All locations will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.
Weekend hours will be our normal hours (Clara B. Mounce Public Library and Larry J. Ringer Library both open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., the Carnegie History Center closed on the weekend).
Holly Rees was born in Prescott, Arizona, in 1926. He was drafted into the Army in 1944 and was sent to Okinawa as part of a fresh batch of replacements in 1945. After 38 days of fierce combat, he was shot in the foot by a Japanese sniper and spent several months in the hospital. While he was in the hospital, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, and he was discharged from the Army in 1946.
He then went to the University of Arizona, graduated cum laude in three years, and met his wife, who was from Mississippi. They decided to move to Texas, where he worked in the Social Security Administration at various Texas locations. He was the supervisor of the Bryan location from 1957 until he retired in 1984. Sixty years after moving here, Mr. Rees still lives in Bryan, Texas.
When Holly Rees remembers his family’s experiences and sacrifices during and after World War II, he sees three flags: the Blue Star banner denoting the number of his family’s sons who served, the American flag folded for a funeral service, and the personal Rising Sun banner of an enemy infantryman. He spent six months writing the story of Three Flags and Two Brothers: To War and Back by hand on notebook paper and nine months transcribing it into a manuscript. The book went through seven years of various editors before being published.
It is the story of Mr. Rees and his war hero brother. Tom Knowles, a local military historian, helped Mr. Rees arrange his tales into a collection and published the book. Knowles suggested dividing the book into three sections: experiences in World War II, caring for his wife, and returning to Okinawa 60 years after the war. Royalties from the books will be donated to military museums across the United States, including the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg.
All Bryan+College Station Public Library System locations will be closed Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16 for Easter.
Larry J. Ringer Library will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 17. Clara B. Mounce Public Library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 17. The Carnegie History Center is always closed on Mondays, so it will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18.
They found a $4.64 return on investment for every dollar spent on Texas public libraries.
If you would like to remind your legislators that Texas public libraries (and U.S. public libraries) are worthwhile, we encourage you to contact them and let them know how public libraries have helped you and about the return on investment.
To locate your legislators, see www.fyi.legis.texas.gov/Home.aspx . It lists both state and national senators and representatives. If you are trying to contact them by phone, you may want to try multiple offices if the main number is busy. The D.C. numbers tend to have full voicemail, but some of the other locations have voicemail or staff members answering the phone.
Join us for a free family movie this Wednesday, March 15, at 2:00 p.m. We will be watching the new release Moana, rated PG. Free popcorn. For more information, call Ringer Library at (979) 764-3416. We are located at 1818 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy. S., College Station, TX 77845 (across the street from A&M Consolidated High School).
Mounce Library (Bryan) is collecting family recipes and the stories behind them. If you are interested in participating, include the recipe, a photo of the food, and the family story behind it. Entries must be submitted by December 1. Recipes will be featured in the library’s weekly electronic newsletter. Look for the recipes near the end of the newsletter. For more information or to submit a recipe, contact Debbie Callaway at email@example.com or (979) 209-5600 or bring your recipe to the adult reference desk on the first floor (201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803).