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Temporary Digital Cards Available

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Don’t have a library card? No problem! We’ve made it easy to get a temporary digital access-only card so all Muhlenberg County residents can use our online resources even during this emergency closure!

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You can find the digital access card application at http://mcplib.org/digitalcard/. Please read all rules and regulations on the application before submitting your application.

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Digital access cards are not guaranteed. Cards may only be issued for those who provide a valid Muhlenberg County home address.

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Please give us at least 3 days to review your application. Once we have processed your request, we will contact you at the email address given on the application form.

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Emergency digital cards will be granted on a temporary basis only, and access is not guaranteed. Cards will be valid for no more than 3 months, and after libraries reopen, digital cards will need to be converted to full privilege library cards in a physical library facility in order to continue access. Please bring your proof of Muhlenberg County residency (such as a driver’s license) to the library when you wish to convert your account.

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Alternatively, you may upload photos of your proof of residency along with your application. Residents who include photos of an eligible proof of residence will not need to visit the library after reopening to convert their account but must come into the building to receive a physical card.

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Current cardholders are not eligible for digital access cards. Please contact us through the general inquiry form at http://www.mcplib.org/contact if you have a question about your current library card. If your account has been suspended due to fines owed, you may log into your account and pay fines on our online catalog at https://pac.bc.sirsidynix.net/MCPL#!/account/.

Online Resources to Explore

Looking for ways to keep busy during the COVID-19 closures? Check out some of these online resources from other organizations!
This list will be updated as more resources become available.
(These resources are not associated with or sponsored by Muhlenberg County Public Libraries.)

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COVID-19 Update

While we are closed to maintain social distancing and help slow the spread of COVID-19, we want to make sure we continue to serve our community in any way we can! We will be providing virtual programming as much as possible. Join us on Facebook Live tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. for a special video storytime!

If storytime isn’t your thing, check out our online resources, such as ebooks, language learning software and more, at http://www.mcplib.org/resources. These services will remain available for active library cardholders.
Our book drops will remain open while we are closed, and we have extended due dates to ensure no new fines will be incurred during our closure. Staff will be disinfecting buildings and materials that are returned through our book drops, and we will be available by telephone (270-338-4760) or through our website (http://www.mcplib.org/contact) to answer questions.

We understand this is inconvenient for everyone, but we hope that by taking these measures, we will avoid the spread of this dangerous illness. Please continue to follow all recommendations from health officials, and take care of yourselves! Follow us on social media for further updates.

For more information about this pandemic and how to protect yourself, visit http://www.cdc.gov or http://kycovid19.ky.gov.

Young Artist Showcase on display at Thistle Cottage in March

Muhlenberg County youth have the opportunity to have their artwork on display at the Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage this month.

The Young Artist Showcase, which includes work by elementary and middle school students across the county, will be on exhibit throughout the month of March.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Muhlenberg Arts Council in conjunction with Muhlenberg County Public Libraries. Each elementary and middle school art teacher is asked to submit up to 10 pieces of art per grade level to be displayed at Thistle Cottage for a month. The top three pieces per grade level will be chosen by an outside judge and presented with appropriate awards.

Arts Council Coordinator Sean Mooningham said the annual art show is a way for the Arts Council to both recognize local talent and help foster an appreciation for the arts in Muhlenberg County students. He said, “This is a great opportunity to encourage our youth and help promote the visual arts … just another way we are striving to ‘keep the arts alive’ in Muhlenberg County.”

Last year’s Young Artist Showcase included artwork by more than 300 Muhlenberg County students, Thistle Cottage’s Amie Waltrip said, and the event has grown in popularity each year.

Due to overwhelming response in previous years, two open houses will be held for this year’s show. The first open house, scheduled for Monday, March 2 at 5 to 7 p.m., will focus on artwork from students in kindergarten through fourth grade. A second open house will be held the following Monday, March 9, at the same time for fifth through eighth grades.

The full show will be on display during both events. Members of the public are encouraged to come during the event that corresponds to the age group they are most interested in, but no one will be turned away at either event. “We are just trying to find a way to make sure everyone has a pleasant experience,” Waltrip explained. “Last year, we had a huge, wonderful turnout for the open house, but because of the number of people here, many of them had to wait in a long line to get inside and then didn’t feel like they could stop and admire the art as much as they wanted.

“We’re hoping that by splitting our crowd across multiple events, everyone will still get the chance to see the show without feeling rushed or crowded.”

The artwork will remain on display at Thistle Cottage through March 27 during regular business hours. Thistle Cottage is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the Young Artist Showcase at Thistle Cottage, call Thistle Cottage at 270-338-4760.


New Year, New You: Yoga in the Library

Call 270-338-4760 to register for free yoga in the library! Space is limited!

 

Yoga in the Library (Harbin Memorial)
Chair Yoga – Wednesdays at 10 a.m. (Jan. 15-Feb. 5)
Regular Yoga – Thursdays at 6 p.m. (Feb. 6-27)

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