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Hot New Reads – July

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont

Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn’t mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it’s delivered into the wrong hands: her children’s.

With this vertiginous opening begins a debut that is by turns funny, wise, and indescribably moving. As the Shanleys spin apart into separate orbits, leaving New York in an attempt to regain their bearings, fifteen-year-old Simon feels the allure of adult freedoms for the first time, while eleven-year-old Kay wanders precariously into a grown-up world she can’t possibly understand. Writing with extraordinary precision, humor, and beauty, Julia Pierpont has crafted a timeless, hugely enjoyable novel about the bonds of family life—their brittleness, and their resilience.

Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they’ve kept from one another—Charlie’s love […]

Summer Treats

Summer Treats

Summer is a wonderful time of year for delicious seasonal treats, as well as a great time for exploring cooking as a hobby with the whole family.  Listed below are some of our fun, tasty, and FREE programs at the Kenton County Public Library this summer.

 

* = Registration required

 

Erlanger Branch

*Erlanger’s Test Kitchen:

Steak 101: Thursday, June 25, 7pm

Learn how to prepare, marinate, season and grill it.

Kabobs: Thursday, July 23, 7pm

Learn the art of making kabobs and the variety of meats and veggies that can be used.

 

Artisan Ice Cream with the Colonel’s Creamery: June 23, 7pm

Sample and learn tips and tricks for making your own delicious ice cream!

 

*Taste of Kenton County: Thursday, August 27, 6pm

Enjoy food, a silent auction, raffle and much more at the Library Foundation’s fundraising event.

 

William E. Durr Branch

*Let’s Get Cooking!:

Quick and Simple Lunches: July 24, 1pm

Freshen up your lunch with some new ideas!

Simple Sides: August 21, 1pm

Make delicious mashed potatoes, green beans, and baked brussel sprouts.

 

*Cookie Recipe Exchange:  July 9, 5pm – 8pm

Trade recipes! Email your favorite holiday cookie recipe to brenda.clark@kentonlibrary.org by July 1.  Then stop by to enjoy some samples and sign up to receive an e-book of all the recipes submitted.

By |June 19th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hot New Reads – June

Second Life by Paul Griner

The brutal murder of her sister shatters Julia’s ordinary life, and old wounds are opened. She briefly finds solace in her sister’s best friend, only to receive more shocking news: her sister led a disturbing second life in the shadowy corners of the Internet. Certain that her sister’s death is somehow connected to her cyber-life, Julia sets out to find answers.

But the search for the truth unexpectedly turns into an exploration of herself and her own desires. The Internet is a private sexual playground, an anonymous, addictive netherworld where Julia can be anyone she wants to be and indulge her fantasies. Nothing is forbidden. It’s harmless pleasure far removed from her everyday world. And unlike her reckless sister, Julia is in control. She’s safe.

That is, until she meets the dark and mysterious Lukas in an online chat room, and suddenly the virtual becomes all too real . . . and very dangerous indeed.

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick

Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident.
Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the […]

Have a Ball at the Beach

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about the Beach
Have a Ball at the Beach

In our eyes, summer isn’t complete without a trip to the beach.  Splashing in the waves, feeding seagulls, building sandcastles, collecting shells … creating memories. Prepare for that trip to the beach by sifting through some of the many new gems that you can dig up at the library.
New Books about the Beach
ABC Oceans
This big, colorful board book—developed with the American Museum of Natural History—features fun facts about twenty-six creatures of the ocean, with each one representing a letter of the alphabet.

 

 

Aqualicious by Victoria Kann
This is a splashy addition to the ever popular Pinkalicious series. Sharing a fun-filled day at the beach with her family, Pinkalicious befriends a miniature mermaid. Pinkalicious and her brother Peter promise to help the mermaid find her way home, after they show her all of the fun things to do at the seashore, from building sand castles to surfing in the ocean.

 

Beach Bummer by Michele Jakubowski, illus. by Erica-Jane Waters
This is another in the Perfectly Poppy beginning reader series. Poppy and her best friend Millie are at the beach, but Poppy is not having much fun because she finds the water too cold, the wind too strong, and the sand too itchy.

 

 

 

Beach House by Deanna Caswell, illus. by Amy June Bates
The author and artist convey the joy of a day spent at the ocean.

 

 

Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore by Jim Arnosky
Friendly notes and detailed illustrations give kids the knowledge they need to become avid beachcombers! This is a helpful resource for young students.

 

 

 

Ben & Zip: Two Short Friends by Joanne Linden, illus. by Tom Goldsmith
A tribute to friendship, boardwalks, and summer at the beach, […]

92 Days of Summer

92 Days of Summer Giveaways is back! #92daysofsummer is the length of The Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club – June 1-August 31 – and we will be giving prizes away every single day on our Facebook page! Summer can be an exciting adventure but many children get bored quickly. Shoot, even the adults do. So the Kenton County Public Library has you covered with our list of suggested activities and books for #92daysofsummer and giveaways for outings and fun stuff to do at home. This is a long list so print it off to hang on the fridge, mark things on your calendar or check the post often. Also be sure to check the Library Calendar of Events for additional activities.

We will also be giving away prizes EVERY SINGLE DAY of the 92 Days of Summer on our Facebook page so be sure to check it out every day. A coupon for a kid’s meal from Fazoli’s, donated by 4 The Love of Family, will be included with every prize.

 

#92daysofsummer

Book: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Activity:  Clown around by learning to juggle, balance feathers, ride a unicycle and much more
Giveaway: One week of summer camp at Circus Mojo

Book: Project Kid: 100 Genius Crafts for Family Fun by Amanda Klingoff
Activity:  Get out the craft supplies and see what type of creation you can make as a family
Giveaway:  Two free youth art class at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center

Book: 13 Modern Artists Children Should Know by Brad Finger
Activity:  Visit the Contemporary Arts Center
Giveaway:  Two free admission to the Contemporary Arts Center, two CAC T-shirts, four free admission to the June 27 Family Festival

Book: Scooby-Doo! and the Weird Water Park
Activity:  Pack up the sunscreen and head to […]

Voting in Kenton County

Be an informed voter!
Did you know that your polling place may have changed?
 The Kentucky Primary is May 19, 2015.
Visit the Kentucky Voter Information Center to find your current polling place.
 Look at a sample of the Kenton County ballot.
 Secretary of State
 County Clerk website

By |May 12th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: |Comments Off

Hot New Reads – May

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity–that she, in fact, is Lydia–their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, they are forced to confront what really happened on that fateful day.

War of the Encyclopaedists by Chris Robinson & Gavin Kovite

In a superb, rare literary collaboration, two major new talents join their voices to tell the story of a generation at a crossroads, and a friendship that stretches over continents and crises—from the liberal arena of Boston academia to the military occupation of Iraq—in this ambitious and electrifying debut novel.

On a summer night, in the arty enclave of Capitol Hill, Seattle, best friends Mickey Montauk and Halifax Corderoy throw one last blowout party before their lives part ways. At twenty-three, they had planned to move together to Boston for graduate school, but global events have intervened: Montauk has just learned that his National Guard unit will deploy to Baghdad at the end of the summer. In the confusion of this altered future, Corderoy is faced with a moral dilemma: his girlfriend Mani has just been evicted and he must decide whether or not to abandon her when she needs him most. He turns to Montauk for help. His decision that […]

A Book is a Book is a Book

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books  about Books, Libraries, and Reading

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 available at the library. The sing-song text and adorable illustrations create a fun story about finding just the right book.

 

 

The Boy and the Book by David Michael Slater, illus. by Bob Kolar

In this nearly wordless picture book, a young boy carelessly mishandles a library […]

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