Category Archives: Library Programs

The Great American Read

On April 20, 2018, PBS released a list of America’s 100 best-loved novels, chosen in support of The Great American Read, a new PBS series that celebrates the joy of reading.

Check out the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels, which were selected through a demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGovThe books that were chosen span five centuries, from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes to Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Authors from 15 different countries are represented, with genres ranging from beloved children’s classics such as Charlotte’s Web by

E.B. White to modern best-sellers such as Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

The series began with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Over the following months, PBS will count down the books from 100 to 1. Americans are encouraged to vote for “America’s Most Beloved Book,” and results will be released on October 23, 2018.

Remember that LFPL’s Summer Reading is beginning and that many of these books are age appropriate for children and teens. They would be great selections for kids to read or to have read to them. For more information about the Summer Reading program or the 2018 Cultural Pass, stop your local library branch or call our JustAsk line at (502) 574-1611.

 

GonzoFest@LFPL

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

The annual celebration of the life and work of Louisville-native Hunter S. Thompson, features poetry, spoken word, art, live music, and more! This year’s music lineup includes Southern Sirens, Anemic Royalty, Jet Lawrence, “Outlaw Poet” Ron Whitehead, and Electric Garden. GonzoFest 2018 will also feature a screening of The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, the national PBS documentary on Chicano civil rights activist/attorney/author Oscar Zeta Acosta, who was well-known for his friendship with Hunter S. Thompson in the late 1960s. The film is directed by veteran award-winning filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez, and Louisville-native Gaba Gavi plays the role of Rolling Stone writer David Felton in the film. A question & answer session with Rodriquez and Gavi is scheduled immediately following the film.

Other scheduled discussions include “Hell’s Angels: Will the Real Hunter S. Thompson Please Stand Up” with Hell’s Angels editor Margaret Harrell, and “The Battle of Michigan Avenue: Chicago 1968, Hunter S. Thompson, and Violence Against Journalists.” For more information on GonzoFest—including how to enter the annual literary and art contests sponsored by BiblioboarD.

For more info, visit GonzoFestLouisville.com.

Location:
301 York Street

LouisvilleKY USA 40203
Phone: 502-574-1611

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1984

One Book Louisville: George Orwell's "1984" One Book Louisville is a community reading program designed to bring people from all walks of life together around a book chosen for its ability to prompt lively conversation and debate.

In January 2017, George Orwell’s 1984 became the #1 best-seller on Amazon, illustrating its profound influence as a cultural touchstone nearly 70 years after its publication. Join us in February for one of four in-depth facilitated conversations on the relevance of 1984 to our own present day; an in-depth film discussion with Don Whitfield; and a panel discussion featuring distinguished UofL faculty. All programs and discussions are free.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Kick-off Book Discussion*
Main Library, Thursday, February 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
Ages 18+. Call (502) 574-1611 to register.

Teen Book Discussion*
Highlands-Shelby Park Library, Saturday, February 10, 2-4 p.m.
Ages 15-19. Refreshments provided. Call (502) 574-1672 to register.

Newbery Honor Award winner Ann M. Martin

1984 Film Discussion
Main Library, Tuesday, February 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
A screening of the 1984 film version of 1984 with post-screening discussion led by Don Whitfield, formerly of the Great Books Foundation.
Ages 17+. Rated-R | 1hr 53min | ©1984 Umbrella-Rosenblum Films Production

Carmichael’s Book Discussion*
Sunday, February 18, 2-3:30 p.m.
Carmichael’s Bookstore | 2720 Frankfort Avenue
Ages 18+. No registration required.

UofL Faculty Panel Discussion
Main Library, Thursday, February 22, 6-8 p.m.
A panel of UofL’s distinguished faculty will discuss the influence of George Orwell’s masterpiece on today’s cultural and political landscape, including Rodger Payne and S. Matthew Biberman. Moderated by WFPL’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

Middletown Book Discussion*
Middletown Library, Tuesday, February 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
Ages 18+. Call (502) 245-7332 to register.


*Books are available for checkout at local branches, or for purchase from Carmichael’s Bookstore with a 20% discount.

Indie Author Day at the Library

Indie Author Day

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join us at the South Central Regional Library for a celebration of local Indie authors and learn about IndieLou, the suite of services available from the Library that helps authors create, share, and promote their works.

Here’s the event roster:

1:00-4:00 PM: Local Author Marketplace

1:30-2:30 PM: Panel discussion with four local authors:
Amy Metz, Tytianna Wells-Smith, Bill Noel, and Atty Eve

3:00-4:00 PM: Memoir Writing Workshop by Kimberly Crum, MSW, MFA

Location: 

South Central Regional Library

7300 Jefferson Blvd.
LouisvilleKY 40219
Phone: 502-964-3515 

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PotterPalooza

PotterPalooza will be returning to the Library on Saturday, July 29, 2017, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Welcome back to the wizarding world, brought to you by the wizards and witches of the LFPL!

This FREE event will feature activities geared toward younger kids from 2-5 p.m., and activities for older kids (and teens and adults) from 6-8 p.m. (though there will still be activities going on in the in-between period of 5-6).

Get ready to:

  • play Quidditich
  • get sorted into your house
  • explore the Restricted Section of the library’s hidden stacks
  • fly on a broomstick
  • create your own niffler
  • take classes on Astronomy, Herbology, and Potions
  • explore a museum of muggle artifacts
  • make a wand
  • cast a spell
  • drink butterbeer
  • and do so much more!

Costumes are encouraged!

All ages welcome.

Location: 
Main Library
301 York Street

LouisvilleKY 40203

Phone: 502-574-1611

 


If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dawn Cobb with the Friends of the Library at dawncobb2010@gmail.com with your name, the branch you are associated with, and the time that you will be able to attend.

Changes to LFPL’s Book Discussion Kits

Beginning March 15, 2017, the Louisville Free Public Library will be using KitKeeper to manage the Book Discussion Kit Collection. KitKeeper is a popular web-based application widely used by many libraries across the country. We hope you find KitKeeper easy and fun to use.

KitKeeper will provide you many advantages, such as the ability to:

  • Reserve a specific book kit for a specific reading period of your choosing
  • Pick up your book kit on a specific date of your choosing
  • Reserve up to 12 titles up to 1 year in advance
  • View your upcoming selections at any time
  • Receive automatic email notifications when you reserve a kit, when your kit is ready to pick up and when the kit is due back

KitKeeper reservations will take place online and will require a valid email address.

Important: Beginning March 15th you can make reservations for the coming year in KitKeeper. If you currently have a kit checked out, return it as scheduled and make your future reservations in KitKeeper.

There will be some changes in our circulation policy for the kits. For more on these changes, as well as detailed instructions for using KitKeeper, click here.

Questions? Please email us at KitKeeper@LFPL.org or call (502) 574-1611.

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Books to You

LFPL’s Adult Outreach Services brings library resources and materials to adult patrons who are unable to visit any of our 18 locations. LFPL offers outreach services to adults in two ways: Adult Bookmobile and Books By Mail.

Adult Bookmobile

LFPL Books To YouThe Library’s adult bookmobile can make monthly visits to qualifying group residences, which allows patrons to enjoy a rotating selection of materials.  In addition to the delivery of books and other library materials, these visits can sometimes include book talks or book discussion groups.

For more information about adding a group residence to our schedule, please call (502) 574-1611 or send an email.

Free Matter for the Blind Mail Service

LFPL Books To YouThe Library’s Free Matter for the Blind Mail Service offers a free books-by-mail service for patrons who qualify.  This service allows qualified patrons to have large print books or audio books mailed directly to their residence free of charge via the United States Postal Service. To learn more about this service, please click here.

If you think you qualify for the Library’s Free Matter for the Blind Mail Service, please print this enrollment form and have it signed by a competent authority, as defined on the form. In addition, please fill out the Patron Reading Preferences form for your library location found here.

If you would prefer for the Library to mail paper copies of these forms to your home us at BooksToYou@LFPL.org and include your name and complete mailing address. Once the Library has received both your signed enrollment form and your reading preferences form, they can begin mailing materials to your home.

If you do not qualify for either of the Library’s Adult Outreach Services, please contact the library branch closest to your home (list of library locations) to learn about other services for which you may qualify.

LFPL Resources for Local Writers

IndieLou resources

 

 

 

 

Local authors – indie, self-published, aspiring, and mainstream – now have a unique opportunity to create an eBook, connect with readers and promote their books at the Library.

Self-published authors can even upload their eBooks for possible inclusion in the Library’s online collection.

create and design your own professional eBook Upload your eBook and share it with local libraries throughout the state Promote - schedule an author talk at the library

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Mystery Book Discussion

The newest book discussion group in the library system is the Mystery Book Discussion at the Main Library.

The very first book read by the group for the first meeting was a classic, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. For November and December the group read In the Woods by Tana French and The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. While it has started off as a small group it is slowly growing.

The first three months of 2017 are already planned out:

  • With the reading of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, the meeting for that discussion is January 17, 2017.

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  • In February the group will be reading A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell and that discussion will be on February 21, 2017.

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  • The book for March will be another Agatha Christie classic, The Murder at the Vicarage, and that discussion will be on March 21, 2016.

If you enjoy reading mysteries, or you enjoy talking about books feel free to stop by the Main Library to pick up a copy of any of the reads. And if you’ve thought about reading mysteries and didn’t have a book in mind or didn’t know where to start, hopefully one of the Mystery Book Discussions will help.

The Mystery Book Discussion is held every third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM at the Main library.

George Lucas: A Life

Upcoming Author Event


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New York Times bestselling biographer Brian Jay Jones

Main Library, Tuesday, December 13, 7 PM

Join biographer Brian Jay Jones for a discussion of his latest book George Lucas: A Life, detailing the incredible life story of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones creator.

Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of Jim Henson: The Biography and the award-winning Washington Irving: An American Original.

This program is free, but tickets are required – click here to order.


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