Explore the outdoors at Family Nature Day!

Get outdoors and explore our backyard through hands-on ac
tivities for all ages at this FREE event on Saturday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way in Burlington.

Discover what life lurks in the water of our creek beds, examine local fossils and wildlife,
and learn how to conserve natural resources. We have an action-packed day planned with  participating organizations providing lots of fun activities to get you enjoying the great outdoors. There will be a nature scavenger hunt with the Boone Conservancy, Fishing 101 with the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife, water sampling and kick nets with the KY Division of Water, make your own bird feeder with Wild Birds Unlimited, and much more!

Get friendly with bugs with forensic entomologist Dr. Greg Dahlem, reptiles of all sorts with Marc Frevola and the Arrowhead Reptile Rescue, fish and mussels of the Ohio River with the Thomas More Field Biology Station. Learn about herbal remedies, native plants, fossils, solar energy, and the water cycle. Did we mention FREE hot dogs?


Family Nature Day is going to be a great time for the whole family! Boone County Public Library and Boone County Parks Department have teamed up to present this fun and educational family program featuring local environmental organizations. Supported, in part, by the Boone County Community Early Childhood Council.

Here are some great picture books to read with the kids before you go to Family Nature Day: Picture books that celebrate the great outdoors

Participating Organizations — Family Nature Day


American Technical Services

Arrowhead Reptile Rescue

Big Bone Lick

Boone County Arboretum

The Boone Conservancy

Boone County Conservation District

Dr. Gregory Dahlem- Forensic Entomologist

KY Department of Fish and Wildlife

KY Division of Water

NKU Stream Restoration

Satitation District 1

Leave No Trace

Marc Frevola- KY Herpetological Society

The Nature Academy

Northern Kentucky Bird Club

Thomas More Biology Field Station

Wild Birds Unlimited


Micha O’Connor Millwood is the Community Events Liaison for Boone County Public Library.  A reformed teacher, she is a children’s librarian who reviews books for the Southwestern Ohio Library Consortium, and sits on the committee for the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards.

We can help you find your ancestors!

When most people think of BCPL’s Local History Department, they think that there are only resources for researchers of Boone County history. In reality, the Local History (and Genealogy) Department serves the family research needs of anyone who emails, calls, writes or stops by. It is true that the majority of our microfilm and family files focus on Boone County, and the book collection emphasizes the genealogical history of the region. However, BCPL’s online genealogy databases are appropriate regardless of where your family is from- the United States, Canada, Europe or even, South America.

Ancestry Library Edition, the library version of Ancestry.com, offers a wide range of
information to the family history researcher without the cost of a personal subscription. This database is a great resource for anyone starting their genealogy research. Not only do you get access to a wide variety of records including: census; birth/marriage/death; military; directories; and user-submitted family trees, Ancestry also offers free downloadable research forms and a Learning Center with Research Guides and How-To videos from leading genealogists. This database can only be accessed inside the Library, but it is available on all public computers at all six library locations.

Heritage Quest is a great database for the extra tidbits of information sought after by more experienced researchers. Used as a companion to Ancestry, Heritage Quest offers digitized Revolutionary War records, full text family histories, an index of genealogical and historical society newsletters and journals and Freeman’s Bank records (an essential African American heritage resource). This database may be accessed from home with your BCPL library card.

Genealogy Connect is a database of over 570 digitized books and genealogy resources from both Clearfield and Genealogical Publishing. Fully searchable, this database is essential for all genealogy researcher- novice and expert alike. Topics include: American Colonists & the Revolution; Aristocracy; How-To & Reference; Immigration; Native North Americans; and various regional U.S. records. This database may be accessed from home with your BCPL library card.

Fold3 is THE database to use if searching for U.S. military records spanning from the Revolutionary War through the 20th-century. Depending on the war and the veteran, records may include: service records; pensions; reports; registration cards; casualty lists; and photos. The site also offers interactive memorial pages for both the USS Arizona and the Vietnam War, as well as, a general memorial page to honor all veterans. This database may be accessed from home with your BCPL library card.

Regardless of where your family is from, the Local History Department team feels it is important for you find your family roots and connect to your past. You are not alone on this journey! We are available by phone (859)342-2665 x8134 or by email localhistory@bcpl.org. Most importantly, we offer One-On-One appointments with a team member to help you get started, tear down that brick wall, or even to give you feed back to make certain you are following the right trail to your ancestors. It is our pleasure and our commitment to help you with your family history and we look forward to meeting you!


Bridget Striker, graduate of the University of Kentucky, has been with BCPL since 2001 where she uses her background in archaeology, historic preservation and GIS mapping to ferret out elusive bits of Boone County history as the Local History Coordinator. Bridget serves as Vice-Chair of the Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board and as Kentucky Director of the Ohio River National Freedom Corridor Executive Board.