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On this page you’ll find events supported or sponsored by the Friends. Most of these events are free; fundraiser events will display buttons for online sales of tickets — you’ll be able to pay online or just reserve a ticket and pay at the door.

There are many other events at the library, so you may want to check the library calendar as well. A flyer for the 2017-2018 First Wednesdays season is available here.

If you have any questions about this page, please email us.

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February 2018

“Spotlight” at the Latchis

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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"Spotlight"

"Spotlight" - winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture - tells the story of how the investigative journalists of the Boston Globe exposed a massive scandal of child molestation inside the Catholic Church.

The final installment of this season's Journalism Film Series, "Spotlight" will be screened at the Latchis Theater on Sunday, February 25th, at 4:00 pm. A discussion led by Randy Holhut of The Commons will follow.

Free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

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April 2018

First Wednesdays Series: April

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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An Emerson for Our Time

April 4 @ 7 pm ♦ Barry O'Connell
Drawing on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays “The American Scholar,” “Self-Reliance,” and “Experience,” Amherst professor emeritus Barry O’Connell explores the many ways Emerson’s writings continue to offer insights that can make our lives more open and fruitful.

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Dessert Fundraiser!

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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The Friends are celebrating National Library Week (April 8-14) with a dessert fundraiser and “friendraiser” at the library on Friday, April 13, 7-9 pm. The Friends will be offering a selection of desserts along with tea and coffee. Various prizes, many handcrafted by area artists, will be raffled off. The $10 admission price will cover dessert and coffee as well as 3 raffle tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased at 3 for $5. We will also be holding a separate…

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May 2018

First Wednesdays Series: May

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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May 2 @ 7 pm ♦ James Maroney
Georgia O’Keeffe produced over 2,000 works in her 75-year career. James Maroney, the former Head of American Paintings at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s and the person who conducted her estate appraisal after her death, presents a critical evaluation of her best work.

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Public Invited

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The public is invited to attend the Friends Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 19, at 1:00pm. The meeting will be held in the meeting room on the top floor of the library next to the Children's Room. At 2:00pm following the meeting, on the Main Floor of the library, Jeff Danziger, political cartoonist, will be reading from The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump, a book he co-wrote with Bill Mares. The book features writings from a host…

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The Full Vermonty

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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On Saturday, May 19, at 2pm, Jeff Danziger, political cartoonist, will be reading from The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump, a book he co-wrote with Bill Mares. The book features writings from a host of local contributors, all giving their take on life in the age of Trump.

The event will take place in the Main Room of the library, directly after the 1pm Annual Meeting of the Friends.

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Summer Book Sale

May 31 @ 10:00 am - June 2 @ 1:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Looking for some summer reading? Come to the Friends of the Library Book Sale on the Strolling of the Heifers weekend, May 31 to June 2, where you'll find lots of good books, plus DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, and puzzles.
Thursday & Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 1 pm

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June 2018

Raffling the last Little Free Library

June 2 @ 10:00 am
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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In this unique Friends fundraiser, there is now only one "Little Free Library" remaining for sale ($300) and one to be raffled ($5 a ticket).

They were all hand-built by the Rotary's Literacy Project Committee and painted by local artists.

So what exactly are Little Free Libraries?

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Our last “Little Free Library”…

June 4 @ 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 @ 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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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