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To thank those who donated to the Annual Appeal over the past year, the Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will be hosting a special get-together at the library on Friday, September 21, 6-8PM. Guests will be shown some of the new library resources that their donations have helped fund. The Fine Arts Room will be opened, and recent restoration work will be discussed. In the top floor…Find out more »
October 3 @ 7pm ♦ Anne Alstott
The size and role of government is an ongoing debate in the U.S. Big government began with Lincoln; it was essential to preserving the Union during the Civil War. Yale Law School professor Anne Alstott asks if there are challenges today best addressed by public solutions rather than private action.Find out more »
A few years ago the Friends were thrilled to present a concert featuring the great New Orleans jazz/blues singer Samirah Evans, now a Brattleboro resident, who shared with us some of her life's story in song. It was a powerful concert that is still remembered fondly to this day.
Now we are bringing Evans back to sing with her close friend Evelyn Harris, an 18-year veteran with the internationally-acclaimed black women's a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in The Rock. Harris is a high-energy performer, composer and arranger.
The show will be held at the Brooks Memorial Library on the evening of Friday, October 19, at 7pm. Tickets are on a sliding scale to accommodate all. Watch our website and Facebook page for more details coming soon.Find out more »
November @ 7pm ♦ George Jaeger
Veteran diplomat George Jaeger considers a world in which America chooses unilateral action but not leadership in the international community, which risks isolating the U.S. from both allies and adversaries.
Underwriter: Chroma TechnologyFind out more »
Looking for holiday gifts? Don’t miss the sale of “like new” books/CDs/DVDs at the library from November 29 to December 1.
10 am – 6 pm Thursday & Friday
10 am – 2 pm Saturday
Remainders will be on sale until December 17.
Most books in this sale are $3, with some special and coffee table books priced higher. This year we will also have a table with some unique items, priced somewhat higher and appealing to the more eclectic shopper!
Donations in advance of the sale are welcome — see the guidelines on our Donations page.Find out more »
December 5 @ 7pm ♦ David Blight
Yale historian David Blight, author of a new biography of Frederick Douglass, tells Douglass’s story: an escaped slave who became one of the leading abolitionists, orators, and writers of his era.
Underwriter: Vermont Bar AssociationFind out more »
January 2 @ 7pm ♦ Julie Kalish
For those with New Year’s resolutions to write, or simply write more clearly, Dartmouth writing instructor Julie Kalish leads an interactive exploration of the principles of context, audience, tone, purpose, and message.Find out more »
The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library play an instrumental role in funding many library services that are unusual for a community our size. The Commons recently ran a story highlighting several of these services, with special mention of the film service Kanopy, which provides free streaming of indie films, Hollywood films, British mysteries, foreign films and a host of other titles. All it takes is a library card! Thanks to The Commons and especially Richard Henke for the fine write-up…Find out more »
February 6 @ 7pm ♦ Tim Spears
Middlebury professor Tim Spears looks at the 1941 publication of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Depicting the lives of southern sharecroppers, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans resisted journalistic conventions and raised important questions about the nature of documentary work and art.
Underwriter: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with Pulitzer PrizesFind out more »
March 6 @ 7pm ♦ Huck Gutman
William Wordsworth was a strange yet pathbreaking poet who resisted writing poems that preened in being poems. UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman discusses how someone so “plain” and “simple” became the most revolutionary, and probably most influential, poet of the past 250 years.
Underwriter: Chroma TechnologyFind out more »