Open Mic Winners Concert

Open Mic Winners Concert
Saturday, November 23 at 2:30 p.m.
Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY

Music is one of the most common interests we all have. No matter where we are from or what our background is, everyone has some sort of music they enjoy. That’s why we  have been offering live monthly concerts at the library for more than 15 years.  With the amount of music we have as part of our regularly scheduled programming, it just made sense to open it up to the community a bit more. This is where the idea of doing some sort of open mic night originated with the prize being the opportunity to be featured in a concert at the library.

The four young performers that will be featured during this special concert were asked several questions about themselves and their musical interests. Rachel Rowland is from Burlington. She enjoys listening to Christian and Bluegrass music, and likes performing Christian music. When asked what made her begin singing, she responded that she has always “just loved singing.” Though Rachel doesn’t have one specific musical role model, she does hope to have a singing-related career one day. Fun fact about Rachel: she loves day-old popcorn!

Also from Burlington, Jaden Kirby loves to perform and listen to country music, which makes sense because she loves Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert because “they keep everything real and heartfelt.” Jaden hopes to “always play or write in some way and will always have a deep passion for music. I’d love to make it a career.” Jaden loves airsoft, snowboarding, and going mudding!

Kathleen Iasillo is from Union. Her favorite musical artist is Carrie Underwood. Kathleen’s inspiration for delving into music was family-related. Her grandfather is her greatest musical role model-“without him, I would not be here singing and playing.” Kathleen hopes to continue to learn new instruments and perform more songs. As a seventh grader, Kathleen made Ryle’s Freshman Soccer team and says not to underestimate her based on her size. She also has never cut her hair!

Choir is what motivated Jennifer Scott, from Independence, to “get out of her comfort zone.” She enjoys listening to Disney and Christian music, but primarily likes performing pop music on the guitar. Ed Sheeran is her musical role model because he “writes songs and plays guitar like a boss,” and Jennifer likes Lauren Daigle because of her “personality and outlook on life.” Jennifer’s favorite instrument to play is the ukulele and her favorite food is lobster.

Music is important to all of us in some way. Come and support the up-and-coming local talent on November 23!

Open Mic Winners Concert
Saturday, November 23 at 2:30 p.m.
Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY


Kelsey Shackelford is the Adult Community Events Liaison for Boone County Public Library.


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Jenny Plummer –
Youth Services Librarian

One day in the second grade, my class was in the school’s library. We were all sitting on the floor listening as our school librarian read us a story. When she was done, she went around the circle, asking us what we wanted to be when we grew up. As I waited for my turn to speak, I thought hard about what the best answer would be. Never one to pass up an opportunity to suck up to an adult, when it was my turn, I said, “I want to be a librarian, just like you!” That was all it took for me to decide on a career path. From that moment, my number one goal was to be a librarian.

Jenny with her four older siblings

I was born in South Carolina, but grew up in the suburbs of Detroit,
Michigan. I’m the youngest of 4 kids; my siblings are all at least 13 years older than me, so for most of my life I felt like an only child. As a kid, I loved to read, write, play outside, and do arts and crafts. I have always been a bit of a goofy weirdo; in the sixth grade, I wrote a 50 page novella inspired by the 90s sitcom Martin where all the human characters were replaced by cats. If I somehow couldn’t make it as a librarian, my back-up plan was to be a novelist, a standup comedian, or a Saturday Night Live cast member.

I went to college in Detroit at Wayne State University, where I earned a bachelors degree in sociology and a masters degree in library and information science. Since graduating, I have worked in seven different libraries in three states. In 2014, I moved from Detroit to Dayton, Ohio to work as a teen librarian at the Dayton Metro Library. While working there, I met my future husband, and I moved down to
Northern Kentucky to be with him. After commuting back and forth to Dayton for a year, I was very happy to accept a job with BCPL as a youth services librarian at the Main Library.


When I started at BCPL, I focused on teens, but last year I made the transition to storytime and elementary school-age programming. I have always loved working with kids, but I was terrified to start doing storytime. Imagine my surprise when I began doing storytimes and discovered that it’s one of my favorite things ever. Storytime allows me to blend all of my interests into one outlet. I get to be creative by singing and playing the ukulele, making flannel board stories, and designing craft projects, and I’m also able to have fun and be silly with the kids. It’s not stand-up comedy, but it’s even better! I love being able to entertain (and educate!) my storytime families.

Jenny’s craft booth

Outside of the library, I love practicing my ukulele, working on art and craft projects, watching Hallmark movies, and thrift shopping. I sell vintage and modern clothing on the internet as a hobby, which allows me to thrift shop as much as I want and my husband can’t get mad. I have started selling my crafts at local holiday craft fairs with my friend (and co-worker) Susan. Our little business is called Yarnwood, Kentucky and we sell crocheted accessories, plush toys, and laser-cut wooden jewelry.


My whole life, I have hated sports, but in the last five years, I have become a basketball fanatic. I love the NBA and during the height of basketball season, I typically watch at least one game a night. My favorite teams are the Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Pistons. My husband and I travel to several games every year. Last year I even booked the same hotel that the Warriors stay at in Indianapolis so that I’d be able to see the players up close. It was amazing! My other favorite sport is women’s collegiate gymnastics, and my last vacation was to Fort Worth, Texas, in order to see the NCAA championship in April.

Finally, I’m a big animal lover. Last year, I was able to spend an hour with Moe, the Cincinnati Zoo’s sloth and it was one of the best days of my life! I am a proud cat lady and have two kitties, Beemo and Bae Bae. I am also the primary caretaker of our library lizard, Luna the crested gecko. If it was up to me (and it wouldn’t make my house smell disgusting), I would have a ton of pets.

Working at BCPL is the best. We have a great staff and wonderful patrons. I am so happy to be able to do my part to promote lifelong learning in Boone County.