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Harbin Memorial Library
117 South Main St
Central City Public Library
108 East Broad St
Genealogy & Local History Annex
111 South Main St
122 S Cherry St
Visit this space to find out the latest happenings at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!
If you’ve visited our online catalog recently, you may have noticed some changes to the way it looks. We’ve added new features to help streamline our services and make it easier for our patrons to access important information.
When you visit http://www.mcplib.org, on the bottom left (under “Get Started”) you will see a link for Patron Account Sign-In. After you click that link, you will be asked for your barcode and PIN. The barcode is your library card number, and you can visit the library to receive your individual PIN. Once you log in, you will be able to see important information about your account, including items currently checked out, due dates, fees owed and your current contact information on file. You will also be able to renew your items online, as long as they are not currently overdue, have not yet hit the maximum number of renewals and are not on hold for another patron. Items cannot be renewed (online or otherwise) if they are overdue, so please make sure you take care of all renewals before the due date! This also helps you avoid late fees.
If you do have fees on your library account, you can now pay them with a credit card through your online account. You can also still pay in the library with cash, check or credit card.
If you don’t have a library card or have lost your card, visit either library branch to receive a new one. This is also a good time to make sure your contact information is up to date. If not, please update your information at either library branch. Renewals, holds and other services can also still be completed in the library if you don’t feel comfortable accessing that information online.
You must bring your library card to the library every time you wish to check items out.
If you visit our online catalog, you will continue to be able to search our catalog as before. The main catalog search page lists top-sellers in various categories, and you can type a title, author or keyword in the search box to find other books. You will also have the option of searching for and downloading ebooks directly from our catalog rather than having to visit a different website. Ebooks are still available through Kentucky Libraries Unbound/Overdrive and can also still be accessed through their website via the link on our homepage, if you prefer to continue downloading ebooks the same way as before.
There are options available to include or exclude ebooks in your catalog searches, as well as several other options. Just search for the author, title or topic you are interested in, then the options show up on the left sidebar of the results page. Click on the options you want to include and hit “Apply” at the bottom to refresh the search results page.
You are also able to place holds from the online catalog with your library card number and PIN. And if you don’t want to wait for a book to come in, our newest feature is a “Buy It Now” button. Eligible books will show that button next to the title in the catalog. Clicking the Buy It Now button will take you to Amazon so you can purchase a copy of the book for yourself. If you buy books or other items at Amazon through our button, Amazon and SirsiDynix (our library software company) will return a percentage of your purchase price to us to help support our programs, services and materials costs without charging you anything extra.
If you have questions about any of these new features, contact the library at 270-338-4760.
Muhlenberg County native Nancy Green-Smith will be the featured artist at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage for the month of June.
Green-Smith’s photography, which includes scenes of urban and rural decay as well as landscapes, has previously been exhibited at local and regional shows throughout western Kentucky, including an exhibit at the Tribeca Restaurant and Gallery in Paducah. She has 23 pieces on display at Thistle Cottage this month.
Green-Smith will return to Muhlenberg County Thursday night, June 4, for an open house at Thistle Cottage from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to visit with Green-Smith during this time to discuss her work and successes in the field of photography. Refreshments will also be available.
Green-Smith’s photography will remain on display at Thistle Cottage throughout the month. Thistle Cottage is open to the public Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 270-338-4760.
It’s almost time for Summer Reading at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries! There’s a lot of fun planned for all ages during this summer’s superhero-themed program.
Both Harbin Memorial and Central City Public Libraries will host programs during Summer Reading. Children may attend either branch’s programs, or they may attend both if they choose to do so.
Registration for the children’s (ages 18 months through 5th grade) “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading program begins May 26, and the program kick-off will be held June 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at Thistle Cottage with Superhero Training Day. Children will get to run, crawl and try out all their superhero skills in preparation for earning their superhero certificate.
The Summer Reading kick-off is for children who plan to attend programs at either Harbin Memorial or Central City Public Library.
The kick-off will be followed by four weeks of themed programming, beginning June 8. Programs will be held at different times according to age.
Programs will be held at the following times and locations:
• 18 months – 3 years old – Tuesdays (Harbin) and Thursdays (Central City) at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
• 4-5 years old – Tuesdays (Harbin) and Thursdays (Central City) at 2:30 p.m.
• K-1st grade – Wednesdays (both locations) at 10:30 a.m.
• 2nd-3rd grade – Tuesdays (Central City) and Thursdays (Harbin) at 10 a.m.
• 4th-5th grade – Tuesdays (Central City) and Thursdays (Harbin) at 1:30 p.m.
• 6th-8th grade – Wednesdays (both locations) at 2 p.m.
• 9th-12th grade – Mondays (Central City) at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays (Harbin) at 2 p.m.
Weekly themes for the children’s programs include Super Powers (June 9-11), Superhero Training Camp (June 16-18), A Day Fighting Crime/Superheroes to the Rescue (June 23-25) and a costumed Superhero Party (June 30-July 2).
At Harbin Memorial, teens (6th through 12th grade) will have a different “Unmask” program every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m., beginning June 10. Programs include a video game and board game day (June 10), a craft day (including the chance to make your own cosplay costume) on June 17, a movie day (June 24) and a program finale on July 1, featuring a cosplay contest, games and a rewards fair.
At Central City, the Unmask program will be split into two groups. Teens and tweens who have just completed 6th through 8th grade will meet on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., June 10-July 1. Teens who have just completed 9th through 12th grade will meet on Mondays at 2 p.m., June 8-June 29. Programs include a trivia/game and craft day (June 8-10), an obstacle course (June 15-17) and a scavenger hunt (June 22-24). Each group will have a costume party with food and prizes on the last day of programming (June 29-July 1).
There will also be a “Grillin’ at the Park” event for 6th-12th graders on June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Paradise Park. Food and games will be provided.
A pool party will be held for all Summer Reading participants on July 9 and July 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Central City Convention Center Water Park. Each participant may choose which date they want to attend the pool party, but you must contact the library to register for the date you prefer. All children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult at the pool party.
Like the kick-off, the pool party finale is for participants of programs at either Harbin Memorial or Central City Public Library.
There will also be a rewards fair at each library on July 13 beginning at 10:30 a.m. for participants in the children’s Summer Reading Program. Participants can use the Summer Reading bucks earned throughout the program for prizes. The rewards fair lasts until 5:30 p.m. at Central City Public Library and until 6 p.m. at Harbin Memorial.
Adults (18 and older) will not be left out of the Summer Reading fun. They can “Escape the Ordinary” throughout the month of June. There are no minimum reading requirements for the program, and it will feature special programs, weekly prizes and more. Patrons can participate in these programs at either library branch. Registration begins on June 1, and the program lasts through July 2. A finale will be held July 6 at 11 a.m. (location to be determined).
These programs are free to all participants.
For more information about any of these programs or to register, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.
Can’t wait for the final season of Downton Abbey to begin this fall? In the meantime, check out this suggested reading list for fans of the popular television series, compiled according to suggestions from publishers, distributors, reviewers, librarians and others familiar with the show.
The Muhlenberg County Friends of the Library will have their annual book sale on May 23-24 at Madisonville Community College’s Muhlenberg Campus in Central City. The sale is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. The Friends have gathered a lot of books for this year’s sale, so make sure you stop by to check out what they have to offer!
The Friends of the Library use the money earned from the book sale and other fundraising endeavors to help support library services and programs throughout the year.