Richard "Dick" Mills and his
granddaughter, Addison Mills
(7 months old) during one of their evening reading session.
Goodnight Moon always
grabs her full attention.
For several years, Caleb Nantz has
faithfully reviewed and recommended books for our younger
readers, including new material, but always remembering the
modern classics from a generation or two earlier.
Now that Caleb has begun college, there's no time to continue
his CALEB'S CORNER page on this website. Thanks, Caleb,
for being so dependable after others gave up the task after a
couple of reviews. Good luck in college; such a
voracious reader should do very well.
Thanks to Pineville Lions Club for the donation of three of
these table units (in maroon) for the patio area at
While the community room tables can be taken outdoors
for groups wishing to meet al fresco during days of
good weather, these units will be permanently in place for
groups or individuals who wish to take the air while having
a committee meeting or just reading their newspaper and
enjoying a cup of coffee.
Success in Children's Programming
A statistic to make Kentuckians proud: Our state has the highest
per-capita attendance at children's library programs in the
South and is one of the top 15 states in the nation.
See how other states compare
here. Scroll down for our library
district's program schedule for children & teens.
The Price of Libraries is Cheap Compared to That of an Ignorant Nation / Abigail Tarttelin :
Lincolnshire's library cuts do not make economic sense because growth relies on a literate public,
article from a British newspaper (The Guardian) will ring
familiar to many Kentuckians:
I come from a large, isolated, rural county with some of the
lowest property values and average salaries in the UK. Much
of Lincolnshire's population lives in small villages, with
no access to museums and art galleries. Those living in
London can enjoy such cultural treats only a short walk or
tube ride away; my local Waterstones is 25 miles from my
We have 44 libraries serving more than 1 million people. Our
local council aims to slash that number to 15 and shorten
opening hours as well. These libraries are no grand stone
edifices: they are often equivalent of local village shops. The
council proposes one tiny library to serve every 66,667 people.
Our majority Conservative
council suggests the 29 libraries it is targeting should either
be run by volunteers for six hours a week or traded in for
fortnightly mobile library visits. Hundreds of households will
be offered a tier four service, what I would deem "end of the
line" provisions, with a mobile library visiting for just one
hour a month.
It makes sense to have a moral
reaction to the closing of libraries: literacy underscores the
universal declaration of human rights, including the right to
education, the right to work and the right to freedom of opinion
and expression. But I wonder, too, whether these proposals make
In Britain, where 16% of adults
are functionally illiterate, trained librarians and fully
stocked libraries play a vital role in educating both children
and adults, which enables social mobility and supports efforts
to end child poverty, something the UK government promised to do
For Lincolnshire, with high
unemployment levels and median wages hovering at
£16,000-£19,000, social mobility is key to economic growth.
Citizens need to self-educate, train and retrain and have access
to jobsearch resources online.
A third of people on
jobseeker's allowance in the county are 16-24, and £9,000 per
annum university fees can be intimidating and impractical. It is
free public services that pick up the slack, allowing young
people access to an education.
Economic growth relies on a
literate public, social mobility and innovation, and so, too,
does our benefits system. Libraries are free, accessible
education, preparing the unemployed and young people for the
world of work and saving us untold millions on benefits and
Let's not forget they also
encourage a love of books and reading, something that is both
wonderfully pleasurable and underscores Britain's world-class
These cuts do not make sense
from an economic perspective. Libraries are worth more to the
taxpayer in the long term than the council will save in the
short term by closing them.
Lincolnshire county councillors
here demonstrate a typically Conservative response to economic
adversity, which is to suggest that by ceasing to invest in our
country, our people and our public services, our economy will
somehow grow. Their policy is to invest less and still expect
Has it not occurred to this
council that their goal should be to encourage library use? They
should be introducing more convenient opening hours, better
accessibility, educational and events programming with music,
theatre, film showings, partnerships with schools, colleges,
universities, local businesses. Such spending could easily be
I urge the council to
reconsider its plans, and I urge councillors to think of our
local community as their local community, fellow Britons, and to
sign the petition to save Lincolnshire's libraries.
As journalist Walter Cronkite
once said: "Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is
cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation."
Author Meet & Greet at Middlesboro /
Quilt Show & Book Sale
the Middlesboro Library Book Sale and Quilt Show
will be held
Oct. 9-15, 2014
in the library's Community
Friends of the Middlesboro Library
will host an
Author Meet & Greet
Event on Tuesday,
October 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
in the library's Community Room. Guest author, Janene E.
Nielsen will talk about the Appalachian coal mining novel
The Burying Man
which she co-authored with her father, Cleudis Robbins
before his death in 2012. Mr. Robbins grew up in the 1930's
coal mining camps of southeastern Kentucky.
A special message from Christina
Partin about October programs::
"We haven't decided anything definite
yet, but we hope to be getting the
Ghost Hunter we had over the summer to
come back and do an actual ghost hunt
as a joint program for both libraries!
Details still have to be worked out,
but ages 12-18 can call the Pineville
Library and speak to me for details.
I will be having
regular programs through most of
October, but I will not be having any
programs the week of October 7th-11th.
We are also planning to
have the Teen Halloween Party on
Monday, October 21st at 6pm. They
should plan to come in costume and
enjoy free food, refreshments, music
and prizes! We will be having our
Children's Halloween Party on Tuesday,
October 22nd at 4:30pm. Kids ages 2-12
can come in costume and enjoy free
food, drinks, and treats! Due to the
Halloween Parties that week, we will
not have regular programs in addition
to the parties."
Preschool and homeschoolers, Join us
every Tuesday at 11 am.
program October 8th. See
announcement at left.)
Afternoon Story Time:
Ages 5-11. Elementary School age
kids join us every Wednesday at 4:00pm.
program October 9th. See
announcement at left.)
Teen Advisory Group:
Ages 13-18. High school students can
take advantage of this group to help
fulfill Community Service Hour
requirements for school or clubs. It
looks great on College applications
too! We will meet every Monday at
program October 7th. See
announcement at left.)
will be special programs throughout the
school year around holidays and special
events as well as occasional teen
programs organized by the TAG.
Download a programs schedule flyer
In September, members of our teen group
created this bleach-printed t-shirt
designs, and created scarves from
images of some of the activities our
Story Time kids made to accompany the
stories we read:
- "Mystery Loves
Company" Book Club - Join us on Friday,
October 11th for a discussion of the book
Arsenic and Old Puzzles by Parnell Hall. We'll start at 11
a.m. Registration required.
- "The Book
Bunch" Book Club - This month we'll discuss
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Join us at noon on
Wednesday, October 30th at noon. Registration required.
Computer Workshop--Join Stephanie on Wednesday,
October 2nd at 10:30 a.m. for a class on the basics of using a
computer. Because of a limited number of spaces
available, pre-registration is required--337-3422.
your yarn and join like-minded hobbyists as we "knit
together" on Friday, October 25th from 4-6 p.m.
--Friday, October 18th: Preparing
Pumpkin --Learn how to cut, cook and puree your
pumpkin and make a pie. Yummy, delicious and
healthy for your family.
the full 2013 schedule.)
September 19th, Randell Jones discussed
his book IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DANIEL BOONE: HIS
40 YEARS BEFORE KENTUCKY at
Pineville branch in a program sponsored by the
Bell County Historical
Society, who provided this photo.
From Cindy Wyatt Hatchell, Youth Services
Weeks of Giving on Fridays @ 4:00.
-- All ages. We are trying to change the world a
little bit at a time. We need your help! Come
join us as we perform random acts of kindness each week. We
are having a lot of fun. Hope to see you Friday!
Time for ages 2-4, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.--Come
join us for stories, fingerplays, games and crafts each
Storytime (ages 5-8), Thursdays at 4 p.m.-- Don't
miss the fun! We have stories, poems, snacks, games & crafts
The 39 Clues Reading
Club for ages 9 - 12. First Wednesday of
each month. The 39 Clues sends
a pair of likable orphans on a world-spanning treasure hunt.
The series includes books, collectible playing cards, and
online puzzles. Sign ups are at the
circulation desk at Middlesboro branch.
Doctor Who Book Club
for ages 12-18: Calling all Whovians or those who just
want to have fun! Join us the 4th Tuesday of every
month at 4 p.m. for a Doctor Who book club.
Geronimo! Our book club is bigger on the inside!
Download a schedule
monthly BOOK CLUB for mystery lovers that began its third
season on Monday, September 16, 2013. It’s not too
late to join us for our October 14th
meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the Middlesborough-Bell
County Public Library. At our September meeting we read
Picture of our refreshment table at our first
session on Sept. 16 ... body parts in a cooler?
If you want to know why, check out "Damaged" by
Michele Lawson (left) and Pamela Blank (right) are the
hosts for Middlesboro branch's
TIME FOR TEA & THEE reading club.
Time for Tea & Thee
: The popular monthly reading club, “Time for Tea and
Thee”, resumes October 22, 2013 at the Middlesborough-Bell
County Public Library. Join program leaders, Pam Blank and
Michele Lawson, for the book club’s ninth season. Set aside
leisurely time for yourself to enjoy twinkling lights, a hot
cup of tea or coffee with light refreshments, and the
pleasure of talking with a group of adults about the book
we’ve read each month. Books are made available for loan
approximately one month in advance of the scheduled
meetings, and may be checked out for one (1) week only.
Registration is required for this program in order to
accommodate seating. Come by the library during the
remainder of September to register and pick up the reading
list, or call 248-4812. Programs will be on Tuesdays at
10:30 a.m. each month.
October 22, 2013: The
Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender
November 19, 2013: Velva Jean Learns to Drive, by Jennifer
December 17, 2013: Snow Globe, by Sheila Roberts
January 14, 2014: My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira
February 11, 2014: Queen of the Big Time, by Adriana
March 18, 2014: Gilead, by Marilyn Robinson
April 15, 2014: Any book by Dixie Cash
May 13, 2014: The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
June 24, 2014: The Lost Saints of Tennessee, by Amy
Friends of the Library Book Sale and Quilt Show
Oct. 9th - 11th
9 am-6 pm
10 am–4 pm
14th - 15th 9 am-6 pm
/ We will have
books, videos & other miscellaneous items for sale.
Computer Basics with Bonnie Banks
with librarian, Bonnie Banks
will be held on
and Oct. 3, 2013
at 10:00 a.m. Those interested in the classes should call
the library at 248-4812 to register. Please bring your
own laptop if you have one.
01: World Vegetarian Day
02: Walk to School Day
04: Blessing of the Animals Day
04: National Diversity Day
05: World Teachers Day
06: Mad Hatter Day
07: Child Health Day
09: Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work or School Day
10: International Newspaper Carrier Day
11: National Coming Out Day
11: Southern Food Heritage Day
11: World Egg Day
12: Columbus Day (traditional)
14: Columbus Day (observed)
14: National Kick Butt Day
15: International Day of Rural Women
15: I Love Lucy Day
16: National Boss's Day
17: Black Poetry Day
17: Pasta Day
17: Wear Something Gaudy Day
18: Mammography Day
18: Chocolate Cupcake Day
20: Birth of the Bab
20: Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day
24: United Nations Day
26: National Forgiveness Day
29: National Cat Day
30: National Candy Corn Day
31: Books for Treats Day
31: Caramel Apple Day
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
AIDS Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Children's Magazine Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Home Eye Safety Month
LGBT History Month
National Book Month
Down Syndrome Month
National Reading Group Month
Fire Prevention Week (6-12)
Mystery Series Week (6-12)
Freedom from Bullies Week (13-19)
Teen Read Week (13-19)
National Friends of Libraries Week (20-26)
Both libraries have a "library
store" where a wide selection of items can be purchased (often at near-cost)
your public libraries.
store is displayed in the short display case near the circulation desk. Items
Reusable Tote Bags (Library Definition
and Multilingual Read) for Adults $2.50 (The
Cat in the Hat Read ) for Children $4.50
Just Dewey It
and Smiley Read t-shirts, Adult Sizes $16
and Cool Reader Stadium cups $1.00
Magnetic photo frames $1.50
Plastic Book Bags 50¢
Bentcils (bent pencils) $1.10
Just Dewey It
also has a variety of items for sale. Ask at the Circulation Desk
- Plastic Book Bags
- Bentcils (bent
- Friends of the
Middlesboro Library canvas totes, $6 / 2 for $10
- Taming Yellow Creek,
by Maria Campbell Brent, $5
- 1920 Bell Co. Census
- 1910 Bell Co. Census
- 1900 Bell Co. Census
- 1880 Bell Co. Census
- 1870 Bell Co. Census
- 1860 Harlan Co.
- History of Bell Co.,
by H. H. Fuson vol. 1 CD-$26.50
- History of Bell Co.,
by H. H. Fuson vol. 2 CD-$26.50