Sunday, November 02, 2014

Traditions-based Folk Music November 7, 7:30 PM,
Main Room

Please join us for another Friends of the Library fundraising concert on Friday, November 7, 7:30 PM, with Vermont folk-based traditions duo  Hungrytown.  Tickets are available at Main Circulation Desk and at Brattleboro Tix,

$10, Friends of Library member; $15/non-member.

Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson.  They have released two highly acclaimed CDs,  Hungrytown (2008) and Any Forgotten Thing (2011), both of which continue to receive much airplay on folk and Americana stations worldwide.

Ken is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist as well as a talented producer and arranger.  He learned to play drums and keyboards as a child, and has since moved on to bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica.  He also has a remarkable gift for musical harmony, and is responsible for Hungrytown's luxuriant vocal stylings.  Having produced all of their recorded works, his artistry has been singled out for praise:

 "Anderson has a knack for crafting rich arrangements that don't clutter things up," writes Casey Rea of Seven Days (VT) magazine.

When not touring with Rebecca, Ken is often hiding out in their home studio, Song Catcher Recording, working with other songwriters and instrumentalists.

 Rebecca and Ken tour full time; their adventures have taken them throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.  Their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers.

Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel's hit series, Portlandia.Before Hungrytown, Rebecca made two well-received CDs under her own name (with help from Ken behind the scenes), Rebecca Hall Sings! (2000) and Sunday Afternoon (2002).  Rebecca learned to sing in church as a child, and had developed into a skilled interpreter of jazz and blues standards by the time she was in her 20s.  Her discovery of roots music coincided with the reissue of the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music in 1997, and inspired her to write her own material.  She soon developed a reputation for crafting classic, instantly memorable songs, weaving modern themes into traditional song structures.

"Rebecca Hall is a true rarity: a new folk classicist." wrote Daniel Gewertz of the Boston Herald. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dublin in Story and Song at Brooks Memorial Library, Thursday, June 19, 7:30 PM

James Joyce's Bloomsday is Monday June 16, and now is the time to purchase those tickets to DUBLIN IN STORY AND SONG with Dublin born musician and folklorist Tom O'Carroll. Sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday, June 19, 7:30 PM. Get tix at or Library's Main Desk. Listen to interview with Tom

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Fund Raising concert/talk on "The Land Where the Blues Began", Friday, March 21, @ 7:30 PM, Library Main Room

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Join Brattleboro's Archer Mayor in Cyberspace this Wednesday, January 29, at 7 PM

Friday, January 10, 2014

Armchair Travelers....all aboard for India...Brooks Memorial Library , Saturday, January 11, at 2:30 PM

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Author Douglas Wissing discusses book, Funding the Enemy: How US Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban, Monday, July 2, 7 PM

Join author Douglas Wissing as he discusses his new book, Funding the Enemy: How US Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban, on Monday, July 2, 7 PM, in the Library's Meeting Room.

During Wissing's research and fieldwork in Afghanistan's war zones, a drumbeat of off-the-record and offhand remarks pointed him to one conclusion: "We blew it." The sentiment was even blazoned across the US military's fortifications, as Wissing saw at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam in insurgency-wracked Laghman Province: "I glanced over at a concrete blast barrier while waiting for a helicopter," Wissing says. "Someone had spray-painted in jagged letters: 'The GAME. You Lost It.'"

This is the first book to detail the toxic embrace between American policymakers and careerists, Afghan kleptocrats and opportunistic Taliban.

"Douglas Wissing's book Funding the Enemy is a sobering account of the attempts by several US administrations to both wage war in and provide aid to Afghanistan, often with confusing and contradictory results. Backed by extensive interviews as well as on-the-ground embedded-reporter experience, the book illustrates the nearly impossible task of nation-building in a country with a long history of factional friction and transactional corruption." --Lee H. Hamilton, former Indiana congressman and co-chair of the Iraq Study Group

Photo: A Khost Province tribal elder listens to the Americans soldiers’ development proposal as a younger tribal leader sits in the shadow. (Photo by Douglas Wissing)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Evenings of Poetry; Hitchcock; Trivia Contest; How to Digitize --At BML this Spring

An Evening of Latin American Poetry

Amherst College profess
or Ilan Stavans considers poems by Rubén Darío, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and others—parts of a tradition in which words are mechanisms of resistance against oppression.

The lecture is a First Wednesday program sponsored by the
Vermont Humanities Council.

Supported by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Additional sponsors are (for the VHC) Brattleboro Historical Society, Dakin & Benelli, P.C.; and KSE Partners, LLP; (for
Brooks Memorial Library) Brattleboro Savings and Loan; Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC; the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library; and Windham World Affairs Council of Vermont.

Wednesday April 4, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Brooks Memorial Library, Main Room

An Evening of Poetry I

Join poets Tim Mayo, Jeff Friedman, and Lucas Farrell for an evening of poetry at Brooks Memorial Library, Wednesday, April 11, beginning at 7 PM in the meeting room.

Tim Mayo’s poems and reviews have appeared in Atlanta Review, The Brattleboro Reformer, 5 AM, Poetry International, Poet Lore, River Styx, Web Del Sol Review, Verse Daily, Verse Wisconsin and The Writer’s Almanac among many other places. His first full length collection The Kingdom of Possibilities was published by Mayapple Press in 2009. He has been twice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, three times for a Pushcart Prize as well as chosen as a top finalist for the Paumanok Award. He is on the author committee of the Brattleboro Literary Festival.

Lucas Farrell is the author of The Many Woods of Grief (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011), which was winner of the 2010 Juniper Prize for Poetry. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Boston Review, Jubilat, Poetry Daily, DIAGRAM, Mid-American Review and elsewhere. He and his wife run a small goat dairy and confectionery in Townshend, VT.

Jeff Friedman is the author of five collection
s of poetry: Working in Flour (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2011), Black Threads (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2007), Taking Down the Angel (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003), Scattering the Ashes (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998), and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave (BkMk Press-University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1986). His poems, mini stories and translations have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, 5 AM, New England Review, Poetry International, Quick Fiction, North American Review, Ontario Review, Antioch Review, Agni Online, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, and The New Republic. A contributing editor to Natural Bridge, he lives in West Lebanon with the artist Colleen Randall and their dog Bekka.

Date: Wednesday April 11, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Brooks Memorial Library Sponsored--Meeting Room


Join the Discussion: What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East

Join humanities scholar Dr. Richard Wizansky for a reading and discussion of Bernard Lewis's What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East.

The event is part of the Vermont Humanities Council book discussion series.

In this elegantly written volume, Bernard Lewis, a renowned authority an Islamic affairs, examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to make sense of how it had been overtaken, overshadowed, and dominated by the West. In a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil, Lewis shows how the
Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry, industry, government, education, and culture. He also describes how some Middle Easterners fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, while others asked not "Who did this to us?" but rather "Where did we go wrong?"

With a new Afterword that addresses September 11 and its aftermath, What Went Wrong? is an urgent, accessible book that no one who is concerned with contemporary affairs will want to miss.

Wednesday April 18, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brooks Memorial Library Sponsored--Meeting Room

John Nestle Speaks on his Career in Business

CEO and fighter test pilot John Nestle will talk about his career in business starting a high tech avionics company--Consolidated Airborne Systems -- and flying jet aircraft.

The program will not be a lecture but a conversation with John about his extensive and long career as a startup business executive. John encourages the audience to bring questions concerning a small startup that eventually became a large, leading, high-tech company in the aviation industry traded on the American Stock Exchange.

Wednesday April 25, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Brooks Memorial Library Sponsored--Meeting Room


Say! What Do You Know? Trivia Contest

It's here again: the 3rd Annual Say! What Do You Know Trivia Contest.
Last year 10 teams tried to best one another in a game of trivia. It
was great fun.

This year we want to give you an early warning so that you can get your team together again.

Join us with your trivia team on Sunday, April 22, at
2 PM, in the Brooks Memorial Library's Main Room.

The event will raise funds to benefit the Friends of
Brooks Memorial Library, whose mission is to help support services and programs at the at the Library. Here's the drill if you've not played:
Get six members together for a team.
Complete the registration form available at , and send in a check for $100.
The quiz will consist of five rounds of five questions each in the following categories:
Geography/History~Art in the Library~ Name that Tune~Olympic Sports~Environment Science~ Literary Quotes/Mis-quotes
Mike Jerald is the Master-of-Ceremonies. We have also revamped the rules of play to make the contest flow more smoothly so that we can have more fun.

For more information call the Library at 802-254-5290.
Sunday April 22, 2012
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Brooks Memorial Library Sponsored --Main Room

Photographer Peter Simon: I and Eye: Pictures of My Generation

Peter Simon will present a slide show of his photographs, taken for his 2001 book, I and Eye: Pictures of My Generation, in the library’s Meeting Room on Friday, April 27, at 7 PM.

I and Eye is an astonishing record of the far-ranging experiences of Simon’s generation, in which he has
captured many of the major figures and events—in both the mainstream and the counterculture—of the past 40 years. Among his many eclectic subjects are the “New Age” quest for spirituality, reggae culture, the Grateful Dead, the New York Mets, and life on Martha’s Vineyard.

Peter Simon is a nationally acclaimed photographer, photojournalist, author, music historian, and instructor who has turned his enthusiasms into a highly entertaining and insightful career of articles, books, CDs, fine art prints, and calendars. His work has been published in many newspapers and magazines, including Time, Newsweek, People, Village Voice, Atlantic Monthly, Cape Cod Life, Boston Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone.

Date: Friday April 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Brooks Memorial Library Sponsored --Main Room


One Nation under Contract: the privatization of American foreign policy and its consequences.

(Partially funded by the Windham World Affairs Council of Vermont.)

Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger provides a disturbing look at an important trend in politics: the privatization of American foreign policy and its consequences.
The lecture is a First Wednesday program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.

Supported by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Date:Wednesday May 2, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brooks Memorial Library Sponsored --Main Room

Join the Discussion: Fountain and Tomb by Naguib Mafouz

Join humanities scholar Dr. Richard Wizansky for a reading and discussion of Naquib Mahfouz's
Fountain and Tomb, which is a story of a boy who recalls stories from his childhood heard over time in an Egyptian alley.

The event is part of the Vermont Humanities Council reading and discussion series.

Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Najib Mahfouz, who died in 2006, wrote intimately, profoundly, and elegantly about life in the
Middle East. Whether composing gripping, realistic chronicles of ordinary Egyptian families or crafting episodic, allegorical vignettes probing the spiritual beliefs of the Arabic world, Mahfouz applied a keenly perceptive eye to the rich and diverse experiences of human life, particularly in the tumultuous political environment of 20th-century Egypt. He wrote in a clear, thoughtful, sometimes whimsical, and always vividly passionate style that will captivate readers looking for intelligent, meditative fiction about human existence.

Wednesday May 9, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brooks Memorial Library Sponsored--Meeting Room


Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie

Scripting Hitchcock explores the collaborative process between Alfred Hitchcock and the screenwriters he hired to write the scripts for three of his greatest films: Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie. Drawing from extensive interviews with the screenwriters and other film technicians who worked for Hitchcock, Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick illustrate how much of the filmmaking process took place not on the set or in front of the camera, but in the adaptation of the sources, the mutual creation of plot and characters by the director and the writers, and the various revisions of the written texts of the films.

Hitchcock allowed his writers a great deal of creative freedom, which resulted in dynamic screenplays that expanded traditional narrative and defied earlier conventions. Critically examining the question of authorship in film, Raubicheck and Srebnick argue that Hitchcock did establish visual and narrative priorities for his writers, but his role in the writing process was that of an editor. While the writers and their contributions have generally been underappreciated, this study reveals that all the dialogue and much of the narrative structure of the films were the work of screenwriters Jay Presson Allen, Joseph Stefano, and Evan Hunter. The writers also shaped American cultural themes into material specifically for actors such as Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, and Tony Perkins.

Walter Raubicheck is a professor of English at Pace University and the coeditor of Going My Way: Bing Crosby and American Culture. Walter Srebnick is Professor Emeritus of English at Pace University and the coeditor of Hitchcock's Rereleased Films: From Rope to Vertigo.

The film Marnie will be screened at the Latchis Theatre on Sunday, May 6, at 4 PM. Discussion with authors Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick at Brooks Memorial Library, Thursday, May 10, at 7 PM. Film clips will be shown.

Date: Sunday, May 6, Screening of Marnie

Time: 4 PM

Location: Latchis Theatre

Event: Joint fund raising event for Brattleboro Arts Initiative and Friends of Brooks Memorial Library

Date: Thursday May 10, 2012, Lecture by Raubicheck and Srebnick with screen clips

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room


How to Create Digital Collections: For Historical Societies and Other Cultural Institutions

A presentation by Jess Weitz, Brooks Memorial Library and creator of the

digital library of Porter Thayer’s photography

Small town cultural institutions, such as libraries and historical societies, are community anchored institutions that provide access to unique, local information and objects that are unavailable elsewhere.

However, the creation of digital collections is a big endeavor concerning both financial resources and the skills of staff, along with questions about how to support the creation of a digital library and the long-term ability to maintain it. The costs of implementing a collection have gone down due to a range of open source content management systems, and cultural changes have demanded more user-friendly ways to access information, such as from home and on mobile devices.

Come learn about some available options for creating inexpensive digital collections and considerations in planning a new project such as: hardware and software needs; time frame of projects; cost estimates and funding; and online management options. There will be two other talks in this series, one geared toward library image collections and the other toward personal photography collections. Supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wednesday May 16, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room

Dr. James Gilligan, author of Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others

Join Dr. James Gilligan on Saturday, May 19, at 12 noon in the Library's meeting room for a discussion of his new book, Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others, published by Polity Books, 2011.

Gilligan is best known for his books entitled Violence, where he draws on 25 years of work in the American prison system to describe the motivation and causes behind violent behavior. In his most recent book he draws on research that connects election results and the rise of murder and suicide rates in the Untied States.
(Photo: Author Carol Gilligan with husband, James.)

Saturday May 19, 2012
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Brooks Memorial Library Sponsored--Meeting Room


An Evening of Poetry II

Join poets Joan Aleshire, Meg Kearney, and Ellen Dudley for An Evening of Poetry II at
Brooks Memorial Library, Wednesday, May 23, beginning at 7 PM in the meeting room.

Happily, Joan Aleshire’s fifth book of poems, examines a childhood of privilege and difference in a remarkable
Baltimore family during the 1940s and ‘50s. The collection offers vivid glimpses of 20th century history as it explores the trials, challenges and joys of relationships within the family and beyond that have influenced the developing consciousness of a particular self in the world [...] Poet Stephen Dobyns says, "Aleshire’s poems are as much sound as sense, and together they don’t so much talk about a vanished time as recreate it with all its many levels of actuality and gradations of emotion."

Meg Kearney’s Home By Now (Four Way Books 2009) was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year, and winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award. She is author of An Unkindness of Ravens (BOA Editions 2001), and the novels-in-verse for teens The Secret of Me, (Persea Books 2005) and The Girl in the Mirror (Persea 2012). Meg’s story “Chalk” appears in Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short Short Stories (Persea 2011). Her picture book, Trouper the Three-Legged Dog (Scholastic 2013), will feature illustrations by E.B. Lewis. Director of the Solstice Creative Writing Programs of Pine Manor College in Massachusetts, Meg was Associate Director of the National Book Foundation—sponsor of the National Book Awards—for more than 11 years. Her work has been featured on “A Writer’s Almanac” and appears in myriad anthologies. A native New Yorker, Meg lives in
New Hampshire.

Ellen Dudley is the author of Slow Burn ( Provincetown Arts Press, 1997) and The Geographic Cure (Four Way Books, 2007) Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Agni, Massachusetts Review, The Poetry Miscellany, Phoebe, AQR and many other print and on-line journals.

She is the winner of a Vermont Council on the Arts Fellowship as well as Fellowships to the
Vermont Studio Center and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. She has taught writing at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and was guest lecturer at the New School University, Emerson College, UC Irvine as well as at New Hampshire Writers Project and private workshops. She is founding editor/publisher of the Marlboro Review. She lives in Marlboro, Vermont, where she is co-owner of a construction company and in the district of Ka`u on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Wednesday May 23, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Brooks Memorial Library Sponsored--Meeting Room

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