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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 »
April 3 @ 7pm - Reeve Lindbergh
Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, discusses the intersection of fame and privacy as the spokesperson for one of the most famous families of the 20th century.
Underwriter: Carole and Geof Gaddis
Friday, April 5th, 7-9pm Come celebrate National Library Week at the Friends' annual Dessert Gala, featuring a wonderful selection of desserts, tea, conversation, and a chance to win some amazing raffle prizes donated by area merchants. Chat with old Friends and make some new ones! For ticket information, contact the library at 802-254-5290.Find out more »
April 30 @ 7pm ♦ Harold Holzer
Biographer Harold Holzer tells the story of one of the great sculptors of the 19th century—creator of the Lincoln Memorial, “The Minute Man” of Concord, Massachusetts, and the “Spirit of Life,” which was created for Brattleboro’s park, stolen, and recovered.
Underwriter: Crosby-Gannett FundFind out more »