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Chautauqua – Kathleen Driskell

Join us on Oct. 22 for a free program with poet/storyteller Kathleen Driskell!
Driskell, who lives next door to an old cemetery in Louisville, will talk about her experiences with “the neighbors” and how her fascination with the old tombstones led to a revitalization of the mostly-abandoned cemetery.

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Two More Free Dinner Programs Scheduled

Did you miss last night’s early learning dinner? Don’t worry, you still have two more opportunities to get in on the fun!

Programs will be held next Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Beechmont Community Center and Oct. 20 at Bremen Community Center. Both programs start at 5:30 p.m. We’ll feed you, just bring your families and join us for an evening of fun educational opportunities!


Fall Break Fun!


Sticking around Muhlenberg County for Fall Break? Never fear, Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has plenty of opportunities for fun during the annual break week!

The week kicks off with a game day at Thistle Cottage in Greenville on Monday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. We will have jumbo Jenga, jumbo Ker-Plunk, board games, cornhole and snacks. This event is for ages 10 to 18.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, is LEGO Day at the library in Central City. Kids can visit the library between 10 and 11:30 a.m. for LEGO free play, games (including bingo) and more.

Tuesday continues with “Frozen Fun” in the afternoon. Face painting, games and crafts will be available at Central City between 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday afternoon provides a chance to personalize your phone or phone accessories (for ages 10 to 18). Bring your phone case, charger, earbuds or any other accessory you’d like to decorate to Thistle Cottage from 1 to 4 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

We’ll host another game day Thursday, this time at Central City. We’ll have Wii games, board games and pizza and popcorn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can also visit Thistle Cottage on Thursday afternoon (1-4 p.m.) for a tie dye event. Bring a shirt, pillowcase or any other item you’d like to dye. Snacks will be provided. This event is also for ages 10 to 18.

Teens and tweens (ages 10 to 18) can come back to Thistle Cottage Friday afternoon (1-4 p.m. again) to paint a bird house. Snacks, again, will be provided.

Finally, teens (9th through 12th grade) can attend our annual Zombie Prom Friday night at Central City! The party starts at 5 p.m. Teens, come dressed in your best zombie attire for a night of creepy fun. Food will be available, and there will be a contest for the best dressed zombie.

Teens will be expected to remain in the meeting room while attending the Zombie Prom.

All of the above events are available for free. For more information, call 270-338-4760, and join us this week for Fall Break fun!

Free Dinner Programs

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has a great opportunity coming up for families with children aged 3 to 5!
The library will present three programs aimed at making sure local children are prepared for kindergarten. Dinner will be provided, and each program will feature a variety of fun activities and materials for families to take home to continue working with children on their own time.
Examples of activities include special themed storytimes at each program, language-related games, science experiments and more.
These events promise to be fun for everyone!
These programs are FREE, thanks to a collaboration with the National Center for Families Learning! Families do not have to attend all three programs but may attend as many programs as they choose. Each program will focus on a different developmental area.
Programs include:
09/29/15 at Central City Public Library – Language & Literacy
10/06/15 at Beechmont Community Center – Life Skills
10/20/15 at Bremen Community Center – Math & Science
Families MUST register for the programs they plan to attend so we can make sure we have enough food and supplies for everyone!
For more information or to register, call us at 270-338-4760.

Carlisle Bros. Chautauqua Performance – Sept. 24, 2015

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has some exciting programs coming up!

The library system has scheduled several upcoming speakers and performances through a grant from the Felix Martin, Jr. Foundation. The first of these performances will take place next week.

Greg Breeding and Martin Harley, as the country music duo the Carlisle Brothers, will visit Muhlenberg County for a Chautauqua performance on September 24 at 7 p.m. This event will take place at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage branch.

The Carlisle Brothers – Clifford and his younger brother Bill – were born in Wakefield, Ky., near Louisville. The brothers were “pioneers of early country music,” as described in the Kentucky Chautauqua character directory for 2015-16. They began performing on Louisville radio in the 1930s, then signed with Decca Records and eventually became the stars of two barn-dance programs. They had a major hit with “Rainbow at Midnight” in 1946.

Clifford Carlisle wrote more than 300 songs before he retired from the spotlight, and Bill Carlisle had several solo hits after his older brother retired. Bill became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1953 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.

This event is only the first of four scheduled for the coming months. Storyteller Kathleen Driskell will present “Next Door to the Dead” on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Driskell is a professor of creative writing at Spalding University in Louisville. Then, in the spring, the library will host two more Chautauqua performances: Anne Shelby as songwriter Aunt Molly Jackson (Mar. 3, 2016) and Kevin Hardesty as Confederate President Jefferson Davis (Apr. 7, 2016).

Kentucky Chautauqua is a Kentucky Humanities Council program.

All of these events are free and open to the public, and all will take place at Thistle Cottage. For more information, call 270-338-4760.

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