Fall Book Sale at the Library

November 5, 2015

The Friends of the Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale on Thursday, November 5th through Saturday, November 7th at the Boyle County Public Library.  Sale hours are as follows:

Thursday, November 5th

1:00 to 8:00 pm

Friday, November 6th

9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Saturday, November 7th

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Proceeds from the sale are used to support library activities, provide needed equipment and technology, and meet other library needs.

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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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Friends of the Library Fall Film Series Gives Nod to Poe

September 21, 2015

The Friends of the Library Fall Film Series kicks off on Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library. The Film Series has been designed to support and enhance The Big Read: Unpuzzling Poe events offered in September and October. Some of the films selected are very closely connected to the Poe work upon which it is based. Others have only the slightest connection, while two have only the title in common with Poe.

The films 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 October 29, 2015. 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, the use of the film titles is prohibited outside of the Library. 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. 

 Edgar Allan Poe Fall Film Series

Thursday, September 24

Two short films will be shown this night. The first is a 2004 short that tells the story of how a man, driven to madness and compelled to take the life of his elderly charge, can find no peace. The second film, a 2011 short about a wine connoisseur and revenge, is based on an Edgar Allan Poe classic. (25 min & 21 min)



Thursday, October 1

This 1934 film, which shares only the title of a Poe classic, tells the tale of American honeymooners who, following a car accident, are trapped in a Hungarian "fortress" by a devil-worshipping priest. (65 min)


Thursday, October 8

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. (61 min)

Thursday, October 15

In this 1960 horror film, a young man discovers a savage family curse at his fiancée's family mansion. (80 min)



Thursday, October 22

In this 2012 thriller, a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works. Set in the mid 1800s, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop the madman from making the stories a reality. (110 min)


Thursday, October 29

This 1963 horror film 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. (119 min)

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Friends of the Library to host "Saving the Monarch Butterfly"

September 6, 2015

The Friends of the Library begin their 2015 Fall Program Series at the Library on Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 pm with "Saving the Monarch Butterfly." Dr. Michael Hamm will speak about international efforts to save the Monarch Butterfly. Hamm will discuss the Monarch’s unique migration which can require flights of up to 3,000 miles, and the efforts to rescue the Monarch from its alarming decline.

Hamm serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and the Boards of Directors of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge and the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, which sponsors and oversees the reforestation of the Monarch winter roosting sites in Mexico. More information about this project can be found online at www.forestsformonarchs.org.

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

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Great American Swing Dance to be Held at the Library

May 27, 2015

The Boyle County Public Library and the Friends of the Library will host the Great American Swing Dance on Thursday, June 4th from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Library Park as part of the Great American Brass Band Festival. The event will feature a Community Arts Center-sponsored swing dance lesson given by Wes Bratcher from 7:30-8:00 pm, followed by a Swing Dance from 8:00-9:00 pm. Music for the dance will be provided by The Town Branch Five Plus Two. The swing dance lesson, dance, and concert are free and open to the public.  (In the event of rain, the dance lesson will be held in the Community Room, with the swing dance being held in the Library Lobby.)

The Town Branch Five Plus Two (usually known as the Walnut Street Ramblers) formed in 2006, and has played at many locations and festivals in Kentucky. In 2011 and 2012, the band was invited to tour Spain and performed in festivals and concerts on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona, in Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca, Puente Pumar, and Santander. Several of their performances were recorded and broadcast on Spanish National Radio. The band’s repertoire spans ragtime-era music, New Orleans traditional jazz, and hot 1920s music. They have adopted a nom de guerre for the Great American Brass Band Festival, feeling that the name The Town Branch Five Plus Two reflects a little extra kick toward recreating the spirit and scene of 1920s-era jazz. More information about the band can be found at walnutstreetramblers.com.

The Community Arts Center (CAC) offers classes, camps, and lessons throughout the year to provide high-quality arts education to the community. Music and voice lessons, as well as dance, painting, and drawing classes are available for children and adults. Local, regional, national, and international artists are featured in the CAC’s galleries. More information about the CAC can be found online at communityartscenter.net.

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