Brooks Library Closed Monday January 20, 2014

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed Monday, January 20, in observance of  the national Martin Luther King holiday. Make a virtual visit to the library that day as all databases and the online catalog will be available at 

You may also check out and download eBooks, eAudio, and stream independent movies, with your library card. Click on the “Digital Media” button and follow the link. Book and non-print drops will be open for returns during the hours the library is closed. Contact the library at 802.254.5290,

Living History: Alexander Turner

Alexander Turner Life Story A Slave (1845- 1923)

Naima Wade will present a living history presentation on Thursday, January 16, 7:00 PM, in the library’s main room, which retells the Life Story of Alexander Turner (1845- 1923). Turner was enslaved on a Virginia plantation, and a fugitive who fought in the Civil War and eventually ended up in Vermont establishing a homestead. Wade’s goal is make sure that the Underground Railroad sites in southern Vermont are documented and preserved for posterity.

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Free Intro Spanish Class

Free Demo Spanish Class with Escuelita Spanish School. Wednesday, January 22nd 5:30-6:15 pm. Experience a new approach to language acquisition that is easy, fun, and truly effective. Winter schedule available online

Beginner class begins Jan 30th. Weekend classes Feb 1-2 (intermediate) and 8th-9th- Family class.

To register, please email or call 802-275-2694

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: A Reading and Discussion Series: Matryona’s Home

Join Vermont Humanities scholar Richard Wizansky for this reading and discussion series which features the shorter works by the great Russian writer, dissident, and former Cavendish, Vermont resident and includes his most read and highly regarded novella as well as several of his famous speeches.

The readings and dates are: 1/9– One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; 1/16–Matryona’s Home;; 2/13 the 1970 Nobel Lecture; and the 1978 Harvard Class Day Address. 

Upcoming Events and Space Announcement: Brattleboro Group The Future Collective’s Future Winter – February 2014

Brattleboro Art Collective, The Future Collective, is announcing its acquisition of a community arts space at 17 Elliot Street in Brattleboro. The collective will use the two-room studio as a not-for-profit art gallery and performance space, as well as for community workshops and other community events and meetings. The Future Collective has been organizing events and fundraising without a space since January of 2012, and is excited by the additional opportunities that having a consistent space will provide. The space will be referred to as “The Future” from here forward.

Lisa McCormick Awarded Escape-to-Create Residency in Seaside, FL

Singer/songwriter Lisa McCormick, of Brattleboro, VT, is one of five artists selected to attend a four-week artist residency in Florida, for the month of February. 

McCormick will be dedicating the residency time to composing new original songs for her upcoming CD and concerts.

The Escape-to-Create artists are selected from an international pool of applicants, following a peer review selection process. Since 1993, Escape to Create’s multi-disciplinary residency offers artists the gift of time and space from a community engaged in furthering artistic expression. 

Caravan of Thieves w/ Emma Walsh at Next Stage on Friday, January 17

Twilight Music presents acoustic swing and alt gypsy jazz quartet Caravan of Thieves, plus fiddler Emma Walsh, at Next Stage on Friday, January 17 at 7:30 pm.

For the past five years, Caravan of Thieves has roamed the North American continent recruiting a family of avid thrill seekers at their high energy shows. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs.

Delectable Mountain Owner Featured & Name Your Price Tickets!

Windham Orchestra

BRUCKNER & SIBELIUS in Brattleboro & Saxtons River 

On Friday, January 17 in Saxtons River, and Sunday, January 19 in Brattleboro, the Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan, presents a dynamic program ranging from Bruckner’s popular 19th century “Romantic” Fourth Symphony; to local composer Jan Norris’ new work “Melting Spring.”

Film Noir at Brooks Library

Beat the winter blues with Film Noir! What is film noir? Literally it means “black film” and it is a Hollywood genre of crime movie of the 1940’s and 50’s that developed mostly out of the Great Depression crime fiction.

Please join your neighbors at Brooks Memorial Library for a series of matinee classic noir on Wednesday afternoons beginning, January 15, at 2:00 PM, in the Library’s meeting room, with a classic 1951 Hitchcock film.

Averting Disaster: Fiction Saves The Day!

How do heroes and heroines cope with calamity in the very different worlds of the thriller, steampunk, and science fiction? Join a lively discussion with a panel of three authors in the Brooks Memorial Library meeting room on Wednesday, January 15, at 7 PM, and find out.

Travis Hiltz began writing in college, where he had an one act play produced and accumulated a small collection of rejection letters. He has since gone on to have over a dozen short stories published and become a regular contributor to both Blackcoat Press and Pulp Empire.

BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 1/13/14

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 1-13-14

                    Monday January 13               

12:00 am      Cuban Bridge Ep.14 – A Truck Full of Pianists

1:45 am       TED Talks: Ramesh Raskar: A camera that takes one trillion frames per second

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Salaam/Shalom – Two Historians on Palestine

5:00 am       Tom Ashbrook – A Life in the News

First School Board Public Forum

The Brattleboro Town School Board, which governs the town’s three elementary schools, has announced the agenda for their first outreach session with the public on the topic of education.  This meeting, which is scheduled for January 22, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Academy School, will focus on what people like about Brattleboro’s public schools.  Details from the flyer are below.

Topic:  Learning In the 21st Century – the first in a series of community conversations with the Brattleboro Town School Board

January 22, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Academy School

Vermont Jazz Center Presents Freddie Bryant Kaleidoscope Quartet on Saturday, January 18th at 8 pm

Guitarist Freddie Bryant’s Kaleidoscope Quartet to feature the sounds of jazz from around the world at the VJC in a tribute to VJC founder, Attila Zoller

The Vermont Jazz Center kicks off 2014 with a concert featuring guitarist Freddie Bryant’s Kaleidoscope Quartet a band that features disparate grooves from around the world unified by Bryant’s simple truth that he is indeed an authentic global citizen. This show will be a tribute to VJC founder, the great guitarist, Attila Zoller.

5:45 Live: 1/10/14

Get the latest on this week’s tragic fire in Dummerston, new economic development dollars from the VY VT deal, a hold up at the I-91 bridge construction site, the coming town meeting election season, and much more.

Author Betsy Woodman Discusses Her Novels About India

Betsy Woodman draws upon her vivid memories of growing up in India—playing hide–and-seek in the Mughal tomb behind her house in New Delhi, studying the dance styles of Bharat Natyam, and attending boarding school at the foot of the Himalayas—to write her gleefully charming Jana Bibi Adventure series. Love Potion Number 10 (Henry Holt; on sale August 13, 2013) is the second installment of this series, and Woodman’s hardcover debut, following the success of the beloved Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes.

In her recent book, Jana, her loyal parrot, and the gang at the Jolly Grant House are back as their small town in India is rocked by an espionage scandal and a homemade remedy that has love on everyone’s mind. Jana’s fortune-telling has brought a lot of attention to the small town of Hamara Nagar, and now that the dust has settled and the town is safe from the threat of being flooded by a government dam, all eyes are on the Scottish-born card-reader Jana and her feisty, loose-beaked parrot, Mr. Ganguly. Some people, though, are not to be trusted, and Mr. Ganguly finds himself the target of a potential kidnapping that puts Jana and her household on edge.

Weekend Concert Series: John Philip Sousa (from OU)

Oklahoma University hosted a tribute to John Philip Sousa in 1987 and recorded it for posterity. What makes this show interesting is that the symphonic band didn’t just play his marches, they attemtped to recreate a perfomance by having authentic costumes and a conductor to impersonate Mr. Sousa.

John Philip Sousa III acted as host for the evening and provided a living link to the composer.

150 Years Ago (1864 1/7-1/10)

U.S. Barracks, Brattleboro, Jan. 7th, 1864

Dearest wife,

I will attempt to write you a few lines. I saw Zopher.

Jan. 10th.
You see just how far I got with this. I have seen Zopher twice after I commenced this. I went to the barracks that Zopher was in, and he had left the day before for Washington as guard. He will be back this week. The recruits come in slowly. I do not have so much to do. I tried for some time to get a chance to go to Hinsdale. Went over Friday night and stayed all night and today got off. There is no doubt but that Zopher will get a furlough before he goes back to his Regiment. Well, I think that I shall come up with him if I can get a furlough.

Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: Discussion at Brooks Library

Join Vermont Humanities scholar Richard Wizansky for this reading and discussion series which features the shorter works by the great Russian writer, dissident, and former Cavendish, Vermont resident and includes his most read and highly regarded novella as well as several of his famous speeches.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: A Reading and Discussion Series, Thursday, January 09, 2014 04:00pm – 05:30pm

The readings and dates  are: 1/9– One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; 1/16–Matryona’s Home;; 2/13  the 1970 Nobel Lecture; and the 1978 Harvard Class Day Address.

First Wednesday: What If Poor Women Ran the World?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 7 – 9:00 pm

Labor historian Annelise Orleck tells the story of nine African-American union maids in Las Vegas who challenged welfare cuts and built a long-lasting, vibrant anti-poverty program run by poor mothers.

Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Funded in part by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library; the Vermont Department of Libraries; and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Location Brooks Memorial Library Main Room
Contact Info  Jerry Carbone 802-254-5290