Help grow the genealogy collection

November 5, 2013 by  

family tree and roots

By Jim Kettel, BCPL genealogy supervisor During Family History Month in October, we were able to showcase many of the treasures in the genealogy department. Perhaps the neatest thing of all, from my perspective, was when we pulled out an old 16mm projector and showed some movies of Ashland from the 1930s and 1940s. What a treat that was, to sit there and watch the people in the movies pass by the camera in the period clothing on the streets of … Continue reading

The world needs your novel

October 29, 2013 by  

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The month of November means different things to different people. But for a large group of dedicated writers, the month is a time to slave over their laptops and wear out their pens as they try to write a novel in 30 days. It’s National Novel Writing Month – an effort we strongly support at the library. After all, the world needs more novels, and maybe yours. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a novelist, this is the time to … Continue reading

Doggone programs

September 27, 2013 by  

barktober 2013

At the library we like to take time in October to celebrate man’s best friend. For the past five years, we’ve held events during that month that are focused on our canine companions – whether they be our own, or ones in area shelters. That tradition continues this year – and we’ve added a couple more great programs to the mix. Our annual Barktober celebration returns, on Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon at the Kyova Branch. What is Barktober? It’s … Continue reading

Looking for library volunteers

September 13, 2013 by  

volunteers needed

By Amanda Clark, adult programming supervisor Volunteer: (n) A person who performs a service willingly and without pay.  (v) To offer (oneself or services) for some undertaking or purpose.         According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 64.3 million Americans volunteered through an organization in 2011. Nearly 8 billion hours of service were recorded. The value of those donated services totaled $171 billion. These numbers seem colossal. That is, until you realize that little more than a quarter of … Continue reading

Cool new equipment!

August 26, 2013 by  

night vision goggles

By Ben Nunley, BCPL Circulation Supervisor If you’ve visited Boyd County Public Library lately – and we hope you have! – you’ve likely seen the bright yellow and purple signs out front spotlighting our Checkout Your Community partners. And, if you’ve been in the library this summer on a Monday, you’ve seen staff in their bright yellow T-shirts promoting Checkout Your Community. Or, maybe you’ve spotted one of our signs at our inaugural partners’ place of business; Ashland Fire and … Continue reading

Butterflies are free to fly

August 20, 2013 by  

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If all goes as planned, Boyd County Public Library will soon be a regular pit stop on the route of the majestic Monarch butterflies as they travel from Canada to Mexico, and back. Work began in August on a Monarch Waystation, just outside the Main Branch in Ashland, and adjacent to Central Park and Crabbe Elementary. The site was chosen because of the large amount of sun it receives, making it ideal for butterfly travelers. Members of the Southern Hills … Continue reading

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