Virginia Tech Develops the Better Stink Bug Trap!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou may not know this, but the brown marmorated stink bug is the unofficial mascot of Brown Library. Before the renovation, these destructive Asian natives were everywhere. We still get a few from time to time. Thank goodness Virginia Tech is on the case.Read the rest

Public Libraries on Display

Click here to hear NPR’s wonderful interview with Robert Dawson, author of The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, and see some of the fascinating photographs in his new book. Oh, and a public library in Virginia made the cut: Handley Regional Library in Winchester.… Read the rest

Local Book Featured in People Magazine

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by local author, Carol Wall, is featured in the “Books” review section of the March 10th issue of People Magazine. The review calls the book “a profoundly moving memoir that tells the story of an unexpected friendship and the rewards of reaping what we sow.… Read the rest

Popular Local Book on Reserve at Brown Library

Brown Library has two copies of the popular new book, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by local author and retired Roanoke Catholic English teacher, Carol Wall. The book, recently featured in the Roanoke Times, tells the story of Wall’s unlikely friendship with Kenyan immigrant, Giles Owita, who has a Doctorate in Horticulture from Virginia Tech.

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Cold Weather On The Way, Again.

Another polar vortex is set to bring the mercury way down again in the area. Just the term “polar vortex” sounds like something out of a summer blockbuster, right? Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Katniss Everdeen, save us! Arm yourself with knowledge provided by the National Weather Service website.… Read the rest