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Mariam and Wayne talk about the history of Lexington Public Library spaces, from its beginning as a subscription library in 1795 to the building project for the new Marksbury Family Branch (formerly Village Branch) now in 2022.
Mariam interviews Terry L. Birdwhistell and Donald A. Ritchie about their January 2022 book, “Washington’s Iron Butterfly: Bess Clements Abell, an Oral History.”
Jennifer interviews best-selling thriller author Lynn Hightower about her new release The Enlightenment Project. Erin interviews Kelli Parmley about the library’s summer programming.
Jennifer and Erin have combed through the summer’s most anticipated releases lists, and discuss the ones they’re looking forward to the most. Erin interviews Doug Tattershall about the library’s gallery spaces.
Jennifer hosts a staff discussion of the Lexington Public Library’s Community Read, The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee. Erin interviews AnnaMarie about DEI at the library.
Jennifer welcomes back Lynn Hightower to discuss more about her book The Enlightenment Project and her own experiences with the supernatural. Lynn closes the podcast with a reading from The Enlightenment Project.
Erin guests to talk about bloodhound Nick Carter and his handler Captain Volney Mullikin, who together searched for and found over 600 people in Nick Carter’s career as a tracking hound.
Mariam and David discuss the sordid life of John Wilkes Booth before his assassination of Abraham Lincoln, including his visit to Lexington during the Civil War as a theater actor. Some listener discretion is advised.
Jennifer talks with local author Kaitlyn Hill about her debut YA novel “Love from Scratch” and her journey in publishing. For Behind the Scenes, Erin talks with Amanda Wheeler and Bryan Klausing about the library’s experiential learning spaces and program
Jennifer sits down with local poet, essayist and educator Savannah Sipple about her writing and career. In Behind the Scenes, Erin talks with Lori Davis about the Library’s workforce development programming.
Mariam and David discuss Charles Dickens’ visit to Kentucky in 1842, with readings by Bill Widener from Dickens’ work “American Notes.”
In the final part of this series, Wayne takes us through the murders of the Barnes Family, the murders and shootings in Falmouth, KY, and the aftermath of the crimes. Listener Discretion is Advised.
Mariam shares the history of Kentucky’s Separate Coach Law, and Lexington’s second African American attorney, J. Alexander Chiles, who took the fight to the US Supreme court multiple times in the 1890s and early 1900s.
Mariam talks with Kentucky author Jayne Moore Waldrop about her first fiction work, Drowned Town.
Mariam interviews Fred Mills about the history of the Kentucky Theatre and his 50 year tenure as the theatre’s manager.
In this two part series on the Barnes Family’s murder, Mariam interviews guest Ike Lawrence, whose father notified Mrs. Barnes of her family’s murder, and later, Wayne discusses the start of the crime, with the two killers escaping the custody of the US M
Brenna guests to share her research on three of Lexington’s Black enclaves, founded by formerly enslaved persons after the Civil War. She highlights the history we know, and points out that much of the history of these hamlets and their residents are lost
Thursday, February 22 2024 4:30pm - 6:00pm Teens/tweens can come to the Beaumont Branch to learn about historical/modern protest art and make their own (for any cause they choose). Materials and snacks provided, registration required.
Saturday, February 17 2024 3:00pm - 4:30pm Join us every month to learn about a different artist or art form, and create a unique work inspired by their style (with a touch of your own!). Black History Month focus: Kehinde Wiley
Saturday, December 23 2023 3:00pm - 4:30pm Join us to learn about a new artist or art form every month, and create a unique work inspired by their style (with a touch of your own!). This month: block printing
Friday, January 19 2024 5:00pm - 8:00pm Opening reception to a new exhibit, the third Friday of every odd-numbered month.
Thursday, January 11 2024 7:00pm - 9:00pm Live jazz on the second Thursday of every month.
Monday, January 01 2024 9:30am - 7:00pm Stop by the Children's Department to participate in a scavenger hunt. Images will be hidden around the department and it's up to you to find them all! Scavenger hunts will change throughout the month.
Friday, December 29 2023 3:30pm - 5:00pm Gather Round the Radio at Eastside on the Last Friday of the month as we will listen to broadcasts from the Golden Age of Radio!
Thursday, December 14 2023 7:00pm - 9:00pm Live jazz on the second Thursday of every month.
Saturday, January 20 2024 3:00pm - 4:30pm Join us every month to learn about a different artist or art form, and create a unique work inspired by their style (with a touch of your own!).
Wednesday, December 13 2023 5:00pm - 7:00pm Share your poetry, spoken word and more on the 2nd Wednesday of every other month. Content should be appropriate for teens and adults and limited to 3-4 minutes. Don't miss Maurice Manning!
Monday, January 22 2024 5:00pm - 6:00pm Roll up your sleeves and get crafting! Each month, we'll dive into a new, exciting craft.
Saturday, February 17 2024 1:00pm - 5:00pm Join Village Library for an afternoon of D&D every 3rd Saturday of the month on 2nd floor near the Teen area. Registration not required.
Friday, January 26 2024 3:30pm - 5:30pm Gather Round the Radio at Eastside on the Last Friday of the month as we will listen to broadcasts from the Golden Age of Radio!
Monday, February 26 2024 5:00pm - 6:00pm Roll up your sleeves and get crafting! Each month, we'll dive into a new, exciting craft.
Sunday, January 28 2024 1:30pm - 3:00pm Join us this month in watching Bertrand Tavernier's A Sunday in the Country - a French movie that explores family dynamics on the eve of World War I.
Thursday, February 01 2024 9:30am - 7:00pm Stop by the Children's Department to participate in a scavenger hunt. Images will be hidden around the department and it's up to you to find them all! Scavenger hunts will change throughout the month.