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.
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.
- 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.
Don't forget! By bringing in unexpired, clean nonperishables we can waive your overdue fines! Bring your items to the circulation desk and have one of our friendly staff members take care of it for you. All items will go to God's Food Pantry in Russell Springs. But hurry, the deadline is December 18th!
Also, for every 5 books your child checks out they can enter to win one of the cozy quilts on display at the Library! The deadline for this fun contest is 3:00 pm, December 18th. Winners will be announced that afternoon!
Season Greetings Patrons!
The holidays are a busy time of year for all of us. We like to give our staff time to enjoy the holidays with their families, so this season we will be closed the following days:
Come in early to check out a book. Our Book Return drops are open all day. Remember we also have eBooks available 24/7 through Kentucky Libraries Unbound and OverDrive. Just log in using your library card. Instructions can be found in our pictures on Facebook. Call us if you need more assistance!
Great things are happening at the Russell County Public Library!
The Branch located on Main Street in Russell Springs is up and running in full capacity again. Minor changes can be seen around the library and patrons love it!
The third annual Cozy Up to Our Books contest is in full swing. Open to all kids thru 6th grade. Kids get one entry for every 5 books they check out. Two winners will be selected on December 18th. The handmade quilts, which are generously donated by a patron every year, are on display at the Library (one at the Main and one at the Branch).
The deadline for our first annual Adult Coloring Contest is approaching. There are three coloring pages to choose from. Coloring pages may be picked up at either the Main Library in Jamestown or the Branch in Russell Springs. Finished pages should be returned to the Library by November 25. The winners will be selected during the first week of December by our story hour kids.
Do you have overdue fines? It’s okay! Bring in some clean, unexpired non-perishable food items and we will waive your fines. Food donations will be going to God’s Food Pantry in Russell Springs. We will run Food for Fines thru December 18th. (Lost or Damaged fines cannot be waived.)
If you have any questions call the Library at 270-343-7323 or 270-866-7323.
94 N. Main Street
Jamestown, Kentucky 42629
512 N. Main Street
Russell Springs, Kentucky 42642