Library to Host Community Forum in Junction City on Thursday

February 13, 2017

The Library will be hosting a Community Forum on Thursday, February 16th at 5:30 p.m. at the Junction City Community Center. We'll be seeking feedback about how the Library can better meet the needs of the Junction City community. Light refreshments will be served.

All are encouraged to attend. Please stop by and share your thoughts.

In addition to this event, a community forum for Danville residents will be held at the Library at the end of the month.

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Kid's Book Club Begins This Week

February 13, 2017

The Boyle County Public Library will offer a Kid's Book Club starting on Tuesday, February 14th at 4:00 p.m. The book club, for children ages 6-8, will meet every Tuesday for six weeks. Each week we’ll read a different book from one of our favorite series, including Geronimo Stilton and Magic Tree House. The first book will be available in the Children's Library upon registration, and will be discussed on February 14th. Children are invited to come discuss the books, and enjoy book-themed games, crafts, and refreshments.

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

February 10, 2017

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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Computer Classes in February

February 10, 2017

The Boyle County Public Library offers free computer classes every month. The computer classes to be held at the Library in February include:

Computer Basics
Tuesday, February 7th at 2:30 p.m.

This class is an introduction to using your computer. Learn about the various parts of a computer; the importance between hardware and software; using a mouse/keyboard; and an overview of how to launch programs.


Keyboarding Series: Typing I, II and III

Typing I on Wednesday, February 8th at 11:00 a.m.

Typing II on Wednesday, February 15th at 11:00 a.m.

Typing III on Wednesday, February 22nd at 11:00 a.m.

These sessions will provide new typists with beginning instruction, and a refresher for those with rusty typing skills. Correct finger placement and accuracy will be the primary focus. (Limited to 8 participants.)


Microsoft Office (Part 1): Introduction to Microsoft Word 
Thursday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m.

This class offers a basic introduction to word processing. Instruction will be given on using the ribbon; creating, saving, and printing documents; copying and pasting text; formatting lists; and checking spelling and grammar. (Computer Basics recommended.)


Internet Basics
Monday, February 13th at 2:00 p.m.

This class provides a basic introduction to the internet. It includes accessing websites; using different browsers; and using common buttons and menus. (Computer Basics recommended.)


Microsoft Office (Part 2): Introduction to Microsoft Excel 
Thursday, February 16th at 2:00 p.m.

This class is an introduction to the spreadsheet productivity software from Microsoft. Create, save, and print worksheets; enter and modify data; and learn a few basic functions/formulas. (Intro. to Microsoft Word recommended.)


Mobile Devices: Android
Friday, February 17th at 2:30 p.m.

Learn more about your Android tablet or smartphone, including appropriate gestures, how to navigate the settings menu, installing and using apps, and general concerns. Participants should bring their Google login information for the best experience.


Email Basics
Monday, February 20th at 11:30 a.m.

This class will provide new computer users with some basic skills to set up and use an email account, including sending email and adding attachments. (Internet Basics recommended.)


Job Seeking and Applications
Wednesday, February 22nd at 2:30 p.m.

This class will provide an overview of some resources available to job seekers in finding employment and some tips for getting started on your application. (Internet Basics recommended.)


Microsoft Office (Part 3): Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
Thursday, February 23rd at 2:00 p.m.

This class provides a basic introduction to Microsoft’s slide presentation software. We will cover creating, saving, and presenting a slideshow; adding new slides; determining slide layout and design; and entering information to be displayed. (Intro. to Microsoft Word recommended.)


Mobile Devices: Apple iPad & iPhone
Friday, February 24th at 2:30 p.m.

Learn more about your Apple iPad or iPhone, including appropriate gestures, how to navigate the settings menu, installing and using apps, and general concerns. Participants should bring their Apple ID login information for the best experience.


Tuesday, February 28th at 2:30 p.m.

Facebook is a popular social networking site that allows you to connect with others. Learn how to create a Facebook account and customize your profile. The class will cover how to upload pictures; update your status; set your privacy and account settings; and search for family and friends. If you already have a Facebook account, please bring your account login information. (Basic computer and internet skills recommended.)


Those interested in attending any of the computer classes may register online or by calling the Library at 859.238.7323. In addition to these classes, one-on-one computer support is also available by appointment.

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Library to Host Showing of Local Documentary

February 8, 2017

On Thursday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m., the Library will host a showing of Eli Scarr's documentary "My Ancestral Kentucky Home with James Sleet". In this 30-minute documentary, James Sleet visits his ancestral home of Sleettown, a community established by freed slaves in Boyle County after the Civil War. 

"While researching Native American and African-American genealogy is challenging," says Scarr, "the persistence of Kentuckians like James Sleet to document their personal histories and Kentucky heritage will prove invaluable to future generations. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with someone aware of how our ancestors' emphasis on education continues to provide insight into today's world." 

Sleet and Scarr will be available following the film to answer questions.  This event will be held in the Community Room.

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