Library to host author visit with Maurice Manning

Published 10:26 am Friday, January 12, 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:

Teen D&D

On Saturday, January 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)

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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, January 14 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

Baby Storytime is offered at the library on Mondays 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)

Y.A. Creative Club

The library hosts a weekly YA (Young Adult) Creative Club, where tweens and teens in grades 6-12 can try out fun creative projects, learn new artistic techniques, and meet creatively-minded friends. Join us on Tuesday, January 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. for Crafternoon. Get inspired as you explore the library’s collection of artistic, writing, and crafting materials, then let your imagination guide you to create something new and exciting to take home at the end of the day! This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-17)

Tranquility Tuesday

On Tuesday, January 16 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 month the focus is on Making Time for Mindfulness. This program series will be offered on the 3rd 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+)


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)

Frank X Walker Creative Arts Festival: Poetry and Visual Arts Exhibit Opening Reception

As part of the 2023 Frank X Walker Creative Arts Festival, a Poetry and Visual Arts Olympiad contest was held. This contest invited Danville and Boyle County students in grades K-12 to submit original creative works in three categories – poetry, illustrated poetry, and visual art – based on the theme “My World Now.” The Poetry and Visual Arts Exhibit features the works of the contest winners. The exhibit will be on display in the Georgia de Araujo Gallery at the library January 17-30, 2024. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, January 17 from 4-5 p.m. at the library. (All ages)

Third Thursday Book Club

In January the book club will be reading A Christmas Secret by Anne Perry. Join the book discussion on Thursday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. (Ages 18+)

Y.A. Gaming Guild: Players’ Pick

Calling all gamers! Join us at the library on Thursday, January 18 from 4:00-5:30 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, you and your fellow gamers will get to pick what you play from the library’s huge collection of board games, and multiplayer video games for the Nintendo Switch. New and returning gamers are always welcome. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-17)

Author Visit & Book Signing with Maurice Manning

The Boyle County Public Library will host an author visit and book signing with local poet Maurice Manning on Thursday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. Manning will read from his eighth collection, Snakedoctor. Existing between haunting memory and pastoral dreamscape, this quiet collection showcases Manning’s storytelling at its finest.  Plaid Elephant Books will be at the event to sell copies of the book. This event will be held in the Reading Room. (Ages 18+)

About the author: Manning teaches at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and for the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is also a regular member of the faculty for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He is a member of Kentucky Writers and Artists for Reforestation and is vice chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His poems and essays have appeared in various magazines and journals, including TIME, Garden & Gun, The Sewanee Review, Commonweal, Plume, Virginia Quarterly Review, Five Points, and The New Yorker. Manning lives with his family on a small farm in Kentucky.

Chess Club

On Saturday, January 20 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)

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 January 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)

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 pp.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.