Monday, March 30, 2009

Worlds Connect at the Library in April

There is no National Library Month, but only National Library Week, April 12 to 18. But at Brooks we are planning a month-long series of activities at your library. From Ginsberg to a wildlife biologist who writes fantasy novels, there should be something for everyone @ Your Library.

Here is a convenient list of events to watch for this month at Brooks:

Wednesday, April 1, 7 PM,
Author and biographer Bill Morgan will consider the life of Allen Ginsberg

Friday, April 3, 7 PM,

Coffee Tasting --Equal Exchange's Jim Desmond will lead us through a coffee tasting and chocolate pairings.

Friday, April 3, 3 PM to 8 PM,
Saturday, April 4, 11 AM to 3 PM Friends of Library Spring Paperback Booksale

Thursday, April 9, 7 PM,
Historian Paul Searles will speak on "Champlain's Vermont: The Legacy of Samuel de Champlain's Vision for North America.

Saturday,April 11, 2 PM,
Caldecott Medal Winner, Beth Krommes received the American Library Association's 2009 Randolph Caldecott Medal,

Wednesday ,April 15 at 7:00 PM
Vermont Alzheimer Association Workshop, "Maintain Your Brain."

Thursday, April 16, at 7:00 PM
Wildlife biologist and fantasy author Mark Freeman will read from his first novel, The Kindling of GreenFyr: Book One of the Reunification Conspiracy.

Sunday, April 19, 2 PM
The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library's 17th annual meeting featuring
National Book Award finalist Laban Carrick Hill, author of America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the '60s,

Wednesday, April 22, 7
Local area author Charles Butterfield and photographer Larry Richardson have teamed up to publish a photo­graphic essay book titled Another Light.

Wednesday, April 29, 7
Book Discussion: Clash of Civilizations by Samuel Huntington

Vermont Humanities Council scholar, Richard Wizansky

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Hey..It's Your Library..Come to an event this month

the anniesThursday, March 12, 7 PM, American social anthropologist Ann Armbrecht, PhD, will discuss her recent book, Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home, in the library's Main Reading Room. A "thin place" is a place where two worlds meet,usually the mundane and the spiritual worlds. During the 1990s, Dr. Armbrecht made several trips to northeastern Nepal to research the relationship between Yamphu Rai farmers and their land use in an area recently designated as a national park and conservation area; and whether-as she believed-they held a wisdom about living on the earth that the industrialized West had forgotten.

Bob Noble--Journey out of DarknessThursday, March 26, 7 PM, Author Hal LaCroix will present a talk on his book Journey Out of Darkness: The Real Story of American Heroes in Hitler's POW Camps. The book is illustrated with photographs by Jorg Meyer. Journey Out of Darkness is a poignant collection of portraits, in words and photographs, of 19 former prisoners of war who bravely endured captivity in Nazi Germany during World War II. Through these men, one can learn essential truths about the POW experience during that war-truths that counter many popular myths and misconceptions. Journalist LaCroix and photographer Meyer have crafted a powerful exploration of the struggles of these brave veterans. Using both oral histories and photographs, Journey Out of Darkness humanizes a terrifying aspect of war, redefining how we think about these men as POWs, survivors, patriots, and members of the "Greatest Generation."

All That I have
Friday, March 27, 7 PM, Newfane author Castle Freeman, Jr. will read from his new novel, All That I Have, in the Main Room.

Just one year after his critically acclaimed, Go With Me: A Novel¸ Castle presents his readers with another "gripping, wise, and darkly funny tale of suspense. Sheriff Lucian Wing confronts a series of trials that test his work, his marriage, and the settled order of his life. Wing is an experienced, practical man who enforces the law in his corner of Vermont with a steady hand and a generous tolerance. Things are not as they should be, however, in the sheriff's small, protected domain. The outside world draws near, and threats multiply: the arrival in the district of a band of exotic, major league criminals; an ambitious and aggressive deputy; the self-destructive exploits of a local bad boy; Wing's discovery of a domestic crisis. The sheriff's response to these diverse challenges calls on all the personal resources he has cultivated during his working life: patience, tact, and humor.

Castle Freeman Jr. is the award-winning author of three previous novels, a story collection, and a collection of essays. He has been a regular essayist for The Old Farmer's Almanac since 1982 and is also a contributor to Vermont Life magazine. He lives in Newfane, Vermont.

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