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Libraries Change Lives

Add your name to the Friends of Kentucky Libraries “Declaration for the Right to Libraries”

Sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries Today
In the spirit of the United States Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we believe that libraries are essential to a democratic society. Every day, in countless communities across our nation and the world, millions of children, students and adults use libraries to learn, grow and achieve their dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIBRARIES EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL
LIBRARIES SUPPORT LITERACY AND LIFELONG LEARNING
LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN FAMILIES
LIBRARIES ARE THE GREAT EQUALIZER
LIBRARIES BUILD COMMUNITIES
LIBRARIES PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO KNOW
LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN OUR NATION
LIBRARIES ADVANCE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
LIBRARIES HELP US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER
LIBRARIES PRESERVE OUR NATION’S CULTURAL HERITAGE  

By |October 21st, 2014|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Job Skills Help at the Library

Do you see yourself or a friend in any of the following scenarios?

Downsized professional?
Stay at home parent returning to the workforce?
Thinking about changing careers?
Recent college graduate and no job?
Looking to grow your current job skills?

Then think of the Kenton County Public Library as Job Search Central. The library has a myriad of resources available to aid you in your job search and help you grow your career skills. Turn to the library’s Job Search Central web site to find  to find the best and most up-to-date books on the Job Search Hunt, Career Change, writing powerful resumes, composing strong cover letters and developing fresh interviewing skills. The site will also connect you with local networking organizations, upcoming job fairs, and links to the most respected on-line job hunting and career assessment sites. Register for one of the library’s Job Search One-on-One sessions to get specialized help in a small group setting from an expert staff member. Learn about job opportunities and community resources available to you.

If you know someone struggling to gain critical computer skills, the library also offers regular live classes for First Time Computer Users, plus sessions on MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint. Finding it difficult to locate the time and money needed to train yourself in pricey software applications? You can take advanced classes in computer applications, business, design, personal development and other areas, via Gale Courses on the library’s web site for free. The classes are self-paced and require your library card number and PIN.

Save time, save money and get the support you need for your job search at the Kenton County Public Library today!

 

By |October 17th, 2014|Categories: KCPL||0 Comments

The Holidays are a Time to Gather Family History

Dan Knecht of Covington, Kentucky can trace his family roots back to the 1600’s. “I was what you would call an old folks child, always hanging around our elderly family members and learned a lot from them.” Knecht has been working on his family tree for more than 30 years. He credits the Kenton County Public Library for giving him some of the tools and resources needed in his search.

The Kenton County Public Library wants to remind everyone that the holidays are a great time to connect with family members and start writing down their family history. “Many people really don’t think about how much information their grandparents or other elderly family members have until it’s too late,” said Elaine Kuhn who oversees the Library’s Local History and Genealogy department. “We want to encourage people to take a few minutes during the holidays to reconnect with their family members and ask about their history. Should you or anyone else in your family want to get started tracing your family heritage, having this information will make the initial search much easier.”

While it may be overwhelming to think about how to get started, Mr. Knecht suggested doing a few simple things to get started. “In addition to talking to your relatives, you’ll want to look through family documents and photos.” Mr. Knecht states he was given hundreds of postcards that were a great source of information. “The postcards not only had beautiful pictures on them, the written part would sometimes offer insight into other family members. For instance, in one postcard there was mention of a baby being born. You can look up the birth records around that time and match the last names and this […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Press Releases||0 Comments

Hot New Reads – October

Ruth’s Journey: The Story of Mammy from Gone with the Wind by Donald McCaig

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s Peoplemagnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

 

 

 

 

 

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel  Faber

The Book of Strange New Things tells the story of Peter Leigh, a devoted man of faith called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him literally light years away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment and the ego-gratifying work of ministering to a native population hungry for the Bible-this “book of strange new things.” But he soon begins to receive increasingly desperate letters from home. North Korea is devastated by a typhoon; the Maldives are wiped out by a tsunami; England endures an earthquake, and Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

A separation measured in galaxies, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. Peter’s and Bea’s trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and the responsibility we have to others.

 

Us by David Nicholls

The highly anticipated new novel from David Nicholls, author of the mega-bestselling fiction sensation One Day, which follows one man’s efforts to salvage his marriage–and repair his troubled relationship with his teenaged son–during the course of a trip around Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Madness of July by […]

By |October 7th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, Hot New Reads|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Get Started With Homeschooling at the Library

Being a homeschooler can be tough; not only do you have all of the usual household responsibilities to tend to, but you’re also your child’s teacher and mentor. Finding the time to plan a lesson and gather all of the materials can be difficult, but the library is a valuable resource and we’d love to help you out!

Homeschool teachers can apply for a special library card as an educator, just as a traditional teacher could. They’re a little different than normal cards, so here are the basics:

*You can check out 100 items

*You can request up to 30 items on the same subject

*We’ll renew your items, without you even having to ask, up to five times

*All items that were returned overdue receive a one week grace period where overdue fines are not charged

Sounds great, right? That’s not even the tip of the iceberg! We can also put together a teacher collection for you and save you time. Just let us know what you’re teaching, grade/reading level of your students and when you need it and we’ll have it ready for you to pick up.

You can also request book kits containing 15 copies of the same elementary-level book so that your children or co-op can all read the same book as part of a lesson. We have lots of titles that will keep your kids reading all year long!

We’re not stopping there! We’ve put together curriculum packs, essentially a lesson plan in a bag! They’re bags of materials (books, music, manipulatives, games) geared for elementary-age children on different subjects like fractions, anatomy, poetry and world cultures, just to name a few. You can request these and use them in your classroom as a supplement or as a lesson in itself.

If you’re […]

By |October 6th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Books about Autumn and Halloween

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Autumn and Halloween
Where did the summer go? It’s hard to believe that we’re already thinking about Fall and Halloween. The crop of new books is simply “spooktacular,” and many of our old favorites are sure to make for ghoulish fun. So, enjoy! Happy Haunting ….. and Happy Reading!

 
 At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman, illus. by Nate Wragg

Ketteman, author of Heat Wave, one of our all-time favorites, gives us a Halloween rendition of the classic rhyme “Over in the Meadow.” From goblins to vampires to bats, the creatures increase in number from one to ten. This is a stand-out begging to be read aloud.

 Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Dog and Bear are back, just in time for Halloween. They prepare costumes, receive trick-or-treaters, and go trick-or-treating themselves. Simple text and illustrations make for a fun book for beginning readers.

 Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland, illus. by Elly MacKay

This poetic picture book captures both the art and science of the change in seasons. The ink and photography illustrations are visually appealing. This book can be used on a variety of levels. Instructions for making leaf prints are included.

 The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman, illus. by Adam Record

A second book by Ketteman is worth noting. This time the rhythm is that of “The Ants Go Marching” and provides another fun read aloud.

 Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney

In this board book, Dewdney’s Llama Llama is excited over choosing a Halloween costume and going trick-or-treating.

 Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli, illus. by Tim Zeltner

A tiny pumpkin seed wants to be scary but must wait until it grows into a pumpkin and Halloween arrives. […]

Top Ten Fall YA Books

If you’re looking for a good book to read this fall look no further than the newest and most popular Young Adult Fiction! With several of these books being made into movies, or already on the big screen, everyone is talking about them!

Click on the titles to find the book in our online catalog and request the books for pickup, find an e-book copy, or get put on the wait list for an item.

Check out the top 10 YA books to read this autumn season:

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner: The blockbuster movie came out in theaters last week and has been getting rave reviews! This book is a popular dystopian series.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: With the movie being released on DVD next month, TFiOS has taken the world by storm and is a must-read for all book lovers.

3. Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson: One of the best books of the year, Alaya Dawn Johnson’s newest political and dystopian thriller releases on September 30th.

4. Unraveled by Gennifer Albin: The final book in the thrilling and unputdownable dystopian “Crewel World” series by a popular YA author.

5. The Graveyard Book - Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman: the brand new graphic novel adaptation of the classic novel by Neil Gaiman.

6. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers: The 3rd book in the popular “assassin nun” series, a great historical fiction read.

7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: With a movie soon to be released, this is a must-read for fall!

8. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith: the latest novel by an award-winning author, about first love, epilepsy, and making your own story in life.

9. Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo: the final book in the extremely popular Grisha series!

10. Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian: Intense realistic fiction for boys, […]

By |September 25th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, staff picks, Teens||0 Comments

Book tickets to the library’s Taste of Kenton County

Book tickets to the library’s Taste of Kenton County
Two dozen restaurants and caterers will be featured at the Taste of Kenton County from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Kenton County Public Library’s Covington branch, 502 Scott Blvd.

Tickets for the adults-only event cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets include food, while supplies last, and two wine tickets as well as unlimited nonalcoholic drinks.

The Taste of Kenton County is presented by the Kenton County Public Library Foundation and proceeds will be used to provide programs and services at the libraries.

Continue Reading on Cincinnati.com

By |September 17th, 2014|Categories: Library in the News|Tags: |0 Comments

Haunt Your Library Writing Contest 2014

Writing Contest for Grades 1-6
Enter an original poem or tale in the Library’s 12th annual Spooky Writing Contest (700 word limit).Winning stories will be featured in the Community Press! Submit entries to the Covington Children’s Department or email a Word document to writingcontest@kentonlibrary.org.
Winners will be announced and awarded prizes on October 17. Winning stories will be featured in the Community Press paper. Entries must be received by October 10.
Entries must include child’s name, age, address, phone, email address,school, grade and a color photo of the child.

By |September 9th, 2014|Categories: childrens, Featured Post||0 Comments

Library in the News

Kids get a taste of World War I technology
Kamellia Soenjoto Smith, Community Recorder Contributor

ERLANGER – “There’s nothing cool about World War I,” instructor Ethan Palmer began. “It was horrifying and should never be repeated.”

It was a conflict that introduced the world to machine guns, chemical weapons and the inhuman life of trench warfare.

But it also brought about great advances in aviation.

On Aug. 21 about 20 kids from grades 6 to 12 participated in a program called STEAM Explorers at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library. They came to learn about the history of World War I and to understand the secrets of flying.

Read the complete article at Cincinnati.com
Sign up for an upcoming STEAM Explorers program

By |September 8th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, Library in the News||0 Comments