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Green-Smith photography exhibit at Thistle Cottage

Muhlenberg County native Nancy Green-Smith will be the featured artist at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage for the month of June.

Green-Smith’s photography, which includes scenes of urban and rural decay as well as landscapes, has previously been exhibited at local and regional shows throughout western Kentucky, including an exhibit at the Tribeca Restaurant and Gallery in Paducah. She has 23 pieces on display at Thistle Cottage this month.

Green-Smith will return to Muhlenberg County Thursday night, June 4, for an open house at Thistle Cottage from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to visit with Green-Smith during this time to discuss her work and successes in the field of photography. Refreshments will also be available.

Green-Smith’s photography will remain on display at Thistle Cottage throughout the month. Thistle Cottage is open to the public Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 270-338-4760.

(photo provided by artist) Nancy Green-Smith is pictured with some of her photographs at a show at the Tribeca Restaurant and Gallery in Paducah.

(Photo provided by Nancy Green-Smith)

Nancy Green-Smith is pictured with some of her photographs at a show at the Tribeca Restaurant and Gallery in Paducah.



Summer Reading Program brings fun for all ages

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It’s almost time for Summer Reading at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries! There’s a lot of fun planned for all ages during this summer’s superhero-themed program.
Both Harbin Memorial and Central City Public Libraries will host programs during Summer Reading. Children may attend either branch’s programs, or they may attend both if they choose to do so.
Registration for the children’s (ages 18 months through 5th grade) “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading program begins May 26, and the program kick-off will be held June 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at Thistle Cottage with Superhero Training Day. Children will get to run, crawl and try out all their superhero skills in preparation for earning their superhero certificate.
The Summer Reading kick-off is for children who plan to attend programs at either Harbin Memorial or Central City Public Library.
The kick-off will be followed by four weeks of themed programming, beginning June 8. Programs will be held at different times according to age.
Programs will be held at the following times and locations:
• 18 months – 3 years old – Tuesdays (Harbin) and Thursdays (Central City) at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
• 4-5 years old – Tuesdays (Harbin) and Thursdays (Central City) at 2:30 p.m.
• K-1st grade – Wednesdays (both locations) at 10:30 a.m.
• 2nd-3rd grade – Tuesdays (Central City) and Thursdays (Harbin) at 10 a.m.
• 4th-5th grade – Tuesdays (Central City) and Thursdays (Harbin) at 1:30 p.m.
• 6th-8th grade – Wednesdays (both locations) at 2 p.m.
• 9th-12th grade – Mondays (Central City) at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays (Harbin) at 2 p.m.
Weekly themes for the children’s programs include Super Powers (June 9-11), Superhero Training Camp (June 16-18), A Day Fighting Crime/Superheroes to the Rescue (June 23-25) and a costumed Superhero Party (June 30-July 2).
At Harbin Memorial, teens (6th through 12th grade) will have a different “Unmask” program every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m., beginning June 10. Programs include a video game and board game day (June 10), a craft day (including the chance to make your own cosplay costume) on June 17, a movie day (June 24) and a program finale on July 1, featuring a cosplay contest, games and a rewards fair.
At Central City, the Unmask program will be split into two groups. Teens and tweens who have just completed 6th through 8th grade will meet on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., June 10-July 1. Teens who have just completed 9th through 12th grade will meet on Mondays at 2 p.m., June 8-June 29. Programs include a trivia/game and craft day (June 8-10), an obstacle course (June 15-17) and a scavenger hunt (June 22-24). Each group will have a costume party with food and prizes on the last day of programming (June 29-July 1).
There will also be a “Grillin’ at the Park” event for 6th-12th graders on June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Paradise Park. Food and games will be provided.
A pool party will be held for all Summer Reading participants on July 9 and July 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Central City Convention Center Water Park. Each participant may choose which date they want to attend the pool party, but you must contact the library to register for the date you prefer. All children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult at the pool party.
Like the kick-off, the pool party finale is for participants of programs at either Harbin Memorial or Central City Public Library.
There will also be a rewards fair at each library on July 13 beginning at 10:30 a.m. for participants in the children’s Summer Reading Program. Participants can use the Summer Reading bucks earned throughout the program for prizes. The rewards fair lasts until 5:30 p.m. at Central City Public Library and until 6 p.m. at Harbin Memorial.
Adults (18 and older) will not be left out of the Summer Reading fun. They can “Escape the Ordinary” throughout the month of June. There are no minimum reading requirements for the program, and it will feature special programs, weekly prizes and more. Patrons can participate in these programs at either library branch. Registration begins on June 1, and the program lasts through July 2. A finale will be held July 6 at 11 a.m. (location to be determined).
These programs are free to all participants.
For more information about any of these programs or to register, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

Suggested Reading for Downton Abbey fans

Can’t wait for the final season of Downton Abbey to begin this fall? In the meantime, check out this suggested reading list for fans of the popular television series, compiled according to suggestions from publishers, distributors, reviewers, librarians and others familiar with the show.

  • The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
    In The American Heiress, set at the end of the nineteenth century, a wealthy heiress from Newport, R.I. finds herself drawn into marriage with the Duke of Wareham, an English aristocrat who needs her family’s money to retain his social status. But as time goes by and the pair navigates the choppy waters of British society life, they discover that money isn’t everything.

  • Habits of the House by Fay Weldon
    Habits of the House focuses on a well-placed British family at the turn of the century. The Earl, the head of the household, is paying the price for poor monetary decisions, and so is the rest of the household, even the servants. In an effort to mend his family’s financial situation, he turns his attention to finding suitable, preferably wealthy spouses for his children.

  • Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by Fiona Carnarvon
    Lady Fiona, the current Countess of Carnarvon, tells the story of Highclere Castle, the real-life estate where much of Downton Abbey is filmed, and one of its previous inhabitants.

  • Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
    Below Stairs is Margaret Powell’s memoir of her years of service in England’s great estates. The book inspired the British television series Upstairs, Downstairs and later served as inspiration for Downton Abbey.

  • The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes
    Jessica Fellowes – a British journalist and the niece of Downton Abbey creator, executive producer and writer Julian Fellowes – provides a behind-the-scenes look at the popular television show.

  • The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era by Jessica Fellowes
    Fellowes’ second book focuses on the characters of Downton Abbey, giving an in-depth look at what makes each of them tick.

  • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
    Kate Morton’s debut novel tells of the lives, loves and secrets of a wealthy English family, their servants and their friends and acquaintances during the decades between the First and Second World Wars. This is a thrilling tale full of suspense and passion as the story’s characters try to keep secret all they have witnessed during their time at Riverton House.

  • Longbourn by Jo Baker
    Longbourn is a retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, told from the servants’ point of view. Everyone already knows the stories of the Bennett family, but the below-stairs group has their own drama to contend with.

  • Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford
    Bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford tells the tale of the two families – the Inghams upstairs and the Swanns downstairs – who inhabit Cavendon Hall. Each family has their own set of difficulties to deal with as they live side-by-side in the English manor in the years leading up to World War I.

  • Howards End by E.M. Forster
    Howards End tells the intersecting stories of three families from different classes and backgrounds in the post-Victorian era in England.

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
    Wharton’s classic novel shows how strict societal norms affected the lives of three wealthy young people during the “Gilded Age” of the late nineteenth century in New York.

  • Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey by Emma Rowley
    Emma Rowley gives fans an in-depth look at what goes on off-screen, including photos, interviews with cast and crew members, details about costumes and props and the creative team’s inspiration for their choices.

  • The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
    Solomons’ bestseller, The House at Tyneford, follows formerly wealthy Elise Landau as she is forced to leave behind her comfortable life in Vienna for a much different one as an English parlor maid on the eve of World War II.

  • Benedict Hall by Cate Campbell
    Seattle’s Benedict family, along with their servants, try to deal with an ever-changing world in the aftermath of the First World War.

  • The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
    Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan was a real-life version of Cora Crawley – an American heiress married to an English Duke in the late 1800s. Her memoir tells of life in the Duke of Marlborough’s Blenheim Palace – encounters with famous political figures from Britain and around the world, huge society parties and interactions with the servants downstairs.

  • Meadowlands by Elizabeth Jeffrey
    World War I changed everything for the aristocratic Barsham family. Elizabeth Jeffrey’s saga tells the story of the Barshams, their four children and those who serve them as the war rages on.

  • Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
    Parade’s End is set in the changing world of England during World War I. One officer and aristocrat struggles to make the right decisions for his family as he also deals with the global conflict around him.

  • What the Butler Winked At by Eric Horne
    Over six decades of service as a butler in some of the greatest houses in England provided Eric Horne with a unique perspective on the changing world of British society. His memoir tells of life in these households.

  • Crossing on the Paris by Dana Gynther
    Gynther’s novel tells the stories of three passengers on the SS Paris in 1921. For these three women with very different backgrounds and lifestyles, the voyage will be a life-changing one.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Muhlenberg County Friends of the Library will have their annual book sale on May 23-24 at Madisonville Community College’s Muhlenberg Campus in Central City. The sale is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. The Friends have gathered a lot of books for this year’s sale, so make sure you stop by to check out what they have to offer!
The Friends of the Library use the money earned from the book sale and other fundraising endeavors to help support library services and programs throughout the year.

Spring Victorian Tea success!

The Spring Victorian Tea last weekend was a huge success! Guests enjoyed light refreshments, music and entertainment. Hat contest winners Donna Martin and Kendra Walker received hanging flower baskets.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the tea and all of our sponsors and donors who helped make this event so wonderful! Many thanks to Sunshine Garden Center (flowers), Tony Jones (music), Linda Hawkins (entertainment), Miss Hoss’ Sweet Shop (food), the Muhlenberg County High School Culinary Arts class (food), Muhlenberg North Middle School Jr. Beta (servers) and of course the Greenville Tourism Commission and Friends of the Library for helping to sponsor the event.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s tea!


Tables and decorations before guests' arrivals

Tables and decorations before guests’ arrival

Tony Jones provided wonderful musical entertainment for the event

Tony Jones provided wonderful musical entertainment for the event

Author Linda Hawkins speaks with guests before beginning her presentation about tea history and etiquette

Author Linda Hawkins speaks with guests before beginning her presentation about tea history and etiquette

Donna Martin, one of the hat contest winners

Donna Martin, one of the hat contest winners

Kendra Walker, one of the hat contest winners

Kendra Walker, one of the hat contest winners

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