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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.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


Mexican-Americans: Experience & Identity - A Reading-Discussion Series at Brooks Memorial Library

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

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.


Naturally Firm Skin - 3 strategies For Beautiful Tight Skin

There degree of complexity of anti-wrinkle creams you can find today. Each cream promises to diminish wrinkles with regular use. Popular creams work, while some are no more than. plain creams. A waste money. So you really to be able to choose wisely when buying anti-wrinkle improves.


Holiday Book Sale and Free Gift Wrapping at Brooks Memorial Library

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. 


First Wednesday Lecture Series: Glenn Andres The Buildings of Vermont at Brooks Memorial 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. 


Holiday Book Sale at Brooks

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. 


Book Talk: Archer Mayor & The Company She Kept

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.


Your Library Looks to the Future: A Presentation of New Uses of Library Space at Brooks Library

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.


Elayne Clift Reads From Award-Winning Story Collection

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. 


Brooks Memorial Library Restored Hours of Service

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.

Read more here - http://files.ctctcdn.com/eb13a4a9001/5490aea8-ce7c-416f-ab0e-a2af1b2ceb92.pdf


Brooks Memorial Library Change to Nonresident Fee

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!


Masters of the Short Story Series at Brooks Library Oct 5 Ann Beattie's Park City

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


Brattleboro Literary Festival October 1-4, 2015

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/


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