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!
You have probably noticed the names carved high up on the back of the library: Hubbard, Riley and Pyle. You may not know much about these three famous Hoosiers, especially if you are new to Indiana.
Kin Hubbard (1868-1930): Abe Martin was the main character of Hubbard’s “Abe Martin of Brown County” cartoons, which ran in U.S. newspapers for 26 years. Some other characters are: Miss Tawny Apple, Young Lafe Bud and Constable Newt Plum. These and others are found in The Best of Kin Hubbard, IND 741.5 HUB.
Example of Abe Martin’s wisdom: “We’d all like to vote for th’ best man, but he’s never a candidate.”
Ernie Pyle (1900-1945) was probably the most famous war correspondent during WWII. He wrote often about the regular soldiers, letting their families know how things were going in the war. The library has 10 books and 2 DVDs by, or about, Pyle. Two of them are: Brave Men, 940.542 Pyl and “Unsung Heroes, Ernie Pyle: The Voice of GI Joe,” DVD 921 Pyle.
James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916): “The Hoosier Poet.” We all know “Little Orphant Annie” and “The Frost is on the Punkin’,” two of his most loved poems. The library has 30 of his books, including: James Whitcomb Riley: Young Poet, jFIC MIT; and The Best of James Whitcomb Riley, IND 811.04.
Check out something by or about these well-known Hoosier writers. You will have fun and learn some history at the same time.