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What is Kenton County Listening to this Week?

Top Freegal Album Downloads:
Download and keep 5 free songs each week, and stream 3 hours each day:

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Nashville Sound

The Chainsmokers
Something Just Like This/Closer

Rag’n’Bone Man

a girl a bottle a boat

Foster The People

By |July 15th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Why Wait? Download Popular Audiobooks Now

Hillbilly Elegy – A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
J.D. Vance

Every Last Lie
Mary Kubica

Confessions Of A Domestic Failure
Bunmi Laditan

The Lotterys Plus One
Emma Donoghue


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

Hot Reads July

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.

Suddenly, mother and son are as trapped as the animals. Joan’s intimate knowledge of this place that filled early motherhood with happy diversions—the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines—is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself—from its tender moments of grace to its savage power—Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?



The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple—young, beautiful, successful, and in love. But after receiving an odd gift at their wedding, they find themselves initiated into a mysterious organization known as The Pact.

The goal of The Marriage Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And some of the rules make sense: Always answer the phone when your spouse calls, plan a trip together once per quarter, exchange thoughtful gifts regularly. But other rules—and their methods of enforcement—prove to be far more terrifying.

What follows is a relentlessly paced tale of deception, unfaithfulness, and duplicity in which the twists and turns just keep coming.




South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby

Do you have […]

By |July 6th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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

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