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A Few Great Local Reading Spots You Should Try

The equinox is upon us and with it the official end of summer and the end of the summer reading season. It’s the end of beach reads, the end of long audiobooks for summer road trips, and the end of filling up our Kindles with all the books that didn’t fit in our carry-on bags. It’s the time when we say goodbye to the freedoms of summer vacation and get back to the daily grind of work and school and life. But, September also seems to be the time when we lose something beyond the hit we take to our free time. It’s also the time when we lose something less quantifiable, something I would refer to as the spirit of summer reading.

After all, more time spent reading isn’t the only benefit summer vacations provide to our reading lives. Summer vacations also involve travel and this traveling allows us the physical space in which to immerse ourselves in the narrative of a book in a way we may struggle to do in our day to day reading lives. When we have the opportunity to step out of our usual places of home, work, and school, we aren’t just allowing our bodies to wander, but our minds as well. When we read in a new location we are setting the tone for our reading experience, one that allows us the opportunity to open our minds to new ideas and helps us to reach that ultimate goal of every reader: being totally “lost in a book”.

It seems a shame, then, that this sort of escape has been limited to only one brief part of our year. After all, we may not have the freedom to schedule […]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Adults, Around the Community, KCPL||1 Comment

How to Prep for Your Child’s Senior Year

Okay, I admit it… this title is misleading. My daughter Andi is a senior in high school and I’m not really sure what the best way to prep for senior year is but I can tell you some of the do’s and don’ts we have learned along the way. I will say you should start preparing before freshman year even starts.

Draft a plan for the next four years that includes what classes your student will take and when. Make sure you cover all of the requirements and then figure out what electives your child might want to take. Andi changed her mind throughout the years on the electives but at least we had a plan and knew exactly what had to be taken to meet her graduation requirements.
Decide with your child if they will take advanced or college placement classes and do your research. Not all colleges accept AP credits and even some of the credits accepted do not actually give you the general study credit you need. Your teen must pass the AP test, a college exam, at the end of the year to even receive the credits. Although some colleges accept a weighted GPA (a B is an A if it’s an AP course), not all colleges do. Since high school students are taking college level courses in the 10th and 11th grades, they don’t always score as high as they would if it was a regular course. This will impact their GPA. Along with your student, decide if you want to focus on college credits, rigor or GPA.

Most colleges require students to have two consecutive years of a foreign language in high school. Think about this when scheduling freshman […]

The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-1919 in Northern Kentucky

We are creeping into that time of the year again: autumn. Autumn is all kinds of fun: pumpkin-flavored everything, apple cider, trick-or-treating, and a crisp, cool air that we are always pining for following the dog days of summer. Cool weather shoos us inside more often than summer, however, and germs are more easily spread in close proximity to others. Cue flu season, that nasty fact of life that persists from roughly October to March. Ninety-eight years ago this month, the country at large was experiencing one of the most severe outbreaks of flu in its history. Cue the constant hand-washing, and stock up on hand sanitizer, because we are about to venture into a brief, local history of the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-1919.

Influenza comes with a slew of uncomfortable symptoms that we also associate with the common cold, but multiplied in intensity. Influenza can be life threatening to those with comprised immune systems such as the elderly and very young. Between three to five million severe cases of influenza occur each year throughout the world, with death tolls from the flu, or complications from it, ranging from 250,000 to 500,000 worldwide (1). Some years, however, the primary strain of influenza is particularly virulent and panic-inducing: for example, the Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009. The fall of 1918 happened to bring with it one of those flu strains, and was quite possibly the largest outbreak of disease in the 20th century United States.

Panic Ensues

The Public Health Service began requiring states to report cases of flu starting on September 27, 1918, coincidentally the date that influenza is estimated to have arrived in the state of Kentucky (2). The first newspaper reported death from […]

September Hot Reads

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

 

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.

 

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.  Studying the body, Sara Linton the GBI s newest medical examiner and Will s lover realizes that the extensive […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, Hot New Reads||0 Comments

Election Year Children’s Books

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Betsy Lewin

From the duo that brought us Click, Clack, Moo, Farmer Brown’s Duck pursues the highest office in the land.

 

 

President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

This is a fictionalized account of President William Howard Taft, a man of great stature, who according to some got stuck in his bath on his inauguration day. Others say it happened later in his term, while many say Taft never got stuck at all. Nevertheless, this is a fun read about our 27th president!

Lillian’s right to vote : a celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter

A 50th anniversary tribute to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 finds an elderly woman reflecting on her family’s history, from the passage of the 15th Amendment through her participation in the protest march from Selma to Montgomery.

 

Of Thee I Sing : a Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama ; illustrated by Loren Long

Illustrated by local artist, Loren Long, this book is a tribute to thirteen great Americans and their achievements, including the patriotism of George Washington, the courage of Jackie Robinson, and the strength of Helen Keller. This is a very moving book with stunning illustrations.

My Name Is James Madison Hemings by Jonah Winter

This historical picture book about the life of the child of Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, brings to light the many contradictions in Jefferson s life and legacy.

 

Have a Mice Flight! Lindsey Leavitt ; illustrated by Ag Ford

This is the third book in the Commander in Cheese chapter book series about Ava and Dean Squeakerton and the rest of their mice family who live […]

By |August 18th, 2016|Categories: Book Lists, Featured Post||0 Comments

KCSD Databases

Grades K-5 PPT

Grades 6-12 PPT

Contact:
Nicole Frilling
859-578-7946

By |August 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod about Back to School

“Back to School”

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Back to School for Younger Children

Move over summer, a new school year is coming!

It’s that time of year again … time for new school supplies, uniforms, backpacks and more.  Some kids are probably feeling excited, while others are a little sad that summer is coming to an end.  Others may feel nervous or even a little scared. New teachers, new friends, maybe even a new school are worrisome. But we all know that these new worries will only stick around for a little while.

We’ve selected several new books, for both younger and older readers, to help with the excitement and concern that a new school year brings.

New Books for Young Readers

Bear’s Big Day by Salina Yoon
This is the third book in Yoon’s Bear and Bunny series. Together, these two face a brand new experience – going to school for the first time. The illustrations are adorable right down to the endpapers, which feature a variety of animal themed backpacks!

 

Charlie Chick Goes to School by Nick Denchfield, illus. by Ant Parker
This cute pop-up book follows Charlie on his first day of school.

 

 

 

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins
This is the story of a young boy, Frank, and his newly adopted dog, Lucky. They both go to school, Lucky “ten times” and Frank “thousands of times”.  Through their relationship with one another and with the world around them, the author is able to introduce school subjects through imagined scenarios between the two of them. This is a very interesting take on the subject, and the watercolor illustrations vary throughout the story, from full-color paintings to small vignettes.

If an Elephant Went to School […]

Planning a Disney Vacation

Planning a trip to Disney World or Disneyland can definitely be overwhelming. Where do you even start? Maura Sudkamp (Technology & Design Specialist…and Disney enthusiast) has some tips and tricks below to help you plan the best Disney vacation!

Know the difference:
Did you know there are many different Disney Parks all over the world? The two here in the USA are: Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Disney World (DW) includes 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, over 15 resorts, shopping, entertainment and more. Disneyland (DL) includes 2 theme parks, 3 resorts, shopping, entertainment and more. Both are very different and have their unique experiences.

Start the planning:
Whether you are going to Disneyland or Disney World you must ask yourself a couple of questions to start the planning:

When you would like to go and how long you will stay
What you plan to do once you get there (parks, shopping, etc.)
How you will get there (plane, bus, boat, car)
Where you will be staying (onsite/off site)

When will you go? How long will you stay?
Best times to go: January, February and September
Worst times to go: Summer, Holidays, March/April
Going to Disney World and want to visit all 4 parks? You will most likely need AT LEAST 4 days to see all 4 parks. Going to Disneyland? You will most likely need AT LEAST 2 days to see both parks.
What do you plan to do?
Do you want to spend all of your days at the parks? Do you want to take a day off from the parks to swim or shop? Have some sort of loose itinerary that way you know how many park tickets for what days you will need to purchase.

How […]

By |July 29th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post||1 Comment

Read for Prizes!

You still have time to win awesome prizes just for reading! Summer Reading Club kicked off June 1 and runs until August 31. Children, teens and adults can all win cool prizes.

Families

-Pick up a family bingo card from any of the three branches and complete it for a chance to win a Cincinnati Family Zoo membership.

Adults

– One winner will be drawn each week. Prizes include gift cards to local places.

– Earn one raffle ticket for every checkout receipt.

– Not sure what to read? Check out our suggested reading list.

Teens

– Visit kentonlibrary.org/92days or the library reference desk to fill out an entry form

-One winner per week will be drawn each week for prizes like a Nintendo DS and Beats headphones. Grand prize is an iPad 2!

-Looking for reading suggestions? Check our suggested YA reading list.

Children (Ages 2-12)

-Pick up a book log and start reading or listening to books.

-After five books, or 2.5 hours of reading, return the log to receive a free book.

-After 10 books, 5 hours of reading, return the log to receive a T-shirt or backpack and enter to win the grand prize – an iPad Mini!

-Keep reading for more chances to win the grand prize.

-Ask the library staff for book suggestions perfect for your child.

Facebook Giveaways

-Follow our Facebook page for chances to win daily prizes.

Stop by a branch or visit www.kentonlibrary.org for more information. Pick up a calendar or visit our event page to see all of the free programs we offer.

Summer Movie Books

It is a great summer for family movies, and the Library has all the books and music to bring the excitement home with you!   Don’t forget, Hoopla titles are always available!

Finding Dory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BFG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret Life of Pets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pete’s Dragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Age: Collision Course