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At Brooks Memorial Library...
Tails of Birding, with Chris Petrak..
Borrowing eBooks at Brooks Memorial Library
Where Were They Then, and Where Are They Now? The Civil War Dead.
Jessie Haas Reads from...Revolutionary Westminster: From Massacre to Statehood
Flower of Your Region Children's Book...Exhibit from Latvia
Author and Illustrator Jasper Tomkins...Children's Books Exhibit cases
Setup Calendar Reminders for These...Events in...Septembe

 Try the Library's new access to FREE online courses. All you need is your library card. Try it today, tonight, anytime!  



  The new edition of The Brooks Reader is available. Become a member and get it in the mail. Pick up a copy at the Library. Read  it here online. 


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 New  Titles  at BML

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The Good Muslim:  A Novel / Anam, Tahmima Harpercollins (2011)   __________________



Back of Beyond/ Box, C. J St Martins Pr (2011)   




 Whatever Gets You Through the Night A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments/ Codrescu, Andrei Princeton Univ Pr (2011)

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Black in Latin America / Gates, Henry Louis New York Univ Pr (2011)



 Cryoburn Bujold, Lois McMaster Pocket Books (2010)




Vaclav & Lena Tanner/Haley Random House Inc (2011)  

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 Bad Dog A Love Story/Kihn, Martin Random House Inc (2011)

 Booklists Featured in this eNews for 2011


September Events@ Brooks Memorial Library 


Lifelong Learning for the 21st Century  

The Town of Brattleboro and surrounding areas have endured an immense tragedy since my last eNews of August 15. The floods caused by tropical storm Irene touched nearly everyone with roads washed away, basements flooded, power outages, and extreme loss of property.

Even though the Library was spared any damage except for a minor power outage, we closed on Monday, August 29, by request of the Town Manager,  to lessen the amount of travel into Brattleboro's devastated lower-downtown area.

While closed on that day two staff who were able  to report to work at the library,  installed an exhibit on the main floor of the Flood of 1927 and Hurricane of 1938. This exhibit is connected  thematically to an exhibit of Tower #1 metal damaged in the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2011.

This exhibit, which is accompanied by books and other resources from the Library's collection, is on display in the window of the main floor until 9/11/2001. According to information on the exhibit, the steel is believed to be a 6-ft piece of floor joist from the impact of one plane, between the 94th and 98th floors of Tower #1.


The loan of the artifact is made possible through  the  courtesy of the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club and the Brattleboro Fire Department. Read about the Tower #1 metal artifact here. 


I would like to welcome you to our new service: Universal Class, which gives library cardholders
access to over 500 online courses. Here are the quick facts: 
  • You are welcome to enroll in up to 5 courses.
  • You have up to 6 months to finish each course.
  • You have access to your course 24/7 via the Internet.
  • Attend class and do assignments on your schedule. Each course has a real instructor who you may communicate with using email.
  • These are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements.

Universal Class
is offered at no cost to all Vermont Public Libraries beginning on September 1, 2011 by the Vermont Department of Libraries All citizens of Vermont who have access to the services of a public library are eligible to use this online learning resource for free in the library or from remote sites.

Please check out the upcoming programs that I have described below. If you have any questions, please contact me at my email, or through my Twitter account


See you in the stacks,


Library Director

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15Chris 007.jpg Tails of Birding, with Chris Petrak    

Wednesday, September 14, 7 PM     

Library Meeting Room   


As Brattleboro Reformer bird columnist for more than 10 years, Chris Petrak has chronicled birds on a weekly basis, interweaving the experiences of bird watching and birding ventures with stories of the lives, biology, and �survival challenges the birds face.


Petrak will discuss his book Tails of �Birding on Wednesday, September 14, at 7 p.m., in the library's second-floor �Meeting Room. This collection of 52 engaging essays is variously informative, entertaining, �narrative, poignant, humorous, poetic, and reflective.


Chris Petrak has been birding for more than 30 years. He is a retired minister who lives in Newfane, Vt. Also an accomplished photographer, he has traveled extensively throughout the United States and in Europe, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, and India. His most recent travels were to Texas, Trinidad, and Qu�bec and Alberta, Canada.


In addition, he serves as webmaster and newsletter editor for Mussoorie Gamin Vikas Samiti (Mussoorie �Village Development Committee), an NGO in northern India working with villagers in the foothills of the Himalayas; exhibitor chair and webmaster for the Newfane Heritage Festival, benefiting Newfane Congregational Church; and newsletter editor for the Southeastern  Vermont Audubon Society. 


Visit Chris's web site  



For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802.254.5290 or send us an email to 


Borrowing eBooks at Brooks Memorial Library

Friday, September 16, at 3PM

Library Meeting Room

Ebooks continue to popular. Since the beginning of the year library members at Brooks Memorial Library have downloaded over 251 eBooks to their eReaders. And system-wide in Vermont that number is nearly 2,000 checkouts.
This number is expected to grow as the collection of eBooks grows.

Join Brooks Memorial Library Director Jerry Carbone, and eBook enthusiast Eric Blomquist, on Friday, September 16, at 3PM, in the Library's meeting room, for a guided tour of Overdrive--the eBook and eAudio-- web site. We will show you how to download these to your compatible device for a period of two weeks for free. The only "credit card" needed is your BML library card.

Compatible devices include desktop PC and MAC computers, mobile devices such as Android, Blackberry, IPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Windows Mobile, and eBook readers that include the Nook, Kobo, Literati, NextBook, Pandigital, PocketBook, and Sony Readers. And beginning in late-2011 these titles can be borrowed with your Kindle.

If you have questions about your Kindle and what is available for it bring them along. Eric will be happy to help.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Bring your reader and share your experiences. Instructional handouts will be available For more information please contact the Library at 254-5290, ext. 0.



Where Were They Then, and Where Are They Now? The Civil War Dead   

Wednesday, September 21, 7 PM  


Library Meeting Room-Co-sponsored with the Brattleboro Historical Society


Join American Civil War enthusiast Charles Marchant on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room for a discussion of his "work in progress" research project to locate the burial locations of all 100 Civil War volunteers who enlisted from the town of Townshend, Vt. He knows that at least two of the Townshend soldiers are buried in Brattleboro.


Marchant's research has taken him from Washington state to Washington, D.C., and many states in between. Besides locating where the soldiers are buried, he is also attempting to insure that each soldier is properly recognized. He will discuss searching National Archive, probate, county court, and family records as part of his research.


Charlie Marchant is a retired social studies teacher, having spent 36 years at Leland and Gray in Townshend. He is secretary of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association and a trustee of the Townshend Historical Society and the Association of Gravestone Studies. In his spare time he fixes broken gravestones all over New England and works with the photo committee of the Wardsboro History Group whose primary purpose is to print images from glass plate negatives.



For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802.254.5290 or send us an email to 


15haasJessie Haas Reads from Revolutionary Westminster: From Massacre to Statehood

Saturday, September 24, 3 PM 


Library Meeting Room


Vermont-born, award-winning author Jessie Haas will visit the Meeting Room on Saturday, September 24, at 3 p.m., to read from and discuss her first adult nonfiction book, Revolutionary Westminster: From Massacre to Statehood, published by The History Press in 2011.


The battles of Lexington and Concord have long been considered the beginning of the American Revolution. However, the first blood was actually shed in Westminster in March 1775. More than a month before Lexington and Concord, Westminster Whigs endured an attack from their own Loyalist sheriff and his men that left two dead. In response, the county rose in revolt in what became known as the Westminster Massacre.  


This bloody event set the stage for Vermont's separation from New York, and its position as a mainstay of American independence throughout the entire war.

Jessie Haas grew up in Westminster on the farm owned in Revolutionary times by John Wells (a member of Azariah Wright's militia and a soldier in the Continental army).  


She lives adjacent to that farm with her husband, Michael J. Daley, in an off-grid cabin they built themselves. A graduate of Wellesley College, Haas is the author of more than 30 award-winning books for children and young adults, including several historical novels.



 For more information please contact the Library at 254-5290, ext. 0.


Flower of Your Region Children's Book  Exhibit from Latvia

Through the Month of September 


Main Floor

An international exhibition of children's art entitled Flower of Your Region will be on display at the Brooks Memorial Library during the month of September. 

On loan to the library from the Fermata Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization, the exhibit features winning entries from a drawing contest organized by the Balvi Arts School in Latvia in 2010.  Participants in the contest included more than 1,000 children of all ages from ten countries, including Bangladesh, China, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia and the United States.

The mission of the Fermata Arts Foundation is to aid in the preservation of peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. The model for achieving this is through the synthesis of art, architecture, philosophy and poetry.  The Corporation exists to promote and encourage true intercultural dialogue between countries through which the representatives of different countries can discover shared values and spiritual commonality.
For more information please contact the Library at 254-5290, ext. 0.


15tomkins.jpgAuthor and Illustrator Jasper Tomkins

Through the month of September 

Children's Books Exhibit cases on the 2nd floor 


Jasper Tomkins is the author and illustrator of eleven books. Among them, The Catalog, winning the International Children's Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and the National Children's Choice Award. Nimby received the Washington State Children's Choice Award and The Hole in the Ocean, the National Parent's Choice Award. For his The Sky Jumps Into Your Shoes At Night he received the National Children's Choice Award.


Jasper grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Every summer his parents whisked him away to the wilds of nature to experience mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, bears, porcupines, and snakes. And then oceans, islands, whales, rocks, sand, ants, and eagles. Every September it was time to go back to school where Jasper was a quiet student usually hiding in the back of the room working on secret science projects he had hidden in his desk (in second grade he had so many projects, his teacher gave him two desks). If you peeked over his shoulder, you might have found him making funny drawings that he wouldn't show to anyone. He thought they were terrible and wished he could draw like his mother.


Jasper studied both science and art; graduating with a BFA in graphic design and illustration from the University of Washington.  You may visit his web site by clicking here 


For more information please contact the Library at 254-5290, ext. 0.


Calendar Reminders for These  

Events in  September. 


Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 7:00 PM 

15remind_me.gifTales of Birding, with Brattleboro Reformer bird columnist, Chris Petrak
 For over ten years, Chris Petrak has chronicled birds on a weekly basis, interweaving the experiences of bird watching and birding ventures with the lives, biology, and survival challenges which the birds face.



Friday, September 16, 2011, 3:00 PM 

 15remind_me.gifBorrowing eBooks at Brooks Memorial Library 

Learn how to download and borrow books for your eReader from the Library's subscription service, Overdrive.   


Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7:00 PM

15remind_me.gifWhere Were They Then, and Where are they Now: Civil War Dead   

American Civil War enthusiast Charles Marchant will discuss his "works in progress" research project  o locate 100  burial locations of all the Civil War volunteers who enlisted from the  Town of Townshend.  


Saturday, September 24, 2011, 3:00 PM   

1aaaremind_me.gifJessie Haas Reads from Revolutionary Westminster: From Massacre to Statehood

Jessie Haas is the Vermont born award winning author of children's and young adult books. She will be here at Brooks Memorial Library, Saturday, September 24, at 3 PM to discuss her latest adult, nonfiction book, Revolutionary Westminster: From Massacre to Statehood  (The History Press , 2011)