COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Upcoming events at the library; Family Fun Fest; Sprunica Baptist June Sermon Series

Upcoming events at the library

The Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane, has upcoming events on its calendar for visitors of all ages.

Pre-K Days: Messy Art, Thursday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m., Hands-on, messy creative fun for kids ages 0-6. Registration requested.

Lego Club, Thursday, June 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., Drop in and show off your Lego skills and collaborate with other builders.

Monday Morning Storytime, Mondays, June 12 &26 and Tuesday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m., Stories, songs, rhymes, movement and crafts for kids 6 and under with their caregivers.

Paper Play: Hidden and Altered Paper Clips, Monday, June 5 from 2 to 3 p.m., Turn this basic office supply into fun and functional decorations for bookmarks and journals. All tools and materials supplied. Registration requested.

Juneteenth Commemoration program, The Life and Landscapes of John Wesley Hardrick, Thursday, June 15 at 6 p.m., Discover the works of African American painter John Wesley Hardrick as art historian Rachel Berenson Perry discusses his life and art, including landscape paintings of Brown County. Everyone is welcome. Registration requested.

Get Your Legal Affairs in Order, Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m., Learn about healthcare directives, powers of attorney, and living wills — what they are and if you need one — from Elder Law Attorney Blake C. Reed. Sponsored by Legal Aid Pro Bono Indiana. Registration requested.

BCPL Craft Club: Junk Journal Folios, Wednesday, May 31 at 6 p.m., Make a travel-sized journal using recycled items and decorator papers. All materials and tools are supplied. For adults and teens 13 and older. Registration requested.

Cordry-Sweetwater Branch Programs

Book Bike Delivery Schedule

Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 &28 from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. at select locations weather permitting

Simply place a hold on your materials by noon Wednesday and select “Book Bike” as the pickup location, then meet the Book Bike at one of our Book Bike stops at Johnson Street Park, Willow Manor Apartments or Hawthorne Hills Apartments.

The Library will be closed Monday, June 19 for the Juneteenth holiday.

Library Changing Friday Hours beginning June 2

Beginning Friday, June 2, the main branch of the Brown County Public Library will be shifting its Friday hours to open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. After monitoring library traffic for several months, it was determined that these new Friday hours will better accommodate patron schedules, and allow for longer after school hours for students when the school year resumes. Hours for the other days of the week will remain the same.

The new Main Library hours are:

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed Sunday

Additionally, the Cordry-Sweetwater Branch Library will not be opening on Saturdays this summer. This volunteer run branch will keep its current schedule of Tuesday, 2-5 p.m. and Wednesday &Thursday, 3-6 p.m. The CSW Branch is open to all Brown County residents and, while it has its own book and DVD collection, there are also weekly deliveries of additional materials from the Main Library. Items needing returned to the Main Library can also be dropped off at the CSW Branch.

Library getting ready for Summer Reading Program

The Brown County Public Library is gearing up for its annual Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme, “All Together Now,” celebrates community and the spirit of working and playing together. The program runs June 17 – July 29 and is open to readers of all ages — littles, kids, teens and adults — with fun programs, parties and prizes along the way. Kids and teens will start the summer on June 17 at a Summer Reading Kick-off Party featuring Chocolate Moose ice cream and a visit from Kim Freeman, local author of “Ice Cream Man: How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better.”

With the goal of keeping kids reading throughout the summer, the Summer Reading Program is designed to make reading fun! By reading and recording a set number of minutes per age group, young readers will not only improve their literacy skills, but will also receive prizes along the way. After completing their reading minutes, they will entered to win grand prizes like local store gift cards, art supplies and Holiday World tickets at the End of Summer Reading Party on July 29.

And Summer Reading isn’t just for kids — adults can also win by reading and earn entries for prize drawings of gift certificates to local book stores and the grand prize, a Brown County Goodies Gift Basket. Adults will have their own prize drawing at an End of Summer Reception on Thursday, August 3rd.

Summer Reading registration begins June 1. Participants can register online or in person at the Library, but everyone will need to visit the Library to pick up their Welcome to Summer Reading packets — and get some new books to read.

For additional information, registration and a complete calendar of Summer Reading programs and events visit or call the Library at 812.988.2850.

Family Fun Fest

Becks Grove Christian Church is having their 2nd annual free family fun fest on Saturday June 24th from 2-6pm. There will be free food and games and a dunking booth to dunk your favorite pastor. All are welcome.

Sprunica Baptist June Sermon Series

Join us at Sprunica Baptist each Sunday in June at 10 a.m. as we answer four important questions about God

June 4: Is there proof that God is real?

June 11: Who or what is God?

June 18: Can God really love me?

June 25: Did God create man or did man create God?

Sprunica Baptist, 3902 Sprunica Road, Nashville, IN

Grants available for septic, well repairs

The Great Lakes Community Action Partnership Decentralized Water Systems program recently announced the availability of grants for water well, in-home water treatment and septic system repairs.

The maximum loan amount is $15,000 with a 1 percent interest rate. The maturity may not exceed 20 years and will depend on repayment ability.

To be eligible for the grant, the applicant’s household income cannot exceed $33,470. In addition, applicants must own and occupy the home or be in the process of purchasing the home for occupancy. New home construction and community water systems are not eligible.

For more information and to apply, call the Brown County Health Department at 812-988-2255.

Are you concerned about a loved one who may wander from home?

Project Lifesaver International, founded in 1999, is a private not-for-profit organization, working with search and rescue teams nationwide.

TRIAD was awarded a grant from the Brown County Community Foundation in 2021, to partner with our local sheriff’s department, to bring this training and technology to Brown County.

Individuals in the program wear a personalized, wrist-watch sized radio transmitter that allows first responders to rapidly locate them. The sheriff’s department has received the training on how to operate the tracking equipment. Additionally, the sheriff’s department has added drone technology, which can aid in rapidly covering difficult ground.

The sheriff’s department has also received specialized training on ways to address behavioral and communication challenges specific to people with a variety of cognitive conditions. This training is a bridge critical to gaining the person’s trust and facilitating a safe return home.

The cost of the program is borne by the sheriff’s department, TRIAD, and as affordable, to individual families. The foundation grants, of which three were received, offset the cost of the program to individuals, either in part or in full. We do no means testing, but let families choose their level of financial ability. The program is completely voluntary and one can enter or exit the program at any time.

To get more information, please call TRIAD, at 812-988-0109 and leave a message.

Motorcycle, car, truck show coming

Nashville #135 Annual Car, Truck, Jeep, and Motorcycle Show will be Saturday, June 17 at the Nashville Masonic Lodge, 19 Artist Drive. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon.

There will be “People’s Choice Judging” classes, activities, door prizes, music and on-site food. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. Contestants must be present to win.

For additional information or pre-registration contact, call or text Matt Willoughby at 812-801-6329 or email [email protected]

Support group meets for grieving parents

Even though the grieving process one goes through when losing a child doesn’t take a break, the South Central Indiana Chapter of Compassionate Friends will not be holding their regular meetings at the NUMC for the next 2 or 3 months. Should you experience a loss and need to talk with someone, please contact Chris Kraft, Shirley Drake or Bill Schnackel. The chapter will announce the continuation of meetings in the BC Democrat once details are finalized.

Have questions? Please contact: Bill Schnackel, 765-490-0789, [email protected]; Chris Kraft, 815-814-8138, [email protected]; or Shirley Drake Jordan, 386-559-1030, [email protected]

Foster grandparent signups now open

Thrive Alliance and AmeriCorps Seniors are currently looking for foster grandparents for children.

Thrive Alliance and AmeriCorps Seniors work with public and faith-based schools, Head Start Centers and youth serving facilities in five counties, including Brown, being role models, mentors, tutors and friends.

Those interested should call 812-374-2711, 812-372-6918, or visit