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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.

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

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October 2020

First Wednesdays are Back!

October 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are pleased to bring you this season's First Wednesdays lecture series, to be held online for at least the first three months. The season runs from October through May, with all talks beginning at 7:00 pm. Advance reservations are needed for the online talks. Click on the links below to read topic descriptions and, for the online talks, to reserve a "seat"! Oct. 7:  Merely Bystanders: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction Nov. 4: …

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Book Sale Update

October 19, 2020 @ 2:29 am

From our Fall Newsletter: The Friends are looking into alternative ways to run our popular winter book sale, where we traditionally sell books that can be given as gifts. We call them "like new." Since we are not currently accepting donations of books, we would have to run it with the books we had on hand for the cancelled June book sale. The books would not necessarily be almost "like new." As these sales are heavily dependent on volunteers for…

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Watch RBG with Kanopy!

October 19, 2020 @ 2:44 am

From our Fall Newsletter: With Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recent death, Kanopy, an independent film catalog, is highlighting a documentary about her life. RBG is an Academy Award nominee concerning the personal and professional journey of the Justice's nomination to the Supreme Court. Free streaming of 6 films a month to your home for all library card holders is funded in part by your contributions to the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. It has proved to be one of the most…

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Dear friend,

October 22, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

(The letterhead PDF version of the following letter is available here.) Back when the internet became omnipresent, many thought the age of books — and by definition, libraries — was over. Forbes even dared to hypothesize that public libraries were unnecessary. Why pay taxes to keep a bricks-and-mortar library going? they reasoned. Why not privatize? Why not buy books at Amazon, read them at Starbucks and watch movie choices on Netflix? The article elicited so much outrage that Forbes immediately…

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August 2021

BookPage is back …

August 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Get the scoop on the best new books across all genres. The Friends have renewed the library's subscription to BookPage, an editorially-independent monthly magazine featuring only books it highly recommends.

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Garden Party

August 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Friends invite you to a garden party fundraiser in West Brattleboro on Saturday, August 28th, 2-5pm; rain date: Sunday, August 29th. Enjoy homemade treats in a splendid wooded garden setting at 744 Meadowbrook Rd., West Brattleboro. Tickets are $20 in advance (call the library at 802-254-5290 to RSVP and get directions). Tickets are $25 on the day.

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September 2021

Fundraising News

September 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Our late-summer fundraisers - Garden Party and Ice Cream Social - were a great success, together raising close to $5,000 to help support the library. Many thanks to Sharon Myers for hosting the Garden Party and to the Brattleboro Food Coop and Circus Minimus for their contributions to the Ice Cream Social!

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October 2021

Daisy Turner’s Kin

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presenter: Jane Beck, founder of the Vermont Folklife Center
Time: October 6th, 7pm, via Zoom

Folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a saga that spans four generations and two centuries. This rare account of the Black experience in New England covers the capture in Africa, the middle passage, two generations of enslavement, escape from bondage, and eventually a family farm on a Vermont hilltop. Jane Beck is the author of Daisy Turner's Kin, an African American Family Saga, based on sixty interviews with Turner, the daughter of enslaved people.

To register for this online talk, visit

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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.

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Fall Book Sale, continued

November 18 - November 20
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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If you missed the Fall Book Sale days (November 18-20), you can still shop for remainders, on sale during regular library hours for a few weeks afterwards. In addition to books, you'll find CDs, DVDs, and puzzles - all in good condition and reasonably priced. Stock up on winter reading, or find a gift for someone special!

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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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Brattleboro, VT  05301