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Friends of Brooks Memorial Library

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.

A flyer for the 2018-2019 First Wednesdays season is available here.

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July 2019

Fourth of July

July 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library got to strut their new banner in Brattleboro's 2019 Fourth of July parade.

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Latest Newsletter

July 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Read up on all the highlights of the past year and the plans for this summer -- click here to read and download!

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October 2019

First Wednesdays

October 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - May 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

The popular First Wednesdays series, free and open to the public, returns for another season at Brooks Memorial Library! Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and the local businesses listed below, the lectures are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7PM in the Main Reading Room. You'll find a description of all the lectures here. We are grateful to our local sponsors, including Against the Grain, Brattleboro Autobody & Detailing, Brattleboro Retreat, Everyone’s Books, GPI Construction, New…

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Appreciation Brunch

October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

All members of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are invited for a brunch at the library on Saturday, October 26th, 10 am to noon. If you're not already a member, maybe this would be a good time to join! Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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December 2019

Holiday Book Sale

December 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Check out the 14th annual Friends Holiday Book Sale, December 12-14 in the Main Reading Room, where you'll find a wonderful selection of “like new” books, CDs, and DVDs for sale. Thursday & Friday: 10am - 4pm Saturday: 10am - 2pm Prices are reasonable, and the proceeds go toward supporting library services and high-quality programming. If you'd like to donate items to the sale, read the guidelines here, and bring your donations to the…

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April 2020

The Public is Invited …

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

... to the Friends Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 20, at 4:30PM. We'll be recapping last year's accomplishments and considering what the way forward might look like for the coming year. In particular, we'll be discussing and voting on the 2020-2021 budget. The meeting will be held by conference call. If you'd like to "attend," write to us at, with Attn: Joyce Marcel in the subject line. Joyce will contact you with the code needed and procedures to connect…

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Life in the Time of Corona

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

With all due apologies to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this just seemed like an appropriate title for a library newsletter. Things have moved both fast and slow lately. Obviously things seem to be slow at the library, but behind the scenes it has been anything but. Early on, before the library closed for good, the staff was still offering front-door pick-up service, but returns became untenable because of the need to wipe down and sequester books and limited space to hold…

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Libraries go virtual

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

... with a human touch By Joyce Marcel, president of the Friends Photo: Jeff Potter Reprinted with permission of The Commons ( When Gov. Phil Scott issued his emergency orders that shut down most public spaces last month, the Agency of Commerce stated that libraries were among those services “not considered critical to public health and safety or economic and national security.” And amid the global pandemic, 183 Vermont libraries closed their doors. If that sounds like a lot of…

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August 2020

Meeting Minutes 7/15/2020

August 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The meeting was conducted via GoToMeeting and was called to order at 4:30pm. Participating were Joyce Marcel, Connie Kimball, Betsy Wagenknecht, John Komar, Sue Dyer and Karen Duggan, with Starr Latronica and Courtney Carey for the library and Howard Burrows for the trustees. Cindy Hutchenson and Kate Wylie were excused. The secretary’s report was approved. The treasurer’s report was accepted and will be filed for audit. Our June 30, 2020 treasury balance was $43,740.74. Joyce introduced Christopher Ilstrup, head of…

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September 2020

Meeting Minutes 8/19/2020

September 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The meeting was conducted via GoToMeeting and was called to order at 4:35pm. Participating were Joyce Marcel, Connie Kimball, Betsy Wagenknecht, John Komar, Sue Dyer, Kate Wylie, Cindy Hutcheson, Karen Duggan, Starr LaTronica and Courtney Carey for the library, and visitor Bob Oeser. The secretary's report was approved. The treasury balance as of July 31, 2020 was $44,323.94. The report was accepted and will be filed for audit. Connie presented the YTD comparison budget as well. Karen is taking a…

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The mission of the Friends is to support the Brooks Library through advocacy, public relations, and fundraising in order to provide the highest quality library services to the community.

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