By Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist If the name Philip Pullman rings a bell, it’s most likely from his wildly popular “His Dark Materials” series. These award-winning books, which include “The Golden Compass,” even had a film adaptation released not too long ago. Sadly, even though the film was all kinds of awesome, it didn’t do quite good enough at the box office to warrant making any further movies. BUT! We aren’t talking about His Dark Materials today. We are … Continue reading
By Jamie Bayne, BCPL Information Services supervisor Poignant prose has become a rare commodity in a world where people want information in a nanosecond (or less). Twitter requires our thoughts and conversations to take no more than 140 characters; texting demands we get our message out in 160. In a world of such abbreviated dialect, finding a novel like Gone Girl: A Novel becomes almost ritualistic in its beauty. What begins with a seemingly innocent story of boy meets girl, … Continue reading
by Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist Someday I’ll write a review about a standalone book – really, I will. But not today! Today I want to talk about a series that I love, but that at the same time can be slightly … “whelming” (which is not quite overwhelming). I am talking about the notable and prolific sci-fi writer Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire series. (Here’s where the confusion starts, because it is alternately known as the 1632 series. I … Continue reading
by Barb Biggs, BCPL Branch Manager One of the many services we perform for patrons at Boyd County Public Library is something called Readers’ Advisory. If there is a particular author that you like and you have read all of his or her books, we can steer you toward a similar author. Think of us as the Pandora or iTunes Genius of books! For example, if you love Dorothea Benton Frank’s books, we could suggest a few like authors. If … Continue reading
Just in time for summertime car trips – new Playaway Views for kids are available for checkout at Boyd County Public Library. Playaway Views are self-contained, durable video players for kids. They come preloaded with content and are easy for kids to operate. Titles include Sesame Street, PBS’ Super Why!, Arthur, Caillou, and more. “They’re amazing, and so sturdy,” said Jamie Bayne, BCPL information services supervisor and the mother of a toddler. “My son is almost 2, and he can … Continue reading
This video is scary from begining to end. When the ghosts show up in the daytime, no place is safe. Unlike a lot of horror films, this one makes sense all the way through and ends logically. It’s based on a true story so that makes it even better, or worse depending on your point of view. I would recommend watching it and I will probably watch it again.