Happy Holidays from BCSPLS

Happy holidays from BCSPLS, libraries close early at 5 PM on Thursday, December 21, 2017; libraries closed Thursday December 22, 2017 through Tuesday, December 26, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018

All Bryan+College Station Public Library System locations will be closing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, and will be closed Friday, December 22, through Tuesday, December 26, for Christmas. All locations will also be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018, for New Year’s Day.

Happy holidays from BCSPLS, libraries close early at 5 PM on Thursday, December 21, 2017; libraries closed Thursday December 22, 2017 through Tuesday, December 26, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018

Staff Favorites – YA Audio

staff favorites, YA audio, windowsill display, letters on window, grass and trees outside, 12 YA audiobooks on windowsill, shadows on table, Artemis Fowl, Beautiful Creatures, Beauty Queens, Chime, Divergent, The Giver, The Golden Compass, Leviathan, The Scorpio Races, The Son of Neptune, The Star Beast, and A Wrinkle in Time

These YA Audiobooks are currently on display at Ringer Library. Come check one out!

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Chime by Franny Billingsley, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein, and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Garage Sale Today!

The Cause Is For The Paws Garage Sale Sat., July 1 at Ringer Library. Prices have been slashed! Sale ends at 4 p.m. Everything must go! Garage sale benefits local animal shelters.

teen volunteers at garage sale  chairs and stuffed animals, garage sale  chairs, desk, dragon, garage sale  teen volunteers at garage sale, knickknacks

July 4th: Independence Day Closures

the libraries will be closed

All locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day. Mounce and Ringer libraries will both close early at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 3, and the Carnegie will be closed on Monday per its usual hours.

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).

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

PICK UP YOUR POSTERS

If you entered our poster contest, you have until August 31 to pick up your poster.

Contact Jennifer at (979) 764-3416 with any questions.

This was our 2nd summer reading poster contest. The theme was “Build a Better World” (this year’s summer reading theme). Categories were Kids, Teens, Adults, and People’s Choice.

 

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 took place June 5-12

PRIZES!

  • First Place in each category: Painting with a Twist gift certificate 
  • Runner Up in each category: Gift card to local restaurant
  • People’s Choice: Gift card to local restaurant

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