Johnson County Public Library
444 Main Street
Paintsville, KY 41240
Library News and Announcements
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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Have you ever wanted to learn a new language or improve your understanding of the English language? Then try Mango. The Johnson County Public Library is offering a free trial of the online language learning tool Mango Languages, which has courses in 61 languages and 17 English as a Second Language courses. Click on the Mango icon to access the Mango free trial. You may also contact the library at 789-4355 for more information.
Registration is now open for the continuation of “Cookin’ Up a Good Book”, the Johnson County Public Library’s Spring Story Hour. This seven week session of more great food-themed books and open-ended art activities will begin March 12. Classes for all ages are on Wednesdays at 11:00 AM and Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM. Story Hour for toddlers will be on Thursdays at 10:00 AM, and Lap Sit for Babies will be on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM. Previous participation is not necessary, please come join us at any time. Call JCPL at 789-4355 or stop by the library to register for this free program.
Johnson County Community of Hope (JCCOH) and the Johnson County Public Library announce another program to be held at the Johnson County Public Library in April. The program, “Understand Choking and CPR” is free, open to the public, and all materials will be provided. Pre-registration is recommended to ensure sufficient supplies.
On Monday, April 28, 2014, from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM and again on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Kyle Williams, EMT-P, RN, CFRN, and CEN will talk about choking in children. This program will cover the causes of choking, choking prevention, and ways to handle a choking incident. As part of the program, there will be hands on practice on infant dummies. The program is geared toward those caring for children birth through age five, such as parents, baby sitters, grandparents or other family members. CPR will be demonstrated and techniques taught and practiced. This is not a certification class and no certificate will be obtained.
Williams is a paramedic and registered nurse working at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center. He is a board certified flight nurse and emergency nurse. At PBHRMC, he conducts education courses on basic and advanced life support for pediatric and adult patients.
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. For more information or to pre-register, please call the library at (606) 789-4355 and ask for Christy Terry.
“Photography of the Civil War” is the topic of another of a series of activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War at the Johnson County Public Library. Dirk Cook will present an overview of the invention and development of photography and the birth of photojournalism on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 10:00 AM at the library located at 444 Main Street, Paintsville. Refreshments will be served.
The PowerPoint presentation will highlight examples of the photographic images created by those most associated with documenting the war, Matthew Brady, Timothy O’Sullivan, Alexander Gardner, and George Barnard. Cook will show and explain iconic images from the war. The lasting images are referenced even today in such films as LINCOLN and used in the recent rise in fiction and nonfiction Civil War history books.
“The development of photography has permitted us to travel back in time. I will provide a glimpse of a time that was pivotal in the history of our country,” said Cook. “The new art form made a significant impact on the public by bringing the war home and dispelling the notion of the romanticism of war,” he added.
Cook is Principal -Transportation for Southern Company, Birmingham, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from West Virginia University, with a minor in art. He has had a lifelong interest in the Civil War and early photography.
The program will include a question and answer time, and a display of books will be available to study. A book list will be provided to those present. For more information about this and other programs presented by the library, please call 789-4355.
Family Fun Day will be at the library Saturday, May 31st from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The theme for this month is Summer Reading Preview which will be at the library. For more information call the library at 789-4355.
The Johnson County Public Library will host a Sack Lunch Book Talk at the library Thursday, April 10th from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. We will be discussing the book Bountiful Creek by Steven Weissman. If you have any questions contact the library at 789-4355.
The Johnson County Public Library will host a Sack Lunch Book Talk at the library Thursday, April 24th from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. We will be discussing the book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. If you have any questions contact the library at 789-4355.
There will be a booktalk for this Thursday, April 24th strating at 6:00 p.m. The book, The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes, will be discussed at the Johnson County Public Library. For more information call the library at 789-4355.
A Knitting and Crochet Circle Class will be held at the library, Saturday, May 3rd and May 17th 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.
A Beginning Hand-Piercing and Hand-Quilting Class will be held at the library, Saturday, May 10th 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.
The Johnson County Public Library announces a short story and film discussion of three works by Ambrose Bierce. Selected short stories will be discussed followed by viewing of a short dramatic film of the story. All programs are held at 6:00 PM, and refreshments will be served.
On Thursday, March 27, 2014, “The Story of Conscience” will be the first work studied. This will be followed by “One Kind of Officer” on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The series will conclude with his most famous story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Copies of the book of short stories by Bierce are available for check out at the Main Desk at the library.
Bierce is one of the few authors who actually fought in the Civil War and went on to write about his experiences. Born in Meigs County, Ohio in 1842, he enlisted at the age of 17 with the Indiana Volunteers in April of 1861 and, except for recovering from wounds, remained a soldier until mustering out in January of 1865. He was a trained topographical engineer. He suffered from sever headaches and vertigo for the rest of his life as a result of a near fatal head wound.
He is praised for the readability of the stories as well as the fact that they were written without the sentimentality that was common among writers of his time who also wrote about the Civil War. Bierce was a short story and novel writer, journalist and poet. He penned a cynical dictionary called The Devil’s Dictionary in 1906. His short stories are ranked with those by Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen Crane, and Mark Twain. His Collect Works, published in 1912, was 12 volumes.
This series will conclude with a discussion of the book The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes. The book discussion will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, followed by a showing of the full length film “Old Gringo” on May 1, 2014. The film stars Gregory Peck, Jimmy Smits, and Jane Fonda and the book and film are loosely based on the historical possibility of Bierce’s disappearance and presumed death during the Mexican Revolution, including his days living among Pancho Villa’s soldiers in camp.
These presentations are a part of the library’s continued series of programs commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. For more information about this and other programs or to reserve the books, please call the library at 789-4355. All programs are free and open to the public.
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