Friends of the Brownell Library – Annual Appeal

October, 2017

Dear Friends;

By now, it seems everyone in the world is familiar with the term “path of totality”.  We would like to present an alternative version.  In Little Compton, this path of totality leads directly to a free experience available to all at the Brownell Library.  All roads converge to this wonderful building, where the world is at your fingertips, facilitated by an exceptional staff. No special glasses or good weather necessary (although free glasses were available at the library for safe viewing, no weather guarantees were available!).

The Friends of the Brownell Library exist to augment the funds received from the town budget.  We provide “the extras “, and take guidance from the librarians and the patrons of the library.  You have a say in how the funds we raise are spent.

The available Wi-Fi is well used, day and night.  The T-Mobile Wi-Fi hot spots, available for checking out a week at a time, have been extremely popular.  This is a very nice service whether visiting or using in lieu of a home provider.

New passes are added, as interest is indicated, and others not renewed as interest wanes. We provide a myriad of choices, whether you wish to visit museums, zoos, aquariums or historical societies.  There is something for every age and interest.

If a book you want is not available in town, the librarians will assist in obtaining it.  Free downloads are also an option. Fishing poles, telescopes, and cake pans are just a few of the items available to enjoy.

The programs for both children and adults span a vast range of interests.  If there is a topic you would like presented, or are willing to present, please let your ideas be known to the librarians.  They aim to please, and do it well.

We thank you for helping make our annual book sale a success.  Whether you contribute books for the sale or purchase books, it would not be possible without your support.  Many of you do both!

Our library is gem, but your help is needed in maintaining the standards to which we have become accustomed.  Your donations, in any amount, help us do just that.  All donations go directly to the library.  We are fortunate to have such wonderful volunteers who recognize the value of the library and work to maintain the standards they wish to provide.  We respectfully ask you to remember The Friends of the Brownell Library when you make your decision to contribute to organizations you wish to see flourish.  We promise to use all donations wisely, and keep your interests in mind in allocating the funds.

Thank you so very much for your support.  We look forward to seeing you at the library!

Sincerely,

Dee Holliday & Roberta Shaw

Co-Presidents

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Mindfulness and Meditation Series w/ Rosa Bullis (extended one week)

Rosa Bullis is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, 200 RYT, Reiki Practitioner, Certified JourneyDance™ Guide, Sacred Sound Practitioner and Energy Medicine Practitioner who will teach this five-week series, offering participants an introduction to various forms of meditation and mindfulness.

Classes will be held at the Brownell House, home of the Village Improvement Society, located at 3 Meeting House Lane in Little Compton.

Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 19th at 9am
  • Thursday, September 21st at 9am
  • Tuesday, September 26th at 9am
  • Thursday, September 28th at 9am
  • Tuesday, October 3rd at 9am
  • Thursday, October 5th at 9am

Extended Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 10th at 9am
  • Thursday, October 12th at 9am

Each class will introduce a new technique followed by a practice session, which ends with a brief discussion.

Classes are free and open to all adult patrons. To register, visit or call the library at 401-635-8562.

Thank You from the Friends of the Brownell Library

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank all those who helped make The Friends of the Brownell Library annual book sale on Saturday, August 5th, such a success. We were blessed with a wonderful group of volunteers who moved a mountain of books on Friday, and helped with the organization of the tents.  Although the weather was cloudy with showers on Saturday, we thank our wonderful turnout of book-lovers who purchased a wide variety of the expansive collection – literally something for everyone. Last, but certainly not least, we are so grateful to the Little Compton Boy Scouts who came to our rescue at the end of the sale to help with the cleanup. All the money raised directly benefits the Brownell Library.  We are so fortunate to have such a gem in our community. Thank you so much for your support.

Sincerely,

Dee Holliday & Roberta Shaw

Co-Presidents

New Digital Audiobooks Available

Little Compton residents now have access to a suite of digital audiobooks via RB Digital, courtesy of the Bradford Livingston Memorial Book Fund. These audiobooks are in addition to those already offered by the Ocean State Libraries’ eZone.

With RB Digital, you can listen to audiobooks via your computer’s web browser, or by downloading the RB Digital app to your smartphone or tablet.

Please note: you must have a library card issued by the Brownell Library to use this service.

To learn how to register your card and set up your account, please refer to the RB Digital Guide on our website.

Friends of the Brownell Library Annual Book Sale: Saturday, August 5th, 9am-3pm

The Friends of the Brownell Library will hold their annual book sale Saturday, August 5th, 9am-3pm. The sale will be located on the back patio. Admission is free, so be sure to stop by and stock up on your summer reading.

Book Donations

Donations of books in good condition are gratefully accepted year-round at the Brownell Library for the sale. Please no textbooks, encyclopedias, or VHS. For more information call the library at (401) 635-8562.

Volunteers Needed!

If you would like to help set up or work at the book sale, especially moving books the Friday beforehand, please contact Dee Holliday at (401) 635-2384. Community service hours available if needed.

Please Note: The library building will be closed all day during the sale.

Poetry Night

The Wednesday Night Book Club group will be celebrating Poetry Month in April. Bring your favorite poem to share with the group. The night is expected to be filled with inspiring pieces and dialogue about this wonderful form of written (and spoken) word.

 

Wednesday, April 8

6:00 PM

All are welcome.

Movie Night, Tuesday, March 24 at 5 PM

Join us for a screening of the movie The Hundred-Foot Journey. The movie is a wonderful dramedy about a feud between two adjacent restaurants, one operated by a newly relocated Indian family and the other by a Michelin-starred chef.

Pizza will be offered at 5pm to those who RSVP. Movie will begin at 5:30, all welcome RSVPs appreciated for set up.

EVENT CHANGE! Tuesday, February 3 at 1 PM

Event moved from Wednesday, January 28 due to inclement weather. 

Trained Customer Engagement Specialists from HealthSource RI will join us on Jan 28 to update the public on new options for health insurance plans. Come as a new or existing member and learn about the best plans to fit your needs and budget.

A presentation will be held from 2:00-2:30, followed by enrollment guided by the Specialists.

For more information visit healthsourceri.com