Visit this space to find out the latest happenings at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!
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!
July 13 update: in accordance with state mandates, masks or face coverings are now required to enter our buildings.
It’s been a looooooong 3 ½ months, and we’ve missed all our patrons terribly! We’re so excited to welcome everyone back into the libraries.
We are still going to be operating a little differently than we did before the COVID-19 pandemic, so before you visit, you should be aware of some of these changes. We will be following strict occupancy limits to encourage social distancing, so there could be a short wait at peak visiting times.
We are also asking visitors to limit their time in the building as much as possible so we can accommodate more patrons. We want everyone to have ample time to meet their needs, but we also want to allow everyone the opportunity to come in and utilize our services.
Our libraries will only be open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This allows staff additional time for our enhanced cleaning measures of all surfaces and circulating materials.
If you can’t make it to visit us during those times, or if you just don’t feel comfortable coming inside, you can take advantage of curbside service. We will continue to offer this service by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call us at 270-338-4760 to make an appointment between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on these days. We require at least 24 hours’ notice to get your holds ready to be picked up, so call early.
There will be additional changes inside the building, including limited seating and limited public computer availability. Staff will be unable to assist patrons on public computers, but we will continue posting video tutorials to help alleviate this need. Public computers and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently.
We will also be enforcing public computer access time limits to allow everyone the opportunity to use these computers. Computer use will be limited to one hour per person.
If you need to use a public computer for an extended period of time, such as to take an online test, please notify library staff.
Magazines and children’s toys will not be available, and we will continue to only accept returned items through the drop boxes outside both buildings. All returned items will be quarantined for at least 3 days and cleaned thoroughly before they will be available for checkout again. Items will not be removed from your patron account until after this quarantine period is complete, but no late fees will be accrued during the quarantine period for items returned during this time.
We are taking steps to ensure that the items on our shelves are as clean and safe as possible. We have placed baskets throughout the stacks for any items that you remove from the shelves while browsing. It is crucial that anything touched by a visitor should be placed in these baskets and NOT replaced on the shelves so staff can properly clean and/or quarantine the item before replacing it. As such, we encourage all visitors to the building to refrain from excessive handling of the items on our shelves. We do understand that some contact is necessary for adequate access, and you should feel free to take a closer look at any items you are interested in. However, we do ask that you browse without touching as much as possible.
Hand sanitizer will be available at various locations throughout our buildings, and we encourage visitors to wash their hands or use sanitizer frequently while visiting our libraries. We will require the use of hand sanitizer before using public computers or copy machines.
Masks are required for all staff. We ask our patrons to also wear face coverings, if possible, and practice proper social distancing to ensure the safety of all our community members.
Thistle Cottage will remain closed at this time. We will also continue to provide online programming rather than in person.
These guidelines, as well as our reopening date, are subject to change based on community infection rates and recommendations from health and safety officials.
We appreciate your patience, understanding and assistance during this time as we work to continue serving our community while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
Follow us on social media for more updates!
Join us in a fun new reading challenge in July!
Download cards here and play Summer Reading Bingo for a chance to win prizes. Mark off actions on the cards as you complete them. Earn as many Bingos as possible to increase your chances!
Summer Reading video programming is almost over, although it certainly doesn’t seem like we’ve already hosted almost 4 weeks of online programs!
But even though our Summer Reading videos are ending, we are still working on plenty of projects to keep everyone involved!
First of all, the end of our video programs does not mean the end of our reading challenge! You can continue to track your reading through the end of July for our Summer Reading program. Remember, we encourage 15 minutes of reading each day for children through 2nd grade, 20 minutes for 3rd-5th grade and 30 minutes per day for teens.
We are also setting up a game of I Spy in the windows at both libraries! Click on the image below to print a full-size copy of the list (or use the download link to save a PDF copy), then visit the front of either library any time after Monday, June 29 to see if you can find all the items.
Of course, curbside service is continuing, as well. Call us at 270-338-4760 to reserve items and schedule a pickup.
Watch this space for another exciting announcement coming soon about how we are continuing to serve the community even while our doors are officially closed!
We will share our videos and other online activities here as they are posted throughout the summer!
We’ll be posting our own storytime and craft videos for preschool and elementary age children each Monday through June 22, and we’ll have teen activities each Tuesday. Adult videos and programs from other presenters will be posted each Thursday in June.
Check back each week to see what we’ve been up to!
Week 1 Family Activities (Preschool-5th grade) – Castles/Jack and the Beanstalk
Week 2 Family Activities (Preschool-5th grade) – Dragons
Week 3 Family Activities (Preschool-5th grade) – Princes & Princesses
Week 4 Family Activities (Preschool-5th grade) – Unicorns
(Video removed after 24 hours in accordance with publisher guidelines)
Week 1 Teen Activity (6th-12th grade) – Fairy Gardens
Week 2 Teen Activity (6th-12th grade) – Photo Contest
Week 3 Teen Activity (6th-12th grade) – Art Contest
Week 4 Teen Activity (6th-12th grade) – Cooking Challenge
Week 1 Adult Activity – Kiln-Fired Ceramics
Thank you to April Jernigan of Paint Me Pretty for providing this video! In conjunction with this video, we’re running a giveaway for our adult Summer Reading participants! We’ll be giving one random winner a kit from Paint Me Pretty. Leave us a comment letting us know what you think about the video to be entered into the drawing for the kit! We will draw a winner Monday, June 8.
(Winner will be notified by email, phone or social media message as appropriate. The kit can be picked up from Paint Me Pretty. More details will be provided to the winner Monday.)
Week 2 Adult Activity – Mole Control
Thanks to Darrell Simpson, Muhlenberg County Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the UK College of Agriculture Food and Environment/Dr. Gregg Munshaw, Turf Specialists, for helping us get rid of pesky moles that are destroying our yards (and maybe our sanity)!
Have you had trouble with moles in your yard this year? Let us know in the comments for a chance to win a gift certificate from the Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of Commerce!
A randomly selected winner will be chosen on June 15. You must be registered for Adult Summer Reading to be eligible for this prize.
If you need to register, you can do so for free at http://mcplib.org/summer-reading-2020-registration/.
Week 3 Adult Activity – Mower Maintenance
It’s week 3 of Summer Reading!
Most people don’t particularly enjoy mowing their lawn, but it’s a necessary chore. Thanks to Darrell Simpson, Muhlenberg County Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the UK College of Agriculture Food and Environment/Dr. Gregg Munshaw, Turf Specialist, for providing this video to help us make the most of our mowing sessions! Leave us a comment about the video for a chance to win a gift certificate from the Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of Commerce.
A random winner will be selected June 22.
You must be registered for adult Summer Reading to be eligible. If you need to register, you can do so for free at http://mcplib.org/summer-reading-2020-registration/.
Week 4 Adult Activity – Pottery-Painting Tips
Our 4th and final week of Summer Reading videos for adults premieres June 25 at 10 a.m.!
(Keep reading even after this week, though — we’ll keep counting your reads through the end of July!)
This week, April Yingling-Jernigan from Paint Me Pretty is back to share some tips about painting your pottery pieces. Thank you, April!
Leave us a comment here, on YouTube or on social media about what kind of ceramic pieces you’d like to create to be entered for our final video giveaway!
You must be registered for adult Summer Reading to be eligible for this giveaway.
Misc. – Muhlenberg County Public Schools’ Skylar McCarraher
Thank you to Muhlenberg County Schools for partnering with us and to Mrs. Skylar McCarraher for providing this great video!
Misc. – Muhlenberg County Public Schools’ Emily Sherman
Muhlenberg County Schools teacher Emily Sherman shared this adorable video with us for the Summer Reading program. Thank you, Emily! What great stories!
Do you have your own campfire stories? Send us your own tales either as a written story or, better yet, a video!
Misc. – Muhlenberg County Public Schools’ Stacie Jones
Greenville Elementary School principal Stacie Jones reads Sophia Sparks. Thanks, Mrs. Jones!
Have you invented anything? Let us know in the comments!
Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will reopen for curbside service only on June 1.
The libraries will be open limited hours, and no members of the general public will enter the building during the curbside phase. Items may be ordered by phone and picked up outside the library at appointed times.
Library director Janet Harris said a final reopening date, when the libraries will welcome the public into the buildings again, is still up in the air. “We’re working through the process of figuring out how we can safely reopen without endangering our guests or our staff,” Harris said. “That will require a lot of changes to our buildings and operating procedures and will take a lot of extra protective equipment and supplies.
“But we want to continue to serve the community in every way possible, and for now, that means curbside service.”
Beginning June 1, library users can call the library at 270-338-4760 to request items and to set a pickup time. Staff will take curbside orders on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and items will be available for pickup by appointment on Tuesdays (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Central City and on Thursdays (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Harbin Memorial in Greenville.
These dates and times are subject to change.
Users should be ready to give their library card number and PIN over the phone when they place their curbside orders.
Harris said appointments will be required to pick up reserved items. “That way staff have plenty of time to pull the items and prepare them for pickup, and we can make sure we don’t have too many people waiting outside to pick up their orders at one time,” she explained. “We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of illness, including following social distancing guidelines.”
Library patrons can also still utilize the online catalog available on the library’s Web site to see what items are available, place holds, pay fines and more. Patrons will be contacted by library staff when a held item is available for pickup, and an appointment will be set at that time.
Harris said staff will wear masks and gloves when they prepare orders for pickup, and when ready, orders will be bagged and set aside in an isolated location until they are picked up.
A pickup area will be set up at the rear of each library location. The library’s phone number, along with a special phone extension number for pickups, will be displayed prominently outside the rear doors so curbside users can inform library staff they have arrived. A staff member will bring the user’s order out and place it in the vehicle’s trunk or an unoccupied seat.
All users are asked to remain in their vehicles or at a safe distance until the staff member has returned to the library.
Please be prepared to show your library card or other identification if needed.
All items must be returned in the library’s book drops. No returns will be accepted directly by staff members. For convenience, there are book drops located at both the front and rear of both library locations.
Newly returned items will be quarantined for at least three days before they will be available for anyone else to check out. All items will also be cleaned thoroughly after the quarantine period has expired.
“We are excited about being able to offer curbside service to our users, but we want to make sure that we do everything right,” Harris said. “We want to help keep our community healthy and safe.”
For more information about curbside service at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries, you can contact the library through the contact form on their website (http://www.mcplib.org) or on social media, or you can call the library at 270-338-4760 beginning June 1.