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Read Like a Girl Book and Craft Club

October 18 | 3pm

This month we're reading Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume!

Read Like a Girl discussions are led by WKCTC's Kim Russell.

Story Time is Back!

Ms. Nicole, Brary Bear, Ms. Michelle, Ms. Retta, and Bob Dog return on Tuesdays at 10am and 1pm to bring the stories of the library to life through songs, skits, and lots of puppet friends!

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Stormin' Norman Pumpkin Carving

October 22

Scott "Stormin'" Norman, the Picasso of Pumpkin Carving, will present his pumpkin carving EXTRAVAGANZA! He'll carve pumpkins using a weed-eater, pick ax, and blow torch!

The program will be in the library garden.


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2nd Floor Computer Lab
Oct 14th 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Attendance at previous classes in the series is highly encouraged but not required.

The second class in the Beginning Genealogy Series, this class will provide attendees with an overview of online genealogical sources, including Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and Fold3 as well as historical society websites, Find A Grave, and more.

The Beginning Genealogy Series is a monthly series of classes aimed at those that have been interested in tracing their roots, but don't quite know where to start or what resources are available. It is taught by the library's Homebound/Outreach coordinator Cathy Edwards.

Space is limited for this class, so sign up is required. Please call 270-442-2510 ext. 124 to register.

2nd Floor Computer Lab
Oct 14th 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

E-Reader troubles? Need a new email address? Got a general tech question? Tech staff member Aaron can help.

To make an appointment, call 270-442-2510 x124.

2nd Floor
Oct 15th 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.

Library Garden
Oct 15th 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The McCracken County Public Library will celebrate its third annual Howl at the Moon community festival with a free concert by the Solid Rock'It Boosters and a patchwork of fall-themed activities.

The library's signature, free autumn event is set for Thursday, October 15 at 6 p.m. in the library garden and open to all ages.

Free hot dogs, apples and popcorn will be provided for attendees to enjoy while they listen to the country rhythms of Paducah's most talented rockabilly collective.

Face painting will be offered for kids. Cornhole will also be available for festival goers who prefer a competitive edge to their seasonal fun.

Several door prizes will be given away, including The Wheelhouse Rousters' debut album Steamboatin', a biography of Kentucky's infamous madam Belle Brezing, and a diversity of other books related to upcoming library programs.

"With Howl at the Moon, McCracken County Public Library aims to offer one of the best, free events in Paducah, featuring a popular, top quality band, food and giveaways, in a beautiful outdoor setting," says Sarah McGowan, adult services manager. "It's a fun celebration for and of our current patrons, but also an invitation to everyone in the community to come discover what the library is all about."

This year marks the third anniversary of Howl at the Moon and the second time that the Solid Rock'It Boosters have headlined it. Established by Nathan Brown, Todd Anderson, John Wurth and J.D. Wilkes in Murray, KY circa 1993, the band plays a mishmash of honkytonky, country, and western styles.

Founding member Nathan Brown says the band has dedicated a large amount of their efforts and talents towards helping causes they feel are important.

"Anything that I can do or my band can do to help the McCracken County Public Library, I am willing to do because I think the library is one of greatest resources in the county," says Brown, "Especially for the size of our little town. I think we have a world-class library. When I look at other libraries in towns of similar size, I think McCracken County Public Library is something special."

2nd Floor
Oct 16th 11:00 am - 11:50 am

A free outreach educational program will be presented at the library, in partnership with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, for the home schools of our region!

Musical Story Time promotes literacy and music by weaving them together as a tapestry for educational enrichment. The Bach edition includes connections to history, science, math, music, art, reading, dance, and drama. Students will assist in each program.

Mary Grinnell, pianist extraordinaire, will represent the PSO and portray Anna Magdalena Bach, the wife of J. S. Bach. Anna was a real person; a musician who taught and worked as a copyist. She opens the program with Bach's "Toccata in d minor." Elizabeth Juliana Fredericka, their daughter, comes to like under the able talents of McLib storyteller Nicole Brown. She will sing the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria" and dance a Bach "Minuet in G."

Dr. Seuss' "Oh the Places You Will Go" will be mimed by Brown with students participating as Bach's "Prelude in c minor" is played by Grinnell. The program will also include Josh Coffey, violinist, as Bach's son who will play a Bach Partita.

Amy Allen, musician/teacher, and Retta Folsom, storyteller, will present the book, "Bach" by Mike Venezia.

This program is made possible by the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, the McCracken County Public Library, Carson Myre Charitable Foundation, local donors, and volunteers. It is supported in part by the Kentucky Arts Council, the City of Paducah, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The program is for K through 5th grades and will run 50 minutes. It will be held in the Juvenile Fiction section of the library's children's department on the 2nd floor.

Most-held Items

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Rogue Lawyer / John Grisham

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Pitch Perfect 2 [DVD]

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San Andreas [DVD]

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Spy [DVD]

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All Dressed in White / Mary Higgins Clark

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Furious 7 [DVD]

#7 (-1) 
Foreign Affairs / Stuart Woods

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Saturn Run / John Sandford

#9 (-1) 
The Guilty / David Baldacci

#10 (NEW) 
Jurassic World [DVD]

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