HCMPL Newsletter January 2018

December, 2017

 I'd like to share with you our Services, Programs and Special Events going on this month. Keep reading for more information on happenings this month at the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library.

Ashley Buchanan
Programming & Marketing Coordinator
Programs and Events

The Center Street Writers Guild has been reborn! We will meet the FIRST Thursday of every month at 5:30 P.M. 
Come join us for Family Game Night!
Thursday, January 11th, 2018
4:30 - 6:30 P.M.


Basic Computer Classes 

This hands-on computer class is designed for people who have little to no computer experience. We'll cover some of the fundamental basics of computer use (from how to use a mouse and keyboard to how to do a basic web search) with an emphasis on practical hands-on experience.
Poetry Reading & Writing Groups

The Poetry Reading Group has resumed their original schedule of the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month at 10:30 A.M. at the Hopkins County - Madisonville Public Library.  As always, feel free to invite others who enjoy poetry. Hope to see you here! 

The Poetry Writing Group will now be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month at 10:30 A.M. at the Hopkins County - Madisonville Public Library.
NEW in Children's and Juniors
Pete the Cat Storybook Collection by James Dean

New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings us a cool collection of seven of the grooviest Pete the Cat stories out there-Play Ball!, Construction Destruction, Pete's Big Lunch, Cavecat Pete, Pete at the Beach, Robo-Pete, and Too Cool for School.
The Pete the Cat Storybook Collection comes in a vibrant and durable paper-over-board format that's perfect for young fans of the most awesome cat around-Pete.
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"-people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.
NEW in Young Adults

Renegades by Marissa Meyer 


Extraordinary Powers.

She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
New from Marissa Meyer, author of the #1  New York Times-bestselling series The Lunar Chronicles, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies - humans with extraordinary abilities - who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone ... except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice - and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

NEW in Non-Fiction & Fiction
anxious for nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado
Anxiety is at an all time high, but there's a prescription for dealing with it. Max Lucado invites readers into a study of Philippians 4:6-7 where the Apostle Paul admonishes the followers of Christ, "Do not be anxious about anything..."
Philippians 4:6 encourages the believer to "be anxious for nothing." As Lucado states, the apostle Paul seems to leave little leeway here. "Be anxious for nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero."
What's he suggesting? That we should literally be anxious for absolutely nothing? Lucado says, "The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional. It's the life of perpetual anxiety that Paul wants to address. Don't let anything in life leave you perpetually in angst."
Americans especially know about living in perpetual anxiety. According to one research program, anxiety-related issues are the number one mental health problem among women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse among men. Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity. And use of sedative drugs like Xanax and Valium have skyrocketed in the last 15 years. Even students are feeling it. One psychologist reports that the average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.
"The news about our anxiety is enough to make us anxious," says Lucado. But there's a prescription for dealing with it. Lucado invites readers into a study of Philippians 4:6-7, the most highlighted passage of any book on the planet, according to Amazon:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
"With His help you will learn to face the calamities of life. You'll learn how to talk yourself off the ledge. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you will learn to view bad news through the lens of sovereignty; to discern the lies of Satan and tell yourself the truth. You will manifest a gentleness that is evident to others. Anxiety comes with life. But it doesn't have to dominate your life."
Red Swan: A Novel by P.T. Deutermann

Written with the authority of twenty-six years of military and government service at sea and in Washington, 
Red Swan is a brilliant, provocative thriller about the contemporary war that no one sees, but which will shape the future of America and China.
Set in contemporary Washington D.C.,  Red Swan begins with an ominous phone call from Carson McGill, the Deputy Director of Operations in the CIA, to retired CIA officer Preston Allender. Henry Wallace is dead. A behind-the-scenes operator at the CIA, Wallace was integral to the Agency's secret war against China's national intelligence service, which infiltrates government and military offices, major businesses, and systems crucial to our security. Wallace had severely damaged China's Washington spy ring with a devastating ruse, a so-called "black swan," in which a deep-undercover female agent targeted and destroyed a key Chinese official. Now, Wallace's mysterious death suggests that the CIA itself has been compromised and that China has someone inside the Agency.
But as Allender quietly investigates, he makes a shocking discovery that will upend the entire American intelligence apparatus. For Wallace's black swan operation may have been turned against the CIA; a red swan is flying and the question is: who is she, what is her target, and where will she land?

NEW in Audiobooks
Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich

Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus lost his island of solitude and wants to get it back.  The island was about 200 miles northeast of Samoa.  It had a mountain, beaches, a rainforest, and a volcano.  And now it's gone.  Poof!  Vanished without a trace.
Brilliant and boyishly charming Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery.  And finding a missing island is better than Christmas morning in the Knight household.  When clues start leading to a dark and sinister secret that is being guarded by the National Parks department, Emerson will need to assemble a crack team for help.  Since a crack team isn't available, he enlists his cousin Vernon and Riley Moon.  Riley Moon has a Harvard business degree and can shoot the eyes out of a grasshopper at fifty feet, but she can't figure out how to escape the vortex of Emerson Knight's odd life.  Vernon has been Emerson's loyal and enthusiastic partner in crime since childhood.  He now lives in an RV behind Emerson's house.
Together, this ragtag, mismatched trio will embark on a world-wide investigation that will expose a conspiracy 100 years in the making.

NEW in DVD & Blu-Ray

The Hunter's Prayer

An assassin (Sam Worthington) helps a young woman avenge the death of her family.

In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of th is heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

We now have a large selection of Big Biting Pig Productions DVDs in circulation - Come check one out today!

                      Kentucky Libraries Unbound

E-books, audio books, and more are available for download using your HCMPL card. Be sure to check out these popular titles and many more. Call and ask any HCMPL Staff member how to check this free service out!
We've heard you! Our Computer Classes are coming back, beginning in January. Be on the look out for classes on Digital Resources, Computer Basics, Web Browsing and Smart Phones & Tablets! Call us at 270-825-2680 if you are interested! 
Check out what people are saying about #HCMPL on Facebook! Like us on Facebook!
Stop in & take advantage of our services, including Overdrive and Go Packs! 
Recipe Corner

New Year's White Chicken Chili 

Whether you're ringing in the year or (finally) resolving to spend more hours with your loved ones and less hours in the kitchen, this is the go-to bowl for you!


  • 1 Pound Boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 Packet white chicken chili seasoning mix
  • 1 Medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Garlic powder
  • 2 Cups Low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 Can Sweet white corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can Black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Cup Sour cream
  • 1/2 Cup Half and half
  • Garnishes: shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, sour cream, lime wedges


  1. Step One

    Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker.
  2. Step Two

    Sprinkle entire contents of seasoning packet on both sides of chicken breasts.
  3. Step Three

    Add chopped onion, garlic powder, chicken broth, salt, cumin, and oregano.
  4. Step Four

    Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours, then remove cooked chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker.
  5. Step Five

    Add corn and black-eyed peas, stir well then cook for approximately 3 more hours.
  6. Step Six

    Forty-five minutes before serving, stir in sour cream and half & half. Serve with garnishes and Crockin' Cornbread, if desired.

On The Road...Again

The bookmobile is a mobile branch library with the mission of bringing library services to our customers. The bookmobile operates on a a monthly schedule making public stops, visiting nursing homes, senior centers, preschools, daycare facilities, shut-ins, and private schools.

Outreach Schedule

2nd Friday of the Month: Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities
3rd Friday of the Month: Daycares & Headstarts

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