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Paintsville 1914

Did you ever wonder about the 2’x 10’ panoramic picture that is on the side of the library between the two entrances? It was taken in the fall of 1914 and produced on 3 (6x4) photos. The photographer stood at the edge of the Johnson County Cemetery that is on Church Street facing south to capture this image. Stop by the library and you can see what Paintsville looked like 100 years ago.

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  • You can now download books, music, and movies onto your electronic devices. The first step is to make sure your have a library card at the Johnson County Public Library. You will need to determine if your device is compatible with Overdrive Media Console. You can click on this link and search for your device. The next step is to setup your device to download your items. You can click on this link to watch a video on how this is done. You are now ready to download ebooks onto your devices.

    *Not all devices work the same way, so there are different setups.

    *Not all features will work on some of the devices.

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  • There will be a booktalk for this Thursday, April 16th strating at 6:00 p.m. The book, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerley Nahn, will be discussed at the Johnson County Public Library. For more information call the library at 789-4355.
  • On April 23, 2015, at 6:00 PM, at the Johnson County Public Library, Leslie Workman will present “Kentucky Foods of the Late 1800's”. “The program will step back in Kentucky culinary history and explore how some of our favorite dishes got their start,” said Workman. After the Civil War, Kentucky experienced great growth along with the rest of the country as the Reconstruction Era emerged. “How did modernization affect the Kentucky kitchen and domestic life?” questioned Workman. Finding the answers will lead the audience to great recipes and abundant food sampling. “I think this is a program for history enthusiasts and food lovers alike,” she added. Leslie Workman is County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences with the University of Kentucky in Pike County. She has been with Extension since 1996. A graduate of Marshall University, Workman specializes in textiles, food and community development. Most recently she presented a series of several successful bread baking programs in Pikeville. “I know teaching others to cook is one of the most important things you can do!” said Workman. All programs and materials are free at the Johnson County Public Library. Preregistration is suggested to ensure enough serving samples are available by calling 789-4355 or stopping by the front desk of the library. For more information about this and other programs provided by the library, please call us.
  • Kentucky Chautauqua® presents Lilley Cornett: A Voice for the Forest

    Johnson County Public Library, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Lilley Cornett: A Voice for the Forest at 6:00 PM, April 14, 2015 at the Johnson County Public Library 444 Main Street, Paintsville KY.
    The story of the Lilley Cornett Woods, how it shaped itself in the mind of one man and captured the imagination of a state, is a story worth telling. This story is the story of one man, Lilley Cornett, of a pioneer family, uneducated and of no particular distinction. He was certainly a common man, but one who had an uncommon vision. His 500 acres on Line Fork Creek in Letcher County is all that remains of a primeval paradise. Bought on a miner's wage in the '20s and '30s, Mr. Cornett's woods is the only place in Kentucky that still looks like it did before the arrival of Europeans in the 18th century.
    David Hurt portrays Lilley Cornett for Kentucky Chautauqua. A retired farmer, Hurt has picked the guitar and banjo on front porches from Reelfoot to Red River. He has acted at Stage One in Louisville as well as in Lexington theaters.
    Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from: Christina Lee Brown, the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Lindsey Wilson College, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    The Kentucky Humanities Council is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is not a state agency, but is a proud partner of Kentucky's Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For information, visit kyhumanities.org or call (859) 257-5932

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  • A Needlework Circle Class will be held at the library, Saturday, April 4th, 11th, 25th from 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. All materials will be provided to first time participants. We are taking donations for yarn and yarn remnants. For more information call the library at 789-4355.
  • Johnson County Community of Hope (JCCOH) announces another Life Skills program to be held at the Johnson County Public Library. “Gardening in Small Spaces” will be presented on Thursday, April 9 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM and again on Friday, April 17 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. This program will feature Brian Jeffiers, Johnson County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, teaching participants how to garden in a small garden space or in various containers. Brian has been with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service in Johnson County for almost 18 years and works with farmers, gardeners, and homeowners to solve a wide variety of problems. Participants will plant tomatoes to take home and begin their small gardens. This will help participants establish greater food security for their families as well as helping them provide more nutritious meals.
    JCCOH is a recently formed organization where community members from all aspects of Johnson County come together to explore and provide opportunities to help local families. The mission of JCCOH is to utilize the compassion, skills, and resources of the community to strengthen our families and improve child and family well-being.
    Johnson County Public Library is located at 444 Main Street in Paintsville. Seating is limited to twenty- five participants. These programs are free, open to the public, and all materials will be provided. Pre-registration is recommended to ensure sufficient supplies. Snacks and childcare will be provided. For more information or to pre-register for either of these programs, please call the library at (606) 789-4355 and ask for Christy Terry.
  • If you’ve wanted to learn how to bake homemade bread but were afraid to ask, register for the next Life Skills program sponsored by Johnson County Community of Hope and the Johnson County Public Library. “Homemade Bread” led by Christie Cook will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the Johnson County Public Library.
    Bring back the joy of making things with your hands. Learn to knead, shape, and create a loaf of bread along with six rolls to take home and bake. While the bread is rising, participants will brush up on the fine art of table setting and manners.
    JCCOH is a recently formed organization where community members from all aspects of Johnson County come together to explore and provide opportunities to help local families. The mission of JCCOH is to utilize the compassion, skills, and resources of the community to strengthen our families and improve child and family well-being.
    These programs are free, open to the public, and all materials will be provided. Seating is limited to twenty-five participants. Childcare will be provided only if any preregistered participant requests it. For more information or to preregister, please call the library at (606) 789-4355 and ask for Christy Terry. Johnson County Public Library is located at 444 Main Street in Paintsville..
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