For adults, students and children who are spending extra time at home to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Museums of Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library have some entertaining and educational ideas to stay occupied.
Although closed to the public Tuesday with plans to reopen March 31, the museum staff is developing virtual experiences and educational take-home kits for children and adults “to keep folks engaged and interested in our local history.”
“We wanted to make sure we could offer something relevant to our mission and something that was fun and entertaining at a time that is very uncertain and kind of confusing for a lot of us, I think,” said Alissa Keller, executive director. “We don’t know what to expect so we thought this might be a fun way for us to reach out and engage the community with local history and with the museum, but in a safe way.”
Starting today, the museum will offer Facebook Live videos and take-home kits. The kits will be available for pick up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the day of each program on the steps of the Pennyroyal Area Museum. Videos will stream at 3 p.m. on the museum’s Facebook page. Take-home kits will include most supplies needed for each activity to be done at home or outside.
“This would be kind of like their after-school activity,” Keller said. “Folks can pick them up. They’re free, but donations will be appreciated, but not required.”
For adults, the museum has planned to stream on Facebook Live behind-the-scenes peeks at the new exhibit and artifact collection at scheduled times through March 27.
“We’re really just looking at the next two weeks — this week and next week — because … that’s the first benchmark,” Keller said. “If everything gets extended, we’ll keep doing what we can.”
The first kids’ project will be Ice Cream in a Bag. All of the ingredients — except the ice — will be included, Keller said.
On Friday or over the weekend, children and adults can engage in a Downtown Scavenger Hunt with a downtown history theme.
“The intention is to have one more adult-geared that’s a little harder and one geared toward younger kids,” she said. “I think the weather is supposed to be better on Saturday. It will be walking around downtown.”
Also on Friday, adults may enjoy the “Artifact Spotlight” video on “Medicine in Hopkinsville” at 10 a.m. on Facebook featuring medical items at the museum.
On Monday, “One Piece at a Time,” children can learn how to make their own quilt square, while adults can learn more about quilts at 10 a.m.
Students can “Get Slimed with the Kelly Green Men” on Tuesday.
“We will tell the story about the Kelly Green Men and we’ll have supplies out to make slime,” she said.
Adults can learn about how to care for historic photographs on Wednesday via Facebook Live.
“The thought is that people may be stuck at home and going through things,” she said. “As you go through your old pictures, what can you do to take care of those?”
Students will be able to learn more about nature when they plant a Pennyroyal on March 26.
According to botannical.com, Pennyroyal is a species of mint plants which with an infusion of the leaves, known as Pennyroyal Tea, is an old-fashioned remedy for colds.
Also on March 26, the museum is planning to stream History on Tap: Women’s Suffrage Here, There and Everywhere on Facebook Live at 6:30 p.m. The program is scheduled to feature Keller, Jennifer P. Brown and Hillary Sullivan.
The final planned activities will be an Artifact Spotlight on cookbooks at 10 a.m. March 27, followed by a “Cooking with the Past” event.
“If all goes well we’re going to try to do a cooking show,” Keller said. “Cooking a recipe in a local cookbook and something that will be easy and accessible to do at home, something healthy and comforting while everybody is quarantined in.”
Time to readAlthough the library is closed to the public until March 29, Executive Director DeeAnna Sova said people can still have access to books.
Sova encourages everyone to use Libby or Overdrive for free eBooks, audiobooks, or magazines at https://hccpl.org/downloads/ebooks-eaudiobooks/ the library’s online databases at https://hccpl.org/databases-2/.
“(Libby) is a free app and if you have your library card you can use it to download books and DVDs and magazines and audio books for all ages,” she said.
For individuals who do not have library cards, Sova said they should be able to use Overdrive using a special digital library card.
“On Overdrive, typically you have to have a library card and be affiliated with a library, but the Overdrive company is going to open that up for anyone in the country,” she said. “It’s a pretty big deal.”
For those who have never used those systems, Sova said they are easy to navigate.
“Overdrive and Libby are very similar and it’s just whichever one you become familiar with,” she said. “Either one of these are apps and they work the same way. It’s like android vs. the iPhone; it’s whatever you get used to.”
Additionally, the book cart will be set up from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday-Friday outside the library for people to pick up a few selections. This service will be available with proper staffing and only during good weather. The community is asked not to return these books and do not make any donations at this time. Instead they should pay the book forward.