If puzzles are your thing, the library has some options for you.
Jigsaw Puzzles: Last winter we began putting out jigsaw puzzles on a table near the front entrance. We thought people might enjoy helping to put them together. It became so popular that we’re still doing it almost a year later. It turns out that many of our patrons can’t do them at home (usually because they have cats,) so they like to be able to come in and contribute to whatever puzzle is currently out.
We have always had jigsaw puzzles available to borrow or make a donation for in our Book Nook room. Now we keep a stash of puzzles that we will eventually put out on the table. When they are completed they may go in the Nook. Some puzzles are lent to us by patrons or staff.
We only do puzzles which fit in the space and are 750 pieces or less. We work them on a bulletin board surface which can be moved easily if the table is needed for some other purpose. The degree of difficulty varies. Sometimes we put out one that takes more than a week to finish. Other times the puzzle is easy enough to be completed that same day. A wide variety of patrons and visitors have sat down (or stood) to contribute. Some of our frequent puzzle people come in several times a week to work on one. Others just stop by once in a while. All ages get involved, sometimes whole families.
Crossword Puzzles Etc.: Many people prefer other kinds of puzzles. Our newspapers provide crosswords, Sudoku, Word Jumbles and other types of puzzles. Of course we ask that you not work it in the actual newspaper, just make copies and then others can all do the same puzzles.
BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION at the Brown County Public Library, November 11th, 12th and 13th, 2016
INDIANA FOLK ARTS: 200 YEARS OF TRADITION AND INNOVATION (traveling exhibit)
The traveling exhibit “Indiana Folk Arts: 200 years of Tradition and Innovation” celebrates the rich culture and heritage of Indiana. It includes the work of master artisans and highlights the diverse traditional art forms of our state. From Mennonite basketry and African quilt making to Miami beadwork and German-American rag rug weaving, the exhibition explores the work of folk artists, whose crafts represents important threads within our state’s historical narrative. This exhibit is provided by Traditional Arts Indiana based at the Mathers Museum of World Culture at Indiana University. Please join us and presenter, Jon Kay, for a Reception, Friday, November 11th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the lower level meeting rooms of the Brown County Public Library. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours November 12th and 13th. Free and open to all.
Winter’s coming! Wouldn’t it be fun to sit by the fire or cuddle up on the couch and knit or crochet? Brown County Public Library is offering beginning knitting and crocheting lessons on Tuesday, October 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Meeting Room B. There will also be weaving and spinning demonstrations. This free program is for adults and teens. Sign up at the library or call 812-988-2850.
If you have ever wanted to try your hand at some kind of art medium, now is your chance. Four wonderful Brown County artists have agreed to give us beginner’s lessons! This free program will take place on Sat., Sept. 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants can choose two sessions, 1:00-2:00 and 2:00-3:00 from the following: watercolor, oils, acrylics or drawing. This program is for teens and adults. Registration is required. Sign up at the library or call 812-988-2850.
Adult summer reading is underway. Many of those who have signed up know they can receive an additional Grand Prize entry form by writing a book review. The Book reviews are anonymous and are in a folder by the Novel Bunch Books. Feel free to read them. This is an opportunity for me to submit a review of one of my favorite books. You’ll find it in the library if you find it interesting.
Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
I think anyone interested in the life of J.R.R. Tolkien should defiantly read this book. I have discovered the answer to so many questions that have been on my mind. A few things I have learned about his life are a surprise to me. Not only is this book a biography of Tolkien’s life but also an historical work of the firsthand accounts of WW1 and insight into the minds of the young men who fought in the trenches of that war.
John Garth has done a superb job of telling the story of Tolkien’s life the way I believe he would have wanted it told. Not only did John Garth consider WW1 to be the threshold of middle-earth, he brings to the world the other side of war, that glory is not just the winning, but the way it is won. The fiction of Tolkien brings this to light. And the heroes of war can be found each day of our daily lives. Through devotion to each other school friends find strength to carry on during the most difficult time of their lives. Tolkien holds the one element that joins them and us all: our language.
Being an English professor at Oxford University, Tolkien lived his life never diverting from the one thing that he wanted to spend the rest of his life doing. That was creating a language that created a world.
Discover and enjoy the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.