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Jane Austen Book Club: The Endurance of Jane Austen

Thursday, April 4 , 1:30 PM
Thursday, April 25, 1:30 PM  
Books are available at the Main Circulation desk.

The reading/discussion series Jane Austen Endures will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice and explore Austen's publishing staying power. 

The two-book series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council will also examine Austen's universal appeal, her talent for capturing the time she lived in, and her comic, satiric tone, among other aspects of her writing.

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At the Library: One-on-One Computer Coaching

One-on-One Computer Coaching with Justin 
Tuesdays,6-8 PM 
Wednesdays,2 to 4 PM 
Saturdays, 12 to 2 PM 

Individualized Instruction Based on Your Needs 

Through the auspices of e-Vermont and a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, Brooks Memorial Library is able to offer one-on-one computer coaching with a skilled student intern from Community College of Vermont.

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Lanced - A Poem

Lanced

They let everyone out of the mental hospitals
because of budget cuts.
And they all became healers.

Today I asked a question, simple, not incisive,
Yet it pierced your psychic boil.
Toxic puss burst forth.

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Weekend Concert: the Pretenders at Enmore Theater in Sydney, Australia, 2010

Last week’s band, the Buzzcocks barely made it out of the Punk explosion alive.

This week’s band got a late start (1979, when the punk movement was turning into the more polished New Wave), but hit the ground running with a smash single (Brass in Pocket) and hugely successful eponymous first album.

That album was produced by Chris Thomas and Bill Price who gave the Sex Pistol's one studio effort its great sound and the duo gives the Pretenders a wonderful aggressive vibe here too.

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Vandals, History, and Old Newspapers Death and Poetry

Recently I was walking down the sidewalk along South Main Street, and as I passed the cemetery, I noticed that a gravestone had toppled over. I presume that it did not topple on its own, but rather was toppled by vandals. Somethow this made me want to read the stone.

It recorded the death of of two boys, both wth the last name of Steers. They both died on July 18, 1884, and the stone said they shared one common grave.

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After a Satori

A kick to the eye. The sudden illumination, awakening. Then what? We're faced with a choice- act boldly, or obsequiously fall in line.

It's often said, we are social creatures. But what does that mean? Our genome evolved over millions of years (over a hundred thousand for our exact species). We were formed and given form through hunter/gather/foraging methods. Small bands of people acting cooperatively, non-hierarchal power structures, harmonious interaction with the land and its lifeforms.

Then, yesterday, or a few thousand years ago, through agriculture and pastoral living- we became sedentary, fenced in by boundaries and ideologies, controlled. Our population mushroomed, territories were annexed. Horsemen were elevated to warriors, shamans and chiefs told us what was what, the conquering hero was set loose upon the world. While the amount of labor- and dull labor at that- increased exponentially.

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Songwriter's Roundtable w/ Lisa McCormick & John Sheldon, March 29

The Arts Block in downtown Greenfield, MA, announces a new musical series, the “Songwriter’s Roundtable.” 

The first show in the series takes place on Friday, March 29, at 8pm, and features guest stars Lisa McCormick and John Sheldon. 

The music will be presented in a “song circle” format where the artists trade songs during the sets. There will also be time for questions and open discussions about the songs and the process of songwriting and performing. 

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NEYT Jazzes up its Spring Fundraising

Friday April 19th, at 6:00pm New England Youth Theatre will be rolling out the red carpet for a special gala fundraising event!

Join us for delicious French cuisine from local chefs, an assortment of fine wine, and live music performed by Deniz Cordell at 6pm.

Then enjoy a NEYT senior company performance of Scapin, written by France's king of comedy - Moliere. NEYT uses the rave review off-Broadway adaptation created by America’s most famous clowns, Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell, who starred in the original Broadway production. It is literally laugh-a-second mayhem!

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Book Series: Two Hundred Years of Pride and Prejudice: A Look at Jane Austen's Endurance

Two Hundred Years of Pride and Prejudice: A Look at Jane Austen's Endurance: A Two Book Reading Series

The reading/discussion series: Jane Austen Endures will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice and explore Austen’s publishing staying power. The two-book series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council will also examine Austen’s universal appeal, her talent for capturing the time she lived in, and her comic, satiric tone, among other aspects of her writing.

Thursday April 4, 2013 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM
Richard Wizansky will lead a discussion on April 4, 2013, beginning at 1:30 PM in the Library's meeting room on Pride and Prejudice.

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Save the Dates! Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Giant Booksale

The Big booksale is coming early this year.

Reserve the dates! 

Friday, April 12, 10 to 6
Saturday April 13, 10 to 2

Stop by the Library to browse and purchase some of the thousands of fabulous hardcover books, paperbacks, DVD's, and audio books available. 

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