McCracken County Public Library

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.

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The “Raisin”—short for the River Raisin that runs by the site—was the first national battlefield park devoted to the War of 1812. And it’s no Gettysburg, but rather a small patch of “brownfield” - ground contaminated by industry - south of Detroit. Thursday at 7 p.m. the McCracken County Public Library hosts author and historian Eddie Price for its Evenings Upstairs program - titled "Remember The Raisin!" Kentucky's Contribution in the War of 1812. Mr. Price joins Kate Lochte for a preview.

The image of the vampire has long been a staple of our collective imagination. But while we all know why vampires draw blood from their prey, why they continue to draw our interest is a deeper question.

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Kate Lochte speaks with Judi Jennings, Executive Director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women. They talk about a workshop coming to the McCracken County Public Library about opportunities for women in the arts. The mission of the Foundation is to promote positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts.. Judi also talks about how the Foundation got started, how women in the region have benefited, how to apply for the artist enrichment grant, and what kind of funding the foundation manages annually. Read more about the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Many early Rock & Roll stars hailed from the historic Jackson Purchase, including Carl Perkins and Scotty Moore. After 1952, many of them gravitated to Memphis, Tennessee to record with Sam Phillips at Sun Records. The Sun roster reads like a who's who of Rock & Roll: Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis... and a western Kentucky truck driver named Ray Smith. In 1959, Smith's Sun single "Rockin' Little Angel" hit number one, and through he never returned to the top of the U.S. charts, he continued to tour the world and record until his death in 1979. Paducah native Tommy Thompson knew and played with Ray Smith, and tonight (July 25), at the McCracken County Public Library, he presents a program on this rockabilly pioneer's life and career. Todd Hatton spoke with Thompson to get a preview.

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Kate Lochte is joined by Friends of the McCracken County Library President Jenni Boyarski on Sounds Good. They talk about the library's book sale Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. The sale will feature books, cds, and visual material, located at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 211 S. 21st St. On Friday, the sale runs from 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturday runs from 9 am to 1 pm. Proceeds benefit the public library. Click here for more information about the Friends of the Library.

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Kate Lochte speaks with McCracken County Public Library’s Director Julie Hart on Sounds Good. The Library has added a new computer system designed for children ages 2 to 8, the A.W.E. Early Literacy Station. This is a new service at the library where children can play educational games on specialized computers, geared towards learning math, reading and language skills. Learn more at mclib.net.

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MCLIB's next Evenings Upstairs program on March 21 at 7 pm is titled "Explore Kentucky's Diverse Fiddling Traditions." John Harrod has been performing over forty years as he brings old music to new generations. Because of its location between major routes of western migration, Western Kentucky became a melting pot of culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. Harrod explores the region's musical roots and gives a preview on Sounds Good.

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The McCracken County Library is offering free legal clinics for low-income individuals, thanks in part to a $10,000 grant from the Kentucky Bar Association. Kentucky Legal Aid Attorney Natalie Bash told the Paducah Sun anyone who meets the federal poverty guidelines by 100 to 120 percent is eligible to participate. Local attorneys will provide advice and answer questions about any family law issue that can be handled on a brief service basis. This includes simple divorces, child support and child custody cases.

At the McCracken County Public Library’s Evening Upstairs program July 19th, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Shea Nickell presented “Vice President Alben W. Barkley: In His Own Words,” a look at the life and career of The Veep in pictures, anecdotes, and personal remembrances on the 135th anniversary of his birth in Graves County.

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