Fayette County

Central Library salutes Little Golden Books

Original illustrations from the beloved Little Golden Books series is on display at Lexington's Central Library through Sept. 4. The library's gallery features more than 60 original illustrations from the series, which is widely considered one of the most significant picture-book series in history.

Begun in 1942, the series made high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. The artists behind them include many greats. Some emigrated from Europe, including Garth Williams, Feodor Rojankovsky and Tibor Gergely. Others were alumni of Walt Disney Studios, including Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J.P. Miller and Mary Blair. American originals who illustrated for the series included Richard Scarry, Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones and Hilary Knight.

The illustrations featured in the exhibit come from books including The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny, The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, The Color Kittens and I Can Fly.

As part of the exhibit, literature historian Leonard Marcus, author of Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children's Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way, will discuss the importance of Little Golden Books and sign his book at 6 p.m. July 28 at the library.

During the exhibit, the library will have occasional visits from the Poky Little Puppy and other characters from the books. The story room of the children's department will be open as a reading room, with a variety of Little Golden Books available for families to read together after visiting the exhibit.

Upgrade in languages

The Lexington Public Library recently announced that it has upgraded its Web site to include a free language learning system. Called Mango, the software is accessible anywhere with an Internet connection and offers instruction on more than 30 languages.

The system has users listen to and repeat after native-language speakers and helps users learn how those words and phrases can be rearranged and combined to make new thoughts and conversations. Mango is free to all library cardholders at Lexpublib.org/database/mango-languages.

Walk for autism

The Autism Society of the Bluegrass will host its Bluegrass Autism Walk on Saturday at Keeneland. Proceeds will be used for education, advocacy and support for Central Kentucky's autistic residents and their families, caregivers and the professionals who work with them.

Event registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 2K walk starts at 10 a.m. Festivities for the event, which lasts until noon, includes children's activities, a vendor and agency fair, and silent auction.

Advance registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children, and on-site registration is $5 more. To learn more, go to Bluegrassautismwalk.org.

Lioness Johnson honored

The Lexington Lioness Club has named Billie Johnson as the Most Valuable Member for 2011. Lioness Sue Hager presented the Traditional Cup to her during the June luncheon.

Johnson joined the Lioness Club in 1997 and has served as third vice president for three years. During her time with the club, she has sent cards and flowers to sick and shut-in members and worked at the annual fair.

Johnson also started the Walter Ryan Lewis Foundation at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital, in memory of her grandson.

She started the non-profit Home to Heal Organization to help make rooms or offices accessible to the handicapped.