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Storytelling in schools

Did you know we have an outreach program of storytelling in the Brown County Schools? Every school year, our Children’s Librarians, Emmy Champion and Martha Sechler, travel to each classroom in Brown County Schools, from pre-school through 6th grades, two-three times per year.
The two share many of the stories, and sometimes songs, that are part of our world’s rich body of children’s literature. Because today’s children aren’t often exposed to the oral tradition of storytelling, it’s an experience that many find uniquely enjoyable. It doesn’t take long before children recognize the ‘story ladies,’ sometimes referring to one or the other as the “that lady who has books in her head!”

Art and the library

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!


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