First Wednesdays Lecture Series

Free talks on the first Wednesday of the month, October through May.

Brattleboro First Wednesdays

Venue: Brooks Memorial Library

224 Main Street, Brattleboro
Library phone: (802) 254-5290
Library website
Directions to the library


Statewide Underwriters: The Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries

Program Underwriters: A More Perfect Union – An NEH Special Initiative; Anne Commire Fund for Women in the Humanities; Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund; Preservation Trust of Vermont; The Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation

Library Sponsors: Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library

Wed 02

*DIGITAL* Boneyarn: New York Slavery Poems

February 2
7:00 pm
The oldest and largest slave cemetery in the United States is located in the shadow of Wall Street. Actor and poet David Mills reads from and discusses his award-winning poetry collection, Boneyarn, featuring groundbreaking poems about slavery in New York City, a topic rarely addressed. (Registration required.) Read More »
Wed 02

From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

March 2
7:00 pm
Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and a “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave the right to vote to white women. Read More »
Wed 06

The Poetics of Girlhood and Womanhood in America

April 6
7:00 pm
Poets and writers Diana Whitney and Shanta Lee Gander join Christal Brown, associate professor of Dance at Middlebury College, in a conversation that explores how girlhood and womanhood in America are manifested across the boundaries of poetry, dance, and lived experience. Read More »
Wed 04

The Force of a Story in Parts: Star Wars, Fandom, and Seriality

May 4
7:00 pm
From Dickens to Game of Thrones, stories told in piecemeal style have shown their power to command a reader’s attention. In this apt talk for “Star Wars Day,” author Anne Moore examines how Star Wars’ serialized structure encourages readers to fill the gaps between installments with their own imaginative play. Read More »

Printed Brattleboro First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2021-2022 Brattleboro Schedule (PDF).