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Thistle Cottage to host Community Art Show


Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is set to host a brand new community event next month, but we need community involvement to make it happen!

The library is planning a Community Art Show for September.
The art show is open to all Muhlenberg County adults and will be on display at Thistle Cottage September 3-28.

“We really want to get the community more involved,” Thistle Cottage Archivist Amie Waltrip explained. “And since we have so many talented people in this county, we thought this was a good way to highlight them and their work.”

Waltrip said she and her coworkers are currently accepting submissions for the art show. All artwork must be turned in at Thistle Cottage by 5 p.m. Friday, August 23 to be included in the show.

“We’re really hoping for a good turnout … we want everyone to have the chance to be included,” Waltrip said.

Thistle Cottage also hosts art shows for students every spring.

Guidelines for submissions to the adult Community Art Show are:


  • Must be completed by an adult (18 or over) who currently lives, works or owns property in Muhlenberg County
  • Must be suitable for a diverse, all-ages audience
  • All media and forms of artwork are acceptable (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, needlework, etc.)
  • Each artist may submit up to three pieces of work
  • All artwork must be labelled with artist’s name, address and phone number and title of artwork


Additionally, Waltrip said, if more than one piece of art is submitted by a single artist, they should be ranked in order of priority. In the case of a shortage of gallery space, Muhlenberg County Public Libraries staff will display the highest priority artworks first to ensure that everyone has a chance to be included and show off their best or favorite works.

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries reserves the right to exclude any artwork that does not meet the guidelines above.

Waltrip said the art show will officially open on September 3 and will remain available to the public during business hours through the end of September. Thistle Cottage is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The building will also be open during Squash and Gobble on September 14 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more information about the Community Art Show, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage at 270-338-4760.

New hours at Harbin Memorial!

Good news! We’ve heard your feedback, and we’re happy to report that we will be adjusting our hours at Harbin Memorial Library! Effective August 1, Harbin Memorial will operate with the following schedule:



M – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

T – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

W – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Th – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

F – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sa – 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Only Harbin Memorial’s hours are changing; our other branches will continue to operate on their current schedules.

Derek Price exhibit opens June 1 at Thistle Cottage

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage is proud to welcome another local artist back for their featured exhibit in June.

Graphic design artist Derek Price will display his work at Thistle Cottage June 1-28.





Price is a native of Muhlenberg County. A 2002 graduate of Murray State University, he now lives in Lexington with his wife, Susan, and son Parker. Price is celebrating his 20th year as a graphic artist this year.

Price’s portfolio ranges from web design to apparel. His exhibit at Thistle Cottage will feature several different projects he has worked on during the past 20 years.

The exhibit opens June 1 with an open house and reception from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will remain open to the public at Thistle Cottage during regular business hours (Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) until June 28. The public is encouraged to visit Thistle Cottage during the open house to meet Price and discuss his work with him.

Thistle Cottage is located at 122 South Cherry Street in Greenville, Ky.

For more information, visit Price’s website at, Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ website at or call 270-338-4760.

Libraries ready to rock with Summer Reading!

School is almost out, but that doesn’t mean students have to sit at home bored all summer.

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is preparing for their annual Summer Reading program, which provides fun activities for all ages throughout the month of June.

This year’s “Libraries Rock!” program will be held June 3-28. Events will be held at both libraries. Interested participants can register at either library beginning May 20.

Summer Reading includes themed programming as well as reading challenges for all ages. Participants will earn points for reading, weekly attendance and for completing certain other activities. At the end of the month, participants will have the opportunity to attend a rewards fair and redeem their points for books and other prizes.

The schedule for children’s and teen programming is as follows:

  • 18 months through 5 years old – Mondays at 10 a.m. at Harbin Memorial and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Central City
  • Kindergarten through second grade – Mondays at 1 p.m. at Harbin Memorial and Thursdays at 1 p.m. at Central City
  • Third through fifth grade – Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at Harbin Memorial and Fridays at 10 a.m. at Central City
  • Sixth through 12th grade – Tuesdays at 3 p.m. at Harbin Memorial and Thursdays at 3 p.m. at Central City

Participants can attend programs at either or both libraries. However, only one program each week will be counted for attendance points.

Topics for the children’s programs include Music Camp (featuring special guests Derek Harris and Paul Martin of the Misty Mountain String Band); Painting to Music; Libraries Rock!; and Music & Movement (featuring special guest Mary Beth Riley from the UK Cooperative Extension Service). Teen topics include School of Rock (featuring Harris and Martin); Libraries Rock!; Art of Rock/Painting to Music; Hometown Rock (Central City only) and a trivia/game day (Harbin Memorial only).

Children and teen participants are also invited to a Glow Party finale event on July 11 at 1 p.m. (18 mo.-fifth grade) and July 12 at 5 p.m. (sixth-12th grade) as a reward for participation in the Summer Reading Program.

Opportunities are also available for adults to participate in reading challenges and other fun events as part of the Summer Reading program. Adults will have a finale luncheon and recognition program on July 19. More details about these events will be announced at a later date.

These programs are free to all participants.

A full calendar of summer programs is included below.

For more information about the Summer Reading program or other library events, follow Muhlenberg County Public Libraries on social media or call the library at 270-338-4760.


Spring Victorian Tea set for May 11

It’s spring, and that means it’s time to mark your calendars for the annual Spring Victorian Tea at Thistle Cottage!

This year’s tea will be held May 11, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the tea go on sale Monday, April 22. Tickets can be reserved for $12.50 each, which helps pay for the cost of the food served at the party. A limited number of seats are available for the tea.

Library staff warned that tickets usually sell out quickly, so anyone interested in attending the tea should purchase tickets as soon as possible.

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries hosts the annual tea as a way to provide a different experience for Muhlenberg County residents. “This is something out of the ordinary,” library director Janet Harris explained. “We wanted to give people the chance to experience something here at home that they don’t get every day.”

The tea includes entertainment, decorations and a menu of light snacks that complement the theme, which changes yearly. This year’s theme is the Kentucky Derby. Thistle Cottage, the elegant 1912 home that houses the event, will be decorated for the occasion, and the menu will include Derby-appropriate snacks as well as basic tea party standards. Thistle Cottage’s Amie Waltrip said, “We try to find menu items that will be appealing to everyone, while still fitting the occasion.

“We work hard to plan a unique menu that everyone can enjoy.”

The event includes a variety of tea options for everyone to try, Harris and Waltrip said, including flavored and non-caffeinated choices as well as the more common basic black teas. There are usually at least five different teas available, and attendees can try as many of those as they like. Water and lemonade are also available for guests that don’t want to drink tea.

In addition to the food and entertainment, the Spring Victorian tea features a hat contest. There is no dress code for the event, but attendees are encouraged to dress in their Derby finest and wear their best hat in hopes of winning a prize.

Tea tickets can be purchased starting Monday morning at Thistle Cottage. For more information about the Spring Victorian Tea, call Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.


Spring Victorian Tea 2019

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