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Happy Fall!

Happy Fall, everyone!


Have you seen all of our upcoming events and programs? We have several fall-themed programs going on! Make sure you subscribe to our event calendar, and check out a list below of our programs coming up before the end of the month, including a few extra surprise/pop-up events that aren’t on the regular event calendar!
For more information about what’s going on at the library, call us at 270-338-4760 or follow us on social media. We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Oct. 19-30 – Pumpkin Decorating Contest at Harbin Memorial
Drop off decorated pumpkins (no carved pumpkins, please) at Harbin Memorial any time between Oct. 19 and Oct. 30 to participate in our new contest! Patrons will vote on their favorite pumpkin, and the winner will be notified Oct. 31.
This contest is open to all ages!



Oct. 21-25 – Fall Craft Weeks
Stop by either library branch during regular business hours this week to create fall crafts!
Crafts are available while supplies last.
Call 270-338-4760 for more information!



Oct. 26 – Pop-Up Pumpkin Painting at Harbin Memorial
Join us Saturday at Harbin Memorial to paint a pumpkin! This will be a great opportunity to decorate a pumpkin for our ongoing Pumpkin Decorating contest!
Our pop-up pumpkin painting program will only be available while supplies last. Supplies are limited, so come early!



Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m. – Halloween!
All of our branches will be available during downtown trick-or-treating in Greenville and Central City! Stop by and see us at Harbin Memorial, the Central City library or Thistle Cottage for a treat!

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.


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