March Mania Book Tournament @ the Library
March 1st – April 4th
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.
Fill out a bracket to predict the winners and a chance to win a grand prize.
Then vote for the round victors to enter for the weekly raffle prize.
Brackets are due to the library by February 28th at the Adult Reference desk.
Round 1: Vote for the Select Sixteen March 1-7
Round 2: Vote for the Exclusive Eight March 8-14
Round 3: Vote for the Fantastic Four March 15-21
Round 4: Vote for the Terrific Two March 22-28
Championship Round: Vote for the 2015 March Mania
Book Tournament Champion March 29-April 4
Submit your questions to KCPLMarchMania@gmail.com
March Mania Book Tournament @ the Library
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
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 […]
Erlanger Library children’s room has new look
Melissa Stewart, email@example.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
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 […]
January 1: basket winner Carol Fausz
January 2: $20 Stephanie Schmitter
January 9: $20 Stephanie Schmitter
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. 20: $20 Trey Tapke
The Kenton County Library is planning for 2015!
A new year brings new opportunities for any organization and the Library is no exception. One of the biggest changes patrons will see in the coming year is the renovation of the Erlanger Branch. The branch has been open for over 12 years and has seen foot traffic of more than 5.5 million visitors. As you can imagine, this puts a lot of wear and tear on the building. A number of the chairs in the building have already been replaced and refinished. Currently, many of the floor coverings are also being replaced. This includes all of the carpets in the building. Can you imagine a carpet that has been walked on by the feet of over 5.5 million people? We are replacing some of the carpeting with industrial squares that will be more durable and more easily replaced. Other high traffic areas will be replaced with rubber tile. These two fixes will give a new and fresh look to the building and cut down dramatically on trip hazards. Later in the year we hope to be able to paint the interior of the building.
The Library will also be working on meeting the goals of its strategic plan. In 2015, we will be focusing on three major initiatives. Our Children’s Departments and Outreach Department will be focusing on increasing attendance at programs that promote early childhood literacy which is so important to our families and community. Currently our staff visit practically every public, private and parochial school in the county. We will be working diligently to increase these visits and encourage students to use our traditional and online materials in their school work. We will also be […]
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
Eighty-two-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Canada eastward to the coast.
Her husband Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. I will try to remember to come back, Etta writes to him. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago to fight in a far-away war. He understands. But with Etta gone, the memories come crowding in and Otto struggles to keep them at bay.
Russell has spent his whole life trying to keep up with Otto and loving Etta from afar. Russell insists on finding Etta, […]
All locations of the Library will be closed December 24 & 25. However you can still access great books, video and audiobooks on our site.
Have you used Hoopla? We have some great suggestions over on our 25 Days of e-Christmas blog. Hoopla content is always available! No waiting and no fines!
Looking for a great read? Many of your favorite authors and hot new titles are over at our ebook site Overdrive. Can’t decide what to read? Check out the titles on our Hot Reads blog or A Wynk, A Blynk and a Nod to Books for children’s books.
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love.
Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.
Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.
Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
For readers of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, here is the first novel to offer a fascinating glimpse into the adult lives of sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, set against the backdrop of a new era—early 1900s London—and focusing on the perennially controversial and popular circle of […]
Covington Library Stats & Stories – Snapshots of the revitalization of Covington Library One Year Later
The Covington Library is one of those unique places. Smack in the center of an urban renewal. It’s one of the few places in Northern Kentucky where you can see people struggling to survive sitting next to a Federal judge. All are welcomed, none are judged. This month marks one year since the Covington Library has been fully operational after a 24 month expansion and renovation. A few questioned the need for expansion; citing books were a thing of the past. That couldn’t be further from the case. Since 2013, the Covington Library has seen a tremendous amount of use and has radically impacted the community and the people it serves.
The following is a brief snapshot on how the Covington Library remains relevant not only by providing books, materials and services, but also by being a critical part of the Northern Kentucky Community.
Stats and stories
The Kenton County Public Library records statistics on the fiscal year, beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of the following calendar year. Here is a look at the statistics for the Covington Library for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014:
Circulation of items for adults: 413,076 (up 31%)
Circulation of items for children: 92,461 (up 25%)
Overall circulation of items including books, movies, music , magazines and more: 505,537 (up 29%)
1,618 programs for adults, teens and children were offered including computer classes, book discussions, job skills education, storytimes, literacy enrichment and more. 37,595 people attended these programs.
Volunteers contributed 2,516 hours to the Covington Library, a value of $45,061.56
Staff answered 136,104 reference questions.
From July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, 407,516 people visited the Covington Library.
Stories and […]