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Boyle County Public Library

307 West Broadway

The century of service began in the autumn of 1893 with a small subscription library of three books promoted by a Chicago firm. Several earlier subscription libraries in Danville had failed but this one lasted, in large part due to a handful of devoted and determined women and men. If the thumb is the most important digit, then Mrs. Charles H. (Mary Davis) Rodes was the thumb in this handful. Elected to the library's executive committee in 1895, she gave significant time and effort to the local library for more than four decades. In 1920 the Danville Library achieved some stability with the purchase of the old red brick Downton House from Captain A.B. Massey "and others" for $6500. The purchase required that a mortgage be obtained from a local bank and a Library Association was incorporated for this purpose. This librarian was more than a time-server, however. She is credited with two innovations, one successful, the other less so. With the approval of the Library Association, Elizabeth Tunis established the Paul Dunbar Library for Colored People in 1919. The branch library operated from a room on South Second Street with Mrs. Lee (Martha Pearl Rowe) Patton as librarian. As many as fifty members supported the branch with their annual dues until it closed for unrecorded reasons in 1922.


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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Rude got dude got mad i was useing my moms card and not mine i dont live here people why would i have a card treated me like an outside felt like i was being whatched the whole time

Shannon Overstreet

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
This is a wonderful library! They are very involved in the community, and have a wonderful, clean, modern facility. The only thing I dislike about this library are the hours. I wish they were open later. Most libraries are open until 8 PM or 9 PM on all week days, but this library is only open until about 5 PM on most days, which doesn't work well if you have a 9-5 job. I enjoy the weekend hours, but I often have to find somewhere else to do my work or don't have time to go here on weekdays. I would gladly volunteer here during later hours if it meant that they were open later.

Patti Stephens

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017
Best library I have ever been to,and I have lived in many places. I go here just to get out of the house,it has such a great atmosphere.

Rachel Thomas

Thursday, July 20, 2017
This is not just any old library. They offer computer use for adults as well as a computer lab and books/reading/play area just for kids! There are so many opportunities to learn here- great variety of classes for any age group. :)

Elena Griffiths

Friday, March 23, 2018
This library is the best library ever

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