Why? Simple. No one on our reference or circulation staff will ever try to divert you from your inquiry with targeted ads or lurid pictures of celebrities. Libraries are about discovery, not marketing.
What are you wondering about? Come to the library. Give yourself some quiet time to consider your ideas and then ask one of our staff for help. There’s a whole wonder-filled world of incredible discoveries outside the screen.
Want to be inspired? Come to the Kentucky Picture Show presentations Wednesday at 2 or 6:30 p.m. The feature concerns the early life of Homer Hickman, a boy whose only future seemed to be a life of drudgery in coal mines, until the launch of Sputnik motivates him to dream of becoming an aerospace engineer. The movie is a modern classic, a retelling of Hickman’s book, “Rocket Boys.”
Speaking of inspired high school students and the amazing things they can accomplish, I want to remind you about a great program occurring at the library Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. That evening in the library’s community room, Rowan County Senior High School students Hannah Mabry and Jessica Pal, along with their astronomy teacher, Jennifer Carter, will be talking about their discoveries of pulsars, discoveries which will help cosmologists understand the nature of the universe.
What are pulsars? As Kentucky Poet-Laureate, James Baker Hall used to say, “wrap your mind around this:” A pulsar is a star so dense that each teaspoon of its matter has the mass of Mount Everest, and it spins on its axis at rates from 7,000 to 40,000 times a minute while discharging mind-boggling powerful beams of gamma radiation like some galactic lighthouse. That’s not theory, that’s fact, and if those facts don’t even pique your interest, then, as another famous poet, Louis Jordan, sang: “Jack, you dead.”
This program is free and open to the public and we encourage area students to attend.
On Thursday, April 19, there are programs and meetings going on from noon to closing. Book Lunch, at noon, features Winchester resident, Wayne Hall, talking about his hikes along the Appalachian Trail. At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, the By-Flashlight Reading Group discusses L.M. Montgomery’s “The Blue Castle.”
At 3 p.m. Thursday, our reference staff presents an intermediate Microsoft Word workshop. If you’re going to work with a computer you need to know Microsoft Word.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Clark County Friends of the Library meet in the library’s board room. Join the Friends and help them with their book sales. Proceeds from those sales benefit the entire community.
The library, front door to the universe. Come on in and see what you can discover.