Christina Myers

Thursday, 27 October 2016 14:51

Where I'm From

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 director@russellcountylibrary.com, 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.

Monday, 10 October 2016 13:50

@ Your Library October 2016

@ 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.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:38

Meet Author Ronald Wolford Blair

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.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 18:41

@ Your Library September 2016

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.

Monday, 08 August 2016 14:28

@ Your Library August 2016

Written by: Brittany Emerson

With another great Summer Reading program in the books, it’s time to look toward the school year. The conclusion of Summer Reading activities does not mean the end of fun, exciting programs at the library.


So gear up for more opportunities to learn, grow and experience at the Russell County Public Library throughout the year.



Open to all area homeschooled children, this weekly program takes place each Monday at 11 a.m. from August through May at the main library in Jamestown. Led by RCPL Children’s Librarian Ms. Fill, this program includes a story, music, crafts, and a snack, and gives students the opportunity to share what they’re reading with the rest of the group.


Story Hour

Join Ms. Fill on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. at the main library in Jamestown and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the branch in Russell Springs for Story Hour. With a different theme each week, Ms. Fill reads to the often packed house, leads the group in songs and a craft and provides a snack. Fun weekly Story Hour themes include everything from “Fancy Nancy” to “Pirates” so this regular program is sure to have something for every child. Story Hour provides an excellent opportunity for children (especially those too young for school) to make friends and socialize while engaging in various educational opportunities.


Lego Club

Who doesn’t like Legos? Lego Club takes place on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the branch in Russell Springs. We will even supply the Legos as well as books and magazines chock full of ideas on new Lego creations to build. This is always a well-attended event and gives kids the chance to share their creative ideas. Just bring your imagination!


Nature Rocks

The library, in partnership with the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, offers this monthly program designed to get families outdoors and teach them more about the world around them. On the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m., we offer fun, educational activities for the entire family that focus on a broad array of nature topics. Family Nature Club meets at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery during the months of April through October and at the branch library in Russell Springs from November through March.


August’s Nature Club event will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. at the Fish Hatchery and will focus on “Wetlands.” This month’s activity is extremely interactive and participants are encouraged to bring rain boots or waterproof shoes if they have them.


Don’t forget to mark your calendars for these regularly scheduled programs hosted by the library all year long. Just because the summer is nearly over, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.


What’s Happening

-          Both locations of the Russell County Public Library will be closed on Thursday, Aug. 18 while a new system upgrade is being implemented.

@ Your Library is a monthly column provided by the Russell County Public Library. The library may be reached by phone at either 270-343-7323 or 270-866-7323.

Monday, 11 July 2016 19:06

@ Your Library July 2016

Written by Brittany Emerson


While many children in Russell County are enjoying a well-deserved break from school this summer, some also are preparing to begin their formal educations by getting ahead of the game before that first bell rings.


Early childhood education and development are critical to our children’s futures and to the future of our community. The Russell County Public Library strives to be a helpful resource to parents, educators and child care workers as they work to prepare kids for the years ahead.


What is Kindergarten Readiness?

Kindergarten readiness means that children begin school prepared to participate in educational experiences that will further their success. This is measured in five areas: academic/cognitive, language development, physical development, self-help and social-emotional.


As a whole, Russell County is behind the state average in Kindergarten Readiness at 44.6 percent compared with the state’s 50.1 percent, according to the 2016 Early Childhood Profile from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood.


However, Russell County has improved from 35.7 percent in 2013-14. A nearly 9 percent increase in two years is a great step in the right direction and we are excited to join others in our county to work to continue this trend.


To see a more specific breakdown of how Russell County stacks up against state averages in Kindergarten Readiness, visit http://kcews.ky.gov/reports/earlychildhoodprofiles/.


Monday, 06 June 2016 15:32

@ Your Library June 2016

by Brittany Emerson

On your mark, get set…READ! (And WRITE! And COLOR!)

Summertime has arrived at the Russell County Public Library and that means the Summer Reading Program is in full swing. This year’s program offers opportunities aplenty for all ages, especially in the realm of friendly competition.

The summer reading program is an effort by the RCPL to continue the momentum of learning between school years and prevent a decline in reading skills among students. In fact, studies have shown that kids who spend about 11 minutes per day reading score in the 50th percentile in reading skills while children who spend 38 minutes per day reading score in the 90th percentile. The best predictor of the gain or loss of reading skills over the summer is whether or not the child spends time reading.

So grab a book, a pencil and maybe even some crayons, and get ready for an exciting summer with several chances to win great prizes!


School Challenge

Students from all three Russell County elementary schools will have the chance this summer to represent their respective schools in our county-wide school reading challenge.

Each time an elementary school student comes to the Russell County Public Library this summer, they may drop a chip into his or her respective school’s container. If the student checks out a book while they are here, they can enter again! Each school’s standing in the challenge will be reported on social media throughout the summer and displayed at the main library in Jamestown.


Thursday, 12 May 2016 16:54

@ Your Library May 2016

Written by Brittany Emerson

We are gearing up for a jam-packed summer at the Russell County Public Library, and we want you to be a part of it.

The RCPL is ready to roll out its plan for tons of activities to keep minds (and reading levels) of all ages at their peak all summer long. We firmly believe everyone can have fun while learning. There is no reason students’ reading levels should take the “summer slide” backward just because classes aren’t in session.

So, on your mark, get set, READ! The 2016 summer reading theme focuses on getting active and healthy and is for everyone of every age and with every interest.


What is the Summer Reading Program, anyway?

The Summer Reading Program is a time of special programming, contests, and reading and writing incentives at your public library. These events were initially designed to encourage students to continue reading and learning while school’s out, but the program has grown. Summer Reading includes everyone – children, tweens, teens, young adults, and adults.  Summer Reading 2016 will span the months of June and July.


What kinds of special programming are offered?

We are welcoming back some old favorites this year like Animal Tales (June 13) and the Kentucky Reptile Zoo (June 29), giving participants an up-close and personal look at all kinds of critters from the furry to the slithery with a trained animal professional.

We also will see the return of painting day (June 22), and movie and popcorn day (July 25).

We are excited to welcome back “Steel Appeal,” the steel drum academy from Campbellsville on June 16, as they will perform a concert as part of the annual meeting for the Friends of the RCPL at Chalybeate Park in Russell Springs.

The RCPL has added two exciting programs that are sure to be a hit with all ages. On July 11, come see us at the main library in Jamestown for our Parking Lot Carnival. The library’s parking lot will be transformed into a fun zone complete with inflatables, games, snacks, face painting and more. And it’s all free! In case of rain, this event’s date and time will be switched with the movie and popcorn day scheduled for July 25.

In their RCPL debut, Kentucky Shakespeare’s actors will be at the branch in Russell Springs on July 27 to present “Romeo and Juliet.” These professional entertainers are sure to “educate, inspire and entertain” the crowd.

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