May 20th Update from Library Director Carrie Herrmann

At Governor Beshear’s press conference on May 19, we learned that the earliest date libraries would be able to open is June 8.

This is very exciting news! However, we want to be transparent about what this means. Before we can open, we will have to meet specific guidelines set by the Governor’s office. At this time we do not know what limits will be placed on libraries. When the guidelines are available, they will be posted on the Healthy at Work website.  We do know that it will not be business as usual. There will be new procedures and service limitations. Some may be short term, some may last longer, and some may be permanent.

We see thousands of people from the community at our locations. Libraries are designed to invite people in to stay a while, whether that means browsing the collection, reading a magazine or newspaper, using a computer, attending a program, or playing in the children’s area.  It is common for many people to touch one item in the Library every day. Reopening in the midst of COVID-19 is not easy.  All processes and uses must be analyzed and thought through to make sure that your Library is safe for you and the staff.

Please be patient with us as we wait for the guidelines and work through the information. This will be a slow process. As soon as we have more information and an opening date we will share it with you through our website and social media channels.

We hope to see you soon!


Carrie Herrmann is the Library Director at Boone County Public Library

Summer Reading begins June 1!

It’s Summer Reading Y’all!
June 1 to July 31

To help keep everyone safe, our Summer Reading program is now entirely digital! You can participate from the comfort of your own home on your favorite device. We have reading programs for all ages: Preschool (birth to age 4), Youth (K-12th grade) and Adult. The link to the online reading program will be on our home page at beginning June 1. Complete details and prize lists will be available in the online reading program.

We will not be distributing paper reading logs this year, but the Preschool and Youth reading logs will be available on our website to download and print for your own use. Prizes can be picked up at any BCPL location beginning August 1 or earlier, depending on when we can reopen our buildings. All prizes must be picked up by August 31.

Boone County Summer Reading is a collaboration between Boone County Public Library, Boone County Schools and Boone County Parks Department. We have found that by combining our resources and creating a shared vision, we can better serve the literacy needs of our community and more effectively implement the Summer Reading program.

Preschool Program (birth to four years)

  • Complete 10 activities to earn a book.
  • Complete 20 activities to earn a maraca.
  • Earn up to four tickets to enter the drawings of your choice such as a Build-A-Bear gift card, a family hayride and more!

Youth program (Kindergarten to 12th Grade)

  • Read 300 minutes (5 hours) to earn your first digital badge and a book of your choice.
  • Read 600 minutes (10 hours) to earn your second digital badge, coupons from local businesses and 10 Library Bucks*.
  • Complete the Boone County Activities Badge to earn an extra Grand Prize Experience drawing ticket.
  • For every badge you complete you will earn a ticket for a chance to win a Grand Prize Experience such as Kings Island tickets, a ride on a firetruck, free pizza for a year, and more!

Adult Program
Everything you read, watch, or listen to earns one Library Buck,* one
entry into weekly drawings for $25 Kroger gift cards, and a chance to win a Grand Prize Experience such as Kings Island tickets, a Cincinnati Zoo membership, and more!

*Library Bucks can be used at Library book sales and to pay fines.