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Open house at Brownstown Library is next weekend

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The move of the Brownstown Branch Library to its new and bigger home will be celebrated this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an open house.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the new home of the library, which is now housed in the former bank building next to the village hall. The open house on Friday will run from 2-5 p.m.

The open house continues from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. Ruby Goldsborough will be a special guest at the Sunday open house.

Goldsborough, who will celebrate her 96th birthday on Dec. 17, is a lifelong native of Fayette County who has lived in Brownstown for at least 30 years.

She has composed poems about events in her life, the flag, her church, her faith and applebutter-making time at the Golden Years Club. She had memorized them for many years, and at the urging of her daughter and son, Phyllis Sarver and Charles Goldsborough, she has written them down. The family then had the poems published in a book.

At the request of the Friends of the Library, Goldsborough will take copies of the book to the open house and will be present to autograph copies that people wish to purchase.

The Friends of the Library is showcasing the library during the open house to showcase how much there is to enjoy through the pleasure of reading and of Brownstown now having its own library, to help make it possible for all ages to have access to reading.

The Friends of the Library have asked Marsha Jenkins, the Brownstown art teacher, to have her student paint a special mural for permanent display in the childrens section. The mural includes such characters as Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter.

Refreshments of holiday cookies, punch and coffee will be available during the open house.

The open house is an opportunity to help the individuals who have donated their time and talents for the new library home.

Those volunteers include Gary and Judy Watson, Bill and Cathy Smith, Janette Burd, Bill and Elvera Robison, Ginny Wilber, Joann Strobel, Richard and Elizabeth Kasten, Shirley Mattes, Chris Schoo, Melvin and Karen Willms, Chuck and Sue Fitch, Fred and Connie Bingaman, Karleen Fulk, Sue Biggs, Dennis Kilzer, Carol Torbeck, Bonnie Kramer, Marsha Jenkins, Lana Potter, Cathy Stokes, Donnie Smail, Cindi Fedrigon, Terri Gillespie, Rick Gillespie and Zach Gillespie.

A number of boys and girls also volunteer, by helping with such tasks as moving books and shelving them.