Three Talented Hoosiers

You have probably noticed the names carved high up on the back of the library: Hubbard, Riley and Pyle.   You may not know much about these three famous Hoosiers, especially if you are new to Indiana.

Kin Hubbard (1868-1930):  Abe Martin was the main character of  Hubbard’s  “Abe Martin of Brown County” cartoons, which ran in U.S. newspapers for 26 years.  Some other characters are:  Miss Tawny Apple, Young Lafe Bud and Constable Newt Plum.  These and others are found in The Best of Kin Hubbard,  IND 741.5 HUB.

Example of Abe Martin’s wisdom:  “We’d all like to vote for th’ best man, but he’s never a candidate.”

Ernie Pyle (1900-1945) was probably the most famous war correspondent during WWII.  He wrote often about the regular soldiers, letting their families know how things were going in the war.  The library has 10 books and 2 DVDs by, or about, Pyle.  Two of them are:  Brave Men, 940.542 Pyl and “Unsung Heroes, Ernie Pyle:  The Voice of GI Joe,” DVD 921 Pyle.

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916):  “The Hoosier Poet.”  We all know “Little Orphant Annie” and “The Frost is on the Punkin’,” two of his most loved poems.  The library has 30 of his books, including:  James Whitcomb Riley: Young Poet, jFIC MIT; and The Best of James Whitcomb Riley, IND 811.04.

Check out something by or about these well-known Hoosier writers.  You will have fun and learn some history at the same time.


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Downloadable Audiobooks

Download audio books on your home computer.

If you are browsing the card catalog and the Call # is Download you can download the audiobook to your computer at home and on your portable device.

Step #1: Type the word “downloadable” into the search field of the card catalog.

Step#2: Click on keyword. A list of downloadable audiobooks will be displayed.

Step#3: Choose a title by clicking on that title.

Step#4: Scroll down until you see a “blue” link and click on it. This link will take you to


Step#5: Set up an account under “register”. You will be prompted to save the file on your computer and from there you can download it to your device or just listen from your computer.

You can also listen to books on CD and MP3. These are available for checkout at the library.

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A Remarkable Story!

A Novel Bunch, the library’s book club, is reading Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. The book is a fictional account of a real person, Mary Anning.

Struck by lightning as a baby, Mary wasn’t an ordinary child. Though poor and uneducated, she had a rare talent for spotting fossils on the beaches of Dorchester.  At 12 she discovered the first specimen of an ichthyosaur (a 200 million year old marine reptile)  Confounding the religious community, while admired by some in the scientific world,  she was supported and befriended by Elizabeth Philpot, a spinster with an interest in fossils. The strong bond between Mary and Elizabeth helps them with struggles against poverty, narrow-mindedness and leads them to exciting discoveries in the 19th century!

A Novel Bunch meets July 15, Wednesday, from 2:00-3:30, at the library. Everyone’s welcome!

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More Changes

The big shift has happened in the Children’s Area of the library and all that’s left are finishing touches. There will be new tops and ends on the children’s shelving, along with some new pieces of furniture. These will appear gradually over the summer. We all love the new layout and appreciate the positive comments from patrons.

Since we’ve moved so many things and keep shifting books within their areas, we are also updating the signage at the ends of the rows. Our new style of sign will be easier to change, and possibly easier to read, than the old style was. Additionally, there will now be signage at both ends of the rows, making it easier to find your way around.

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On Display

The display case at the library is available to any individual or non-profit group to use. If you have a collection you would like to share with the public, or your non-profit group has an event to promote, you can reserve the display case for two weeks at a time. Come in to the library or call 812-988-2850 to reserve your spot!

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Brown County Public Library
205 Locust Lane, P.O. Box 8
Nashville, Indiana 47448
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