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Fourth of July

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will be closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observance of Independence Day. We’ll reopen Wednesday (July 5) at our normal time. Have a great Fourth of July!

Thistle Cottage closed June 12-16

Aside from previously scheduled activities, Thistle Cottage will be closed June 12-16 for collection maintenance and training. All planned activities will take place as scheduled. Thank you for your cooperation!

Summer Reading Program begins soon

It’s time for Summer Reading at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries! This year’s Build a Better World theme includes opportunities for all ages.

The annual Summer Reading Program is designed to keep students and adults reading even through the summer break as well as provide fun, safe things to do while school is out.

The library has several opportunities planned this year for all age groups. The Summer Reading Program runs for four weeks throughout the month of June.

Children’s programs will be held at both the Central City branch of the library and the temporary Harbin Memorial location at Old National Bank in Greenville. Children may attend programs at either location. Programming begins June 5.

The schedule for children’s programming is as follows:

  • 18 months through 5 years old – Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at Harbin Memorial and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at Central City
  • Kindergarten through second grade – Mondays at 1 p.m. at Harbin Memorial and Thursdays at 1 p.m. at Central City
  • Third through fifth grade – Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Harbin Memorial and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at Central City

Program topics will include Construction Zone, Tower Power, Hammer Time and Build a Better Meal.

Teens (sixth through 12th grade) will also have the opportunity to attend programs in both Greenville and Central City. Teen programs will take place at Central City on Mondays at 2 p.m. Topics for Central City programs include Build a Better Landscape, Build a Better Future, Build a Better Self and Build a Better Meal. Greenville programs will be held on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at Thistle Cottage with topics including Upcycling, Tech, Gardening and Build a Better Meal.

Opportunities are also available for adults to participate in reading challenges as part of the Summer Reading Program.

These programs are free to all participants. Registration for all ages begins May 30.

For more information, call the library at 270-338-4760.

Bluegrass Book Buddies

Check out this new state program designed to support and increase literacy! It’s easy to participate: just find a buddy, read together and post a picture or video!

Book Buddies poster FB size

Spring Victorian Tea to be held May 13


Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is preparing for an event people look forward to all year.

The annual Spring Victorian Tea is coming up May 13 at 2 p.m. at Thistle Cottage.

The Spring Victorian Tea is held each year to give visitors a glimpse of what it would be like to attend a traditional Victorian afternoon tea. The event is held at Thistle Cottage, which was built soon after the end of the Victorian era. Attendees are treated to a light meal and a variety of carefully chosen teas.

“It just gives everyone a chance to experience something a little different,” library director Janet Harris said. “We try to give our guests a glimpse of what it would be like to attend an authentic Victorian tea in a comfortable, local setting.”

Harris said the library staff works hard to find a good balance between authenticity and comfort. The menu, for example, includes food the staff thinks everyone will enjoy while still being unique. “We try to serve things that people don’t get every day,” Harris said.

“We really try to make sure everyone who attends has a great time and feels like they’ve been part of something special.”

The tea also includes a hat contest. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite fancy hats, and a prize will be given away at the end of the event.

Tickets for the tea are $10 each and may be purchased at Thistle Cottage (122 South Cherry St. in Greenville). Seating is limited, so anyone interested in attending is encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

For more information about the Spring Victorian Tea, call Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

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