A Little Bit of Old-Time Magic

Join us for some Christmas magic in September as a precursor to First Church of Christ’s Old Kentucky Christmas! For the first time, Boone County Public Library (BCPL) is partnering with First Church to bring An Old Kentucky Christmas Gathering, a sampling of First Church’s popular annual event, to the community in the fall. Bring the whole family to experience the nostalgia of the 1800s. Learn about the history of Boone County, listen to a story, create an ornament, enjoy some of the games and crafts pioneer children loved, and much, much more.  An Old Kentucky Christmas Gathering will be held at Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington on Saturday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No registration is needed, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for First Church’s annual community event, An Old Kentucky Christmas, which takes place December 8-11. Travel back to a time before Toys R US, before Black Friday, before A Christmas Story and Ralphie’s memorable encounter with a Red Ryder BB Gun…all so that you might get the smallest taste of Christmas during a simpler time. Last year, First Church welcomed over 12,000 people to their Christmas Pioneer Village and invited the community to make candles, decorate cookies, visit the woodworker’s bench for a traditional Christmas ornament, and so much more. As usual, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to a special Christmas-themed reading by your favorite BCPL librarians and the Library’s Local History Department will help you travel back in time with a display of historic pictures!

An Old Kentucky Christmas Gathering at the Library
Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005

For more information about An Old Kentucky Christmas Gathering, please call (859) 342-BOOK (2665), press 1 for Main Library and ask for Youth Services.

An Old Kentucky Christmas
Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9, 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 2-8 p.m.
First Church of Christ, on the corner of Hwy. 18 and Camp Ernst Rd. in Burlington

For more information about An Old Kentucky Christmas, please call (859) 586-4673 or visit www.anoldkentuckychristmas.com


Jordan Padgett has worked for Boone County Public Library for eight years and works as the Youth Services Programmer. She holds a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from Northern Kentucky University and loves a good story.

“There is a certain magic that happens when a child holds a book and enjoys a story”

With deep gratitude is how Alisa Armstrong views Boone County Public Library. “Every time I walk into the Main Library in Burlington, I am grateful. Grateful for the facility. Grateful for the resources. Grateful for the employees. It is such a great place to be, and I truly enjoy being there,” says Alisa.

Alisa values the diverse range of resources available at the library including the many books, magazines, video, audio and computer resources. According to Alisa, “Our library is very user friendly. We are so fortunate to have all of these free resources.”

The building itself is another reason why Alisa loves the library. She considers the building magnificent, comfortable and a great space to pass time. Alisa enjoys spending her library time reading quietly by herself in a comfortable corner. She says, “The library is such a relaxing place to sit and browse books.” She also uses the online system to request books. “I just order what I need and the books are ready when I get there. That is very convenient and perfect when I don’t have a lot of time.”

The library also played a significant role in the raising of her kids during the seventeen years she and her family have lived in Boone County. Going to the library was a regular family activity and contributed to her kids’ love of lifelong learning. “When my children were small, I would take them there to read books for hours. Reading with your children in a quiet place surrounded by books is so special. Sharing books, taking turns reading stories, and connecting were all so important to them growing up.”

As a kindergarten teacher, literacy is very important to Alisa and she teaches it all day, every day in her classroom.  “Literacy starts with a love and knowledge of books. Using library books to teach literacy instills a love of learning and reading in my students. There is a certain magic that happens when a child holds a book and enjoys a story,” explains Alisa. Promoting literacy is an important role libraries have in the community and another reason why Alisa appreciates the library. She advocates, “Libraries are so important to our community. Our library is evidence that Boone County takes literacy seriously also. My taxes are well spent when they go toward the library! Thank you to Boone County for creating an exceptional library system. For that, I am so grateful.”


Kate Sowada is the Community Events Liaison at Boone County Public Library. Her enthusiasm for community engagement and development can be traced back to her experience volunteering as a teenager. Studying Geography in college, working with public art projects during grad school and facilitating statewide outreach programs are a few of the community oriented adventures that led her to Boone County Public Library where she is excited about engaging the people of Boone County and broader Northern Kentucky region through library programs and events.