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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New Book Club

Would you like to explore the world of Guernsey in the Chanel Islands just after World War II. Well that is exactly what Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow do in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society. During the war the Channel Islands were occupied by the Germans.  The main character, Juliet Ashton, corresponds through letters, with many delightful islanders and hear’s their story of what happened during the war.  The discovery of both funny and heartbreaking stories of the islanders, leads Juliet to fly over and meet them all!

If this book interests you and you’d like to attend our book discussion on June 19, from 2:00-3:30, then come to the library and check out a copy of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society” .  The new library book club is called “A Novel Bunch” and we hope to have a lot of fun, interesting discussions on a myriad of books!

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Greening Up the Library

The Brown County Public Library is greening up in more ways than one. Not only is it greening up outside of the library but also inside. A 78% heat reduction and 98% UV reduction film will be added to the south and west windows of the library over the next two weeks, thanks in part to the Friends of the Library. The film will help to lower cooling bills occurred in the hot summer months as well as go the distance to help protect materials inside the building from harmful UV rays.

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Stampede To Read

Summer Readers saddle up and join us at the Brown County Public Library for Summer Reading 2013. Sign up begins on Monday, June 3 at the main library in Nashville, and Tuesday, June 4 at the Cordry Sweetwater Branch.  Every age is invited to join!

How does it work?

  • Sign up and get your packet which includes a calendar, reading log, cow punch card, bookmark, and a code breaker.
  • Instead of reading for time this year, we are encouraging everyone to read for a period of time EVERY day.  Decide if you want to be a Tenderfoot or an Old Hand.  Tenderfeet must read at least 40 days between June 3rd and July 31st .  Old Hands must read a least 50 days between June 3rd and July 31st.  Each day you read,” brand”a steer. When your whole herd has been branded you have earned a book.
  • Name that Outlaw: each week a code will be posted. Use the code key in your packet to find out who the outlaw of the week is. When you have broken the code, you can enter a weekly drawing for a western prize.
  • Cow Punch Card:  Bring in one item of animal food per week to get a punch on your cow punch card. When the card is full (5 punches) your name goes into a drawing for a prize. Food will be donated to the Brown County Humane Society and Mother’s Cupboard.
  • Watch the library events calendar on the web page for information about Special Events (weekly programs).
  • Any questions? Call the library at 812-988-2850.
  • See you at the Old Corral (Library)!!



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Short Stories: Try ‘em, You’ll Like ‘em

If you like short stories or just feel that you don’t have time to read a novel, you should be able to find something you like in one of the library’s short story collections.  Go the Library Search tab in the Catalog, type in “short stories” and click on “Keyword.”  You will get a list of 687 items to browse.  Some examples of what you will find are:

FIC KIN, JUST AFTER SUNSET: stories, by Stephen King



813 FIS, FISHING’S BEST SHORT STORIES, Ed. by Paul D. Staudohar

813 BES, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, 1990 through 2012


JP THO, HOORAY FOR THOMAS,… Thomas the Tank…stories,by David Mitton



You can see that there are stories available in each section of the library and in various formats: books, audiobooks and downloadables.  If you are busy but have the NEED TO READ, short stories are a good way to satisfy your craving for words and ideas.

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Brown County Public Library
205 Locust Lane, P.O. Box 8
Nashville, Indiana 47448
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Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm

Cordry Sweetwater
8751 Nineveh Road
Tuesday 2-5 pm
Wednesday 3-6 pm
Thursday 3-6 pm