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Download or Stream 2017’s Songs for Summer




GRIZZLY BEAR – Three Rings

HAIM – Want You Back


By |May 19th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

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By |May 12th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

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Hot Reads April

Hot Reads May 2017

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

 Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

Me Before You meets One Day in this devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending. A Love Story for a new generation.




Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the […]

Children’s Book Week

Overdrive Books
Hoopla – Last Stop on Market Street
Telling Stories with Pictures – YouTube
Hoopla – Dreamscape
Hoopla – Weston Woods


By |May 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

April Showers Bring May Flowers

 A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Flowers, Gardening, and Things that Grow

Did you know that this familiar rhyme was originally a poem written by Karen Chappell? We thought it might be fun to include the first stanza of this poem as an introduction to the many new and colorful books about flowers and gardening that can be found at your library. Enjoy!
April showers bring May flowers,
That is what they say.
But if all the showers turned to flowers,
We’d have quite a colourful day!

New Picture Books

Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

This book provides children with a very simple explanation of the important job bees have of pollinating flowers. The mixed media illustrations include a die-cut with a bee at the center. The die-cut gets progressively smaller as the story unfolds. This is a very colorful and engaging picture book.



The Best-Ever Step-By-Step Kid’s First Gardening: Fantastic Gardening Ideas for 5 to 12 Year-Olds, from Growing Fruit and Vegetables and Fun with Flowers to Wildlife Gardening and Outdoor Crafts by Jenny Hendy

Winner of the Practical Gardening Book of the Year, with 120 fun projects for kids.



The Butterfly Garden by Laura Weston

This lift-the-flap board book presents the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. The illustrations are done in black and white, but the flaps reveal pops of color. Simple language explains the transformation.



Caterpillar Dreams by Clive McFarland

Henri the caterpillar sets off on a great adventure beyond the walls of his garden, but in the end discovers there’s no place like home.




Fantastic Flowers by Susan Stockdale

This book includes a wide array of unusual flowers that resemble other things, including animals and even people. The illustrations are visually striking. Back matter includes information about pollination. […]

Spring into Local History and Genealogy


Flowers and trees are in bloom, the temperature is warming up, and you may be finding yourself out and about more so than in the past few months. This is the time of year to start planning and planting your garden, maybe visit a farmers market, and take a scenic stroll through your community. We encourage you to visit the Local History & Genealogy department in Covington in your quest for springtime fun; we have a number of fresh, new events on tap this spring that we hope you’ll enjoy!

Can’t make it out of the house this week? Join us on Periscope and we’ll take you with us as we explore Historic Linden Grove Cemetery on our tour Periscope: Hey, what’s that tree? On Friday, April 14 at 3:30PM. Join us live on Periscope (@KentonLibrary on Periscope on your smartphone or tablet, or at for a stroll through the historic Linden Grove cemetery in Covington. We’ll have local guidebooks on hand to help us identify the fresh buds and leaves in bloom.

If you’re itching to get outside, put on your walking shoes and join us for a stroll through historic Covington. Coming up next month is our annual Historic Walking Tour, which happens every Wednesday morning this summer at 10AM, starting on May 3 and ending on September 27. We’ll talk about significant structures, their former residents, and events of times past on this one-hour jaunt down historic Pike Street in Covington.

If you find yourself bored on a rainy day, or perhaps avoiding spring pollen in the great outdoors, join us in the Local History & Genealogy department at the library instead!

Enjoy a display of older and antique dolls from the collection […]

Astronomy at the Library

What are you doing on August 21, 2017?
On that date, there will be a Total Solar Eclipse visible in the United States… the first one since 1979! While we are not on the path of totality in Northern Kentucky, meaning the entire sun will not be blocked by the moon‘s shadow in our line of sight; we will be able to see about 90% of the sun covered! This will be the most exciting astronomical event in the US for quite some time, and I am very excited to share not just the solar eclipse, but space in general!


In February, there was a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, meaning that we were seeing the edges of the earth’s shadow on the moon. In order to share the experience with as many people as possible, I held a Lunar Eclipse program that evening at the Erlanger Branch. 75 people of a wide range of ages attended to learn about the eclipse, build some models of how eclipses work, and practice “becoming” eclipses themselves. We also took the library’s 8” Dobsonian Reflector telescope out on the front sidewalk to look at the moon during the eclipse. Since it was a Penumbral Eclipse and not a total Lunar Eclipse, it wasn’t a spectacular event, but the view of the moon that night was very good regardless! During the program, families created models, then used flashlights to simulate the sun’s light.

If you did not make it to the Lunar Eclipse program, there are many other opportunities for you to experience the wonders of space at KCPL. I frequently hold children’s and all-ages programs related to astronomy and space. In fact, On April 13, at 7:00 pm, I will be presenting a […]

Poetry Events at the Kenton County Public Library

April is National Poetry Month and we’re celebrating with a lyrical lineup of programs and events at the Covington Branch, including music, films, and poetry readings.
For Teen Patrons we have scheduled two programs:
Write Now! – Tuesday, April 11th at 6pm

A monthly program where teens can learn to develop their writing skills with activities, readings, and more, including advice and insight from a published poet!








Teen Poetry Slam – Friday, April 28th at 7pm

An after-hours event for beginner and experienced writers alike. Come and share your poems, your thoughts, even your tweets! Sign-up is at the door and prizes will be awarded after the performances. The slam is hosted by Jay McCoy, author and co-host of the Teen Howl Poetry Series in Lexington, Kentucky. Coffee will be served courtesy of Left Bank Coffeehouse.
Teens need a permission slip to participate but all are welcome to attend.







For adults and all ages we proudly present a series of poetry films, concerts, readings, and interactive events.
Tellico Family Band – A Circle of Traditional and Original Appalachian Music Tuesday, April 18th at 7pm

Enjoy the spirit of Appalachian music and culture in a three generation Appalachian family band.  Reflect on the power of home place and community identity and enjoy songs with centuries of history and some new creations as well. Bring the whole family to share in the singing and reflections. Band member, Sherry Cook Stanforth is the Creative Writing Vision Program Director at Thomas More College and a co-editor of the regional literary journal, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. 







Wednesday Matinee – Poetry of Witness – April 19th at 1pm

The first of our Poetry Month films is the documentary Poetry of Witness (2015), a term coined by author Carolyn Forché to describe […]

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Go Reds! Reds History…Reds Future

We all hope for a great Reds season, but why not also learn a little about the history of the Reds?
We have eBooks for adults and children to help get you started.

In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Reds highlights, lowlights, wonderful and wacky memories, legends and goats, the famous and the infamous. You’ll relive the Big Red Machine’s World Series crown in 1975 but also horrendous moments such as the disastrous 1982 season.

The 1975 Cincinnati Reds, also known as the “Big Red Machine,” are not just one of the most memorable teams in baseball history—they are unforgettable.

The Local Boys tells the stories of men who achieved the boyhood dream of playing for the hometown team. From Ethan Allen to Don Zimmer, they’re all here, including Charlie “Bushel Basket” Gould, who played on the first team in 1869 to Junior Griffey, soon to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning and sportswriter Dann Stupp bring the Reds last championship era to life in Tales from the Cincinnati Reds Dugout.

As part of every Reds game broadcast on the Reds Radio Network, Greg Rhodes, noted baseball historian and director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, presents a brief, colorful account of a memorable moment in the history of America’s longest-running baseball team.

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments