STRATEGIC PLAN COMPLETED

The Brookings Public Library Board recently accepted the report and plan submitted by the 2013 Citizens' Strategic Planning Committee.  This plan will direct the Library's continued reach for excellence through 2016. 

The Committee recommended three roles on which the Library should focus:

  1. Lifelong Learning
  2. Reading, Viewing, and Listening for Pleasure
  3. Creating Young Readers through Early Literacy

To see the complete report and the objectives planned to achieve these goals, please go to the "How do I . . ." tab at the top of this page.  The report is also available for review at the Library Circulation Desk.

 

 

 

 

CIVIL WAR 150 COMING TO LIBRARY

The Library is pleased to host Civil War 150, a national traveling exhibit, on display from Monday, February 3 to Tuesday, February 25.  We are one of fifty sites nation-wide selected to host the exhibit.

Developed from letters, personal accounts and images, the display shows how people grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of a president in wartime.

The Library is sponsoring free programs in conection with the exhibit.  The kickoff program, "America's "Terrible Swift Sword": The Civil War at 150 Years", will be presented by Dr. Thomas Agostini, SDSU associate professor of history, on Thursday, January 30 at 7 pm.

On Tuesday, February 4 at 7 pm, join the discussion of the book, For Cause and Comrades; Why Men Fought in the Civil War.  Books are available in the Library's collection.

Local Civil War re-enactor Louise Coull will present "Life on the Home Front" on Thursday, February 6 at 7 pm.

The novel, My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira, will be discussed on Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 pm.  This is the story of a midwife who dreams of being a surgeon and travels to Washington, DC to tend the Civil War wounded. 

On Thursday, February 20 at 7 pm, Ride into History, an historic performance touring troupe, will present in character "Fighting Beside My Brother".  There were a number of women who disguised themselves to fight with the men during the Civil War.

The Civil War 150 programming will wrap up with a showing of the movie, Lincoln, on Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 pm.

Developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America, this exhibit was made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

EBOOK CLASSES

Did you get an ereader or tablet for Christmas?  We are offereing three ebook classes this month on how to download ebooks to your devices from our two digital collections: South Dakota Titles to Go and Axis 360.  Each class will focus on a certain type of device - Nooks and other ereader devices, Kindles, and tablets and smart phones. All ebook classes start at 7 pm.   

January 9 - Nooks and other ereader devices, NOT including Kindles

January 23- Kindles only 

January 28 - Tablets and smart phones

If you're not sure which class is right for your ereader, give us a call - 692-9407 - and we'll guide you to the right one. 

Class sizes are limited.  Please register in advance.

 

 

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