The Persian Pickle Club

Persian Pickle”  is the traditional term used by quilters  for the paisley pattern.  In this month’s book of choice,  ”The Persian Pickle Club” by Sandra Dallas, a group of women get together for quilting bees and share their hopes, dreams, laughter and sorrow.  Set in Kansas during depression times, this book has a variety of colorful characters and explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad.  Come join A Novel Bunch book club on August 21, from 2:00-3:30, in room B at the library and pick up the book for September, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.  Everyone is welcome!

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Sock It To Ya

Small knit & crochet projects are perfect for summer – portable and unlikely to smother you in large quantities of wool. Socks are even more perfect – spend the summer making socks and you’ll have toasty toes all winter. The library has many sock books, for beginners and experts and everyone in between. Take a look at the list below!

Teach Yourself Visually Sock Knitting, by Laura Chau, 746.43 CHA – Socks from the ground up. Especially good because it covers nearly every method of knitting a sock, using double-pointed needles, 2 circular needles, one long circular needle, or straight needles, and knitting them top-down, toe-up or flat. If you’ve never knit a sock this is a good place to start.

Socks from the Toe Up, by Wendy D. Johnson, 746.43 JOH – Covers toe-up sock construction, with patterns plain and fancy, and includes basic instruction for using double-points, 2 circulars or one long circular.

2-at-a-time Socks, by Melissa Morgan-Oakes, 746.43 MOR – Using the one long circular needle method of sock knitting, this approach will eliminate the orphan sock problem.

Jacket NEW! Knit Your Socks on Straight, by Alice Curtis, 746.43 CUR – For those who can’t or don’t want to deal with double-point or circular needles, here is a new way to knit socks on straight needles, with patterns plain and fancy.

Crochet Stocking Feet, by Janet Rehfeldt, 746.434 REH – While not many crochet socks, it is possible, and this booklet has 10 different patterns.

Loom Knitting Primer, by Isela Phelps, 746.43 PHE – Yet another way to make socks, on a peg loom. Includes basic loom instructions  and 2 sock patterns.


Sensational Slippers, by Benedikte Rathmann Hansen, 746.43 HAN – Not socks, but close! Thirty different patterns for knit and crochet slippers.

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Film Checkout Update

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.

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Brown County Tolkien Society

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


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It’s not too warm to enjoy the fireplace!

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.

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