Brown County is full of fiber artists, and the library has a good selection of materials on the fiber arts. New additions to the collection are all about weaving on a rigid heddle loom.

Great for absolute newbies and expert weavers alike, a rigid heddle loom is both a gateway to the wide world of weaving and a useful tool for any weaver.hands on

The library has the classic book Hands -on Rigid Heddle Weaving, by Betty Davenport, to get you started off on the right foot.

If you learn better from instructional videos rather than books, two new dvds are available, both by expert weaver Liz Gipson. To get you started there is slotsSlots and Holes: 3 Ways to Warp Your Rigid Heddle Loom. And for tips, tricks, and problem solving along your weaving journey take a look at Weaving Well on Your Rigid Heddle Loom.life after

Last but not least, the book Weave, Knit, Wear will provide you with inspiration and projects for clothing and accessories that combine woven fabric and knitting. The weaving was all done with a rigid heddle loom, proving that weaving on a simple loom does not doom you to never ending scarves and hand towels – you can make clothing too!

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So, if you’ve ever wondered about weaving, a good place to start learning is at the library.


Weave, Knit, Wear – Judith Shangold, 746.1 SHA

Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving – Betty Davenport, 746.1 DAV

Slots and Holes: 3 Ways to Warp Your Rigid Heddle Loom – Liz Gipson, 746.1 SLO

Weaving Well on Your Rigid Heddle Loom (Life After Warping) – Liz Gipson, 746.1 LIF

More weaving resources at INSPIRE ” Other Databases ” Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

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Recently we replaced three standing orders in our Large Print collection.  Standing orders are those which are sent to us automatically from the publishers monthly or bi-monthly.  The new books are similar in topic and type to ones we were already receiving, but we thought that these may be of even more interest to our library patrons.  The new categories are: HISTORICAL FICTION (12 books per year); WOMEN’S FICTION (24 books per year; authors such as Sophie Kinsella, Fern Michaels, Mary K. Andrews, etc.), MYSTERY SAMPLER (36 books per year).  Each month the MYSTERY SAMPLER order contains 1 crime scene book (fiction or non-fiction). 1 thriller and 1 cozy mystery.  We hope that you have found our Large Print collection much improved during the last few years with many up-to-date titles published at the same time as the regular print copies.  Everybody can read LARGE PRINT!

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Friends of the Library

What is the Friends of the Library? The “Friends” mission statement says its mission is to promote, support, and encourage the services of the library by building a strong bond between the library and community with free and equal access for all”. The “Friends” is a non-profit organization. There is a board of directors that governs the business and affairs of the group.
In our community, the “Friends” organize three to four informative and entertaining programs during the year. These programs provide information about local authors, musicians, artists and other talented individuals or groups.
The “Friends” is a fundraising group which provides support to the Brown County Public Library. Money from the Donation Bookroom sales, plant sales, parking lot monies and member dues are all given to the library to support services. The “Friends” recently purchased new blinds for meeting Room A and UV film for the lower level of the library to protect the art. Financial support is given for the summer reading program and the monthly advertisement in the Brown County Democrat.
The Friends of the Library encourages patrons of the library to join their membership. Yearly dues are $20.00 per family and $10.00 for a single membership.
The Friends’ Board is always looking for new members. If you would like to make a difference in this community, speak to one of the librarians. They can give you a phone number to call.

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Library Mini-Adventures

What are some fun things to do in the library once you have found the books you want to check out? How about hunting for authors with your same last name?  Or looking at microfilm from your birthday, or a hundred years ago, or when your mom or dad was born?  Or looking for the biggest book in the library and taking your picture with it? The library is a great place to have a mini-adventure.  The ones listed here are ideas from Pinterest.  Try these or make up your own and share them with others.

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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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