New Art Aquisition to be Unveiled Sept. 8th

The public is invited to the Brown County Library to attend the unveiling ceremony of a Georges La Chance painting and a reception which will follow on Monday, September 8 at 1:00 pm.

Brief History:

Before World War II, Edna Frazier and her daughter Jean Cummins Frazier acted as the county’s first bookmobile.  Edna and Jean packed library books in wooden boxes which they then delivered  by riding horseback on Brown County’s unpaved roads to each of the county’s one roomed schoolhouses (section schools).


Edna and her husband had moved from Boston to the home that they purchased on Kelley Hill, and she served Brown County for nearly four decades as a library board member, as the board president for four times, and finally as the county Librarian.  She is still fondly remembered by many of today’s library patrons.


Partially as an effort to support the artists in the county, Edna commissioned Georges La Chance to paint a portrait of Jean.  La Chance, who later became renowned for his paintings of Brown County scenes which featured horses, portrayed Jean seated on her horse, Red Chief, as they stood at the peak of Weed Patch Hill.


Jean’s son, Jim Redding and his wife Linda, long-time Brown county residents, recently inherited the La Chance painting. They have donated it to the Brown County Public Library where it will hang as an important piece of Brown County’s heritage.

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Magazines Galore

The library subscribes to over 100 magazines and newspapers for adults, teens, and children. The current issues are available for you to read in the library (they’re the ones in plastic covers) and the back issues are available for you to check out. There are magazines covering a wide range of subjects, so you’re sure to find something interesting.

Recent additions to the magazine rack are, in the adult section:

  • American Patchwork & Quilting
  • Cabin Life
  • Living Without’s Gluten Free & More
  • Interweave Crochet
  • National Wildlife
  • American Craft (coming soon)

In the teen section you’ll find:

  • Justine
  • MAD Magazine (coming soon)

And for younger children Ladybug, Ask, Click, and Spider will be new on the shelf.

Come to the library and take a look!


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For Love of Jane Austen!

Many of us have read Jane Austen’s novels.  If you’re a real fan, you probably have your favorite!  In The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler all the characters host and lead the discussion of their favorite Jane Austen books. Chapter by chapter, Fowler uses a different Austen novel to illuminate each of her characters.  Jocelyn, a single trainer of dogs is happy with her life as it is, until meeting Grigg at a conference.  Sylvia, best friend to Jocelyn, has recently separated from her husband of many years and is trying to pull her life together.  Bernadette, the oldest of the group at 67, has experienced life to the hilt and brings her unique perspective on marriage, life and death. Allegra, Sylvia’s daughter, beautiful and daring, tries to help her mother readjust, while dealing with her own relationships.  Prudie, the youngest of the group, a high school French teacher, dreams of going to Paris, but never has, as it may not live up to her expectations!  Grigg, the only man, is a mystery, a lover of science fiction. He grew up with 3 older sisters, so relating to the other women is relatively easy!  The parallels between the six characters and the six novels are illuminating, proving that Jane Austen’s works are just as relevant now, as they were 200 years ago!

The Novel Bunch book club is celebrating its one year anniversary!  On June 18, from 12:00-4:00 p.m., at the library,there will be lunch, the movie The Jane Austen Book Club and discussion.

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Phasing Out VHS

Like it or not, everything changes. For many reasons it has been decided to phase out our VHS tape collection. The official date is August 1, 2014.
We realize many of our patrons still have VCRs and enjoy watching some of these movies over and over. Therefore, we are offering the opportunity for you to try to obtain tapes for your own collection.
If there are movies on tape here at the library which you would like to own, just bring the tape to the desk and make a donation. We will process it (remove it from our system) and you can have it back immediately. Come in soon, before your favorite movie is gone.

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Too old for children’s books?


Just because you’re an adult or a young adult doesn’t mean that you’re too old to use children’s books as a resource for yourself.

Juvenile nonfiction can be a great source of information if you want to learn some basics about a new or unfamiliar topic.  Juvenile books are generally well-researched and written to present information in an understandable & straightforward format.

When planning to travel to another country or state, looking through a juvenile book on that place can give you a good idea of what you’ll find. Most of this information will be found in the j900’s

If you’re befuddled by technology, but need to understand some terms, the books in the j600’s (applied technology) can help you understand how something works or what a term means.

Want to know more about your neighbor’s new pet?  The children’s collection has many books on dog & cat breeds, as well as assorted pets, mostly found in the j600’s.  But if you want to know more about the raccoon that keeps raiding your garden, look in the j500’s for information on wild critters.

The list could go on and on.  Just search in the catalog for the topic under ‘subject’ or ‘keyword’ and the library’s materials on that topic will pop up for you.  Those with a call number beginning with a ‘j’ will be found in children’s.

Of course, you can always ask for help. The staff is here to do just that.

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Brown County Public Library
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Nashville, Indiana 47448
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Sunday 1pm-5pm

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Wednesday 3-6 pm
Thursday 3-6 pm