McCracken County Public Library

McCracken County Public Library

While the Civil War made its way through the South, baseball was burying its roots in Paducah. Uniting the community through decades of peace and war, it is a sport that remains an integral artifact of the city's history. On Sounds Good today, author and baseball historian Randy Morgan speaks about his Evening Upstairs program for the McCracken County Public Library on August 20th, based on his book Paducah's Native Baseball Team: A History of Minor League Baseball in Paducah. 

More than 1,200 boxes of books sorted by subject matter are now on display at Paducah's St. Paul Lutheran Church for the Friends of the McCracken County Public Library Summer Book Sale Friday and Saturday. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Jennie Boyarski about the sale highlights.

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John T. Scopes was born and raised in Paducah and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. A school teacher, Scopes garnered national recognition as the defendant in the famous "Monkey Trial" in Dayton, Tennessee, for teaching evolution and popularizing the conversation regarding Darwin's theory of evolution. WKMS News Producer and local Morning Edition host Todd Hatton joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to talk about his "Evenings Upstairs" presentation about Scopes this Thursday at McCracken County Public Library.

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McCracken County Public Library gets ready to kick off their summer reading program this June and July, for three age groups: children, teens and adults, with grand prizes including an iPad, Chrome Book, Kindle Fire and more. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with the library's youth services manager Linda Bartley and adult services manager Sara McGowan about the challenges and encouraging literacy.

Friends of the McCracken County Public Library host their annual book sale event this weekend, featuring a huge collection of books priced at $1 dollar and a special table of early editions, local authors and art books priced a little higher. On Sounds Good, Ann Carneal says proceeds go to library services: from books to services like children's programs and continuing education. She also offers some 'pro tips' for hunting your next good read.

A "haint" is an old-fashioned Appalachian mountain term for "haunt" and can be anything from Bigfoot in the woods to a ghost in the house. On Sounds Good, East Kentucky Master Storyteller Octavia Sexton previews next week's "Haint Tales" presentation at the McCracken County Public Library with a hair-raising story about "Raw Head and Bloody Bones," first told to her by her grandfather.

The McCracken County Public Library, Hotel Metropolitan and the Kentucky Humanities Council collaborate in an Evenings Upstairs at the Library on Thursday night. Former Negro League baseball pitcher Dennis "Bose" Biddle will share his work seeking justice for aging Negro League players without medical care, followed by Dick Usher performing as Pee Wee Reese, the player who supported Jackie Robinson's joining the Major Leagues. Biddle says American baseball fans have been robbed of ever knowing some of the greatest players in baseball, since black players were blocked from competing until 1947. Kate Lochte speaks with him on Sounds Good about his time in the league and his decades of social work.

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Mounds and Priests, Cathedrals and Popes... Unlock the secrets of the Wickliffe Mounds in a presentation by archaeologist Dr. Kit Wesler at the McCracken County Public Library's Evenings Upstairs program tomorrow night (July 24) at 7. We get a preview on Sounds Good.

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This year's Friends of the McCracken County Public Library book sale is likely to be one of their largest, featuring an estimated 24,000 books, from genres including art, history, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, westerns, literary fiction, large print works and children's books. They received a large donation from a book store going out of business as well as several rare and out-of-print works. On Sounds Good, Jennie Boyarski speaks with Kate Lochte about the sale and some of the unique finds.

The Friends of the McCracken County Public Library host their Winter Book Sale this weekend (Jan 17 - 18), which features over 15,000 books, movies, and CDs. The event will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church gymnasium. Kate Lochte speaks with coordinator Maudine Buchanan about navigating the sea of books.