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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 Memorial Library Seeks Book Sale Donations

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are seeking donations of “like new” and good condition hardback and paperback books for their Holiday Book Sale to be held on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6.

If you have books that are in good condition and that you are willing to donate to the Library please contact Therese Marcy at 254-5290 x 106. 

Proceeds from the Holiday Book Sale will go to support the purchase of books, materials and equipment for the Library and the Children’s Room.

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Poetry Readings at Brooks Memorial Library

Poets Baron Wormser and Michael Fleming will read from their works in the Library's meeting room on Wednesday, October 29, beginning at 7 PM. Baron Wormser is the author of a memoir, The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid, a novel, Teach Us That Peace, nine books of poetry and three books of non-fiction. Michael Fleming is a creative editor, essayist, novelist, and poet.

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First Wednesday: Reading for the Life of the World

Award-winning Vermont author Katherine Paterson will consider the importance and many benefits of reading in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on October 1 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, "Reading for the Life of the World," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. 

Paterson has twice won both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. She received the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Medal as well as the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her work. Her books include Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob I Have Loved, The Great Gilly Hopkins, and The Day of the Pelican. An active promoter of reading and literacy, Paterson lives in Barre, Vermont.

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Patti Kerr: Alzheimer's Author & Educator To Speak At Brooks Memorial Library Sept 10 at 2 PM & 7 PM

Alzheimer’s educator and author Patti Kerr will speak at the Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 10th at 2 PM in the Library's Meeting Room on the 2nd Floor. She will also repeat her talk at 7 PM. Kerr, a Certified Alzheimer’s Educator, is also author of  “I Love You…Who Are You?”, Loving and Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s”.

She will discuss Alzheimer’s, her family’s journey with the disease, and how to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. She will also provide information and hands-on tips for everyone regarding the disease. 

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Spark a Reaction! 2014 Teen Summer Reading Program at Brooks Memorial Library

Want to read this summer? Want to win a prize? Start reading now until August 9, and track your reading online. Share what you are reading with your fellow teens at Engagedpatrons.org.

Check out books, magazine, or audiobooks from the Brooks Memorial Library’s Teen Collection on the Main Floor. We also have a display of graphic novels and audiobooks. Those count too!

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Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: BuildingGreen Suite

Brown Bag lunch at the River Garden: BuildingGreen Suite, Monday 23 June 2014, Noon - 1 pm. 

BuildingGreen, Inc. is a local company that serves architects and building professionals nationwide with a well-respected online resource, BuildingGreen Suite. This subscription-based website keeps building professionals up-to-date on progressive building strategies and developments in the constantly changing world of green building materials.

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Strolling of the Heifers Book Sale

The 13th edition of the Friends of Library Strolling of the Heifers Booksale will take place in the Main Room of the Library on Friday, June 6, 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday, June 7, 8 AM to 2 PM. The Giant June book sale is the Friends’ biggest sale of the year. There will be approximately 5,000 items for sale including hardback, paperback and coffee-table books.

Book prices will range from 25 cents to $3.00 with some special interest and coffee-table books priced higher. Titles cover a wide range of subject areas as well as a good selection of fiction. All books have been donated to the Library by community members. The books are screened for good quality and sorted by subject area by Library volunteers.

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Giant Book Sale at Brooks Memorial Library

The Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library Giant June book sale will be held on Friday, June 6 from 10AM to 6PM and Saturday, June 7 from 8AM to 2PM.  The sale coincides with the Strolling of the Heifers weekend festivities.

The Giant June book sale is the Friends’ biggest sale of the year.  There will be approximately 5,000 items for sale including hardback, paperback and coffee-table books. A fine collection of Celtic and medieval history books will be on sale.

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Sign Up for Brooks Memorial Library New Book Alerts

Be the first to know what new titles are coming into the Brooks Library collection. Click HERE for the current online edition of Brooks Memorial Library New Book Alerts. It's easy and it's free.

For more information contact the Brooks Memorial Library at brookslibraryvt.orgClick HERE to sign up for New Book Alerts. Happy reading! 

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Muslim Journey: Literary Reflections on Islam

Please join Marlboro scholar and Professor of Religious Studies Amer Latif, in a journey through the literature of Islam. The discussion for Wednesday, May 28, 7 pm will be Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi.

Books are available at the Library's circulation desk. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. The readings for this theme can be seen as literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity. Each one reveals transformations in faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islamic traditions to meet their distinctive cultural realities and spiritual needs.

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Author Tracey Allyson on "Dying & Living in the Arms of Love" and Her Pilgrimage to Tibet

Join clinical psychologist Tracey Allysson in a talk about her book, Dying & Living in the Arms of Love; One Woman’s Journey around Mount Kailash, at Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 30, 7 PM in the meeting room on the 2nd floor. Alysson circumambulates Mt. Kailash through prostrations and records her life-altering sojourn at the center of the spiritual universe. Tracey Alysson has a  Ph.D.  and is a clinical psychologist with a passion for the spiritual in human experience and the human in spiritual experience, records her pilgrimage to Tibet in her book.

Alysson’s work is an autobiographical travel book reminiscent of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer’s bestseller “Seven Years in Tibet.”“I was not aware that circumambulating Mt. Kailash is called khora, and that a very small number of pilgrims will do khora with prostrations,” Alysson recollects.  “It was from within my heart that there arose a fierce longing and devotion to go to Kailash, to lie on the land of Tibet with my heart open wide.

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Muslim Journey: Literary Reflections on Islam: The Conference of the Birds

Muslim Journey: Literary Reflections on Islam: The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi. Wednesday 23 April 2014, 7 - 9 pm. Please join Marlboro scholar and Professor of Religious Studies, Amer Latif, in a journey through the literature of Islam. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives.

The readings for this theme can be seen as literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity. Each one reveals transformations in faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islamic traditions to meet their distinctive cultural realities and spiritual needs.

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National Library Week: Take a Selfie @ Brooks Memorial Library!

Celebrate your library! For National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014, take a selfie in your favorite spot at Brooks Memorial and post it to your social media (or ours) to show the world the truth of the National Library Week slogan: lives change @ your library. Read on for more information on how it works--and to see more fabulous library selfies!

Take a selfie, alone or with friends, in a favorite spot at Brooks Memorial Library. We recommend filling out a National Library Week thought bubble to include in the picture. It will telegraph the important idea to all the friends who spot you on Facebook, Twitter, or your other favorite social media site.

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Reading and Discussion Series: Muslim Journey: Literary Reflections on Islam: The Arabian Night

The series will begin on Wednesday, April 9, 7 PM  with a discussion of The Arabian Night , edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy. Please join Marlboro scholar and Professor of Religious Studies, Amer Latif, in a journey through the literature of Islam.

The evening reading and discussion series will focus on five books. The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy; The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi; Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely;  Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi; and Minaret by Leila Aboulela. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives.

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Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

This year’s annual Friends of Library Big Book Sale is coming early with Spring flowers. Join your fellow community members and sift through the thousands of  paperbacks, DVD's, and audio books for the Big Spring Book Sale, to raise funds for the support of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

The sale is scheduled for Friday, April 11, 10 to 6 and Saturday, April 12, 10  to 2. Books and other items are piling up for this important annual event. Come early for the best selection! Remainders will be on sale during the month of April during regular library hours.

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The Risk of Returning - Book Reading

April Gallery Walk Book Reading, 7:15 pm on April 4th at Everyone’s Books - discussion and refreshments.

A reading and discussion with the authors of The Risk Of Returning.

An excellent new novel set in Guatemala, a society beset by the legacy of a century of American interventionist policies. Authors Rudy and Shirley Nelson of Amherst MA. will reflect on their time in Guatemala,as well as the art and labor of novel writing.

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: A Reading and Discussion Series --Final Discussion

Join Vermont Humanities scholar Richard Wizansky for this reading and discussion series which features the shorter works by the great Russian writer, dissident, and former Cavendish, Vermont resident and includes his most read and highly regarded novella as well as several of his famous speeches. 

The final reading for the series is the 1970 Nobel Lecture; and the 1978 Harvard Class Day Address. Wednesday 26 March 2014, 4:30pm - 6:00pm. 

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Writing the Red Wheel in Vermont

Please join us. Conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn will discuss the writing of his father Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and their family’s life in Cavendish in the 1980s in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library on Friday, March 28, at 7 PM. (This talk was originally scheduled for February 5 at 7:00 pm.)

Solzhenitsyn will recollect his father’s painstaking crafting of the Red Wheel — a history of the Russian Revolution — and his family’s life in Cavendish during Solzhenitsyn’s exile from the Soviet Union. Ignat Solzhenitsyn was born in Moscow in 1972, the middle son of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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Brooks Library New Book Alerts

Be the first to know what new titles are coming into the Brooks Library collection. It's easy and it's free. Click here for the current online edition of Brooks Memorial Library New Book Alerts. Click here to sign up for New Book Alerts. Happy reading! For more information contact the Brooks Memorial Library at brookslibraryvt.org

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Muslim Journey: Literary Reflections on Islam


Please join Marlboro scholar and Professor of Religious Studies, Amer Latif, in a journey through the literature of Islam. The evening reading and discussion series will focus on five books.

The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy; The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi; Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely;  Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi; and Minaret by Leila Aboulela. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives.

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