Great American Swing Dance to be Held at the Library

May 27, 2015
By BCPL

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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Danville High School Forensics Event at the Library

May 8, 2015
By BCPL

The Friends of the Library continue their Spring program line-up on Thursday, May 14th at 4:30 pm with "National Spotlight" featuring Danville High School Forensics national competitors. Members of the forensics team preparing for the national competition will share a variety of speech and drama pieces at this event.



Danville High School (DHS) placed second at the Kentucky High School Speech League’s State Speech Tournament on March 13-14 at the University of Kentucky. Twenty-six DHS entries advanced through three preliminary rounds to the Semifinals in thirteen events. This spring, Danville High School won the Louisville Diocese tournament of the Catholic Forensic League for an unprecedented nineteenth straight year. Twelve students from DHS qualified to represent the Kentucky area in the Grand Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, over Memorial Day weekend. Some of the events in which they will compete include Congressional Debate, Declamation, Dramatic Performance, and Oratory. The DHS Forensics team is coached by Steve Meadows, Head of the English Department at Danville High School.


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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Spring Film Series Wraps Up

May 5, 2015
By BCPL

The Friends of the Library Spring Film Series wraps up on Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Library with a 1980 biopic that tells the story of a Kentucky mountain girl who rose from poverty to fame as a country and western singer.


The film will be introduced by Charles Vahlkamp, professor emeritus at Centre College, and will be followed by a discussion about the film. There is no charge for admission, and free popcorn will be available. Runtime is 124 minutes.


Due to licensing restrictions, the use of film titles is prohibited outside of the Library. Inquiring minds can find out what movie will be shown by either visiting or calling the Library. 


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Edinburgh Energy: Experiencing the Great Scottish Vote

April 12, 2015
By BCPL

The Friends of the Library continue their Spring program line-up on Thursday, April 16th at 4:30 pm with "Edinburgh Energy: Experiencing the Great Scottish Vote."



Dramatic events often happen in Edinburgh, Scotland. This capitol city is home to the world famous Edinburgh Festival of Arts and Culture. As the world’s first UNESCO designated City of Literature, Edinburgh is the birthplace of dramatic stories such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Harry Potter. The "Great Scottish YES/NO Vote on Independence from the United Kingdom," however, was a drama 300 years in the making. Come experience the debate, vote, and reconciliation week through the camera lens and stories of Gayle Waddell, with Scottish music from Phillip Jones and Friends.


This free program is open to the public and will be held in the Community Room at the Library.



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Spring Film Series: Biopics

March 16, 2015
By BCPL

The Friends of the Library Spring Film Series kicks off on Thursday, March 19th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Library. This film series will feature a selection of biopics. Some of Hollywood's best and most beloved films fall into the category of "biopics," a genre broadly defined as the story of someone's life told with more or less accuracy. Biopics can also overlap with other genres, including musicals, war movies, and dramas.


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 May 7, 2015.


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. 



Thursday, March 19
This 1937 biopic takes us back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries and to one of the epic struggles for freedom of expression as seen in the infamous Dreyfuss affair.


Thursday, April 2
Often touted as the greatest film of all time, this 1941 film is based on the life of one of the nation’s greatest newspaper publishers.


Thursday, April 16
This 1942 film depicts the life of a renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer.



Thursday, April 23
This 1951 film was quite controversial when it first appeared, telling the story of the final years of a World War II German general.


 

Thursday, April 30
The political career of one of the South’s most ruthless demagogues is covered in this 1949 film.



Thursday, May 7
This 1980 biopic tells the story of a Kentucky mountain girl who rose from poverty to fame as a country and western singer.


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