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!
Have you ever heard of The Great Courses series on DVD? They are like taking a class in your home. They feature lectures by professors on various subjects. Many include a book to go along with the lectures.
The library possesses several of them.
Subjects include Superstring Theory, Art History, Classic Mythology, The American Identity, Building Great Sentences, The Symphony, Hitler’s Empire, Books that have Made History, and different aspects of the Renaissance movement.
These items check out for three week periods. Because they are in oversize cases, we have put them all together on the bottom shelf in non-fiction DVD’s.
We have been busy here at the library, trying to make our patrons’ lives easier. First, we have instituted a longer check-out time for all items except DVDs. Books, audiobooks, music and magazines now check out for three weeks. Movies remain at one week. The limit of items a person can check out has been raised to 50. Included in that number is a limit of 10 DVDs (for adults) rather than the old limit of 3. Items may still be renewed twice, as long as no one else has placed a hold on the item.
Also new is our Teen Card. With permission from a parent or guardian, a teen aged 13-17 may now check out up to 3 DVDs from the adult or children’s area. These DVDs include those rated G, PG, PG13 and all non-fiction.
Our new books have a new location. As you enter the library through the front door, the new books can be found on the shelves on the right side of the building. They are in front of the large print editions. Look up for the library sign saying “New Books”. You will find fiction and non-fiction. Enjoy!