Library’s Recording Studio Delights Patrons with Free Use!

Recording Studio Orientation at SCPL


It is a quiet afternoon as a young, aspiring filmmaker buzzes with excitement as she waits to join library assistant, Cameron Nixon for an orientation session in the library’s recording studio.

The recording studio was added during the 2015 library expansion after careful collaboration with the University of Kentucky’s Director of the Louis B. Nunn Center, Dr. Douglas Boyd. The recording studio is part of an ongoing project coordinated by library staff to record oral histories pertinent to Scott County. SCPL cardholders can reserve the studio at no charge to record their own audio and video projects with professional-quality equipment.

During the recording studio orientation session, Nixon gave an overview of the equipment and software that are available for use. For music creation and recording, the library offers GarageBand and Logic Pro X. For movie creation and video editing, the library offers iMovie and Final Cut Pro. GarageBand and iMovie are aimed at beginners while Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro are both professional-grade software programs. After introducing the different editing programs, Nixon moved on to cover the equipment available for use in the studio. The studio has microphones, headsets, backdrops, lighting equipment, and a video camera.


Video and Audio Equipment available for check out at SCPL

For Lissette Moreno, the aspiring filmmaker in attendance, this session was a dream come true. Finding this equipment and software exceptionally expensive to invest on her own, she stated,

“This is a perfect opportunity as a student seeking professional development. I can see students, musicians, and recording artists loving it here!”

Michael Esham, the library’s System Administrator, remarks that patrons can book the studio for 3 hours after they have completed the orientation. For additional help with the programs, Esham recommends that patrons use, an online resource with video tutorials. Call 502-863-3566 or register online to book your orientation today and start discovering all the exciting possibilities at the Scott County Public Library!



Preservation Station Allows You to Convert Your Favorite Memories into Digital Files at SCPL!

Persevation Station at SCPL


The Scott County Public Library has a new addition to its library services. The library has created a Preservation Station conveniently located in our Kentucky Room. We are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for patrons to preserve their favorite photos and videos into digital files.

The Preservation Station comes equipped with an Epson Scanner to scan photos and save them to digital formats. It has a cassette converter to preserve your cassette tapes as digital audio files. It also includes a VHS converter to preserve your favorite home movies to enjoy in the digital age. Patrons with a SCPL card can use this free do-it-yourself Preservation Station which has clearly written instructions for each piece of equipment. A member of the Adult Services staff may be available to help if needed. The Scott County Public Library is happy to offer this creative space which allows for exploration of new technology and equipment.

For more information on the Preservation Station, call the library at (502) 863-3566 or visit the library’s Kentucky Room.


Home-Made A Textile Art Show Gallery Opening

Textile Art Gallery showpieces

-By Lissette De la Cruz

A collection of textile art from some of the Scott County Public Library Friends and StaffTextile Art Gallery

In December, the Scott County Public Library is sharing its featured art exhibit, Home Made: A Textile Art Show at the library’s Art Gallery. Friends of the Scott County Public Library President, Mary Fogos, long-time members Sharon Bedwell and June Helligrath, and SCPL’s Adult Services Manager, Melissa Gibson debuted their spectacular collections on December 4. The gallery will be showcasing a variety of their hand work with cross-stitching and needlepoint techniques. The Scott County Public Library invites community members to visit this exhibit for the month of December and January to discover beautiful creations made with careful attention and delicate details!

Scott County Public Library celebrated National Native American Heritage Month!

-By Lissette De la Cruz

November was National Native American Heritage Month. It provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate the culture, history, and accomplishments of Native Americans.

photos for National Native American Heritage MonthThe Scott County Public Library had the great pleasure of presenting a Native American Flute Concert performed by Fred Nez-Keams. Patrons spent a peaceful evening listening to the sounds of the Native American flute paired with other instruments. Fred is a member of the Navaho nation. He brought a piece of his history and culture alive by sharing his beautiful music with us.


You can hear Fred Nez-Keams again on January 12th during one of our regular Sunday Sounds programs. Sunday Sounds is a musical tradition here at the library, where you can listen to local musicians in the Next Chapter Café every Sunday from 2-3 pm. These programs are perfect for the whole family to enjoy and we hope to see you there.


Collage photos for National Native American Heritage Month

The Scott County Public Library invites everyone to continue to learn more about the many traditions Native Americans celebrate in their lives. You can learn more by exploring our large collection of books on the subject.










El Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death

Day of the dead
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-By Lissette De la Cruz

The Day of the Dead is not spooky, somber, nor is it a Mexican version of Halloween. While the days are close together, it is a day that originated within Mexico and is widely celebrated throughout Latin America. El Día de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” is recognized Thursday, October 31 through Saturday, November 2. Those who honor this tradition, believe that past souls visit from the heavens to spend time with their families. On November 1, El Día de los Angelitos or Day of the Little Angels, are first to visit, and on November 2, El Día de los Difuntos, adults join the celebration.

During El Día de los Muertos, families create an ofrenda, or an offering in the form of an altar to honor their deceased relatives. Offerings are usually a colorful display of personalized items such as photographs, foods, baked pastries, and candles. Made to welcome those who have been lost, families celebrate this tradition by spending time together with food, music, and partaking in activities their loved ones enjoyed when they were living. The result is an unforgettable celebration filled with bright, colorful and exciting festivities!

“One time a year, our departed come back to celebrate with us.”

There is a strong importance in food offerings to honor the lives of those who have passed. Some significant items included in private family altars are salt to purify the spirits of traveling loved ones and water to quench the thirst of the deceased after their long travels to reunite with their families. Some other popular dishes to enjoy during the holiday are Mole, Pan de Muertos or Bread of the Dead, soups, and tamales. As well as the favorite dishes of those who have passed. Although, they are known to only indulge in the aromas of the offered food.

Along with food, other symbolic offerings are Marigolds, the commonly used flower known to represent evanescent life. This beautiful flower is known to guide loved ones back to their families. Another customary offering are candles, which are lit for each deceased relative as the candles light the path back to their families. Many families visit graveyards during this time to clean tombstones and leave flowers and candles to welcome the deceased back to the world of the living.

Day of the dead
Participants standing in front of an altar during Día de los Muertos
Windzepher/iStock via Getty Images

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”

As for the skulls that are predominately seen during El Día de los Muertos, they are known to give a good-humored nod to the idea of death. This time of the year, families choose to celebrate death as a beautiful thing instead of something to fear. They welcome back their loved ones with open arms for the chance to reminisce on times well spent and remind themselves how very much alive they remain in their hearts.

Day of the dead

The Scott County Public Library invites the Scott County community to celebrate Día de los Muertos with us! Patrons are welcome to bring photos of their loved ones and to help create Día de los Muertos inspired crafts for our library altar displayed behind our Information Desk.



3…2…1…BLAST OFF! 
Scott County Public Library Launches Global Rocket Event!

Global Rocket Launch at SCPL

-By Lissette De la Cruz

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission set off to outer space, and became the first to successfully land on the moon. Four days later, an estimated 650 million people watched on television as Commander Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, and heard his unforgettable words, “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

On July 16, 2019, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo rocket launch to the moon, Scott County Public Library held a NASA/Global Rocket Launch event. We joined together with Huntsville “Rocket City”, Alabama and their Space Camp for the chance to enter the world record books with the most rockets shot into the air on one day.

Scott County Public Library invited the community to join this worldwide celebration of mankind’s monumental achievement. As the world came together, children and adults from Scott County participated in making their very own straw rockets! Fun craft materials were provided, and imaginations soared as participants buzzed with excitement in anticipation to blast off their rockets!

Jill Szwed and the LEX18 team joined this event as they filmed their final installment of their Summer Reading Program of libraries in central Kentucky. Szwed kicked off the rocket launch with family story time, reading a book with a solar system theme. Soon everyone gathered round for countdown as children prepared to blast off their rockets!

Global Rocket Launch at SCPL

The Scott County Public Library’s Summer Reading feature is scheduled to air on Wednesday (7/24) at 5:30 pm on LEX18!
We were delighted to have many participants, and to have been awarded a Certificate of Participation from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in this historical event!

Global Rocket Launch at SCPL  Global Rocket Launch at SCPL

Use hashtag #GlobalRocketLaunch to see all the excitement shared from around the world!

Adding a New Chapter to a “Universe of Stories”

Summer Reading

When county schools dismiss for summer, public libraries eagerly jump in to supply activities that support student progress, or turn a reluctant reader around. This summer’s theme, a Universe of Stories, celebrates the anniversary of space exploration, and offers reading and enrichment activities for all ages. A summer break for some, meet Julia, one of our staff members, whose homework continues year-round as a graduate student in library science. She helped plan summer reading, even as she studies its effect on literacy outcomes. Here is Julia’s take on a “Day in the Life of a Library Science Grad Student”.

“Many library patrons may know me as”

1) that dedicated library assistant who goes out of her way to find the right answer, even if it means calling three other libraries

2) as the lady who teaches craft classes and occasionally reads picture books aloud in cartoonish voices

3) the weird woman always humming to herself…

Yet there’s more to my story – by night I an over-caffeinated graduate student!

On a typical school day, I’ve already worked eight hours at the library. Contrary to popular belief, public libraries are not quiet (or dull) places to work. Rotating between four busy service desks, I answer reference questions, show patrons how to use equipment, or, well … hum to myself as I shelve books.

Arriving home, I feed my horde of furry children, occasionally myself, and settle in for another night of homework. I log onto Canvas (similar to Facebook for school) to submit my assignments and weekly posts. Assignments vary. I might interview an expert in the field or finish a quiz about the parts of a computer. Recently, we submitted a review on a fiction book of our choice. I chose a “popcorn” genre book, cuddled with my cats, and devoured the book in one sitting. BEST. HOMEWORK. EVER.

Some days, the combination of work and school is exhausting. Yet librarians regularly consult professional resources to gain insight into the best practices and emerging trends. We strive to embrace innovation and new tools that are responsive to community needs.

The world is changing. Our social lives are now online, so much so that we could easily call any social media platform a “Universe of Stories”. However, every day, I get to connect with my patrons over a book, a complex reference question, a history lecture or even just fixing a simple copy jam. So, as you enjoy time off from homework this summer, stop by the reference desk. You’ve read my story; I’d love to hear yours!

National Library Week – Celebrating Library Stories

National Library Week is April 7-13.

National Library Week is just around the corner. Celebrated April 7-13 and sponsored by the American Library Association, it includes publication of the “State of American Library Report.” In addition, the ALA encourages library supporters to share their stories of appreciation on their website at

National Library Week began in 1958. Today, urban and rural public libraries offer more than print collections, they connect people to digital reading and visual resources, showcase local art, music and history, and teach skills and classes.

Certainly the “library story” component of this week will be compelling, and the ALA does a wonderful job of providing opportunities to recognize library services year round. One example is this excerpt from the nominating essay for the ALA’s annual “I Love My Librarian Award”. Submitted by Trina Thompson on behalf of librarian Tim Ryan, of Rochester, New York, Ryan and 9 other librarians won the award in 2017:

I came to the library as a patron and as a single mother with 3 kids. I had just
left an abusive relationship and had nowhere else to go. I was without a home
or place to stay. My daughters were ages 5, 3, and 1 and I had no food to
give them. Mr. Ryan found me crying as I was sitting with my children in the
library. He approached me and asked what was wrong and if there was
anything he could do to help me.

And that’s exactly what he did. He reassured her, and gave her children food and water from the back of the library. He helped Trina find shelter, food, and medical services through the Department of Human Services. Step by step, he helped her gain computer and literacy skills, find an apartment and establish credit, find a job, and enroll in a nursing program at the local community college. Now a home-owner, she is finishing her Associate’s Degree, and wants to “…give back as much as possible that which Mr. Ryan and the Sully Branch Library gave to me.” (Read the full story at the ALA link,

Her story underscores the 2019 Library Week Theme, “Libraries = Strong Communities” by emphasizing how Tim Ryan “…treats everyone as a human being that deserves respect and compassion. He understands the needs of our community and the people who reside within it.”

Locally, watch for a special promotion on WLEX TV-18 during National Library Week. Celebrating 7 local libraries, including SCPL, it references a new link ( for more information. During planning meetings for this joint project, staff members shared their stories about the strengths and needs of their communities. While each county library is different, they share one thing in common, dedicated staff like Mr. Ryan, who mean it when they ask, “How can I help you?” Both a challenge and call to action, we are committed to our public service mission to ensure our communities prosper and thrive.

Welcoming UK Professor Reinette Jones for Black History Month – How Knowledge Inspires Progress

Every February, public libraries “celebrate” Black History Month, yet does it inspire positive outcomes in our communities year round? On February 2, at 1:30 p.m., SCPL has a chance to do just that by welcoming UK professor Reinette Jones, founder of the Notable Kentucky African Americans database. This award-winning research tool documents achievements and milestones that ultimately challenge us all to be our best.

Professor Jones’ own accomplishments honor the legacy of Carter G. Woodson, an African American who promoted “Negro Achievement Week” in 1924. Woodson dedicated his life and career to promoting these achievements, and it evolved from a single week to the modern-day Black History month.

In 1915, twelve thousand African Americans visited Chicago that summer for an exhibit highlighting racial and social progress since the Civil War. A University of Chicago alumnus, Woodson traveled from Washington D.C. to participate. Moved and inspired by the event, he organized a national movement. He founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which focused on outreach and materials teaching black history in schools, colleges, churches and communities. In 1924, the Association created Negro History and Literature Week, which they renamed Negro Achievement Week. A week in February was selected because it is the month Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were born.

Woodson opposed the commercialization or “trivialization” of African American history in textbooks and materials sold for purchase, and published the Negro History Bulletin beginning in 1937 and a school textbook. In the 1960s, volunteers teaching in the Freedom Schools during the Civil Rights movement upheld those standards. During that decade, Frederick H. Hammaurabi, founder of the House of Knowledge, an educational and cultural center, promoted the permanent shift from a single achievement week to Black History Month.

In February, SCPL welcomes University of Kentucky librarian and professor Reinette Jones. Author of Library Service to African Americans in Kentucky, at UK libraries, Jones noticed “…we [had] been unable to fulfill requests for a current biographical reference on African American Kentuckians.” She created the NKAA database, “…a continuously updated online reference source that is tailored to the profiles of African Americans in and from Kentucky.”

Describing her February 2 program, Jones explains “There are always a few unknowns in history. Some can be found in the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (NKAA).” She will share the stories of some lesser-known persons from Scott County. They include Sgt. Harrison Bradford, who led the San Pedro Springs Mutiny in Texas in 1867, in the fight for fair treatment for his fellow African American soldiers. Lillian Nareen White was the first African American to play basketball at UK, and there are many more. Their stories inspire us to achieve our best, and to do good in our communities throughout the year.

Sources: NKAA database;

Archaeology Adventures @ Your Library

Adventure in Archaeology with Jonathan Keith

Jonathan Keith, a Scott County native who is now an archaeology grad student at Utah State University, explains how Cultural Resource Management protects archaeological sites at Scott County Public Library, December 19 at 6 p.m. Keith earned his anthropology degree from University of Louisville, and is completing his Master’s at Utah State.

A profession combining academic and research disciplines, it “…is a combination of white-collar and blue-collar work, with much of it performed according to “…Cultural Resource Management standards stemming from the Antiquities Act of 1906, and National Historic Preservation Act of 1966,” explains Keith.

The standards protect significant sites and prevent “…extensive damage in places like Danger Cave in Utah. Kentucky had an infamous looting incident at Slack Farm in the late 1980s that involved the looting of hundreds of Native American graves and burials; ultimately this incident led to more stringent laws and to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act,” said Jonathan.

During two digs at the prehistoric Florida Everglades site, he joined a team performing “faunal” analysis on over 100,000 bones. Species ranged from large-mouth bass and alligator to a Florida Water Rat, pig frog and white-tailed deer. Jonathan also worked at the Pepper House, the historic homestead of Elijah and Oscar Pepper, the founders of Woodford Reserve. One of his favorite projects was recording architectural features of the Central Pacific Railroad through Utah, from near the western boundary of the state all the way to Golden Spike at Promontory Point.

Although archaeology is often associated with the romance and swagger of the fictional Indiana Jones character, Jonathan admits it requires adapting to challenging working conditions, like those he endured at the Hill Utah Test and Training Range. “The survey was conducted over a very mountainous landscape highlighted by steep cliffs, scree and razor-sharp limestone rocks in the summer heat, and had very few trees for shade. However, at the top of the mountain we had a great view of the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island.”

This free library program provides an up-close view of an unusual vocation that Jonathan finds very rewarding, as he documents artifacts that tell a story about the rich legacy of our nation’s history and culture.