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Political Meet and Greet

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries and the Friends of the Library will host a Political Meet and Greet next week to give voters a chance to meet their candidates.

Everyone is invited to the meet and greet to spend time with local leaders and talk about the issues.

The Friends of the Library host this yearly event as a way to give candidates and current political leaders the chance to meet with the public and talk about their platforms, as well as to find out what the voters want in their leaders.

All political leaders and candidates are encouraged to take this opportunity to meet with the public.

The Meet and Greet is scheduled for Nov. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the Meet and Greet, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.


Presentation/Book Signing – Appalachian Ghost Stories

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has a special spooky event coming up just in time for Halloween.

Author and filmmaker Jerry Deaton will visit Thistle Cottage on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. to share his presentation about Appalachian Folklore and Literature.

Deaton is the author of Tales from Bloody Breathitt, a collection of Appalachian ghost stories. His presentation will focus on those stories.

Deaton will share some of his stories and talk about folklore and literature from around Appalachia. He will also be available to sign copies of his books.

This is a free event funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and locally funded by a grant from the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation.

For more information about this event, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.



Book Signing – Hart/Hawkins

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is excited to welcome two talented authors to Thistle Cottage for a book signing on Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dr. Donna J. Burden Hart, author of the new genealogy text The Descendants of Owen Dogharty of Ireland, will visit Thistle Cottage to present her work, along with popular author and publisher Linda J. Hawkins.

Hart grew up in south-central Illinois, but both of her parents hail from Kentucky. When Hart discovered by coincidence in 1985 that her parents had a common ancestor somewhere in their families, she became interested in finding out more. Hart said, “By the time I finally found William Phelps, nine generations back, I was simply ‘hooked’ on genealogy.” She delved into her ancestry with a passion, and by 2006 she had decided to focus on the Irish Daugherty family. Somewhere along the way, she decided to put her findings into book form. After 10 years of grueling but exciting research, Hart said, the book is finally complete and ready for public consumption.

“The day the books arrived by UPS, on three large flats that had to be unloaded into my garage by forklifts, was a day that I was both excited and relieved,” Hart laughed. “And exhausted.”

Hart’s book uses names, pictures, charts, maps and stories to trace the descendants of Owen Dogharty (later spelled Daugherty or Daughety) from Ireland to Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and across the rest of the United States. Other families come into the book later as they married into the Daugherty family, including Abney, Beasley, Burden, Davis, Embry, Evans, Flener, Kessinger, Morris, Pharris, Phelps, Smith, Snodgrass, Taylor and more. The Daughertys of Butler County (Hart’s father’s home county) are the focus, but the family also moved into surrounding counties, including Breckinridge, Daviess, Grayson, Logan, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio and Warren Counties.

The Descendants of Owen Dogharty of Ireland contains hundreds of pictures and a wealth of information about the families included. It is a large-format , 10 by 12 inch leatherbound book of 1176 pages.

During the event at Thistle Cottage, Hart will discuss her work with visitors and will be available to answer questions as well as to sign copies of the book.

Hart will be joined at Thistle Cottage by Butler County-based author and founder of Heart to Heart Publishing Linda J. Hawkins. Hawkins is well-known and respected for her works, which include children’s books (Alexander and the Great Food Fight, Alexander and the Great Vegetable Feud and more) as well as Catering to Children with Recipes for Memorable Tea Parties, The Unspoken Language of Fans & Flowers with Recipes and cookbook Southern Seasons. Hawkins regularly presents her work at events around the country. She will also be available to sign her books during the event on Oct. 18.

For more information about the book signing, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.


Holiday Closure

Our Harbin Memorial and History Annex branches, which are temporarily located on the lower level of Old National Bank in Greenville during renovations, will be closed Monday, Oct. 10 due to the bank’s Columbus Day closure. The Central City library and Thistle Cottage will remain open normal hours on Monday to serve patrons. Harbin Memorial and the Annex will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

October Featured Artists

We are excited to welcome featured artists Amanda Shanks and Terry Stewart to Thistle Cottage this month! Stewart and Shanks are exhibiting 29 charcoal portraits, including 5 that they created as a team. The artwork will be on display until the end of October, and both artists will visit Thistle Cottage on Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. for an open house to meet with visitors and discuss their work. We hope everyone will join us to view these talented local artists’ work!


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