Reflect on summer fun

September 3, 2014 by  

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By Debbie Cosper, BCPL Director It’s hard to believe that “summer” is over—not the official end of the season but the beginning of school year.  In the hustle and bustle of getting kids back in the groove, take a minute to remember what fun you had this summer. I went to a “stitcher’s camp” where 250 women got together to learn new needlework techniques, laugh, and meet new and old friends (I’m not talking age here).  Of course, our “camp” … Continue reading

Wikipedia in perspective

August 13, 2014 by  


By Leigh Scaggs, Boyd County Public Library network administrator I love Wikipedia and use it regularly, but I use it with a distinction I see many people not making. Wikipedia is a great source of quick information and a relevant starting point to gain a general understanding of a subject before digging in to do some serious research. But many people are confusing the quantity of information available in Wikipedia or the fact that it often comes up at the … Continue reading

City Directories

August 5, 2014 by  


Jim Kettel, genealogy supervisor at BCPL Before the internet age and the telephone there has been a need for businesses to be able to find someone living within the city.  Issuing credit before “credit cards” came into being meant businesses trusted the buyer to pay for their purchases at a later time.  Over time, city directories came along as a way to help verify someone’s address for delivery and debt collection.  They are also utilized as a tool for salesmen … Continue reading

You asked for it, you got it!

July 17, 2014 by  

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By Kellie Nunley, Technical Services Supervisor The journey of books, movies, games, music and periodicals to the shelves of BCPL and finally to your home is an interesting one, and one that would not be possible without your help. The journey begins with the selection process. Popular authors such as John Grisham or James Patterson are on what is referred to in the library world as a standing order, meaning that new titles are automatically shipped to the library upon … Continue reading

Avoid the “summer slide”

July 10, 2014 by  

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By Denise Dillow, BCPL Youth Services Supervisor “No more pencils, no more books!” When I was a child, I thought that the start of summer meant the end of schoolwork; I had no idea that my love for reading was helping me to continue learning throughout the summer. Many of my teacher friends often tell me about something referred to as the “summer slide,” which is something that happens when children do not continue to read during summer break.  They … Continue reading

Great resources for graduates

June 16, 2014 by  


By Jamie Bayne, BCPL Information Services Supervisor As spring turns into summer, one thing we can rely on is Graduation Season.  Between May and June the stores are inundated with merchandise proclaiming proudly, “Class of 2014!”  It’s a wonderful achievement and should be celebrated.  But then reality sets in.  As a responsible adult, it’s time to get a job and to start on a career path.  But where do you start?  Colleges and high schools prepare you to find A2 … Continue reading

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