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On this page you’ll find events supported or sponsored by the Friends. Most of these events are free; fundraiser events will display buttons for online sales of tickets — you’ll be able to pay online or just reserve a ticket and pay at the door.

There are many other events at the library, so you may want to check the library calendar as well. A flyer for the 2017-2018 First Wednesdays season is available here.

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October 2017

Attention: film and news buffs

October 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Journalism Film Series

The Journalism Film Discussion Series resumes with a free showing of "All the President's Men" at the Latchis Theater on Sunday, October 22, at 4pm.

What started as a “third-rate burglary” ended with the resignation of a president of the United States.

On Sunday, October 22 at 4pm, the 1976 film “All the President’s Men” will be shown free of charge on the big screen at the Latchis Theater, followed by a panel discussion on the importance today of investigative journalism.

On the panel will be deputy editor of The Commons Randy Holhut, long-time reporter for the Rutland Herald Susan Smallheer, and former editor-in-chief of the Brattleboro Reformer and now editorial manager for the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Kata Casa.

The story of how two young reporters at the Washington Post unraveled a criminal conspiracy that led all the way to the Oval Office inspired a whole generation of young people to get into journalism. Alan J. Pakula’s multi-award-winning film, starring Robert Redford as Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein, gave them the final push.

In The Age of Trump, “fake news,” and the discrediting of the journalism profession, the film is an excellent example of how dogged, thorough reporting keeps the powerful honest, the citizenry engaged and our democracy intact.

The festival will continue with a look at the darker side of journalism with Kirk Douglas’s gripping 1951 film “Ace in the Hole,” showing on November 19th; 1987’s caustic look inside broadcast media, “Broadcast News,” will be shown on January 7th; and the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture winner “Spotlight,” which tells the story of how the investigative journalists of the Boston Globe exposed a massive scandal of child molestation inside the Catholic Church, will be shown on February 25. All the films are being shown at 4pm, and all will be followed by panel discussions.

The event is being produced by a coalition composed of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, Brooks Memorial Library, The Commons, the Brattleboro Reformer and the Latchis Theater.

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November 2017

First Wednesdays Series: November

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Luther and the Reformation: A 500-year Appraisal

November 1 ♦ Randall Balmer
Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses on the cathedral door at Wittenburg five hundred years ago launched a movement that utterly transformed Western society and our notions of authority, culture, art, and tradition. Dartmouth Religion professor Randall Balmer assesses the Protestant Reformation half a millennium later.

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“Ace in the Hole” at the Latchis

November 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Ace in the Hole

"Ace in the Hole" - next in the Journalism Film Series. Coming to the Latchis Theater on Sunday, November 19, at 4 pm. Free and open to the public.

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Holiday Book Sale

November 30 @ 10:00 am - December 2 @ 2:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Looking for holiday gifts? Don't miss the Friends' 12th Annual Holiday Book Sale, November 30 - December 2.

10 am - 6 pm Thursday & Friday
10 am - 2 pm Saturday

Books in "like new" condition, plus CDs and DVDs.

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December 2017

First Wednesdays Series: December

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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World War I and American Writers

December 6 ♦ Barbara Will
Dartmouth professor Barbara Will discusses both the war’s effect on American writers, particularly John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein, and how it changed American literature and made it “modern.”

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January 2018

First Wednesdays Series: January

January 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Langston Hughes, portrayed by David Mills

January 3 ♦ David Mills
In this dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’s poems and short stories, actor and writer David Mills celebrates the life of the Harlem Renaissance writer.

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“Broadcast News” at the Latchis

January 7, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Broadcast News

Next in the Journalism Film Discussion Series,"Broadcast News" (1987) takes a caustic look inside broadcast media. Coming to the Latchis Theater on Sunday, January 7, at 4 pm. Free and open to the public.

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February 2018

First Wednesdays Series: February

February 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson

February 7 ♦ Nancy Jay Crumbine
Silent Spring not only launched the environmental movement but also laid out the fundamental problems with our relationship to nature. Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine celebrates scientist and poet Rachel Carson’s clarity, courage, and brilliance.

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“Spotlight” at the Latchis

February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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"Spotlight"

"Spotlight" - winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture - tells the story of how the investigative journalists of the Boston Globe exposed a massive scandal of child molestation inside the Catholic Church. Part of the Journalism Film Discussion Series, it will be screened at the Latchis Theater on Sunday, February 25, at 4 pm. Free and open to the public.

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March 2018

First Wednesdays Series: March

March 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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The Known World, by Edward P. Jones

March 7 ♦ Judith Frank
Amherst professor Judith Frank discusses Edward P. Jones’ 2003 Pulitzer-winning novel The Known World, called “a masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon.” In her talk "The Known World and the Literary Character," she considers what its unusual approach to characterization can tell us.

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