Author Jane Smiley to Visit the Library

November 10, 2015

The Friends of the Library continue their Fall Program Series on Tuesday, November 10th at 4:00 pm with a visit from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley. She will be reading an excerpt from and discussing one of her many works. This free program, done in collaboration with the Humana/Centre College Library Speaker Series, will be held in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library.

Called one of the leading current American novelists, Ms. Smiley has written fifteen novels, five young-adult novels, numerous short stories, as well as non-fiction books. Her books include A Thousand Acres, Some Luck, Early Warning, and Horse Heaven. She holds a B.A from Vassar, and M.F.A and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University.

This event is free and open to the public.

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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

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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