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On this page you’ll find events supported or sponsored by the Friends. There are many other events at the library, so you may want to check the library calendar as well.

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November 2021

Philanthropy and Civil Society in Challenging Times

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presenter: Stuart Comstock-Gay, former president of the Vermont Community Foundation
Time: November 3, 7:00pm, via Zoom

The pandemic year of 2020 challenged every aspect of modern community, including our visions of equality, civility, health, and democracy. Stuart Comstock-Gay, who has spent his career addressing issues of community, democracy and civil rights, discusses how civic engagement can help us rebuild our communities and reclaim our dreams.

To register for this online talk, visit https://www.vermonthumanities.org/event/digital-philanthropy-and-civil-society-in-challenging-times/

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Fall Book Sale

November 18 - November 20
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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The Friends have postponed their book sale to November 18, 19, & 20. We are looking for volunteers to help with the sale; if you'd like to participate, contact Jeni Clary, the library's Circulation Manager at 802-254-5290, ext. 0, or circulation@brookslibraryvt.org. We are also accepting book donations. Donations should be brought to the library's front desk, but before donating, please review the donation guidelines.

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December 2021

Learning Hidden History with Picture Books and Graphic Novels

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presenter: Laura Jiménez
Time: December 1st, 7:00pm, via Zoom

Dr. Laura Jiménez, Department Chair for Language and Literacy Education at Boston University, studies literature and literacy through a social justice lens. The current renaissance of picture books and graphic novels written by and about marginalized communities provides new ways to engage with history. Jiménez describes how contemporary authors and illustrators use visual literature to center narratives previously unseen in mainstream publishing.

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January 2022

Atlantic is a Sea of Bones

January 5, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presenter: Jarvis Green
Time: January 5, 7:00pm
Place: Brooks Memorial Library (in person)

Jarvis Green, founder of the Black theater company JAG Productions, invites us to reflect individually and collectively on the afterlives and the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. Green will explore how Black queer and feminist artists have created ways to honor this history and heal ancestral trauma.

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February 2022

Boneyarn: New York Slavery Poems

February 2, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presenter: David Mills
Time: February 2, 7:00pm, online

The oldest and largest slave cemetery in the United States is located in the shadow of Wall Street. Actor and poet David Mills reads from and discusses his award-winning poetry collection, Boneyarn, featuring groundbreaking poems about slavery in New York City, a topic rarely addressed.

David Mills holds MFAs from both New York University and Warren Wilson College and is a cum laude graduate of Yale University. He has published two full-length poetry collections in addition to Boneyarn: The Dream Detective and The Sudden Country.

To register for this online talk, visit https://www.vermonthumanities.org/event/digital-boneyarn-new-york-slavery-poems/

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March 2022

From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

March 2, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Presenter: Linda Radtke
Time: March 2, 7:00pm
Place: Brooks Memorial Library (in person)

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and a “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave the right to vote to white women.

Linda Radtke, a classically-trained singer, was a Vermont high school teacher for thirty-one years and now produces the VPR Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio.

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April 2022

The Poetics of Girlhood and Womanhood in America

April 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presenters: Diana Whitney, Shanta Lee Gander, Christal Brown
Time: April 6, 7:00pm
Place: Brooks Memorial Library (in person)

Poets and writers Diana Whitney and Shanta Lee Gander join Christal Brown, associate professor of Dance at Middlebury College, in a conversation that explores how girlhood and womanhood in America are manifested across the boundaries of poetry, dance, and lived experience.

Diana Whitney’s edited work "You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves" ranges across intersectional, intergenerational, and gender-fluid voices.

In "GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues" Shanta Lee Gander navigates between formal and vernacular styles to examine butterflies and female sexuality, vulnerability, classical Greek myths, and more.

Christal Brown’s original dance piece “The Opulence of Integrity” was inspired by the public life and inner searching of Muhammad Ali, boxing’s outspoken superstar.

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May 2022

The Force of a Story in Parts: Star Wars, Fandom, and Seriality

May 4, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presenter: Anne Moore
Time: May 4, 7:00pm
Place: Brooks Memorial Library (in person)

From Dickens to Game of Thrones, stories told in piecemeal style have shown their power to command a reader’s attention. In this apt talk for “Star Wars Day,” author Anne Moore examines how Star Wars’ serialized structure encourages readers to fill the gaps between installments with their own imaginative play.

Anne Moore is the author of After the Break: Serials, Fandom, and the Feeling of Reading, slated for publication by MacFarland Press in 2022.

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