During the week, Carden is part of a trio that read books, plays music, juggles and entertains mostly younger children during the library's story time, which is how Carden got the name Library Pete.
He said, "I guess I'd been there for four or five months, and there was this one time when I was absent. I don't know why, but one of the little girls who usually came to the show kept asking, 'Where's Library Pete?' Well, that got around and sort of stuck."
Carden liked it, too. "So I just ran with it."
He built a character around the name. He took his own friendly, fun-loving persona and built on it. He put together a costume and eventually began writing songs encouraging kids to go to the library and read.
"I played music when I lived in West Virginia, but it was really just for fun," he said. "I was never in a band or anything. It was just a couple of us goofing off in the basement."
A little more than a year ago, he found David Adkins, an old friend from home, through Facebook.
"We were in the Cub Scouts together," Carden said, "and now he was living in Murfreesboro, which is like 45 minutes from Nashville."
Carden invited Adkins to Nashville for lunch and to bring his kids to see the puppet show. At lunch, Carden told his old friend he really wanted to record those library songs and maybe try to distribute them, but he had no idea where to start, and it sounded expensive.
Carden's old friend turned out to be an audio engineer.
"He told me, 'Why don't you come down, and we'll put down some tracks.'"
After a year of going back and forth and getting friends to help out, he finished recording. But to professionally master the recording, pay for artwork and duplicate the CD, he needed money.
Another friend told Carden about Kickstarter.
"I've done everything else I know how to do," he said. "I've posted things on Facebook, put flyers in coffee shops, and I'm still trying things, but maybe this will help."
If Carden reaches his goal, his plans are modest. He's not looking to get rich from the CD, just encourage a few more kids to read and check out what their local library offers.
"I'd love to do a CD release here in Nashville," he said, "and maybe a concert."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.