Don Huff: Painter of Memories on display in The Curt Bessette Art Gallery

Don Huff: Painter of Memories is the latest exhibit in The Curt Bessette Art Gallery at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, during the library’s open hours. You won’t want to miss this display that portrays many local scenes.

Don’s daughter, artist Pattie Purnell, provides an excellent biography featuring Don’s amazing background:

Don Huff started his art career 70+ years ago as a sign painter for the US Navy in World War II.  He studied fine arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati going on the GI bill.

Don creates his works in oils with incredible detail and bright colors. His painting portfolio includes many 1st place awards in oils at some of the finest art shows. Don has also participated in many solo shows. His work is on display as far away as New York, Canada, Germany and California. These realistic oil paintings have been displayed in restaurants, banks, churches, train stations, theatres, Chamber of Commerce offices, galleries and fine homes.

Don likes to make custom portraits of people in motion, using skills in their own surroundings to make the painting uniquely their own. He favors painting subjects from the local community such as local train stations, river boats and historic sites. His works illustrate heartwarming moments and capture windows to a time now past in small town American life reminiscent of Americana artists such as Norman Rockwell. Don’s historically valuable imagery will be sure to invoke fond memories.

Stop by the Main Library before November 10 to see Don’s work on display.  If you are not comfortable coming into our building, Don’s work can be viewed on his website or check out the Don Huff video.


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

The Show Must Go On!

EEEEEKKKK!!!!  Have you heard Miss Ginger scream?  Well you will soon in one of the upcoming Virtual Storytimes!  New Virtual Storytimes are posted every Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. on our BCPL YouTube channel to enjoy any time, any place.  And you can even catch-up on past Virtual Storytimes!  With the goal of supporting early learning and early literacy, (building the foundations upon which later learning and reading will happen), Boone County Public Library has learned a few things about how to share Storytimes in the time of physical distancing.  Despite the pandemic, the show must go on so Storytime is now an on-demand experience! 

Watch our Virtual Storytime!

So, what can you expect from a Virtual Storytime? Our programmers put the same care, thought, and enthusiasm into planning a virtual storytime as they do a traditional one, selecting great books, songs, and rhymes to share, and then record it so that you can participate in all the learning and fun activities safely and at your convenience. Guided by Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library and its evidence-based content, Storytimes incorporate The Five Practices that can help young children have later success in reading and learning. 

Watch our Virtual Storytime!

How can you make the most of our Virtual Storytimes? Sometimes it’s nice to be able to simply provide an educational distraction, but if you want to maximize the value of that screen time, get ready to join in. When you actively participate in Storytime, you can sing the songs and do the motions, find new favorite books, pause the recording to ask questions and talk about what is happening, and have a shared experience with your child.

Just as with our in-person Storytimes, we encourage you to enjoy learning with your children all the time. Parents and caregivers are, after all, a child’s first and best teachers. You will find suggestions for different ways to support early literacy skills not only during but also after Storytime is finished. Here are a few ideas you can use to extend learning with our Storytimes:

  • Read together! Use BCPL’s catalog to search for or place a hold on books by your favorite authors and illustrators and check them out at the library. Don’t know what you want? You can request a Book Bundle and someone will pull an assortment of books for you.
  • Talk about the books and songs shared in Storytime. This is a great way for children to learn new vocabulary. Ask questions: What happened? Why do you think that? How does that make you feel?
  • Write or draw your own story. Writing and drawing not only develops fine motor skills, but also helps children learn that letters and words have meaning. If you don’t have paper on hand, you can always use the inside of a box, chalk on a sidewalk, or an old envelope!
  • Play with toys and act out the stories you see in Storytime, or use your imagination to make up your own story.
  • Sing your favorite songs. You can sing the songs you learn in Storytime, but feel free to sing your own favorites as well. If you are looking for even more Storytime songs and rhymes, check out our Rhyme Time videos.

This digital age really does have its benefits, and especially when used in conjunction with your guidance and attention, technology can be a fantastic tool. We hope our recordings not only entertain you, but also inspire you to continue learning with your little ones!

Note: There will not be a new video posted on Friday, August 28.  Enjoy our past videos and check back for new videos beginning Wednesday, September 2.

Miss Candace is our Youth Services Associate – Outreach at BCPL.  Her energy and passion for Virtual Storytime shines through in every book she reads.