Brooks Memorial Library continues its Vermont Humanities Council program on Latino-Americans with a reading and discussion series 'Mexican Americans: Experience and Identity." The series will deal 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. Books are available for checkout at the main circulation desk. Remaining books in the series are: February 17, (Under the Feet of Jesus); March 16, (The Tortilla Curtain); April 20, (Days of Obligation)
Facilitated by Patricia Pedroza Gonzalez Ph.D. who teaches at Keene State College at Keene, NH., Dr. Gonzalez's international expertise has shaped her research experience and her current teaching involves Chicana/U.S. Latina, and Latin-American Studies, American Studies, Feminisms by Women of Color, and Transnational Education. Her research focus is on politics of knowledge construction and social identities. She is the current Chair of Women's and Gender Studies Department at Keene State College.
Mexican-Americans: Experience & Identity--A Reading-Discussion Series: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. Wednesday 20 January 2016, 7 pm - 8:30 pm. 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 first book in the series is Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, which chronicles the story of an alienated New Mexico boy who seeks an answer to his questions about life in his relationship with Ultima, a magical healer.
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The 10th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Holiday Book Sale will be held in the Library on Thursday and Friday, December 3 and 4 from 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday, December 5 from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Gift quality books and gently used fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and CDs will be on sale. Non-fiction titles include art, cooking and gardening, history, music and more subjects. Book sale discount coupons are now available from the Front Desk of the Library.
Join Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 PM in the library's main room. He will examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of Vermont’s built landscape. Andres’s talk will look beyond Vermont’s pastoral stereotypes to examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of its built landscape.
Andres has taught, primarily in the areas of architectural and urban history, at Middlebury since 1970. His research spans from the Italian Renaissance through 19th century America to postmodernism. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University and a PhD in architectural history from Princeton University.
His doctoral dissertation on the Villa Medici in Rome was pursued while a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Underwriter: Crosby-Gannett Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. The event is free and open to the public.
The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will host their annual Holiday Book Sale in the Library on Friday, Dec. 4 from 10AM to 6PM and Sat., Dec. 5 from 10AM to 5PM.
Gift quality books and gently used fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and CDs will be on sale. There is a selection of holiday theme books and like-new children’s books. Non-fiction titles include art, cooking and gardening, history, music, sports and many more subjects. On Saturday, between 11AM and 1PM, the Friends will provide free gift-wrapping for books purchased at the sale and intended as gifts.
Join us for a book talk and reading with Archer Mayer on November 9th at 7 pm. Archer Mayor's newest thriller will be available for purchasing and for Archer's signature. Archer will read and discuss mystery # 26, THE COMPANY SHE KEPT. The Community Center is handicap accessible. Information: 802-254-9212 & 802-254-2415. Location: Dummerston Community Center, 150 West Street, West Dummerston, Vt. 05357
Entertainment Weekly magazine picked the brand-new Joe Gunther mystery, "The Company She Kept," as one of their 10 Great Fall Thrillers. Read more here.
In recognition of the Ronald Read bequest, please join us on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7 pm for a reception and presentation of "Your Library Looks to the Future," as we present architectural plans that the staff, community members, and Trustees have been developing since May to make the Library space more welcoming, more functional, and responsive to the changing patterns of library use.
Vermont author and journalist Elayne Clift will read from her latest book, Children of the Chalet: New and Selected Stories, Grand Prize Winner for Fiction in the Greyden Press 2014 Book Competition, on Saturday, October 10th at Brooks Memorial Library at 2.30 p.m. in the library's meeting room on the 2nd floor. Clift will also read excerpts from her novel Hester’s Daughters (based on The Scarlet Letter) and will invite the audience to join in a discussion about the challenges of fiction writing and getting published in a 21st century literary world.
Clift’s latest short story collection has two parts. The first, Children of the Chalet, from which the title is drawn, is a set of connected stories based on a year she spent in the 1960s as a residential counselor in a halfway house for troubled teens. The second part shares a number of short stories not published until now.“I had ruminated for years about the girls I worked with and what brought them to residential living and care,” Clift says. “Their stories, which I’ve fictionalized, were compelling and I often wondered what had become of them as adults.
Good news! Thanks to the wonderful bequest by Ronald Read his year, the Board of Trustees are restoring Brooks Memorial Library hours open to what existed before the personnel budget reductions of 2010. Beginning Saturday, September 12, the library will be open 10 AM to 5 PM, and Thursday, September 17, the library's hours will be 10 AM to 6 PM.
Nonresident library cardholders, thanks for your support! We hope you're finding more and more reasons to invest in a Brooks Memorial Library card, including lots of resources on our website, and the expanded Catamount Library Network collection of over 400,000 items.
On Sept. 1st, card fees changed to align with Brattleboro resident tax support: 6 months = $32, 1 year = $62, 2 years = $110. If you're not sure, check out the library value calculator and see if it still pays off. You might be surprised!
The Friends of BML & Vermont Country store are hosting the Vermont Humanities Council's Masters of the Short Story, a four-part reading-discussion series beginning Monday, October 5, at 7 PM. You will read great short story writers such as Beattie, Poe, Chekhov, and O'Connor. Discussions will be facilitated by long-time humanities scholar, Richard Wizansky. Ann Beattie's Park City will be the first in the series.
The first session of the series is Monday, October 5, at 7 PM, with a discussion of Ann Beattie's short stories,"Park City." The other sessions scheduled are:
November 2, "Selected Works" by Flannery O'Connor
November 30, "Five Great Stories" by Anton Chekov
December 7, "Poetry and Tales" by Edgar Allan Poe
The 2015 Brattleboro Literary Festival will take place October 1-4, 2015. The Festival is a four-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Visit the Literary Festival webpage for more info and a full schedule of events, venues and author listings. http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/
Did you know the library has three iPads available for in-house use? iPads are easy to use, mobile, and lightweight. They are perfect for browsing, reading, and much more. Visit the Brooks Memorial Library circulation desk to try one today!
Has anyone else noticed the glaring lack of information and/or publicity about this year's Literary Festival? I've seen a couple of postings here but usually by this time I've received not only a plea for money but a schedule of authors and events in the mail and via email. I haven't seen any posters anywhere - not even at the library. I know a few months ago there was some confusion over the potential dates but since it's right around the corner you'd think there would be some talk about it somewhere. I hope this doesn't mean the Festival is beginning to fade out. It's one of my favorite events in town and generally I have to try to juggle all the many wonderful authors that I want to go hear. I don't even know who is participating this year.
Masters of the Short Story, a reading and discussion series will be held in the Brooks Memorial Library this fall on Monday evenings. The books and authors to be discussed, with dates, are: Park City by Ann Beattie (October 5), Selected Works of Flannery O’Connor (November 2), Five Great Short Stories by Anton Chekhov (November 30) and Poetry and Tales y Edgar Allen Poe (December 7).
The series discussion facilitator will be VHC scholar Dr. Richard Wizansky. This is a Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) event with support from the Vermont Country Store. Each Monday discussion group will be held at 7PM in the Library Meeting Room.
This fall, the Brooks Memorial Library will be hosting a number of book talks with Green Mountain Book Award authors. The Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA) is the Vermont Reader's Choice Award for grades 9-12. Most teens in high school in Vermont are encouraged to read some of the books on the nominated list in their classes at school.
The first of these Skype talks will be held on September 28 @ 6:30 on the third floor meeting room in the library. This talk will be with author Andrew Smith about his book "Winger."Andrew Smith is an award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed "Grasshopper Jungle" and his Green Mountain Nominated Book, "Winger." His most recent book, "Alex Crow," is the ninth novel he has published. Andrew Smith lives in Southern California.
Please join Radha Buko today, Wednesday, September 9, 7:30 PM for a talk on her memoir. When Hitler invades Poland in 1939, newlyweds Józef and Marysia Buko are catapulted into a sudden and heart-wrenching seven year separation. Each faces life threatening situations demanding courage, faith, and resilience if the couple is ever to see each other again. The event is free and open to the public.
Vermont author Tereska Buko and Brattleboro artist Lerna will be speaking about Ms. Buko’s newly published book, The General's Barber and the Seamstress: A Polish Love Story (Red Barn Books of Vermont).
Author, educator and chef John Verlinden will speak in the Brooks Library Meeting Room on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 about his new book, To Cook is To Love: Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes. Admission is free and the event is sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.
This work is a multigenerational cultural tapestry of Cuban history, life, food, wine and music. Chef Verlinden will prepare and share “tasting samples” with the audience.
If you are 'in the market' for a primer that lays out in compelling prose the path humans have taken in our evolution, showing longstanding motives and habits, causes and effects of civilizations, and possible directions for the near and far future, I enthusiastically recommend “Sapiens", by Yuval Noah Harari.
My post is titled facetiously, because here we have an inspiring and impressive handbook that breaks molds rather than follows formula. My title makes reference to the uncanny clarity and concision in which the author tackles immense and charged subjects.