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Book Sale Update

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 both set-up and cashiering during the sale, we will also need to find out their level of comfort for exposure to other people. We would obviously adhere to all health guidelines and require masks and social distancing as much as possible.

It is not possible to use the library for the sale, so we are exploring alternate sites. As soon as we have any concrete plans, we will let you know. Until then, keep saving those books for us!

See the rest of the Friends’ latest Newsletter here.


Fundraising News

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!

Libraries go virtual

… 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 libraries and a lot of doors, it’s helpful to know that the state ranks first in the nation in the number of libraries per capita.

“Libraries are the shared resources of the community,” said Starr LaTronica, the director of Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro. “This is what the community thinks is of value, whether they’re physical items or online resources. The community pays for the staff, which is the greatest resource. And the library is there for everyone.”

“There are very few institutions left where that is true. That’s what libraries do,” she added. “We find a need in the community and try to fill it or facilitate it.”

But librarians being librarians, closing the doors wasn’t the end of it.

In fact, it was only the beginning, certainly in Windham County. The quarantine just moved library services online.

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The mission of the Friends is to support the Brooks Memorial Library through advocacy, public relations, and fundraising in order to provide the highest quality library services to the community.

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