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Library Construction

The Kentucky Avenue entrance of the McCracken County Public Library is being redesigned to provide maximum accessibility for patrons with disabilities. The project, which began March 24, 2014, aims to extend the wheelchair ramp ratio into the parking lot to better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. In addition, a canopy cover will be installed over the ramp and sidewalk to shelter patrons from inclement weather. Two drains on the property will also be cleaned out and improved to more efficiently drain water during heavy rains.

As construction progresses, safety tunnels will be placed near the Kentucky Avenue parking lot to provide safe entry for library patrons. The City of Paducah will mark an area on the Washington Street side as a drop off zone for those patrons needing an easier entrance. Parking on Washington Street near the ramp cut-out will not be allowed.

Paul King of Peck, Flannery, Gream, Warren Inc. Architects produced the design for the new Kentucky Avenue entrance and took sealed bids. The contractor is M.P. Lawson. The renovations were made possible by Mrs. Helen Gore of Illinois, who bequeathed to the library a sum of $62,000 in her will with no limitations on its use. A memorial plaque will be placed in Mrs. Gore’s honor. The Friends of Library have also expressed an interest in providing financial assistance. The construction project will not hinder the library’s ability to purchase new materials.

According to the contractor, the project is expected to take three months. The library apologizes for any parking difficulties, but expects the new, aesthetic entrance to be beneficial to the community and worth the wait.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the project, you may contact Julie Hart, Library Director.  Her contact information can be found at http://www.mclib.net/contact.

We’re Hiring!

UPDATE: We are no longer actively taking applications for these positions. 

 

We’re looking for some part-time clerks to join the Library family!

Here’s what you need to be:

  • At least 16 years old. (Sorry, kids).
  • A quick learner that’s pretty good with numbers. Staff members are expected to occasionally do quick mental math to make change.  You should be ready to learn the Dewey Decimal System for non-fiction books, and catch on quickly to how books, DVDs, CDs, and other materials are arranged.
  • Able to lift moderately heavy things. Books can get heavy. You’ll be surprised.
  • A team player. The Library can be an incredibly fun and rewarding place to work, but you have to do your part to make it that way.
  • Willing to work hard. Following instructions from your supervisors and leaving laziness at the door are important.

Here’s some of the things you can expect to be doing:

  • Shelving. Lots of shelving, especially at first. Without having a good working knowledge of the collection, you can’t be effective at the other tasks you’ll be assigned.
  • Processing returned items. A.K.A., check-in. Items will come in, you’ll check cases to make sure the right discs are in there, you’ll scan items, you’ll reactivate their built-in security, and you’ll sort them on carts to be shelved.
  • Assisting patrons. Perhaps the most important job you’ll do is answer questions from patrons.  You’ll be trained on how to use the public card catalogs as well as the staff search to help people find exactly what they need. (This is where extensive shelving experience pays off).
  • Check items out. When patrons have found what they need, you’ll access their account and check out their items. You’ll inform them of fines or any other account issues, collect fines if necessary, update records if necessary, and perform other circulation desk tasks.

Here’s how you can apply:

There’s two ways to apply, and we give no preference to the method you choose:

  • In person. Visit the first floor check-out desk and we’ll give you an application to fill out.