Summer Poster Contest 2017

Ringer Library Poster Contest, Build a Better World, May 27 - June 3, youth, teen, adult, details at bcslibrary.org

Ringer Library Poster Contest, Build a Better World, May 27 - June 3, youth, teen, adult, details at bcslibrary.org

Our 2nd annual Poster Contest is here! This summer, put together your interpretation of our theme, “Build a Better World.” Prizes will be awarded in each age category (Youth, Teen, and Adult/College)!

RULES!

  • Youth posters should be no larger than 11″ x 17″ (ledger size)
  • Teen & Adult/College Posters should be no larger than 24″ x 36″ (poster size)
  • Posters will not be returned at the end of the contest
  • Posters should not include objectionable material
  • Please put name, age category, and email address on back of poster
  • By submitting your poster, you agree to let Larry J. Ringer Library post photos of your submission to social media.
  • Winners will be notified by email
  • Popular Choice voting will be open June 4-7

Stay tuned for more details!

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, Closed

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, Closed

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).

Closed 11 AM – 1 PM, Fri 5/19

closed for employee picnic Friday May 19, 11 AM - 1 PM

closed for employee picnic Friday May 19, 11 AM - 1 PMAll Bryan+College Station Public Library System locations will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday, May 19 for the City of Bryan’s employee picnic.

Larry J. Ringer Library and Clara B. Mounce Public Library will be open from 9 to 11 a.m., and the Carnegie History Center will be open from 10 to 11 a.m.

All three locations will reopen from 1 to 5 p.m.

Meet the Author Day – Holly Rees

Holly E. Rees, Author of Three Flags and Two Brothers, To War and Back
Holly E. Rees, Author

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.

The Bryan+College Station Public Library System currently carries his book.

Author’s Work

Three Flags and Two Brothers: To War and Back. (2016). ISBN 978-0979435485.

Articles About Author’s Work

“Holly Rees: WWII Veteran”. (May 9, 2016). Bill Youngkin, Special to The Eagle.

“Veteran publishes story of life during, after WWII”. (Nov. 27, 2016). Rebecca Fiedler, The Eagle.

Author’s Websites

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Three-Flags-Brothers-Holly-Rees/dp/097943548X

Publisher: www.eventhorizonpg.com/ProductInformation/ProductID/160

Guest at Meet the Author Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 AM to 12 PM
at Mounce Library, 201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803

LIBRARIES CLOSED APRIL 14-16

Happy Easter and Happy Passover, flowers, Easter eggs, and grass

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.

Library Value

For every one dollar invested in Texas public libraries, communities see a return of $4.64 in access to resources, programming, services, and technology; Texas State Library and Archives Commission Return on Investment Study 2017

 

Have you ever wondered how much benefit Texans get from libraries? The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently did a study on the economic benefits and return on investment from Texas libraries.

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.

For more information about TSLAC’s study, see their website at www.tsl.texas.gov/roi.

For more information about our local library system, contact Bryan+College Station Library System Director Larry Koeninger at (979) 209-5611 or lkoeninger@bryantx.gov.

Free Movie 3/15

Moana, Disney movie, Polynesian girl and large tattooed guy in grass skirt, rooster, pig, waves, licensed from Movie Licensing USA

Moana, Disney movie, Polynesian girl and large tattooed guy in grass skirt, rooster, pig, waves, licensed from Movie Licensing USA

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).

Family Holiday Food Memories

Thanksgiving dinner, stuffed turkey, salt, pepper, rolls, stuffing

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 dcallaway@bryantx.gov or (979) 209-5600 or bring your recipe to the adult reference desk on the first floor (201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803).

Thanksgiving dinner, stuffed turkey, salt, pepper, rolls, stuffing

Flyer

Caddy Stacks

Caddy Stacks, Halloween mini-golf

Halloween-themed mini-golf in Larry Ringer Library this Friday, October 28 after hours. Call (979) 764-3416 to sign up. All ages. Costumes welcome. See a flyer.