Library to host “Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky” exhibit

Published 10:30 am Saturday, July 6, 2024

Summer Reading “Adventure Begins at Your Library” is in full swing at the Boyle County Public Library, providing families and people of all ages fun, affordable activities to enjoy this summer. This year, the library is offering many adventure-themed activities. Exciting performances, outdoor movie nights, crafts, and storytimes are included in an extensive list of free events for a variety of ages. In addition to the activities, patrons are invited to take part in the Summer Reading challenge. Anyone who reads for 12 days and logs their reading using Beanstack will earn a free prize book plus tickets to put toward a prize drawing for any of the many prize bundles the library is offering this summer. Prize bundles are on display in the library lobby. Information on how to register to participate can be found at Here is a closer look at some of the upcoming Summer Reading events:

Kids Map Making & Mayhem

On Monday, July 8 at 2:30 PM, kids can make treasure maps, pirate puppets, and treasure rocks, and watch a swashbuckling tale. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 6-10)

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Storytime with Heather Henson

Join us at the library for summer storytime. Storytime is where we sing, play, and read! Storytimes in July will be held outside in the Library Park on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM. Each week we will read themed stories and have an activity for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy. On Tuesday, July 9, special guest Heather Henson will be reading her book, That Book Woman. (Ages Birth-5)


Y.A. Retro Crafts

On Tuesday, July 9 from 2:30-4:00 PM, take a trip back to decades past as we experiment with popular crafts from the 1970s and 1980s. Decorate your own “pet rock,” create pixelated designs using fusible Perler beads, and make your own friendship bracelets from scratch. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 11-17)


Boyle County Writers

On Tuesday, July 9 at 5:30 PM, 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+)


Genealogy 101

On Wednesday, July 10 at 1:30 PM, Deb Lowe, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and genealogy enthusiast, will give a talk on digging into family histories and the common tricks and pitfalls within. This event will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 18+)


Adventures in Arts: Kids Sing Around the World

Have you ever been interested in singing in front of others or thought “I can do that!” while listening to music? On Wednesday, July 10 at 3:30 PM, learn basic skills about singing and see if you would like to take the next steps into this art form. This program is hosted by Danville Children’s Choir and will be held in the Community Room. (Ages 6-10)


Kentucky Career Center Job Assistance

Preparing for a new career? Alicia Mullins with the Kentucky Career Center will be available at the library on the second Wednesday of each month to help with resumes, job applications, and interview preparation. The next session will be held on Wednesday, July 9 from 3:00-5:00 PM in the Map Room. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact the reference desk at (859)238-7323 ext. 102. (Ages 18+)


Y.A. NERF Battle

On Wednesday, July 10 from 6:00-7:30 PM, gather your friends and join us for a thrilling, fast-paced indoor NERF battle among the library stacks! Work as a team in Capture the Flag or eliminate your fellow players in Battle Royale. No need to bring your own supplies. Participants will use NERF blasters and darts provided by the library. This event will be held on the 5th Level. (Ages 11-17)


Thursday FunDay: Chris Camp, The Whip Guy

As part of the summer Thursday FunDays performance series, on Thursday, July 11 at 10:30 AM the library will bring Chris Camp: The Whip Guy to the Boyle County Performing Arts Center at Boyle County Middle School. For over twenty years, Chris has performed his daring, high energy show filled with stunts, history, physics and lots of lighthearted humor and fun. It’s a show that is perfect for audiences of all ages, keeping them captivated, entertained, and involved. This event is free to attend. You can also visit the Bookmobile before and after the show. ASL interpretation will be available at this event. (All ages)


Exhibit Reception:

“That Book Woman Keeps on Riding: A History of the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky”

On Thursday, July 11 from 5:30-6:30 PM, the library will host the opening reception of the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky. This interactive exhibit includes historical photographs, vintage memorabilia, and sound and video clips honoring the Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky. One of the most innovative of President Roosevelt’s WPA programs, the Pack Horse Librarians were a remarkable group of Kentucky women who not only brought books to countless Appalachian families during the Great Depression, but also brought hope. The exhibit is offered in conjunction with the Boyle County Public Library; Heather Henson, author of That Book Woman; Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre; and the Grace Doherty Library at Centre College. The exhibit will be on display in the Georgia de Araujo Gallery at the Library from July 3-27.



On Fridays this summer, dive into a transformative experience where you’ll learn the art of harmonizing the breath, balance, stability, and flexibility. Through guided breathwork, balance poses, and soothing stretches, discover a deeper connection to your body and mind. Join us for an invigorating yet calming journey toward inner peace and well-being. This class will be held on Fridays in July at 11:00 AM in the Community Room. Registration is required. The registration link can be found in the event listing on the library’s website. (Ages 18+)


Starlight Movie Night

Watch a movie outside under the stars at the library on Friday evenings in July. First, come early to join our Pre-show Party to play outdoor games. Then, set out your lawn chair in the Library Park to settle in to watch a movie perfect for the whole family. Movie starts at dusk (around 9:00 PM) with an expected runtime of 90-120 minutes. Free popcorn will be available. More information, including film titles, are available in the event listing on the library’s website.

On July 12, watch an action-packed, family-friendly animated movie. After a martial arts bear becomes the spiritual leader of the valley, he needs to find and train a new chosen warrior while a wicked sorceress plans to re-summon all of the master villains the hero bear has vanquished to the spirit realm. Rated PG; 1 hr 34 min; 2024 (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 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.