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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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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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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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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