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Library offers Foundation Directory access

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has a new service to offer grantseekers.

The library now offers free access to the Foundation Directory Online, a web-based searchable list of organizations that offer grants.

The Foundation Directory Online is a service of the Foundation Center, a nonprofit that gathers data from philanthropic organizations and assists those seeking funding.

The directory includes information on more than 3.4 million grants and more than 100,000 grantmakers. Users can search for grants or givers by name, location, field of interest, keyword and more. Each profile includes information about the sort of funding provided and recent grant amounts, as well as contact information for grantmakers and past recipients. That information can then be used to identify grants and organizations that are likely to provide the sort of funding needed by users.

Records can be printed, emailed or saved to a removable USB drive.

Profiles can also be added to an online workspace so that users can further assess whether their project is a good fit. Users can also use the Foundation Directory Online to help keep track of ongoing grant requests and tasks remaining to be completed.

Locally, the Foundation Directory Online can be accessed on-site at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage branch. Normal library printing fees may apply.

In order to use the Foundation Directory Online, call the library at 270-338-4760 ext. 4 to set up an appointment time. Staff will provide assistance with logging into the database and searching if required.

Foundation Directory Online access is sponsored by the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation and Muhlenberg County Public Libraries.

Mose Rager: Kentucky’s Shy Guitar Master

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is excited to announce an upcoming presentation about local musicians.

Nancy Richey will visit the library’s Thistle Cottage branch on February 16 to talk about Mose Rager’s life and influence on music.

Richey will be joined by local thumbpicker Joe Hudson, who will perform prior to the start of the discussion.

Richey is the co-author of the book Mose Rager: Kentucky’s Incomparable Guitar Master, along with the late Carlton Jackson, and an associate professor and Visual Resources Librarian at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. As a member of the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Speaker Bureau for 2016-17, she travels around the state speaking about Mose Rager.

Richey will make her book available to audience members at the February 16 event.

Hudson, a Muhlenberg County native, is one of only 76 performers (musicians, dancers, actors and storytellers) listed in the Performing Artists directory for the Kentucky Arts Council, which requires an application and selection process by the Arts Council. He recently performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville along with famous musician and actor John Schneider, known by many for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the popular 1970s television show The Dukes of Hazzard. Hudson also serves as the executive director of the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame Organization.

Hudson will begin playing at Thistle Cottage at 6 p.m. on February 16, followed by Richey’s presentation at 7 p.m.
This event is free, funded in part by a grant from the Felix Martin Jr. Foundation and presented as a service of the Kentucky Humanities Council.
For more information, call 270-338-4760.



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Kentucky: Past, Present and Future

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is excited to host an upcoming special program in conjunction with the Kentucky Historical Society.

The program, presented by the Historical Society’s Amanda Higgins, will include a discussion about Kentucky’s history and where we go from here.

Higgins will visit Thistle Cottage on January 17 at 7 p.m. for an audience-led discussion about Kentucky’s past, present and future.

Higgins will set up the discussion and provide background. The audience will drive where the discussion goes from there.

The program will be part of a year-long Kentucky Historical Society Listening Tour celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of Kentucky. The Historical Society wants to talk with people all over the state about what makes Kentucky unique. Everyone is encouraged to attend the program and represent Muhlenberg County with their thoughts about our state.

Higgins earned a PhD in History from the University of Kentucky in 2013. A Kentuckian by birth and by choice, she said she loves this state and cannot wait to hear what Muhlenberg Countians think about our past 225 and the next 225 years.

Light refreshments will also be provided during the program, and it will be suitable for all ages.

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

Holiday Closures

All branches of Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Dec. 27 for holiday observances and will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at each branch’s normal time.
All branches will also be closed for a staff meeting and luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 22, from noon until 1:30 p.m.

The following week, Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30 and remain closed through Monday, Jan. 2 for New Years. All branches will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at their normal times.

Happy holidays!

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.

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