Library to host "The Vietnam War" film screening as part of ALA grant award

October 31, 2017

Boyle County Public Library has been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) and WETA Washington, DC, to receive a programming kit for "The Vietnam War," a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that began airing on PBS stations on September 17.

As part of the award, the Boyle County Public Library (BCPL) and Centre College Library will host screenings of all ten episodes during the month of November. The first episode will be held at the Centre College Library in the Vahlkamp Theatre on Wednesday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. The second episode will held on Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library. 

Episode 1: Déjà Vu
Wednesday, Nov. 1st at 7:30 pm
(at Centre College Library - Vahlkamp Theatre)
Episode 2: Riding the Tiger
Saturday, Nov. 4th at 2:00 pm
(at BCPL)
Episode 3: The River Styx
Sunday, Nov. 5th at 2:00 pm
(at BCPL)
Episode 4: Resolve
Monday, Nov. 6th at 7:30 pm
(at Centre College Library - Vahlkamp Theatre)
Episode 5: This is What We Do
Tuesday, Nov. 7th at 7:30 pm
(at Centre College Library - Vahlkamp Theatre) 
Episode 6: Things Fall Apart
Wednesday, Nov. 8th at 7:30 pm
(at Centre College Library - Vahlkamp Theatre)
Episode 7: The Veneer of Civilization
Friday, Nov. 10th at 3:00 pm
(at BCPL)
Episode 8: The History of the World
Sunday, Nov. 12th at 2:00 pm
(at BCPL)
Episode 9: A Disrespectful Loyalty
Saturday, Nov. 18th at 10:00 am
(at BCPL)
Episode 10: The Weight of Memory
Saturday, Nov. 18th at 2:00 pm
(at BCPL)

In addition to the film screenings, BCPL will host "The Vietnam War Comes Home," a special community conversation panel discussion, featuring General Norman E. Arflack, Commissioner of Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (schedule permitting), Lieutenant John Caywood, retired, Lieutenant Colonel Philip Nichols, retired, and Anna Duncan, Clinic Director for  

In "The Vietnam War," filmmakers Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the conflict as it has never before been told on film. The film features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Learn more about the film.

BCPL will receive a copy of the 18-hour documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights; the companion book, "The Vietnam War: An Intimate History" by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House, 2017); a programming guide, promotional resources, partnership opportunities and more.

The kit is designed to help libraries participate in a national conversation about one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history.

The project is offered by the ALA Public Programs Office in partnership with WETA Washington, DC.