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Event listings for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS “So You Want to Buy an eReader”: In January 2012, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reported that ownership of eReaders and tablets doubled last holiday season, with nearly 30% of the population owning one or both of these devices. If you want to learn more about eReaders, tablets, and mobile devices before purchasing one, bring your questions and the librarians provide unbiased information. Village Square Booksellers will debut new eReaders and the gadgets will be on hand to try out. Also, on January 9 at 6 p.m., there will be a follow-up where librarians explain how to configure your device, connect to wireless internet, and download thousands of ebooks and audiobooks from the Library’s website. 6 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270;


BELLOWS FALLS Rick Shea & Mary McCaslin sing the songs of Jim Ringer & Mary McCaslin: Mary McCaslin and the late Jim Ringer first met in the summer of 1972 at the legendary folk music camp/retreat Sweet's Mill in the Sierra foothills above Fresno, California. They recorded the album, The Bramble & the Rose, which became a hallmark of folk duet recordings and is still very popular today. Now Mary will reacquaint listeners with these selections, this time with singer-songwriter Rick Shea, a country folk artist in much the same fashion as Ringer. Shea toured as a multi-instrumentalist sideman for Dave Alvin's band, The Guilty men, along with opening the shows and played on Alvin's Grammy-winning recording Public Domain. 8 p.m. $18. Popolo Restaurant, 36 Square. Information: 802 460-7676;


BRATTLEBORO American Power Abroad: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TILL Feb 18, 2013: David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and the Surprising Use of American Power," discusses the Obama Administration's use of power and its aggressive use of innovative weapons and new tools to manage a rapidly shifting world of global threats and challenges. This is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290;;

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