Brooks Memorial Library

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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June 2018

Our last “Little Free Library”…

June 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The last of the seven “Little Free Libraries” that were donated by the Rotary's Literacy Project Committee has found a home: Kevin O'Keefe is the happy winner of the fundraising raffle that ended June 2nd.

All the Little Free Libraries were hand-built by the Rotary’s Literacy Project Committee and painted by local artists. We are extremely grateful to the Brattleboro Rotary for involving us in this project.

So what exactly are Little Free Libraries?

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First Wednesdays Series: June

June 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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The Known World, by Edward P. Jones

June 6 @ 7 pm ♦ Judith Frank
Amherst professor Judith Frank discusses Edward P. Jones’ 2003 Pulitzer-winning novel The Known World, called “a masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon.” In her talk "The Known World and the Literary Character," she considers what its unusual approach to characterization can tell us.

Books are available to read in advance (NOT required).

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September 2018

Use your Bean!

September 1, 2018 @ 7:00 am - September 30, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

During the month of September, the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will be among three designated organizations that will benefit from the Brattleboro Food Co-op’s Bag-A-Bean program. How It Works Whenever customers bring in their own grocery bag, bulk-food container, or travel mug, the Co-op thanks them with a 5¢ credit or a bean that they can drop it into one of three containers benefiting local non-profits. Each month the Co-op selects three non-profits on a rotating basis. For every…

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Thank-You Night

September 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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…

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October 2018

1st Wednesdays: October

October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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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.

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Concert Fundraiser

October 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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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.

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November 2018

November’s 1st Wed. talk postponed

November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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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 Technology

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Holiday Book Sale

November 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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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.

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December 2018

1st Wednesdays: December

December 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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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 Association

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January 2019

1st Wednesdays: January

January 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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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.

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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