Archive for March, 2009

Curious about Cell Phone Etiquette?

Posted on March 31, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

Ever wonder when it’s okay to use your cell phone? Check out the following article on Cell Phone Etiquette: The Basic Rules of Cell Phone Etiquette .

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Where’s your bookmark today?

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

Today, I am reading The Rosetta Key by William Dietrich. Where’s your bookmark today?

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Want to practice your basic computer skills?

Posted on March 23, 2009. Filed under: library |

Here are a few websites that can help explain the very basics of computing and assist with computer learning:

Basic Mouse Skills:
SeniorNet Mouse Exercise
Click & Drag Practice
New Computer User Tutorial

Keyboarding / Typing Skills:
An Online Typing Course
Practice For Beginners
Fun Typing Test
Online Typing Tests

Other Great Computer Skills:
Computer Awareness Training Tutorials (Includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and basic computer use.)
Microsoft Word Tutorial
Online Audio Word Courses From Microsoft
Microsoft Word Tutorial From

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A Patron’s Comments

Posted on March 16, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

A patron walked into the library today and said, “If you let someone know you’re coming to the library, they’ll become your new best friend.” – How true?

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A Day With the Wulfe Brothers!

Posted on March 8, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

The Wulfe Bros. are high energy entertainers that provide fun, music and excitement. All programs are free and open to the public. Children and adults enjoy these guys. Come join us in the fun!

Join us Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at:

10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

The Wulfe Bros.

The Wulfe Bros.

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Continuing to Expand Youth and Young Adult Collections

Posted on March 5, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

We are working hard to maintain current and relevant collections in all areas of the youth services floor. Audio books have been integrated into our Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction areas, so now all audio books are shelved alongside print books of the same author.
Kentucky Unbound– downloadable audio books in mp3 format will be available for download at a new kiosk between Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction soon.

All new graphic novels are now being catalogued in the Juvenile Non Fiction area.
Newly arrived Early books in-clued: Thomas and the Jet Engine illustrated by Richard Courtney, Disney’s Princess Treasury, Kids Dish series by Nick Fauchald, Here, Kitty, Kitty! (¡Ven, Gatita, Ven!) by Pat Mora, and Chester’s Back! by Mélanie Watt .

New selection in Juvenile Fiction include: Nikki & Deja: Birthday Blues by Karen English, Love Among the Walnuts, or How I Saved My Family from Being Poisoned by Jean Ferris, The Wolves in the Walls by Neill Gaiman, and Heroes Don’t Run by Harry Mazer.

The Christy Miler Collection, Volume 1 by Robin Jones Gunn, Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi, Morning in a Different Place by Mary Ann McGuigan, The Door of No Return by Sarah Mussi, and Oh My Goth! by Gena Showalter have all been recently acquired for our Young Adult Fiction collection.

New Juvenile Nonfiction books include: Cosmogirl! Make it Yourself: 50 Fun and Funky Projects by the Editors of Cosmogirl, Ain’t Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson with Marc Aronson, and Kekkaishi Volumes 1-13 stories and art by Yellow Tanabe.

Got Questions?

Contact us at the library’s Youth Service Department. (270)442-2510 ext.22

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National Library Worker’s Day is coming up!

Posted on March 4, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

Check out this site for more details:

We would love to know what your thoughts are!  Make a blog entry or call us at 270-442-2510.

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Americans turn to libraries for personal finance help in tough economic times

Posted on March 3, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

Originally published by the American Library Association on February 24, 2009. 

CHICAGO – The efforts libraries make to help patrons obtain accurate financial information will be highlighted on CNN Money, Saturday, Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m. EST. ALA President Jim Rettig will appear in the story. A longer Web video version of the story as well as a CNN Web article will be posted following the broadcast.

Libraries report that they are providing accurate financial information to consumers all over the country. For example, “Smart Investing @ your library” ( has given away more than $1.7 million to help fund libraries’ efforts to provide library patrons with effective, unbiased financial education resources and empower library patrons to make smart financial decisions for both long-term investing and day-to-day money matters. FINRA Investor Education Foundation sponsors the initiative, which is administered by The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association.

New York Public Library is an example of a library holding such programs as “Mutual Funds for Beginners” and “Understanding the Foreclosure” and offering resume writing and real estate classes, career counseling sessions and lectures from guest speakers on how to create and implement business plans.

ALA’s Public Information Office has helped place this and many other stories about the surge in library visits during tough economic times. Other stories have been run recently include NBC Nightly News, Washington Post, Parade Magazine, The New York Times blog Freakonomics, CBS Evening News on Dec. 31 and Feb. 2, CNN as it appeared on Los Angeles’s KCAL-TV and an op-ed in the Huffington Post.

The ALA Public Information Office also has developed tools to help librarians publicize the surge in visits in their communities. Press releases, talking points and an FAQ can be found in the “Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit” at

What do you think?  How can McCracken County Public Library better serve you in these tough economic times?  What services do you see making the most impact?

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