Monthly Archives: May 2011

You’re invited to our summer book club!

Are you looking for new books to read this summer? Are you eager to talk about some of your favorite books with other readers? Come to our book club! Beginning Monday, June 6 the library will have a tween/teen book club from 1-2 pm. We will be reading and discussing our favorite books and chatting with authors Kathleen Duey and Jessica Burkhart on Skype! And if that doesn’t sound fun, we’ll also have snacks, activities and free books at each session!


Author Skype Chats

Jessica Burkhart

Jessica Burkhart is the author of the popular juvenile series Canterwood Crest. The series follows a group of equestrian girls at Canterwood Crest Academy as they learn more about life, horses, friendships and boys. Ms. Burkhart will be joining us on Monday, June 27 from 1-2 pm. Don’t miss this awesome chance to talk to one of today’s most popular young authors!



Kathleen Duey


Kathleen Duey is the author of several juvenile and young adult books. Her latest juvenile series is called Faeries’ Promise, and she has won awards for her young adult fiction series Resurrection of Magic. Ms. Duey is scheduled to chat with us on Monday, July 11 from 1-2 pm. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to talk with such a talented writer!



The book club is geared towards ages 10-17. Please contact Ashley at or 270-442-2510 ext. 122 for more information.

We hope to see you there!

KY Unbound – free downloads!

Have you heard of KY Unbound? It is an electronic database that is available to you for free as a McCracken County Library cardholder. Downloads include music, audiobooks, e-books, and movies.

To download these items you will need the following:

  • a current MCPL card
  • Internet access*
  • a computer or device (such as a smartphone or mp3 player) that meets the system requirements for the particular file
  • and the KY Unbound free software that you must download to your device.

*If you do not have Internet access at home, we offer 2 download stations available on the 1st floor and 2nd floor of the library.

  • Click here to view the current list of compatible electronic devices.
  • Click here to download the software.
  • Click here to view the borrowing policies, such as how many items you can check out at a time and how long you can keep them.

You may also submit a request online here or in-person if you would like to see more of these downloads available at the McCracken County Public Library.

KY Unbound is great not only for those looking for more audio and electronic resources, but also for certain items that may not be available in another format. An example is the popular YA series The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith which is not currently available in a physical audiobook format for the library to purchase; it is only available to download and KY Unbound has it!

If you have more questions concerning the downloadable media available, please feel free to ask us on your next trip to the library or give us a call at 270-442.2510 at extensions 122, 140 or 150.

The Hunger Games movie cast!

All 24 tributes have finally been cast in the the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. You can view the complete list on the movie’s official Facebook page. Other noteable new additions to the cast include Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Wes Bentley as Seneca CraneElizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, and Paula Malcomson as Mrs. Everdeen (Katniss’ mother).

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane
Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
Paula Malcomson as Mrs. Everdeen

The movie should start filming very soon, with an expected theater release date of March 23, 2012. All tributes from the 12 districts have already started training together in preparation of the grueling tasks required in the Hunger Games.
We’re still waiting for casting announcements on the roles of Finnick Odair, Cinna, and a few more of the supporting cast. To keep up with the Hunger Games casting news, check out their official Facebook page and Twitter!

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the MCPL May 21-28! This particular fair is a Buy One, Get One Free event! It’s also a circus themed affair, so we have activities planned for the kids Monday-Friday that week. And each day we’ll have an old-fashioned popcorn machine making everyone a snack!

Here’s the schedule of events:

Monday, May 23: 2-6 pm – Bean Bag Toss for a chance to win a book!

Tuesday, May 24: 2-6 pm – Pick a winning lollipop & win a prize! Not a winner? You’ll still get a lollipop!

Wednesday, May 25: 2-6 pm – Let us paint your face!

Thursday, May 26: 2-6 pm – Costume Day! Wear your favorite costume to the library or pick one from our tub.

Friday, May 27: 1-5 pm – Balloon animals! Daniel will make you an animal from your favorite book!

We hope to see you there!

Flood Relief Donation Centers

Bazooka Magazine has a great compilation of donation centers set up in the area to benefit those affected by the flooding. Click here to view the information. And don’t forget Paducah Power’s Stuff a Truck event going on until 5 pm today. They are accepting new, unopened cleaning supplies such as bleach, other household cleaning products, garbage bags and mops.

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the flooding!

Children’s Book Week 2011 Winners!

Over 500,000 votes were cast for this year’s Children’s Book Week survey! The online voting took place at Book Week Online and voters in grades 5 – 12 chose their favorite books, authors and illustrators for the year. Read on to find out this year’s national winners and the local favorites that were voted for here at the McCracken County Public Library!

The national winners are:

Rick Riordan, Author of the Year

Author of the Year – Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero

David Wiesner, Illustrator of the Year

Illustrator of the Year – David Wiesner for Art & Max

K-2 Book of the Year – Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby

3-4 Grade Book of the Year – Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

5-6 Grade Book of the Year – The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan

Teen Book of the Year – Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan


The voted winners at the McCracken County Public Library are:

K-2 Book of the Year – How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

3-4 Grade Book of the Year – 3-way tie between Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door by Nick Bruel; Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm & Matt Holm; and Finally by Wendy Mass

5-6 Grade Book of the Year – Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

Teen Book of the Year – Fang (A Maximum Ride novel) by James Patterson

Thank you to all the kids and teens who voted! You can pick up your favorite at the library!

P.S. Try out our new catalog search here.

Mother’s Day Poetry Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Scout Sither and Erin Gericke, winners of the 2011 Mother’s Day Poetry Contest! Each poem we received was wonderful and we are so pleased with the participation. We do have gifts for each of the entries, so please come by the library Thursday through Sunday to pick up it up along with your poem in time for Mother’s Day!

Scout and Erin both agreed to share their winning poems, so without further ado…

By Scout Sither

My mom likes to read

She planted that seed in me

She says it gives me a great imagination

And that is better than playing Playstation

She named me Scout

After a book no doubt

Tells me the book is a work of art

Isn’t she really smart?


My Mother by Erin Gericke

You were there when I got gum in my hair

You were the one who cut with care.

You helped me when needed;

Provided a shoulder to cry on when I felt unheeded.

I really don’t know what else to say;

But just the thought of you brightens my day.

You have taught me not to stray from my faith;

And have raised me not to be a waif.

You have taught me how to quilt;

And a great homeschool you have built.

You are like no other;

You are my mother.

Congratulations to Scout and Erin, and thank you to everyone who participated!