Friends of the Library to Host Journalist Tom Eblen

April 10, 2017
By BCPL

On Monday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m., the Friends of the Library will host Tom Eblen, metro/state columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, who will share his take on Kentucky, its people, and its communities when he presents "My Travels Around the State."

 

About the speaker: Tom Eblen teaches journalism ethics at the University of Kentucky and has been a frequent writing/editing coach at The Mountain Workshops. He and his wife, Becky, have two grown daughters, Mollie and Shannon.

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Friends of the Library host "Addiction in Danville"

March 13, 2017
By BCPL

On Monday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m., the Friends of the Library will host Kathy Miles who will present "Addiction in Danville: Challenges, Opportunities, and Hope for the Future."

Kathy serves as the Coordinator of Boyle County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP), the coordinating organization for addressing alcohol, tobacco, and drug misuse problems in Boyle County. She retired in 2015 as Director of Counseling Services at Centre College, after more than 40 years of experience in mental health, child welfare, and substance abuse counseling and administration. Kathy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. 

This event will be held in the Community Room at the Library. All are invited to attend.



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Friends of the Library Spring Film Series: Comedy Tonight!

February 28, 2017
By BCPL

The Friends of the Library Spring Film Series kicks off on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library. This seven week series will feature a selection of comedies that range from mid-century to contemporary. See how our perceptions of what's funny have changed over the years.

The films, which feature well known directors and award-winning actors, will be introduced each evening by Charles Vahlkamp, professor emeritus at Centre College. There is no charge for admission, and free popcorn will be available. The film series will run on Thursday evenings through April 13th. An interpreter for the deaf is available upon request by contacting the Library 48-hours in advance at 859-238-7323.



SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS • Thursday, March 2
This unusual film is a comedy about a comedy. Set in Hollywood, this film presents the inner struggle of a big-time movie director.
(90 minutes; 1941)  

HIS GIRL FRIDAY • Thursday, March 9
This film ranks among the best examples of the screwball comedy, featuring the battle of the sexes and a lot of witty dialogue.
(92 minutes; 1940)  

BREAKING AWAY • Thursday, March 16
In this film, a local boy falls for a college girl in a college town that is dealing with inter-generational issues as well as town/gown rivalries.
(101 minutes; 1979)  

AIRPLANE! • Thursday, March 23
A man who is afraid of flying has to pilot and land a passenger plane.
(88 minutes; 1980)  

PRIVATE BENJAMIN • Thursday, March 30
In this film, a sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.
(109 minutes; 1980)  

CITY SLICKERS • Thursday, April 6
On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest.
(113 minutes; 1991) 

BEST IN SHOW • Thursday, April 13
In this film, a colorful array of characters compete at a national dog show.
(90 minutes; 2000) 



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Friends of the Library to Host Program About John Bate, Danville African-American Educator

February 10, 2017
By BCPL

In celebration of Black History Month, the Friends of the Library will host James H. Atkins on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Library. Atkins will present a program about John William Bate, an educator for African-American students in Danville for more than 55 years.

Born a slave in 1854, Bate's family was given their freedom in 1862. He attended Berea College in the late 1800s, then came to Danville to teach in a one-room school. Over the years, Bate transformed the school into an accredited standard high school, growing the shanty school building to a building with twenty rooms, including an auditorium with seating for 700. When the Danville Schools integrated in 1964, Bate High School became Bate Junior High. In 1978 a new building was constructed behind the site of the original school and Danville Bate Middle School opened. 



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Friends of the Library to Host Annual Meeting & Tea with Special Presentation

January 22, 2017
By BCPL

The Friends of the Library will kick off their Spring Program Series at the Friends Annual Meeting and Tea on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library. The program will feature the Kentucky Humanities Council presentation of Axis Prisoners of War in Kentucky by Dr. Richard Holl. 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. The program will be followed by the annual meeting.

This presentation is about German prisoners of war held in Kentucky during World War II. Fort Knox, Camp Campbell, and Camp Breckinridge set up facilities to hold thousands of POWs who were captured in Europe and North Africa and sent to the Commonwealth. When a severe shortage of workers plagued the agricultural sector due to the war effort, the German POWs were pressed into service, bringing in much of the Kentucky tobacco crop in the fall of 1944 and the fall of 1945. They also harvested tomatoes, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables. German POWs were repatriated in 1945-1946 and a fascinating episode in Kentucky history came to an end.

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