The Brookfield Public Library will kick off a brown bag lunch series for business people on Monday, Sept. 19 at noon.

Members of the business community are invited to bring their lunch to the library and learn about the library’s business resources during the lunch hour. During Monday’s lunch the featured database will be ReferenceUSA, a directory of 89 million residents and 14 million businesses, which is searchable by location and interest and can be used to target potential customers.

“You can check within a five-mile radius of your business, for example, for people who like gardening. And if you have a gardening-related business, you could target those folks,” said Debbie Griggs, the director of adult services at the Brookfield Public Library.

The library will provide beverages and desserts, while the business people are asked bring their own lunches.

The second brown bag business lunch is scheduled for Oct. 17. After the first two sessions, the library will evaluate the response and decided about holding further sessions.

“We hope to get a good response,” said Kimberly Litland, the director of the Brookfield Public Library.

New tenant for Arden home

In other Brookfield Public Library news, in June the library found a tenant and rented out the home it owns at 3407 Arden Ave. The library bought the home in 2007 for $400,000 as part of an expansion plan that it eventually abandoned. The home had been vacant since Dec. 1, 2010 after the library evicted its last tenant.

The library rented the home for the same $1,800 a month it charged the previous tenants.

In December the home was appraised and valued at $300,000. Like many homeowners, the library is waiting for the real estate market to recover before trying to sell the home.

– Bob Skolink