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Central Library

Transportation
Served by all LexTran routes via Transit Center on Vine Street.

Parking

Two hours of free parking in Lexington Public Library Parking Garage with ticket validated inside Central Library;

Meeting Room Information

Special Features

Address: 

140 E. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507

Hours: 

Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events at Central Library

Genealogy & History

Thursday, July 24th - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This is an introduction to the current version of Ancestry's Library Edition. By the end of the class, students will be able to conduct searches for Census information, vital records information and military information. The student will also be shown the tabbed features: Learning Center, Charts & Forms and New Collections. The use of Family Search will also be included.

Thursday, August 21st - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This is an introduction to the current version of Ancestry's Library Edition. By the end of the class, students will be able to conduct searches for Census information, vital records information and military information. The student will also be shown the tabbed features: Learning Center, Charts & Forms and New Collections. The use of Family Search will also be included.

Movies

Thursday, July 24th - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Family Film Screening: THE HUNGER GAMES (CATCHING FIRE)

Tuesday, July 29th - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

The First 4 films of Director Stanley Kubrick. His fourth film, PATHS OF GLORY (1957)

Thursday, July 31st - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Family Film Screening: DUMBO (1941)

Arts & Crafts & Activities

Thursday, July 24th - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Central Library - Atrium

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Let's get gross at the library! Learn how to make your own slime, gak, and other disgusting stuff.

Summer Reading

Thursday, July 24th - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Central Library - Atrium

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Let's get gross at the library! Learn how to make your own slime, gak, and other disgusting stuff.

Friday, July 25th - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Come learn how to make cool computer games with Scratch! This is the second of a 2-part class - the first is Tuesday, July 22nd from 2-4pm. You'll have much more fun with Scratch if you attend Part 1 before Part 2. Registration required. Participants under 13 must be accompanied by an adult, who is also registered for the class.

Saturday, July 26th - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Central Library - Atrium

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Explore the wonders of the galaxy, and observe the beauty and science of the night sky by stepping inside the Living Arts and Science Center's StarLab Planetarium dome. Registration required. This event will be mostly aimed at adults, but older kids, or kids with a strong interest in astronomy, are welcome too (kids under 13 must be accompanied by a parent, who is also registered for the program).

Monday, July 28th - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Central Library - Atrium

Grab some bricks and build your dreams! Recommended for families with children ages 7 and up. Drop-ins welcome.

Science

Thursday, July 24th - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Central Library - Atrium

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Let's get gross at the library! Learn how to make your own slime, gak, and other disgusting stuff.

Saturday, July 26th - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Central Library - Atrium

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Explore the wonders of the galaxy, and observe the beauty and science of the night sky by stepping inside the Living Arts and Science Center's StarLab Planetarium dome. Registration required. This event will be mostly aimed at adults, but older kids, or kids with a strong interest in astronomy, are welcome too (kids under 13 must be accompanied by a parent, who is also registered for the program).

Job Search & Resume Writing

Thursday, July 24th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Monday, July 28th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Thursday, July 31st - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Monday, August 4th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Thursday, August 7th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Monday, August 11th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Thursday, August 14th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Monday, August 18th - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Thursday, August 21st - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions. No reservations required. Bring complete references, job history, education, and any other information you might need for a resume or job application.

Computer Class

Friday, July 25th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will discover how online storage can work for them and how to access their stored files from anywhere they have an internet connection. Prerequisite: Internet Basics or previous Internet experience. Must have a working cell phone number to create an account.

Friday, July 25th - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Come learn how to make cool computer games with Scratch! This is the second of a 2-part class - the first is Tuesday, July 22nd from 2-4pm. You'll have much more fun with Scratch if you attend Part 1 before Part 2. Registration required. Participants under 13 must be accompanied by an adult, who is also registered for the class.

Saturday, July 26th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will explore the basic functions and uses of a presentation program and create a simple slideshow presentation. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS word 2013 or previous experience using presentation software.

Monday, July 28th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This workshop is designed for an audience that is new to computing. Learners will discover how to access the desktop, how to save, create, and move files and folders; and how to pin important stuff to the Start screen. Prerequisite: Students should be able to use the mouse and keyboard.

Wednesday, July 30th - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will experience a tutorial that teaches all the basic mouse movements, along with a brief introduction to ergonomics and touch typing. No computer experience necessary.

Wednesday, July 30th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learn about pivot tables, table formatting, and advanced formulas. Prerequisite: Intermediate Features of Excel 2013 or extensive previous experience with Excel.

Friday, August 1st - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will discover how to effectively navigate in Windows 8. Participants tour the Start screen and experiment with touch gestures, live tiles, and charms. This workshop also shows how to work efficiently with snap and keyboard shortcuts. Prerequisite: PC Basics.

Saturday, August 2nd - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Fix "Red-eye" and remove blemishes from portraits. Learn how to combine several images into a single photo and move parts of one photo to another and add titles and text. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word 2013 or previous experience with photo manipulation software.

Monday, August 4th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Students will learn about browser options and tools, how to search and navigate the web, and basic troubleshooting for connection problems. Prerequisite: Students should be able to use the mouse and keyboard.

Wednesday, August 6th - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will discover more about the advanced features of Windows 8, including how to personalize their device with a picture password, create a master control panel for all their settings, the full range of keyboard shortcuts and a number of time and effort saving ways to make Windows work for you. Prerequisite: Windows 8 Basics or previous experience using Windows 8.

Wednesday, August 6th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learn about the kind of threats you may encounter online, software that can help protect your computer, and steps you can take to keep both you and your computer safer online. Prerequisite: Internet Basics or previous internet experience.

Friday, August 8th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will discover how to sign up for an account, send messages, add attachments, and manage their inbox. Prerequisite: Internet Basics or previous Internet experience. Must have a working cell phone number to create an account.

Saturday, August 9th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will explore the basic functions and uses of a presentation program and create a simple slideshow presentation. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS word 2013 or previous experience using presentation software.

Monday, August 11th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will discover how to effectively navigate in Windows 8. Participants tour the Start screen and experiment with touch gestures, live tiles, and charms. This workshop also shows how to work efficiently with snap and keyboard shortcuts. Prerequisite: PC Basics.

Wednesday, August 13th - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will experience a tutorial that teaches all the basic mouse movements, along with a brief introduction to ergonomics and touch typing. No computer experience necessary.

Wednesday, August 13th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This class introduces the basic functions and uses of a spreadsheet program. . Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word 2013 or previous experience using spreadsheet software.

Friday, August 15th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will discover more about the advanced features of Windows 8, including how to personalize their device with a picture password, create a master control panel for all their settings, the full range of keyboard shortcuts and a number of time and effort saving ways to make Windows work for you. Prerequisite: Windows 8 Basics or previous experience using Windows 8.

Saturday, August 16th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This workshop is designed for an audience that is new to computing. Learners will discover how to access the desktop, how to save, create, and move files and folders; and how to pin important stuff to the Start screen. Prerequisite: Students should be able to use the mouse and keyboard.

Monday, August 18th - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will discover the basics of word processing, including creating, formatting, and printing a simple document. Prerequisite: PC Basics. Students should be comfortable with the mouse and keyboard.

Wednesday, August 20th - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will discover how to sign up for an account, send messages, add attachments, and manage their inbox. Prerequisite: Internet Basics or previous Internet experience. Must have a working cell phone number to create an account.

Wednesday, August 20th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learn about linked cells, filtering and intermediate formulas. Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel 2013 or previous experience with Excel.

Friday, August 22nd - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Learners will experience more advanced word processing tasks including lists, headers, and cut/copy/paste functions. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word 2013.

Saturday, August 23rd - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

This workshop introduces the cloud storage and highlights Microsoft SkyDrive as well as introducing students to other free storage websites. Learners will discover how online storage can work for them and how to access their stored files from anywhere they have an internet connection. Prerequisite: Internet Basics or previous Internet experience. Must have a working cell phone number to create an account.

Games

Friday, July 25th - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Central Library - Computer Lab

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Come learn how to make cool computer games with Scratch! This is the second of a 2-part class - the first is Tuesday, July 22nd from 2-4pm. You'll have much more fun with Scratch if you attend Part 1 before Part 2. Registration required. Participants under 13 must be accompanied by an adult, who is also registered for the class.

Storytimes

Saturday, July 26th - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Wednesday, July 30th - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-related craft or activity is included.

Saturday, August 2nd - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Wednesday, August 6th - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-related craft or activity is included.

Saturday, August 9th - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Wednesday, August 13th - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-related craft or activity is included.

Saturday, August 16th - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Wednesday, August 20th - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-related craft or activity is included.

Saturday, August 23rd - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Central Library - Story Room

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Exhibit

Saturday, July 26th - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Central Library - Atrium

For group registration please contact this library location at (859) 231-5500

Explore the wonders of the galaxy, and observe the beauty and science of the night sky by stepping inside the Living Arts and Science Center's StarLab Planetarium dome. Registration required. This event will be mostly aimed at adults, but older kids, or kids with a strong interest in astronomy, are welcome too (kids under 13 must be accompanied by a parent, who is also registered for the program).

Performances & Plays

Monday, July 28th - 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Central Library - Room A

Wandering Storytellers

Monday, July 28th - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

New Works, Inc., presents the reading of 3 plays over three Monday nights in July. July 28th reading: OkayBetterBest

Sunday, August 17th - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

dance performance sponsored by Shree School of Dance

Wednesday, August 20th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

A "Liberty" singer and guitarist performs a mix of acoustic rock, hard rock, and folk.

Friends Book Sales

Sunday, August 3rd - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Central Library

The Friends Book Cellar is open from 1:00-5:00 PM on the first Sunday of each month for a 20% off sale. The Friends Book Cellar is located in the Lower Level of the Central Library.

Wednesday, August 20th - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Central Library

Featuring Herald Leader photographer Charles Bertram.

Music

Thursday, August 7th - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Free jazz performance at the Farish Theater. sponsored by the Jazz Arts Foundation and Jamey Aebersold Jazz.

Thursday, August 14th - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

Free jazz performances every second Thursday of the month at the Farish Theater. Sponsored by the Jazz Arts Foundation and Jamey Aebersold Jazz.

Education & Homework Help

Wednesday, August 13th - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library - Farish Theater

College information session