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Historic Preservation workshops

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will be hosting two workshops in August for those interested in preserving local and personal history.

Dr. William H. Mulligan, a professor in the history department at Murray State University, will present a workshop on the National Register process on Saturday, August 1, 2015 and another workshop on caring for family heirlooms on the following Saturday, August 8.

Each workshop will last approximately three hours, from 1 to 4 p.m., and will take place at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage at 122 S. Cherry St. in Greenville.

The National Register workshop will include an overview of the register, its purpose, what it does and does not do and will clarify any misconceptions about the register. Mulligan will also explain how to go about nominating a property or site for the register and what happens after a nomination is submitted. The process has both bureaucratic and historic components, requiring historical research and writing as well as the government paperwork that must be completed and approved, he said. At the August 1 workshop, he will discuss both aspects and how to properly complete both parts of the process, as well as where to go for help with the process.

“The National Register is a planning tool for government at all levels to identify historic properties to protect them,” Mulligan explained. “It recognizes properties can be significant at the local and state level as well as the national level.” Properties can be recognized on the register for a variety of reasons, he said, not just properties that were influential to the nation as a whole. In additional to national landmarks, the National Register includes properties that were nominated for their local significance, archaeological significance or even just because they serve as a good example of a particular architectural style.

The second workshop will focus on family heirlooms and antiques. Mulligan will review the basics of owning and properly caring for antique items, including temperature and lighting requirements. He will also give a more in-depth explanation of how to properly store and preserve various types of items, including paper items (books, documents, news clippings, etc.); photographs (including antique formats, slides and digital images as well as black and white and color prints); furniture; ceramics and glass; and metal items (including gold, silver and many other types of metal).

These workshops will include information crucial to anyone who wishes to preserve historical sites and artifacts. Each workshop will also include time for questions after the presentation. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in preserving locally and personally significant sites and artifacts to get tips on how to do so properly as well as to make contact with a professional in the field of historic preservation.

Dr. Mulligan is widely known and respected in his field. He has been at Murray State University since 1993, during which time he has taught multiple classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels on history and historic preservation topics. He has also served on the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Review Board for 20 years after being appointed by Governor Paul Patton in 1996. He has served as author or editor of numerous historical books, articles, essays and encyclopedia entries and has successfully nominated four properties for the National Register, including the Cliffs Shaft Mine in Michigan (considered to be significant on a national level rather than just a local or state level) and the Sacramento, Ky. battlefield.

Space is limited for these workshops. For more information or to register for either workshop, call the library at 270-338-4760.

 

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Adult Summer Reading finale

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries held their adult Summer Reading finale on July 6 at Thistle Cottage with a luncheon and tribute to local veterans. Thirty-five were in attendance.

Adult programmers Rena Cobb and Marlene Ford said they had great success with this year’s program. Forty-one people participated in the program, which lasted through the month of June, and those 41 read a total of 640 books during the program period. Programs were held at both Harbin Memorial and Central City Public Library.

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading program was “Escape the Ordinary,” a hero-related theme. As such, the programmers said, they decided to recognize local veterans during the finale. Veterans were invited to attend the luncheon along with participants in the Summer Reading program, and they received a certificate and small gift thanking them for their service to the nation.

The Summer Reading Program is an annual event. Adults are asked to read and submit short reviews of the books they completed during the program, but there is no minimum amount of books they must complete to participate. The libraries host smaller programs and giveaways throughout the month as well as the finale, where participants are recognized for how many books they read and have a chance to win prizes. The entire program is free, and everyone is encouraged to participate.

The library also hosted summer reading programs for children and teens, which ended last week. The finale for those programs will be a pool party, to be held Thursday, July 9 and Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Central City Convention Center. Anyone who participated in the children’s and teen summer reading programs at either Muhlenberg County Public Library branch is welcome to attend the finale, but you must be registered for your preferred date.

The crowd applauds as veterans are recognized during the adult Summer Reading finale on July 6. Since this summer's program had a hero theme, local veterans were invited to attend the finale along with program participants and were recognized and thanked for their service to the nation.

The crowd applauds as veterans are recognized during the adult Summer Reading finale on July 6. Since this summer’s program had a hero theme, local veterans were invited to attend the finale along with program participants and were recognized and thanked for their service to the nation.

Muhlenberg County Public Library staff member Marlene Ford passes a door prize to winner Joe Roney. Several prizes were given away during the finale.

Muhlenberg County Public Library staff member Marlene Ford passes a door prize to winner Joe Roney. Several prizes were given away during the finale.

Nine veterans attended the finale. They are, from left to right: Ed DeArmond, Howard Taylor, Jordon Robinson, Jimmie Baxter, Thurman Wright, Legon McDonald, Joe Roney, Shawn Noffsinger and Tommy Simmons.

Nine veterans attended the finale. They are, from left to right: Ed DeArmond, Howard Taylor, Jordon Robinson, Jimmie Baxter, Thurman Wright, Legon McDonald, Joe Roney, Shawn Noffsinger and Tommy Simmons.

New Catalog Features

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.

 

Buy It Now buttons are our newest feature!

Buy It Now buttons will show up beside titles in our online catalog. If you purchase that title (or other items!) from Amazon through our link, a portion of the proceeds is returned to us at no additional charge to you! We use those funds to help support our collection, programs and other services.

Green-Smith photography exhibit at Thistle Cottage

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.

(photo provided by artist) Nancy Green-Smith is pictured with some of her photographs at a show at the Tribeca Restaurant and Gallery in Paducah.

(Photo provided by Nancy Green-Smith)

Nancy Green-Smith is pictured with some of her photographs at a show at the Tribeca Restaurant and Gallery in Paducah.

 

 

Summer Reading Program brings fun for all ages

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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.

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