NPR’s Martha Barnette explores the ‘Joy of Lex’ at Brooks Memorial Library

BRATTLEBORO — Surprising word histories, regional dialects, ancient linguistic roots, and modern slang are explored with Martha Barnette, co-host of public radio's popular A Way with Words in the main reading room of Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

The show about words and how we use them - including word and phrase origins, writing well, books and reading, and that weird thing Grandma used to say - is heard each week by listeners of National Public Radio affiliates across North America, and the podcast worldwide.

This is the premiere Brattleboro program in the Vermont Humanities program series, Snapshot, the new iteration of the former First Wednesday series. Attendees can explore bold ideas and complex challenges with these pop-up events in libraries and community hubs all over the state from the comfort of one's couch or in community with neighbors. The full Fall schedule is available at

This in-person event will also be livestreamed. Please register on the Vermont Humanities website if you wish to receive the link for the livestream and other information about the event.

The program is free thanks to the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library and the Vermont Department of Libraries, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The venue is accessible to people in wheelchairs.

For more information, call 802-254-5290 or visit

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