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Central Library

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Served by all LexTran routes via Transit Center on Vine Street.

Parking
Two hours of free parking in Lexington Public Library Parking Garage with ticket validated inside Central Library;

Meeting Room Information

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Special Features

Address: 

140 E. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507

Hours: 

Mon. - Thurs.: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events at Central Library

Arts & Crafts & Activities

Saturday, November 15th - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Central Library

Drop-in craft: Prepare to decorate the family Thanksgiving table by creating your own special placemat.

Wednesday, November 26th - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Central Library - Atrium

Celebrate Turkey Day with some silly songs, crafts, and activities. For all ages.

Computer Class

Saturday, November 1st - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This class introduces the basic functions and uses of a spreadsheet program. . Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word 2013 or previous experience using spreadsheet software.

Monday, November 3rd - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will experience more advanced word processing tasks including lists, headers, and cut/copy/paste functions. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word 2013.

Wednesday, November 5th - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will explore the basic functions and uses of a presentation program and create a simple slideshow presentation. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS word 2013 or previous experience using presentation software.

Wednesday, November 5th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will discover more about the advanced features of Windows 8, including how to personalize their device with a picture password, create a master control panel for all their settings, the full range of keyboard shortcuts and a number of time and effort saving ways to make Windows work for you. Prerequisite: Windows 8 Basics or previous experience using Windows 8.

Friday, November 7th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will discover how to sign up for an email account, send messages, work with attachments, and manage their inbox. Prerequisite: Internet Basics or previous Internet experience.

Saturday, November 8th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Students will learn about browser options and tools, how to search and navigate the web, and basic troubleshooting for connection problems. Prerequisite: Students should be able to use the mouse and keyboard.

Monday, November 10th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will get experience using tables, running a mail merge, customizing Word settings and more. Prerequisite: Intermediate Features of MS Word 2013.

Wednesday, November 12th - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This class introduces the basic functions and uses of a spreadsheet program. . Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word 2013 or previous experience using spreadsheet software.

Wednesday, November 12th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will experience a tutorial that teaches all the basic mouse movements, along with a brief introduction to ergonomics and touch typing. No computer experience necessary.

Friday, November 14th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learn about linked cells, filtering and intermediate formulas. Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel 2013 or previous experience with Excel.

Saturday, November 15th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learn about the kind of threats you may encounter online, software that can help protect your computer, and steps you can take to keep both you and your computer safer online. Prerequisite: Internet Basics or previous internet experience.

Monday, November 17th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learn about pivot tables, table formatting, and advanced formulas. Prerequisite: Intermediate Features of Excel 2013 or extensive previous experience with Excel.

Wednesday, November 19th - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This workshop introduces the cloud storage and highlights Microsoft SkyDrive as well as introducing students to other free storage websites. Learners will discover how online storage can work for them and how to access their stored files from anywhere they have an internet connection. Prerequisite: Internet Basics or previous Internet experience. Must have a working cell phone number to create an account.

Wednesday, November 19th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will explore the basic functions and uses of a presentation program and create a simple slideshow presentation. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS word 2013 or previous experience using presentation software.

Friday, November 21st - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This workshop is designed for an audience that is new to computing. Learners will discover how to access the desktop, how to save, create, and move files and folders; and how to pin important stuff to the Start screen. Prerequisite: Students should be able to use the mouse and keyboard.

Saturday, November 22nd - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will get experience using tables, running a mail merge, customizing Word settings and more. Prerequisite: Intermediate Features of MS Word 2013.

Education & Homework Help

Wednesday, November 19th - 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Partner agency kickoff. This event is free and open to the public.

Exhibit

Friday, November 21st - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Central Library - Gallery

Gallery Hop

Foreign Languages & ESL

Thursday, October 30th - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Central Library - Room A

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

A free 6 week Spanish class for adults that starts with the alphabet and focuses on pieces of basic conversation. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Wednesday, November 5th - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Central Library - Room C

An intermediate to advanced level English class that focuses on developing fluency through small group activities and discussion.

Thursday, November 6th - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Central Library - Room A

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

A free 6 week Spanish class for adults that starts with the alphabet and focuses on pieces of basic conversation. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Wednesday, November 12th - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Central Library - Room C

An intermediate to advanced level English class that focuses on developing fluency through small group activities and discussion.

Wednesday, November 19th - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Central Library - Room C

An intermediate to advanced level English class that focuses on developing fluency through small group activities and discussion.

Thursday, November 20th - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Central Library - Room A

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

A free 6 week Spanish class for adults that starts with the alphabet and focuses on pieces of basic conversation. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Wednesday, November 26th - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Central Library - Room C

An intermediate to advanced level English class that focuses on developing fluency through small group activities and discussion.

Friends Book Sales

Sunday, November 2nd - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Central Library

The Friends Book Cellar is open from 1:00-5:00 PM on the first Sunday of each month for a 20% off sale. The Friends Book Cellar is located in the Lower Level of the Central Library.

Genealogy & History

Thursday, November 13th - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This is an introduction to the current version of Ancestry's Library Edition. By the end of the class, students will be able to conduct searches for Census information, vital records information and military information. The student will also be shown the tabbed features: Learning Center, Charts & Forms and New Collections.

Job Search & Resume Writing

Thursday, October 30th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Monday, November 3rd - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Thursday, November 6th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Monday, November 10th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Thursday, November 13th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Monday, November 17th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Thursday, November 20th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Monday, November 24th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Movies

Saturday, November 1st - 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Short films from young local filmmakers. Q&A with filmmakers to follow screening. Lexington Film League and Lexington Public present the Filmslang Film Fest.

Saturday, November 1st - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Lexington Premiere of feature film SOMETHING, ANYTHING. When a tragedy shatters her plans for domestic bliss, a seemingly typical Southern newlywed gradually transforms into a spiritual seeker. Q&A with filmmakers to follow screening. Lexington Film League and Lexington Public present the Filmslang Film Fest.

Sunday, November 2nd - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Lexington Premiere of Documentary Feature FIND YOUR WAY. In this honest and heart-felt documentary, one busker turned filmmaker takes us inside the world of street musicians. Lexington Film League and Lexington Public present the Filmslang Film Fest.

Sunday, November 2nd - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Lexington Premiere of Feature Film FLOOD TIDE. A group of artists, shaken by the death of their friend, build extraordinary boats out of ordinary junk and set out for open water. Lexington Film League and Lexington Public Library present the Filmslang Film Fest.

Monday, November 3rd - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

12 short films from Kentucky filmmakers ranging from experimental gems to animated award winners. Lexington Film League and Lexington Public Library present the Filmslang Film Fest.

Tuesday, November 4th - 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Pipe-smoking Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati's endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another in this wildly funny satire, a masterpiece of gentle slapstick. 87 minutes

Wednesday, November 5th - 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

An early masterpiece from Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, STRAY DOG: A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo’s sweltering streets for the stray dog whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. 120 minutes

Tuesday, November 18th - 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson's SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR, which shared the Special Jury Prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, is an indescribably surrealistic examination of the pointlessness of modern life in a nameless city full of directionless people. A highly original and challenging project that recalls such bleak visionaries as Samuel Beckett and Luis Buñuel, and though it certainly perplexed audiences, it also left them laughing uncontrollably.

Thursday, November 20th - 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

With the simplest of concepts and sparest of techniques, Robert Bresson made one of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time in A MAN ESCAPED. Based on the account of an imprisoned French Resistance leader, this unbelievably taut and methodical marvel follows the fictional Fontaine’s single-minded pursuit of freedom, detailing the planning and execution of his escape with gripping precision. But Bresson’s film is not merely about process—it’s also a work of intense spirituality and humanity. 101 minutes

Music

Thursday, November 13th - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Join us for our monthly jazz concert series, brought to you by the Jazz Arts Foundation. Find out more at www.jazzartsfoundation.org. Free and open to the public.

Performances & Plays

Thursday, October 30th - 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

"The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful" by Charles Ludlum. Tickets available at www.balagula.com

Friday, October 31st - 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

"The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful" by Charles Ludlum. Tickets available at www.balagula.com

Sunday, November 16th - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Sayre School presents "The Great American Cheese Sandwich" by Burton Cohen. For tickets call 254-7177: $10 Adults and $5 Students.

Monday, November 24th - 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Wandering Storytellers featuring the winners of the Kentucky Youth Storytelling competition.

Friday, November 28th - 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

"Venus in Fur" by David Ives. Tickets available at www.balagula.com

Saturday, November 29th - 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

"Venus in Fur" by David Ives. Tickets available at www.balagula.com

Special Events

Friday, October 31st - 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM
Central Library - Atrium

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Calling all Super Heroes! Come dressed in your costume and help us save the day! We will have stories, songs and go trick or treating in the department.

Thursday, November 6th - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Presentation of walking the 1,000 mile pilgrimage to Santiago. Guest speaker: Lee Sanstead, art historian and Averett University professor. This event is free and open to the public.

Storytimes

Saturday, November 1st - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Wednesday, November 5th - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-related craft or activity is included.

Saturday, November 8th - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Wednesday, November 12th - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-related craft or activity is included.

Saturday, November 15th - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Wednesday, November 19th - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-related craft or activity is included.

Saturday, November 22nd - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Wednesday, November 26th - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-related craft or activity is included.

Saturday, November 29th - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Writing

Thursday, October 30th - 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Central Library - Room C

Join us in brainstorming ideas for our NaNoWriMo novels, learn tips and tricks for surviving the upcoming month from fellow novelists, and discuss the best ways for keeping that word count up! No registration required.

Thursday, November 6th (All day)
Central Library - Room C

Celebrate the impending end of the first week of National Novel Writing Month by dropping by and writing a few thousand words with us! Our room will be open all day so stay for an hour or twelve. Coffee, writing prompts, and reference/inspiration materials provided. No registration required!

Saturday, November 22nd (All day)
Central Library - Room C

Worried you won't have time for your National Novel Writing Month novel during Thanksgiving? Type that pesky word count in submission before the holiday gets here and enjoy your turkey in peace! Our room is reserved all day so drop in for an hour or eight. No registration required!