Press Release: Centennial Commemoration

December 14th, 2017

LIBRARY & LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM COMMEMORATE THE SHEPHERDSVILLE TRAIN WRECK OF 1917

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY – On December 20, 1917, what has been remembered as possibly the worst train wreck in L&N Railroad history took place in Shepherdsville only yards from the lot where Ridgway Memorial Library would be built many years later.

On that cold winter evening a century ago, the No. 41 train carried approximately one hundred passengers as it pulled into the station in Shepherdsville. No. 41’s travelers were likely coming from a day of Christmas shopping, visiting friends and family, or running errands in the city, when the No. 7 Express train collided with them at twenty-five miles an hour. In a matter of moments, the No. 41 was demolished.

By the wee hours of the next morning, forty-nine people—ages ranging from sixty-nine to as young as eight months—were confirmed dead. The tale of the 1917 train wreck is a sad and unfortunate series of events.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Board Meeting

December 11th, 2017

Due to the holidays, the Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees has moved their regular monthly meeting to Tuesday, December 12th. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM at Hillview Branch Library, located at 155 Terry Boulevard. All BCPL Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call 543-7675 ext. 2003.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Board Meeting

November 27th, 2017

The Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 28th, at Mt. Washington Branch Library, located at 214 N. Bardstown Road. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM. All BCPL Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call 543-7675 ext. 2003

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Press Release: Author Faire 2017

October 6th, 2017

AUTHOR FAIRE SHOWCASES LOCAL WRITERS & PRESENTS WRITING WORKSHOPS

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY – A number of local authors and readers will gather at the Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville on Saturday, October 14th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM for Bullitt County Library’s 6th Annual Author Faire. The event provides an opportunity for local authors to interact with the community and promote their works. This is also a great time for the public to ask established authors about their work, their process, and their advice for getting published. Light refreshments will be provided for the public throughout the day.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Board Meeting

April 24th, 2017

The Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 25th, at Ridgway Memorial Library, located at 127 N. Walnut Street. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM. All BCPL Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call 543-7675 ext. 2003.

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Press Release: National Library Week 2017

April 5th, 2017

TRANSFORM YOUR IDEAS ABOUT THE LIBRARY: Celebrate National Library Week April 9th–15th

This week, the Bullitt County Public Library (BCPL) joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. Libraries today aren’t only a place of quiet study and a place to check out books, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate, explore new technologies like 3D printing, or just relax with friends old and new.

Libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities— transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, educators, students, and the public at large to discover and meet the needs of their communities. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, and programs for job seekers or through providing a safe haven in times of crisis, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Board Meeting

March 27th, 2017

The Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 28th, at Ridgway Memorial Library, located at 127 N. Walnut Street. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM. All BCPL Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call 543-7675 ext. 2003.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Board Meeting

February 27th, 2017

The Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 28th, at Ridgway Memorial Library, located at 127 N. Walnut Street. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM. All BCPL Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call 543-7675 ext. 2003.

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Press Release: Request for Proposal: Lawn Care & Landscaping

February 6th, 2017

The Bullitt County Public Library is seeking proposals from qualified lawn care and landscaping contractors to provide bids for a 12-month service period to begin April 2017. Contractors are invited to submit itemized proposals per location for any or all of the following facilities: Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville, Hillview Branch Library, Lebanon Junction Branch Library, Mt. Washington Branch Library, and the Dorothea Stottman Annex in Hillview. Sealed bids must be received by noon on Tuesday, February 28th. (EXPIRED)

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Press Release: It’s Fine Forgiveness Month at Bullitt County Public Library!

February 4th, 2017

The Bullitt County Public Library is giving patrons a fresh start in 2016 with Fine Forgiveness February. Through February 28th, the library’s four locations are waiving overdue fines—no matter how long ago the item was checked out—in an effort to encourage people to start coming in again to use the library’s free services and resources. It doesn’t matter if the item is one day late, one year late, or more. Patrons must simply bring the overdue materials back, and the slate will be wiped clean. If items have already been returned and there are fines on the account, those can disappear too. Just visit the circulation desk at any BCPL location to request that the charges are cleared.

“We understand that everyone loses track of time once in a while and, above that, we don’t want to unknowingly restrict access to library materials during a time of need,” said Bullitt County Public Library Director Joe Schweiss. “We won’t judge if you have some items that are overdue and you are finally able to stop by and return them. Odds are there are people who want to borrow what you have, and hopefully you will find some new favorites on the shelves when you come in again.”

The Bullitt County Public Library system includes Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville and branch locations in Hillview, Lebanon Junction, and Mt. Washington. If you have questions about Fine Forgiveness February, please stop in at any BCPL location, call the Ridgway circulation desk at 543-7675, or e-mail Tracy at tweikel@bcplib.org.

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Press Release: New Regular Meeting Date for BCPL Board of Trustees

January 17th, 2017

Bullitt County Public Library bylaws were updated at the January 10th Board of Trustees meeting, changing their regular meeting date from the 2nd Tuesday of each month to the 4th Tuesday, effective immediately. Therefore, the next regular board meeting will be on Tuesday, January 24th. Meetings will continue to be held at Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville, located at 127 N. Walnut Street. Meetings begin at 5:00 PM and are open to the public.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Board Meeting

January 9th, 2017

The Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 10th, at Ridgway Memorial Library, located at 127 N. Walnut Street. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM. All BCPL Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call 543-7675 ext. 2003.

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Press Release: Library Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 4th, 2017

All Bullitt County Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 16th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular service hours resume on Tuesday, January 17th.

Library services, as always, are available online all day, every day. Online services include e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming movies, research databases, and reading suggestion lists. For more information, call 543-7675 or visit the Library website at www.bcplib.org.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Closed for Staff Day

November 25th, 2016

All Bullitt County Public Library locations will be closed on Wednesday, November 30th, for staff training and development. Locations will reopen at 9:00 AM on Thursday morning. Library services, as always, are available online all day, every day. Online services include e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming movies, research databases, and reading suggestion lists. For more information, call 543-7675 or visit the Library website at www.bcplib.org.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Board Meeting

November 7th, 2016

The Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 8th, at the Hillview Branch Library, located at 155 Terry Boulevard. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM. All BCPL Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call 543-7675 ext. 2003.

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Press Release: Library Board of Trustees Vacancy

October 24th, 2016

The Bullitt County Public Library has an opening on their Board of Trustees for a dedicated, community-minded individual to represent Hillview/Northern Bullitt County. This is an unpaid volunteer position. Board members serve 4-year terms and attend meetings once a month, with occasional special-called meetings possible. Potential board members should be interested in helping the library grow in both service and scope—through new buildings, renovations, staff expansions, and other means—in order to best meet the needs of the community.

Specific duties include:

  • Serving as a public figure for the library to increase public awareness and support of library services and initiatives.
  • Providing strategic direction for effective planning.
  • Setting policy, adopting the annual budget, and promoting overall excellence in public library services.

Applications are available on the library website at www.bcplib.org and will be accepted through November 8th. You may submit applications in print at any BCPL location, fax them to 543-5487, or e-mail completed forms to joe@bcplib.org.

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Press Release: Halloween Horror Night

October 24th, 2016

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY – Who says Halloween is just for kids? On October 31st, Bullitt County Public Library will be hosting a Halloween Horror Night for high school ages and up at the main library in Shepherdsville. The festivities will include a horror-film double feature beginning at 4:00 PM, with Halloween goodies and an informal costume pageant during intermission.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Board Meeting

October 6th, 2016

The Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 11th, at the Lebanon Junction Branch Library, located at 11382 S. Preston Highway. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM. All BCPL Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call 543-7675 ext. 2003.

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Press Release: Author Faire Showcases Local Writers & Welcomes George Ella Lyons

September 15th, 2016

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY – A number of local authors and readers will gather at the Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for Bullitt County Library’s 5th Annual Author Faire. The event provides an opportunity for local authors to interact with the community and promote their works. This is also a great time for the public to ask established authors about their work, their process, and their advice for getting published. Light refreshments will be provided for the public throughout the day. This year’s spotlight event will be a special workshop, “Mapping Your Memory House,” with Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon.

Beginning at 10:00 AM, the author and poet will lead the audience in a writing exercise and read from Many-Storied House, the poetry collection that grew out of that exercise. Registration is required for guaranteed workshop admission. Author Faire will also feature public readings from several other published authors. Authors writing in a number of categories—including memoir, history,
self-help, cookbooks, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, Christian fiction, young adult fiction, middle-grade fiction, and children’s picture books—will be present.

The Ridgway Memorial Library is located at 127 N. Walnut Street in Shepherdsville, KY. For more information on attending authors or to register for the workshop, please visit www.bcplib.org/authorfaire or contact the BCPL Outreach and Programs Department at 543-7675 ext. 5.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Board Meeting

August 29th, 2016

The Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 13th, at the Ridgway Library Memorial Library in Shepherdsville, located at 127N. Walnut Street. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM. All BCPL Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call 543-7675 ext. 2003.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Board Meeting

August 29th, 2016

The Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a special-called meeting on Thursday, September 1st, at the Ridgway Library Memorial Library in Shepherdsville, located at 127 N. Walnut Street. The meeting will begin at 5:00 PM. All BCPL Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call 543-7675 ext. 2003.

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Press Release: Use Your BCPL Library Card in September & Win!

August 29th, 2016

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY – Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. It is a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is an important step towards academic success and lifelong learning.

“A library card is a powerful tool for people of all ages,” said Library Director Joe Schweiss. “For children, it helps instill a love of reading and a sense of possibility, plus it gives access to
all the tools one needs to succeed in school. For adults, not only can it be used to access free entertainment options, it is also a key to unlock training resources to get a better job, acquire
fun new skills, or learn a new language. Having a library card truly is a great investment in one’s self.”

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Press Release: Make, Learn, Invent & More at the Library

August 22nd, 2016

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY – The Maker movement is in full swing in Bullitt County this August. Each Saturday, Bullitt County Public Library has been setting up its Minecraft Makerspace 3D event at a different BCPL location. The program began at the Lebanon Junction branch on August 6th, traveled to Mt. Washington on the 13th, and made its way to Hillview on the 20th. The final Minecraft Makerspace 3D will take place this Saturday at Ridgway Memorial Library.

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Press Release: Bullitt County Public Library Financial Records Available to Public

August 18th, 2016

In accordance with Chapters 65 and 424 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the most recent audit, financial statement, and adopted budget for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 may be examined by the public of the Bullitt County Public Library District. Documents may be inspected at the Ridgway Memorial Library, 127 N. Walnut Street, Shepherdsville, KY, during administrative office hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM. Inquiries should be made to the Library director. Records can also be viewed online at the library’s website: www.bcplib.org.

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