Archive for February, 2009

Why should our library do programming?

Posted on February 26, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

Libraries are many things to their communities. They offer the practical information people need to improve their quality of life and to increase individual options in a complex society—information about health, education, business, child care, computers, the environment, looking for a job … and much more.

Libraries also give their communities something less tangible, yet just as essential to a satisfying and productive life–nourishment for the spirit. Programs in the humanities encourage people to think and talk about ethics and values, history, poetry, and other cultures that are integral to the library’s mission.

Such programs help to illuminate the experiences, beliefs, and values that unite us as human beings. They stimulate us to make connections where we noticed none before–between our ancestors and ourselves, between one culture and another, between the community and the individual.


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McCracken County Public Library can be viewed as a main source of cultural programming in our community.

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Bestselling Author Takes You Inside the Outcast This Month @ Your Library

Posted on February 24, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Get a glimpse inside an outcast’s world – and the imaginative mind that created it – when the McCracken County Public Library introduces you to a New York Times Bestselling Author. Kentucky writer Gwyn Hyman Rubio joins you for a special Discussions from Off the Shelf about her debut novel Icy Sparks Wednesday, March 4th at noon.

Everyone has had the experience of being on the outside looking in. Not many have had the deck stacked against them, though, as Icy Sparks. The namesake of Rubio’s book is a young Kentucky orphan, and she suffers from a strange disorder no one understands. West Kentucky Community and Technical College English Professor Emeritus Andrew Halford joins Rubio to help you ponder the complications that arrive from Sparks’ “troubling affliction” brought on by “violent tics and uncontrollable cursing.”

This special presentation begins at Rubio’s beginning with questions about her author father and his influence. Mac Hyman penned No Time for Sergeants in 1954. As Discussions goes on, you will learn about Rubio’s sense of community and how it relates to eastern Kentucky and the character of Miss Emily.

Rubio will sign copies of Icy Sparks and her second novel, The Woodman’s Daughter, after the program. The audience is welcome to bring their own copies. The library has a limited supply of books available for purchase. Icy Sparks is $11; The Woodman’s Daughter, is $5.

All library programs are free and open to the public in the upstairs community room.

Discussions from Off the Shelf concludes Rubio’s trip to Paducah. The public is welcome to attend her WKCTC Student and Keynote presentations Tuesday, March 3rd at Crounse 101 Lecture Hall. The student program begins at 2 PM; the keynote at 7 PM. All events are free and include time for book signings.

The McCracken County Public Library serves more than 40,000 Purchase Area patrons and is open seven days a week. Monday – Thursday from 9 AM to 9 PM; Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM; and Sunday from 1 PM to 6 PM.

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McCracken County Public Library Tid-bit…

Posted on February 21, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

An interesting and humorous new article appeared today on entitled, “Can’t remember the last time you got carded?”

Check It Out!

Great new Article!

Great new Article!

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Hold Notice!

Posted on February 19, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

Effective March 15, 2009
All holds may only be checked out with the card they were reserved on.
If you would like to have someone pick a hold up for you, make sure you lend them the card you placed the hold on.

Thank you,
Circulation Department, McCracken County Public Library
Please call us with questions: 270.442.2510 ext. 10

McCracken County Public Library

McCracken County Public Library

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Story Time at the McCracken County Public Library

Posted on February 18, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |


Now at McCracken County Public Library

Now at McCracken County Public Library

January 6, 2009 – April 28, 2009

  • Jan 6    Happy New Year, Tidy New Year
  • Jan 13   Mittens, Muffs Muklucks and Muffins
  • Jan 20   Away from Home-Around the World with Bob Dog
  • Jan 27   Chinese New Year of the Ox
  • Feb 3   Fun with Boxes
  • Feb 10   Love You Forever
  • Feb 17   The Three Little Pigs Plus
  • Feb 24   A B Sea Books
  • Mar 3   Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss
  • Mar 10   The Three Bears and Our Own Goldilocks
  • Mar 17   The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Mar 24   Cat Tales
  • Mar 31   Ring Out Library Bells
  • April 7   The Golden Goose
  • April 14   The Ugly Duckling
  • April 21   Fun With Boxes
  • April 28   Musical Merriments

Call the Youth Services Department with questions (270) 442-2510 x22.

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Evenings Upstairs @ Your Library

Posted on February 18, 2009. Filed under: community, culture, events, family, genealogy, Kentucky, librarian, library, programs | Tags: , , |

Evenings Upstairs programs are held monthly at McCracken County Public Library. They are free of charge and open to the public and presented in the comfortable meeting room setting. The programs are approximately one hour long with a lecture or presentation covering one hour then brief audience discussion following. Evenings Upstairs involve author events, poetry readings, performances, lectures or presentations by scholars, local “experts” and noted authors. The programs receive support from the Friends of the Library, Kentucky Humanities Council, local businesses and organizations and other partnerships. The programs cover a wide range of subject area providing entertainment, education and information.

Remember our upcoming event on February 26, 2009 MCPL & KHC present Chautauqua program, “Abraham Lincoln I, Too, Am a Kentuckian” portrayed by Jim Sayre.*

7: 00 p.m. in the library meeting room.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Evenings Upstairs Connecting People, Cultures & Ideas
For more information please contact: 

Bobbie Wrinkle

Adult Services Librarian 270-442-2510 X19

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February’s Evening Upstairs – Abraham Lincoln: I, Too, am a Kentuckian

Posted on February 12, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

There’s a lot of talk about President Lincoln, lately. With a 200th birthday coming up, everyone’s interested in this “byte” of history. “Mega-bytes” of information are available on this incredible man. Search the web and you’ll find a cornucopia. Inspiration from the man who made America free is not hard to come by, but a personal meeting with him might be. A personal meeting with this inspirational president is within reach. McCracken County Public Library is proud to present an event celebrating the last 200 years of Lincoln’s influence in America. “Abraham Lincoln: I, too, am a Kentuckian,” an, in depth look at Lincoln’s, Kentucky roots, is a program that will be presented on February 26th @ 7:00 pm in the library’s meeting room, with a speaker who’s not afraid to let his “Lincoln” side show. Come participate in this “mega-byte” of history!

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