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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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  • The Library will be closed July 3rd - 4th in observance of Independence Day.
  • The Johnson County Public Library will host a discussion of the book Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner. The following quotes taken from the book’s cover attest to the importance of this book in recording this period of American history. Foner’s “masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history” (New Republic) redefined how the post-Civil War period was viewed. This "smart book of enormous strengths" (Boston Globe) remains the standard work on the wrenching post-Civil War period—an era whose legacy still reverberates in the United States today. This discussion will be led by Judge John David Preston on July 14 at 6:00 PM. It is free and open to the public. Books are available for checkout now and participants may want to begin reading early, as Reconstruction is roughly 750 pages long. Stop by the library to get your copy of the book or call 789-4355 to place one on reserve.
  • Registration is now open for the Johnson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “Every Hero Has a Story!” This program begins Wednesday, June 17 and runs through Wednesday, July 22. Children ages birth through kindergarten will meet at 10:00 AM, and children entering 1st through 6th grades will meet at 1:00 PM. A separate session entitled “Unmask” for youth entering grades 7 through 9 will meet at 1:00 PM. These sessions will focus on recognizing heroes around us and being heroes ourselves. Art activities will be superhero-themed and there will be visits from various heroes in our community. For the closing session, the library has invited Sciencetellers to return with their new storytelling and science program called “Super Heroes”. The Sciencetellers website states, “In this original collection of slightly twisted tales, all the teachers at school are suspected to have superpowers! Join us on a hilarious new adventure where, just like in science, things aren't always quite what they seem. We will launch things through the air, send them plummeting toward the ground, and even make things transform and disappear right before your eyes!”
  • There will be a booktalk for this Thursday, July 16th, strating at 6:00 p.m. The book, Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy, will be discussed at the Johnson County Public Library. For more information call the library at 789-4355.
  • Check out our calendar section for the computer classes offered at the library.
  • A Needlework Circle Class will be held at the library, Saturday, July 11th, 18th 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 will host a Sack Lunch Book Talk at the library Thursday, July 9th from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. We will be discussing the book Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller. 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, July 23rd from 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. We will be discussing the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. If you have any questions contact the library at 789-4355.
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