Summer of fun continues at the library

Published 3:09 pm Friday, June 16, 2023


Summer Reading “All Together Now” is in full swing at the Boyle County Public Library, providing families and people of all ages fun, affordable activities to enjoy this summer. This year, the library will offer many friendship-themed and summer camp-inspired activities. Exciting performances, outdoor movie nights, STEM programs, crafts, art exhibits, and storytimes are included in an extensive list of free events for a variety of ages. In addition to the activities, all patrons are invited to take part in the Summer Reading challenge. Anyone who reads for 10 days and logs their reading will earn a free prize book plus tickets to put toward a prize drawing for any of the many prize bundles the library is offering this summer. Prize bundles are on display in the library lobby. Information on how to register to participate can be found at Here is a closer look at some of the upcoming Summer Reading events:

Move, Sing, and Play

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On Friday mornings in June, discover active music making with others through singing, dancing, creative movement, and playing music games and easy instruments. This event will be held on Friday, June 16 at 10:30 AM in the Community Room. (Ages 6-11)

YA NERF Battle

On Friday, June 16 at 6:00 PM, teens and tweens are invited to play alongside their friends in a NERF battle! Waivers are required, and participants may only use the Library’s NERF blasters. Waivers may be downloaded from the event listing on the library’s website. This event will be held on the 5th Level of the library. (Ages 11-18)

Starlight Movie Night

Watch a movie outside under the stars at the library every Friday evening in June and July. First, come early to join our Pre-show Party to play outdoor games. Then, set out your lawn chair in the Library Park to settle in to watch a film perfect for the whole family. The movie starts at dusk (around 9:00 PM) with an expected runtime of 90-120 minutes. Free popcorn will be available. More information, including film titles, are available in the event listing on the library’s website.

On June 16, watch an animated film about a swashbuckling feline who discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll. Having burned through eight of his nine lives, he launches an epic journey to restore them. Rated PG; 1 hr 42 min; 2022 (All ages)

On June 23, watch an animated film about a team of shelter-pets in the DC Universe who were given super-powers. These crime-fighting animals must master their powers for a rescue mission when a superhero is kidnapped. Rated PG; 1 hr 45 min; 2022 (All ages)

Adult Merit Badges

If you have ever wanted to earn a merit badge but never had the chance, this program is for you. On Saturday, June 17 from 12:00-4:00 PM, the Library will host a casual training event perfect for anyone who would like to hone some outdoorsman skills, useful on camping trips and in other scenarios. Offered in partnership with local Scout troop 119, the Boyle County Public Library will be hosting training stations where you can pick up some of the essential skills of Scouting from the Scouts themselves. Come learn what it takes to start campfires, perform first aid, make an essentials kit, and more. Check-in at the welcome booth in the lobby to get started. (All ages welcome)

YA Self-Defense

On Monday, June 19 at 2:00 PM, teens and tweens can join instructor Shinji Matsuda, from US Yoshukai Karate, to learn basic self-defense techniques. You’ll learn from a 4th degree Master with years of experience teaching self-defense and karate classes. Registration and signed waivers are required to participate. These forms may be found in the event listing on the library’s website. This class will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-18)

Summer Storytime

Join us at the library for summer storytime. Storytimes in June and July will be held outdoors in the Library Park on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM with ASL interpretation both days. Each week at Storytime we will read themed stories and have a sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy. Our summer theme is “All Together Now,” and what better way to bring kids together than with summer camp activities. This week the theme for storytime is cooking camp. (Ages 1-5)

YA Iron Chef

“Allez Cuisine!” Go Cook! On Tuesday, June 20 at 2:00 PM, tweens and teens will put their culinary skills to the test as they compete against their friends to see who can create the most delicious – or strangest – dish using only the ingredients the Library provides — including some wild surprises. We’ll be using pre-cooked ingredients, but the assembly and final decorations of your edible creations are up to you. This event will be held in the Community Room (Ages 11-18)

Summer Fiction Writing Workshop

On Tuesday, June 20 from 5:30-7:00 PM, join local author Paul Stansbury for the third session of a 4-part workshop on recording and authoring your own fictional story. Using tools and lessons learned during the series, participants will work towards creating and receiving feedback on a piece of fictional writing, later shared in a published work. This workshop will be held in the Conference Room. (Ages 18+)

Crafting for Keeps

At this program series you will be guided through the process of making a craft that you get to keep. On Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00 PM we will be making pressed flower decorations. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 18+)

Kids Cooking Camp

On Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 PM this summer, the library will host activities based on different camp themes. Activities will include crafts, games, and STEM experiments. Each week will feature a different theme so kids can keep coming back for more. This week the theme is cooking camp, and on Wednesday, June 21, kids can make solar ovens to take home and can make a nut-free trail mix to take with them as well. This event will be held outside the Library or in the Community Room, based on weather conditions. (Ages 6-11)

Thursday FunDay: Cool Critters

As part of the summer Thursday FunDays performance series, on Thursday, June 22 at 10:30 AM the library will bring Cool Critters to the Jennie Rogers Community Center. Learn about the different animals featured and their importance in nature. Cool Critters Outreach is a fun, interactive, and educational way of looking at reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, mammals, and other amazing animals. It is an opportunity to get an up-close look at the fascinating world of snakes, lizards, dragons, spiders and more. Most of the animals at this event are rescues that have been taken in and adopted. ASL interpretation will be available at this event. Everyone is welcome to stop by the bookmobile before or after the performance. (All ages.)

Hobby Hunt

On Thursday, June 22 from 5:30-7:30 PM, local hobbyists and professionals will set up shop in the Boyle County Public Library to put their hobbies on display. Our volunteers are willing and eager to teach you all about their pastimes. Come on by and hunt yourself a new hobby. Check-in at our welcome table in the lobby to get started. (Ages 18+)

Mobile Dairy Classroom

Southwest Dairy Museum’s Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow. On Saturday, June 24 at 10:00 AM, trained instructors will demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and answer questions from the audience. Instructors will teach audiences the characteristics and anatomy of dairy cows, the importance of dairy foods for good health, the modern milking process, and modern environmental and food safety practices. This event will be held in the Library Park. (All ages.)

Teen D&D

On Saturday, June 24 from 2:00-4:00 PM teens can play what some call the greatest role-playing game of all time. Players will venture through campaigns that will test their ability to work together and conquer foes in this tabletop adventure. This event will be held on the 5th Level on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. (Teens)

Adult D&D

The library offers a Dungeons & Dragons club for adults that meets at the library on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Adults can join a session on Sunday, June 25 at noon or 4:30 PM. No experience is necessary, but registration is required. To register, sign up at the library or email (Ages 18+)

Information about library resources and all upcoming events can be found online at The library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM; and Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Chat with library staff using the live chat service on the library’s website or by texting (859)-545-8398.

The Boyle County Public Library serves the city of Danville and the surrounding communities, and is actively committed to enriching the lives of its patrons. The library is located at 307 West Broadway in Danville, KY.

Kids can learn about the different animals during Cool Critters on June 22.