Library to host activities for all ages

Published 10:15 am Friday, January 5, 2024

The Boyle County Public Library offers free activities, special events, online resources, and numerous services for the community. Programs often include storytimes, crafting programs, art exhibits, and gaming events. Here is a closer look at some of the upcoming events at the library:

Baby Storytime

Baby Storytime resumes on Monday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. This is a special storytime for babies and their caregivers to strengthen bonds and give encouragement for playing, reading and growing. This weekly event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages birth-18 months)

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Winter Fun: Let’s LEGO!

On Monday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m., kids can join us for some LEGO building! We provide the LEGOs and you get to build! Follow a pattern or build from your imagination. Come and LEGO with us! This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 6-10)

Y.A. Creative Club

The library hosts a weekly YA (Young Adult) Creative Club, where tweens and teens can try out fun creative projects, learn new artistic techniques, and meet creatively-minded friends. Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 4-5:30 p.m. as we make Lucky Paper Star Jars. What hopes and dreams do you have for this new year? Come learn how to fold miniature lucky stars out of origami paper! Each star represents a wish or a hope that you have for the coming year. Make enough stars to fill up a round jar, which you can decorate to remind you of your dreams for 2024! This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-17)

Boyle County Writers

On Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m., gather with fellow writers to practice your writing skills, share your work, and receive feedback from peers. Facilitated by local author Paul Stansbury, this monthly event will be held in the Conference Room at the library. (Ages 18+)


Storytime resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Each week we will read stories and have a themed sensory activity for young children to enjoy. Storytime will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. in the youth department. Toddlers and preschoolers are all welcome to attend with their caregivers. (Ages 1-5)

Y.A. Gaming Guild

Calling all gamers! Join us at the library on Thursday, Jan. 11 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, start the new year off right with a virtual board game tournament in Mario Party Superstars for the Nintendo Switch! This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-17)

Social Mixer & Pop-up Potluck

On Thursday, Jan. 11 from 6-8 p.m., share your favorite recipes and learn some new ones in the best way possible — by eating them with friends! This month’s theme is Healthy Eating. Alethea Bruzek with the Boyle County Extension Office will get things started, but all are encouraged to bring something in. You can even add your recipe to the library’s collection! 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+)

Soundscapes Exhibit Closing Reception

Join us for the Closing Reception of the Soundscapes: Our Sound(e)scapes exhibit at the library on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. This multimedia exhibit features soundscapes created by local students from Danville High School and Boyle County High School. The exhibit is on display in the Georgia de Araujo Gallery at BCPL through Jan. 13.

The Sound(e)scapes exhibit is the culmination of a series of workshops facilitated by author Heather Henson and artist Elizabeth Haigh. Students read and discussed Henson’s young adult novel, Wrecked, then worked with Haigh to create “soundscapes,” works of art that thoughtfully combine a variety of sounds to evoke a particular location or mood. Many of the students’ soundscapes were inspired by Wrecked or by other literary texts of their choosing.

The goal of the project was to broaden the students’ understanding of how different art forms – in this case, written word and sound – can complement one another and can serve as inspiration for artistic self-expression. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to experience the students’ audio recordings by scanning QR codes with their smartphones. This project was made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Simon & Schuster Publishing, and Plaid Elephant Books. This event will be held in the Georgia de Araujo Gallery.  (All ages)

Teen D&D

On Saturday, Jan. 13 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. (Ages 14-17)

12 Days of Winter Reading Challenge

You’re invited to celebrate the season with 12 Days of Winter Reading! Everyone who completes 12 days of reading by Jan. 31, 2024 is a winner in this winter reading challenge. Use your Beanstack account to track your reading to earn a 2024 Library calendar and chances to win our Grand Prizes. When you finish the first 12 days of reading, you’ll receive a chance to enter the Grand Prize drawings. Every time you complete 12 days of reading you earn an additional entry into the Grand Prize drawings. All ages are encouraged to participate. More information, including photos of the prize bundles, is available on the library’s website. (All ages)