Visit this space to find out the latest happenings at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!
Harbin Memorial Library
117 South Main St
Central City Public Library
108 East Broad St
122 S Cherry St
Visit this space to find out the latest happenings at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries!
We will share our videos and other online activities here as they are posted throughout the summer!
We’ll be posting our own storytime and craft videos for preschool and elementary age children each Monday through June 22, and we’ll have teen activities each Tuesday. Adult videos and programs from other presenters will be posted each Thursday in June.
Check back each week to see what we’ve been up to!
Week 1 Family Activities (Preschool-5th grade) – Castles/Jack and the Beanstalk
Week 1 Teen Activity (6th-12th grade) – Fairy Gardens
Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will reopen for curbside service only on June 1.
The libraries will be open limited hours, and no members of the general public will enter the building during the curbside phase. Items may be ordered by phone and picked up outside the library at appointed times.
Library director Janet Harris said a final reopening date, when the libraries will welcome the public into the buildings again, is still up in the air. “We’re working through the process of figuring out how we can safely reopen without endangering our guests or our staff,” Harris said. “That will require a lot of changes to our buildings and operating procedures and will take a lot of extra protective equipment and supplies.
“But we want to continue to serve the community in every way possible, and for now, that means curbside service.”
Beginning June 1, library users can call the library at 270-338-4760 to request items and to set a pickup time. Staff will take curbside orders on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and items will be available for pickup by appointment on Tuesdays (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Central City and on Thursdays (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Harbin Memorial in Greenville.
These dates and times are subject to change.
Users should be ready to give their library card number and PIN over the phone when they place their curbside orders.
Harris said appointments will be required to pick up reserved items. “That way staff have plenty of time to pull the items and prepare them for pickup, and we can make sure we don’t have too many people waiting outside to pick up their orders at one time,” she explained. “We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of illness, including following social distancing guidelines.”
Library patrons can also still utilize the online catalog available on the library’s Web site to see what items are available, place holds, pay fines and more. Patrons will be contacted by library staff when a held item is available for pickup, and an appointment will be set at that time.
Harris said staff will wear masks and gloves when they prepare orders for pickup, and when ready, orders will be bagged and set aside in an isolated location until they are picked up.
A pickup area will be set up at the rear of each library location. The library’s phone number, along with a special phone extension number for pickups, will be displayed prominently outside the rear doors so curbside users can inform library staff they have arrived. A staff member will bring the user’s order out and place it in the vehicle’s trunk or an unoccupied seat.
All users are asked to remain in their vehicles or at a safe distance until the staff member has returned to the library.
Please be prepared to show your library card or other identification if needed.
All items must be returned in the library’s book drops. No returns will be accepted directly by staff members. For convenience, there are book drops located at both the front and rear of both library locations.
Newly returned items will be quarantined for at least three days before they will be available for anyone else to check out. All items will also be cleaned thoroughly after the quarantine period has expired.
“We are excited about being able to offer curbside service to our users, but we want to make sure that we do everything right,” Harris said. “We want to help keep our community healthy and safe.”
For more information about curbside service at Muhlenberg County Public Libraries, you can contact the library through the contact form on their website (http://www.mcplib.org) or on social media, or you can call the library at 270-338-4760 beginning June 1.
Registration is now available online for this year’s Summer Reading program!
Visit http://mcplib.org/summer-reading-2020-registration/ to register online, or click on the image below for a full-size printable version that you can fill out and return to the library by mail or in the book drop at either library location.
We can’t wait to get started with Summer Reading 2020!
Summer Reading begins June 1!
(If you still need to register, it’s not too late! Click here to fill out an online registration form.)
We have Summer Reading programs for all age groups from 18 months to adult.
If you provided an email when you registered, you should have received an email inviting you to our online reading log software, Reader Zone. (It can take up to 48 hours for registrations to be processed and emails sent.)
Beginning Monday, June 1, you can start logging your time spent reading. Please make use of the Book Bank feature on the app to let us know what you read and review those items! We will need that information for our final reports, so please make sure you keep track of what books you have read as much as possible.
If you don’t want to use the app to track your reading, you can also use paper reading logs. Printable versions of our logs are available at the end of this post. Just print as many as you need and return to the library by mail or in our book drops.
We will also begin posting Summer Reading-related videos and activities on our social media pages, YouTube channel and Web site on June 1. We’ll be posting content for families with preschool and elementary age children each Monday through June 22, activities for teens on Tuesdays and informational videos for adults on Thursdays. We will also share additional content on Wednesdays and Fridays, including some videos provided by Muhlenberg County Public Schools faculty members.
Activity kits are available for pickup on Thursdays and Fridays for children’s programs. These kits include supplies for the crafts and activities included in our weekly videos. Please check your email for dates, times and locations to pick up your kits. Kits are limited to those who registered for Summer Reading, and unless prior arrangements have been made, you must pick up your kit at the location you selected when registering.
Kits will be available each week for anyone registered by Tuesday of that week. Late registrants will be eligible for the following week’s kits.
Contact us if you have any questions!
Thank you for participating in Summer Reading 2020!
DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE READING LOGS HERE!
UPDATE: Online registration is now available at http://mcplib.org/summer-reading-2020-registration/!
Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is planning a modified Summer Reading Program this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The library is currently closed in accordance with government regulations and recommendations from healthcare officials.
However, library director Janet Harris explained, library staff hope to continue serving the community through reading challenges and online programming, especially as time draws near for the library’s popular annual Summer Reading Program. “We are unable to welcome guests into our buildings right now, but we’re still trying to find ways to help our community stay busy and continue learning new things from their own homes,” Harris said. “We have several online resources that people can access from anywhere, and we’ve been sharing video read-alongs and crafts since we can’t do storytime in person.”
Harris said, “Like a lot of other libraries, we normally ramp up programming for the summer, so we really hope to continue to provide these resources and others over the next couple of months as well.”
Muhlenberg County Public Libraries traditionally holds a Summer Reading Program each June with themed programs for all ages as well as incentives for reading. This year’s “Imagine Your Story” fantasy-themed program will be a little different than previous years, but staff have been working to come up with ways to host Summer Reading virtually while still following social distancing guidelines.
Instead of hosting programs in person at the library, staff are creating videos of activities that community members can do in their own homes. These videos will be shared weekly on the library’s website, social media accounts and YouTube channel. Each week will include at least one “family” program suitable for elementary age and younger children, one teen program for middle and high school aged participants, and one adult program. Additional programs may also be shared as they become available.
The library is partnering with Muhlenberg County Schools for this year’s Summer Reading Program. School faculty and staff are helping create and distribute materials and videos for the program.
Weekly program kits, including supplies for the recorded activities, will be available each week for children and teens who register for the Summer Reading Program. Kits may be picked up at set times at either library location or outside Bremen or Muhlenberg South Elementary schools. Participants will be asked for their preferred pickup location at registration and will be notified in advance of their pickup date and time.
Participants of all ages will also be encouraged to keep track of their reading through the summer. The library will be using Reader Zone, an app and website designed to easily allow readers to log how much they have read, in lieu of paper reading logs for most Summer Reading participants. Invitations to the library’s Reader Zone program will be emailed to participants as registrations are received.
Paper logs will also be available for those who cannot or do not want to keep track of their reading progress online.
Registration for the Summer Reading program will begin Monday, May 18. A form for online registration will be posted here on the library’s website and social media pages on that date. A printable version of the form is also available below for those who prefer a written format; printed forms can be mailed to the library or placed in the book drops at either library location when complete. (Click on the image for the full-size printable form.) Library staff will begin processing paper registrations on May 18.
Please do not complete the online form if you have already completed a paper form. Only one completed registration form is needed per participant. However, we will require a separate registration for each person who will be participating in Summer Reading, regardless of age.
Participants can register at any time before the end of Summer Reading but must be registered no later than May 26 in order to receive the first week’s craft kit. This allows staff time to prepare enough kits for the week.
For more information about the library’s Summer Reading plans, contact the library through social media or through the contact form at http://www.mcplib.org/contact. Questions can also be sent by mail to Muhlenberg County Public Libraries, 117 South Main Street, Greenville, KY 42345.