American Girl Book Club!

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The library’s first American Girl Book Club was on Saturday, March 30, 2013. We’ll be highlighting each girl in historical order, so Native American Kaya was the focus of the first meeting. Nine girls met to discuss Kaya and the Native American life, particularly as the Nez Perce, Kaya’s tribe, would have experienced it in the Pacific Northwest in 1764. We talked about what food Kaya would have eaten, what she did for fun, how the Nez Perce Indians traveled, and how Kaya learned living in an Indian community. Each girl made a bear claw necklace with colorful beads. We then snacked on dried fruits and nuts while talking more about the life of a Native American in the 18th century. The girls had a great time and each one had wonderful insight to add to the discussion.




The next American Girl Book Club will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 3 pm in the 2nd floor Meeting Room. We’ll be discussing Felicity, a colonial girl from 1774. Hope to see you there!

2012 Top 10 Best Teen Fiction

The American Library Association (ALA) released their top 10 books for young adults for 2012. These books were selected from a larger list (see it here), and included books that were published in 2011. Have you read them all? What were your favorites? To check availability, or to place a hold, click the book title to be directed to the library catalog. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite books of 2012 here. You could win a set of the favorite books!



ALA’s Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults


A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic. Sequel to The Crown of Embers. 

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

Overburdened by his parents’ bickering and a bully’s attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.

When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.

 Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill’s mother agrees to adopt Mandy’s unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.










2012 Odyssey Audiobook Award!

The Odyssey Award is given each year to “producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.”


This year’s winner is Rotters by Daniel Kraus, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House. The production is narrated by Kirby Heybourne. From the publisher:

“Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.
Daniel Kraus’s masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.”


Honorable mention was given to the following audiobook productions:


Ghetto Cowboy, written by G. Neri, narrated by JD Jackson and produced by Brilliance Audio.


Okay for Now, written by Gary D. Schmidt, narrated by Lincoln Hoppe and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House.


The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve Westand Fiona Hardingham and produced by Scholastic Inc.


Young Fredle, written by Cynthia Voigt, narrated by Wendy Carter and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House.

Win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

Do you love Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Here’s your chance to win the brand new book The Third Wheel signed by the author, Jeff Kinney!


Create your own comic strip using the template below or click here to download the PDF. Be creative and funny! You must be age 5-17 to participate. Turn in your completed entry at the 2nd floor desk. The deadline is November 21, 2012. Good luck! 


Do You Read Banned Books? Banned Books Week – Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012


Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out books that have been “challenged” by library users across the country. Here’s a list of the banned or challenged books from the Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. The list includes reasons why these classics have been deemed by some to be inappropriate.



The 10 most challenged books of 2011 are as follows:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle 
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism


Have you read any of these books? Do you think that some books should be removed from a public library?

Staff Picks!

Katie’s Picks:

Beverly Cleary’s books

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Judy Blume’s books

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Morgan’s Picks: 

Angel series by Lee Weatherly

Cassandra Clare books

Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

The Healing Wars by Janice Hardy

House of Night by P.C. and Kristin Cast

L.J. Smith’s books

The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

Princess Furball by Charlotte Huck

Rick Riordan’s books

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Liz’s Picks:

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Amber’s Picks:

The Adventures of Cow by Lori Korchek

Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde


Choose Our Next Library Card Designs!

Each submission has been assigned a number. Click the image to view it larger and see the corresponding number. You may vote for your favorite below.

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*The final results will be approved by the McCracken County Public Library.

OMG Contest Entries!

OMGCon is coming back to Paducah and the library is giving away two 3-day passes! OMGCon “is an annual event that brings together anime and video games for a weekend of fun and excitement. There are special guests (such as voice actors and artists), dealers (for getting those hard-to-get merchandise), events (like cosplay and video game tournaments.)”

To enter the giveaway, we requested a personal recommendation for favorite manga or anime. Entries were accepted via email, Facebook, and in-person submissions.

Congratulations to the winners - Keirsten Keith and Jen Dowdy! Here are the complete entries:


Jen Dowdy (winner!):

“Personally, Fullmetal Alchemist (the original anime) has been the one that has hooked me more than anything else. I like the combination of fantasy, mysticism, and a bit of hidden political commentary (such as the Ishbalites who can be compared to Muslims in the Middle East). The character development is also incredible, something of a shifting sand where some of the people are not whom one thinks they are at first. I also can relate to Edward Elric, who is quite short (I’m 5′ 1 1/2″) but very intelligent and also tempermental. Finally, some of the symbolism and naming of the characters in the anime series is based on alchemical symbols as well as famous alchemists and even military planes and other transportation!”


Keirsten Keith (winner!):

“My favorite anime series that I strongly recommend is Pokemon. The library does have this anime and several of the movies based on the series. It is a good starting point for anyone interested in anime and it is appropriate for all ages. It is also appealing to anyone that likes to explore new worlds. Pokemon is my favorite because it was my first anime series. I was hooked from the very first episode. I mean who doesn’t love cute little creatures with amazing abilities. I believe it also expands yours imagination and allows you to dream up your own pokemon.”


Garrett Milles:

“I’d have to say my favorite anime/manga series is Kekkaishi. It is the series that actually got me into anime. The library has some of the mangas and anime, but they only have a limited supply of them. I think the people that would like it are the fans who like magical battles, compelling stories, and subtle drama.”


Deric Hudson:

Black Lagoon consist of a 9 volume manga series and a 24 episode anime series. Its plot isn’t about the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but rather a small crew of modern pirates who call themselves The Lagoon Company. The series takes a realistic look at piracy in the Southeast Asia Sea, and as such is rated TV-MA. While the series indulges in violent shootouts and foul language, it has some of the most impressive character development I personally have ever seen in any form of media. Even the violence servers a purpose in telling a characters back-story.
A major theme in Black Lagoon is morality, as characters have to face their morality in being a pirate. There’s a massive diversity of characters in the series, and with this diversity comes conflicting beliefs. Most notably is the conflict between a Japanese businessman, and a Chinese-American woman who had a traumatic childhood in the streets of New York. As the characters interact, they test each others belief. The serious tone and in-depth detail to character creates a highly emotional debate as to whether there is good in the world, and leaves the answer open ended. The series paints a picture of a part of our world rarely seen, and it leaves the viewer hard pressed to question their own beliefs as well.
I have not read the manga so I cannot give a full opinion of it, but I have watched the anime multiple times. As I mentioned it’s highly recommended for a mature audience, but I feel this is a fantastic source of storytelling and character development. It’s also a nice change of pace for anime, as it’s based in reality as opposed to the common themes of giant robots and the supernatural. The series is released by Funimation, and is available for purchase online. The library does not currently have it.”


Jasmine Humphrey:

“My favorite anime is Black Butler/Karashitsuji.  To explain my dying love for Black Butler, I’ll give a short summary, just enough to keep you unconfused.  Earl Ciel Phantomhive’s parents are killed by an unknown source and Earl goes missing for quite some time. When Ciel returns, he has a black clad butler by his side. With only the 13 year old boy knowing that his butler, Sebastian Michael, is a demon. With the help of Sebastian, Ciel will have vengeance over the one who killed his parents, because only then may Sebastian devour Ciel’s soul.

Black Butler is my favorite anime because of the plot and the action. The plot, which is explained above, drew me in quickly with the pity story of a boy my age.  I also thought the idea of having a demon butler would be pretty awesome.  Within the middle of every episode, Sebastian is either baking someone into a pie or killing people with silverware. I never even thought you could bake someone into a pie…

The anime of Black Butler cannot be located in the library, but the manga can be with only slight differences.  As you can tell, I love Black Butler very much and I recommend it to anyone, really.  Although, if you don’t really enjoy the really action filled ones, I wouldn’t really recommend it.”


Jared Howard:

“My favorite Manga is FairyTail because I have always been fascinated by magic, wizards, and just plain fantasy.  This book has all of that in one with some mildly crude humor in it here and there. I would recommend it to anyone.”


Helen Fuhr:

“Greetings my name is Helen and I am a regular at OMGCon so you can imagine how excited I was to come across your flyer for this contest.  It was difficult for me to choose which anime/manga that I feel that others would enjoy if you got it for your library.  The one I chose is called “Alice in the Land of Hearts” a strange version of Louis Carroll’s story “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland”.  The reason it is my favorite manga is the well written plot, many loveable characters, issues that many people face, and fantastic artwork.  For these reasons I’m sure it would quickly become others favorite as well.”


Morgan Partain:

“My favorite manga is probably Shugo Chara. I would sometimes sit on the floor in the library just to read one of the books – just because I couldn’t wait to read it. I think it’s my favorite because everyone truly has a natural instinct to be a kid, no matter what age you are or how much responsibility you have. Not just that it shows how people should follow their dreams and enjoy life as it is now. You should always be who you are and to always be true to yourself. I guess, when you look at it all, these books state that finding yourself isn’t easy and there will be many possibilities and it will be hard. Yet, in the end, it will all be worth it.”


Marissa Keith:

“I recommend Cardcaptors for my recommendation. The library has it on the shelf and the movies the creators made about this series. Cardcaptors are my favorite because the series keeps you guessing about the main character’s secret crush on each other and it’s very adventurous. It is also appropriate for all ages. I was interested in it by watching the trailer of the series. The person who got me to watch it was my older sister because she also liked the series. Kids would love the creatures and characters in the series. All kids would love this series if they like action and adventure.”

Children’s Book Week Winners!


Kindergarten-2nd Grade Category:

Winner: Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole


Bailey by Harry Bliss

Dot by Patricia Intriago

Pirates Don’t Take Baths by John Segal

Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell


3rd-4th Grade Category:

Winner: Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel


A Funeral in the Bathroom: And Other School Bathroom Poems by Kalli Dakos, illustrated by Mark Beech

The Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libby Hamilton

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Squish #1: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm


5th-6th Grade Category:

Winner: Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt


Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz

Lost and Found by Shaun Tan 

Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein


Teen Category:

Winner: Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book Two by Cassandra Clare


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Divergent by Veronica Roth 

Passion: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins


Author of the Year: Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever


Christopher Paolini for Inheritance

James Patterson for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

Rick Riordan for Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2)

Rachel Renee Russell for Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries 3)


Illustrator of the Year: Brian Selznick for Wonderstruck


Felicia Bond for If You Give a Dog a Donut

Eric Carle for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama Home With Mama

Victoria Kann for Silverlicious

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