Library to host spring break activities; karate lessons for kids and teens

Published 3:15 pm Friday, March 29, 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:

Stellar Spring Break at the Library!

Shoot for the stars and spend your spring break at the library! On April 1-6, the entire youth area will be turned into an Outer Space play area! There will be puzzles, games, pretend play spaceship, moonwalk obstacle course, and much more. Learn about the solar system and embrace your inner astronaut. There will also be crafts and activities for tweens and teens upstairs in the multi-purpose room. This play area and games will be available any time the library is open the week of spring break, so you and your family can join us for stellar space fun all week. All of our space-themed activity leads up to celebrate the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. This event will be held in the Youth Department and on the 5th Level. (All youth ages & Families)

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Healthy Choices

On Monday, April 1 at 1:00 PM, the Library will host “Healthy Choices.” Offered in partnership with the Boyle County Extension Office, this program series will include lessons focused on cooking skills and stretching your food dollars. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 18+)


Beginner’s Short Fiction Writing Workshop (Part 3)

On Tuesday, April 2 from 5:30-7:30 PM, the library will host the third session of an instructional writing workshop to help beginners learn how to structure and write stories. Led by local author Paul Stansbury, this 4-part workshop is intended for individuals with little or no experience in writing short fiction who wish to develop their writing skills. The final session will be held on April 9. This series will be held in the Conference Room. (Ages 18+)


Library Game Night

Join us for Library Game Night on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00-8:00 PM. This is a social event for all-ages where you, your family, and your peers can come and enjoy a fun night of pizza, competition, and cooperation. The library will provide the food and a full collection of board games. Staff will be available to help you learn the games. This event will be held in the Community Room. (All ages)


Kids Karate

On Thursday, April 4 at 2:00 PM, kids are invited to join instructor Shinji Matsuda from US Yoshukai Karate to learn karate for beginners! Learn from a 4th degree Master with years of experience teaching kids of all ages. Registration is required so we can know participants’ skill and age. Waivers are also required. To register or access waivers, visit the event listing on the library’s website. Signed waivers may also be submitted at the Tree Desk in the Youth Department. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 6-10)


YA Karate 

On Thursday, April 4 at 3:00 PM, teens and tweens are invited to join instructor Shinji Matsuda from US Yoshukai Karate to learn karate skills for beginners! Registration is not required, however a signed waiver is required to participate in YA Karate. Signed waivers may be submitted in person at the Tree Desk in the Youth Department or online using the link found in the event listing on the library’s website. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-17)


Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

On Monday, April 8 from 2:00-5:00 PM, all ages are invited to a totally spaced-out celebration and viewing of the 2024 total solar eclipse. The library is hosting a party with activities and snacks all afternoon during the eclipse. Maximum viewing will be at 3:08 PM. (While we are close to the path of totality, the total phase of this solar eclipse will not be visible in Danville, however it can be observed as a deep partial solar eclipse.) You’ll need proper eyewear for this event. Pick up your FREE safety glasses at the library on April 8 to view the eclipse. Don’t miss this opportunity! The next total solar eclipse that could be seen from the United States will be in August 2044. Activities will be held in the library lobby and in the Library Park. (All ages)


Free Tax Prep

The Boyle County Public Library has once again partnered with the AARP Foundation and the United Way of the Bluegrass to host free tax preparation service. Tax professionals will be set up in the library each week on Tuesdays and Saturdays through April 13 to assist people with the tax filing process. This service is made possible through Tax-Aide and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs. These tax preparation services are available by appointment only.

  • AARP Foundation Tax-Aide tax assistance services will be available on Tuesdays from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Although anyone can make an appointment, the program is especially focused on low-to-moderate income taxpayers who are age 50 and older. To make an appointment, call 859-813-5654 or email
  • United Way of the Bluegrass VITA Tax Preparation Assistance will be available by appointment on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, for people with eligible household incomes. A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be available to assist by phone at any appointment. For more information and to schedule an appointment, e-mail, call 2-1-1, or go online to

Information about library resources and all upcoming events can be found online at The library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM; and Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Chat with library staff using the live chat service on the library’s website or by texting (859)-545-8398.