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Pictures with Santa & Jubilee of Trees


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!

It’s almost time for the Jubilee of Trees and Pictures with Santa at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage. Santa will be at Thistle Cottage on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. , with a break from 11 to 11:30 a.m. A professional photographer will take photos of Santa with each of his visitors. As in previous years, the photographer will charge $10 for a CD or digital copy of the photos taken.

Cookies and hot chocolate will also be available for visitors while they wait for their turn to see Santa.
The Jubilee of Trees opens Dec. 3 for Pictures with Santa and will remain open through Dec. 30.

The Jubilee of Trees includes trees decorated by local businesses and organizations, each with a different children’s book as the theme. This year the Jubilee features 18 trees decorated by:

  • Muhlenberg County Public Libraries
  • City of Central City
  • Commonwealth Community Bank
  • Depot Gifts and Corner Fashions
  • First Kentucky Bank
  • First Southern National Bank
  • Girls of GHS
  • Greenville Tourism
  • Happy Feet
  • Hospice of Western Kentucky
  • Muhlenberg Arts Council
  • Muhlenberg County Extension Homemakers
  • Muhlenberg County Extension Service
  • Muhlenberg County Humane Society
  • Old National Bank
  • Owensboro Health – Muhlenberg Community Hospital
  • Relay for Life
  • SOAR
  • Uncle Lee’s

Visitors to the Jubilee of Trees can vote for their favorite tree. At the end of the Jubilee, the votes will be counted, and the winning organization gets a certificate and bragging rights for a year.

The library also gives away a book for each decorated tree (in most cases, the book that served as the inspiration for the tree’s decorations). One name will be drawn out of the votes for each tree, and the winner receives the appropriate book for that tree.

The Jubilee of Trees is free to visit and is open to the public during regular business hours, Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m. for lunch).

For more information about Pictures with Santa or the Jubilee of Trees, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage at 270-338-4760.

Open House – Donna Richardson

donna-richardson-mugThistle Cottage will host featured November artist Donna Richardson for an open house on November 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Richardson, a native of England who now resides in Greenville, Ky., is a nationally recognized artist. Her work has been licensed by Home Interiors and Gifts, Bradford Exchange, Leisure Arts and more. She co-owned an art publishing company, Creative Source Inc., for 25 years with her friends Jan Anderson and Virginia Cummins. After selling the company in 2006, she considered retiring but was unable to leave her love of artwork behind. Richardson continues to produce commissioned paintings out of her own studio and to license her work for use by other companies. She also produces artwork for use on Christmas ornaments, ceramic plates and other keepsakes.

The work on display at Thistle Cottage this month includes several of her popular paintings of teddy bears, as well as angel portraits, a series of owls and more. Thirty-four of Richardson’s pieces of artwork are exhibited at Thistle Cottage.

Richardson will be available during the open house to discuss her work with visitors. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Richardson’s work is on display at Thistle Cottage until Nov. 18, 2016.

Jubilee of Trees Registration

It’s hard to believe this year has flown by so quickly, but it’s almost time to start decorating for our Jubilee of Trees at Thistle Cottage! If you know of any business or organization that would like to decorate a tree, we need to know as soon as possible, preferably by Nov. 9. We will continue to accept sign-ups until we run out of trees, but Nov. 9 is the deadline to be included on our promotional materials. All trees must be themed with a children’s book of your organization’s choice. (We prefer that every tree be different, so if you have your heart set on a certain theme, let us know as soon as possible so we can reserve that book for you!) We’ll provide trees for the first several organizations that sign up, but participating organizations must provide lights and decorations. You also have the option of providing your own tree if you prefer or if we run out.
The 2016 Jubilee of Trees will officially open Dec. 3 with our annual Pictures with Santa event and will remain open to the public until Dec. 30.
For more information about participating in the Jubilee of Trees, contact us at 270-338-4760.
Thank you to all our participants for supporting this fun event!


Political Meet and Greet

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries and the Friends of the Library will host a Political Meet and Greet next week to give voters a chance to meet their candidates.

Everyone is invited to the meet and greet to spend time with local leaders and talk about the issues.

The Friends of the Library host this yearly event as a way to give candidates and current political leaders the chance to meet with the public and talk about their platforms, as well as to find out what the voters want in their leaders.

All political leaders and candidates are encouraged to take this opportunity to meet with the public.

The Meet and Greet is scheduled for Nov. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the Meet and Greet, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.


Presentation/Book Signing – Appalachian Ghost Stories

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has a special spooky event coming up just in time for Halloween.

Author and filmmaker Jerry Deaton will visit Thistle Cottage on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. to share his presentation about Appalachian Folklore and Literature.

Deaton is the author of Tales from Bloody Breathitt, a collection of Appalachian ghost stories. His presentation will focus on those stories.

Deaton will share some of his stories and talk about folklore and literature from around Appalachia. He will also be available to sign copies of his books.

This is a free event funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and locally funded by a grant from the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation.

For more information about this event, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.



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