Bring the live concert experience home with Qello Concerts

With March marking a year without live music, it’s the perfect time to discover the perfect alternative, Qello Concerts! Found through the Library’s website, this digital resource brings live shows from your favorite musical artists to life. Qello Concerts offers a wide variety of genres including rock, hip hop, folk, classical, metal, blues, and jazz. Watch legendary performances such as Jimi Hendrix at Berkeley University, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in New York City, Queen at Wembley Stadium, Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival and so many others. In addition, Qello Concerts makes you feel like you’re part of the crowd as you watch past music festivals and even gives you behind the scenes insight with a variety of music documentaries. 

Follow these simple steps to get started:

  1. Go to and click on the Digital Library tab. 
  2. Next, scroll down the RB Digital section of the page and click its header.
  3. From there, you will be taken to the RB Digital homepage where you should click the Qello Concerts section. 
  4. The last step is to click the Register button in the top right-hand corner and create your account! If you already have a RB Digital account, log on with your information. Note: Your library card number will be required.

Once logged in, you are ready to start browsing the collection or begin searching for your favorite artist. Life is better with music and Qello Concerts allow you to still experience the magic of live performances safely from the comfort of your own home! 


Written by Emily Sexton
Public Relations Specialist

1000 Books Before Kindergarten – Yes you can!!!

Imagine meeting your Kindergarten teacher for the first time and proudly saying “I just finished reading 1000 books!”  Boone County Public Library has created a program that makes this possible.  While bonding and creating life-long memories for both child and adult, families and caregivers read together every day while accomplishing a major goal. Studies show that reading with young children is the single most important activity adults can do to prepare children for kindergarten; it builds vocabulary as well as language skills.  In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future school and life success.

The average picture book takes just 5 minutes to read. Three books a day, which totals 15 minutes a day, for one year, equates to 1,095 books. And you can even take more than one year if you prefer. Keep in mind that you can also include books read at childcare centers, waiting at the doctor’s office, watching BCPL Virtual Storytimes, listening to books on CD, or walking along the StoryWalks in Boone County.  And you can read the same books over and over!  So there’s no need to hide that favorite book you have already read ten times this week.  It counts as ten books and counts as more every time you read it.

Preschoolers (ages 0-5) and their families/caregivers.

To register your child, create a Beanstack account and follow the prompts. If you participated in our 2020 Summer Reading program, please sign-in to your existing Beanstack account. Or if you prefer paper, download a printable Reading Log.
Download the FREE Beanstack Tracker app available from Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app is easy to use, has an ISBN scan feature, and allows you to manage all the readers in your family.
Track Reading
Any time your child reads a book, or you read a book to him/her, mark it in the log. We encourage reading the same book several times, and each reading of the book counts. Young readers will earn milestone badges as they work towards 1000 books!
Milestone Rewards
Each time your child completes a 100 book milestone, visit BCPL for a small prize. All prizes must be picked up from a BCPL location.

BCPL wants to be your biggest cheerleader in reaching this goal!  If you need assistance, please contact us at

You’re More Creative Than You Think with Creativebug

Creativebug is a digital resource for anyone looking to start a new creative project! This online platform offers a wide variety of step-by-step video classes on several topics such as art, design, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, jewelry, kids’ crafts and so much more! Each class includes in-depth video instructions, as well as downloadable pdf guides and a material list. You can also show-off your finished projects in the Gallery tabs and even chat with other users about specific projects in the Discussion tab.

Just follow these simple steps to get started:

  1. Go to and click the Digital Library link.
  2. Next, scroll down and click the Creativebug link.
  3. Once on the Creativebug site, you can create your new account.
  4. Lastly, search or browse for your next project!

Once you begin a class, you will be able to stop and return to your instruction by logging on to your account, allowing you to create at your own pace. Be sure to also check out the Creativebug blog and the CBTV (Creativebug TV) for even more project ideas. Take your crafting to the next level with the help of Creativebug!



Written by Emily Sexton
Public Relations Specialist

BCPL is still here to help even when our doors are closed!

All BCPL buildings will be closed beginning Monday, November 23 but our touchless Curbside Pick-up service will still be available.

After the Governor’s new executive order was released on November 19, the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives provided guidance to libraries that we should close our buildings to in-person visits and move back to touchless Curbside Pick-up at least until December 13, the expiration date on the order.

Curbside Pick-up
Touchless Curbside Pick-Up is available at all our locations during open hours. Browse our catalog from home and place items on hold using your library card. Once you are notified that your items are available, come to the library (whichever branch you selected) and park in one of the designated spaces, call us at 859-342-2665 and choose your location in the menu.  (Hebron customers, please go to the drive-through.)  We will check your items out, bring them to your vehicle and place them in your trunk.  Be sure to have your library card number with you.  To see how Curbside Pick-up works, you can watch our touchless Curbside Pick-up video.

Virtual Programs
While we are unable to meet in-person, the Library is using various digital platforms such as Facebook Live, YouTube, Zoom, Discord and Roll20 to bring you a few of the activities you would normally have enjoyed at our locations. It’s the next best thing to actually being in our buildings. Read Face to Face with the Library…Well Sort Of  to learn more about the platforms.  And guess what…you don’t have to be tech savvy! Check out our events calendar for more information.

Digital Access Card
If you do not already have a library card, we have created a temporary Digital Access Card you can sign-up for at home to utilize our digital collections. Please note that digital cards expire after 6 months.  There is so much to explore in our Digital Library.  Be sure to check out our Homework Help Resources for Kids and Teens, Watch Your Favorite British TV Shows with Acorn TV, practice Smart Holiday Shopping with the Consumer Reports Buying Guide, Learn a New Language with Mango, and so much more!

Browse our Collection from Home
Not physically coming into the Library can be challenging if you enjoy browsing our collection to find a book or movie that you would never have looked for by name. This is a little harder to do through our catalog, but read Browse our Collection Without Leaving Home for suggestions.

Returning Items
Every location has a drop box for returning items without leaving your car.  In following CDC guidelines, we are quarantining returned materials to reduce the potential for contamination.  After returning an item, it will take several days before it is removed from your account. You will not accrue any overdue fines.  Fines for overdue materials will continue to be waived until further notice.

Contact Us
We are available by phone, email, or social media to answer any library-related questions that you may have. Check our website and social media platforms for future updates.

Watch Your Favorite British TV Shows with Acorn TV

Acorn TV is a streaming video service that brings you a variety of British shows of all genres. That means Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Agatha Raisin and more of your must-watch television shows from across the pond can now be found all in one place! It’s simple to get started. Just follow these easy steps to begin watching:

  1. Go to BCPL’s Digital Library
  2. Next, scroll down the RB Digital section of the page and click its header.
  3. From there, you will be taken to the RB Digital homepage where you should click the Acorn TV section. 
  4. The last step is to click the Register button in the top right-hand corner and create your account! Note: Your library card number will be required.

Once your account is created, you are ready to start streaming! Through Boone County Public Library you will be given access to 7 days of unlimited viewing. After your 7 days expires, you can always go back and checkout another 7-day pass from the RB Digital homepage. Streaming your favorite British show from the comfort of your home has never been easier with Acorn TV!


Written by Emily Sexton,
Public Relations Specialist