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Programs and Events for Adults

June Programs for Adults

Celebrate Juneteenth with Dr. James-Etta Goodloe Reed

Thursday, June 15th | 6:00-7:00 PM | Carnegie Library Center


Join us in celebrating the Juneteenth Holiday with an evening event featuring Dr. James-Etta, an esteemed educator and author. Shelbyville native Dr. James-Etta has found joy in researching and writing her life story. Dr. James-Etta Goodloe Reed is best known as the author of her first book, All That is Good: The Journey to Overcoming and Achieving. In this memoir, she chronicles her life experiences by deeply examining her personal journal entries for self-awareness that put her on the path to healing. Her rural upbringing in a multi-generational household inspires her current genealogy research and her motivation to share her journey to overcoming and learning about her roots. Her experiences have taught her that the best relationship she can have is a relationship with herself. And that even In the difficult moments and unsettling discoveries, the more she knows, the more she grows. Join us for an evening of sharing and learning with Dr. James-Etta. This presentation will also incorporate themes and resources to commemorate the Juneteenth holiday.

*Copies of her book will be available for purchase.

Movie Matinee featuring A Man Called Otto

Friday, June 23rd | 1:00 PM | Carnegie Library Center

A Man Called Otto is a 2022 American comedy-drama film directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by David Magee, about a bitter old man reluctantly getting involved in the lives of his neighbors. It stars Tom Hanks in the title role, with Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo in supporting roles. It is a remake of the 2015 Swedish film A Man Called Ove, which was based on the 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman.

Sound Bath Meditation

Saturday, June 24th |10:30-11:30 AM | Carnegie Library Center

Chances are you could benefit from a little self-care and stress relief. Join Jennifer Beach, a Sound Healing Practitioner at the Library for a Sound Bath Meditation, for our first-ever Sound Bath Meditation class. Essentially, a sound bath is a meditation class that aims to guide you into a deep meditative state while you’re enveloped in ambient sound played by an instructor. Instead of guided meditation, which uses speaking to guide a person through a meditative state, sound baths use music and instruments such as gongs and bowls to provide guidance. Sound baths may seem a bit unconventional, but they can be an incredibly beneficial wellness practice. It has been found that people may benefit from the therapeutic effects of sound vibrations and frequencies. These benefits may include feeling less stressed, improved mood, less muscle tension, and some even experiencing pain relief.

*Bring whatever you need to experience the most comfort, such as a mat, blanket, and pillow.



Music on the Lawn with Kentucky Blue

Thursday, June 29th | 6:00-7:00 PM | Front Lawn

Kentucky Blue is a well-known bluegrass band from central Kentucky. The band’s instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass fiddle, and vocals. They do all crowd favorites and much more, all in a traditional Bluegrass style. With superb 2, 3 & 4-part harmonies and red-hot blazing instrumentals, this group will leave you wanting more. They love interacting with and engaging their audiences with their stage show, including great music, hilarious comedy, and amazing magic. All this is set in the vein of the old “Grand Ole Opry” show. Always dressed well and ready to have fun, this home-spun brand of engaging bluegrass music will make them immediate crowd favorites wherever they perform! Their show is so popular that many of the top names in the business have also incorporated Kentucky Blue’s style in their performance. They are known for being the most entertaining Bluegrass Band in the industry.

*Please, bring chairs or blankets to sit on!


July Programs for Adult

Puzzle Competition

Saturday, July 8th | 10:30-12:30 PM | Carnegie Library Center

Have you been waiting for another Puzzle Competition? Was the 300-piece puzzle too easy? Well, the wait is over, and the competition has been intensified! Assemble your team of 2 to 4 people and see which team can put together a 500-piece puzzle the fastest for a grand prize. The contest will occur on Saturday, July 8th, from 10:30-12:30 at the Carnegie Library Center. To participate, teams must call the library at 502-633-3803 or visit the front desk to register. There is limited space, so be sure to sign up early and notify us as soon as you can if you won’t be able to attend, as there will be a waiting list.

The Importance of Native Plants & Starting Your Own Native Garden

Thursday, July 20th | 11:00-12:00 PM | Carnegie Library Center

Authors Stephen Brown and Ann Milligan will share how they transformed their yard into a beautiful nature preserve for pollinators and wildlife, as described in their book Let the Earth Breathe: Gardening with Native Plants. Gardeners have expressed the need for a beginners’ handbook to create Kentucky native landscapes at home. The authors have spent 13 years doing just that, creating formal and informal spaces with regionally native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns via sunny rain gardens, dry shade, and wet/dry meadows and prairies. This book and several others will be available for purchase as well.

The Kentucky Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities partly funded this program.

Steel Appeal

Thursday, July 27th | 6:00-7:00 PM | Carnegie Library Center

Steel Appeal, a steel drum band from Campbellsville, Kentucky, will present an exciting musical experience featuring music from around the world. The group will present topics that include the history and evolution of the steel drum, manufacturing, tuning, performance techniques, and musical concepts such as rhythm, tempo, melody, harmony, timbre, forms, and dynamics. Popular musical styles associated with steel band performance will be addressed and performed. Volunteers will be invited to play along with us! This program is for all ages!

In the case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Carnegie Library Center.

Movie Matinee featuring Champions

Friday, July 21st | 1:00 PM | Carnegie Library Center

Champions is a 2023 American sports comedy film directed by Bobby Farrelly in his solo directorial debut from a screenplay written by Mark Rizzo. It is an English-language remake of the 2018 Spanish film of the same name. The film stars Woody Harrelson as a temperamental minor-league basketball coach who, after an arrest, must coach a team of players with intellectual disabilities as community service; Kaitlin Olson, Ernie Hudson, and Cheech Marin also star.

Health & Fitness

Check out Dance Fitness starting June 15th!


Tai Chi

Dance Fitness

*Starting Thursday, June 15th!

Book Clubs

Happy Bookers

2nd Monday of the month from 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

If you love discussing plot twists and talking about characters like they’re real people, then this new book club is for you! Join Whitney and Amanda for some refreshments and time to focus on one of your favorite obsessions: good books!

How it works:

  • Pick up a copy of this month’s book at the Front Desk of the Main Library.
  • Come to book club for a fun discussion!
  • Return your book at the meeting, and pick up the next one.

Do you have a book suggestion? Please email the Library at

Brown Bag Book Club

2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM in the Carnegie Library Center

What is Brown Bag Book Club?

It’s a group of ladies who enjoy chatting about all things book-related, hosted by Pam Federspiel and Whitney Wooters.

It’s called Brown Bag Book Club because when the book club started in 1992, everyone brought their own lunch in a brown paper bag. Now, the library serves refreshments! Also, if the book club likes the books they read, they are turned into book kits that anyone can check out to use for their book club, and they are kept in brown bags.

How it works:

  • Pick up a copy of this month’s book at the Front Desk of the Main Library.
  • Come to book club for a fun discussion!
  • Return your book at the meeting, and pick up the next one.

Do you have a book suggestion? Please email the Library at

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