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Harbin Memorial Library
117 South Main St
Central City Public Library
108 East Broad St
122 S Cherry St
Visit this space to find out the latest happenings at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!
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:
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.
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.
Have you seen all the new programs we’re trying out here at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries? We’ve done cooking programs, games, crafts and a plethora of other events, and the fun isn’t over yet! We have plenty to tide you over through Spring Break and beyond. Events coming up include:
And that’s just in the next two weeks!
Head over to our event calendar or our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) to check out all of our upcoming events and make sure you don’t miss out!
If you have an idea for a different program you’d like to see us offer, or if you have a suggestion to improve what we’re currently doing, let us know! You can contact us here or call us at 270-338-4760 with feedback.
Thistle Cottage’s February spotlight features acclaimed screen actor Warren Oates.
“Warren Oates” was never a household name, but he made his mark all the same. Oates worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Peter Fonda, Bill Murray, Diane Ladd, Jack Nicholson, Sidney Poitier, the list goes on and on. He was Dillinger in the 1973 biopic of the same name about the famous gangster. He was Sergeant Hulka in 1981’s Stripes.
And before all of that, he was Warren Oates of Depoy.
Oates was born in 1928 to Sarah and Bayless Oates. Bayless owned and operated a general store in the small rural community of Depoy, near Graham.
The family moved to Louisville, where Oates developed an interest in acting. As an adult, he moved to New York City and then Los Angeles to pursue a career. He scored several TV guest spots in the 1950s on shows such as Rawhide, Gunsmoke and others. Oates made his first movie appearance in 1959, but he was primarily a television actor until the mid-to-late 1960s, when he earned roles in The Shooting (1966) with Jack Nicholson, Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966) with Yul Brynner, In the Heat of the Night (1967) with Sidney Poitier and director Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969) with William Holden and Ernest Borgnine.
Even though he was primarily a supporting actor with only a few starring roles, Oates continued acting in movies and TV until the 1980s. He died of a heart attack in 1982 at the age of 53, with more than 40 movie credits to his name as well as numerous TV roles. His last two movies, Blue Thunder and Tough Enough, were released posthumously in 1983, and both were dedicated to Oates.
The Warren Oates exhibit, featuring memorabilia related to Oates’s life and acting career, will be on display in the gallery at Thistle Cottage through the end of February.
For more information about the exhibit, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage at 270-338-4760.
It’s been a long time coming, but Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is finally ready to unveil the new Harbin Memorial library in Greenville.
For the past two and a half years, Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has been working on major renovations to the building that houses Harbin Memorial. The library had been experiencing structural and space issues before renovations began, forcing the library to do something to alleviate the problems. The new building should be a more secure and spacious solution that will benefit the community for years to come.
Library director Janet Harris said, “We are so excited about what we’ve done with the building. We can’t wait for everyone to come see it!
The library will host an open house this coming Friday, Jan. 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will reopen to the public with regular business hours on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided during the open house, and there will be a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. No library services, such as item checkout or computer use, will be available during the open house, Harris said, but it will give everyone a chance to walk through the much-changed building and see all the improvements.
Harbin Memorial is still located in the same building at 117 South Main Street in Greenville, but the building received a face-lift inside and out. Some interior walls were also removed to create more space; the library expanded into the building next door that previously housed the library’s History and Genealogy Annex. The Annex is relocating to the also newly renovated lower level of Thistle Cottage and will open there soon.
The library has also made technological improvements to streamline services and allow staff more time to focus on providing new services and events to the community. The library installed self-service checkout kiosks for patrons who want to get in and out more quickly without having to wait in line, but Harris noted that librarians will still be available to help patrons who need or want assistance. “We understand that changes like these can take some time to get used to, but we think it will be a huge improvement in the end,” she said. “Once you’ve done it a time or two, the self-checkout system is very easy and quick to use.
“We will, of course, still be on hand if we are needed, but we wanted to give patrons more options.”
A self-service pay machine is also available for patrons who want to print or copy documents, eliminating the need to wait in line at the desk to pay for these services.
Harris stressed that even though more library resources have a self-service option now, no changes are being made to the library staff. “We’re still going to be here!” she said. “If you need us, please don’t hesitate to ask. And when we aren’t assisting patrons, we will be working to improve and expand the services we have available.”
These improvements have already been implemented at the Central City library.
Once reopen to the public, Harbin Memorial library will operate with regular business hours of Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (open until 6 p.m. on Thursdays) and Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information about the newly renovated Harbin Memorial library or any other questions about the library’s services, contact the library at 270-338-4760.