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will be closed the week of May 20-25 to
conduct an inventory. Branch Manager
Elizabeth Warren explains "This is the best
time for us to complete this task as both streets
surrounding the library are blocked that week by
KMLF activities." No items will be due that
week and the library's book drop will only be
accessible to foot traffic.
Middlesboro branch will be open for your reading,
information and computing needs.
Both libraries and the bookmobile will be closed
Monday, May 27, in observance of Labor Day.
No items will be due on that date.
May is National
"Get Caught Reading" Month
Here we'll share several photos of folks (and
others) who've been caught reading
52 Weeks of Giving Puts Bell
Co. in the Spotlight
"52 Weeks of Giving" group from Middlesboro,
Kentucky, who perform a weekly act of kindness, and were
chosen as the winners of "Good Morning America's Disney Time
Hometown Celebration" Contest.
Bookmobile Librarian (and co-leader with Cindy McGeorge of
Middlesboro branch's "52 Weeks of Giving" club) described
their very busy April for The Bulletin:
The week of April 8th, the staff of Middlesboro branch
and some from Pineville branch attended the Ky. Public
Library Association conference in Lexington.
There Cindy and I gave a presentation about our program "52
Weeks of Giving". We wanted to encourage other libraries to
start their own versions of the program while sharing with
them some of the ideas that have worked well for us (as well
as those that haven't worked so well!), what resources are
available to help them manage the time and expense of
a weekly program of this scale, community partners that have
helped us grow our program & charities that are easy and fun
to fundraise for. We presented the program in
Lexington, KY at the KPLA conference on April 9th. It was a
great experience to be able to share with other librarians
about a program that is so close to our hearts.
have heard about the contest our club won--the "Disney
Time Hometown Celebration". It was open to all
volunteer programs in the US and they had 400 applications
total. In the initial application we were asked to talk
about our program in 200 words or less & provide a couple of
photos. The winner was to receive a Disney party in their
hometown that would be shown on Good Morning America.
The total value of the prize was valued at $75,000! We got a
call about a month later telling us we were one of the
organizations they were looking at but they had a lot of
calls to make & not to get our hopes up. Another month
passed before the next call when we were told we were
finalists! Disney & GMA then sent a team of 7
people down to meet with us and scout locations in case we
were chosen as winners. On that trip they
revealed to us that we had actually already won!
On April 19th they threw a
huge party at the Middlesboro Community Center for 200
people that had been involved in some way with "52 Weeks of
Giving". There was a DJ, Disney characters, castles,
princesses - the whole shooting match! It
was an amazing day that really validated all of the hard
work these kids have put in for nearly 3 years. Some of the
comments the kids made were "This is the best day of my
life!" & "This party makes me feel like they really care
about us". It was a once in a lifetime experience for all of
the kids and we were so humbled to have been chosen for this
52 Weeks of Giving has raised
thousands of dollars for charities/causes such as Alex's
Lemonade Stand for childhood cancer, Cupcake Kids for imprisoned
children in Uganda, Show Hope which gives grants to adopting
families & the Boston Public Library to purchase books in honor
of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston bombings.
Our kids have written sympathy letters to grieving families,
raked leaves for senior citizens, done donation drives for food
pantries and soldiers, written random notes of kindness to
strangers & placed flags on graves for Memorial Day. They have
helped the Children's Reading Foundation get books out to
thousands of Bell country residents & done everything from ring
bells, to clean the clothing room, to help with the Angel Tree
at our local Salvation Army. Our "Givers" show
up on Christmas Eve, on their birthdays & on school breaks.
There is literally nothing they aren't willing to do in order to
make Middlesboro, our country and the world at large a brighter
place. They are remarkable.
(Note: Due to breaking news in Boston, the party has not yet
been shown on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, but these photos were taken
by participants in the Disney Time Hometime Celebration held on
April 17th. )
Join us every Tuesday at 10:30 am (11 am
beginning in June) through May.
(See note below)
Ages 5-12. Elementary School age kids join
us every Tuesday at 4:00pm through May .
(See note below)
Book & Movie Club: Ages 11 to 18.
Join us monthly for a movie based on some
awesome young adult novels! Times, books and
movies to be announced in the near future!
Sign up at the circ desk for info about
dates and times.
Volunteer Group / Teen Advisory Group:
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 month on a Monday at 4:00pm.
Ask for dates at the circ desk.
will be closed the week of May 20th to
conduct an inventory and also on May 27th
for Memorial Day. Programs
will resume on May 28th.
There will be no programs the first week of
June as Christina will be prepping for
Summer Reading Program.
- Summer Reading
Registration: From Christina-- I
will be starting Summer Reading Sign Ups on May 13th
through June 12th. You can still sign up after Summer
Reading Starts, but early registration ensures that I have
enough food and supplies and seating for the events. Those
not already registered may miss out on part of the first
few programs. Also, I am having 3 different
age groups addressed for Summer Reading this year. I will
have a Toddler Program (ages 2-4) Tuesdays at 11 am
starting June 11th and lasting through July 23rd.
Tweens and Teens age 11-18 will have programs Tuesdays at
5 pm, starting June 18th and lasting through July
23rd. School age kids (ages 5-11) will have
programs on Thursdays at 3 pm starting June 13th and
lasting through July 25th. There will be no programs the
week July 4th. I will have a more complete schedule
available during sign ups.
- "Mystery Loves
Company" Book Club - Friday, May 10, 2013 from 11 AM - 12 PM. Mystery book club.
Registration required, light snack served.
The book for discussion is
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley. Multiple copies of the book are available
at the library. Reference Librarian Stephanie
Turner is the moderator.
- "The Book
Bunch" Book Club - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 12
PM - 1 PM. A variety of book genres are discussed at
this club and a light snack is served.
The May selection is The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards. Multiple copies are available
at the library for checkout. Registration Required.
Reference Librarian Stephanie Turner is the moderator.
(see above)--Friday, May 17 at 3:00:
Container Gardening -- Learn how to make a
container garden. We will plant a variety of
vegetable plants and seeds to make a display which
will be both lovely and edible.
the full 2013 schedule.)
Together-Date to be
announced from 4-6 p.m.:
Do you enjoy knitting? Why not bring your
needles and yarns to the library and knit along
with Reference Librarian Stephanie Turner & a
group of other needle arts fans. It's not
formal instruction, but the participants represent
a wide range of knitting know-how, from beginners
to experts. Share patterns, tips and
techniques, as well as a relaxing time together.
Stephanie on May 2nd from 11 a.m.-Noon for a
class on the basics of using a computer.
Because of a limited number of spaces available,
pre-registration is required--337-3422.
session begins Thursdays @ 10:30
@ 4:00 (ages 5-10)
Inklings Book Club--Last Friday of each
month at 4:00
52 Weeks of
Giving--Fridays at 4:00
Warriors : This teen group will
meet Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. at Middlesboro
branch. The group's tagline is
"Hate can only exist where there is no
understanding." Participants will be
preparing a newsletter called IRIS.
For more information, contact Bookmobile
Librarian Libby Edwardson.
information about these groups, call Cindy
Mondays R Murder Book Club met on April 22,
2013 and discussed the crime thriller books
by Lee Child featuring Jack Reacher. If you
haven't tried one of these fast passed
action thrillers that are plot driven, you
may just be missing out on some great
entertainment. We started our book club
session with a brief trivia quiz to see how
well we knew the character, Jack Reacher.
Here are some of the questions:
1) In which branch of the Armed Forces did
2) What trade was Reacher in, while in the
3) What uncanny ability does Reacher possess
that has been of immense help in a lot of
Our group expressed that they really enjoyed
reading the Lee Child novels and several
read more than one book. A little
warning...violence in the books might
disturb some, but there is rarely any
profanity used. If you've read Lee Child and
you're looking for similar authors to try,
here are some read-alike suggestions:
Reginald Hill, Peter T. Deutermann, John
Sanford, Jeffrey Deaver, Michael Connelly,
Lisa Gardner, or Jonathan Kellermann. One of
our members thought C.J. Box might also be
an author to try.
Our next Mondays R Murder meeting will be
held on May 20, 2013 @ 10:00 am. We plan to
watch a new movie based on the Lee Child's
character, Jack Reacher. We hope to see you
at our next meeting!
information about this group, call Michele
or Pam at 606-248-4812
TEA & THEE
Programs are held
on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. each month.
- May 14 --The Language of
Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- June & July (to be
Computer Basics with Bonnie Banks
Join Middlesboro branch
Reference Librarian Bonnie Banks for Basic Computer
Workshops each month. The series of workshops
will be held from 10 a.m. - Noon. Please bring
your own laptop if you have one.
Dates to be announced;
Pre-registration is required: 248-4812
Get Caught Reading
"Get Caught Reading" Month
Here we'll share several photos of folks (and others)
who've been caught reading
01: May Day
01: Mother Goose Day
02: National Day of Prayer
03: Hug Your Cat Day
03: National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
04: Kentucky Derby
04: National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
05: Cinco de Mayo
06: No Homework Day
08: Donate a Day's Wages to Charity
08: V.E. Day
10: Lupus Day
11: Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day
12: Mothers Day
12: Limerick Day
15: Chocolate Chip Day
17: Endangered Species Day
17: National Pizza Party Day
18: Armed Forces Day
23: Declaration of the Bab Day
23: Crohn's & Colitis Day
25: Cookie Monster's Birthday
26: Indianapolis 500
27: Memorial Day
29: World MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Day
31: World No-Tobacco Day
Arthritis Awareness Month
Celiac Awareness Month
Clean Air Month
Gardening for Wildlife Month
Get Caught Reading Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
Lupus Awareness Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bike Month
National Inventors Month
National Salad Month
Older Americans Month
Women's Health Care Month
National Family Month
Be Kind to Animals Week (5-11)
PTA Teacher Appreciation Week (5-11)
National Wildflower Week (6-12)
Reading is Fun Week (12-18)
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 tall display case in the reading room. Items
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