Spring Film Series: Biopics

March 16, 2015

The Friends of the Library Spring Film Series kicks off on Thursday, March 19th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Library. This film series will feature a selection of biopics. Some of Hollywood's best and most beloved films fall into the category of "biopics," a genre broadly defined as the story of someone's life told with more or less accuracy. Biopics can also overlap with other genres, including musicals, war movies, and dramas.

The films, which feature well known directors and award-winning actors, 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 most Thursday evenings through May 7, 2015.

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. 

Thursday, March 19
This 1937 biopic takes us back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries and to one of the epic struggles for freedom of expression as seen in the infamous Dreyfuss affair.

Thursday, April 2
Often touted as the greatest film of all time, this 1941 film is based on the life of one of the nation’s greatest newspaper publishers.

Thursday, April 16
This 1942 film depicts the life of a renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer.

Thursday, April 23
This 1951 film was quite controversial when it first appeared, telling the story of the final years of a World War II German general.


Thursday, April 30
The political career of one of the South’s most ruthless demagogues is covered in this 1949 film.

Thursday, May 7
This 1980 biopic tells the story of a Kentucky mountain girl who rose from poverty to fame as a country and western singer.

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Library Mini Golf

March 11, 2015
By Youth

Play a round of miniature golf in the Library! Swing by with the whole family to play nine storybook themed holes. The course will start in the Children's Library. Some putters and golf balls will be provided, but please bring your own if possible as quantities are limited.

 Mini Golf 

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Kentucky Chautauqua presents "Adolph Rupp: The Coach"

March 4, 2015

The Boyle County Public Library, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Adolph Rupp: The Coach on Thursday, March 12th at 4:00 pm at the Library. This event is free and open to all.

During the 42 years he coached at the University of Kentucky, Adolph Rupp (1901-1977) raised basketball to near-religious status in the Commonwealth. Basketball took its place next to horses, coal, and bourbon as one of the cultural icons that characterizes the state. Rupp’s teams won 880 games, four national championships, and one Olympic gold medal. There was a flip-side to all this success – the Kentucky team was suspended for the 1952-53 season after a point-shaving scandal, and Rupp was heavily criticized for taking so long to integrate his program.

Adolph Rupp grew up in Kansas, the son of immigrant farmers. He played three years of varsity basketball at the University of Kansas, but never scored a point. He began his coaching career in Kansas, but soon moved on to Iowa and then Illinois. The University of Kentucky hired him in 1930. Rupp's genius for public relations and his team's winning ways combined to make Kentucky basketball a statewide phenomenon, a point of pride around which Kentuckians of all stripes still rally.

Edward B. Smith portrays Adolph Rupp for Kentucky Chautauqua. A Kentucky native, Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown College, a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, all in performance studies. Smith is co-director of the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association and a member of Kentucky Film Lab's Advisory Board. He teaches theatre and film classes at Georgetown College, where he is an associate professor. In addition to his work adapting Kentucky literature for the stage, Smith is an award-winning filmmaker. He also portrays Justice John Marshal Harlan for Kentucky Chautauqua. He lives in Cynthiana with his wife Betsy and his three sons, Ethan, Harry, and Ross. Betsy, Ethan, and Harry are also Kentucky Chautauqua performers.

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Tin Can Robots

March 3, 2015
By Youth

Recycle a tin can into a repurposed robot! Almost everything you need can be found in a tool chest, kitchen cabinet or the recycling bin. The library will supply all the household items needed for this program, but feel free to bring any quirky odds and ends of your own to lend your robot extra character. Please note that tin cans will only be provided for those tweens that have registered in advance.

 Tin Can Robots 

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March Computer Classes at the Library

February 25, 2015

The Library offers free computer classes every month.

In March, the Thursday Morning Computer Class will provide new computer users with some basic computer skills. This month, classes in this series include: How to Search Online (March 5th at 10:00 am); Introduction to Computers (March 12th at 10:00 am); Keyboarding (March 19th at 10:00 am) and Introduction to Tablets (March 26th at 10:00 am).

Classes for Microsoft Office programs will also be offered, including: Advanced Microsoft Excel (Part 1 & 2) on March 9th & March 11th at 1:00 pm; Mail Merge Using Microsoft Word and Excel on March 18th at 10:00 am; Microsoft Office 2013 Overview on March 19th at 12:00 pm; and Microsoft Publisher (Beginner) on March 26th at 11:00 am.

Additional March classes to be held at the Library include:

• Windows 8.1 on March 9th at 12:00 pm

• Introduction to Android on March 12th at 11:00 am

• Overdrive: Online Library (eBooks & Audio Books) on March 17th at 1:00 pm

• iPad/iPhone on March 19th at 11:00 am

• Internet Safety on March 19th at 4:00 pm

• Introduction to Paper Formatting on March 28th at 2:00 pm

The Library will also offer Community Outreach Workshops at various locations throughout the county. Basic Computer Skills will be offered at Centenary United Methodist Church in Danville (March 10th at 2:00 pm). Windows 8.1 will be offered at Forkland Community Center (March 10th at 4:00 pm), at Junction City First Baptist Church (March 20th at 11:00 am), and at the Perryville Main Street Office (March 20th at 1:00 pm).

Those interested in attending any of the computer classes may register online or by calling the Library at 859.238.7323.

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