Do you Twitter? Write a haiku and win $50 to use at Amazon!

To celebrate National Library Week (going on this week!), @YourLibrary, the Campaign for America’s Libraries, is holding a Twitter haiku (a “twaiku”, if you will) contest! The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to to use at

If you don’t already have a Twitter account, it’s free and easy to sign up. Go here to sign up for Twitter, then read this information from @YourLibrary to compete in the contest.

But hurry, the contest ends tomorrow, April 13! And don’t forget to follow your library here on Twitter!



Happy 95th birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary turns 95 today! Celebrate her birthday by reading your favorite Beverly Cleary book – is it Ramona Quimby, Dear Mr. Henshaw or Muggie Maggie? Or maybe you’re a Mouse and the Motorcycle fan. Either way, check out your favorite at the library! Click here to reserve your book from home.

And don’t forget to check out Ms. Cleary’s fun and interactive website (click here).

2011 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Winners!

Each year, Kentucky students vote for their favorite books of the year by grade level. This year’s winners are as follows:


  • K-2: Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas


  • 3-5: Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery


  • 6-8: Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica


  • 9-12: Maze Runner by James Dashner


You can find each book at the McCracken County Public Library! Click here to reserve your copy from home!

Featured books for juvenile fiction – new for April!

Best of the Best (Baseball Great novel) by Tim Green 

Determined to play in the Little League World Series, twelve-year-old Josh struggles to concentrate on his game and be the team’s leader while also trying to cope with his parents’ impending divorce.


Fantasy Baseball by Alan Gratz   

A twelve-year-old boy wakes up in Ever After, where he is recruited by Dorothy to play first base for the Oz Cyclones in the Ever After.


A Light in the Storm (Dear America) by Karen Hesse   

In 1860 and 1861, while working in her father’s lighthouse on an island off the coast of Delaware, fifteen-year-old Amelia records in her diary how the Civil War is beginning to devastate her divided state.


Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown

by Megan McDonald   

After second-grader Stink gets an unsatisfactory grade in physical education, his parents tell him he must play a sport and so he masters thumb wrestling, as seen on a sports channel.


Cloudy with a Chance of Boys (Sisters Club) by Megan McDonald   

While older sister Alex is trying to orchestrate a perfect first kiss with her heartthrob and younger sister Joey prefers frogs to boys, Stevie Reel wonders if she is ready for a boyfriend while being pursued by a new boy in her class.


A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull   

Fourteen-year-old Jason Walker is transported to a strange world called Lyrian, where he joins Rachel, who was also drawn there from our world, and a few rebels, to piece together the Word that can destroy the malicious wizard emperor, Surroth.



Shimmer by Alyson Noel   

Riley, dead at age twelve and now a Soul Catcher, works with her teacher Bodhi to help Rebecca, the daughter of a former plantation owner who, furious about being murdered during a 1733 slave revolt, is keeping those who died with her from crossing over.



Reserve a copy from home here!

Featured young adult books – new for April!

Chime by Franny Billingsley

In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.

Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

When shy, awkward fourteen-year-old Grace Carpenter is paired with the beautiful and wild Mandarin on a school project, an unlikely, explosive friendship begins, but all too soon, Grace discovers that Mandarin is a very troubled, even dangerous, girl.

Invincible (Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul. His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to do things he can’t even mention, and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him. But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them.

Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta  

After his favorite uncle’s violent death, Tom Mackee watches his family implode, quits school, and turns his back on music and everyone who matters, and while he is in no shape to mend what is broken, he fear that no one else is, either.

Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams

As her mother’s mental illness spins terrifyingly out of control, thirteen-year-old Lacey must face the truth of what life with her mother means for both of them.

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

Two teenagers who are living on the streets and barely getting by become involved in a complicated criminal plot, and make an unexpected connection with each other.


Reserve a copy from home here!

New York Times Bestsellers – We have ’em!

Bestselling Children’s Chapter Books, Week of April 3, 2011:


1. World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

2. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

3. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

4. Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber

5. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

6. Tales from a Not-S0-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell

7. The Gift by James Patterson and Ned Rust

8. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

9. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (2011 Newbery Winner!)

10. Matched by Ally Condie


Since these are all so popular, you may have to reserve the next book that’s returned. We’ll be happy to do that for you at the desk, or you can access your account here to do it yourself!

Looking for similar books or series?

Are you in a book slump? Did you just finish Diary of a Wimpy Kid and are looking for similar books to read? Check out this list of “readalikes”:

If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, try:

Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Scott Seegert

My Weird School by Dan Gutman

Rotten School by R.L. Stine

Stink by Megan McDonald

Tales from the House of Bunnicula by James Howe

Wayside School by Louis Sachar

If you like Junie B. Jones, try:

Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss

Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

Deary Dumb Diary by Jim Benton

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

Mallory by Laurie B. Friedman

Ramona by Beverly Cleary

If you like Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, try:

Beacon Street Girls by Annie Bryant

Cinderella Cleaners by Maya Gold

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

Friends for Keeps by Julie Bowe

The Sisters Club by Megan McDonald

Winnie Perry (Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen) by Lauren Myracle

If you like Harry Potter, try:

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

Septimus Heap by Angie Sage

Looking for more recommendations? Search our card catalog at the library (or from home here) for a favorite book, then scroll down to see suggestions from NoveList. (You may have to wait a few more seconds for the program to load.)

We’d love to hear your thoughts! Add your favorites or similar books to read in the comments.

Spring Break activities at the library

Join us for a week of fun activities for Spring Break!

Monday, April 4
1 pm
Teen/Tween Program
Space program: “Create a Comet”
A hands-on science experiment to illustrate how comets are formed.
Ages 10-17

Tuesday, April 5
10 am and 1 pm
Wheels of Freestyle, Inc. presents “Just Say Yes!” to LIFE, GOALS & DREAMS! This is a BMX bikes high flying stunt show! Come see The Wheels of Freestyle perform amazing bicycle stunts. Outside in the parking lot at the library. Spon-sored in part by BikeWorld, Paducah. In case of inclement weather , these programs will be moved to the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club. All ages welcome!

Wednesday, April 6
1 pm
Teen/Tween Program
Do-it-yourself [Not so Wimpy] Diaries. Come and create your own personalized journal book to use as a diary, notepad or scrap book!
Ages 10-17

Thursday, April 7
Noon to 8 pm
Game day at the library- come play board games, Wii, or Dance, Dance Revolu-tion! Games will be out from 12 pm to 8 pm on the second floor of the library. All ages welcome.

Friday. April 8
2 pm
Hot Wheel Races! Come get a Hot Wheel car* and race for a trophy!
Ages 5 and up.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
*First come first served, while supplies last.

You can also find the schedule at our website (click here), and at West Kentucky Star (click here).