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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New Shakespeare Portraits Found? A Tale of Two Sources.

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We love it when an announcement is made that a new portrait of Shakespeare is discovered. These stories are popular because everyone wants to see what the author of “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet” looked like.… Read the rest

Read the Book That Inspired the Movie.

Check out our latest book display! Faith Janney, our circulation manager, picked nearly 40 books from the collection that were made into movies.

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Four additional books will be available for check out today:

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M.… Read the rest

Working on Your Fitness?

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution related to health, well-being, or fitness? Maybe it wasn’t a resolution. Whatever your reasoning, did you know that Brown Library has popular magazines that can help with your health, well-being, and fitness goals? Climb the stairs for an extra calorie burn, and browse the magazines on the top floor.… Read the rest