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Young Artist Showcase on display at Thistle Cottage in March

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 elementary and middle school students across the county, will be on exhibit throughout the month of March.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Muhlenberg Arts Council in conjunction with Muhlenberg County Public Libraries. Each elementary and middle school art teacher is asked to submit up to 10 pieces of art per grade level to be displayed at Thistle Cottage for a month. The top three pieces per grade level will be chosen by an outside judge and presented with appropriate awards.

Arts Council Coordinator Sean Mooningham said the annual art show is a way for the Arts Council to both recognize local talent and help foster an appreciation for the arts in Muhlenberg County students. He said, “This is a great opportunity to encourage our youth and help promote the visual arts … just another way we are striving to ‘keep the arts alive’ in Muhlenberg County.”

Last year’s Young Artist Showcase included artwork by more than 300 Muhlenberg County students, Thistle Cottage’s Amie Waltrip said, and the event has grown in popularity each year.

Due to overwhelming response in previous years, two open houses will be held for this year’s show. The first open house, scheduled for Monday, March 2 at 5 to 7 p.m., will focus on artwork from students in kindergarten through fourth grade. A second open house will be held the following Monday, March 9, at the same time for fifth through eighth grades.

The full show will be on display during both events. Members of the public are encouraged to come during the event that corresponds to the age group they are most interested in, but no one will be turned away at either event. “We are just trying to find a way to make sure everyone has a pleasant experience,” Waltrip explained. “Last year, we had a huge, wonderful turnout for the open house, but because of the number of people here, many of them had to wait in a long line to get inside and then didn’t feel like they could stop and admire the art as much as they wanted.

“We’re hoping that by splitting our crowd across multiple events, everyone will still get the chance to see the show without feeling rushed or crowded.”

The artwork will remain on display at Thistle Cottage through March 27 during regular business hours. Thistle Cottage is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the Young Artist Showcase at Thistle Cottage, call Thistle Cottage at 270-338-4760.

New Year, New You: Yoga in the Library

Call 270-338-4760 to register for free yoga in the library! Space is limited!


Yoga in the Library (Harbin Memorial)
Chair Yoga – Wednesdays at 10 a.m. (Jan. 15-Feb. 5)
Regular Yoga – Thursdays at 6 p.m. (Feb. 6-27)

Pictures with Santa, Jubilee of Trees Coming Soon

It’s hard to believe the end of the year is approaching so quickly, but the holiday season is upon us once more!



As the community prepares for the festive season, staff at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries – Thistle Cottage are gearing up for another annual Jubilee of Trees.

The Jubilee of Trees has been an annual holiday tradition at Thistle Cottage for more than 10 years. Each year in December, the historic building hosts a fantasy forest of Christmas trees decorated by community businesses and organizations. This year’s Jubilee of Trees includes 17 different trees decorated by:


  • Muhlenberg County Public Libraries
  • ACT Christian Academy
  • Alpha Iota
  • Central City Elementary School
  • First Kentucky Bank
  • First Southern National Bank
  • Friends of the Library
  • Girl Scouts
  • Greenville Tourism
  • Greenville Woman’s Club
  • Muhlenberg Arts Council
  • Muhlenberg Cooperative Extension Service
  • Old National
  • Opportunity Center
  • Owensboro Health – Muhlenberg Community Hospital
  • SOAR (canceled)


Visitors to the Jubilee of Trees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree. Each vote also counts as an entry into a prize giveaway.

The Jubilee of Trees opens to the public on Dec. 7 with another of Thistle Cottage’s popular annual events, Pictures with Santa. Community members will be able to visit and take free photos with Santa Claus in a charming historic setting at Thistle Cottage on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thistle Cottage’s Amie Waltrip explained that library staff opted last year not to provide a paid professional photographer on-site, as had been done in previous years, and this year they will do the same due to last year’s success. Waltrip said, “After listening to feedback from the community, we realized there was a need for a free event where everyone could meet Santa and get a photo with him in a nice setting.”

“We don’t want to compete with our local photographers’ own holiday event,” Waltrip added. “Those are great programs, but there are some families who cannot afford to pay for a professional photo session, especially at this time of year. Those families still deserve a chance to get a photo with Santa, though, and our goal is to provide that opportunity.”

Thistle Cottage will provide free cookies and cocoa to visitors at Pictures with Santa, and the event serves as an open house for the Jubilee of Trees. No reservations are needed.

After the open house Dec. 7, the Jubilee of Trees will remain open during Thistle Cottage’s regular business hours (Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) through December 30.

For more information about the Jubilee of Trees or Pictures with Santa, call Thistle Cottage at 270-338-4760.


Happy Fall!

Happy Fall, everyone!


Have you seen all of our upcoming events and programs? We have several fall-themed programs going on! Make sure you subscribe to our event calendar, and check out a list below of our programs coming up before the end of the month, including a few extra surprise/pop-up events that aren’t on the regular event calendar!
For more information about what’s going on at the library, call us at 270-338-4760 or follow us on social media. We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Oct. 19-30 – Pumpkin Decorating Contest at Harbin Memorial
Drop off decorated pumpkins (no carved pumpkins, please) at Harbin Memorial any time between Oct. 19 and Oct. 30 to participate in our new contest! Patrons will vote on their favorite pumpkin, and the winner will be notified Oct. 31.
This contest is open to all ages!



Oct. 21-25 – Fall Craft Weeks
Stop by either library branch during regular business hours this week to create fall crafts!
Crafts are available while supplies last.
Call 270-338-4760 for more information!



Oct. 26 – Pop-Up Pumpkin Painting at Harbin Memorial
Join us Saturday at Harbin Memorial to paint a pumpkin! This will be a great opportunity to decorate a pumpkin for our ongoing Pumpkin Decorating contest!
Our pop-up pumpkin painting program will only be available while supplies last. Supplies are limited, so come early!



Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m. – Halloween!
All of our branches will be available during downtown trick-or-treating in Greenville and Central City! Stop by and see us at Harbin Memorial, the Central City library or Thistle Cottage for a treat!

Thistle Cottage to host Community Art Show


Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is set to host a brand new community event next month, but we need community involvement to make it happen!

The library is planning a Community Art Show for September.
The art show is open to all Muhlenberg County adults and will be on display at Thistle Cottage September 3-28.

“We really want to get the community more involved,” Thistle Cottage Archivist Amie Waltrip explained. “And since we have so many talented people in this county, we thought this was a good way to highlight them and their work.”

Waltrip said she and her coworkers are currently accepting submissions for the art show. All artwork must be turned in at Thistle Cottage by 5 p.m. Friday, August 23 to be included in the show.

“We’re really hoping for a good turnout … we want everyone to have the chance to be included,” Waltrip said.

Thistle Cottage also hosts art shows for students every spring.

Guidelines for submissions to the adult Community Art Show are:


  • Must be completed by an adult (18 or over) who currently lives, works or owns property in Muhlenberg County
  • Must be suitable for a diverse, all-ages audience
  • All media and forms of artwork are acceptable (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, needlework, etc.)
  • Each artist may submit up to three pieces of work
  • All artwork must be labelled with artist’s name, address and phone number and title of artwork


Additionally, Waltrip said, if more than one piece of art is submitted by a single artist, they should be ranked in order of priority. In the case of a shortage of gallery space, Muhlenberg County Public Libraries staff will display the highest priority artworks first to ensure that everyone has a chance to be included and show off their best or favorite works.

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries reserves the right to exclude any artwork that does not meet the guidelines above.

Waltrip said the art show will officially open on September 3 and will remain available to the public during business hours through the end of September. Thistle Cottage is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The building will also be open during Squash and Gobble on September 14 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more information about the Community Art Show, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage at 270-338-4760.

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