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Wondering what gems you missed in 2012? Here is an exhaustive “list of lists” of the best books of 2012…

Best Books of 2012


News from our friends at the Yellow Barn in Putney.  Act quickly!


Yellow Barn is thrilled to welcome our Writer-in-residence Stanley Corngold with a special promotion for literary enthusiasts:  Any book club or library member will receive 50% off at all concerts between July 30 and August 3rd.  

Stanley Corngold is a Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton and will spend the week immersed in the Yellow Barn community.  During his time, Stanley will write two posts for Yellow Barn’s blog about the rehearsals and preparations for our matinee and finale concerts on August 4.  Specifically, he will post about Schoenberg’s adaptation of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde,  which will be featured during the finale concert at 8:00 pm and Korngold’s String Quartet No 3 in D Major, which will be performed during Yellow Barn’s annual matinee concert at 12:30.  More information about Stanley can be found in his bio on Princeton University’s website.

Additionally, composer Brett Dean, one of the most internationally performed composers of his generation, will be joining Yellow Barn for the week of July 30.  His week at Yellow Barn will feature performances of ten of his compositions, including the interspersing of his Short Stories: Five Interludes for string orchestra, between movements of Webern’s Six Bagatelles for string quartet. In addition to his compositional activities, Brett Dean has a distinguished career as a violist, including a former principal violist position with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. During the Composer Portrait on Monday and the Season Finale on Saturday, Dean will join Yellow Barn musicians in performing his own compositions. 

To redeem this offer, please call (802) 387-6637 and give us the name of your literary affiliation.

A message from Wendy Cornwell from the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. 



BMH is currently conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment to determine health needs and gaps in our community.


All community members are welcome to participate in this anonymous survey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete. The link to the survey can be found on SharePoint or below in this email. If you know someone in the community who would prefer to complete a paper survey, please let me know & I will be happy to provide one along with a post-paid envelope in which it can be returned. Your thoughts and opinions are valuable. Thank you in advance if you choose to participate in this survey.


Survey Link:





Wendy Cornwell RN, BS, BSN

Director Community Health & Hospital Education

Vermont Blueprint for Health Project Manager

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

17 Belmont Avenue

Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

Phone: (802) 257-8325


NOAA has posted this useful disaster supply kit list to prepare for hurricanes. Be careful on Sunday!

The Brooks Memorial Library, in conjunction with the University of Vermont’s Center for Digital Initatives and with funding from the Windham Foundation, is undergoing a project to scan and catalog the almost 1,300 photographic images made by local photographer Porter Thayer.

Porter Thayer was a photographer, born in Williamsville, Vermont,  who took photographs around Windham County from 1903 – 1930. Thayer used a 5×7 and a 6.5 x 8.5 view camera and  glass plate negatives to create his images. The detail available in his large format images creates an extraordinary glimpse into early 20th century life in Southeastern Vermont.

Currently, Porter Thayer’s images are only available to the public on microfilm, which maintains little of the beauty and detail of the original images. The vision and detail of Thayer’s work will be better preserved through digitization, as well as allowing these images to be more accessible to the local public, scholars of Vermont history and of early 20th century photography online free of charge.

The photographs are being scanned and cataloged by Jess Weitz, staff member at the Brooks Memorial Library, in batches of 50 images. The first set of images will be available online by the first week in December 2010. The database of images can be accessed through the Center for Digital Initatives site at

The project staff hopes to gain feedback from individuals and local historical societies about their knowledge of the people and places in the images.. On each images page, there will be a place to submit comments and have your knowledge added to the image’s historic record.

Please join us for an afternoon talk about “The History of the Town Photographer”by local photographer Forrest Holzapfel, sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, and a discussion of the Porter Thayer project to date, on January 15th at  3:00 PM in the Library’s meeting room.

For more information about the project, please contact Jess Weitz at or Robin Katz (of the CDI) at .

If you enjoy certain magazines, but lack the time needed to keep track of their content, the General OneFile database can help.  Setting up an RSS Feed via the database will alert you whenever new articles are available.  Setting up the feed will take a few minutes of your time.  After that, however, things will be maintenance free.

The first thing you’ll need to do is go to the General OneFile database, which can be accessed via Brooks Memorial Library’s Resources page (

Click on Browse Publications; when the Browse Publications page loads, you will be able to browse by title or you can search for a specific title by entering the title’s name in the Find Title box in the upper left hand corner.

Once you’ve found the magazine you’re looking for, move your arrow over the publication’s title; a box with information, as well a small orange icon, will appear:

Click on the icon to set up your RSS feed.  Clicking on the icon will open up a new window.  In this window, you will be given two options – you can create an email alert, in which case alerts will be sent to your email account, or you can subscribe to an RSS feed.  All you need to do in order to subscribe to an RSS feed is to copy and paste the URL provided in the window into your RSS reader.

After you’ve done this, you should be good to go.  And if you encounter any difficulties along the way, please feel free to contact the Reference staff at Brooks Memorial Library, who will be more than happy to help you.  — Sharon

Once I figure out the difference between a Tag and a Category. See you then.

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Brooks Memorial Library Reference Department:

Jeanne Walsh, Therese Marcy, Sharon Reidt, Jess Weitz, and sometimes Jerry