Book Clubs for Teens and Homeschoolers

September 24, 2015

Each month the Library offers a variety of book clubs.

On Friday, September 25th at 2:00 pm, the Tween Homeschool Book Club will meet to discuss Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. Tweens (ages 9-13) are invited to come discuss the book, participate in themed activities, and enjoy snacks. For more information about the book club or other Tween events, contact our Youth Services Librarian, Kate Prusick.

The Teen Book Club will meet at the Library on Friday, September 25th at 4:00 pm. The book club, for ages 12-18, will be discussing Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan and Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. For more information about the book club, please contact Jamie Helle at the Library.

Additional book clubs include: Tween Book Club; Kid's Homeschool Book Club; Kid's Book Club (offered periodically); Third Thursday Book Discussion Group; and the "2nd Monday at 2" (2M2) Book Club (for those who prefer non-fiction and history). To take part in any of these book clubs, please stop by the Library to register.

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Friends of the Library Fall Film Series Gives Nod to Poe

September 21, 2015

The Friends of the Library Fall Film Series kicks off on Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library. The Film Series has been designed to support and enhance The Big Read: Unpuzzling Poe events offered in September and October. Some of the films selected are very closely connected to the Poe work upon which it is based. Others have only the slightest connection, while two have only the title in common with Poe.

The films will be introduced each evening by Charles Vahlkamp, professor emeritus at Centre College. There is no charge for admission, and free popcorn will be available. The film series will run on Thursday evenings through October 29, 2015. An interpreter for the deaf is available upon request by contacting the Library 48-hours in advance at 859-238-7323.

Due to licensing restrictions, the use of the film titles is prohibited outside of the Library. However, the descriptions of the films are listed below, and inquiring minds can find out what movies will be shown by either visiting or calling the Library. 

 Edgar Allan Poe Fall Film Series

Thursday, September 24

Two short films will be shown this night. The first is a 2004 short that tells the story of how a man, driven to madness and compelled to take the life of his elderly charge, can find no peace. The second film, a 2011 short about a wine connoisseur and revenge, is based on an Edgar Allan Poe classic. (25 min & 21 min)



Thursday, October 1

This 1934 film, which shares only the title of a Poe classic, tells the tale of American honeymooners who, following a car accident, are trapped in a Hungarian "fortress" by a devil-worshipping priest. (65 min)


Thursday, October 8

In this 1935 film, a brilliant surgeon obsessed with Poe saves the life of a beautiful woman and goes mad when he can’t have her. (61 min)

Thursday, October 15

In this 1960 horror film, a young man discovers a savage family curse at his fiancée's family mansion. (80 min)



Thursday, October 22

In this 2012 thriller, a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works. Set in the mid 1800s, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop the madman from making the stories a reality. (110 min)


Thursday, October 29

This 1963 horror film has little to do with Poe and more to do with a bizarre tale about birds of all kinds that begin to attack people in increasing numbers and viciousness. (119 min)

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Unpuzzling Poe: Keynote Address with Chris Semtner

September 21, 2015

The Library will present the "Unpuzzling Poe" Keynote Address featuring Chris Semtner as part of its celebration of Edgar Allan Poe on Monday, September 21st at 6:30 pm in the Community Room at the Library. Semtner, curator of the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, will be lecturing on the life and literary influences of Edgar Allan Poe. This is a free, ticketed event, limited to 100 people. Tickets are available at the Library.

More information about the Poe Museum can be found at

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Library to host The Big Read "Unpuzzling Poe" Kick-Off Party

September 15, 2015

The Boyle County Public Library will launch its Big Read program in celebration of Edgar Allan Poe with a Kick-Off Party at the Library on Sunday, September 20th from 2:00-6:00 pm. The Big Read in Danville-Boyle County is presented in partnership with: the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County; the Community Arts Center; Concerned Citizens for Human Relations; Elmwood Inn Fine Teas; Friends of the Library; Forkland Community Center; The Hub; Jacobs Hall-Kentucky School for the Deaf; Jane Barleycorn's; Main Street Perryville; Old Crow Inn; Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill; Warrenwood Manor; and West T. Hill Community Theater.

The kick-off event will feature a variety of activities include a dramatic reading of "The Bells," a book give-away, a Poe-themed photo booth, an art activity for children, and a Bell Choir performance by Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. Danville is one of 75 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read from September 2015-June 2016. From September 20-October 31, our community will celebrate Edgar Allan Poe with a full calendar of "Unpuzzling Poe" events including a Mock Trial at West T. Hill Community Theatre; a Poe-inspired film series; an Afternoon Tea at Warrenwood Manor; a dramatic performance by Helen McKenna Uff; dramatic readings at the Forkland Festival and many locations throughout the community; and a Poe Spirit Stroll at Shaker Village.

For more information on this event, please contact Maggie Myers at the Library.

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Seed Saving Workshop at the Library

September 14, 2015

The Library offers a monthly "How-To" program series for adults, where participants can explore the information and skills needed for a new hobby or activity, guided by a local expert. On Monday, September 14th at 6:00 pm, Sidney Ratliff, owner of Mozybeau Farm, will present "Saving Seeds." Ratliff, who was recognized as a Local Food Hero at the Kentucky State Fair, will discuss how to save seeds from your garden. He will also bring Heirloom Tomato Seeds to give to program participants. This free event will be held in the Community Room. Light refreshments will be served.

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