Let the Right One In

Raychel says:
If you’re looking for a foreign horror film, try Let the Right One In (based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist) is a new take on the vampire genre and follows a bullied 12-year-old boy named Oskar who befriends a pale young girl named Eli who shows up in their Swedish village. If this sounds familiar, there was also a late-2010 American film called Let Me In starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Trish’s Picks: (Mostly) Scary Movies for Halloween

Halloween is only a week away, and we’re in the mood for some scary movies! Trish from our Lebanon Junction location has 7 picks sure to give you some chills and thrills this holiday season…


 

1. Night of the Living Dead
The original! 
Do you fear zombies? Well, this movie might push you over the edge. A cult classic, Night of the Living Dead has spectacularly terrifying and chilling cinematography well advanced for 1968. Even after 51 years Night of the Living Dead easily gives modern-day horror movies a run for their money. I’m coming to get you Barbara… 😉

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2. A Quiet Place
Although not traditional Halloween movie fare, A Quiet Place rates high on the creepy thrill scale and is sure to leave you tense and gripping your seat! I love how wrapped up I get in the characters’ fight to avoid detection and even though I have seen this movie 15 times, I am still overcome with anxiety every time I watch it!

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3. The Ring
A mysterious videotape is responsible for the horrifying death at the end of a week for anyone who watches it. Discovering the source of a family member’s death is this tape, a reporter must stop the chain of events before it hits even closer to home. “Seven days…”

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4. The Haunting of Hill House (television series)
Flashbacks show the tragic and terrifying circumstances that forced them out of their home, ultimately revealing a terrifying conclusion. I was literally so caught up in this series that I suffered withdrawal from the fear when it ended!

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5. Poltergeist
A family faces terror like they have never experienced when their home and lives are taken over by demonic forces. The fear is real, and I can’t help but feel a shiver down my spine remembering how scared I was! The behind-the-scenes stories are even more frightening. They’re hhhhhheeeerrreeee….

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6. The Sixth Sense
A child sees the dead when no one else can and turns to a psychologist who is facing his own demons. Terrifying and at the same time giving the viewer a mystery to solve. My favorite thing was the build-up and the twist when I realized what had happened! I see dead people…

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7. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
What can I say… I am a kid at heart and who doesn’t love Charlie Brown? A funny and heart-warming classic that I still love to watch every year! I got a rock…

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Beth’s Picks: Spooky Reads for Halloween

We’re in the mood for Halloween at BCPL!

This year, we want to make your Halloween extra spooktacular with fun events for the entire family all October long. From a special Halloween Family Storytime in the dark to our illuminated pumpkin trail and a haunted house, we’ve got you covered for pre-Halloween activities. We’ve also got you covered this month for some awesome, spooky reading recommendations. Beth from our Lebanon Junction Branch is kicking us off with six picks she thinks you’ll love!

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay ​
A teenaged girl begins to show signs of possession, and the family enlists the help of their priest and a reality show. Is she truly possessed, schizophrenic, or is the whole thing fake??

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Two sisters and a feeble uncle are the only survivors of a family tragedy, one that ostracized them from the villagers. Is there a murderer among the family or the villagers, or is it something else?

 

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson ​
I think this is one of the best short stories ever written. It has had a lasting impact on me, and the story of sacrifice, mob action and just going along with something… these themes stand out in all of Jackson’s works, but most especially this one.

 

The Best of Richard Matheson by Richard Matheson ​
Matheson is a greatly overlooked author—his stories range from slightly twisted to terrifying. Many people don’t realize how prolific he was, but they’ve likely seen a movie or TV episode written by him.

 

With Their Dying Breaths by CC Thomas
I knew about Waverly Hills even before I moved here 8 years ago—the history, hope, hopelessness, and possibility of hauntings make this a must-read for ghost and history lovers alike.

 

Night Shift by Stephen King
There’s one story, “The Boogeyman,” that scared me so much ​in 1978 that I still CANNOT sleep if the closet door is open. Even the tiniest bit.

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Enjoy Fall Festivities

Fall is finally here, and with it cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and—of course—Halloween and Thanksgiving! This year, between our Pumpkin Spooktacular, Slightly Batty Halloween Wingding, and dozens of other fun events, we were crazy about Halloween.

But there’s still plenty to celebrate and be thankful for this fall season with Thanksgiving just around the corner. Then, before you know it, winter and Christmas celebrations will begin!

Thanksgiving Celebrations

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Warcross by Marie Lu

Tracy says:
I legit read this book in a matter of hours. It has a little of everything, from suspense and masterful world building to forbidden romance and a character you can’t help but root for. Best of all, it’s all so much fun.

Ready Player One fans: YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK NOW!

 

**Also recommended by Shelby (Lebanon Junction)

 

Drop Your Drawers Is Back!

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We need your help for a good cause!

This fall and early winter, we are once again taking part in Drop Your Drawers @ the Library, a cooperative effort with libraries all across the state. This project seeks to ensure that every child shows up to school and stays in school for the whole school day in clean underwear that fits. Underwear is a basic need and one that is easily forgotten. Schools are handing out underwear on a daily basis to children who need a clean pair because of accidents at school or issues at home. Because parents are often unable to bring fresh underwear to their children during school hours, accidents can cause children to miss valuable learning time in the classroom.

Drop Your Drawers @BCPL in November and December

What you can do: Drop off packages of NEW underwear at any BCPL location. Boys and girls sizes 4–16 needed.

Our goal: Collect 5,000 pairs of children’s underwear. All donations will go to local public elementary schools to help replenish their supply of emergency underpants and to provide direct assistance to each school’s Family Resource Center.

The campaign officially begins November 1st and continues through December 30th. But wait… You can begin helping now!

 

Local businesses and organizations can be superheroes too!

Red Underwear clipartDrop Your Drawers @ the Field— With the help of Greater Bullitt County Youth Football League, we did a little pre-gaming! Throughout the month of October, collection points were set up during youth football games for players and families to drop their drawers at the field. Last year, youth football participants dropped a total of 185 pairs of underwear at the admission gate! We can’t wait to see the results of our 2019 collection.

Additional Organizations—We are encouraging other civic-minded businesses and organizations to help with our cause by collecting packages of underpants from their employees or members. Large group donations should be dropped off at Bullitt County Public Library NO LATER than Monday, December 16th to allow library staff adequate time to count donations. Drop Your Drawers officially ends at 5:00 PM on December 30th.

QUESTIONS? Call Stephanie Lewis at 543-7675 ext. 2302 or e-mail Tracy Weikel at tweikel@bcplib.org. We can provide promotional materials for our campaign on request, and in some cases we can also make arrangements to pick up large donations from your business or organization.

2018 Collection

A total of 2,541 pairs of underwear were collected during our inaugural Drop Your Drawers drive in 2018. Every donation was greatly appreciated by BCPL, Bullitt County Schools, and the students and families that were helped by your generosity. However, the entire supply was gone by the end of the 2018–2019 school year and the supply at the beginning of the current school year was completely depleted. BCPS needs more undies! This year, please help us reach our goal of 5,000 pairs.

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Tracy says:
Starts off with a quiet, heart-pounding tension and doesn’t let go till the end. The two narrators are the perfect voices to tell a story about dying too young—and knowing it’s coming. I didn’t want to put this book down. Yes, the title tells us how it will all end (maybe… probably!), but the journey and the question of how they would die and how these two would connect along the way kept me completely hooked.

Explore Your Creative Side

As part of its mission to empower the community, Bullitt County Public Library provides hands-on opportunities that fuel creativity and foster a passion for learning, exploring, and self improvement. By engaging the imaginations of our patrons—from birth through adulthood—and by providing opportunities and tools that allow patrons to discover and nurture their creative interests, we aim to create an atmosphere where community members can find an enriched quality of life and easily connect with others with similar interests.

Spark your creativity with these recommeded monthly programs:

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  • Artsy Afternoons - Whether you enjoy making an awesomely creative DIY project or prefer the traditional style of acrylic painting, there will be something for every artist to enjoy as we dive into a different work of art at each session. Ages 5 and up.
  • Creative Play - Explore fun social activities designed to encourage children to engage with their peers, exert more independence, and use their imagination through cooperative learning, creating, and play.  Ages 3–5.
  • Makerspace - In August, join us to build happy little trees and make happy accidents as we paint along with Bob Ross. Ages 12–18.
  • Pinterest Wars - Test your inner crafter by battling through Pinterest Wars as we recreate popular Pinterest crafts with a twist. Ages 5–11.
  • Storytime - Early literacy through stories, songs, and a simple craft. Ages 3–5.
  • Storytime with Hoopla - Experience storytime like never before through a magical combination of children's books and technology. Plus, we'll have fun crafts and activities to reinforce stories and new concepts—just like at any other BCPL storytime! Ages 3–5.
  • Teen Lounge - Play on our gaming laptops, explore the world of virtual reality, create your own art projects, tinker with a variety of technology and engineering tools, get your game on with an assortment of board and card games, and share the experience with your friends. Ages 12–18.

Special Fall Events:

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  • Cornucopia of Stories - Enjoy thoughtful holiday stories and create fun cornucopia crafts to take home. Children of all ages & their families.
  • Create Your Own Farmhouse Scrabble Tiles - Join us to create unique, hand-painted scrabble tiles made from wood. Not only are they fun to make, they also serve as functional and beautiful wall décor that can be personalized to spell out anything you like! Ages 16 & up.
  • Crochet for Beginners - Learn to crochet—including the basic stitches, buying materials, and pattern reading—in this four-part class for beginners. All materials will be provided. Ages 13 & up.
  • ¡Día de Muertos vuelve a la vida! - After our special storytime celebrating the Day of the Dead, decorate your own altar candle and sugar skull. Children of all ages.
  • DIY Holiday Cards - Give your holiday greetings a personal touch this year! Explore the useful design software Microsoft Publisher as you create your own custom holiday cards. Ages 16 & up.
  • DIY Santa's Cookie Plate - Join us for an evening of imagination and creativity as you make a keepsake plate you can use to offer Santa his special treat year after year! Children of all ages.
  • DIY Thanksgiving Plates - Come together as a family to start a new tradition and decorate personalized plates to dress up your holiday table for many Thanksgivings to come. All ages.
  • DIY Wood Ornaments - Come together as a family and join us to decorate beautiful, rustic wood ornaments. Ages 5–11 and their families.
  • Falling Snow Art - Create a rustic, magical piece of hanging art using precut wood planks, paint, and stencils. Ages 18 & up.
  • Holiday Crafting Afternoon - Bring your friends and family to create unique ornaments and decorate our Christmas tree as a community. All ages.
  • Holiday "JOY" Frame Trio - Create a little comfort and joy as you make a festive frame trio! Ages 12 & up.
  • Louisville Ballet Storytime - Let us whisk you away into the magical world of ballet with a special storytime featuring a real-life ballerina from the Louisville Ballet and a fun, ballet-inspired craft. Ages 0–5.
  • Pumpkin Spooktacular - Enjoy our no-carve pumpkin decorating parties, or design a pumpkin or jack-o'-lantern for our illuminated pumpkin trail. There's a contest, too! Ages vary.
  • Yer a Wizard! - It's wizarding month all month long at our Hillview branch, and we have all sorts of crafty, Harry Potter-inspired events planned. Ages 5 & up.

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  • Creativebug

    Find inspiration and instruction with video classes taught by recognized artists, crafters, designers, and makers! With over 1,000 delectable, quick classes and in-depth workshops, Creativebug is the perfect creative companion for those who like to mix imagination and step-by-step DIY instruction. Explore art, knitting, jewelry making, cooking, home décor, holiday crafts, projects for kids, and more.

  • Flipster

    Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that lets users browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines for free, courtesy of the library. Magazine categories include arts & crafts, business & money, entertainment, home & garden, science & technology, and so much more! Flipster offers convenient access and a user-friendly reading experience. Magazines can be read online with your computer, smartphone, or tablet or downloaded to your mobile device for offline access.

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    Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

    Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center has video tutorials, how-to articles, recipes, and more for just about any hobby or craft you can think of. Explore guitar playing, gaming, painting, baking, homebrewing, model train building, origami, cycling, skateboarding, camping, fishing, and many more activities with your Bullitt County Public Library card.

  • Lynda.com

    Lynda is a premier online learning resource offering tutorials from recognized experts in their fields covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, career development, and more. Learning is self-paced and courses and tutorials are broken up into short videos, so it’s easy fit into a busy schedule. To get started, you just need your BCPL card number and PIN. **PLEASE NOTE: The planned transition to LinkedIn Learning has been postponed by our content provider.

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Colony

Tracy says:
I have a weakness for a good sci-fi, alien invasion show—and Colony delivers on all fronts. There’s loads of mystery and tension, along with a fascinating undercurrent of family secrets, betrayals, mixed loyalties, and political and moral gray areas. Plus, there’s Josh Holloway of Lost fame. But a word of warning: Unfortunately, this show was canceled after the third season. If you’re the type that will be forever haunted by a cliffhanger ending, you might want to stop watching after season 2.

Deadwood

Tracy says:
With the long-promised movie finally released a decade after the series ended, I’ve embarked on my third binge-watch of Deadwood. This convention-defying, profanity-laced Western takes place in the Black Hills of Dakota Territory, beginning in 1876. Real historical figures—Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, notorious brothel-owner Al Swearengen—are skillfully intertwined with fictional characters to bring the past alive. The episodes are bawdy and violent, but also really, really smart and addictive. It’s how I’d imagine Shakespeare would portray the Old West: complex, highly articulate villains; tragically flawed, conflicted heroes; and plots filled with machinations, betrayals, and bloodshed.

Press Release: SummerQuest Kicks Off Saturday, May 18th

May 13, 2019

SUMMERQUEST KICKS OFF SATURDAY, MAY 18th

Bullitt County Public Library’s annual SummerQuest series kicks off on Saturday, May 18th with a jam-packed festival at Hillview Branch Library’s outdoor pavilion.

From 12:00 to 4:00 PM, join BCPL to explore a universe of possibilities. Be amazed by gravity-defying aerial acrobatics, enjoy spectacular music performances, and indulge your creativity at the Spin Art station, where kids and grownups alike can have a blast creating one-of-a-kind tie-dyed art pieces. Plus, cool off with free shaved ice from the SnoWhat food truck and let the kiddos jump to their hearts’ content in AstroJump’s Jumbo Bounce House.

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

Tracy says:
I first read and recommended this book pre-TV show way back in 2010, and it’s still riveting the second time around! An epic journey in the rich tradition of post-apocalyptic tales like The Stand, Cronin’s novel is richly plotted with not a word wasted despite the 700-plus page count. If you think the TV show is enjoyable, the book packs in double doses of tension and nail-biting action. Pieces fit together in unexpected ways, and there was one long stretch of about 300 pages where I had a near-death grip on the book as I eagerly devoured page after page.

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Press Release: Libraries = Strong Communities

April 5, 2019

LIBRARIES = STRONG COMMUNITIES:
Celebrate National Library Week April 7th–13th

This week, Bullitt County Public Library (BCPL) joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries strengthen their communities through the transformative services, programs, and expertise they offer. April 7th–14th is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

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