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Biking in Northern Kentucky

There are many ways to explore beautiful Northern Kentucky and its surrounding areas. One of our favorite ways is to experience it on a bike! Biking groups hit the roads for a day or for weekend adventures. Families can leisurely explore hidden bike paths in our NKY parks. Bike trails sprawl across the countryside and merge into city areas which allow access to everyone making cycling a recreational sport for all! Here are some links to check out before making plans for your next biking excursion! Maybe some will peak your interest and get you back on a bike!

Books:

Mountain Biking in Kentucky
The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle
Be Safe on Your Bike
Tracers
Life is a Wheel : Love, Death, etc., and A Bike Ride Across America
The Bicycling Big Book of cycling for beginners : everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding
Bike safety : a crash course
The Bike Lesson
Duck On a Bike

Safety:
Biking Safety

Local Bike Shops:
Reser Bicycle
Velocity
Montgomery Cyclery

Bike Rental:
Cincy Red Bike

Road Routes & Trails:
Trail Link
OKI
Map My Ride
Cincinnati USA
Licking River Greenway

Groups:
BG Cycling
Team Cycling and Fitness

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” ~ John F. Kennedy

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

Taste of Kenton County 2015

Taste of Kenton County 
 
What: The Taste of Kenton County Fundraiser, presented by the Kenton County Public Library Foundation – Enjoy food by the bite from area restaurants, wine, silent auction, book buy, split the pot, live music, food demonstrations and much more. A few of the restaurants featured include Piper’s Café, Molly Malone’s, Texas Roadhouse and Sugar Snap Cupcakes. An autographed Xavier basketball, Xavier tickets, Corvette Museum tickets, restaurant gift cards and a food basket are just a few of the auction items. Adults only. 
 
When: Thursday, August 27 from 6-8:30 p.m. 
 
Where: Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger
 
Why: To raise money for Library programs and services that are not covered by the Library budget, including kindergarten kits for every kindergartener in Kenton County.  
 
Cost: $25 in advance at http://www.kentonlibrary.org/taste or $35 at the door, includes food by the bite, while supplies last, wine, tea, water and entertainment.

Entertainment:  
Music by Pedal Steel Trio
Strolling Entertainers Pickled Brothers
Cooking demonstration by Colonel De

By |August 11th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Hot New Reads – August 2015

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

It’s 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she’s forced to embrace them.

 

Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family’s downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way.

Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford’s debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes – money, ambition, family, friendship – and on the universal longing to fit in. 

 

Coming of Age at the End of Days by Alice LaPlante

Never one to conform, Anna always had trouble fitting in. Earnest and willful, as a young girl she quickly learned how to hide her quirks from her parents and friends. But when, at sixteen, a sudden melancholia takes hold of her life, she loses her sense of self and purpose. Then the […]

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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

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