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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.

Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: Discussion at Brooks Library

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.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: A Reading and Discussion Series, Thursday, January 09, 2014 04:00pm - 05:30pm

The readings and dates  are: 1/9-- One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; 1/16--Matryona’s Home;; 2/13  the 1970 Nobel Lecture; and the 1978 Harvard Class Day Address.

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Brooks 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

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Friends of the Library Board Openings

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Board of Directors is seeking two new Board members.   The mission of the Friends is to support the Library through advocacy, public relations and fundraising to provide the highest quality library services to the community.

 Annually the Friends host three major book sales, produce public concerts, such as last fall’s A Night of Jazz and Dancing with Chris Bakriges Quartet, and community events, most recently a Trivia Contest.  Proceeds from Friends’ productions go to support a wide range of library materials and services including the First Wednesday lecture series, public access computers, Children’s Room resources and events, free museum passes and the purchase of print and digital materials. 

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: A Reading and Discussion Series

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.

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World Book Night Deadline To Apply To Be A Giver Is January 5, 2014

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are once again participating in World Book Night - an international event that gives volunteers thousands of free books to distribute in their communities. 

This year's book titles are diverse and wonderful; authors like Agatha Christie; Joseph Heller and Maria Semple ; books ranging widely from the incredibly popular "The Dog Stars" to "The Tipping Point" to the beautifully written "Bridge to Terabithia". It's easy to get involved. Simply go to worldbooknightus.org and look over the book titles; choose the 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of books that you would like to give away. Read the guidelines and apply to be a giver and submit. It's that easy!

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On Exhibit at the Brooks Memorial Library

On exhibit at Brooks Memorial Library 

Mia Scheffey in the Library Main Room  

David Macaulay in the Children's Illustrators' Book Cases 2nd Floor Hallway (Across Children's Room)

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World Book Night in Brattleboro

Register Now to be a Giver at World Book Night in Brattleboro. The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are once again participating in World Book Night - an international event that gives volunteers thousands of free books to distribute in their communities. 

This year's book titles are diverse and wonderful; authors like Agatha Christie; Joseph Heller and Maria Semple; books ranging widely from the incredibly popular "The Dog Stars" to "The Tipping Point" to the beautifully written "Bridge to Terabithia".

It's easy to get involved. Simply go to www.worldbooknight.org and look over the book titles; choose the 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of books that you would like to give away. Read the guidelines and apply to be a giver and submit. It's that easy!

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Three Fundraising Events to Benefit the Brooks Library

The Holiday Book Sale at the Brooks Memorial Library will continue until December 21st. 

Raffle tickets are on sale for a custom designed and hand knitted doll created by local Newbury Award winning author, Karen Hesse.  Hesse says that she designs these unique, one-of-a kind dolls as she knits – the doll’s character, shape and color evolves while she is knitting. The raffle tickets are $1.00 each or $5 for six tickets. Raffle proceeds will benefit the Children's Room programs.

Also on sale is the very popular 2014 Book Lover’s Calendar. The calendars are great holiday gift items and are available at the Library Front Desk for $10 each.

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First Wednesday: Kevin Cullen: Whitey Bulger and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice

Boston Globe reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Cullen lived in the shadow, and sometimes in fear, of South Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. Cullen tells the riveting story of the capture and trial of the most wanted criminal of his generation. Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 07:00pm - 09:00pm. Brooks Memorial Library.

Do you think you know who Whitey Bulger is? What is the background to Whitey's escape from justice for so many years. How did Whitey get help from his brother William (Billy) Bulger, longest-serving former president of the Massachusetts Senate and president of University of Massachusetts. What was the role of the FBI in protecting Whitey? Whitey Bulger and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice written by Boston Globe reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Cullen, who lived in the shadow, and sometimes in fear, of South Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. 

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Friends of Brooks Memorial Library 8th Annual Holiday Booksale

Save the date for Holiday Shopping! The 8th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Holiday Book Sale will be held in the Library on Friday, December 6 from 10AM to 6PM and Saturday, December 7 from 10AM to 2PM.

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. A collection of 400 music CDs, mainly jazz, will also be on sale and are in perfect condition.

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Friends of Brooks Library Holiday Book Sale

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Holiday Book Sale

Friday, December 6 - 10AM to 6PM and

Saturday, December 7 - 10AM to 2PM

 All books are gift quality including fiction, children’s books and non-fiction titles ranging from history, art, cooking, gardening and many more subjects. A collection of 400 music CDs, mainly jazz, will also be on sale.

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McLean Book Sparks Available

We had a great book publication event in Guilford Nov. 2 for my just-issued Sparks, the collected writing of my mother, Jean Stewart McLean, on the 50th anniversary of her death.  (In fact, BCTV recorded the program and it's being shown several times this week on the cable station.)

The book came out really nicely; its 368 pages include short stories, poems, four one-act plays and other of my mom's writings, not to mention extensive editorial commentary and notes by her son (that's me.)

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Mary's Mosaic

At midday Friday, November 22, 1963, my junior high school administration announced the suddenly and immediate closure of the school day – without explanation. Boarding the school buses already idling on the roundabout parking drive all students were taken home. Somehow, by the time we debarked at my rural stop, word had reached us that the President had been shot. Approaching the front lawn of our small farm, I saw my mother holding the front door half open with her head buried in the crook of her elbow sobbing uncontrollably. I knew before I climbed the front porch that our youthful President was dead.

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I Grew Up with Basketball (A Memoir of the Game)

I Grew Up with Basketball (a memoir of the game)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

Join Keene State College professor Michael Antonucci on Wednesday, November 13, at 7PM, for at talk on the book, I Grew Up with Basketball, which is a memoir by Frank J. Basloe who grew up in Herkimer, New York, where YMCA director Lambert Will developed the game of basketball.

The book offers an eyewitness account of the humble roots of the imposing enterprise that is professional basketball today. Antonucci brought Frank J Basloe's I Grew Up with Basketball, back into print. His introduction to the book tracks the game—from Basloe’s Globe Trotters to LeBron James—and its trappings as a business vehicle.

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Brooks Library New Books

Have you read the latest Grisham book? 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.

Click here to sign up for New Book Alerts.

It's easy and it's free. Happy reading! For more information contact the Brooks Memorial Library.

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David Macaulay: Life in the Studio

David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, will discuss current projects in a talk, "Life in the Studio," at the Library on Wednesday, November 6, at 7 PM, in the Main Room. The talk is part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesday Lecture series.

Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award.

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David Macaulay: Life in the Studio

Save the date! David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, will discuss current projects in a talk, "Life in the Studio," at the Library on Wednesday, November 6, at 7 PM, in the Main Room. The talk is part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesday Lecture series

Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award.

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Brooks Memorial Library Looking for Trustees For Upcoming Vacancies in 2014

The Board of Library Trustees of Brooks Memorial Library seeks enthusiastic and dedicated library lovers to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Board. One candidate will be elected at the March 2014 representative town meeting to complete one year of an unexpired term. Two others will be elected at town meeting to fill three-year terms.

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New Books at Brooks Library

Be the first to know what new titles are coming into the Brooks Library collection.

Click on this link to see the current online edition of Brooks Memorial Library New Book Alerts. 

Sign up for New Book Alerts by clicking on this link.  

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Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival

Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival 
Thursday, October 03, 2013, 7 pm -  9 pm

On Thursday, October 3, at 7 PM in the Library's Main Room, Guilford poet Ken Hebson has organized local published poets Arlene Distler; Barbara Benoit; Charles Butterfield; Wyn Cooper; Ed Rayher; and Tim Mayo, to read their favorite poems from Poetry 180; and which will be paired with their own poetry. There will be several students from Brattleboro Union High School who will be invited to read as well. Copies of Poetry 180 are available at the Library's main circulation desk. 

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