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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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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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