Community Reads

Monday October 23
& Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street


Join us for the community read of Tracy Kidder’s book Rough Sleepers. Tracy was one of the keynote authors this past weekend at the Brattleboro Literary Festival. His book tells the story of Boston doctor Jim O’Donnell and the five years he spent following Dr. O’Connell and his colleagues as they worked with thousands of homeless patients. We travel with O’Connell as he navigates the city streets at night, offering medical care, socks, soup, empathy, humor, and friendship to some of the city’s most endangered citizens. We want to broaden and deepen our own community’s understanding of what it might be like to experience homelessness and to reinforce that we are all in this together. The community read is further intended to illustrate and remind us all that no two individuals or their circumstances are the same and to examine the impact of thorough and holistic medical care for the unhoused population in a community. Brooks Memorial Library, Groundworks, Healthworks, the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, the Brattleboro Literary Festival and Friends of Brooks Library will all participate in this open discussion moderated by Eileen Parks from Academy School.


Tracy Kidder

Brooks Memorial Library has copies available on their shelf to check out, whether you are a cardholder or not. Both sessions are free and do not require registration. While we would love for you to read the book, there is no assigned or suggested amount of reading, participants can read at their own pace. Copies of Rough Sleepers are available for purchase via area bookstores. If you wish to purchase the book, but cannot afford it, please email Erin at for assistance.