The Department of Libraries has received a National Leadership Grant for Libraries award of $339,861 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to expand the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative (VELI). The National Leadership grant program is highly competitive and is designed to fund innovative grant projects which can serve as a model for replication across the country. The Brown Public Library is pleased to announce that it is one of the 25 Vermont libraries selected to participate in this three-year grant project. You will see a new VELI-STEM Grant item on the menu at the left. The VELI-STEM Grant page is where you will find information about the VELI-STEM grant and where you will see updates on this exciting new project as it evolves at the Brown Public Library. You might want to check this page regularly on your visits to our website. (STEM, by the way, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.)

Also note the new Photo Gallery on the menu. We will be posting here photos of events happening at the library.


CHECK OUR YOUTH PROGRAM SCHEDULE: Youth Calendar for May and Youth Calendar for June.


APPLICATION FOR LIBRARY CARD: Application for Library Card

YOUTH VOLUNTEER APPLICATION: If you would like to help with youth programming at the library, please fill out the Youth Volunteer Application

EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF YOUR LIBRARY: The Brown Public Library, built in 1906, integrates the original brick library building with a recent two-story addition connecting the Brown Public Library with the Northfield Historical Society, located in the former home of Charles Paine, a prominent 19th century Northfield entrepreneur and Vermont governor. Above the fireplaces in the north and south readings rooms are paintings of historic interest relating to the library and Northfield. For an illustrated historic tour of the library, click: Northfield's Libraries and George Washington Brown and Mary Ann Paine's Painting of Northfield.

LISTEN UP! VERMONT: The Brown Public Library, as a member of the Green Mountain Consortium, provides a downloadable e-book and audio book service for adults, kids and teens.

UNIVERSAL CLASS: An online educational resource available to every public library in Vermont. It gives library patrons access to over 500 free online courses from hobbies to job skills to education and test preparation and more. All you need to register is your library bar code number. Self-paced courses with real instructors have video-based lessons, graded tests, a collaborative learning environment, and certificates of achievement. To register go to or call the library (485-4621) for more information.

HERITAGEQUEST ONLINE: Search various databases valuable in genealogical research.

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