Meditations for Inner Peace

Beginning November 7th, the Brownell Library will host a new series of meditation classes with Little Compton resident Katherine Brown, senior teacher at Atisha Kadampa Buddhism (AKBC) in Providence, RI.

Classes take place at the Brownell House Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9am. Each class  runs roughly 45 minutes and will explore a specific meditative concept, along with guided meditation techniques.

Class Schedule:
  • Nov 7th: Meditation and How It Transforms Us
  • Nov 14th: Happiness and Suffering Are Opposites
  • Nov 16th: The Real Source of Happiness
  • Nov 21th: The Real Source of Suffering
  • Nov 28th: Outer & Inner Problems
  • Nov 30th: Feelings & the Nature of Our Mind

Katherine has been studying Kadampa Buddhism since 2002 and meditation for 40+ years.  In 2000, inspired by the benefits of urban agriculture she retired from an academic career in health policy and ethics to help people grow their local food system. She is a former Director of Southside Community Land Trust.

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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

October is Amnesty Month!

Wipe out your late fees by donating to the Little Compton Community Food Bank.

Just bring in any unopened, non-perishable, non-expired food items and toiletries to the Brownell Library, all month long.

Only eligible donations will be accepted. No pet food.

Note: Waiver does not include late fees incurred from overdue fishing gear, telescope, or wi-fi hotspots. Waiver does not apply to lost or damaged library items.

New Cookbook Club Starts November 1st

Do you love to cook and enjoy reading cookbooks? The Brownell Library will be starting a new cookbook club to meet the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm.

Each month we’ll read a different cookbook and everyone will choose a recipe to make and share. The club’s first meeting will be Wednesday, November 1st at 5:30. Our first pick is Food52 Genius Recipes.

Please contact the library if you are interested so we can order you a copy for the first meeting!

 

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

Summer @ the Library Pizza Party

Come join us for Summer @ the Library Pizza Party!

Program participants and their families are invited to join us for pizza and cookies, fun crafts and experiments, and the raffle prizes drawing. Registration is required, please sign up inside the library or call 635-8562 by Monday, August 7th!

Wednesday, August 9th at 6pm

Ocean State Animal Coalition presents Who Lives in Your Backyard?

Join us as Ocean State Animal Coalition presents Who Lives in Your Backyard?

This program focuses on the needs of wildlife in our community and how people can be good neighbors to the animals in their backyards. This interactive presentation instructs about the variety of species we share our state with and points out ways that kids can enjoy the diversity without causing harm.

Wednesday, August 2nd at 6pm

Best for ages 5 & up

Animal Experiences with Dave Marchetti

Join us as we welcome Dave Marchetti for Animal Experiences!

Animal Experiences is a fun and incredibly hands on way to meet turtles, snakes, lizards, small mammals, and Wally the alligator, up close and personal. Dave’s program combines learning interesting facts about his animals with the thrill of actually handling them.

Wednesday, July 26th at 6pm

All ages event!

Spots available for “Enlighten Up” meditation classes

The library is hosting free meditation classes throughout the end of July and beginning of August. Each class provides participants with an introduction to the meditative experience, and runs roughly 45 minutes.

Classes are held at 9am in the library and there are still some slots open for the remaining 5 classes. These classes run July 21st, July 25st, July 28th, August 1st, & August 4th.

You can call the library or stop by to register. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the instructor, Keith Dunne. He can be reached by phone at 207-281-2500 or via email at kpd73@hotmail.com.