Vermont author Steve Swinburne discusses his new book, "Safe in a Storm" at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Swinburne said, "Like many writers, artists, musicians, comedians, I was frozen after the events of September 11, 2001. I didn't know what to do next. And doubted what I did for a living — writing children's books — made any difference at all. It was the sounds from that dreadful day that awakened something in me. In the tumult of crashing and splintering, I heard the sounds of a storm. But also a reason to hope."

"I began wondering how parent animals safeguard their young during storms – downpours, gales, thunderstorms, and howling winds. A soothing story follows adult animals as they protect their young and offer words of comfort during stormy times."

This event is free. For more information contact Everyone's Books at 802-254-8160, or