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A Book is a Book is a Book

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books  about Books, Libraries, and Reading
No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. There are many new books about spring and spring holidays that offer a welcome respite from the gloom of winter. So, while anticipating spring’s arrival, why not check out what’s blooming at the library.

Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of children’s books and the joy of reading. Established in 1919 at the urging of Franklin K. Mathiews, Librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country. Its original intent was to focus attention on the need for quality children’s books and the importance of childhood literacy. The need for Children’s Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919. The celebration is the first full week in May and this year runs from May 4-10. There are lots of great children’s books that are about books, reading, and libraries. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity to showcase those titles, both new and old.

 

Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay

Gay answers the question, “Where does a story start?” She provides information on how a book is made, and her illustrations, full of splotches of color, bits of collage, scribbles, and scratched-out words, make each spread look like a delightfully disordered work in progress.

 

 

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what. This is great kid-friendly comedy, perfect for a crowd or one-on-one sharing!

 

 

Books for Me! by Sue Fliess, illus. by Mike Laughead

This third story in the series pays tribute to the many types of books […]

How We Choose Your Books

Happy National Library Week 2015!  One of the most important jobs at the Library is selecting, processing and buying items.  Ever wonder how we do it?  Read on to peek behind the curtain and see how it all happens…

More than 2,000,000 books and other items were checked out from the Kenton County Public Library last year, making our library one of the highest circulating libraries in the state.  But you may be wondering how we choose the materials that end up on our shelves.  Our strategic plan outlines five service priorities; the first two of these are Create Lifelong Readers and Learners, and Stimulate Imagination.  The Collection Development department strives to ensure that these service priorities are reflected in the materials we select.

We have four staff who are responsible for selecting tens of thousands of items each year—two for adult and young adult materials, one for children’s, and one A/V specialist.  Each of us spends time reading through reviews in both professional journals and popular newspapers and magazines, looking at bestseller lists, and paying attention to online trends to discover what our patrons might be interested in reading.  We read reviews from professional publications such as Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal, and from popular magazines like People and Entertainment Weekly.

For items we know are going to be popular, we are able to set up standing orders with our vendors.  This means when a popular author like James Patterson or John Grisham has a new book coming out, they will automatically ship us a designated number of copies.  We have a similar plan for nonfiction, where, for one example, we can get the latest editions of popular travel guides sent without having to order […]

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Top 10 Creative Projects You Can Make with the DigiCart

Ready to get creative?  Request an item from our “DigiCart” and forget all those excuses you have been using about not having the right technology.  Our DigiCart at the Erlanger Branch has just about everything you will need to get your project started.   We’ve created a list of projects but the possibilities are endless!

 

 

1.  Create a flyer or brochure for your small business or non-profit group.  With Adobe InDesign you can create a professional piece for your business or non-profit that just might win you a new customer or a much needed grant.  We have four MacBooks that are loaded with the full Adobe CS suite.

2.  Record a podcast.  Podcasts can be a great way to get your ideas out to a wider audience.  Not sure about podcasts?  Try searching iTunes to see all of the options that exist.  If you can think of a topic, you can create a podcast.  We have a Yeti microphone that will make you sound great!

3.  Write and illustrate a children’s picture book.  Use our Wacom drawing pad and Adobe Illustrator to write and illustrate your very own children’s book for a special child in your life.  It would be a keepsake for any child.  Consider adding pictures of the child in the book and they will be so excited to receive a personalized present.

4.  Make a playlist.  Bring in your old records and record digital versions of your favorite songs that might not be available in any other format.  If you have family members who years ago recorded music give them a digital copy of their album and they will never have to worry about scratching their vinyl.

5.  Mix and share your music.  Use GarageBand to mix […]

By |April 8th, 2015|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hot New Reads – April

Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Diloway

The award-winning author of How to Be and American Housewife returns with a poignant story of estranged sisters, forced together by family tragedy, who soon learn that sisterhood knows no limits. Rachel and Drew Snow may be sisters, but their lives have followed completely different paths. Married to a wonderful man and is a mother to two strong-minded teens, Rachel hasn’t returned to her childhood home since being kicked out by her strict father after an act of careless teenage rebellion. Drew, her younger sister, followed her passion for music but takes side jobs to make ends meet and longs for the stability that has always eluded her. Both sisters recall how close they were, but the distance between them seems more than they can bridge. When their deferential Japanese mother, Haruki, is diagnosed with dementia and gives Rachel power of attorney, Rachel’s domineering father, Killian becomes enraged. In a rare moment of lucidity, Haruki asks Rachel for a book in her sewing room, and Rachel enlists her sister’s help in the search. The book-which tells the tale of real-life female samurai Tomoe Gozen, an epic saga of love, loss, and conflict during twelfth-century Japan-reveals truths about Drew and Rachel’s relationship that resonate across the centuries, connecting them in ways that turn their differences into assets.

 

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

From the author of the New York Times bestseller and 2014 Edgar and Anthony nominee Reconstructing Amelia comes another harrowing, gripping novel that marries psychological suspense with an emotionally powerful story about a community struggling with the consequences of a devastating discovery. At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body […]

Read By Theme

By |March 26th, 2015|Categories: Book Lists|Tags: , |0 Comments

March Mania

March Mania Book Tournament @ the Library Completed!
2015 March Mania Book Champion is:
MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
Brackets:
3rd place = Jamir Nowak
2nd place = Bryn Connelly
GRAND PRIZE WINNER = Laura Laws
Congratulations!  Thanks to everyone for participating.
Hopefully we will see you next year for the 2106 Tournament.

March 1st – April 5th
March Madness is approaching, but why should basketball fans have all the fun?!
32 of your favorite Adult/YA books of 2014 will go head to head in a battle to crown a book champion.
Vote for the round victors to be entered for the weekly raffle prize.

Round 1:  Vote for the Select Sixteen March 1-7 —> (Matchups completed)
Round 2:  Vote for the Exclusive Eight March 8-15 —> (Matchups completed)
Round 3:  Vote for the Fantastic Four March 16-22 —> (Matchups completed)
Round 4:  Vote for the Terrific Two March 23-29 —>  (Matchups completed)
Championship Round:   Vote for the 2015 March Mania Book Tournament Champion
March 31-April 5 —> (Matchup completed)

Submit your questions to KCPLMarchMania@gmail.com
Brackets: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bYORSbBGKYNhNHx-7j64RYQTm9nBzirc5pLyWV72Fow/pub

Hot New Reads – February

Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos

Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter.

But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Now she is nearly eighteen and tired of living in secrecy. Under the name Melanie Denison, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the Witness Protection Program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even have internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter. Yet despite strict house rules, Melanie has entered into a relationship with a young teacher at the local high school and is now ten weeks pregnant. She doesn’t want her child to live in hiding as she has had to. Defying her guardians and taking matters into her own hands, Melanie returns to Silver Bay in hopes of doing what the authorities have failed to do: find her father before he finds her. Weaving in Ramsey’s story in the three days leading up to the brutal crime, Before He Finds Her is a stirring novel about love and faith and fear-and how the most important things can become terribly distorted when we cling to them too fiercely.

 

A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
digital audiobook

When Julie Crawford leaves Fort Wayne, Indiana for Hollywood, she never imagines she’ll cross paths with Carole Lombard, the dazzling actress from Julie’s provincial Midwestern hometown. Although the young woman has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job Julie’s able to […]

By |January 30th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, Hot New Reads|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Erlanger Library children’s room has new look

Erlanger Library children’s room has new look
Melissa Stewart, mstewart@communitypress.com

ERLANGER – The children’s area of the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library has a new look.

The branch’s children’s services coordinator, Lise Tewes, said the staff decided to rearrange and update the children’s area when new flooring was put down throughout the library.

Read the full article at Cincinnati.com

By |January 29th, 2015|Categories: Library in the News||0 Comments

New Love and Valentine’s Day Books

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Love and Valentine’s Day
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Books about love
Are waiting for you!
Children love Valentine’s Day, from making cards to giving kisses to eating sweets to planning a surprise or two. Many of our selected titles focus on friendship and affection as well as the holiday itself, so why not include a few books in your holiday celebration.

 
Giveaway:  The Library has a Valentine themed basket to giveaway to one lucky reader. You have three chances to win. Be sure to do each entry separately for more chances to win. The deadline to enter is January 30 at noon. The winner will be announced on the Library Facebook page and have 24 hours to respond. How to enter:
1. Comment on the blog saying who you would share this basket with and why.
2. Tweet this post including @kentonlibrary and comment here that you did.
3. Share on Facebook tagging the Library Facebook page and comment here that you did.
Note: Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to enter.
 
New Books about Love and Valentine’s Day
A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger, illus. by Dan Santat

An ordinary boy becomes a grumbling Crankenstein on the mushiest, yuckiest day of the year … until he meets someone just like him! The humorous illustrations include exaggerated expressions which match the size of Crankenstein’s emotions.

 

Did You Know that I Love You? by Christa Pierce

Little Bird expresses her love for Fox in this sweet picture book. The minimal rhyming text makes it a good choice for one-on-one sharing. This is the author/illustrator’s debut children’s book.

 

Foxy in Love by Emma Dodd

Foxy uses his magic to help Emily create the perfect card for the one she loves. Children […]

2015 Foundation Calendar Winners

January 1: basket winner Carol Fausz

January 2:  $20  Stephanie Schmitter

January 9: $20 Stephanie Schmitter

January 15: free fine certificate -Erica Bunner

January 16: $20 Brad Sieve

January 23: $20 Deborah Harmeling

January 30: $20 donated to the Library Foundation by Richard Tapke

Feb. 1: basket winner Alex Schroeder

Feb. 6: $20 Karen Ginn

Feb. 13: $20 Debbie Stonehouse

Feb. 15: free fine certificate -Becky Schultz

Feb. 20: $20 Trey Tapke

Feb. 27: $20 Ken Ruppert

March 1: basket winner Connie Douglas

March 6: $20 Julie Bricking

March 13: $20 Brad Sieve

March 15: free fine certificate – Mary Ann Behrle

March 20: $20 Rutterer

March 27: $20 Maria Schaefer

April 1:  basket winner Becky Schultz

April 3: $20 Adam Shumate

April 10:  $20 Deborah Harmeling

April 17: $20  Rutterer

April 24: $20 Brad Sieve

May 1: $20 Deborah Harmeling

By |January 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments