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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

Library in the News

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

Hot New Reads – September

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.

 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five […]

By |August 28th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, Hot New Reads|Tags: , , |0 Comments

New Books About School

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about School
August is coming to an end, and with that comes the start of a new school year. For many children this can be an anxious time. We’ve included lots of books to hopefully make the transition a little easier and calm those first day jitters. And for the seasoned pro, we’ve included some school stories that are just for fun!

New Books about School

B. Bear and Lolly Off to School by A.A. Livingston, illus. by Joey Chou

Evidently Baby Bear and Goldilocks became best friends after their famous encounter because now they are embarking on another adventure, their first day of school together. Children should enjoy finding other fairy tale characters in the illustrations.

 

 

 

Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Adam Rex

In this sequel to the New York Times best-seller, Chu’s Day, the sneeze-prone little panda is nervous about his first day of school and worried that others won’t like him. Chu’s teacher is nice and the other animals at school are friendly, but too much chalk dust leads to an explosive end.

 

 

 

Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea

In this sixth Dinosaur vs. book by Shea, Dinosaur faces his newest foe … school. The cartoon style illustrations provide kid-friendly humor.

 

 

 

Dinotrux Go to School by Chris Gall

In this beginning reader, it’s the first day of school for the Dinotrux and they are worried. But when you’re part dinosaur and part truck, school can be lots of fun!

 

 

 

Dog Days of School by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Brian Biggs

This story is reminiscent of Freaky Friday. Instead of going to school, Charlie wishes he could change places with his dog, Norman. For an entire week, Norman goes to […]

Hot New Reads – August

Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof

Tom Putnam, an English professor at a Virginia women’s college, has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. For more than ten years, his wife Marjory has been a shut-in, a fragile and frigid woman whose neuroses have left her fully dependent on Tom and his formidable mother-in-law, Agnes Tattle. Tom considers his unhappy condition self-inflicted, since Marjory’s condition was exacerbated by her discovery of Tom’s brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess. But when Tom and Marjory meet Rose Callahan, the campus bookstore’s charming new hire, and Marjory invites Rose to dinner, her first social interaction in a decade, Tom wonders if it’s a sign that change is on the horizon. And when Tom returns home that evening to a letter from the poetess telling him that he’d fathered her son, Henry, and that Henry, now ten, will arrive by train in a few days, it’s clear change is coming whether Tom’s ready or not.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

Inheriting an eerie estate in the Virginia woods, a skeptical man wonders about his family member’s suicide and realizes that the house harbors both ghosts and terrible secrets, in a story told through journal entries, scrawled notes, security footage, audio recordings and advertisements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier

In a snowbound valley, deep in the French Pyrenees, a dark story of madness and revenge is unfolding. The first victim is a horse: its headless, flayed body hangs suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. On the same day as the gruesome discovery takes place, Diane Berg, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a high security asylum for the criminally insane, just a few miles away. She is […]

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Cooking With Kids

Dinner.

The word strikes fear into my heart.  I have to cook it almost every day.  In the most stressful times I will find myself stuck in a cooking rut faced with whiney children.  What’s a parent to do?

Cook with the kids.

It’s a bit counterintuitive because it definitely takes more time than cooking solo. However, when my children are invested in the meal through planning and effort we reap several benefits:

Cooking becomes family time instead of a chore for Mom or Dad.
 The children are excited to eat the dinner they helped prepare
 We tend to eat healthier meals.

Ready to try it out?

Plan: Let your children (if they are old enough) help choose the meal to cook. You can browse cookbooks or websites together or just ask them for their ideas.  In our home, I prompt them to include seasonal fruits and veggies, or let them know ingredients we have on hand. Even letting them choose from a list pre-approved by me makes them feel more invested in the meal.

Prep:  The last thing you want to do when you are cooking with children is fumble around for equipment and ingredients.  An advantage of planning is that it gives me a grocery list.  We go through our recipe together and get out what we need. Even my 8 year old still needs a footstool, and everybody gets an apron.

Read the recipe as you go: When you model reading directions it helps your child’s reading development.  Directional reading requires different reading skills than reading a story.  If your children are reading independently, let them read the recipe to you.

Be safe:  Excited children can forget that stoves are hot and knives are sharp so keep a sharp eye out. For […]