COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Health dept. sets vaccination Clinics, Foundation plans 2023 annual report, Upcoming events at the library

Health Dept. sets vaccination clinics

The Brown County Health Department will be offering vaccination clinics on June 23rd &July 21st with extended hours to 6 p.m. Beat the rush and get your students vaccinated for the coming school year. The Brown County Health Department Nursing Division vaccinates those without insurance and those on Medicaid and private insurance. To schedule an appointment please call 812-988-2255. Appointments will be required.

Foundation plans 2023 annual report

The Brown County Community Foundation’s (BCCF) Annual Report to the community will be hosted at the Brown County Historical Society at 6 p.m. June 29. It will be an evening of local awards, honors, and a great night of philanthropy in Brown County. The event is open to the public, but guests are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 812.988.4882.

From the annual volunteer of the year award to the prestigious John D. Rudd Award, BCCF will be sharing stories of impact from Brown County. These stories will also include updates about BCCF’s work in Brown County including nonprofit support, scholarships, grants, and much more.

BCCF Board of Trustees Chair Dwight Thompson said he hopes residents will “Come learn more about this important organization in Brown County and the people that are making it all possible. Our community is stronger together through philanthropy and BCCF is building a better Brown County.”

The Brown County Community Foundation has the best interests of the community at heart. By supporting charitable organizations in broad areas of community need – education, social services, health care, arts and humanities, and environment – we help build a stronger, healthier Brown County. If you have any questions, please contact us at 812-988-4882.

Upcoming events at the library

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

For Kids

Morning Storytime, Mondays, July 3, 10, 17 &24 at 10:30 a.m., Stories, songs and activities for kids 6 and under with their caregivers.

Bzzzz… Pollinators &Citizen Science, Wednesday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m., Learn about pollinators and how to keep them around Brown County with Brown County 4-H. For ages 6-12. Registration requested

For Adults and Teens

Paper Play: Paper Beads, Monday, July 3 from 2 to 3 p.m., Use paper to create a variety of bead shapes and learn different ways to finish your beads. For adults and teens 13 and older. Registration requested

For Everyone

Comic Book Workshop, Thursday, June 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Join Do Art Productions for a comic book workshop. Jerry will share their process as a comic book artist and take us through the process of creating a full comic strip together. For kids grades 4-12 and adults. Registration requested

Wonderlab presents “Design, Test, Build!”, Thursday, July 6 from 2 to 3 p.m., Learn what it takes to be an engineer while following the steps of the engineering design process and helping build a Rube Goldberg machine. All ages are welcome. Registration requested

The Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day.

Brown County Public Library · For our complete schedule of events or to register for a program, visit our online events calendar at or call 812.988.2850.

The Board of the Friends of the Brown County Public Library has been hard at work planning a series of trips and tours as a benefit to their members. The first of these events will be an Indiana University Treasures Tour on Tuesday, July 11. Friends members will meet at the Brown County Library to carpool to Bloomington for a guided tour of the Lilly Library, after which there will be a break for lunch at the IU Memorial Union. The tour will continue after lunch at the Eskenazi Museum of Art with a guided tour of the Gustave Baumann art collection.

Admission for the IU Treasures Tour is free for all current Friends of the Library members, simply RSVP online at or by calling the Library at 812.988.2850.

The Friends of the Brown County Public Library is a non-profit organization that raises funds to benefit the growing needs of the Library. Funds raised through Friends membership dues, book sales and donations directly support many of the library’s programs and activities.

Trips like the IU Treasures Tour have been organized as a “thank you” to our members for their support and dedication. If you are interested in joining the Friends and helping further the mission of promoting our Library as an essential institution of Brown County visit or ask at the desk the next time you are in the Library.

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 to 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.

Book Bike schedule

Wednesdays, June 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.

Friday hours change

The main branch of the Brown County Public Library has shifted 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 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.

Hickory Ridge Community Center outlines calendar

June is almost over and here is what is happening at the Hickory Ridge Community Center for the remainder of the month:

June 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Senior day with cards, puzzles, and potluck

When the center is not reserved for an event, the playgrounds, walking track and horseshoe pits (bring your own shoes) are available for use by the community.

The Hickory Ridge Community Center is located at 2314 Hickory Ridge Lane, Morgantown IN 46160. More information can also be found at

Nashville Aglow Int’l Lighthouse Meeting

Tuesday July 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Chapel at Cornerstone Inn, 54 E. Franklin St.

Speaker: Sandy Bothell, Sandy serves on the Southern Indiana Area Team of Aglow International. Aglow.Org. The Lord has given her a heart for sharing God’s love. Come and be blessed.

Contact Sandy, [email protected], 765 342-3151. Free parking on streets or pay parking across from Inn.

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 further information and to obtain an application please visit or call Valerie Vanfleet at 1-800-775-9767 or 419-333-6074. Valerie can be reached by email directly at [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

Are you concerned about a loved one?

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.