The new DVD check-out system seems to be working out well. Patrons and staff alike appreciate the convenience of the new cases, as the time it takes to check out is much decreased. Here’s a tip: since the discs have nothing to lock them in place after we remove the red button, turn the case face side down before you open it. This way the discs won’t fall out and risk scratches. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.
In order to cut down on confusion, it was decided to keep the small Blu-ray collection behind the desk and put out “dummy” cases. For now, those cases may be found at the end of the DVD shelves. The patron simply brings the empty case up to the desk and the staff swaps that case for the one that contains the disc.
Spanning the technology gap in our area means we must also retain a collection of VHS tapes. We have many patrons who still use that technology and many fine films are not available in DVD format. As we replace tapes with discs, we may weed out some of the tapes. While we have no budget for buying tapes, we do receive many from patrons who no longer want them, so we occasionally add a “new” VHS title to the collection to give patrons a different selection.
The Brown County Tolkien Society was established in 2005 to celebrate and encourage interest in the life and works of J. R. R. Tolkien.
March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day. This Library event includes dramatic readings and poetry, skits, music, and games. Bring your favorite passages to read or share your own writings inspired by the creator of Middle-earth. Costumes are welcome. Tolkien Reading Day was set aside by the International Tolkien Society as a day to encourage interest in the late Oxford professor, J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.
If you are interested in joining the society or would like to be informed about upcoming BCTS events, you may send inquiries to email@example.com.
If you haven’t wandered into the adult reading area lately you may not have noticed the new fireplace screen. It’s worth a few extra steps in that direction.
Brainchild of the late Howard Hughes, the recently installed fireplace screen is as much a work of art as a functional part of the fireplace itself. If one views it from a distance, say from the vicinity of the adult new books display , it appears as a reflection of the painting above the mantle, “Mother from the Hills,” by early artist & founding member of BCPL’s board, Ada Walter Schulz.
Upon closer inspection, one comes away with an appreciation of the techniques used , the balance achieved, and the sense of peace it gives the quiet reading area of the library.
Local artists Jack Brubaker and Anne Ryan Miller designed the screen & worked together to create a work of art unique to Brown County. Brubaker’s metal trees reflect those of Brown County in general as well as the foliage observed through the windows on either side of the hearth. Miller’s choice of glass was determined by the colors used in Shulz’s painting and her unique metal-on-glass technique helps create a vision of distance.
The screen is may be opened whenever a fire is desired, creating a framework for the flickering firelight. Also featured is a backlight which can be turned on or off.
So, next time you’re in the library take a few minutes to enjoy this lovely enhancement of the library’s space.
Would you like to explore the world of Guernsey in the Chanel Islands just after World War II. Well that is exactly what Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow do in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society. During the war the Channel Islands were occupied by the Germans. The main character, Juliet Ashton, corresponds through letters, with many delightful islanders and hear’s their story of what happened during the war. The discovery of both funny and heartbreaking stories of the islanders, leads Juliet to fly over and meet them all!
If this book interests you and you’d like to attend our book discussion on June 19, from 2:00-3:30, then come to the library and check out a copy of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society” . The new library book club is called “A Novel Bunch” and we hope to have a lot of fun, interesting discussions on a myriad of books!
The Brown County Public Library is greening up in more ways than one. Not only is it greening up outside of the library but also inside. A 78% heat reduction and 98% UV reduction film will be added to the south and west windows of the library over the next two weeks, thanks in part to the Friends of the Library. The film will help to lower cooling bills occurred in the hot summer months as well as go the distance to help protect materials inside the building from harmful UV rays.