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Teen Glo Dance

Our Central City branch will host a teen Glo Dance this Friday! Bring your friends and come dance the night away!

 

Glow Dance Party

Libraries Transform

This week Muhlenberg County Public Libraries, together with the American Library Association (ALA), will officially launch a new initiative to promote awareness of the many roles libraries can play in today’s society.

The initiative, called Libraries Transform, is a national campaign that highlights the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries and emphasizes the critical role libraries still play in the digital age.

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries joins libraries of all types in this national, unified effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the needs of their users.

Rapid advances in technology are fueling a library renaissance. No longer just places for books, libraries across the country now offer an assortment of free digitally-based programs and services including 3-D printing, ebooks, digital recording studios and technology training. Such tech-based resources are transforming lives through digital literacy and lifelong learning, contributing to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment. Yet libraries are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries cardholders have access to a vast, growing catalog of ebooks, digital audiobooks and digital videos. They are also able to access Mango language-learning software and can even sign up for online computer skills classes through popular provider Teknimedia. All of these services, among many others, are provided for free to all Muhlenberg County Public Libraries patrons.

The library system also hosts a wide variety of programs for all ages throughout the year. In addition to traditional events such as storytime and Summer Reading programs, the library hosts game days, indoor and outdoor movie nights, teen dances, book and movie clubs, musical and dramatic performances and more. Library staff can be found at many of the local community festivals and events, including the annual Squash and Gobble and the upcoming 2016 Lifestyle Show, with fun games and activities to engage patrons and potential patrons. And the library is always looking for new and innovative ideas to better serve Muhlenberg Countians.

“Today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people,” ALA President Sari Feldman said. “The goal of the Libraries Transform campaign is to change the perception that ‘libraries are just quiet places to do research, find a book, and read’ to a shared understanding of libraries as dynamic centers for learning in the digital age.

“Libraries of all kinds foster individual opportunity that ultimately drives the success of our communities and our nation.”

The idea of the Libraries Transform initiative is to change the perception of libraries, Feldman said. Too many people see libraries as just nice to have or, even worse, obsolete, she said, when they should be seen as essential.

As part of the Libraries Transform initiative, Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will be making a concentrated effort to increase outreach opportunities and keep Muhlenberg County residents informed of all that their local libraries can have to offer.

The campaign launches this week, during National Library Week. As part of the week-long celebration and campaign, the libraries will be holding giveaways throughout the week. Visit the library to be entered!

For more information about Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ programs and services, call 270-338-4760 or visit http://www.mcplib.org.

For more information about Libraries Transform please visit http://www.librariestransform.org.

 

You can also participate in the campaign yourself for a chance to win a $100 prize! Just tell us why libraries are important to you. Visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/national-library-week for details.

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Adult Coloring Program

The adult coloring program continues this week at Harbin Memorial! Join us this evening to enjoy this relaxing, fun activity.coloring program

MCHS Art Show

This month’s featured exhibit at Thistle Cottage is the Muhlenberg County High School Art Show.

The show includes a vast array of artwork created by local high school students.

We will host an open house on Tuesday, April 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. to allow visitors to view the artwork and meet with some of the talented students who created it. Refreshments will also be provided. We encourage everyone to come out and support these young artists.

The artwork will remain on display throughout the month to allow everyone a chance to see it.

Kentucky Chautauqua performance: Jefferson Davis

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Jefferson Davis: On Dark and Bloody Ground at Thistle Cottage on April 7 at 7 p.m.

Jefferson Davis was born near what is now Fairview, Ky. in Todd County. He distinguished himself in military service in the Black Hawk and Mexican-American wars before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1845. When several southern states seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America in 1861, they chose Davis to be their president, even though he had at first opposed secession.

Davis served as the president of the Confederacy through the end of the Civil War in April 1865, at which time he was sent into exile and eventually imprisoned for two years. After two years of incarceration without being tried for any crimes, Davis was released from prison. He spent the remainder of his life as the president of a life insurance company and the author of a two-volume memoir about his Civil War experiences before dying in 1889 in New Orleans, La.

Jefferson Davis is portrayed by Kevin Hardesty. Hardesty is an actor from Lexington, Ky. He has performed professionally in theater, film and television. Hardesty also portrays Daniel Boone for the Kentucky Chautauqua program.

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ presentation of Kentucky Chautauqua’s Jefferson Davis program is provided with support from the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation. This is a free program and is open to everyone.

Kentucky Chautauqua is a presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc., a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. It is funded with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from business partners including: Christina Lee Brown, the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation, the Cralle Foundation, Eastern Kentucky University, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, Lindsey Wilson College, Morehead State University, Murray State Kentucky, Paducah Bank, PNC and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.

For more information about Jefferson Davis: On Dark and Bloody Ground, call Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

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