Evening Upstairs has been the flagship of the Adult Service program since 1994, and is one of the biggest focal points for cultural programming in our community. Evenings Upstairs events are held once monthly in the second floor meeting room at McLIB. All events are completely free and open to the public. They usually last around an hour in length with brief audience discussion following the presentation. Programs include everything from author events, music, poetry readings, and lectures by scholars, local experts, published authors, and more!

“Evenings Upstairs is my passion,” said Bobbie Wrinkle, Adult Services Librarian who is the creator and coordinator of these programs. “It has been such a great community asset, and it’s just as rewarding for me as it is for those who come and participate. It’s not often in today’s world where you can offer something completely free to the public and know that they will still be entertained and informed all the same without being watered down.”

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For more information on Evenings Upstairs and Adult Services programming, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. While not all programs have been scheduled through the 2019 season, here is a sampling of the upcoming events through August.

Evenings Upstairs 25th Anniversary Celebration featuring the Solid Rock’it Boosters

January 17, 2019

Help kick off Evenings Upstairs turning 25! Join McLib in celebrating many years of great programming with a concert by local honky tonk band Solid Rock'it Boosters.

Lincoln, Race, and Emancipation

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February 21, 2019 - Led by Dr. James Humphreys, Professor of History, Murray State University.

To many Americans, Abraham Lincoln was the "great emancipator," a messianic figure, whose loathing of slavery drove him to employ his power as a president to dismantle the institution during the Civil War.  The truth behind the stereotypical image of Lincoln is more complex.

Front Porches, Kentucky, and Your Hometown

March 28, 2019  - Led by Michael Johnathan, Kentucky writer and musician. Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities.

Michael Johnathon is a folksinger, songwriter, concert performer, and author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.

Adolph Rupp and the Rise of College Basketball

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April 4, 2019 - Led by James Duane Bolin, Professor Emeritus of History, Murray State University.

At the end of his illustrious coaching career as University of Kentucky basketball coach, Adolph Rupp retired as the winningest coach in college basketball. He changed sports in America, but the fame and fortune that he found in the Bluegrass changed him too.

The Man Behind Paducah's City Hall: Edward Durell Stone

May 2, 2019 - Led by Melinda Winchester, Historic Preservationist

Join for an engaging presentation on world renowned architect Edward Durell Stone, his famous works, and fascinating career.

Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua presents: Rachel Lee Rogers as Jean Ritchie, Damsel with a Dulcimer

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June 13, 2019 - Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities.

Jean Ritchie, known as the "Mother of Folk," was a major contributor to the national revival of folk music across America during the second half of the 20th century.

Barn Dances and Jamborees Across Kentucky

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July 11, 2019 - Led by J. D. Wilkes, author and musician. Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities.

Wilkes discusses the history of the traditional "barn dance" and other musical get-togethers of Kentucky's past and present.  The presentation will feature photographs as well as Wilkes' own performances of Kentucky tunes on banjo and harmonica.

Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua presents: Anne Shelby as Aunt Molly Jackson, "Pistol Packin' Woman"

August 22, 2019 - Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities.

Feisty, funny, and completely fearless, Aunt Molly Jackson lived for nearly 50 years in the coal camps of southeastern Kentucky, where her father, brothers, husband, and sons were miners.

Full programming notes available at mclib.net/evenings