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Our librarians have been hard at work building reading lists in our catalog to help you find something new to read!

We've got lists for all ages, including topic lists, award-winning books, staff picks, and more. The number of lists is growing all the time.

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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The Digital Collection is the library's online resource for accessing digital versions of photographs, historical documents, and artifacts from the Local and Family History Department.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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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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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.
Jul 06th 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Design your super logo! Natalya and Jack will teach some design principles and help you create super hero logos that express your super identities. We will then create a mask or a cape to go with our new personas! Bring a t-shirt, and you can put the logo right on your shirt. Presented by Creatures of Habit
Jul 06th 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Need help starting or tweaking your resume? Let Dusty help on Monday nights. We'll get you set up with the library's resume builder so you can build a properly formatted resume in no time, print it, and access it any time from any computer. Help is provided by appointment only, so please register in advance by calling 270-442-2510 x119.

Most-held Books

Week of June 29 | () = change from last week.

#1 (+1) 
X / Sue Grafton

#2 (-1) 
Go Set A Watchman / Harper Lee

#3 (--) 
Ever After / Jude Deveraux

#4 (--) 
Naked Greed / Stuart Woods

#5 (+2) 
Alert / James Patterson

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

#7 (+1) 
The Murderer's Daughter / Jonathan Kellerman

#8 (+1) 
The Naked Eye / Iris Johansen

#9 (NEW) 
Friction / Sandra Brown

#10 (--) 
Silver Linings / Debbie Macomber

New Resource: Flipster Magazines

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Downloads and Streaming


Get access to free e-books for all device types.

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Five free song downloads per week, and 3 hours of streaming per day.



Your favorite books in MP3 or streaming.

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For Kids and Teens

Animated picture books, read-along books, graphic novels, and more.

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Staff-Curated Lists

Browse pre-made topic lists and staff picks.

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Email 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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