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Twenty Years at Hogwarts

On Thursday, June 26, 1997, the world was forever changed. On this day, we mere muggles were blessed with the masterpiece that is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. On this date, the book was first published in the U.K. (It was later published in the U.S. in September 1998 under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.) And I can tell you, from the first time I escaped into my favorite world, my life would never be the same.

For this children’s librarian, it’s always a huge humble-brag of mine to tell people I am a self-proclaimed “Harry Potter hipster.” As in, I read the books before they were cool (well, the first book at least). In August 1998, a month before the U.S. publication of Sorcerer’s Stone, I entered fourth grade. It was in this school year that I first recall discovering this book in my school library.

I was always an avid reader, and loved just browsing the shelves for books that “looked good”. I have a distinctive memory of finding this book on my school library’s shelf. I remember being attracted to the jewel tones of the book jacket illustration. Of being intrigued by the boy flying on a broomstick on the cover. Despite the old saying of “never judge a book by its cover” I totally did. I was pulled in. Who was this boy? What is the sorcerer’s stone? I had to know. And my world was never the same. From that fateful day in fourth grade, 10 year old me was changed. Definitely for the better.

Now, here we are 20 magical years later.

I know what some of you are thinking. Isn’t she a little old for Harry […]

Big Library Read – The Other Einstein

You still have a few days to join the #BigLibraryRead.  The Other Einstein examines the life of Albert Einstein’s first wife, and what role she may have played in his ideas.
Enjoy reading about the lives of women that have influenced of famous men?  Check out some historical fiction:

Loving Frank blends fact and fiction to tell the story of the love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney.

The Paris Wife follows the whirlwind relationship of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson.

Discover Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh’s high flying relationship.


By |June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Download New Music from Katy Perry & Taylor Swift is Back!

Witness by Katy Perry
1989 by Taylor Swift

Heartbreak by Lady Antebellum

Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie

By |June 16th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Any Way You Stack It: Bob Staake Books are the Best!

Any Way You Stack It: Bob Staake Books are the Best!

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books by Bob Staake

Bob Staake has written and/or illustrated over fifty books for children. In addition to his many children’s books, he is also a political cartoonist and highly successful commercial artist. He has worked on everything from greeting cards to magazines covers. He has illustrated for The New Yorker, Mad Magazine, Time, and The Washington Post. And most recently, he designed the artwork for KCPL’s 2017 Summer Reading Program! Bob’s graphically styled illustrations are bright and engaging. His lively text and colorful images seem to leap from the page.  His style is often described as retro yet it has modern appeal.  We can’t possibly include all of his books in this post, so we’ve chosen to highlight a few that he has both written and illustrated.


We had the pleasure of meeting Bob in the summer of 2014 at a children’s literature conference at the Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio. Bob was one of the keynote speakers at that conference. We were doing a presentation on the history of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books award. By coincidence, Bob’s The Red Lemon had won this prestigious award in 2006. He actually sat in on our presentation and offered some interesting commentary. We were thrilled when we learned that he was designing this year’s summer reading artwork.

We’re happy to introduce you to Bob and his books. Grab a “staake” … you can’t go wrong!


Picture Books written and illustrated by Bob Staake

Beachy and Me

This newest book is the tale of a bored and lonely little girl who meets a great big whale. The rhyming text […]

Historic Pike Street Corridor Walking Tour 2017

Pike Street was once the commercial and transportation heart of the city. It is named for the Lexington Turnpike that connected Covington and the markets of Cincinnati to farmers in the Bluegrass. The original and rustic route followed a historic buffalo trail (the original terminus of the Pike was to the southwest of Linden Grove Cemetery) until it was decided in the mid-1800s that the entire length of the turnpike would be improved to make it passable year-round. Once fully macadamized (a form of gravel paving), the turnpike brought travelers from Lexington up to Georgetown, across the Eagle Hills, over the Dry Ridge, into Northern Kentucky, and finally into the heart of Covington. Later, the railroad brought even more visitors and residents to Covington, who conducted business, shopped, lived, worked, and dined all along Pike Street.

Join us on a tour of historic Pike Street every Wednesday this summer. The tour begins in the Local History and Genealogy Department and features many striking buildings and landmarks for the mile loop. With over 150 years of history, the tour provides information about Covington’s commercial, transportation, brewing, distilling, and architectural history along this essential artery. Points of interest include the former location of the Covington Brewery, the Mutual Building, the Pike Street Arcade, Duveneck Square, the New England Distilling Company, the train station at Russell and Pike, and many more. Keep your eyes open for cool little hints of history, like Stewart Iron Works seals, ghost signs, and other bits of historic character. If you take photos of the tour, be sure to tag them @kentonlibrary and #kcplwalkingtour on Facebook and Instagram!

The tour leaves from the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Covington branch located at 502 Scott Boulevard […]

Free lunches at all Library locations this summer

The Kenton County Public Library has partnered with area school districts and the USDA Summer Food Service program to make sure that children do not go hungry this summer. Children under the age of 18 can go to any of the three Library locations for lunch during specified times. Anyone older than the age of 18 can purchase lunch at a reduced cost. Lunches are available to anyone regardless of income and begin the week of June 5.

According to Feeding America, when kids have empty stomachs, they don’t have the energy to focus, engage, learn and grow. The Library puts an army of effort into encouraging children to keep reading during the summer months so that they can stay on track when they return to school in the fall. Lise Tewes, Children’s Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library, says it makes sense to offer free lunches at the Library.


“In the summer months, our message is “read, read, read” but when you are hungry it’s hard to focus.  We do a lot of programs for children in mid-morning so it’s nice that they can go from a program, to picking out books then head over to lunch in one convenient place! We provide the location and the schools provide the food.”


While all three Library branches are offering lunches, days and times vary:

Covington Branch Library, Monday-Friday from June 5, 12:30-1 pm
Sponsored by the Covington Public School District
William E. Durr Branch Library, Wednesdays June & July starting June 7, noon-1 pm
Sponsored by the Kenton County School District
Erlanger Branch Library, Monday-Friday from June 5 through July 28, 11:30 am-1 pm
Sponsored by the Erlanger/Elsmere School District Food Service Department


The USDA Summer Food Service Program also sponsors […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Categories: KCPL, Uncategorized||0 Comments

Tips, Trips & Recipes to Make this Summer Your Best

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By |June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Hot Reads June

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

At last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her.

Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. No electricity, no heat, no running water, not a single human beyond the three of them. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature—fishing, tracking, hunting. And despite her father’s odd temperament and sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too . . . until she learned precisely how savage a person he could be.

More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marshland he knows better than anyone else in the world. The police commence a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King—because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.



Perennials by Mandy Berman

At what point does childhood end and adulthood begin? This evocative debut novel captures both the thrills and pain of growing up through the lens of summer camp, a place that only appears to be untouched by the passing of time. Rachel Rivkin and Fiona Larkin used to treasure their summers together as […]

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Fire Up the Grill

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By |May 25th, 2017|Categories: ebooks, Featured Post||0 Comments

Researching the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire

The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire occurred 40 years ago on Saturday, May 28, 1977. The tragic fire claimed over 160 people, making it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in the history of the United States. Many families in Northern Kentucky were affected by the fire, whether they lost loved ones, survived the fire, or assisted in the recovery efforts.

If you are interested in researching more about your own families’ connections to the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire, the Kenton County Public Library can help you with your search. First, Faces and Places includes images of individuals who were at the Beverly Hill Supper Club the night of the fire, as well as firemen, emergency responders, doctors, and clergy. There are also images of the Beverly Hills Supper Club before and after the fire, and other locations connected to the fire, including the temporary morgue at the Fort Thomas Armory, and Saint Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas.

The Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index contains indexed entries for May 30, 1977 in the Cincinnati Post. The paper was devoted to the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire. Included in the indexing are a list of names of those who perished, and those who were still missing. If you are looking for an obituary of a family member, there is a special three-page section of indexing for Beverly Hills Supper Club obituaries in List of Deaths from the Kentucky Post 1977-1978 by Wanda Blackburn Beiser.

The Local History and Genealogy Department offers One-on-One Genealogical Research Assistance for anyone needing assistance with genealogical or local history research. If you would like assistance in researching a member of your family involved in the events of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire please contact the department at (859)962-4070 […]