Summer activities continue at the library

Published 12:06 pm Thursday, July 6, 2023


Summer Reading “All Together Now” continues 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, and storytimes are included in an extensive list of free events for a variety of ages.

In addition to the activities, all ages are invited to take part in the Summer Reading challenge. Anyone who reads for 10 days and logs their reading on Beanstack 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 include art supplies, a coffee collection, LEGOs, a drone, and a kayak. The prizes 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:

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Yoga for Kids

Join instructor Francine Southerland on Fridays in July at 10:30 a.m. to learn yoga poses, breathing, and other exercises. Mats will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own. The first session will be held on Friday, July 7. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 12 and under)

Stargazing at Baril Park Summer Nights

The library will join in the festivities at Baril Park in downtown Perryville on Friday, July 7 beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a Star Talk. Stargazing will begin at dusk. Come look at the heavens close up! (All ages)

Starlight Movie Night

Watch a movie outside under the stars at the library every Friday evening in 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 p.m.) 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 July 7, watch a feature film based on the children’s book about a reptile that lives in New York City. He helps with chores and plays with neighborhood kids, but when one neighbor insists the friendly croc belongs in a zoo, the reptile tries to prove that he’s not as bad as others might at first think. (Rated PG; 1:46; 2022)

• On July 14, watch an animated film about a legendary family of explorers who run into some trouble when their differences threaten to topple their latest and most crucial mission. (Rated PG; 1:42; 2022)

PBS Kids Fun Zone

On Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m., join us for fun activities featuring some of the PBS characters you know and love. Activities will be based on the popular show, “Molly of Denali,” which is set in a rural Alaskan village and features the adventures of Molly, her family, and friends. The show models the many ways that children can access and create informational text in their daily lives. At the same time, the stories are infused with Alaska Native values, history, traditions, language, as well as contemporary life. Activities at this event include: “Molly of Denali” games; create your own map; draw a flag that represents you; create your own recipe book, and more. This KET Early Childhood Education (ECE) workshop is designed to build children’s science inquiry and informational text literacy skills. This event will be held in the Library Park. (Kids & Families)

Teen D&D

On Saturday, July 8 from 2-4 p.m. 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 second and fourth 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, July 9 at noon or 4:30 p.m. No experience is necessary, but registration is required. To register, sign up at the library or email (Ages 18+)

Aline Cochran Quilt Exhibit Opening Reception

The Boyle County Public Library will host an opening reception for Aline Cochran’s Quilt Exhibit on Monday, July 10 at 4:30 p.m. in The Georgia de Araujo Gallery at the library. The exhibit will feature numerous handcrafted quilts by Cochran, a self-taught 94-year-old local artisan. Most of her quilts are done by hand, taking her from two days to two weeks to piece together. She uses scraps of material she finds, and occasionally uses material from handmade clothes that she no longer wears. She also does needlework on some of the quilt squares. The exhibit will be on display at the library July 10-28, 2023. All are invited to attend the opening reception. Light refreshments will be served. (All ages)

Summer Storytime

Join us at the library for summer storytime. Storytimes will be held outdoors in the Library Park on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. 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 dig camp. (Ages 1-5)

YA History Mystery

Calling all aspiring detectives and sleuths! On Tuesday, July 11 at 2 p.m., tweens and teens are invited to put their mystery-solving skills to the test by uncovering the location of a local historical artifact that’s gone missing somewhere in the library. Participants will work in teams to solve riddles and follow the clues as they compete against other teams to be the first to unravel this history mystery. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-18)

Kids Dig Camp

On Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m. 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 dig camp, and on Wednesday, July 12, kids can get into digging with our ice-cube treasure hunt! This event will be held outside the Library or in the Community Room, based on weather conditions. (Ages 6-11)

Thursday FunDay: Kentucky Reptile Zoo

As part of the summer Thursday FunDays performance series, on Thursday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. the library will bring Kentucky Reptile Zoo to the Jennie Rogers Community Center. They’ll present “Lifestyles of the Sleek and Scaly,” a program that features a variety of reptiles, centering on the diversity of the reptilian world and the unique characteristics of each individual creature. Learn how reptiles have adapted to their environment and the important role they play in the natural world. Reptiles presented in this program range from young alligators to large pythons. ASL interpretation will be available at this event. Everyone is welcome to stop by the bookmobile before or after the performance. (All ages.)

Pop-up Potluck

Share your favorite recipes and sample new ones at this community potluck. On Thursday, July 13 at 6 p.m., the Boyle County Extension office will get things started with some dishes of their own; all participants are encouraged to try their hand. In July, the ingredient of the month is tomatoes, but any type of recipe is welcome. Cook up your favorite recipe and bring it to this monthly potluck, then add it to the library’s recipe database. This is a social event with food to share, friends to be made, and fun to be had. Supplies are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Adults)

YA NERF Battle

On Friday, July 14 at 6 p.m., 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)

Summer Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will be hosting a Summer Book Sale on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition to books, the sale will also include music CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and Playaways. This event will be held in the Community Room. (All ages)

Information about library resources and all upcoming events can be found online at The library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  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 W. Broadway in Danville.