Archive for January, 2008


Posted on January 23, 2008. Filed under: community, family, KDLA, Kentucky, librarian, library, McCracken County, News, Paducah, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Star Wars Saga Weekend III

Posted on January 16, 2008. Filed under: library |

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Survey Says!

Posted on January 16, 2008. Filed under: community, Kentucky, library, McCracken County, Paducah |

McCracken County Public Library 2008

Library Ranked as Most Highly Regarded Service in Local Government

The results are in and Kentuckians have spoken! They rank the McCracken County Public Library, along with all other libraries in the state, as the most highly regarded local government service. A recently-released, independent survey reports more than 95 percent of those polled say public libraries are a good investment of tax dollars.

The University of Kentucky Survey Research Center interviewed 600 Kentuckians by telephone in September and October 2007. Citizens from each county were included, the vast majority of whom say they place a high value on local public libraries. The survey was sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

The research shows nine out of 10 people view Kentucky’s public libraries as a key educational asset in the community, while more than eight out of 10 agree public libraries improve communities.

The McCracken County Public Library has 40,000 patrons, representing part of the more than 2 million Kentuckians who have public library cards. (Source: State Librarian and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives Commissioner Wayne Onkst)

More than 370,000 people, young and old, visited the main branch on Washington Street in 2006-07. This number is in addition to how many local customers used the great variety of services available from the Internet Branch, Nearly 24,500 toddlers, preschool and elementary school students, and teens participated in free children’s programs.

Community libraries also provide computer access, free Internet service, and computer training to Kentuckians. The McCracken County Public Library is no different. In 2006-07, more than 62,000 patrons used the free, public Internet available on first floor. Nearly 33,000 young people accessed the Teen Tech Lab. The statewide survey shows if more funds were available for public libraries, about one in three Kentuckians would like to see more computers made available for users.

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*DDS Code-Breakers: “Scavenger Hunt”

Posted on January 9, 2008. Filed under: library |

Join with other kids to break a “sweet” library code. Working as a team, gather clues to solve the question: “What’s behind the locked door?”

Tuesday, January 15 from 4-5pm

2nd Floor Conference Room

Youth program for ages 10-17.

*Dewey Decimal System

For more information, please contact Michelle Batcher at 270.442.2510 ext 50, or email

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New Year means New Savings on Used Books

Posted on January 9, 2008. Filed under: book sale, books, community, events, family, Food, Friends of the Library, Kentucky, library, McCracken County, News, Paducah |

Is your New Year’s resolution to spend less and read more?  Let the Friends of the McCracken County Public Library help you on the road to self-improvement with their bi-annual Winter Used Book Sale!

More than 5,000 donated titles are available for purchase at St. Paul Lutheran Church gym, at the corner of South 21st Street and Kentucky Avenue, Friday, January 25th, from 9 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday, January 26th, from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Most hardback copies are $1 and most paperback books are 50 cents.  Newer and collector titles, as well as Kentucky books, are discounted from retail price.

Are bestsellers the hardest on your wallet?  The Friends can help!  This sale features a special table of recent bestsellers on sale at reduced prices.  In addition, all book costs drop even further during the final hours of the sale Saturday.  (And since you are doing so well on your other resolutions, why not splurge at the St. Paul Lutheran Church’s bake sale?  It always accompanies the used book sale, as a sweet treat.  What are a few calories for a good cause?)

All book sale payments may be made in cash or by check.  Proceeds benefit the McCracken County Public Library.  Each year, the Friends of the Library donate thousands of dollars to support the acquisition of new services, programs, and materials.  Most of those funds come from used book sales in July and January.  Last summer’s sale grossed $12,294 – a new record!  In the last ten years, the Friends have donated in excess of $150,000 to the library.

You can become a Friend today!  Make donations, help raise funds, or support the ongoing mission of the library.  Sign up at the sale or by calling Friends of the Library President Maudine Buchanan at (270) 442-6263 or the library staff at (270) 442-2510.

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