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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

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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

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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.


Tuesday, 31 May 2016 13:40

Summer Reading Calendar

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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.

The Friends of the Library Semi-Annual Springs Book Sale is coming up!

Join us May 2 - May 4 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, 18 April 2016 19:24

@Your Library April 2016

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 The Russell County Public Library always strives to foster an atmosphere of learning in our community which means reaching beyond the walls of our building.

     Library users of all ages are relying on library services in new and innovative ways including the fifth grade class at Jamestown Elementary School.

     JES special education teacher Gina Thornton contacted RCPL for assistance in expanding students’ resources on a historical unit about the Holocaust and Reference Librarian Glenda York was eager to help.

York said while the library had a couple of books on the subject for that age group, more books were purchased to boost the library’s collection and meet the needs of students and teachers.

     “I was really grateful she came to the library,” York said. “We were glad to have the opportunity to help students absorb history.”

     According to Thornton, the books were a hit with her students.

     “The books we borrowed from the Russell County Public Library went well with the novel we were reading and had beautiful illustrations,” Thornton said. “Everyone especially loved the graphic novel.”

JES fifth grade teacher Stephanie Overby said her students have shown interest in wanting to continue the partnership with the library.

     “This has inspired me to contact the library more often throughout the year on different topics,” Overby said.

     York said educators are encouraged to contact the library when library services and resources can be used to enhance the education of local students in areas of mutual interest and benefit.

Reaching more readers

     Outreach Services Coordinator Jesse Murrell, who works to deliver books to library patrons who can’t make it to the library, has been reaching readers across the county through local agencies that house and serve many Russell Countians.

     "2016 has been a busy year so far for our outreach services program. We have been involved with multiple community organizations and agencies including the Adanta Center, the Senior Center, Fair Oaks Nursing Home, the Russell County Detention Center, and now the Russell County Extension Office,” Murrell said. “We've been working together with these groups to help get the word out about the amazing services we offer here at the library. We feel that as a community it's important for people to be aware of the resources that are available to them."

     Murrell said in February the RCPL made a 100-book donation to the Russell County Detention Center.  In March, Murrell made a presentation at the Russell County Senior Citizens Center about the Social Security Administration’s website, as well as use of public computers at the library.

     On April 22, a reading session is planned for Fair Oaks Nursing Home, where Murrell will be reading passages from select books and signing residents up for regular book deliveries.

How can you help?

     As your public library staff works to bring library services to all community members, the RCPL regularly accepts clean and gently used donated books. These donations go toward bolstering our collection or to the semi-annual book sale so that we can raise additional funds for more new books.

     The 2016 Spring Book Sale will be May 2-4 at both library locations.

What’s Happening

- April is National Poetry Month. Be sure to check out the poetry displays at the main library in Jamestown.

- The Young Adult Library Card design contest winner is Cassidy Flatt. Visit the library’s Facebook page for a photo of Cassidy with her winning design.

- Wii-U gaming programs continue with events on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the main library in Jamestown.

- Family Nature Club will meet on Tuesday, April 19 at 5 p.m. at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. This month’s event will focus on pollination.

@ 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.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 14:29

5th Annual Seed Swap

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