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  

monarch butterfly_bw

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

BCPL board lowers tax rate

August 20, 2013 by  

cut taxes

The Boyd County Public Library Board of Trustees has set a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that once again reduces both the real property and personal property tax rates for county residents. The board voted unanimously in favor of the tax rate reduction at its meeting this week. The decision comes on the heels of BCPL’s record-breaking year in terms of items checked out. In the fiscal year that ended June 30, library patrons checked out a total of 523,152 … Continue reading

PebbleGo for young learners

August 16, 2013 by  

pebblego

We’re never too old, or too young, to learn. Here at the library, we like to encourage learning at any age, and we are excited to offer resources to make that easy, and fun, for everyone. Many of those resources are online, in the form of more than 50 electronic databases that cover everything from learning languages, to researching how to start a business, to getting live help with your homework. One group we haven’t been able to offer much … Continue reading

Be safe online

August 16, 2013 by  

online safety

By Leigh Scaggs, BCPL network administrator Whether you’re using a computer in the library or at home there are some basic rules for online safety everyone should know and follow. The first thing you want to do is keep your computer free of software designed to cause you problems or steal information from you. The library uses a setup which wipes the computer clean between users to rid the computer of personal information but also to clean any malware from … Continue reading

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