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Brownell Library events for September 08

Note: Closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day

Saturday hours, 9am-5pm, resume Sat., Sept. 6, 9am-5:15pm

(mostly) Adult events

Brownell Field Trip School Bus Ride to Middlebury for 2008 Vermont Reads book A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost.
Author Natalie Bober and Frost’s granddaughter Robin Hudnut will speak at the Town Hall Theater. Other festival events include a musical performance of Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana” by the Middlebury Community Chorus; “Taste of Middlebury,” offerings from area restaurants; and family activities including book signing, painting with Robin Hudnut, poetry writing, and more! Register for the Bus Ride $9.00 payable to Friends of Brownell Library by Sept 2nd. Bus capacity limited to 47. (Stay in Middlebury: 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.)

Mon., Sept. 8, 7:30pm — Digital Astrophotography by Joe Comeau on techniques of collecting of video and still image data. He also discusses image processing techniques. The program "Nebulosity" will be demonstrated, Registax 4, a free program for dealing with video, & photo-shop for application to astrophotography. Sponsored by Vt. Astronomical Society. Free and open to the public.

Wed., Sept. 10, 7pm — Burlington author & legal journalist Frederick Lane’s new book "The Court and the Cross: the Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court" will be discussed by the author. The book reveals how one political movement, the Religious Right, has worked to mold the federal judiciary, getting their choices onto the Supreme Court with grassroots campaigns, aggressive lobbying, and a well-tended career path for conservative law students and attorneys. Lane surveys the damage to the wall separating church and state and asks, Has the Religious Right done irreparable harm? What hot-button issues will the court hear next? What are the political and social forces behind the Supreme Ct nomination process? Whether you agree or disagree, come listen and discuss. Book available for sale. Lane has been on The Daily Show.

Mon., Sept. 15, 7pm — Connecting with your Essex Neighbors using Front Porch Forum-Michael Wood-Lewis will share tips and stories about how neighborhoods and towns across Chittenden County are making great use of Front Porch Forum. This free local service hosts 130 online neighborhood forums and more than 10,000 Chittenden County households already subscribe, including 700 in Essex Town and Essex Junction Village. Clearly identified nearby neighbors use FPF to find lost pets, report car break-ins, organize block parties, share traffic concerns and offer solutions, recommend plumbers and much more. Sign up and learn more at

Tues., Sept. 16, 7pm — Library Trustees Meeting

Wed., Sept. 17, 6--8pm — A New England Potluck Supper and Book Discussion for Vermont Reads 2008 A Restless Spirit: the Story of Robert Frost by Natalie Bober. Pick up a copy today at either desk or at the Essex Free Library and start reading. Bring your favorite recipe better than Frost’s wife might have made (the book claims she wasn’t the best housekeeper!) and come to talk about the life of this complex poet of Vermont and other places entirely. All ages welcome. Library will provide decaf and cider & dinner ware. Come eat and talk together.

Fri., Sept. 19, 6:30pm — Adult Movie: “Shawshank Redemption.” Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman star in this powerful drama about inmates struggling to get by in a tough, oppressive prison run by a religious fanatic in 1940’s America. This widely praised film was based on a story by Stephen King.

Sat., Sept. 20, 3--5pm — Journal-writing workshop launches Brownell Library’s year-long conversation about love and forgiveness. Life’s Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest by Christina Baldwin (Bantam Books, 1991) guides us.

2nd session, Sat., Oct. 18, 3-5 pm. Martha A. Penzer and Katherine Layton, facilitators.

Fri. Sept. 26, 6-8:45pm — Movie Screening and Discussion: “Sir, No Sir”- Sponsored by The Peace and Justice Center as part of their Recruiting for Peace campaign. See details below in Youth Events.

Brownell Library ~ Youth Events ~ September 2008

Registrations begin Tues., Sept. 2nd for Fall Story Times! Story Times are offered on a weekly basis – regular attendance is encouraged. Space is limited in each group, to avoid overcrowding. Here’s the schedule that will start in October:

Tuesday Story Time for Toddlers (18-36 months) – 9:10-9:30am – Picture books, songs, rhymes & puppets for toddlers with an adult.

Tuesday Story Time for 3-5 Year Olds – 10-10:45am – Picture books, songs, rhymes, puppets & math activities for preschoolers.

Wednesday Story Time for 3-5 Year Olds – 10-10:45am – Repeat of Tuesday program.

Thur. Sept. 4, 3-4:30pm — Teen Advisory Board — For teens, by teens. If you’re a teenager, come. Plan programs you’d like to see, suggest books and dvds you would like in the collection, have fun, bring friends. Snacks provided! New members always welcome. Entering Gr. 9-12.

Fri. Sept. 5 & 19, 10-10:45am — Songs and Stories with Matthew — Matthew Witten performs songs about our world and tells adventurous tales. For all ages - no registration. Funded by the Friends of Brownell Library.

Thur. Sept. 11, 3:30-4:30pm — Middle School Book Lover’s Club — Come chat with Kat about whatever book you’re reading right now and have some snacks too! Entering Gr.6-8.

Fri. Sept. 12, 6:30-8:30pm — Family Movie: “The Spiderwick Chronicles.” Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures. Based on the series of books written by Tony DiTerlizzi. *** Sign up in August and the beginning of September for a drawing to win fun Spiderwick book prizes. The drawing will be held after the movie ends on Sept. 12.

Wed. Sept. 15, 3:30-4:30pm — NECI’s Tasty Reads: Corn — The NECI Student Chefs make popcorn and serve cornbread from their own bakery. The chefs also read stories about corn, and show kids how to make crafts out of corn husks & leaves. Register in advance. For Gr. K-5.

Wed., Sept. 17, 6--8pm — A New England Potluck Supper and Book Discussion for Vermont Reads 2008 A Restless Spirit: the Story of Robert Frost by Natalie Bober. Pick up a copy today at either desk or at the Essex Free Library and start reading. See details above in Adult Events.
Thurs. Sept. 25, 3:30-4:30pm — High School Book Lust Pizza Club — Bring a book you have recently read to show the group. All high schoolers welcome.

Fri. Sept. 26, 10-10:45am — Drop-In Story Time for Kids of All Ages – Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers are welcome to come listen to Picture Book Stories and have fun with Finger Plays and Action Rhymes. No registration required.

Fri. Sept. 26, 6-8:45pm — Movie Screening and Discussion: “Sir, No Sir.” Sponsored by The Peace and Justice Center as part of their Recruiting for Peace campaign. “Sir, No Sir” is a documentary about the antiwar movement during the Vietnam War—not the movement on college campuses or city streets, but the one taking place behind the front lines of soldiers. The Recruiting for Peace Campaign aims to increase awareness about truth in recruiting and student rights. A primary focus of the campaign is to educate high school students about their rights, including the ability to opt-out of receiving letters and phone calls from the military. Through the No Child Left Behind education law, Armed Services recruiters automatically have access to the personal contact information of high school students unless their parents opt-out. The movie screening will be followed by an open community discussion about the role of youth in militarism and the potential for creating peace. The Peace and Justice Center will table at the screening. Recruiting for Peace literature and opt out forms will be available for parents and students. Refreshments will be provided at the screening.