Archive for ‘Programs’

October 29th, 2013

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month @ JCPL

by Carrie

NoNoWriMo logo

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Whether you’re trying to write a novel in one month, finish your first short story, or craft a few good poems, JCPL would like to support your writing efforts by offering great programs and a special space just for writers. Here’s what we have in store for writers in November:

Online Resources for Creative Writers
Monday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

Explore the best websites, online writing communities, blogs, listservs, and productivity tools for creative writers.

Free. Please register.

Come Write in Café
Saturday, November 9, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Friday, November 15, 3:45 p.m.—5:45 p.m.
Friday, November 22, 3:45 p.m.—5:45 p.m.

Enjoy free coffee and treats, the company of other writers, and ambient café background noise to stir your creativity. Writers of all genres are welcome. Free.

Publishing: The Inside Scoop
Saturday, November 23, 2:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.

Join our expert panelists of poets, writers, and editors as they share their own publishing experiences; provide tips for submitting your work to magazines, journals, editors, and agents; and much more.

Panelists will include:

  • Sarah Combs, author of the forthcoming young adult novel Breakfast Served Anytime
  • Abigail Keam, author of the Josiah Reynolds mysteries
  • David King, author of Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris
  • Iris Law, author of the poetry chapbook Periodicity, editor of Lantern Review, and assistant editor at the University Press of Kentucky
  • Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, author of the poetry book The Porcupine of Mind and founder of Accents Publishing

Free. Please register.

NaNoWriMo Open Mic
Sunday, November 24
2:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

Come share what you’ve written during National Novel Writing Month! Novelists, short story writers, poets, and creative nonfiction writers are all welcome to read a brief selection of their work.
Free. Please register.

April 22nd, 2013

Looking for a job?

by Carrie

Business woman shaking someone's hand.We can help!

The Jessamine County Public Library is a Public Library Workforce Center. We offer resources to help you land that job, including computers and internet access; free computer workshops and online tutorials;  1:1 Job Search Assistance; and free job search workshops.

See below for a list of upcoming classes:

Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Students will learn how to create, save, edit, and print a spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel. During the class students will use Microsoft Excel to create a sample budget that utilizes basic formulas to add, subtract, multiply and divide. If time allows, students can obtain assistance in constructing their own personal budget using Microsoft Excel. Register here.

Job Search Websites
Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to search for jobs online. We’ll cover:

  • The best local and national job search websites
  • Basic search techniques, including choosing the best keywords
  • How to narrow your search
  • How to create an email job alert

Must have basic computer skills and be able to confidently use the mouse and keyboard. Register here.

Write Your Resume
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Learn how to write or update your resume in this free, hands-on workshop.

Must have basic computer skills and be able to confidently use the mouse and keyboard. Register here.

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Students will learn how to create, save, edit, and print a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. During the class, students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to create slides that can be used in a presentation. If time allows, students can obtain assistance in constructing their own PowerPoint presentation. Register here.

Write Your Cover Letter
Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Learn how to write or update your cover letter in this free, hands-on workshop.

Must have basic computer skills and be able to confidently use the mouse and keyboard. Register here.

February 19th, 2013

African American Genealogy

by Carrie

A genealogist's guide to discovering your African-American ancestorsFebruary is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and remember the important people and events in African American history. It’s also a great time to remember your African American family history. A program at the Jessamine County Historical Society can help you learn how to overcome the challenges of researching African American genealogy.

Learn How to Search African American Genealogy with Yvonne Giles

February 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Jessamine County Historical Society
216 N. Main St. (Farmer’s Square)
Nicholasville, KY 40356

Can’t make it? (Maybe because you’re planning to attend the Extreme “Loud-brary” Experience here at JCPL?) We have some resources that might help you with your search, including the book, A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors : How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage (929.1072073 SMIT) and Henry Louis Gates’s excellent PBS series African American Lives (DVD 973.0496073 AFRI). On Wednesday, March 6, we’ll also be conducting a Genealogy 101 workshop on how to use Ancestry Library Edition. Ancestry Library Edition provides many resources to help you find your African American ancestors, from the core census and vital records collections to the more specialized Freedmen’s Bank Records.

December 5th, 2012

Holiday Resources @ JCPL

by Carrie

From recipes to crafts to cozy fireside reads, JCPL has got your holiday reading needs covered! To find out more, register for next Thursday’s Lunch and Learn, or check out the presentation below for a preview! (To open the presentation in a larger window, click the link below it.)

November 2nd, 2012

Shop Smarter

by Carrie

Here at JCPL, one staff member–I won’t mention any names–is already finished with her Christmas shopping.

And then there are the rest of us.

Personally, I still need a little more warm-up time. I’m hoping that leading the library’s next Lunch and Learn, the Shop Smarter Workshop on November 15, will help. We’ll explore the best sources to find product reviews, buying guides, and more. For example, you probably know that the library subscribes to the paper version of Consumer Reports, but did you know that you can now download it to your computer or mobile device from Zinio? Or that you can search the full-text of Consumer Reports from 1992 on in one of our databases? To find out how, register today or stop by the Information Desk.

See below for a list of shopping related books on everything from cutting your grocery bills to the science of shopping to how to avoid shopping altogether.

September 26th, 2012

Organizing Your Recipes Online

by Carrie

A cookbook open in a kitchen.Although I bookmark online recipes using Diigo, I have an overflowing and unorganized box of paper recipes at home. I hoped teaching September’s Lunch and Learn topic, Organizing Your Recipes Online, would help me get them in order.

Alas, there are no free websites that will magically digitize and upload your paper recipes for you. There are certainly ways to do it yourself–my favorite is to photograph them with an iPad and upload them to Evernote or Springpad. Since that takes time, I will have to save it for a rainy day.

In the meantime, see below for my two favorite recipe-saving websites, or click here for a handy chart of all the sites we discussed.

One tsp.

One tsp. is one of my favorite online recipe keepers because of its simplicity and clean design. This ad-free site lets you save 150 recipes for free. After that, the site charges a very reasonable $5.00 a year for unlimited recipes.

One tsp.’s web clipper makes it easy to save recipes from many popular websites–such as Betty Crocker, The Pioneer Woman, and the Food Network–with one click. You can copy and paste recipes from unsupported sites or type in your personal recipes. Click the “Add to my shopping list” button, and One tsp. will automatically create a shopping list for you based on the recipe ingredients. Print out the list, or simply view it on your mobile phone.

Say Mmm

Although Say Mmm does not have a web clipper, it’s easy to cut and paste recipes from other sites into Say Mmm. A free account allows you to add unlimited recipes, search or browse others’ recipes, create smart grocery lists organized by aisle, and plan your meals. Say Mmm also has a Facebook app, and you can use it with Evernote to enhance your recipes and grocery lists.

All these extra features can make Say Mmm a little more difficult to navigate than One tsp., but they may be worth the trouble if you’re someone who really likes to plan.

September 18th, 2012

Genealogy 101: Jessamine County

by Carrie

If you weren’t able to come to last week’s genealogy program, the above presentation summarizes the Jessamine County genealogy resources available here at JCPL. (Click on the link above to view the presentation in a larger format). We’ve also gathered information about library and Internet resources for genealogy research at this link:

Representatives from the Jessamine County Historical Society and the Jessamine County Clerk’s Office also came to the program to explain the resources their organizations offer. Both organizations are happy to help you with your genealogy research.

September 12th, 2012

Animé & Manga Club for Teens

by Kendall

Animé (AH-ne-may) : noun – a Japanese style of motion-picture animation

Manga (MAHN-ga) : noun – a Japanese style of comic art, usually in the form of illustrated novel

For teens in 6th-12th grades who love animé and manga, this is the club for you! We meet on the second Thursday of each month to screen animé, discuss print and animated formats, and explore Japanese culture. We always have authentic Japanese snacks and drinks during meetings as well.


In September, we’ll be screening the feature animé film Kiki’s Delivery Service. This is the fantasy story of a young girl with magic powers, named Kiki who is now thirteen years old. But she is still a little naive and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a talking cat named Jiji by her side she’s ready to take on the world, or at least try to fit in to her new community. Thursday, September 13, from 4:30-6:30 PM


In October, we will host manga artist Stephen Moore from the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, KY. Mr. Moore will teach manga drawing techniques to all attendees. We will also screen episodes from the animé television series Fairy Tail. In the series, a group of young magicians in the fantasy kingdom of Fiore band together to seek their fortunes. Thursday, October 11, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM



In November, we will have fun making candy sushi! We will also be screening episodes from the animé television series One Piece. This comedy series features Monkey D. Luffy, who travels toward the Grand Line in search of One Piece, the greatest treasure in the world, in order to be the greatest pirate in the world. Thursday, November 8, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM


In December, we’ll be screening the feature film The Secret World of Arietty. Based on the classic book series The Borrowers by Mary Norton, this film tells the story of the Clock family, who are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family’s residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. Thursday, December 13, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM


At each meeting, we will also discuss manga books, have drawing activities and contests, and more! If you are interested in reading manga titles, check out our teen manga collection. located at the end of Teen Nonfiction shelves. Click on titles below for more information from our catalog:


August 31st, 2012

Explore Your Jessamine County Family Tree

by Carrie

While the Internet has made researching your family tree much easier, some information can only be found on paper or microfilm. If your family is from Jessamine County, you’re in luck–there are many research tools available to you right here in your own county.

You’ll discover all the research tools Jessamine County has to offer at the upcoming program Genealogy 101: Explore Your Jessamine County Family Tree, which will be held on Monday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. I’ll discuss the basics of genealogy research and show you some of the library’s genealogy resources. Representatives from the Jessamine County Historical Society and the Jessamine County Clerk’s Office will explain the resources they provide.

Want to find out more about how to go about researching your family tree? The library also has many books and videos to guide and inspire you.


"Who Do You Think You Are?"


Faces of America

DVD 929.20973 FACE

African American Lives

DVD 973.0496073 AFRI

Finding Oprah's Roots

DVD 929.1072 FIND



August 20th, 2012

A Passport to Language Learning Resources

by Carrie

A stack of passports.In this Thursday’s Lunch and Learn, we’ll explore all of JCPL’s language learning resources as well as several free websites. There’s still room in this program, which you can register for here. In the meantime, here is a sneak preview of some of the resources we’ll be learning about.

Transparent Language Online with BYKI

Transparent Language Online offers lessons in more than 80 different languages. This service–which usually costs individuals $149 for six months or $199 for a year–is free with your JCPL library card. Transparent Language Online was originally developed for the Department of Defense and focuses on building your vocabulary. The Essentials Courses provide a simple, linear learning progression designed around everyday situations such as greetings, organizing your trip, and eating out. If you’re short on time, you can also try the BYKI Quick Start courses; these brief lessons will help you build your vocabulary.

To get started, stop by the Information Desk to create your free account. Then you’ll be free to use Transparent Language Online at the library, at home, or on the go with the mobile app.

Already have an account? Click here to go directly to Transparent Language Online.

Pimsleur Method

The Pimsleur Method is an audio-based language learning program that helps you learn a language by hearing it in everyday situations. JCPL owns several of the Pimsleur short courses for beginning language learners. Search “Pimsleur” in the library catalog to find out which books on CD or cassette are available.

Open Culture is a website devoted to free online learning. The website’s language learning page features lessons in 40 languages. This comprehensive list of links includes free language learning podcasts, videos, and websites.