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The Digital Collection

The Digital Collection is the library's online resource for accessing digital versions of photographs, historical documents, and artifacts from the Local and Family History Department.

The collection contains numerous collections relating to various aspects of Paducah's history. Taken together, the collections contain nearly 2,000 digital objects including photos, postcards, written documents, books, oral histories, and more.

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From Off the Shelf Discussions

Wednesday | July 1 | Noon

July's book discussion will feature the novel Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Discussions led by professor Andrew Halford.  

All programs are free and open to the public.

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2015 Summer Reading Program

Events for all ages, all summer long!

Join us for some great summer events. Take a summer reading challenge. We've got fun for all patrons and all ages from June 1 - July 31!

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Upcoming Events

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Jun 30th 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
E-Reader troubles? Need a new email address? Got a general tech question? Tech staff memeber Aaron can help. Tech help will be provided by appointment only. Call 270-442-2510 x124 to register.
Jul 02nd 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Taught by James Patterson, this class focuses on the absolute chess beginner. Learn the rules and moves of the game, then use your new skills during Family Game Night later in the evening. The class is primarily intended to grow an appreciation and love of the game of chess in kids and teens, and to encourage them to apply logic and problem solving skills. The classes are held on Tuesdays from 1-3pm from June 4-July 30. These events require pre-registration. Call 270-442-2510 x122 to register.
Jul 02nd 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bring the whole family to the library and grab a board game to play after you check out your books and movies. We've got all your favorites, and you can play them in your favorite family-friendly environment - the public library! Just stop by the second floor desk on Thursday nights from 5-8pm and let us know which game you want to play. For more information, contact the Youth Services department at 270-442-2510 x122. Chess Lessons with James Patterson During Family Game Night, local chess player and United States Chess Federation member James Patterson is here to teach anyone of any age about the game of chess. Patterson believes chess is an important tool for building problem-solving skills, increasing the ability to solve puzzles, keeping the brain healthy, and challenging us to think logically. Most of his early knowledge of the game came from reading books at the McCracken County Public Library.
The Library will be closed July 4, 2015 for Independence Day.

Most-held Books

Week of June 22 | () = change from last week.

#1 (+1) 
Go Set A Watchman / Harper Lee

#2 (-1) 
X / Sue Grafton

#3 (--) 
Ever After / Jude Deveraux

#4 (--) 
Naked Greed / Stuart Woods

#5 (--) 
Wicked Charms / Janet Evanovich

#6 (--) 
The Melody Lingers On / Mary Higgins Clark

#7 (+1) 
Alert / James Patterson

#8 (+2) 
The Murderer's Daughter / Jonathan Kellerman

#9 (--) 
The Naked Eye / Iris Johansen

#10 (NEW) 
Silver Linings / Debbie Macomber

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Book Lists

Book lists full of suggested reading on various topics.

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Reading Challenges

Get reading! Take a reading challenge for kids or teens.

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Updates, reviews, and more from the Adult Services DVD section.

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Eager Readers

Information, books, events, and contests from the Youth Services department.

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Book {re}Marks

Let's talk about adult fiction.

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Local and Family History

Curious stories from Paducah's past.

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