Brown County Library Book sale + coupon November 4 – 9

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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The semi-annual Friends of the Brown County Library Book Sale is almost here!

The sale runs November 5 – 9  with members of the Friends getting a preview the night of November 4th.

  • November 4:  3pm – 7pm Friends Members only
  • November 5, 6 & 7: 9am – 8:45pm
  • November 8:  ($6 per Bag or 2/$10) 9am – 4:45pm
  • November 9: (Bag Day Blowout-$3 per bag or 2/$5) 9am – 12:30pm

If you’ve never been there, you do not know what you’re missing.  This book sale is the biggest and best one around.  This fall they have more than 100,000 books sorted by category.  And they also sell CDs, DVDs and other media as well.

All proceeds from the sale benefit the Brown County Library and are used to fund library equipment, programs and materials. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to my branch of the library and see something new; half the time I’m told that the Friends provided it!

You can print a coupon HERE for $1 off each $10 purchase which is valid Wednesday & Thursday only.

For more information on the sale, how you can become a member of the Friends, or more information on donating your items for the fall sale, click here.

Brown County Library Book sale + coupon November 5 – 9

October 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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The semi-annual Friends of the Brown County Library Book Sale is almost here!

The sale runs November 5 – 9  with members of the Friends getting a preview the night of November 5th.

  • November 5:  3pm – 7pm Friends Members only
  • November 6 & 7: 9am – 8:45pm
  • November 8:  ($6 per Bag or 2/$10) 9am – 4:45pm
  • November 9: (Bag Day Blowout-$3 per bag or 2/$5) 9am – 12:30pm

If you’ve never been there, you do not know what you’re missing.  This book sale is the biggest and best one around.  This fall they have more than 100,000 books sorted by category.  And they also sell CDs, DVDs and other media as well.

All proceeds from the sale benefit the Brown County Library and are used to fund library equipment, programs and materials. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to my branch of the library and see something new; half the time I’m told that the Friends provided it!

You can print a coupon HERE for $1 off each $10 purchase which is valid Wednesday & Thursday only.

For more information on the sale, how you can become a member of the Friends, or more information on donating your items for the fall sale, click here.

Brown County Library Kids & Teens Books & More Sale July 25 – 27, 2013

July 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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book-sale-teensThe Friends of the Brown County Library are hosting their second annual Kids and Teens Books & More Sale.  The dates for this event are July 25 – 27, 2013.

Not only is this a great chance for parents like me, whose kids are voracious about all types of media, it could be a great opportunity for teachers and older students to refresh their personal collections and school libraries.   You might even see some library discards at the sale, too.

What will they have on sale?

  • Picture Books
  • Board Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Teen Fiction
  • Manga
  • DVDs
  • and more!

Also included in the sale are adult books for leading kids activities, child-rearing, as well as a selection of adult mystery, sci-fi and romance paperbacks for older teens and adults.

Sale Hours for this special sale are as follows:

  • Thursday July 25 9:30 a.m. –  Noon PREVIEW for Friends  Noon –  7:30 p.m. open to General Public
  • Friday July 26 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday July 27 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bag Day!

All proceeds from the sale benefit the Brown County Library and are used to fund library equipment, programs and materials.

It’s Canning and Preserving Season

July 9, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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With strawberries in full season, we’re at the beginning of canning season.  Just thought I’d give you some quick tips and tricks if you’ve never done it and have considered it.  It can save you a lot of money if you do it right.  (Only one of the many benefits of canning your own food, but a big one!)

First, if you’ve never canned or preserved your own food, don’t be afraid.    Making jams is usually the first and easiest of all items to preserve.    My mother always made jam and just used the instructions that came with the box of pectin.   That’s how she taught me.  Once you get the hang of making basic jams, you can try fancier recipes, then start work on vegetables that require a water bath.  Then work on ones that use a pressure canner.

Other items to consider:

  • Borrow items for canning before you spend money.  I borrowed everything for two summers before I decided that  canning and preserving was something I was going to continue doing.  I headed to the local library and read everything I could find on the subject to fill in the gaps as to what my mother didn’t tell me.
  • Ask others for empty canning jars and other supplies you might need.  I collected pieces and parts for several water bath and pressure canners. If you have to buy new, Fleet Farm or Woodmans are the places to go if you need new supplies.

Here are some resources to make canning easier for you; many of the books mentioned can be found through the Brown County Library:

When I was growing up, canning and preserving was a way of life.  One quarter of our city lot was a vegetable garden filled with cucumbers, tomatoes, pickles, rhubarb and more.  The north side of the garden were blueberry bushes. The east lot line of the garden was a mixture of yellow and black raspberries.

We had rhubarb, currants, gooseberries and I even recall grapes, pears and plum trees too.   We found tons of wild blackberries and asparagus in what is now a parking lot for a church and an elementary school.  We went to Door County every year and picked mass quantities of cherries, visited my Grandparents’ houses in northern Michigan and combed the woods for wild blueberries.

What happened to all that bounty? Besides eating that food shortly after it was picked, my mother also canned every summer and still does.  Teaching me how to do it is one of the many gifts she’s given me.

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