FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY JUNE 2009
Boyle County Public Library • 127/150 Bypass, Danville, Kentucky • 859/236-8466 • www.boylepublib.org
Do good fences make good neighbors,
as Robert Frost said? If so, why?
This and other aspects of the cul-
tural history of fence and land use
will be explored by the Boyle County
Public Library in cooperation with the
Kentucky Humanities Council.
“Between Fences,” a Smithsonian
Institution traveling exhibition, will
be on view at the library from June 13 This 1939 photo of a boy climbing a worm fence is included in “Between Fences,” a
through July 26. Smithsonian exhibit on view at the Boyle County Public Library June 13-July 26.
Whether made of split rails, decora-
tive white pickets, or tall chain link, a Canada and Mexico. “Between Fences” is part of
fence conveys information about the The library has arranged a series Museum on Main Street, a unique col-
people who built it, how they view of local programs, including a dem- laboration between the Smithsonian
and use their property, and the nature onstration of rock-wall construction, Institution Traveling Exhibition Ser-
of their relations with neighbors. discussions of walls and fences in this vice, state humanities councils, and
“Between Fences” explores the area, and production of a play entitled local host institutions.
implications of fences in colonial “A Fence for Martin Maher.” To learn more, visit www.museu-
America, around gated communities, A schedule of these programs and monmainstreet.org and www.boyle-
and at this country’s borders with speakers can be found on Page 3. publib.org.
Have fun; be a guide
Major progress is evident at new library You can be part of the “Between
By KARL BENSON Fences” exhibit and have fun, too.
Director, Boyle County Public Library An entertaining two-hour seminar
Gleaming copper and polished ter- is set June 16 for people who want to
razzo signal a new library coming to learn more about the exhibit and are
life as building construction advances willing to be a docent for visitors. You
to completion. will learn a lot about the exhibits.
The bright copper dome of the The Kentucky Humanities Council
entrance rotunda will soon start to is providing this training session for
mellow into rich patina, while the those willing to help library patrons
muted terrazzo colors forming the as they view the exhibit.
compass rose inside will bask in the You must be available sometime
natural light filling the rotunda, wel- during the Smithsonian’s traveling
coming all who enter. exhibition — June 13 through July 26
Other signs of major progress — not the entire period.
toward completion are walls springing Director Karl Benson checks a globe Contact the library if you would
See PROGRESS, Page 2 that will hang in the children’s area. like to help.
Progress is visible inside, outside new library
Continued from Page 1
to life in restful tones of color and light fixtures
emerging in constellations.
Sidewalks and parking areas are almost
complete. Landscaping work will be done after
summer’s withering heat.
Carpeting, tile and other floor coverings are
slated for installation in mid-June. Late July is
the tentative delivery date for new furnishings.
The Library’s books, materials and existing fur-
nishings will be moved in mid- to late August.
If all goes well, the new library will reopen
to the public by mid-September, and grand
opening ceremonies will be a few weeks later.
As 1,001 details are coming together, it is an
exciting time to see long-held dreams assume
final form. Watch these final weeks of construc-
tion and anticipate word soon of the Library’s
move and reopening in late summer.
Help us find the right words
As part of the new library’s design themes of
“expanding horizons” and “a world-wide out-
look,” an expansive glass wall will be inscribed
with phrases in 60 languages, welcoming all
people and encouraging all to READ!
If you are conversant in a language besides
English, we would appreciate your help in
translating any of the expressions listed below.
Some of these translated phrases and words
will be used for the glass wall.
• Let’s read!
• I love books.
• I love to read.
• I love the Library.
• Welcome to the Library.
The unfinished inside of the new library’s entrance already looks inviting, • Reading opens new worlds.
with its compass rose with muted terrazzo colors that will be enhanced by Please print your translations clearly and
ample natural light from the large windows and entranceway arch. Above turn them in at our circulation desk. Be sure to
the compass will hang the 300-globe glass sculpture by Stephen Powell. include your name and contact information.
Items are needed for new library building • a lighted flagpole
We want the renovated building to be a one-of-a-kind • a small credenza or hunt board
public library. Many unique features are being incorpo- • several American Girl dolls
rated, and some surprises are being planned. • a painted mural of Boyle Countians of historical note
Gifts providing such “extras” as listed here will insure a • models of a space station, space shuttle and the Hub-
truly stellar facility, demonstrating our community’s com- ble telescope
mitment to striving for excellence in every way. • a wall-sized photo montage of local railroading his-
Among items the library is seeking donors to provide are: tory
• specialized Teen area furnishings • a collection of digital e-books in self-contained mini-
• oriental rugs packs
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Summer readers will explore the arts
The 2009 summer reading program children: Ronald McDonald on June
will explore the arts — painting, music, 8; Shakespeare Alive! Midsummer
drama, dance, poetry, and more. The Night’s Dream on June 17; Magician
summer programs will begin on June 8 Doug Doolin on June 24, and Rainbow
and continue through July 16. Puppets on June 30.
Story times are 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays These events will be held at the
for toddlers; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and West T. Hill Community Theatre on
11:30 a.m. Wednesdays for preschool- Larrimore Lane, near Broadway and
ers; 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays for K Third Street.
through first grade; and 10:30 a.m. All events are at 10:30 a.m. and are
Thursdays for second grade and older. free, but you must pick up tickets from
The theme — “Be Creative @ Your the library.
Library” — will feature visual arts,
performing arts, games, art activities, We still need quotes
‘Forever Free’ scholar and much more to help participants We need more quotes for possible use
Centre College Prof. Daniel Stroup, the maintain skills during school vacation. in the renovated library.
Humanities Scholar for the “Forever Best of all, there will be plenty of These quotes must relate to books or
Free” exhibit, discussed the moral and voluntary reading and fun, fun, fun!!! reading.
constitutional dilemmas of Abraham Stop by the Library’s temporary Please send us your favorite quote,
Lincoln. The exhibit drew 1,000 to the location, 1857 S. Danville By-Pass, to its author, and where it can be found,
library from Nov. 28 through Jan. 23. sign up and pick up a schedule. for verification.
“Be Creative @ Your Library” Include your name and tell us how
offers a series of special events for all to contact you..
Lectures set on anniversary
of Dr. McDowell’s surgery
On Christmas Day 1809, Dr. Ephraim
Local artisans featured in programs
McDowell performed the world’s first Special events featuring area artists Pleasant Hill.”
successful abdominal surgery here and crafts experts will be offered by July 2 — Joni House: “Rock and
in Danville. The Ephraim McDowell the library in June and July. These Rail Fences of Perryville Battlefield.”
House Museum will celebrate this programs will add local information July 9 — Tom Kimmerer: “Liv-
landmark event with the McDowell/ related to the “Between Fences” exhibit ing Fences: Osage Orange and Black
Crawford Bicentennial Lecture Series June 13 through July 26 at the library. Locust Trees in Kentucky.”
at the Boyle County Public Library. With one exception, all of the pro- July 11 (all-day event) — Chris
The lecture, speakers and dates are: grams will begin at 6:30 p.m.; The July Harp and Dry Stone Conservancy
July 13: Dr. Glen Taul, “Dr. McDow- 11 rock-wall construction is a full-day Rock: Rock fence building demonstra-
ell in Scotland.” demonstration. Program dates and tion.
Oct. 15: Dr. Taylor Sanders, “The content are: July 16 — Carolyn Crabtree: “Lime-
McDowells of Rockbridge County.” June 1 — A Reception with Artist stone Fences and Structures in Boyle
Nov. 16: Carolyn Crabtree (program David Farmer. County: History and Preservation.”
TBA). June 25 — Susan Hughes and July 23 — George McGee and Cast:
For more information, visit www. David Larsen: “Are There Fences in “A Fence for Martin Maher,” a one-act
mcdowellhouse.com. Heaven? Fences at Shaker Village of play performed outdoors.
Heather Henson receives Christopher Award
Heather Henson was honored last month The Christophers were established in
in New York with the Christopher Award 1949 to salute media that “affirm the high-
for her children’s book. “That Book est values of the human spirit.” Other
Woman,.” honorees this year included the recent
Henson is the newest member of the Oscar winner for best picture, Slum-
Boyle County Public Library Board of dog Millionaire, and the HBO film John
Her book is about a pack-horse librar- Henson said a big thrill for her was
ian in the Appalachian Mountains. Pack- being honored along with “Sesame Heather Henson, right, with Oscar
horse librarians were part of President Street,” which received a special award the Grouch and Carrol Spinney (Big
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1930s Works for its contributions to children’s broad- Bird) of “Sesame Street,” which
Progress Administration. casting. also received a Christopher award.
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