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For a chilling read, I have the book for you.

Posted on August 11, 2010. Filed under: library |

I love horror books.  Zombies, vampires, especially ghosts.  There is a look in people’s eye when you tell them that.  If I could see through the monitor, not to say that I can’t but just say I could, readers of this post will have the same look on their face.  The look will reflect concern, an appalled hint and will actually totally tell the story of, “what is wrong with her?”

If your face is not doing that, let me recommend that you turn the thermostat up to 80 and then open up the book, Blood Harvest by C. J. Boulton.  You will never miss the air conditioning because it sets up a chill that refuses to go away.  It is a very scary mystery involving a small town in England where two churches stand against the sky, closed to the purposes that they were built.  There is a druidic influence, voices and appearances in the church cemetery and a new priest who has no idea what he is getting into. 

Three children live with their family- mom is American in a new home built strategically close to both churches and, of course, the cemetery.  The time is fall and the town has its own odd customs for the harvest season. 

Open, read it, and I bet you will be a great deal cooler and you won’t sleep.

Enjoy!

Julie Hart

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Mango Languages

Posted on May 12, 2010. Filed under: library |

Did you know we have a fun, fast and easy language learning program called Mango Languages?  The best part it is free for McCracken County Public Library  patrons and you can access it anywhere there is internet with your library card.

Mango is the easiest and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.  Mango is available in two versions:

Mango Basic:

Perfect for a foreign language beginner, Mango Basic teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time.  The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 22 foreign languages and 14 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. 

You can view all the supported Mango Basic languages and ESL courses here: http://mangolanguages.com/mangobasic/languages/

Mango Complete:

Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that digs much deeper and is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture. It is available in nine foreign language and three ESL courses. Foreign language courses include Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  ESL courses include Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.

To learn more about Mango and get a short preview of what the program has to offer, you can visit the company’s website at http://www.mangolanguages.com.  Even better, you can visit http://www.mclib.net/mango.htm and get started on the courses themselves!

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Spring break and the howl of the Wulfe Brothers

Posted on April 6, 2010. Filed under: library |

Sitting in my office it is as if there is no wall between this room and the meeting room and currently, the Wulfe Brothers are singing to a crowd of 130+ and my chair is moving with the music.  Nice.  There are two more shows today!

I brought back the book The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen without finishing it, since it has other holds on it, I put my name back on it.  A book where a girl has a room in an old house, living with her grandfather whom she had never met before, where her wallpaper changes to suit her mood is just too neat not to read. 

Have you ever noticed that once you have a notice that there is a book on hold for you, then three more follow almost immediately?  It happened to me on the end of the aforementioned visits to Powell’s bookstore, so had I had to let some of them come back as a responsible reader.  I DID keep the book about Dogscaping Your Garden out of respect for the labs and for the sake of the season. 

Hamish is now working the case of Death of a Cad.  Lobsters devouring a murdered corpse is a new one on me and I resolve not to think about that too much. 

We will be closed the week of the 11th for re-carpeting and re-shelving the fiction.  If you read a certain author you will find all of their books together in one place. 

 Get stocked up NOW.

Happy reading!

Julie

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The Thing on the Wing

Posted on April 1, 2010. Filed under: library |

On the way home from attending the Public Library Association Conference in Portland, Oregon, it was my distinct pleasure to spend the time on the flight towards Paducah reading a collection of Richard Matteson’s short stories entitled, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.  I found a used copy at Powell’s bookstore.  As a biblioholic, that is the penultimate store which sits on a whole city block and is three stories of used and new books carefully color coded.  Oh, my.  In fact, I purchased that one the second trip I made to the store.  My first trip I went a little bazinga in the literature section having found a prime 1st addition James Thurber and a collection of William Cowper poetry that I did not own (the Thurber replaces one in my bookshelf that is not as prime- look for it at the Friends book sale in July). 

‘Tis the season for chasing rabbits.  I digress,  Richard Matheson wrote many of the original Twilight Zone scripts and is a favorite of mine for the sheer terror he produces.  Reading the original Nightmare on a four-five hour flight from Portland to Chicago is a supreme pleasure that I can highly recommend to anyone and especially those who associate William Shatner or John Lithgow with the story.  They were wonderful, but the story is even better. 

The flight to Portland was spent with Hamish McBeth, a Scottish constable brought to us by M. C. Beaton and eventually in a series on BBC.  The book was being read to me by my Ranger on the way to the airport so I checked the book out in order to find out what happens next.  The library book was mailed back home.  I finished it before de-planing.  Hamish is brilliant but wants to stay under the radar because he refuses to accept a promotion, loving the Scottish countryside and his bizarre animals more than the idea of fortune or fame.  No one gets knocked off in M. C. Beaton unless they “had it comin'”.  If Hamish delights you, also check out Agatha Raisin.  They are both in series that will seduce you to read them all and still starve for more. 

Respectfully Submitted,   

Julie

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Great Day for McCracken County

Posted on March 11, 2010. Filed under: library |

If you missed meeting Garth Stein on Tuesday, March 9th at WKCTC, you missed a wonderful time.  As well as he can write in the voice of a dog, he can speak and be personable and friendly.   He shared a bit of his bestselling book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and told stories about his muse (his wife)  and his real life experiences in auto racing.   Poor, poor Miata never saw it coming.

His book should contain a warning, once you open it you will not be able to close it.  It gallops along at a pace only a real life Labrador Retriever can set and takes your heart along with it.   The demise of the pooch is seen from the first chapter and in Enzo, the dog’s view, is just one lap in the racetrack of his future plans.    It is a wonderful book so if you missed the author’s visit to Paducah, do not miss the book- available in CD and LP as well as the book at MCPL.   And Patrick Dempsey has been signed to plan the human in the upcoming motion picture, but don’t wait until then!

Hopefully, you did not miss Professor Andrew Halford’s unusual treatment of the book.  If you could not attend his Off the Shelf  book discussion, you will want to catch it on TV tonight- March 11, 16 or 18th at 7:00 p.m. on channel 7.  You will want to tape it, DVR it, transcribe it, and watch it again. 

Your next opportunity to meet an adult author will be November, David Baldacci will be appearing at WKCTC to discuss his book, Wish You Well. 

‘Til next time!

Julie

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Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Burgoo & Bourbon

Posted on November 17, 2009. Filed under: library |

Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Burgoo & Bourbon

A presentation by

Berry Craig

Author & WKCTC History Professor

                          December  10 @ 7:00 p.m.

In the Library Meeting Room

 Time was, Kentucky politics was dominated by the three Bs—Bombast, Burgoo, and Bourbon. Craig begins this talk by examining each of these spicy ingredients in turn. He ends by relating a tale that combines all three and brings to mind the famous remark about Kentucky politics being “the damnedest.” After all, asks Craig, where else could a man running for governor drink too much, throw up in public, and still get elected?

 

Presented by the Kentucky Humanities Council and McCracken County Public Library

 

Contact Bobbie Wrinkle -270-442-2510 X 19 bwrinkle@mclib.net

All programs are free & open to the public

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“Myths & Misconceptions about Paducah : Myths, Legends, Lore, Lies & Damnable Lies”

Posted on November 2, 2009. Filed under: library |

“Myths & Misconceptions about Paducah :  Myths, Legends, Lore, Lies & Damnable Lies” 

A presentation by

John E. L. Robertson

Author & Local Historian

During this talk Robertson will discuss fascinating and some perhaps controversial aspects of Paducah’s  history, including often debated Chief Paduke, internationally know “Speedie”, Pegleg Pete and the tales of the witches of Island Creek and the “eyes” on Poole Road. He will also take a look at unique persons and events that shaped Paducah’s rich history such as Paducah’s greatest contribution to professional baseball, evolution and the Scopes, a Paducahan who was honored with a fossil named for him and the landing of the SS New Orleans. Robertson is an avid local historian and author of several titles including : Paducah a Pictorial History, Paducah Frontier to the Atomic Age and the recent, Paducahans Famous and Not So Famous and Profiles of Past Paducahans, co-authored by the late Allan Rhodes Sr. In 2008, The Kentucky Historical Society honored Robertson with the Lifetime Contribution to Kentucky History Award. 

 November 12 @ 7:00 p.m.

In the Library Meeting Room

Contact Bobbie Wrinkle -270-442-2510 X 19 bwrinkle@mclib.net

All programs are free & open to the public.

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An Evening Upstairs in October!

Posted on October 13, 2009. Filed under: library |

 

Be Haunted by History This Month

@ Your Library 

More Kentucky Ghosts

 A presentation by

Lynwood Montell

Western Kentucky University Folk Studies Professor Emeritus & Author

Much of Kentucky’s rich historical legacy is preserved in ghost stories,
including those related to the Civil War, ancestors, graveyards, murder
victims, haunted spots on the landscape, haunted houses, and ghostly lights
and screams. Montell’s talk will also discuss the historic value of hearing
and preserving Kentucky’s verbal legacy.

 

October 22 @ 7:00 p.m.

In the Library Meeting Room

 

 

Contact Bobbie Wrinkle -270-442-2510 X 19 bwrinkle@mclib.net

All programs are free & open to the public

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Where’s Your Bookmark Today?

Posted on September 20, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

My bookmark is nestled in the pages of “Persona Non Grata,” the third installment of Ruth Downie’s Roman Empire series. I love this series. Set in the second-century, the series chronicles the life of an army doctor as he humorously solves the captivating mysteries he seems to find himself tangled in. In this book Ruso returns home to his family after many years of service with the roman legion. The Medicus has brought his trusty companion, Tilla, along for the journey. Her meeting with the family is less than perfect, as is Ruso’s welcoming. From the start they plunge head first into a nest of conspiring family members, a murder mystery, and tax plot that threatens to bury them all, nothing too much for the medicus to handle though. Filled with plot twists, intrigue, and humor, Downie’s Roman Empire series is fast, fun-filled read. I am thoroughly enjoying this latest addition to the tale.

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An Evening Upstairs in September

Posted on September 10, 2009. Filed under: library |

The Houses of Alben Barkley

with Steve Gabany, PhD

author of Historic Architecture of Paducah & McCracken County

Alben Barkley, whose given name was not Alben William Barkley, was undoubtedly one of Paducah’s best known figures. This interesting discussion led by Gabany, author of the recent 2nd edition Historic Architecture of Paducah & McCracken County, will cover several homes and buildings associated with the Veep. He will trace the rich architectural history of the buildings using computer graphics. Steve Gabany spent 37 years as a university administrator and professor in California and Indiana. He and his wife Carol moved to Paducah three years ago as part of the Artist Relocation Program. They completed the renovation of the “Sebree House”, 6th and Madison, which serves as an art studio and bed and breakfast. Copies of his architectural books will be available for purchase & autographing.

 

Presented by the Friends of the McCracken County Public Library

September 17, 2009

7:00 pm

In the Library meeting room

All programs are free and open to the public

For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle by telephone at 270-442-2510 ext. 19 (Toll-free 866-829-7532) or email at bwrinkle@mclib.net

For more information on Evenings Upstairs click here.

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Where’s Your Bookmark Today?

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

Expect nothing less but hilarity and side-splitting humor from one of my favorite authors, Davis Sedaris, in his latest book “When You Are Engulfed In Flames.” If you’ve ever read Sedaris before, you know you’re in for a real treat with this work of satirical short stories.

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An Evening Upstairs in September

Posted on August 6, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

“The Houses of Alben Barkley” with Steve Gabany, PhD author of Historic Architecture of Paducah & McCracken County

Alben Barkley, whose given name was not Alben William Barkley, was undoubtedly one of Paducah’s best known figures. This interesting discussion led by Gabany, author of the recent 2nd edition Historic Architecture of Paducah & McCracken County, will cover several homes and buildings associated with the Veep. He will trace the rich architectural history of the buildings using computer graphics. Steve Gabany spent 37 years as a university administrator and professor in California and Indiana. He and his wife Carol moved to Paducah three years ago as part of the Artist Relocation Program. They completed the renovation of the “Sebree House”, 6th and Madison, which serves as an art studio and bed and breakfast. Copies of his architectural books will be available for purchase & autographing.

Presented by the Friends of the McCracken County Public Library

September 17, 2009

7:00 pm

In the Library meeting room

All programs are free and open to the public

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Save the Date!

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

Mark your calendar now for the Winter Book Sale scheduled for January 22 & 23!

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Where’s Your Bookmark?

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

Currently I am Reading “It’s Not Me, It’s You” by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor. Where is your bookmark today?

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Check Out our Summer Book Sale!

Posted on July 2, 2009. Filed under: book sale, books, library | Tags: |

Brand New (to You) Titles at Bargain Prices!
Friends Announce New Summer Used Book Savings

Get some fresh finds at a fraction of the cost this month at the McCracken County Friends of the Library Summer Used Book Sale! The biannual bargain is back selling donated books to better your McCracken County Public Library.

Since the Friends sold nearly every box of books at the winter sale, the selection of used materials is as fresh as can be! Nearly all of the 750 boxes of donations for the summer sale come from recent contributions. Check out the “new-to-you” titles at Paducah’s St. Paul Lutheran Church Friday, July 24th from 9 AM to 7 PM and Saturday, July 25th, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Take advantage of the cool sale in St. Paul’s air-conditioned gym at the corner of South 21st Street and Kentucky Avenue.

Most hardback copies are $1 and paperbacks are $.50. Several tables of recent bestsellers and collector and local interest books are priced well below market value. It’s easy to find what you’re looking for… The 6,000 or so titles are organized by subject categories, including a section reserved for audiovisual materials.

Shop and Save Saturday! Back by popular demand, the Friends have designated Saturday as Bag Discount Day. Get a sack full of reads for just $2. No BYOB here! The Friends supply the bags.

While you devour the sale selection, don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Bake Sale table.

All payments may be made in cash or by check. Book sale proceeds benefit the McCracken County Public Library. Each year, the Friends of the Library donate thousands of dollars to support new services, programs, and materials. In just shy of 20 years, Friends’ book sales – alone – have generated more than $190,000 for the library… including a recent $20,000 donation given in April.

Downsizing? Donate your used paperback or hard cover books for the next Friends’ sale! Place any contributions in the collection container just inside the Kentucky Avenue foyer of the library. Text books, magazines, and encyclopedias are not accepted.

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 call Friends of the Library Past- President Maudine Buchanan at (270) 442-6263 or President Jennie Boyarski at (270) 554-4341.

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Where’s Your Bookmark Today?

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

Currently I am reading How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill. It’s a historical look at how Ireland preserved much of Europe’s records and knowledge through the Middle Ages.  Where’s your bookmark today?

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Did you know?

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

OverDrive Media Console v3.2 Expands iPod® Compatibility with WMA Audiobooks

On Tuesday, June 16, OverDrive released the new version of OverDrive® Media Console. To download the updated software, click here. All new users will automatically download the latest version, and existing users will be prompted to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of OMC (scheduled for late June).

Nearly all OverDrive WMA Audiobooks in your download collection are now compatible with the iPod®, iPhoneT, iPod touch®, and iPod nano®, as well as Zune® and thousands of other portable devices, with a simple upgrade of OverDrive Media Console to version 3.2 on Windows® PCs.

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Columbine: A True Crime Story

Posted on June 17, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

Author and investigative journalist Jeff Kass will be with the library tomorrow afternoon, June 18th, 2009 to autograph and discuss copies of his new book, Columbine: A True Crime Story. His book commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Columbine incident.

Columbine: A True Crime Story, a victim, the killers, and the nation’s search for answers.

Published by ghostroadpress.com

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Excellent attendance at the annual OMGcon!

Posted on June 10, 2009. Filed under: library |

Excellent turnout for OMGcon!

A video and Anime convention like no other, OMGcon drew hundreds of visitors.  Participates took part in Cosplay Contests, Anime Showings, Video Game Tournies, Table Top and Card games, Voice Actor Panel, a Vendor Room and much more.  The Library presented a booth of recently acquired graphic novels and Manga novels to great success.  To learn more about this past weekend’s event contact the library at 270.442.2510.

OMGcon!

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What do you call a group of Librarians?

Posted on June 9, 2009. Filed under: library |

A gaggle, a collection, agroup… Visit this entertaining site for more information!

http://stephenslighthouse.sirsidynix.com/archives/2009/05/what_is_a_group.html

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Join us for an Evening Upstairs!

Posted on June 2, 2009. Filed under: library | Tags: |

Evenings Upstairs

McCracken County Public Library &  The Friends of the Library

Presents

Irvin S. Cobb And a Laugh A Day: His Art of Storytelling

A discussion presented by Andrew Halford

WKCTC Professor Emeritus & facilitator for Off The Shelf book discussions

Thursday, June 18 @ 7:00 p.m.

In the Library Meeting Room

Contact Bobbie Wrinkle -270-442-2510 X 19

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