Library begins hosting ‘The Vietnam War’ film screening tonight, continues on Saturday

Published 11:41 am Wednesday, November 1, 2017

News release
DANVILLE — Boyle County Public Library has been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) andWETA Washington, DC,to receive a programming kit for “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that began airing on PBS stations on September 17.
As part of the award, BCPL and Centre College Library will host screenings of all ten episodes during the month of November. The first episode will be held at the Centre College Library in the Vahlkamp Theatre at 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 1. The second episode will held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library. A complete listing of episode titles, screening dates and locations can be found online at
In addition to the film screenings, BCPL will host “The Vietnam War Comes Home,” a special community conversation panel discussion, featuring Lieutenant John Caywood, retired, Lieutenant Colonel Philip Nichols, retired, and Anna Duncan, Clinic Director for
In “The Vietnam War,” filmmakers Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the conflict as it has never before been told on film.The film features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Learn more about the film.
BCPL was one of 50 U.S. public libraries selected to receive the kit through a peer-reviewed competitive application process. More than 350 libraries applied, according to ALA. View the list of selected libraries.
BCPL will receive a copy of the 18-hour documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights; the companion book, “The Vietnam War: An Intimate History” by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House, 2017); a programming guide, promotional resources, partnership opportunities and more.
The kit is designed to help libraries participate in a national conversation about one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history.
The project is offered by the ALA Public Programs Office in partnership withWETA Washington, DC.

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