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Kids on the Block Virtual Programs

Join us for FREE virtual Kids on the Block programs this month! These fun and educational programs use puppets to help kids learn about health, safety and social issues.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up online at https://forms.gle/wRhoY3uFyypemzh9A to participate!

These programs will be held online via Zoom. The program links will be emailed to participants prior to the start of the program. Please make sure you have registered well in advance so you can receive the link and troubleshoot any issues before the program begins!

Women’s History Month – Reading List

March is Women’s History Month!

Last month, for Black History Month, we shared some suggested reading on our social media pages from other sources. We couldn’t find a single good reading list elsewhere to share this month, so we compiled our own, using suggestions from the New York Public Library, the D.C. library and more.
You can find all of these books in our libraries or in ebook form through Kentucky Libraries Unbound!

Books are presented in alphabetical order by age group. Click each image to go directly to our catalog listing for that title!

This is not an exhaustive list! Search our catalog for more books about women’s history, famous females and more topics!

Children’s Books

She Persisted – Chelsea Clinton
You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer: A Very Improper Story – Shana Corey
Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge – Rachel Dougherty
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women – Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman – Nikki Grimes
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World – Rachel Ignotofsky
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark – Debbie Levy
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: The Story of the Lady Who Made Libraries for Children – Jan Pinborough
Rad American Women A-Z – Kate Schatz

Adult and YA books

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(digital audiobook only)
Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age – Kurt W. Beyer
The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience
The Women’s Room – Marilyn French
Rise of the Rocket Girls – Nathalia Holt
(ebook only)
Going Rogue: An American Life – Sarah Palin
Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics – Dolly Parton and Robert K. Oermann
The Radical Element: Twelve Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls – Jessica Spotswood
(ebook only)
Just As I Am – Cicely Tyson
If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t) – Betty White

Other

Dreamers and Doers: Voices of Kentucky Women
Hidden Figures (DVD)

Know Your Library – Hotspots

Did you know that Muhlenberg County Public Libraries has Wi-Fi hotspots available for checkout?

These hotspots allow Internet access for patrons in remote areas of the county who may not otherwise have a reliable connection.

We have a limited number of hotspots available at each library branch.

Due to the popularity and limited availability of these items, as well as their relatively higher cost, there are some special restrictions on hotspot checkouts. We limit checkouts to one week, and they cannot be renewed. (These items may be checked out again at a later date, if available, but they must be returned to the library first.)

Late fees are higher for the hotspots than some other items ($3 per day they are late), and similar to our other items, if they are not returned within a reasonable period of time, you may be charged for the equipment. This helps ensure that we will have equipment available for other patrons and can continue to provide this service to our users.

You will also be asked for a small deposit in order to check out a hotspot, and you must sign an agreement stating that you understand and agree to our hotspot checkout policy.

If you have library fines on your account, you may not be eligible to borrow a hotspot. If you do have library fines, however, you can pay those through our online catalog system at http://mcplib.org/catalog-search/.

For more information about checking out a hotspot, call us at 270-338-4760!

Know Your Library – Kentucky Virtual Library

Did you know that anyone with a Muhlenberg County Public Libraries card has easy, free access to a multitude of educational databases?

Kentucky Virtual Library is free for all public library cardholders.

Kentucky Virtual Library, or KYVL, is a collaborative effort between libraries, schools and hospitals across the commonwealth, along with the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives and the Council on Postsecondary Education. KYVL includes educational resources for all levels, ranging from learning materials geared toward early readers to scholarly journals helpful for research projects.

Currently, KYVL even includes access to Ancestry.com for those who are interested in tracing their family tree.

KYVL also includes the Kentucky Digital Library. Kentucky Digital Library is a digital archive of newspapers, photographs and more from across the state of Kentucky.

KYVL can be accessed for free from the safety and comfort of your own home. You’ll need a working Internet connection and our library’s login information. To get the current login credentials, call the library at 270-338-4760 and verify that you have a library card.

The login info changes regularly, so you may need to call for updated information if it’s been a while since you accessed KYVL.

For more details about the resources provided as part of KYVL, or for more information about how to get started, check out our recent video tutorial series on YouTube or our Facebook page. We currently have videos focusing on resources for adults in college and professional careers and for elementary-age students, with more tutorials to come later this month.

Know Your Library – Online Genealogy Resources

Did you know Muhlenberg County Public Libraries offers a free way to work on your genealogy research from your own home?

Every Muhlenberg County Public Libraries user can log into HeritageQuest Online with their library card number (referred to on the HeritageQuest website as “barcode”) to begin searching for information.

Library cardholders can also temporarily access popular genealogy website Ancestry.com from their homes for free through Kentucky Virtual Library.

Both websites are operated by parent company ProQuest.

While these two services are both operated by the same parent company, they do not have all the same information. HeritageQuest has a smaller collection, but it includes some of the most popular data, such as census records.

HeritageQuest also includes city directories, maps, family stories and more.

Ancestry, meanwhile, has many additional records, including vital (birth and death) records, court and legal documents, and more.

Ancestry isn’t typically available to cardholders outside the library without an additional fee for an individual account, so HeritageQuest is a great way to get started or to supplement your research if Ancestry isn’t available.

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is fortunate to be able to offer Ancestry Library Edition temporarily to our patrons in their own homes. This service is provided through Kentucky Virtual Library in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives. Currently, this service is set to expire some time in 2021.

In the meantime, patrons can visit our Online Resources page at http://www.mcplib.org/resources to find a link to the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL). You may need to call the library to get current login information, which changes frequently, but once you log in, you will have access to a vast collection of databases and other research materials.

As long as it is available, you can find Ancestry Library Edition in the “Databases” drop-down menu or in the A to Z List of Resources on KYVL.

Even after this special Ancestry access expires, our patrons will continue to have free access to HeritageQuest Online. There is a link to HeritageQuest on our Online Resources page, as well.

You will need a valid library card number to log in to HeritageQuest, but you can access it at any time from any location.

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