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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.

Language, Music and Spirit in Ireland and India: Themes That Inspired a Suspense Novel

Language, Music and Spirit in Ireland and India: Themes That Inspired a Suspense Novel 
Wednesday, August 14, 7 PM

Join Vermont author Kathryn Guare on Wednesday, August 14, at 7 PM in the library's meeting room to share a multi-media presentation of the elements that inspired the writing of Deceptive Cadence: The Virtuosic Spy, a suspense/mystery released in the spring of 2013. The novel introduces Conor McBride, an Irish musician and reluctant undercover operative who is sent on a mission to India to capture the man who ruined his career: his own brother.

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Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users

Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users, Friday, August 02, 2013, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month for a tour of first floor & mezzanine, a catalog search demo, and answers to your questions about how to find your way in the Library.

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AAUW To Hold Used Book Sale

Hundreds of used books will be on sale Thursday, Aug. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. to benefit the local scholarship fund of the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The sale takes place at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street in Brattleboro, Thursday until 5 p.m.,Friday until 6 p.m. and Saturday until noon, when all books are half price.

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Teen Online Summer Reading Program Needs Readers!

TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM NEEDS READERS!

We need more teen readers willing to take on the challenge of digging into reading this summer. 

Are you between the ages of 13-18?

Then join your fellow teen readers online for a reading challenge this summer and enter to win a great prize from Brown Computer Solutions.

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Putney Author Stuart Strothman Discusses “Sackett” at Brooks Library

Join Putney author, Stuart Strothman, on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 PM, in the meeting room of the Brooks Memorial Library for a discussion of his novel, Sackett, an historical novel that spans the years 1682 to 1763, the story of a lost hero of the Abenaki, born of an abducted little girl gone native, grandchild of Greylock, enemy of the British.

Stuart Strothman has been interested in the original land and its people since he was a young child, canoeing in Nova Scotia, wandering in the woods of southern New York where he grew up. As an undergraduate, he focused on Native American studies under advisor Larry Hauptman, and took bachelors degrees in history and literature, and later a masters in education. He taught for many years at Landmark College and has published articles in the Dictionary of American Biography and The New Paltz Historical Review. He is past president and now secretary of the Putney Historical Society, which he staffs in the summertime, helping visitors with any research they may be interested in.  

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Brooks Memorial Library Offers New eAudio and Ebook Titles!

Happy Summer eBook reading and listening!

Brooks Memorial Library Offers New eAudio and Ebook Titles to download in its Overdrive Advantage collection and OneClickdigital collection.

This means the content is only for Brook Memorial Library patrons.

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Sackett Reading at Brooks Memorial July 17

Hello everyone!

Next Wednesday, the 17th at 7pm I will be reading from my historical novel Sackett at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, and discussing the context of First Nation and colonial culture along the frontier of New England. Slideshow and refreshments included. Free.

You are all invited. Some enticement follows:

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Brooks Memorial Library Closed July 4th

Please note that the Brooks Library will be closed on July 4th. See you on the 5th. Happy Independence Day!

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Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users

Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users 
Friday, July 05, 2013,
12:00pm - 12:30pm

Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month for a tour of first floor & mezzanine, a catalog search demo, and answers to your questions about how to find your way in the Library.  Meet at the reference desk; no reservations required. Tours and research consultations are also available on demand.  

For more information, contact the Reference Desk or call us at (802) 254-5290 x109.Location  Brooks Memorial Library Main Room - Reference DeskContact Jeanne Walsh jeanne@brooks.lib.vt.us (802) 254-5290 x109

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Know your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users

Know your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users
Friday, June 07, 2013, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month for a tour of first floor & mezzanine, a catalog search demo, and answers to your questions about how to find your way in the Library.  

Meet at the reference desk; no reservations required.  
Tours and research consultations are also available on demand.  

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Brooks Library Closed For Data Migration: Saturday June 1

Please Note! BROOKS LIBRARY CLOSED FOR DATA MIGRATION: SATURDAY JUNE 1

The Library will close on Saturday, June 1, for final data migration to our new ILS (integrated library system) using an open source software called Koha. We will be joining with four other public libraries in Vermont for phase 1 of the Catamount Library Network, the beginning of a state-wide resource sharing network. Beginning on Monday, June 3, you will see a new look to our online catalog. There will be changes in fines, limits, and circulation loan periods. More information will become available in May. Read The State Librarian's article here.

Read Brooks's information pamphlet here.

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On Exhibit at the Library: Barbara Johansen Newman

On Exhibit at the Library: Barbara Johansen Newman    

2nd Floor Children's Illustrator Book Cases May/June  2013    

Johansen Newman has illustrated many children's books with her colorful, whimsical illustrations, including the first book she also authored, Tex and Sugar: A Big City Kitty Ditty, and her newest, Glamorous Glasses. Check out her website HERE. 

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Among the Wounded: A Civil War Talk by Dave Twombly

Among the Wounded: A Civil War Talk by Dave Twombly

Wednesday May 22, 2013
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM

Please join fellow Civil War enthusiasts and others who treasure family heirlooms for a talk by local area resident Dave Twombly about the discovery of his great-great grandfather's civil war diary that was written between May-June 1864 as a volunteer minister in the Union Army.

The diary came to light in 1995 when David's daughter was in sixth grade and needed information for a report on the Civil War. Twombly's father, Gilmer, found this Civil War-era memoir entitled “Among the Wounded in 1864,” written by his great-grandfather Alexander S. Twombly in an old steamer trunk some years ago, and then sent her several illustrations from the memoir.

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On Exhibit at the Library: Postcards: Why Do We Read & Write?

On Exhibit at the Library: Postcards: Why do we Read & Write? 
2nd Floor Display  Cases      
May/June  2013

Christina Gibbons, PhD, of Brattleboro, an independent scholar interested in the history of literacy, fills the glass display cases with her images of reading in postcards collection in the second-floor entryway during May. 

"I started collecting images of women reading twenty five years ago and now have several hundred. The original post cards were first exhibited in the library at UMass Amherst in 2001. After that I began lecturing and quickly realized my collection was not about painting but about the history of literacy, so I added men reading and writing as well."

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Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans: Out of the Shadows of History

Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans: Out of the Shadows of History,
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Vermont's constitution, drafted in 1777, was one of the most enlightened documents of its time, but in contrast, the history of Vermont has largely been told through the stories of influential white men. Join local scholar Cyndy Bittinger at the Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 PM on a journey through the forgotten tales of the often overlooked roles that women, Native Americans, and African Americans played in Vermont's history.

Her book, Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans, takes a fresh look at our state's history, uncovering hidden stories from the earliest inhabitants to present-day citizens. Ms. Bittinger explores where these marginalized groups are missing from historical narratives and explains their unique experiences and the ways that they contributed.

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Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users


Know your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users
Friday May 3, 2013
12:00 PM until 1:00 PM

Join  Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month for a tour of first floor & mezzanine, a catalog search demo, and answers to your questions about how to find your way in the Library. Meet at the reference desk; no reservations required.

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Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day

Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day
Wednesday May 1, 2013
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM 

The poetry of Robert Frost and William Wordsworth depends heavily on the natural world and the “language really used by men.” Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea explores the poets’ similarities, differences, and influence on other poets.

The lecture is a First Wednesday program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

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Poetry Readings with Wyn Cooper and Ken Hebson

Poetry Readings with Wyn Cooper and Ken Hebson
Monday April 29, 2013
7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM  

Wyn Cooper is the author of four books of poems, most recently Chaos is the New Calm (BOA Editions, 2010), and Postcards from  the Interior (BOA Editions, 2005). His poems appear in more than 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry and more than 100 magazines.

He has written song lyrics for Sheryl Crow, Madison Smartt Bell, and David Broza, among others. He works as a freelance editor of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from his home in Vermont. More information is at www.wyncooper.com. 

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Library Closed For Training Thursday, May 2

In June, Brooks Memorial Library will be the first to join the Catamount Library Network, Vermont's new statewide partnership for resource sharing. Catamount will expand our patrons' access to resources.

We will be closed on Thursday, May 2nd, for staff training on the new system. 

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Book Signing & Reading 7:30 May 9th at Brattleboro Shambhala Meditation Group

Tony Cape will read from his memoir, Diamond Highway: A Tibetan Buddhist Path in America on May 9th at Brattleboro Shambhala Meditation Group

Author and educator Tony Cape talks about his experiences as an early student and personal attendant to the seminal Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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