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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One Book One Campus One Community

Posted on September 17, 2008. Filed under: author, biography, books, community, events, Kentucky, library, McCracken County, News, non-fiction, Paducah, programs, World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Blast off with the author of Rocket Boys: A Memoir at the McCracken County Public Library!  Homer Hickam speaks Thursday, October 24th, at 3 PM, in the community room.  The event is free.  Autographs will be available!  You can buy the book at the event.

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Posted on May 28, 2008. Filed under: books, community, events, Kentucky, library, McCracken County, Paducah |

Reading Challange winner

Samantha was one of the winners in the Get Fired Up for Reading Challenge!

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

Lost on the information highway?  Try now! It’s fast, it’s FREE, and it’s easy! is a website where experienced librarians answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!

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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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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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Discussing Your Intellectual Freedom

Posted on October 2, 2007. Filed under: books, events, Kentucky, librarian, library, local history, McCracken County, News, Paducah, programs, Video |

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Censorship – Should we or should we not?

You are invited to join us for a panel discussion on censorship, October 4 at 2:00 p.m., at Matheson Library on the West Kentucky Community & Technical College campus.

Moderator Berry Craig will lead panelists Tim Perdue, WKCTC History Lecturer; Donna Groves, WKYX/WKYQ News Director; Andrew Halford, WKCTC English Professor; and Marie Liang, McCracken County Public Library Director as they Celebrate the Freedom to Read in commemoration of Banned Books Week.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. There will be door prizes and the first 50 attendees get a special prize!

Observed since 1982, the annual Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

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Discover Buried Treasure in Banned Books

Posted on October 1, 2007. Filed under: biography, books, community, culture, events, Kentucky, librarian, library, McCracken County, News, non-fiction, Paducah, programs, World |

Discover Buried Treasure, originally uploaded by mclib dot net.

Treasure your Freedom to Read!

Who am I?
1. I am a historical person.
2. I concealed my female identity so that I could become a pirate.
3. I sailed with Calico Jack’s crew.
4. I was friends with another famous female pirate, Anne Bonny.
5. I died of sickness in prison, before I could be hung for piracy.

Teens can email mclibdotnet at gmail dot com or stop by the library with their answer,. You must include your McCracken County Public Library green card number. All correct answers will be entered for a prize drawing on October 6.

Are you up to the challenge of Banned Books Week?

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Test your citizenship IQ

Posted on September 10, 2007. Filed under: children's programs, community, culture, events, family, Kentucky, library, McCracken County, News, Paducah, World |

free to read, originally uploaded by mclib dot net.

What do you know about good citizenship? Do you know as much as the immigrants to our country? Teens can find out by taking our September Citizenship Quiz. For adults, try taking the test at MSNBC, Do you have what it takes to become a citizen?

These are actual questions from the U.S. Naturalization Test. People from other countries who want to become U.S. citizens must pass this test. Do you know the answers?

Stop by your library for color sheets and a list of good books about the USA for children too.

Join us as we celebrate peace and freedom in honor of Patriot Day, in remembrance of 9/11, and as part of The September Project.

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Free Live Homework Help from Online Tutors

Posted on September 7, 2007. Filed under: community, Kentucky, librarian, library, McCracken County, Paducah, Technology, Video |

Expert tutoring help is available for free from the McCracken County Public Library! Online tutors work one-on-one to coach your student through some of the toughest subjects. Check out Live Homework Help on the library’s website,

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A Woman’s Touch – September Programs

Posted on September 7, 2007. Filed under: community, Kentucky, library, local history, Paducah, programs |

The male dominated world of the 1800 and 1900s gets a makeover this month at the McCracken County Public Library. Two programs focus on dynamic heroines, real and imaginary.

Behind every great man, there is a great woman… And this month’s Lunch @ Your Library Discussions from Off the Shelf selection proved it! Kentucky author Sena Jeter Naslund expands on the world Herman Melville created in his classic, Moby Dick. She recounts the life and adventures of Captain Ahab’s other half in the national bestseller, Ahab’s Wife. We set sail with West Kentucky Community and Technical College English Professor Andrew Halford, as he explored Mrs. Ahab’s Kentucky beginnings, her own whaling expedition, and brushes with famous 19th century intellectuals. It was an entertaing Lunch @ Your Library this month!

Next up, she rubbed elbows with some of the greatest performers of our time… but Miss Maggie was no hot shot from the big city! She built and operated Paducah’s first African-American hotel, The Hotel Metropolitan. Upper Town Heritage Co-Founder Betty Dobson will help Maggie Steed reappear from the past for a special Evenings Upstairs presentation, Miss Maggie & Friends @ The Hotel Metropolitan. An African-American widow in the early 1900’s, Miss Maggie will tell you how she managed to build The Hotel Metropolitan, what the business meant to the community, and all about the hotel’s most famous guests, from Louis Armstrong to Ike and Tina Turner. Check out this entertaining and informative portrayal Thursday, September 6th at 7 PM!

All McCracken County Public Library programs are free and open to the public in the upstairs community room.

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Parlez-Vous @ Your Library! New Online Service Teaches Nine Languages

Posted on September 7, 2007. Filed under: Kentucky, library, Paducah, Technology, World |


Rosetta Stone New Online Service Teaches Nine Languages
Forget passports, books, or CDs… There’s a new way to learn language, and you can find it free online! The McCracken County Public Library now offers Rosetta Stone online language learning at its Internet Branch,

This new library service offers nine different languages: United States and United Kingdom English, German, Greek, French, Italian, Russian, and Spain and Latin American Spanish. The content is ideal for the casual learner of any age. You will receive practical instruction in including, dates and times, weather, and shopping, to name just a few categories. You can access them all any time of the day or night, from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Rosetta Stone is acclaimed for the speed, power, and effectiveness of its Dynamic Immersion method. Based in Virginia, Inc. Magazine recently named Rosetta Stone one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone replicates the natural way people learn languages as children using this online technology.

Surf to today and click on Rosetta Stone to get started!


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You Never Knew All it Took for Summer Reading Video

Posted on September 5, 2007. Filed under: children's programs, events, Kentucky, librarian, library, McCracken County, Paducah, programs, Video |

You Never Knew
who all it took
to pull off Summer Reading Programs
@ Your McCracken County Public Library

Well now you do…!!
at the very least
it took all of these 😉

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Story Time Returns with Schedule for Fall Season

Posted on September 5, 2007. Filed under: children's programs, Kentucky, library, McCracken County |

Join Ms. Retta, Bob Dog, Ms. Cherri and Miss McKynleigh as they share with young and old alike in their special program of stories, puppets and songs.

Each Thursday at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
September 6 – December 13, 2007

For a Weekly Schedule, please click HERE!

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