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Grand Opening and Patron Appreciation

Harbin Memorial is now open in our temporary location at Old National Bank in Greenville! To celebrate and show appreciation to county residents for their patronage and patience as we complete renovations, we’ll have lots of giveaways. Stop by and check us out!

Parking and entrance to the temporary library location is on the back side of the Old National Bank building in Greenville at ground level. The temporary location is open Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Fri. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The Annex is also located at the bank temporarily and observes the same hours listed above.

Harbin Memorial will remain at this location as renovations are completed at the permanent library location.

Our Thistle Cottage and Central City branches are open with normal business hours in their permanent locations.

For more information, call 270-338-4760.


july 2016 grand opening

Harbin Memorial Temporary Location

Harbin Memorial and the Annex are now open in the temporary location at Old National Bank. Those branches are open Mon.-Thurs. 8:30-4 and Fri. 8:30-6. Parking and entrance are at the back of the bank building.
The Central City branch and Thistle Cottage remain open with normal hours.
For more information, call 270-338-4760.

Summer Reading 2016

SRP 2016 posters
Summer is almost here! And that means it’s almost time for Summer Reading at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!
Summer Reading takes place June 6 through June 17. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!”
Registration is currently underway for Summer Reading. The program kicks off June 4 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Thistle Cottage. We’ll have a Bouncing B’s inflatable obstacle course, backyard slide and castle, as well as a water war (bring your own water gun!) and free snow cones.
This year’s children’s programs will alternate locations between Greenville and Central City and will be held Monday-Thursday during the two-week Summer Reading period. Programs will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays in Greenville and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Central City.
All age groups for the children’s programs will meet each day as follows:

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – 18 months to 5 years old
  • 1-2 p.m. – Kindergarten to second grade
  • 3-4 p.m. – Third to fifth grade

Programs for childen will include Zumba, yoga, a nature walk, a day camp, gardening, healthy eating, healthy living and all-star sports.
The library is currently undergoing renovations, so Harbin Memorial will be temporarily located in the basement of Old National Bank during Summer Reading. Children’s programs in Greenville may be held either at the bank, Thistle Cottage or another location depending on the nature of the program.
Watch our Facebook page, website or call us for more information about programs and locations.
Teen programs will be held on Mondays in Central City and Fridays in Greenville. Teens (sixth through twelfth grade) can visit Central City for a “Get in the Game” day with a scavenger hunt and variety of games and activities on Monday, June 6 and again on June 13 for gaming tournaments. Teens can also visit Thistle Cottage for a game day on Friday, June 10 and for stress relief activities on June 17.
All teen programs will be held at 2 p.m.
We’ll also have weekly giveaways for those who keep up with their reading and turn in slips.
In addition to these Summer Reading activities, we’re hosting a weekly walking challenge at 6 p.m. at the Rails to Trails walk throughout the summer. Weather permitting, we’ll meet at the Greenville end of the trail each Tuesday in June and July and walk together.
We’ll also have weekly movie matinees throughout the month of June. We’ll show family (G or PG) movies each Wednesday at 3 p.m. at our Central City branch. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided. No registration is required for the weekly movie matinees or walking challenges, but all children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information about any of our summer programs, call us at 270-338-4760, or stop by the Central City branch to register for Summer Reading!

Upcoming Renovations

Our Harbin Memorial and Annex branches will be closed beginning tomorrow for required renovation work. The Central City branch, as well as Thistle Cottage, will remain open for our patrons’ convenience. Please watch this page and our Facebook page for reopening dates and further information about upcoming events!

Spring Victorian Tea

May is here, and at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries, that means it’s almost time for the annual Spring Victorian Tea!
This year’s tea is scheduled for May 14 at 2 p.m. at Thistle Cottage.
The Spring Victorian Tea is held each year to give visitors a glimpse of what it would be like to attend a traditional Victorian afternoon tea. Thistle Cottage, which was built soon after the end of the Victorian era, is decorated appropriately with photos, fresh flowers and more. Attendees are treated to a light meal and a variety of carefully chosen teas.
“It’s an opportunity for people to try things they may not have experienced before … it’s not just an everyday meal,” Muhlenberg County Public Libraries director Janet Harris said. “We make sure our menu isn’t too far out of anyone’s comfort zone, but we also try to make sure we serve things that people don’t get every day.”
In addition to the menu, Harris said, the event itself is something out of the ordinary for the region. Most places in this region don’t serve a daily afternoon tea, she pointed out, and many people who attend the tea at Thistle Cottage have never been to anything else similar. She said library staff work hard to make sure that everyone who attends the tea feels special.
“We really try to make sure everyone who attends has a great time and gets to experience something unique.”
Additionally, the event features a hat contest. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite fancy hats, and a prize will be given away at the end of the event.
Harris said, “This event is something that people look forward to all year long, every year.”
“We get a lot of compliments after the event each year.”
Since the tea is typically scheduled around the same time as Mother’s Day, many people bring their mothers as a special treat, Harris said, but the event is equally great for sisters, friends or even the whole family.
Tickets for the tea are $10 each, and proceeds benefit the Muhlenberg County Public Libraries Friends of the Library. Tickets go on sale May 2 and may be purchased at Thistle Cottage (122 South Cherry St. in Greenville). Seating is limited, so anyone interested in attending is encouraged to purchase their tickets early.
For more information about the Spring Victorian Tea, call Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.


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