Spring-themed Art Exhibit Opens in the Mahan Gallery

April 6, 2015

The Boyle County Public Library with the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County announce the opening of a spring-themed art exhibit in the Mahan Gallery at the Library. "April Showers Bring May Flowers" will be on display through the end of April. An Artist Reception will be held at the Library in the Mahan Gallery on Monday, April 6th from 6:30–8:00 p.m.

The exhibit features a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, and photography. The exhibit is both an opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work in a beautiful space as well as a treat for area residents to view art in the comfortable surroundings of the library.

"The Arts Commission partnered with the Boyle County Public Library to present several exhibits last year," says Ann Nichols, Executive Director of the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County.  "We are excited to continue that partnership. What better place to exhibit local art than in our local library.  After this winter, it will be a delight to look at images of spring!"

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Gardening Series Offered at the Library

March 22, 2015

This spring, in collaboration with the ONE BOOK Community Reading Project, the Boyle County Public Library will offer a five-part Gardening Series. The first installment in the series, "Integrated Pest Management and Fertilizers 101," will be held on Thursday, March 26th at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Library.

Presented by Alexis Amorese, the program will teach home gardeners how to grow a more bountiful garden through the use of organic fertilizers as well as the skills of Integrated Pest Management.

Additional programs in the Gardening Series include: Composting, Edible Landscapes, Container Gardening, and Heirloom Tomato Seeds.

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Kentucky Chautauqua presents "Adolph Rupp: The Coach"

March 4, 2015

The Boyle County Public Library, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Adolph Rupp: The Coach on Thursday, March 12th at 4:00 pm at the Library. This event is free and open to all.

During the 42 years he coached at the University of Kentucky, Adolph Rupp (1901-1977) raised basketball to near-religious status in the Commonwealth. Basketball took its place next to horses, coal, and bourbon as one of the cultural icons that characterizes the state. Rupp’s teams won 880 games, four national championships, and one Olympic gold medal. There was a flip-side to all this success – the Kentucky team was suspended for the 1952-53 season after a point-shaving scandal, and Rupp was heavily criticized for taking so long to integrate his program.

Adolph Rupp grew up in Kansas, the son of immigrant farmers. He played three years of varsity basketball at the University of Kansas, but never scored a point. He began his coaching career in Kansas, but soon moved on to Iowa and then Illinois. The University of Kentucky hired him in 1930. Rupp's genius for public relations and his team's winning ways combined to make Kentucky basketball a statewide phenomenon, a point of pride around which Kentuckians of all stripes still rally.

Edward B. Smith portrays Adolph Rupp for Kentucky Chautauqua. A Kentucky native, Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown College, a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, all in performance studies. Smith is co-director of the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association and a member of Kentucky Film Lab's Advisory Board. He teaches theatre and film classes at Georgetown College, where he is an associate professor. In addition to his work adapting Kentucky literature for the stage, Smith is an award-winning filmmaker. He also portrays Justice John Marshal Harlan for Kentucky Chautauqua. He lives in Cynthiana with his wife Betsy and his three sons, Ethan, Harry, and Ross. Betsy, Ethan, and Harry are also Kentucky Chautauqua performers.

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March Computer Classes at the Library

February 25, 2015

The Library offers free computer classes every month.

In March, the Thursday Morning Computer Class will provide new computer users with some basic computer skills. This month, classes in this series include: How to Search Online (March 5th at 10:00 am); Introduction to Computers (March 12th at 10:00 am); Keyboarding (March 19th at 10:00 am) and Introduction to Tablets (March 26th at 10:00 am).

Classes for Microsoft Office programs will also be offered, including: Advanced Microsoft Excel (Part 1 & 2) on March 9th & March 11th at 1:00 pm; Mail Merge Using Microsoft Word and Excel on March 18th at 10:00 am; Microsoft Office 2013 Overview on March 19th at 12:00 pm; and Microsoft Publisher (Beginner) on March 26th at 11:00 am.

Additional March classes to be held at the Library include:

• Windows 8.1 on March 9th at 12:00 pm

• Introduction to Android on March 12th at 11:00 am

• Overdrive: Online Library (eBooks & Audio Books) on March 17th at 1:00 pm

• iPad/iPhone on March 19th at 11:00 am

• Internet Safety on March 19th at 4:00 pm

• Introduction to Paper Formatting on March 28th at 2:00 pm

The Library will also offer Community Outreach Workshops at various locations throughout the county. Basic Computer Skills will be offered at Centenary United Methodist Church in Danville (March 10th at 2:00 pm). Windows 8.1 will be offered at Forkland Community Center (March 10th at 4:00 pm), at Junction City First Baptist Church (March 20th at 11:00 am), and at the Perryville Main Street Office (March 20th at 1:00 pm).

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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Book Reading with Ayana Mathis

February 24, 2015

In collaboration with the Humana/Centre College Library Speaker Series, the Friends of the Library will host a book reading with author Ayana Mathis on Tuesday, February 24th at 4:00 pm in the Community Room at the Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Mathis' first novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, an NPR Best Books of 2013, and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. The novel tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family. It is a story of love and bitterness, and the promise of a new America.

Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the 2014-15 New York Public Library's Cullman Center Fellowship.  She taught Creative Writing at The Writer's Foundry FMA Program at St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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