(If you still need to register, it’s not too late! Click here to fill out an online registration form.)
We have Summer Reading programs for all age groups from 18 months to adult.
If you provided an email when you registered, you should have received an email inviting you to our online reading log software, Reader Zone. (It can take up to 48 hours for registrations to be processed and emails sent.) Beginning Monday, June 1, you can start logging your time spent reading. Please make use of the Book Bank feature on the app to let us know what you read and review those items! We will need that information for our final reports, so please make sure you keep track of what books you have read as much as possible. If you don’t want to use the app to track your reading, you can also use paper reading logs. Printable versions of our logs are available at the end of this post. Just print as many as you need and return to the library by mail or in our book drops.
We will also begin posting Summer Reading-related videos and activities on our social media pages, YouTube channel and Web site on June 1. We’ll be posting content for families with preschool and elementary age children each Monday through June 22, activities for teens on Tuesdays and informational videos for adults on Thursdays. We will also share additional content on Wednesdays and Fridays, including some videos provided by Muhlenberg County Public Schools faculty members.
Activity kits are available for pickup on Thursdays and Fridays for children’s programs. These kits include supplies for the crafts and activities included in our weekly videos. Please check your email for dates, times and locations to pick up your kits. Kits are limited to those who registered for Summer Reading, and unless prior arrangements have been made, you must pick up your kit at the location you selected when registering. Kits will be available each week for anyone registered by Tuesday of that week. Late registrants will be eligible for the following week’s kits.
Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is planning a modified Summer Reading Program this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The library is currently closed in accordance with government regulations and recommendations from healthcare officials.
However, library director Janet Harris explained, library staff hope to continue serving the community through reading challenges and online programming, especially as time draws near for the library’s popular annual Summer Reading Program. “We are unable to welcome guests into our buildings right now, but we’re still trying to find ways to help our community stay busy and continue learning new things from their own homes,” Harris said. “We have several online resources that people can access from anywhere, and we’ve been sharing video read-alongs and crafts since we can’t do storytime in person.”
Harris said, “Like a lot of other libraries, we normally ramp up programming for the summer, so we really hope to continue to provide these resources and others over the next couple of months as well.”
Muhlenberg County Public Libraries traditionally holds a Summer Reading Program each June with themed programs for all ages as well as incentives for reading. This year’s “Imagine Your Story” fantasy-themed program will be a little different than previous years, but staff have been working to come up with ways to host Summer Reading virtually while still following social distancing guidelines.
Instead of hosting programs in person at the library, staff are creating videos of activities that community members can do in their own homes. These videos will be shared weekly on the library’s website, social media accounts and YouTube channel. Each week will include at least one “family” program suitable for elementary age and younger children, one teen program for middle and high school aged participants, and one adult program. Additional programs may also be shared as they become available.
The library is partnering with Muhlenberg County Schools for this year’s Summer Reading Program. School faculty and staff are helping create and distribute materials and videos for the program.
Weekly program kits, including supplies for the recorded activities, will be available each week for children and teens who register for the Summer Reading Program. Kits may be picked up at set times at either library location or outside Bremen or Muhlenberg South Elementary schools. Participants will be asked for their preferred pickup location at registration and will be notified in advance of their pickup date and time.
Participants of all ages will also be encouraged to keep track of their reading through the summer. The library will be using Reader Zone, an app and website designed to easily allow readers to log how much they have read, in lieu of paper reading logs for most Summer Reading participants. Invitations to the library’s Reader Zone program will be emailed to participants as registrations are received.
Paper logs will also be available for those who cannot or do not want to keep track of their reading progress online.
Registration for the Summer Reading program will begin Monday, May 18. A form for online registration will be posted here on the library’s website and social media pages on that date. A printable version of the form is also available below for those who prefer a written format; printed forms can be mailed to the library or placed in the book drops at either library location when complete. (Click on the image for the full-size printable form.) Library staff will begin processing paper registrations on May 18.
Please do not complete the online form if you have already completed a paper form. Only one completed registration form is needed per participant. However, we will require a separate registration for each person who will be participating in Summer Reading, regardless of age.
Participants can register at any time before the end of Summer Reading but must be registered no later than May 26 in order to receive the first week’s craft kit. This allows staff time to prepare enough kits for the week.
For more information about the library’s Summer Reading plans, contact the library through social media or through the contact form at http://www.mcplib.org/contact. Questions can also be sent by mail to Muhlenberg County Public Libraries, 117 South Main Street, Greenville, KY 42345.
Edit 4/15/20: The virtual egg hunt is now over. Thank you to everyone who participated! The winner will be announced on social media this afternoon.
We know these are tough days, but we’ve prepared a special virtual egg hunt just for you! Hop around our website to try to find all the eggs. They’re all over the site, so you might have to click around to find all 5 that we’ve hidden!
Click each egg you find to get a piece of our final puzzle. Once you find all them all, unscramble the letters to find an Easter word! PM us the winning word on social media or email us using the contact form here on our website and be entered into a special drawing for a prize!
You’ll have until midnight on Tuesday, April 14 to enter the drawing.
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!
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.
Digital access cards are not guaranteed. Cards may only be issued for those who provide a valid Muhlenberg County home address.
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.
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.
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.
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/.