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A father and daughter reading together

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Join our Historical Marker Scavenger Hunt!

 

It’s time! Our Historical Marker Scavenger Hunt is now live!

Use the digital information below to find and visit as many of our county’s 15 historical markers as you can before Nov. 15, then use the form at the bottom of the page to submit proof of your visits. We prefer digital photos as proof, but if this isn’t possible, you may also answer the question provided for each marker to receive credit.

A printed version of the map and list is also available from the front desk of either library branch, and you may return your completed checklist with answers to the front desk if you are not submitting photos.

Everyone who participates will receive a gift, and if you visit at least 12 of the 15 markers, you’ll be entered into our grand prize drawing!

All responses must be received by 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 to be eligible for prizes.

 

Please be careful visiting markers and observe all traffic and property laws.

 

Historical Marker Scavenger Hunt pamphlet front with complete rules and other info

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Historical Marker Scavenger Hunt pamphlet inside with map and list of markers

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A slightly larger (but still single-page) printable version of the map and question list is also available here, and you may click here for a digital version of the map via Google Maps. (This version may be zoomed in/enlarged to a greater degree, and it should work with your smart device’s GPS in most cases.)

 


 

SUBMISSION FORM:

You can participate by either submitting digital photos of each marker you visited or, if that isn’t possible, answering a question about each one to prove you were really there. Just make sure you select the correct method when asked on the form below.

Please check your information carefully for errors before submitting! After your submission has been received and reviewed (within 72 hours), you will receive an emailed gift voucher to take to the front desk for your participation prize, so it is crucial that we have your correct email address.

If you have not received this voucher within 72 hours, please check your Spam folder to make sure it wasn’t accidentally redirected there. If you can’t find it, contact us through our online form or call us at 270-338-4760.

 

 

Fall Craft Kits Available Now!

 

 

 

Sign up here for free fall craft/activity kits for ages 18 months to 18 years!

Storytime kits (for ages 18 mo. to 5 years) will be available weekly. Elementary, middle and high school aged children will receive a monthly kit.

Please fill out the form ONCE for each child who will be receiving the kits. A parent must fill out the form for children age 15 and under.

 

 

 

Music Week coming soon!

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT 7/19/2021: The concert portion of our Music Week Program has been cancelled due to rising COVID-19 case numbers in Muhlenberg County. However, the main program will continue with small groups for each Music Week session. We will be following all health and safety recommendations and guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

 

 

We’re so excited to welcome everyone to Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Music Week, coming July 26!

 


Music Week is four days of fun- and music-filled adventures featuring talented musicians Derek Harris and Paul Martin of the Misty Mountain String Band and the Blue Monroes.

 

Music Week kicks off with an informative, fun “music camp” for children ages 3 to 18. Each participating child can attend two sessions with Derek and Paul to view and learn more about various types of musical instruments. We’ll have an instrument “petting zoo,” where the children can get hands-on with the instruments, as well as crafts, singalongs and more.

 

Activities will vary depending on the child’s age.

 

We’ll hold sessions at both our Harbin Memorial and Central City library locations, so you can choose the location that works best for your family. Harbin Memorial will meet on Monday and Tuesday, and Central City will host the camp on Wednesday and Thursday.

 

The full schedule of sessions follows:

  • 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. – Pre-K children (approximately ages 3 to 5)
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – K-2nd grade
  • 1 p.m.-2 p.m. – 3rd-5th grade
  • 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Teens/tweens (6th-12th grade)

 

We ask each participant to choose their location at registration and only attend the sessions at that location, as space will be limited. However, each registered child can attend both days at their location of choice.

 

For example, a preschool-age child may attend on Monday and Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Harbin Memorial, or they may attend on Wednesday and Thursday at Central City.

 

As previously mentioned, space is limited, so we require pre-registration for this program. You can sign up for Harbin Memorial’s sessions at https://forms.gle/NAqyK4BwFKNjEezh6 or at https://forms.gle/1jEcWF5He4wzszdr6 for Central City’s sessions. Please sign up as soon as possible to secure your spot!

 

Music Week will end with a special free concert featuring Derek and Paul. A time and location will be announced later. All ages are welcome to attend.

 

Derek Harris is a native Muhlenberg Countian, but he now lives in Louisville, where he and Paul Martin play together in a couple of musical groups. They have also taught other lessons and music camps, and they previously visited us during Summer Reading 2019, where they led a similar program.

 

We’re very excited to welcome Derek and Paul back to Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!

 

If you have questions about Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Music Week, please give us a call at 270-338-4760 or contact us through our website or social media. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more details about this and other upcoming programs!

 

 

 

Summer Reading Info

 

 

Summer Reading Registration is now open! Head to http://mcplib.org/summer-reading-2021-registration/ to sign up for the program, or keep reading for more info about Summer Reading activities.

 

(You can also click on the image below to print a registration form if you prefer not to sign up online.)

 

Printable Summer Reading Registration Form

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If you’ve already signed up and are actively participating in the program, you can print additional reading logs below, as well as copies of our Summer Reading Bingo cards! (Click each image to see a full-size, printable version.)

 

You’ll also find a flyer below listing the pickup dates, times and locations of our activity kits. (This information will also be emailed to you in a reminder each week if you included an email address on your registration form.)

 

If you have digital images or videos to submit for your Summer Reading Challenges, click here to send in your entries via our special Summer Reading Challenge Submission form.

Only specific challenge entries (birdhouses for adults, watermelons and pets for teens) should be submitted through the Challenge Submission form linked above, but we’d still love to see any other photos you have of your family participating in Summer Reading activities! Feel free to send us those through social media or tag us in your posts.

 

If you want to watch our Summer Reading Videos, you can find those on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. We have videos for a variety of age groups, as well as other Summer Reading-related content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Make sure you subscribe or follow us so you don’t miss anything!

 

Thank you for participating in Summer Reading 2021 at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!

 

 

 

 

 

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2021 Summer Reading Coming Soon!

 

 

Summer Reading Registration is now open! Head to http://mcplib.org/summer-reading-2021-registration/ to sign up for the program!

 

 

Summer Reading is coming soon to Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!

 

 

Registration begins Monday, May 24 for the much beloved annual program.

 

The library is not holding in-person programs at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so this year’s “Tails and Tales” animal-themed Summer Reading Program will follow a similar format to last year’s program. Community members who sign up for the program will be able to participate in reading and activity challenges online or by using paper logs to keep track of their completed tasks.

 

The library will also offer virtual programming in the form of online themed videos and at least one live presentation by Mammoth Cave National Park. Patrons will also be eligible for prizes and giveaways based on their participation in the program.

 

Summer Reading is available for all ages, and each age group will have different challenges and activities in which to participate.

 

Library staff are working hard to get everything ready for Summer Reading. They plan to offer 3 virtual programs or presentations each week, including weekly virtual storytimes for children as well as video tours or presentations from other organizations for both children and adults.

 

The main focus of Summer Reading, of course, is to encourage community members to continue reading throughout the summer months, library director Janet Harris said. She said, “We want everyone to keep up with their reading all year long, not just during winter or during the school year.”

 

“Studies show that reading has a lot of benefits to our mental health, and we want everyone to experience those positive results.”

 

Summer Reading participants will be encouraged to read as much as possible and to keep track of their reading either online, using special tracking software called Reader Zone, or by using paper reading logs. Those who wish to track their participation online should include an email address on their registration form in order to receive an invitation to the library’s Reader Zone group.

 

Any type of reading material is acceptable for the program, Harris said; the goal is just to keep your mind active.

 

Adult participants will also have weekly activity challenges to complete if they choose, and younger participants (children and teens) will receive weekly kits with supplies and suggestions for activities that can be done at home.

 

Library staff will set up at several locations throughout the county every week with the childrens’ and teens’ activity kits to make the program as convenient as possible for community members. Participants can choose their preferred pickup location when they register.

 

Pickup locations will be available in Greenville, Central City, Powderly, Bremen, Beechmont and Drakesboro.

 

Once Summer Reading registration opens on May 24, prospective participants can sign up in person at the front desk of either library branch. The library is currently open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

Community members can also register online or by mail. A link will be posted on the library’s website and social media pages for those who wish to register online, and a printable registration form will be available on the library website. A printed form will also be available in next week’s newspapers.

 

Printed registration forms may be returned to the library by mail or dropped off in person.

 

Participants can begin tracking their reading immediately after they register for the program. Virtual programming will begin June 7 and will continue through the end of June.

 

Community members can register and begin participating in Summer Reading at any point before the end of the program on July 2.

 

“We’re excited about our Summer Reading Program,” Harris said. “It’s always one of our biggest programs of the year, and we have a lot of fun with it.”

 

“We hope this year’s program will be great, too!”

 

For more information about Summer Reading or the other programs and services offered by Muhlenberg County Public Libraries, contact the library at 270-338-4760 or through the website contact form.

 

 

 

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