As we approach Thanksgiving, my thoughts turn to all the books I am most grateful for. While there are far too many to count, this month I am putting my focus on exceptional nonfiction. Books are a great way to gain insight about the world around us. Children’s nonfiction is especially good at giving us easy to read, factual information on topics that will interest anyone! Some of the featured books I have displayed this month include:
A beautifully illustrated book about feathers and what they do. Written by Melissa Stewart
A great cookbook for kids of all ages, just in time for holiday cooking and baking! Written By Mollie Katzen
Have you ever wondered how library books receive their protective coverings? Visit the library on Wednesday mornings and you will find a group of volunteers sitting at the large table covering new books. Hardback books receive pre-cut plastic coverings that are snugly fitted and taped to the new books. Nimble fingers cut and fit contact paper to the soft covered books. We appreciate the volunteers that extend the life of our books!
FALL FEST at the library will be on Sunday, October 11 from 2-4 p.m. in the Children’s Garden. (In the downstairs meeting rooms if the weather sends us inside.) The FALL FEST will be for all ages: families, adults and children are welcome and expected. Come to hear the Lost Shoe String Band play and enjoy games, refreshments, crafts and other entertainments. Come dressed in your favorite costume and/or bring a carved pumpkin and hope to win a prize. Prizes for pumpkins and costumes have been donated by local merchants/restaurants. We’ll be here ready to have fun, and we hope that you will be here also.
October in Brown County is a wondrous time! People from around the state and out of state come to admire the beautiful fall foliage, peruse all the unique shops in the town of Nashville, enjoy special music and eat at our wonderful restaurants!
At the library we welcome the fall visitors, especially as they admire our town and our library! Those in the county who don’t work downtown are often absent during the month of October due to congested streets and roads, but it’s all part of living in Brown County, from the beautiful trees to trick -or- treating on Artist Drive at Halloween!
Although busy in October, there are a few fall festivals offered by locals! There’s a Brown County Heritage Day offered by the History Center, October 3, 11:00-4:00 and The Brown County Public Library is celebrating fall with a program on October 11, 2:00-4:00. The program will be held in the Children’s Garden, weather permitting and it will feature music by the Lost Shoe String Band ! There will be story telling, bean bag toss and a Jack-O-Lantern/Costume Contest (participants may decorate and bring their own Jack-O-Lantern from home) Entry winners will be awarded prizes, donated from local merchants! Refreshments will be provided. Something for all ages!
Brown County’s reputation as an art colony goes back to the 192o’s when T.C. Steele moved here and then invited fellow artists to join him. But did you know that the library also had its beginnings with that same art colony?
Two prominent members of that community, Ada Shulz and Will Vawter, were on the first library board. One of Shulz’s paintings adorns the wall above the upstairs fireplace. Vawter’s illustrations can be found in many of James Whitcomb Riley’s books.
When raising money to support the library, others in the colony were enlisted to help out. One fundraiser described in the minutes of library board tells of Frank Hohenberger, photographer, entertaining guests with slides of his recent pictures.
When you look around the library, you’ll find pieces from that first art colony along with art from those who have been patrons throughout the years. Enjoy!