by BCPL Director Debbie Cosper I am happy to report some good news: Boyd County residents will see a reduction this year in the amount of real and personal property tax they pay to support Boyd County Public Library. Now, I know words like “tax rate” and “budget” usually make people’s eyes glaze over, but I think it’s important to explain to the taxpayers how their funds are being used to support their library. Let’s start with the tax rate. … Continue reading
That powerful little piece of plastic, also known as a library card, is taking center stage during September, also known as National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Thirty local businesses have agreed to partner with Boyd County Public Library during September to promote library usage and literacy. Both current patrons and new ones can get special discounts at those businesses throughout the month. Twenty-eight of them will give a discount to those who show their card when they come to shop. … Continue reading
Most local students have already experienced the “pain” or the “joy” that comes with the return to the classroom after summer break. And if you haven’t yet, then you will soon. We are happy at BCPL to help make the transition from the swimming pool to the classroom a bit easier. First, plan to come to our 6th annual Ice Cream Sundae, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. We will … Continue reading
The Chess for All Levels program at the Kyova Branch returns this month after a summer hiatus. The program, which is great for all ages and all playing levels, is on the 4th Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The next session will be Thursday, Aug. 23. Players can bring their own boards or use one of ours. Teach, learn or just play!
Of the thousands of students throughout the region getting ready to go back to school this month (or are already back), more than 1,000 of them are better prepared for the upcoming academic year because of the time they spent reading with us this summer. A total of 897 kids (12 and under) and 138 teens took part in Boyd County Public Library’s summer reading program. Studies show that kids who read at least a few books in the summer … Continue reading
What does Boyd County Public Library have in common with supermarkets and discount department stores? Well, not a whole lot, actually, except that the library now offers self-checkout to its patrons. Four stations are up and running – three at the Main Branch, and one at Kyova. The self-checkout system uses RFID tags – radio frequency identification – to track items. Library customers lay their books or movies on a black pad, and an electronic eye in the checkout station … Continue reading