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Books


Brattleboro is a book-reading and book-buying town. There are no less than five bookstores downtown with books available in other stores as well. There is an annual literary festival, every October. And there are more book venues scattered around the county from Putney to Newfane and on into Keene. Read the iBrattleboro Books section for the latest in local book news from readings to reviews covering new publications and old favorites.

1st Wednesdays At Brooks Library: In Her Time: A Fresh Look At Jane Austen With Dartmouth Professor Suzanne Brown

Dartmouth visiting assistant professor Suzanne Brown will look at novelist Jane Austen’s response to the events of her era in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on March 1 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, “Jane Austen in Her Time,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

See the Facebook event here.

Jane Austen lived in exciting times, and yet until recently was considered “untouched by the political, intellectual, and artistic revolutions of her age.” Drawing on Austen’s novels, Dartmouth visiting assistant professor Suzanne Brown shows how Austen was in fact a keen observer of her era’s values who both shared and critiqued them.

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Book Report: Be Prepared to Stomach This One!

Book Report: INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali Hi! I just read this book, "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, which was gruesome  in detail, so be prepared.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayaan_Hirsi_Ali

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Brooks Library Trustees Planning Meeting Cancelled

“The Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees Building and Strategic Planning meeting scheduled for Feb. 9, 2017, has been cancelled due to the weather and will be re-scheduled for a future date.”

Starr LaTronica, Library Director
Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St.
Brattleboro,VT 05301
802-251-8195 ext. 101

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Brooks Memorial Library Hosting Wikipedia #1lib1ref Session for Librarians and Information Seekers

Wikipedia is an ever changing source of information. Learning how to critically evaluate Wikipedia is a key skill. The annual #1lib1ref campaign (1lib1ref.org) asks every librarian and information seeker to learn how to add a reference to Wikipedia, to help ensure that the facts on the website are backed by reliable research.

Brooks Memorial Library will be hosting a #1lib1ref session, for librarians and information seekers alike. RSVP to starr@brooklibraryvt.org. Learn how to add a reference to Wikipedia and discuss the role of Wikipedia in Research on Friday, February 3 from 2-3 pm. Everyone is welcome to join, bring a laptop if one is available, and let us know if you are coming! RSVP to starr@brooklibraryvt.org.  

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Building Monticello: First Wednesdays at Brooks Library

Jefferson never knew the Monticello of today-in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Join us Wednesday, February 1st at 7 pm as Dartmouth College senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his "essay in architecture." This program is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Free and open to all.

First Wednesdays are supported in part by the National Life Group Foundation and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

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Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Library

Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Memorial Library. Start the New Year with Gratitude. Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday 19 January 2017, 3 pm - 5 pm and Monday 23 January 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm for writing thank you letters. More info at Brooks Library events calendar http://brookslibraryvt.org/upcoming-events/icalrepeat.detail/2017/01/19/2896/-/start-the-new-year-with-gratitude

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Start the New Year with Gratitude, Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Library

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday 19 January 2017, 3 pm - 5 pm and Monday 23 January 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm for writing thank you letters. At this time of year we think that it’s important to find and express the things that we’re grateful for. To that end we’re setting up some tables with paper, pencils, pens, envelopes, and stamps and we’re writing letters. Thank-you letters. We’re writing letters to thank the sun for coming up, to thank a friend for their love, to thank our bodies for carrying us through life.

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First Wednesdays at Brooks Library: Canterbury Tales, Still Funny after All These Years

Dartmouth professor Peter Travis will discuss the genius, comic wisdom, and enduring humanity of Geoffrey Chaucer, the fourteenth-century “Father of English Poetry,” in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., in Brattleboro on January 4 at 7:00 pm.

His talk, “Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: Still Funny After All These Years,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

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Scrabble! At Brooks Memorial Library

Interested in joining others in a lively game of Scrabble? Weekly drop-in Scrabble at Brooks Memorial Library begins on Wednesday 14 December 2016 at 6 pm. Drop-in Scrabble will continue weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm in the Local History Room, except on First Wednesdays. 

Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Contact us at info@brookslibraryvt.org or 802-254-5290

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Brooks Memorial Library Like-New Holiday Book Sale

Don't miss the 11th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Like-New Holiday Book Sale! It will be held Thursday and Friday, December 1st & 2nd, from 10am-6pm, and Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am-2 pm. What better place to find a gift for the holidays?

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Ken Sold His Book!

Greetings Former Neighbors! - 

More than excited to announce that my first book will be released Spring 2017 and Brattleboro features quite a bit heavily in the text. I most definitely think you all are going to enjoy it. We set up a website to collect e-mail addresses to notify folks when the book is ready for order and IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME if you would sign up! - http://www.kenschneck.com/seriously

More to come!,
Ken Schneck

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Archer Mayor Talk and Book Signing at Dummerston Community Center

The Dummerston Community Center will host Archer Mayor's appearance and discussion on his most recently published book " Presumption of Guilt" on Monday, November 14th at 7 pm. Joe Gunther investigates a very cold "missing person" case after the discovery of a 40 year old skeleton at the decommissioned Vermont Yankee plant.

The Community Center is located in the West Dummerston Village, off Route 30. The event is free.

Books will be available for purchasing and for Archer's autograph.
For more information , call 254-2415 or 254-9212, or go to http://archermayor.com/

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The Value of Old and Rare Books: Lecture & Appraisals by Ken Gloss of Boston's Brattle Books

     Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a free and open talk, and will give free verbal appraisals of books, on Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 pm at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT. Ken will discuss the value of old and rare books. 

Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to around 1825.

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Brooks Library - Under Construction and Survey!

Please forgive the dust and occasional noise in the library in the next couple of months. We're building an even better Brooks Memorial Library!

If you missed the email about the library survey... Don't worry; there's a link right here. What do you love? What do you wish for? Please tell us what you think! They survey takes about 7-10 minutes, or longer if you want to share details. It's your choice. Thanks for being part of the conversation! 

Library Survey Link

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Celebrating The Stephen Daye Press

On Thursday, September 8 at 7PM there will be a presentation about Brattleboro’s Stephen Daye Press to be held in the Brattleboro History Center at 196 Main Street in Brattleboro. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Founded in 1932 by John S. and Marion R. Hooper, the Stephen Daye Press (SDP) published books about New England. It is now considered the first in the field of regional publishers in the United States. Children of the SDP founders, John, Mary Ann and Steve Hooper, all formerly of Brattleboro will give the presentation about the Stephen Daye Press. In addition, there will be a display of SDP books, photos, tools of the trade, original promotional materials and other items.

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A Book that Amazon Refused to Publish

I stumbled across an interesting book review.  I have not yet read the book, and can not comment as to the truth or falsehood of its contents. If it is true, it is wonderful news. If not, it is a travesty and the author needs to be prosecuted for perpetrating a horrible fraud on the families and upon the people of America.

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Vermont Humanities Council's Summer Humanities Camps Awards to Twelve Middle Schools Statewide

Camps in Brattleboro, Burlington, East Corinth, Fair Haven, Irasburg, Northfield, Richford, Springfield, St. Albans, Stowe, Williamstown, Windsor

Montpelier ~ The Vermont Humanities Council is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants for its popular Humanities Camp summer program to bring learning and fun to youth statewide. This year the thematic, week-long day camps for students aged 11-14 will run in twelve schools in nine Vermont counties.

Schools awarded this year’s camps are Brattleboro Area Middle School; Edmunds Middle School (Burlington); Fair Haven Grade School; Irasburg Village School; Northfield Jr./Sr. High School; Richford Jr.-Sr. High School (with Berkshire Elementary School); St. Albans City School; Stowe Middle School; Waits River Valley School (East Corinth); Williamstown Middle School; and Windsor Schools.

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Brooks Memorial Library - Ongoing Programs and Services

Ongoing Programs and Services at Brooks Memorial Library - Reference, Technology, Fax Services and Wireless Printing.

Reference service
Need help finding books, movies, and other media in traditional and electronic formats? Engaged in a research project for school, work, or personal interest? Want help using the online catalog and finding your way through the library? Reference librarians can help with all of these questions and more. The desk is staffed Monday-Friday, 10-2 and 3-6, and most Saturdays 10-5, or email us at asklibrarian@brookslibraryvt.org. All reference is confidential.

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Mexican-Americans: Experience & Identity-A Reading-Discussion Series: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

Brooks Memorial Library continues its Vermont Humanities Council reading/discussion series, Mexican Americans: Experience and Identity on Wednesday 16 March 2016, at 7 pm - 8:30 pm with The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle. This 4-Part series 'Mexican Americans: Experience and Identity,' deals with the experiences of Mexicans living in the United States, from the struggles of migrant farmworkers and day laborers in California to coming of age stories of Chicanos as U.S. citizens.

The third book in this series is The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, which is story of illegal aliens in California, told through the eyes of two very different couples, one well-off Anglos, the other illegal Mexicans living in a canyon. The novel chronicles their relationship against the background of growing hostility between immigrants and natives. 

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First Wednesday at Brooks Library: Celebrating E.B. White

Drawing on stories, essays, poems, and letters, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine celebrates E.B. White's versatility and enormous legacy. From Charlotte’s Web to his exquisite essays in The New Yorker, E.B. White remains the master’s master of elegant prose, sophisticated wit, and graceful irreverence.

On Wednesday, March 2, at 7 PM, in the library's main room, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine celebrates White’s versatility and enormous legacy by drawing on his stories, essays, poems, and letters.

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