Library to host Innovation Expo for students

Published 8:50 am Friday, October 6, 2023


The Boyle County Public Library offers free activities, special events, online resources, and numerous services for the community. Programs often include storytimes, crafting, gaming, 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

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

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, Oct. 8 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+)

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 18 months and their caregivers to enjoy. Baby Storytime will be held in the Community Room with the books & theme changing each week. (Ages 0-18 months)

YA Creative Club: Arts & Crafts

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 meet new creatively-minded friends. On Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 4-5:30 p.m., the library will offer “Arts & Crafts – Fantasy Mapmaking.” In this session, we’ll chart a course for adventure as we delve into the art of fictional mapmaking. Learn how to draw your own antique-looking fantasy map using a variety of materials and techniques. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-18)

Boyle County Writers – Summer Fiction Workshop Reading

Led by local author Paul Stansbury, this group meets monthly to hone their writing skills, share their work, and receive feedback. On Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 6-8 p.m., the group will present the fiction short stories they crafted during the summer writing workshop. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 18+)

NEVERMORE: Edgar Allen Poe Dramatic Reading

On Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m., experience the thrills and chills of the “Granddaddy of American Gothic Horror” as we kick off this Halloween season the best way possible. Enjoy light refreshments and door prizes as Center Stage Theatrics presents NEVERMORE, the spine-tingling selected dramatic reading of Edgar Allen Poe. Refreshments will be served from 6:30-7 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7 p.m. This event will be held in the Reading Room. (Ages 16+)

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 Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 AM. 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 1-5)

SPARK! Innovation Expo

As part of the SPARK! Places of Innovation exhibit, the Boyle County Public Library is hosting an Innovation Expo on Wednesday, October 11 from 4-5 p.m. Students in grades K-12 are invited to either present an innovation or come up with an innovation of their own. There are two different age groupings:

Grades K-5 will work on their own to present an innovation of their choosing with only their imaginations as the limit. Participants are encouraged to think outside the box.

Grades 6-12 will work on their own or with a team to come up with an innovation. As with the younger group, these can be as realistic or fantastical as they would like.

Work will be presented using tri-fold display board in a Science Fair style expo. All presenters will receive a prize in appreciation for their work. To register to participate, visit the event listing on the library’s website: This event will be held in the Community Room. (Grades K-12)

YA Gaming Guild: Get a Clue! Mystery Games

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. This week, use your powers of deduction to solve crimes and catch the culprit as we play the Clue DVD Board Game! We’ll also play other mystery-themed games, including various versions of the classic Clue. New and returning gamers are always welcome. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-18)

Adult Social Mixer and Potluck

On Thursday, Oct. 12 from 6-8 p.m., share your favorite recipes and learn some new ones in the best way possible — by eating them with friends! The theme for this month is “Fall Favorites.” Alethea Bruzek with the Boyle County Extension Office will get things started with some dishes of her own, but all participants are encouraged to cook up their favorite fall-inspired dish and bring it in. This is a social event with food to share, friends to be made, and fun to be had. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 18+)

Teen D&D

On Saturday, Oct.14 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. New players are always welcome. This event will be held on the 5th Level on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. (Ages 14-18)

Wayne Daugherty 3D Art Exhibit

In conjunction with the SPARK! Exhibit, the library is hosting 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 in the Georgia de Araujo Gallery, located on the main level of the library, during regular library hours through Oct. 14. (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.