"Researching Property History" Series Offered at the Library

October 31, 2015

The Library will offer a series of classes on how to research the history of a house. The "Researching Property History" series will consist of four sessions held in November and December. Class size is limited to six participants. Those interested may register at the Library.

Deed Searches: Nuts & Bolts

Friday, November 6th at 12 noon
This class will focus on the most basic aspect of property research – the Deed. Class will meet in the Library's Computer Lab then will walk to the courthouse. (This class is mandatory as the subsequent classes build upon it. If you are unable to make this initial class but would like to attend the others, please contact Mary Girard at 859-238-7323 x117.)

Making Sense of Old Deeds

Saturday, November 14th at 2:30 pm
In this class you'll learn to plot and locate deeds. This class requires that the deed research has been done. Bring the deeds related to your search property. (BCPL Community Room)


Saturday, November 21st at 2:00 pm
Building on the previous class, we'll look at how you can place plotted deeds on a map, what maps are available, and how the local landscape shaped different neighborhoods. (BCPL Computer Lab)

Fleshing Out the History

Saturday, December 5th at 2:30 pm
This class will talk about how houses were mentioned in newspapers and books, and how to track who lived in a house (which is often different from who the owners were). We'll also talk about how genealogy can help give life to the history of a house. (BCPL Kentucky Room)

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Final Week of "Unpuzzling Poe" Events

October 27, 2015

The Boyle County Public Library is excited to announce the sixth and final week of The Big Read "Unpuzzling Poe" events to be held at the Library and in the community.

Literary Society Re-enactment

On Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 pm, a Literary Society Re-enactment will be held in Jacobs Hall at the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville. This program will consist of a presentation on literary societies as they took place in Jacobs Hall in the 19th century. Additionally, a dramatic reading and discussion of an excerpt of The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe will take place, and KSD student artwork will be on display.  Refreshments will be served. This is a free, ticketed event limited to 50 guests. Tickets may be picked up at the Library one week prior to the event.  

Betrayal, Booze, and a Burial

On Wednesday, October 28th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Jane Barleycorn’s Market and Bar on Fourth Street in Danville will host a sherry pairing event for Unpuzzling Poe. Begin the evening with a pairing of Amontillado sherry and an appetizer for $20. At 7:30 pm, enjoy a dramatic enactment of The Cask of Amontillado and a discussion of revenge, death, torture, doppelgangers, and Amontillado! Additional cocktails or dinner options are available for purchase.

Friends of the Library Fall Film Series

The Friends of the Library Edgar Allan Poe Fall Film Series wraps up on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library. The final film in the series is a 1963 horror film that has little to do with Poe and more to do with a bizarre tale about birds of all kinds that begin to attack people in increasing numbers and viciousness. The film will be introduced by Charles Vahlkamp, professor emeritus at Centre College, and will be followed by a discussion about the film. There is no charge for admission, and free popcorn will be available. Runtime is 119 minutes.


Poe Spirit Stroll at Shaker Village

On Friday, October 30th at 8:00 pm, a Poe Spirit Stroll will be offered at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg. The stroll will move through the historic Meeting House hearing excerpts from Poe's writing. Guests will be climbing stairs and ladders to enter some very special places inspired by Poe's works. (This is a special Poe-themed Spirit Stroll in addition to the other events and activities offered at Shaker Village that evening.) The cost for this event is $15 per person, with tickets available for purchase at Shaker Village.  For more information or to order tickets, call 1.800.734.5611 or visit www.shakervillageky.org/events. 

Forkland Halloween Carnival

On Saturday, October 31st from 6:00-9:00 pm, the Forkland Halloween Carnival at the Forkland Community Center in Gravel Switch will also serve as the final event of The Big Read. This event, which features an evening of good old-fashioned fun for the whole family, gives a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, author of spooky tales and poems. The cost for this event is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under 18.

For more information on any of these events, please contact Maggie Myers at the Library.

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Mitten Monsters

October 25, 2015
By Youth

Tweens can make a miniature monster out of an old mitten or glove for some frightful fun this month! Bring your own mismatched mitten, or register in advance to have one provided for you.

 Mitten Monsters 

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Teen Murder Mystery Theater at the Library

October 22, 2015

On Friday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm, the Library will host a Poe-themed Murder Mystery Theater just for teens. In "Rhymes Drop Dead," participants will become the detectives in a staged murder scene, using their wits and evidence to solve the case. A pizza dinner will be provided. Registration is required. Call the Library to register.

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Author Visit with Denise Park Parsons

October 19, 2015

The Library will host Louisville author Denise Park Parsons on Monday, October 19th at 6:30 pm in the Mahan House. Parsons will speak about her memoir, Touchstone: A Life Unseen, and about her experiences advocating for her daughter with Aicardi syndrome.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Touchstone: A Life Unseen touches on parenting, disability, blended families, our educational system, and the limits of medicine. Touchstone tells how Ms. Parsons encountered the "three Ds"—death, disability, and divorce—and remained on her feet. It is a candid, revelatory look into one woman’s struggle to advocate for her daughter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Denise Park Parsons has over thirty years of management and consulting experience, currently as an independent college counselor. The principal of College Admissions Planning LLC, she also serves on the boards of Eastern Area Community Ministries and the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation. Parsons is a longtime resident of Louisville, Kentucky. Touchstone is her first book.

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Teddy Bear Sleepover

October 13, 2015
By Youth

Children are invited to bring a stuffed animal to this special bedtime storytime in which the animals get to spend the night in the library! Make a picture frame craft and get a photo of their overnight adventure the next day when you come to pick them up. Pajamas are welcome!

(Note to Parents: Please do not bring any stuffed animals that might be missed at bedtime!) 

 Teddy Bear Sleepover 

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Alzheimer's Association to Explore Communication Strategies

October 12, 2015

On Wednesday, October 14th at 3:00 pm, the Alzheimer’s Association will present on Effective Communication Strategies. The presentation will explore how communication takes places when someone has Alzheimer’s. Attendees will learn how to decode messages from someone with dementia, as well as identify strategies to help connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Registration is required to ensure that adequate amount of materials are available. Those interested in attending may register at the Library or by calling the Alzheimer's Association at 1.800.272.3900. This free program is open to the public and will be held in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library.

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"A Close-up Lens on Nepal" with Karl Benson

October 12, 2015

The Friends of the Library continue their 2015 Fall Program Series on Monday, October 12th at 7:00 pm with "A Close-up Lens on Nepal." Karl Benson, former director of the Boyle County Public Library, will give a close-up view of the cultural and scenic landscape of Nepal.

Benson, who visited Nepal a year ago, is well-travelled in the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, and Europe. On Monday evening he’ll share insights into Nepal’s unique blend of Hindu and Buddhist cultures along with photos of important landmarks, views of the Himalayas, and friends made in this mountainous nation.

This free program is open to the public and will be held in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library.

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Job Opening at the Library

October 7, 2015

Outreach Librarian

The Boyle County Public Library is looking for an energetic and dedicated person to provide library outreach services to Boyle County residents. This person will drive to locations throughout Boyle County and provide library services to residents who are unable to use library services through traditional means.

As a member of the Outreach staff, this person will be supervised by the Programming Coordinator and have a variety of job duties.  One of the most important duties will be to serve the informational, reference, and reading needs of library patrons of all ages, wherever the need exists.

A complete job description for this position, including requirements and benefits, can be found on the Careers section of our website.

To apply, please submit letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@boylepublib.org by October 16,  2015.

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Unpuzzling Poe Events: Week 3

October 5, 2015

Unpuzzling Poe events continue this week at the Library and in the community. Here's a look at what's coming up:



Bloody Boyle Blood Drive

Wednesday, October 7th from 10 am - 5 pm

Poe-themed blood drive with Central Kentucky Blood Center. Go to kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522 to register to donate. Those who donate will receive a free pass to the Hustonville Haunted House.

Location: Boyle County Public Library        

 Cost: 1 pint of your blood


Genealogy Workshop

Wednesday, October 7th at 3:30 pm

On the anniversary of Poe's death, we offer you the chance to learn about the Library's resources that can aid in the research of those who have passed in your family! Registration is required. Call the Library to register. 859.238.7323

Location: Boyle County Public Library Computer Lab

Cost: Free; Bring your library card in good standing.


Family Film

Thursday, October 8th at 4 pm

Enjoy the October Tween Book Club selection translated to film! This 2004 film follows three orphaned siblings as they attempt to stop an evil relative, who is plotting to steal their parents' fortune. (108 minutes; Rated PG)

Location: Boyle County Public Library                                    

Cost: Free



Friends of the Library Fall Film Series

Thursday, October 8th at 7 pm

The Boyle County Friends of the Library will sponsor a film series devoted to Edgar Allan Poe.

Synopsis: In this 1935 film, a brilliant surgeon obsessed with Poe saves the life of a beautiful woman and goes mad when he can’t have her. (1935 Film; 61 minutes)

Location: Boyle County Public Library                                   

Cost: Free



Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue

Friday, October 9th from 9 am - 9 pm

Saturday, October 10th from 9 am -  9 pm

Among other festivities, you will find skits illustrating Abraham Lincoln's fondness of Edgar Allan Poe and displays of 19th century Poe artifacts in the Lincoln Museum.

Location: Forkland Community Center, Gravel Switch

Cost:  $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under 13.



Shelby City Cemetery Tour

Saturday, October 10th at 10:30 am

Come learn about the history of the cemeteries and interesting people buried therein! This is a walking tour on uneven ground.

Location: Shelby City Cemetery, Short Acres Rd., Junction City         

Cost: Free

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