April is National Poetry Month! Look for displays, poetry scrolls to take home and posters about programs. There will be a free program on Sunday, April 19, for adults and teens from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. downstairs in Room B. The children’s program will be Tuesday, April 21, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., also in Room B. Come to create and listen to poetry art. More to come! Watch for info.
Enjoy a cup of English tea and join others in reading and listening to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Bring your favorite passages to read or share your own writings inspired by the author of the HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS. Any Tolkien related activities are welcome including music and games. Meet at the Brown County Public Library at 11am in the lower level meeting rooms. The door prize this year will be a three volume hard bound box set of LORD OF THE RINGS. For more information call the library at 812-988-2850.
Friends of the Brown County Public Library will provide free activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the lower level of the library. Martha Sechler will share stories at 11:15 a.m. Before and after, children and families can decorate maple leaf cookies and color festival-related pages. Maple scratch-and-sniff bookmarks will be given to children. Thanks to Joyce Shook for this information.
Stop in the library to view 40 gallons of liquid. Yes, it takes forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of sweet maple syrup!
A Novel Bunch book club will be discussing Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, next Wednesday, the 25th, from 2:00-3:30. First in a series, published in 2003 it received the New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel 2003!
The novel begins in 1929 with Maisie starting her own private investigation business and goes back and forth from her childhood in domestic service in 1910, to her education by Maurice Blanche (a good friend of Maisie’s employers, Lord and Lady Compton) Maisie’s inquisitive mind is discovered when she’s caught reading in the Compton’s library and Lady Compton is so taken with her that she arranges for her education, while still serving as a maid in the household! Under Maurice’s instruction, Maisie matures into an intelligent, perceptive woman and able to start her own investigative agency! Maisie’s first case begins as a simple case of infidelity, but emerges into a mystery involving a convalescent home for war veterans, called “The Retreat”
Jacqueline Winspear is adept at conveying the historical context surrounding her storyline, developing in depth, contrasting characters and adding a psychological atmosphere to her mysteries. Once you’ve read the first in the series, you’ll want to read all of Maisie Dobb’s adventures!
Plan to join the fun with the third annual Brown County Reads. The 2015 title is Wilderness Plots: Tales about the Settlement of the American Land by Scott Russell Sanders. Copies of the book are available for check-out at the library. A free culminating event to the county-wide reading initiative will be held on Saturday, March 7th at 7:00pm at the library. Scott Russell Sanders will share his experience writing the book and Tim Grimm will share how the stories inspired his songs. Tim and Jan Lucas Grimm will offer musical samplings. Brown County Reads is a joint effort of the Brown County Public Library and the Brown County Literacy Coalition.