"Where I'm From" Poetry Project

February 22, 2016

The Library will be Boyle County's collection site for the Kentucky Art's Council "Where I'm From" project. 

George Ella Lyon, Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-16, is using her award-winning and internationally acclaimed poem "Where I’m From" as the central theme of a project that will touch all 120 of Kentucky’s counties. The idea came about as Lyon was mapping out her mission as poet laureate for the next two years.

"When I tried to think what I might contribute as poet laureate that goes beyond visiting schools, I thought of my poem 'Where I'm From,' which has been used so widely as a writing model," Lyon said. "I’ve gotten poems from all over the world and I thought 'wouldn't it be fascinating to have a poem from every county in Kentucky.'"

Submission Information: 

The Boyle County Public Library, the "Where I’m From" organizer for Boyle County, is collecting poem submissions to be included on the Kentucky Arts Council’s "Where I'm From" Web page. Poems may be submitted as Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents, YouTube videos or SoundCloud audio files. Submissions can be emailed to library@boylepublib.org or dropped off at the Library by March 7, 2016. Submission information should include the author's name, community or town, and county. Writers should also indicate whether they would like their poem to be considered for inclusion in Boyle County's Kentucky Writer's Day festival to be held April 23. Organizers of the Festival will contact those who have indicated an interest.

Ideas for presentations as well as information on how to submit pieces are included on the "Where I’m From" Web page, which includes a link to Lyon’s poem "Where I'm From" for reference. These resources will also be available at the Library.

Presentations may include readings, video, audio and musical representations of individual poems. The arts council will include a listing of county presentations on its website.

Lyon hopes the project sparks creativity among all Kentuckians.

"There are multigenerational possibilities. There wouldn’t just be poetry from high school or college students, but people in senior centers, nursing homes, other adults, a multitude of voices," Lyon said. "It gives the opportunity for a community to have celebration of poetry, and gives an opportunity for all those voices to express themselves about their places and people."

The deadline for submitting "Where I'm From" poems to the Library is March 7, 2016.

For more information on the "Where I'm From" project, contact the Library at library@boylepublib.org or call 859-238-7323.

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Michael Evces to Perform at the Library

February 20, 2016

The Boyle County Public Library will host local singer-songwriter guitarist, Michael Evces on Sunday, February 21st from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. This free, acoustic performance is part of the Library's year-long celebration of the arts, featuring local musicians, artists, and authors.

Evces performs at local venues including Jane Barleycorn's, Kentucky Fudge Company, and the Norton Center. Along with covers of favorite folk and rock songs, his original songs include musings about life in Danville.

This event is open to the public.

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Dr. Matthew Pierce to Discuss Living in Iran

February 15, 2016

The Friends of the Library will continue with their Spring Program Series when they host Dr. Matthew Pierce as he presents "Living as an American in Iran" on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Library. Pierce will discuss his experience living in Iran from 2003 to 2006. This event is free and open to the public. An interpreter for the deaf is available upon request by contacting the Library 48-hours in advance at 859-238-7323.

As part of an inter-faith dialog program, Pierce and his family learned to navigate the unique and dynamic aspects of contemporary Iranian society. He will talk about what it was like to live as an American in one of Iran's most conservative cities. He'll explain some of the religious and cultural complexities of Iran today, and discuss the possibilities of American-Iranian cooperation in the future.

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Library Closed for Staff Training

February 15, 2016

The Library will be closed to the public on Monday, February 15, 2016 for a staff training day. We will re-open on Tuesday morning at 9:00 am.

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Anti-Valentine Party for Teens

February 11, 2016

The Library will host an Anti-Valentine Party just for teens on Friday, February 12th at 4:00 pm.

Come celebrate being anti-romance with us! If you're 'broken-hearted and bitter' or 'single and spectacular,' this party is the place for you! Teens can play "Name That Anti-Love Tune," snack on broken-heart cookies, and participate in other amusing, anti-romance activities.

This event, for ages 13-18, will be held in the Community Room. For more information, contact Maggie Myers at the Library.

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February 8, 2016
By Youth

Do you have a sweet tooth? Tweens can compete in some delicious chocolate-themed challenges, such as pudding Pictionary, Oreo stacking, Hershey Kiss unwrapping, M&M sorting, and bobbing for gummy worms!


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February Computer Classes at the Library

February 2, 2016

The Boyle County Public Library offers free computer classes every month. The computer classes to be held at the Library in February include:

• Windows 10 on Thursday, February 4th at 1:00 pm

An introduction to the new Windows 10 operating system. This class provides an overview of some of the changes in the start menu, pinning apps, and Edge internet browser. (Computer Basics recommended.)

• Introduction to Microsoft Word on Tuesday, February 9th at 11:00 am

This class covers basic word processing using MS Word, including using the ribbon; creating, saving, and printing documents; copying and pasting text; formatting lists; and checking spelling and grammar. (Computer Basics recommended.)

• Introduction to Microsoft Excel on Tuesday, February 9th at 2:00 pm

This class covers the basic functions of Excel, the spreadsheet, including screen and worksheet elements; copying and pasting; auto-fill; and using mathematical formulas and functions. (Intro. to Microsoft Word recommended.)

• Online Library Resources on Wednesday, February 10th at 11:00 am

A brief introduction to the online resources available to library patrons. It includes how to sign into your library account on the library website, how to use our catalog via the internet, and online databases & subscriptions free to library users. (A library card and a basic familiarity with the internet is helpful, but not required.)

• iPad & iPhone on Wednesday, February 17th at 3:00 pm

Bring your iPad or iPhone to class to learn the basics or for some new tips. This class is also appropriate for those considering purchasing one of these devices.

• Internet Basics on Tuesday, February 23rd at 4:00 pm

This class provides a basic introduction to the internet. Class includes getting online with web addresses; an understanding of basic terminology; and using search engines to find information and websites.

• Email Basics on Wednesday, February 24th at 11:00 am

This class will provide new computer users with some basic skills to set up and use an email account, including sending email and adding attachments. (Internet Basics recommended.)

• Resume Writing Workshop on Wednesday, February 24th at 2:00 pm

Learn how to create or update a basic, well-written resume.


Those interested in attending any of the computer classes may register online or by calling the Library at 859.238.7323.

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