Boone County Public Library goes smoke-free!

Did you know that seven in ten Boone County voters favor smoke-free environments?  (Source: http://www.nkyhealth.org/Current-Programs/FINAL%20Boone%20County.pdf)  Over the last two years, I have received many comments from people who visit our libraries about smoking.  Boone County Public Library (BCPL) is dedicated to providing a welcoming, healthy and safe environment for customers and staff.  Due to acknowledged health hazards arising from exposure to secondhand smoke, all locations will be Smoke and Tobacco Free properties beginning July 1, 2017.   Read our Smoke and Tobacco Free Property Policy.

FAQ

Q:  When Does the Smoke/Tobacco Free Property Policy go into effect?

A:  July 1, 2017

Q:  What does “Smoke/Tobacco Free Property” mean?

A:  The use of any smoke or tobacco product is prohibited by employees, customers and vendors on property that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by BCPL, including company vehicles in these areas.

Q:  Can I use smoke/tobacco products in the parking lots?

A:  Smoke or tobacco products may be used within private vehicles that are parked 25 feet from an entrance to the building or an air intake vent.

Q:  Who is affected by the policy?

A:  The policy applies to every person who visits BCPL property, including employees, customers, and vendors.

Q:  What does the term “smoking” mean?

A:  Inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe.

Q:  What is considered a “tobacco product” and therefore prohibited by this policy?

A:  Tobacco products are all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah), electronic cigarettes (vaporizers), and smokeless tobacco products.  Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) are not considered a tobacco product.

Q:  Why is the Library implementing a smoke and tobacco free property policy?

A:  Boone County Public Library (BCPL) is dedicated to providing a welcoming, healthy and safe environment for customers and staff.  Due to acknowledged health hazards arising from exposure to secondhand smoke, it is the policy of Boone County Public Library to provide a smoke and tobacco free environment for employees, customers and vendors.

Q:  Do employees, customers, and vendors have to quit using tobacco?

A:  No, the Library is not asking anyone to quit.  This policy simply means that no one is allowed to use tobacco products on BCPL property.  For anyone interested in quitting they can contact Quit Now Kentucky at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Q:  What happens if I violate the policy?

A:  You will be asked to stop using the smoke/tobacco product. If you refuse to comply, you will be asked to leave the property.

–Carrie

Carrie Herrmann has 30 years of experience in libraries, most of those in Northern Kentucky. A Graduate of University of Kentucky, Carrie is the Library Director for Boone County Public Library.

Speaking Japanese: Art Exhibit at the Library

Speaking Japanese: Drawings, Paintings & Calligraphy by Setsuko LeCroix
& Frank Yukio Satogata

On Display at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington,
through May 31, 2017

Setsuko LeCroix

Trained in both Japanese and Western art styles, Setsuko started her study of Japanese ink painting called sumi-e while living in Kobe, Japan. After studying and creating Japanese art for almost 15 years, she began studying Western art under the direction of David Mueller. According to Setsuko, utilizing different styles is “…like cooking a Japanese dish one day and a French one the next. They are delicious in their own ways.” Setsuko is originally from Kyoto, Japan.

Frank Satogata

Of Japanese descent and raised in Hawaii, Frank enjoys finding ways to integrate both cultures into his artwork. Understanding the relationship between Zen Calligraphy and Abstract Expressionism is at the core of his work. Spontaneity of brush strokes and evidence of process are essential components of his painting.

 

Meet the artists at a reception on Wednesday, May 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Main Library, and stay to hear Gordon Yoshikawa speak about his experience in a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII.