Howl At the Moon

The library’s signature, free autumn event is set for Thursday, October 25 from 7 - 9 pm in the library garden. Howl at the Moon is a fun, family friendly, free event. This year, the event is bigger and better than ever with a slew of activities and spectacular live music.

The 2018 concert features the sounds of Soul Dog, who play the classics of soul music by artists such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Al Green, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and others. Some classic rock and Soul Dog originals rounds out the sets. Soul Dog is David Booth: guitar and vocals, Kevin Qualls: bass, David Frensley: drums, Ron Coleman: vocals, and Chuck Haney: Sax.


“With Howl at the Moon, McLib aims to offer one of the best, free events in Paducah,” said Sarah McGowan, Adult Services Manager at McLib. “This year’s addition is our sixth anniversary. It’s become one of the library’s signature programs, and library staff are looking forward to bringing the community together for one of the best free fall events in town. It’s a fun celebration for our current patrons, but also an invitation to everyone in the community to come discover what the library is all about.”


Crafts and activities for kids will be available from the Carson Center and the River Discovery Center. There will also be face painting. Cornhole games will also be available for festival-goers who prefer a competitive edge to their seasonal fun.

Feeding Nightmares with storyteller Mary Hamilton

On October 30 from 7-8 pm, join McLib for Feeding Nightmares with storyteller Mary Hamilton. Dread, deception, death and dismemberment are the ingredients of Kentucky tales that have fed nightmares for generations.

iPlayStoryteller Mary Hamilton will share sample stories and reveal who told them, who collected them and why she added them to her repertoire and published them in her book, Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies.

Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies, a collection of twenty-six tales, was published by University Press of Kentucky in 2012.

Hamilton has been telling stories professionally since 1983. A Kentucky Arts Council Teaching Artist, she trains others in the art of storytelling, and is the creator of several storytelling albums. Hamilton is a member of the Kentucky Storytelling Association and the National Storytelling Network. The Kentucky School Media Association presented Mary with the 1999-2000 Jesse Stuart Media Award. Past Jesse Stuart Media Award recipients include children's author and poet George Ella Lyons, the Kentucky Educational Television Network, and Kentucky's largest newspaper, The Louisville Courier-Journal. Mary is the first storyteller to receive this award.

In 2009, the National Storytelling Network honored Mary with a Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, presented to artists recognized by their peers to be master storytellers who set the standards for excellence and have demonstrated, over a significant period of time, a commitment and dedication to the art of storytelling.

This program is co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities. Kentucky Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The library is located at 555 Washington St. in downtown Paducah, across from Dolly McNutt Fountain Plaza. Call 270.442.2510 for more information or visit