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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.

Book Talk at Brooks Library: The Life We Got: Losing Sight and Gaining Vision

Save the Date for a Book Talk at Brooks Memorial Library. We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, May 24th at 7 pm in the Meeting Room to meet Neil and Alison Taylor, who co-authored their memoir called "The Life We Got: Losing Sight and Gaining Vision."

Neil was a young teacher and athlete when the discovery of a brain tumor catapulted him into a life of blindness. With his dreams shattered and the future uncertain he began, with unwavering support from his family, one step at a time, rebuilding a life worth living and worth celebrating. A monumental step in his journey toward acceptance and wholeness was the writing of this memoir with his mother Alison.

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Congratulations Library Raffle Winners!

Brooks Memorial Library would like to offer congratulations to our Open House Raffle winners Joan Ellis and Eric Pofcher! They each won a $20 gift certificate to Everyone's Books. 

Thank you Everyone's Books! And thank you to everyone who came by to celebrate our renovations, which were made possible by the bequest of Ronald Read.  We could not have done it without all of you!

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Did Tiger take the Rain? The Art of Illustrator Charles Norris-Brown

Did you know that Brooks Library regularly shows the work of childrens' book illustrators? The display case is on the second floor across from the Children's Room. Stop by and check it out!

For the month of May, there will be some beautiful original sketches and watercolors from the book "Did Tiger Take the Rain?" by Charles Norris-Brown. Please take a moment to read his brief bio and statement below!

Dish washer, bus driver, teacher, theoretician, and artist, Charles Norris-Brown was born in the small northern Pennsylvania town of Warren. He completed a PhD degree in Social Anthropology and Sociology at Lund University, Sweden, in 1984, based on fieldwork in the inner hills of Uttarakhand, India.

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Brooks Memorial Library Open House

Everyone is cordially invited and welcome to attend our Open House in celebration of our recent renovations, April 29th from 2-5 pm! Please come take the tour! Light refresments will be served. There will be an official welcome at 2:30, and a seek-and-find raffle. You can win prizes!

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Brooks Memorial Library Open House

The Trustees and staff of the Brooks Memorial Library invite you to check out our new meeting spaces, teen room, renovated reading room and children’s area and more during an Open House and tour, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 2pm-5pm. There will be a brief welcome at 2:30pm and tour guides on hand for exploration of the new spaces.

Light refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Thanks to Brooks Memorial Library Volunteers

Brooks Memorial Library and the community are a better place because of our volunteers. National Volunteer week is April 23-29. National Volunteer week was established in1974 by President Nixon. Each year, the current president issues a special proclamation in honor of volunteers. This week is a time to recognize our 35 volunteer who generously give of their time to help achieve the overall mission of the Library.

Several of our volunteers have over 20 years of service while many have been recognized with over 5 years of service to the library. We also have some turn over and immensely appreciate and depend on new volunteers to come forward. We are fortunate that our volunteer positions do not remain vacant for long.

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Ken Schneck's Brattleboro-Related Book is Now Available!

I'm MOST pleased to let you all know that my book "Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew" is now available for order on Amazon. I think you all are truly going to love it (and you'll definitely see a TON of Brattleboro-related life in there!). And, of course, it would mean the world to me if you pre-ordered it! - http://tinyurl.com/SeriouslyAmazon

WIth great appreciation,
Ken 

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Tiny House Talk at Brooks Library

First Wednesdays:Reinventing the Family Home
Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m. 

Join us for a free lecture, as Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of "the simple life," attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.

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Reinventing the Family Home: First Wednesdays Lecture at Brooks Memorial Library

Join us for a Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays lecture at Brooks Memorial Library. On April 5 at 7 pm, Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.

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Brooks Library Main Reading Room & Mezzanine Closed March 19-25

The Brooks Memorial Library Main Reading Room and Mezzanine will be closed due to renovations March 19-25. The Children's Room and Teen Room will remain open. We will be installing flooring in our first floor reading room. Materials may be requested via email and picked up in the Children's Room when their arrival has been confirmed. Thanks for your patience as we build an even better Brooks Memorial Library.

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Digital Library Services: Hands-On Sessions at Brooks Library

Have you discovered the free resources available with your Brooks Memorial library card on your home computer or mobile device? Are you curious about Overdrive and OneClick and want to learn more? Did you try some of this and get frustrated? Matt and Jeanne are teaming up for two hands-on sessions to get you cruising forward into the digital library world.

Drop by for either session: Monday, March 13th or Monday, March 20th, 1:00 p.m. 

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AAUW Celebrates Women's History Month With Talk On The Other Mrs. Adams

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Abigail is the woman who comes to mind when we mention Mrs. Adams, but her daughter-in-law Louisa Catherine also holds a significant spot in history as both the wife of President John Quincy Adams and in her own right.

The Brattleboro Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will celebrate Women’s History Month and the life of the other Mrs. Adams Tuesday, March 14 at 1 p.m. at the Brooks Memorial Library with a talk by Mary Ackerman Hayes of Keene, N.H., based on the biography Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams.

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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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