Library hosts Author Visit with Robby Henson; SPARK Exhibit and 3D Art Exhibit

Published 10:02 am Friday, September 15, 2023

The Boyle County Public Library offers free activities, special events, online resources, and numerous services for the community. Programs often include storytimes, author visits, crafting, book clubs, and art exhibits.

In addition to the many events offered, the library is hosting the SPARK! Places of Innovation traveling exhibit through October 14. This interactive exhibit explores the unique combination of places, people, and circumstances that sparks innovation and invention in small, rural communities. Panels featuring photographs, interactive stations, games and videos bring a multi-layered experience to reveal the leaders, successes, and innovation in each town. Stop by the library to explore the exhibit panels, the Innovation Station, and the Wayne Daugherty 3D art exhibit in the Georgia de Araujo Gallery. Field trips with transportation grants are available. More information about the exhibit can be found at

Here is a closer look at some of the upcoming events at the library:

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Chess Club

On Saturday, Sept. 16 from 2-4 p.m., the library’s collection of chess boards will be set up in the Reading Room. This monthly club provides a dedicated time and quiet place for a friendly game of intellect and strategy. (All ages)

Baby Storytime

Join us on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for a storytime just for babies. Each week, Ms. Rachael will read themed stories and have a sensory activity for babies from birth to 16 months and their caregivers to enjoy. Baby Storytime will be held in the Community Room with the books & theme changing each week. (Ages 0-16 months)

YA Creative Club: Poetry & Prose

Calling all artists, writers, crafters, and creatives! Join us each week for YA (Young Adult) Creative Club, where tweens and teens can try out fun creative projects, learn new writing skills and artistic techniques, share their work, and make new creatively-minded friends. On Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m., the library will offer “Poetry & Prose – Story Essentials.” In this creative writing session, we’ll talk about the basic essentials you’ll need to decide on before you begin planning a short story or novel — from your reason for writing to your genre to your intended audience. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-18)

Tranquility Tuesday

On Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m., explore all the ways you can reduce stress and manage anxiety by incorporating mindfulness techniques into your daily life. We will learn and try a variety of mindfulness activities, such as mindful eating, deep breathing, body scan, and more. This program will be offered on the third Tuesday of the month at the library in partnership with the Boyle County Cooperative Extension Service. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 18+)

Morning & Afternoon Storytime

Join us for storytime at the library! Each week we will read stories and have a themed sensory activity for young children to enjoy. Morning Storytime will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Afternoon Storytime will be held on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the youth department. Toddlers and preschoolers are all welcome to attend with their caregivers. (Ages 2-5)

Kids Fall Fun: Pirate Ship Races

Join us on Wednesdays for some fall fun this month! On Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m., This week we’ll make and race pirate ships! Dressing and talking like a pirate is encouraged. We’ll have some fun pirate-themed treasures, to add to the fun! This event will be held outside the Library entrance. (Ages 6-10)

Third Thursday Book Club

In September the book club will be reading Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Join the book discussion on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. (Ages 18+)

YA Gaming Guild

Calling all gamers! Join us at the library on Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. for YA Gaming Guild, where tweens and teens can relax, play games, have some snacks, and hang out with other gamers. We’ll play all kinds of games, including video games, board games, card games, tabletop RPGs, and more. New and returning gamers are always welcome. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-18)

Author Visit with Robby Henson

On Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m., the library will host and author visit and book signing with Danville native Robby Henson. Learn about his new book, Loud Water, a country-noir crime novel. Copies of the book will be on sale, courtesy of Plaid Elephant Books. This event will be held in the Community Room.

Henson is a filmmaker, screenwriter, theater director and arts-behind-bars instructor. He received his M.F.A. from NYU’s graduate film school and has written and directed several documentaries for PBS as well as five feature films – The Badge, Pharaoh’s Army, The Visitation, House and Thr3e. His films have been seen at Sundance and around the world and he is a member of the Writers Guild of America. He currently teaches screenwriting at the University of Kentucky and is also Artistic Director of Pioneer Playhouse, a regional theater in central Kentucky, where he runs their outreach program Voices Inside that instructs incarcerated writers in writing and performance skills so as to fight recidivism. This is his first novel. Visit for more information about the book. (Ages 18+)

Teen D&D

On Saturday, Sept. 23 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 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. (Ages 14-18)

Learning Graphic Design with Canva

On Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2-4 p.m., the library will host a class on how to use Canva — a wonderful tool for creating simple and tasteful graphics for social media, advertisement, invitations, book covers, and more. In this introductory class, you can learn the basics of using Canva to enhance your brand, or spruce up your social profile. This event will be held in the Computer Lab. (Ages 18+)

BCPL After Dark: Mocktail Cocktails

At this first BCPL After Dark event, you can learn how to make your favorite mixed drinks with a bit less “spirit,” but still all the flavor and fun. This event will be held in the lobby on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. (Ages 18+)

Adult D&D

Dungeons & Dragons is often called the greatest role-playing game of all time. The library offers a D&D club for adults that meets at the library on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Adults can join a session on Sunday, Sept. 24 at noon or 4:30 p.m. No experience is necessary, but registration is required. To register, sign up at the library or via the event listing on the library’s website, or email (Ages 18+)

Wayne Daugherty 3D Art Exhibit

In conjunction with the SPARK! Exhibit, the library will host a 3D Art Exhibit featuring artwork by local artist Wayne Daugherty. The exhibit features 3D sculptures made with EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) foam. These sculptures are constructed with foam, then painted with primer and acrylics. Box cutters, Dremel tools, and super glue are used in the creation of the 3D sculptures. Videos showing the artist’s process can be found online at Red Dog Props – YouTube. Visit the exhibit any time during regular library hours through mid-October. (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.-8:00 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.