What is the Friends of the Library? The “Friends” mission statement says its mission is to promote, support, and encourage the services of the library by building a strong bond between the library and community with free and equal access for all”. The “Friends” is a non-profit organization. There is a board of directors that governs the business and affairs of the group.
In our community, the “Friends” organize three to four informative and entertaining programs during the year. These programs provide information about local authors, musicians, artists and other talented individuals or groups.
The “Friends” is a fundraising group which provides support to the Brown County Public Library. Money from the Donation Bookroom sales, plant sales, parking lot monies and member dues are all given to the library to support services. The “Friends” recently purchased new blinds for meeting Room A and UV film for the lower level of the library to protect the art. Financial support is given for the summer reading program and the monthly advertisement in the Brown County Democrat.
The Friends of the Library encourages patrons of the library to join their membership. Yearly dues are $20.00 per family and $10.00 for a single membership.
The Friends’ Board is always looking for new members. If you would like to make a difference in this community, speak to one of the librarians. They can give you a phone number to call.
What are some fun things to do in the library once you have found the books you want to check out? How about hunting for authors with your same last name? Or looking at microfilm from your birthday, or a hundred years ago, or when your mom or dad was born? Or looking for the biggest book in the library and taking your picture with it? The library is a great place to have a mini-adventure. The ones listed here are ideas from Pinterest. Try these or make up your own and share them with others.
The public is invited to the Brown County Library to attend the unveiling ceremony of a Georges La Chance painting and a reception which will follow on Monday, September 8 at 1:00 pm.
Before World War II, Edna Frazier and her daughter Jean Cummins Frazier acted as the county’s first bookmobile. Edna and Jean packed library books in wooden boxes which they then delivered by riding horseback on Brown County’s unpaved roads to each of the county’s one roomed schoolhouses (section schools).
Edna and her husband had moved from Boston to the home that they purchased on Kelley Hill, and she served Brown County for nearly four decades as a library board member, as the board president for four times, and finally as the county Librarian. She is still fondly remembered by many of today’s library patrons.
Partially as an effort to support the artists in the county, Edna commissioned Georges La Chance to paint a portrait of Jean. La Chance, who later became renowned for his paintings of Brown County scenes which featured horses, portrayed Jean seated on her horse, Red Chief, as they stood at the peak of Weed Patch Hill.
Jean’s son, Jim Redding and his wife Linda, long-time Brown county residents, recently inherited the La Chance painting. They have donated it to the Brown County Public Library where it will hang as an important piece of Brown County’s heritage.
The library subscribes to over 100 magazines and newspapers for adults, teens, and children. The current issues are available for you to read in the library (they’re the ones in plastic covers) and the back issues are available for you to check out. There are magazines covering a wide range of subjects, so you’re sure to find something interesting.
Recent additions to the magazine rack are, in the adult section:
- American Patchwork & Quilting
- Cabin Life
- Living Without’s Gluten Free & More
- Interweave Crochet
- National Wildlife
- American Craft (coming soon)
In the teen section you’ll find:
- MAD Magazine (coming soon)
And for younger children Ladybug, Ask, Click, and Spider will be new on the shelf.
Come to the library and take a look!
Many of us have read Jane Austen’s novels. If you’re a real fan, you probably have your favorite! In The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler all the characters host and lead the discussion of their favorite Jane Austen books. Chapter by chapter, Fowler uses a different Austen novel to illuminate each of her characters. Jocelyn, a single trainer of dogs is happy with her life as it is, until meeting Grigg at a conference. Sylvia, best friend to Jocelyn, has recently separated from her husband of many years and is trying to pull her life together. Bernadette, the oldest of the group at 67, has experienced life to the hilt and brings her unique perspective on marriage, life and death. Allegra, Sylvia’s daughter, beautiful and daring, tries to help her mother readjust, while dealing with her own relationships. Prudie, the youngest of the group, a high school French teacher, dreams of going to Paris, but never has, as it may not live up to her expectations! Grigg, the only man, is a mystery, a lover of science fiction. He grew up with 3 older sisters, so relating to the other women is relatively easy! The parallels between the six characters and the six novels are illuminating, proving that Jane Austen’s works are just as relevant now, as they were 200 years ago!
The Novel Bunch book club is celebrating its one year anniversary! On June 18, from 12:00-4:00 p.m., at the library,there will be lunch, the movie The Jane Austen Book Club and discussion.