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.
Join award winning author/historian Hugh Ridenour at the Johnson County Public Library on Monday, March 17, at 6:00 PM as he speaks on the topic “Civil War: Life and Death in the Orphan Brigade”. Ridenour will relate the remarkable life of John Orlando Scott. Scott, a native of Franklin County, was acquainted with some of the most prominent Kentuckians of his era: Henry Clay, Thomas Marshall, and John J. Crittenden.
As a surgeon in the Confederate Army and, at different times, a member of several regiments of the famous “Orphan Brigade,” he participated in many of the decisive battles of the Civil War. He personally knew such famous generals as John C. Breckinridge (a distant relative), Basil W. Duke, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Edmund Kirby Smith, and John Hunt Morgan. Hear of Scott’s experiences in his own words as he practiced his profession during the horrific battles of Shiloh and Murfreesboro (Stone’s River), Tennessee. Particularly poignant are Scott’s accounts of the deaths of Albert Sidney Johnston and Roger W. Hanson, whom he attended just before his death. Also, especially descriptive and interesting are Scott’s experiences during the Hartsville, Tennessee, raid in December 1862, when he served as Morgan’s surgeon. After the battle Scott remained on the field as the only surgeon to care for the wounded, both Union and Confederate.
The several scrapbooks belonging to Scott and his daughter and found in the Green mansion at Falls of Rough, Kentucky, (home of a descendant) provide the material for this presentation: personal letters (not facsimiles) from Breckinridge, Duke, and Smith, and documents signed by many members of Jefferson Davis’ cabinet. An article taken from this collection won the 1999 Kentucky Historical Society’s Richard H. Collins Award. These remarkable scrapbooks will be available for viewing before and after the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided. This program is free and open to the public. Please contact the library at 789-4355 for more information.
“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, March 22nd from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The theme for this month is Experience the Civil War 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, March 13th from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. We will be discussing the book A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks. 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, March 27th from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. We will be discussing the book The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. If you have any questions contact the library at 789-4355.
There will be a booktalk for this Thursday, March 20th strating at 6:00 p.m. The book, Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, 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, March 1st and March 15th 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, March 8th 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 Chautauqua and Kentucky Humanities Council presents The Chautauqua and Kentucky Humanities Council presents L. Henry Dowell portraying Hugh Ridenour A Confederate Surgeon's Tale: Life and Death in the Orphan Brigade. The presentation will be at the library starting at 6:00 p.m. For more information please 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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