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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.

DASH for the STASH!

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Muhlenberg County Public Libraries, along with local financial institutions, the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions and the Investor Protection Institute, are encouraging local residents to compete in the 2016 DASH for the STASH.

DASH for the STASH is an investor education and protection program and contest taking place March 15-May 15, 2016. The contest is similar to a scavenger hunt, but instead of collecting objects, individuals collect information about saving and investing and use that information to answer quiz questions. To enter the contest, individuals visit a participating location where a set of posters is displayed. Contestants read each poster and then access the quiz question for each poster.

One statewide winner will be chosen in a random drawing of eligible participants who logged the correct answer for all four posters. The winner will receive a $1,000 contribution to an existing or new Individual Retirement Account for 2016.

The DASH for the STASH posters each have a QR code and a web link to a quiz that individuals will access to answer questions and participate in the contest. The posters cover four key topics: finding financial advisers, avoiding fraud, understanding investment fees, and building a nest egg. The easiest way to participate in the DASH for the STASH is to use a smartphone or mobile device to scan each poster’s QR code, but you can also use a laptop or desktop computer.

In Muhlenberg County, posters will be displayed at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries.

“We are excited to be involved with the DASH for the STASH,” Muhlenberg County Public Libraries Director Janet Harris said. “It seems like a fun and easy way for our patrons to learn more about investing and possibly win some money to help them get started.

“One of our goals as a public library is to provide information on a variety of topics to our citizens, and DASH for the STASH is a great way to do that.”

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries are also planning local financial-themed programs to coincide with the DASH for the STASH. More information about programs will be available soon.

The DASH for the STASH program is being launched by the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions and the nonprofit Investor Protection Institute.

“DASH for the STASH is a great way to engage consumers, especially younger people, who have not yet started to pay attention to this critical part of their financial outlook,” said Don Blandin, president and CEO of the Institute. “Our goal is to lead individuals to venues, such as public libraries, where they can find reliable investor education and protection resources.”

For more information about the 2016 DASH for the STASH or upcoming local programs, call Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

For DASH for the STASH rules, go to

Young Artist Showcase

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 K-8 students across the county, will be exhibited throughout the month of March.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Muhlenberg Arts Council in conjunction with Muhlenberg County Public Libraries. Each of the elementary and middle schools throughout the county is asked to submit up to 10 pieces of art per grade level as chosen by the teachers. Each student whose work is chosen will receive a certificate of participation from the Arts Council, and the Council will also choose the best works for each grade level and present awards to those students.

The awards will be presented during the exhibit’s Open House on March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is open to the public, and each of the students who have work displayed is encouraged to attend and discuss their work with other visitors. Refreshments will be provided.

The artwork will remain on display at Thistle Cottage through the end of March.

The Young Artist Showcase was inspired by and designed to coincide with Youth Art Month, an annual event that emphasizes the importance of arts education for children.

For more information about Youth Art Month or the Young Artist Showcase at Thistle Cottage, contact Arts Council Coordinator Melanie Smith at or call the library at 270-338-4760.

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