As we begin the final month of 2016, we at the Russell County Public Library are looking back on a great year full of reading, programming and working to serve our community.
By the numbers, here is a complete look at your public library’s impact over the past fiscal year.
After much consideration, we have decided to digitize our microfilm collection of local newspapers.
At the end of this process, our newspaper collection will be available online!
Meanwhile, they will be unavailable in physical format for the next two weeks.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Written by: Brittany Emerson
It’s time to break out the shopping carts at the Russell County Public Library. This signifies the beginning of the holiday season as our annual “Food for Fines” effort gets under way. When you see a shopping cart near the entrance of each RCPL location, you know it’s time to open your cupboards and give to God’s Food Pantry while getting a break on your library fines in the process.
The Russell County Public Library has been offering “Food for Fines” for more than five years and is proud to collect several shopping carts full of nonperishable food items annually to give to the local God’s Food Pantry organization.
Do you have overdue fees? Bring in clean, unexpired, non-perishable food between now and December 17th! For every item you donate we will waive $1.00 of your fines.
Some suggested items:
All donated food will go to God's Food Pantry in Russell Springs.
Note: Food is only accepted for overdue fines, not for lost or damaged charges
Russell County participating in statewide ‘Where I’m From’ project
In the summer of 1993, Kentucky poet George Ella Lyon started working on the piece that would become her award-winning and internationally acclaimed poem “Where I’m From.” It has since become one of the foremost poetry writing models in the world.
Lyon, Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-16, is using “Where I’m From” as the central theme of a statewide call for poetry submissions that will represent each of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
The Russell County Public Library is designated as the project organizer for Russell County, and will be collecting submissions of “Where I’m From” poems to be published on the Kentucky Arts Council’s website. The Kentucky Arts Council requires that all submissions be written following the structure and style of Lyon’s original poem, and must include the writers’ names, communities or schools, and counties.
The “Where I’m From” structure explores the Commonwealth through memory poems, and in many cases, is simply a list of what is important to you about a particular place. Poems may be submitted to the Russell County Public Library via email as Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents to firstname.lastname@example.org, or dropped off in hardcopy format at either RCPL location. Deadline to submit poems to the Library is Monday, November 28, 2016.
“This is a hands-on learning opportunity for teachers and students to get involved in reading and writing poetry by submitting poems that embody what is important to them about Russell County,” said Library Director Lindsey Westerfield. “It is also a great outlet for local writers who are inspired by their local roots and want to share their craft with others in Kentucky. We certainly want to be sure that Russell County has a great submission and is included among the other 119 Kentucky counties.”
The Friends of the Library Semi-Annual Fall Book Sale is coming up!
Join us October 17 - October 19 at the Russell County Public Library in Jamestown and Russell Springs. We have hardbacks, paperbacks, children's books, audiobooks, and more! Items will range from 10¢ - $1.
Patrons can also buy a Friends of the Library membership for $10 to receive an additional 50% off!
Be sure to check out the lowest prices in this three day only Book Sale.
@ Your Library – October
It’s nearly time for the semi-annual book sale hosted by the Friends of the Russell County Public Library, and this is your official invitation to come to both library locations Monday, October 17 through Wednesday, October 19 to find some unbeatable book buys.
This is a prime opportunity to find books of all kinds for super cheap prices (and they’re even cheaper if you are or become a member of the Friends of the Library group).
The Friends of the Russell County Public Library is a charitable organization that works to support and promote your local public library. The spring and fall book sales are just two of several efforts coordinated by the group each year. To learn more about the Friends of the RCPL, visit www.russellcountylibrary.com/friends or stop by and pick up a brochure.
The money brought in through the book sale goes to support your local library in a variety of ways and helps us to purchase new books and provide a variety of services for library patrons.
The semi-annual book sale features non-fiction, biography, fiction and children’s books as well as DVDs and VHS tapes for sale.
Come out to the Russell County Public Library Branch in Russell Springs to meet Kentucky author Ronald Wolford Blair.
Enter to win a door prize!
Mr. Blair will have copies available to purchase. The cost of the book will be $30 and proceeds of this collectors edition will benefit Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park of Kentucky.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by Bertram & Wilson Law Office and the Russell County Public Library.
Wild Wolf - The Great Civil War Rivalry is a fresh look at Union Col. Frank Wolford, the celebrated Civil War cavalier and rival of Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan.
Written by Wolford's great-great nephew, Ronald Wolford Blair, the book discusses in detail Wolford's heroic leadership in part of more than 300 battles and skirmishes, during which he was wounded seven times, and his notable rivalry with Morgan's Raiders. Additional details about Wolford's political career and personal life are reviewed, plus little known facts about his staunch opposition and policy dispute with President Lincoln over the use of black soldiers in Union Forces.
Written by Brittany Emerson & Kristina Daffron
Children’s Librarian Fillamay Cowell is one of only 64 educators in the United States, and one of only two in Kentucky, to be awarded a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant.
The awarding of this grant comes during an accomplished year for Ms. Fill.
First, she wins the “Miss Pickle” Award for Children’s Librarian of the Year, a well-deserved honor that recognizes Ms. Fill’s decades of hard work and dedication to Russell County’s library and children.
Next, she wraps up a two-month-long summer reading program that brought in over 1,000 children to explore their local library and the world around them through books, the arts, nature, science and much more
Now, she is in the planning process for a brand new program with funding from the mini-grant.
“The Russell County Public Library is so excited about receiving this Ezra Jack Keats mini-grant this year,” Cowell said. “This grant will give the library a chance to encourage the love of reading and creative thinking in the children of our county.”
To qualify for this award, Ms. Fill applied to the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation with a proposal for a program “designed to foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community.”
This is a particularly special year to be an EJK Award winner because it marks what would have been Keats’ 100th birthday. Keats was a writer and illustrator of children’s books. He won the Caldecott Medal in 1963 for The Snowy Day, a book which he both authored and illustrated.
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