, crickets in the sink, crickets behind the refrigerator, all chirping away.  As fast as we could catch them and put them back outside, more would arrive.  One cricket even had the temerity to hop back in the moment his feet hit the welcome mat on the other side of the door.  What was up with the crickets?

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!