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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Friends of the Library host "The Changing Table: Observations and Recollections of How Kentuckians Eat"

December 5, 2016
By BCPL

The Friends of the Library will host "The Changing Table: Observations and Recollections of How Kentuckians Eat" with David Larson on Monday, December 5th at 7:00 pm.


Danville native David Larson has a lifetime appreciation for food. Throughout his forty years as chef and restaurateur, he has observed and been a part of the complex relationship of garden-grocery-table and how it affect our relationships with others. As operations Vice President at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, David continues to lead the seed-to-table movement at Shaker Village, dedicated to serving what is harvested from the soil of the Shakers to the guests at The Trustees' Table restaurant.


This program will be held in the Community Room at the Library.



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Fall Book Sale at the Library

November 10, 2016
By BCPL

The Friends of the Library will be holding their annual Fall Book Sale on Thursday, November 10th through Saturday, November 12th in the Library Rotunda.  Sale hours are as follows:


November 10th:  1:00 – 8:00 pm


November 11th:  9:00 am – 5:30 pm


November 12th:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm



Proceeds of the sale will go toward Library programs and events funded by the Friends of the Library.



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Friends of the Library Fall Film Series: Campaigns, Politics & Presidents

September 28, 2016
By BCPL

The Friends of the Library Fall Film Series kicks off on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library. This film series, Campaigns, Politics & Presidents, will take us behind the scenes of several political campaigns -- some presidential, some not. Although not necessarily known for dealing straightforwardly with controversial subjects, Hollywood filmmakers have nevertheless given us various fictional glances at the inner workings of the political system and of the presidency. Two of the works selected for this series will deal with the presidency itself.


The first four films have been chosen in part because they were produced in different decades, one each from the 1940s, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. The last two are both from the 1990s. As we look at these films, we may be able to place them in a historical context or perhaps see them as evidence of an evolving system.


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 most Thursday evenings through November 3, 2016. An interpreter for the deaf is available upon request by contacting the Library 48-hours in advance at 859-238-7323.


Due to licensing restrictions, we are unable to list the film titles online. However, the descriptions of the films are listed below, and inquiring minds can find out what movies will be shown by either visiting or calling the Library. 



Thursday, September 29
An honest businessman fears losing his integrity if he allows himself to be drafted to run for the presidency in this 1948 film.

(124 minutes)



Thursday, October 6

In this 1958 film, an incumbent big-city mayor faces a tough re-election campaign.

(121 minutes)


 

Thursday, October 13
This 1964 film offers an incisive look at the American political process as various candidates vie for the endorsement of the outgoing incumbent president.

(102 minutes)


 

Thursday, October 20
In this film from 1972, an idealistic lawyer seeking a Senate seat in California must face the practical side of the political scene.

(110 minutes)


 

Thursday, October 27
In this 1995 film, a widowed president learns that his personal life may make his chances of being re-elected more difficult.

(114 minutes)



Thursday, November 3
This 1998 film tell the story of an incumbent president whose personal life may interfere with his campaign for re-election.

(143 minutes)


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