2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards

The master list for the 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards is available on the official website for the award (see the list here). Students across Kentucky will have a chance to vote for their favorite books, making the winners some of the most popular books of the year for children and young adults in Kentucky. Have you read any of these books? Which were your favorites? Here are a few of ours:


Stone Crowns Magazine – Read YA for FREE!

Stone Crowns Magazine is the latest source for up-and-coming YA authors, and it’s FREE! The journal is available online for iBook and Kindle devices, as well as epub and PDF formats for quick viewing. The first two issues are currently available (download them here), and be sure to check back soon for the next installment.

Stone Crowns Magazine not only allows you to discover you favorite new YA author, but you can also submit your creative work for a chance to be published in the magazine! The deadline for submissions for the next issue is January 12, 2014. All ages are welcome to submit material, but those under the age of 18 must have parent permission first. Are you an artist? Illustrators are welcome to submit portfolios, too. Read the full guidelines here.

Road Trip!

What’s a road trip without some music? In honor of Read Across the USA, here are some perfectly titled tunes to mind travel to!

Arizona – Kings of Leon
California – Phantom Planet
Born in the USA – Demi Levato
Kids in America – Kim Wilde
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
Why Georgia – John Mayer
Virginia Moon – Foo Fighters
Tennessee Line – Daughtry
Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
She’d Be California – Rascal Flatts
Queen of California – John Mayer
Oklahoma Sky – Miranda Lambert
Ohio is for Lovers – Hawthorne Heights
Ohio (Come Back to Texas) – Bowling for Soup
Old Alabama – Brad Paisley
Phoner to Arizona – Gorillaz
Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National
Bourbon in Kentucky – Bill Monroe
California Gurls – Katy Perry
Cruise -Florida Georgia Line
California Stars – Billy Bragg & Wilco
Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Especially in Michigan – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Carolina Moon – Scotty McCreery
Georgia Clay – Josh Kelley
Hotel California – The Eagles
Georgia Peaches – Lauren Alaina
Kansas – The Devil Wears Prada
Kentucky Woman – Neil Diamond
Light Up Mississippi – Thriving Ivory
Louisiana Rain – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Look at Miss Ohio – Miranda Lambert
Meet Virginia – Train
Boston – Augustana
California 37 – Train
Empire State of Mind – Jay Z
Idaho – Josh Ritter
New Hampshire – Sonic Youth

Read Across the USA!

Doesn’t taking a vacation sound awesome right now? Well, you can always give your brain one! Teens ages 11-17 can participate in this November’s Reading Challenge: Read Across the USA! Read 3 books that are specially marked with a state tag (these books are on the display on top of the stairs!) Write a brief summary of each book. Finish the challenge by November 30th! TWO WINNERS will win prizes!

Give your brain a road trip! Go to www.mclib.net or come by the library to access the reading challenge!

Spooky Poetry!

For this month’s teen reading challenge, teens had to read two books and write a Halloween haiku in order to be entered to win two tickets to Talon Falls: Dead End Haunted House.

Here are the spooky haiku’s we received!

Happy Halloween
It is fun to trick or treat
I scare small children.

The masked murderer,
He stalks his prey like a wolf,
During the dark night…

Samhaini holiday.
Dress up, pranks, sweets, honor, death.
Now then, trick or treat?

Spooky, scary, fun
October thirty first, dark,
Candy, costumes, masks.

Demons and ghouls roaming streets,
Or costumed children.
This is Halloween.

One dark lonely night,
I was scared out of my sight.
I saw a scary shadow.
But then I realized.
It was only me.
On Halloween night.

It was a spooky spooky night.
Everything was deadly quiet.
Through the window.
Came a bright light that shone out the night.

He got adopted
Then he forgot about
Next he saved Sam.

With bats at great heights,
And vampires in the night,
Ghosts are in their flight.

There was a ghost house
A ghost lived in the ghost house
Happy Halloween!

The Teen Reading Challenge is monthly, so keep your eyes peeled for November and December! Good job, teen readers!

Win the New Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book!


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You could win the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Hard Luck! Create your very own comic story using the template provided below, or submit your own. Make sure you include your name, age, library card number, and phone number.  Entries must be submitted by November 1, 2013. Ten winners will get their very own copy of the new book! Ages 5-17. Submit your comic at the 2nd floor circulation desk.


Ready to enter? Print this template and use your imagination! (Click the picture to make it full-size.)

comics strip template



*McCracken County Public Library

555 Washington St

Paducah, KY 42003




Books About Bullies and Bullying

Unfortunately, bullying is a very real and scary experience in schools, workplaces, and in other daily situations. The following is a selection of juvenile fiction books (grades 3-7) you can find at the library that explore the world of bullies and the bullied. Check back for another list of young adult fiction books (grades 7-12), as well as nonfiction selections that might help you or someone you know deal with a bullying problem.

*Most importantly, please remember that if someone is bullying you, or you have seen it happen to someone else, notify an authority figure like a teacher, principal, librarian, or other adult immediately. There is no excuse for bullying, and the problem should be addressed as quickly as possible.*


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Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Amelia’s Bully Survival Guide by Marissa Moss

B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy) by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Double Dutch by Sharon Draper

DWEEB: Burgers, Beasts, and Brainwashed Bullies by Aaron Starmer

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner

Everyone’s a Critic by Rachel Wise

Home Court by Amar’e Stoudemire 

How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying by Scott Starkey

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements

The Life of Me: Enter at Your Own Risk by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

My Rotten Life by David Lubar

The New Girl by Meg Cabot

The Odd Squad: Bully Bait by Michael Fry

Powerless by Matthew Cody

Radio Fifth Grade by Gordon Korman

The Way by Joseph Bruchac



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.