You are invited to the Hebron Branch Grand Opening!

Boone County Public Library is excited to announce that the new Hebron Branch, 1863 North Bend Road in Hebron, will open for business on Monday, July 29, after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Tales the Library Dragon will be waiting inside to greet children after the ceremony.

Grand Opening Schedule
10 a.m. Ribbon Cutting and Open House
11:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for the Storywalk with Will Hillenbrand
6:30 p.m. Joel the Singing Librarian

One of the great features of the Hebron Branch is the one mile Storywalk that encircles the building. Enjoy being outdoors with the kids while you walk and read pages from Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by local author Will Hillenbrand (willhillenbrand.com). The story pages are mounted and installed along the walk. Mr. Hillenbrand will join us at 11:30 a.m. for the Storywalk ribbon cutting. Take the inaugural walk with Will as he reads the story and then stop by the amphitheater stage for cookies and lemonade.

Realizing that many people will be at work when the library first opens and miss the ribbon cuttings, we have planned an event at 6:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater on opening day – Joel the Singing Librarian will entertain the entire family with music, motion and storytelling! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show. (If it rains, we’ll move inside.)

The outdoor amphitheater has been designed for concerts and other outdoor performances, with the ability to easily move things indoors in case of rain. The three indoor meeting rooms at the Library can be combined into one large room with a stage and enough space to seat 388. The building also has a conference room with seating for 12. The conference room, meeting rooms and amphitheater can be reserved by outside groups with a library card. See our meeting room policy at BCPL.org/about/meeting-rooms. In addition to the meeting rooms, the building boasts five study rooms available for use by individuals and small groups, no library card needed.

Another great feature of the Hebron Branch is the Boone Innovation Lab, a makerspace with loads of equipment and computer software to challenge your creativity! All you need is a library card and a reservation, and you’ll be able to try your hand at 3D printing, laser engraving, quilting, photography, and much much more! Makerspace details will be available on our website soon!

Visitors to the Innovation Lab during opening week will be able to make their own buttons on Monday and Wednesday and try the 3D pens on Tuesday and Friday. Week two will feature photography with a green screen on Monday and Wednesday and Virtual Reality Equipment on Tuesday and Friday. By the way, the makerspace isn’t just for kids – we have equipment, tools and activities for all ages.

The over 55 population in Boone County is expected to double in size by 2030, so a special Retired Adult area has been built into this library with the large-print collection housed in it. This area has extra lighting, computer monitors with large text, and easy in-and-out chairs.

One of the most requested features for the Hebron Branch was a drive-up window. Easily drive up and pick up or drop off your books while on your way to appointments, sporting events and all those things that keep our lives so busy!

If you can’t stop by the Hebron Branch on opening day, July 29, no worries, we have lots of interesting events planned for August! Or stop by the branch anytime during open hours to meet the staff, tour the facility and check out some books!

Hebron Branch Hours (Opening at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 29)
1863 North Bend Rd, Hebron, KY 41048
Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

 

75th Anniversary of D-Day…World War II in Boone County

Seventy-five years ago today, as part of Operation Overlord, Allied troops began the invasion of Normandy. 156,000 troops took part in what we now call D-Day, including troops from Boone County. To commemorate this battle and the Boone County soldiers who took part in it, Local History is remembering those individuals and life on homefront in June 1944.

Men, both young and old, were drafted and sent overseas, leaving their families and loved ones behind. They were sent to different places all over the world, to places like Europe, North Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Japan, to name a few.

On the homefront, Boone Countians were active in the war effort. Many resources were rationed, like gasoline, coffee, and sugar. Wilma and Clayton Ryle’s ration books, for instance, are in the BCPL digital catalog. Towns within the county also memorialized those who went, like Petersburg and Rabbit Hash. The monument in Rabbit Hash is still standing! Young women from Boone County also went abroad to serve their country as cadet nurses in the Army Nursing Corps.

 

Families of the soldiers and nurses stationed abroad stayed in the loop with the series “With Our Boys in Service,” published by the Boone County Recorder. Letters from Boone County soldiers shared their experiences in columns called “Letters Home,” which can be seen in the Recorder in the 1940s.

The invasion of Normandy, which led to the liberation of France, understandably made headlines. The Walton Advertiser on June 8, 1944, included an invasion prayer on the front page. Gradually, the news trickled in about which local boys were part of the invasion. Here are some of those individuals who were part of D-Day:

William Morgan Campbell (1921-1980)
A graduate of Walton-Verona High School, S. Sgt. William Campbell fought in North Africa and England before being part of D-Day. He described the invasion “like walking against a wall of lead” (Walton-Advertiser, 17 Aug. 1944).He later received a citation for removing underwater obstacles during the invasion (W-A, 14 Dec. 1944).

Franklin L. Hood (1924-1944)
Pfc. Franklin Lloyd Hood attended Hebron High School but joined the army before he could graduate. He had only been overseas a few months before taking part in D-Day, where he was injured. Hood received the Purple Heart and Sharpshooters medal. He was killed in Germany on November 20, 1944.

Jesse Lee Marvin Kelly (1925-2005)
The son of mail carrier Wilbur Kelly, Pvt. J. L. Marvin Kelly was wounded in the invasion.

Alfred E. Love (1919-1988)
Born in Union, S. Sgt. Alfred E. Love received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his performance on D-Day.

James Pierce (1920-2002)
Sgt. James J. Pierce was one of the first planes to arrive at Normandy on D-Day. He was awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, and after the invasion, he spent a 30-day furlough in Boone County with his family. Previously, S. Sgt. Pierce had served in Italy and Sicily.

Jack D. Rector (1922-1971)
Cpl. Technician Rector’s unit received a citation for their “immeasurable contributions to the success” of Operation Overlord (BCR, 23 Nov. 1944). Rector had also served in served in North Africa, Germany, Belgium, Holland, and England (BCR, 20 Sept., 1945).

Thomas J. Stewart (1922-2004)
Stewart of Burlington received a citation for his service in D-Day. He was later promoted to Corporal.

These are just a few of the Boone County natives who took part in D-Day, and there are countless other residents who served during World War II. We thank all military veterans for their service. For more information about World War II in Boone County, you can read: https://www.bcpl.org/cbc/doku.php/world_war_ii

–Kelly and Liza

Kelly Bilz is a Local History Associate in Boone County Public Library’s Local History Department.

Liza Vance is a local history associate at Main. She is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University where she received her B.A. in Anthropology and History (’17) and her M.A. in Public History (’19).