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September exhibit – Woodworker Rod Austin

September’s exhibit at Thistle Cottage will be works from woodcrafter Rod Austin.


Austin lives in nearby McLean County, and he uses his woodworking skill to create beautiful pieces of furniture, sculptures and even working guitars, several of which have been custom-made for local musicians. He is a participating member of the Kentucky Crafted program and has previously displayed his work in the Tri-State area and throughout the state of Kentucky.

Austin often uses local wood, sometimes even from his own backyard, in an attempt to salvage and make something beautiful from trees that have been damaged or felled in storms. He prefers to avoid the use of stains and paints and instead uses the natural color and grain of the wood in his designs.

Austin will visit Thistle Cottage on Sept. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. for an open house, and his work will remain on display throughout the month.

Some of the pieces below, along with others, will be included in the exhibit at Thistle Cottage.


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Lake Malone Memories Exhibit

The August exhibit at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage is Lake Malone Memories. Pictured here is a small sampling of what is available, but we have much more on display at Thistle Cottage!

Stop by during the open house on Aug. 13, 4-5:30 p.m., or visit Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the month of August to see the display of photos and other memorabilia from Lake Malone.

lake malone exhibit photo 1

lake malone exhibit photo 2

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, 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.

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