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.
If you live at Willow Manor and would like to check out materials from the library but find it difficult to do so, you may have items dropped off and picked up there at your building. The contact time and place are at the main entrance on Friday mornings from approximately 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. To request items, call the library at 812-988-2850 and speak to LUCY on Mondays from noon to 8:00 p.m. OR on Thursdays from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. You must have a Brown County library card to take advantage of this service. Happy reading, listening and watching. (Books, Audios and DVDs)
Our web site has improved greatly this year with the addition of some useful links to sites that can be accessed even if the library is closed. Found on our web page, below the “Library News” heading you will find the heading “Quick Links”. Under “Quick Links” heading click on the title “Electronic Resources”. This will take you to a list of links. Each heading is a link to a website followed by a paragraph describing the site. You can choose from a variety of amazing links that help us navigate this busy electronic age we are living in. Choosing Chilton Library is an alternative to the Chilton Manuals and there is actual live video! Learn the value of your antiques, access current up to date Indiana Legal forms that can be printed, learn a foreign language, or study your family history. All this and downloadable e-books and audio books are available online anywhere you can access the internet.
So if the library is closed for the holidays you can still utilize the website. It is always open.
Have a happy holiday!
Log in at: http://browncounty.lib.in.us
Go to My Account.
Log in or Create Account; need library card number.
Type in first and last name as one word using lower-case letters.
Click on My Info. Library materials checked out are listed.
Click on Renew or Renew all.
Go to catalog.
Type title of item to see if it is available.
Click on Details on left side of page.
Click on Hold It.