Kenton County Public Library Book Club Kits



Suppose you wanted multiple copies of the same book for your book club…check out our collection of book discussion kits!

Each kit contains:

10-15 copies of a title
A binder containing information about the: Book, Author, Reviews, Questions for discussion and Suggestions for conducting a successful book discussion group
1 canvas tote bag


Where to Begin

Conduct a search of our catalog for “Book Discussion Kit”
Confirm availability
Place a hold for the book kit
Choose the Branch Location for kit pick-up
The kit will be delivered to the branch of your choice
You will be notified when the kit is ready for pick-up

What to do when you get it:

Take note of how many books are in the kit and each kit copy number (found on the back of the book)
At the start of your discussion group, record which kit copies are loaned to whom
At the close of the discussion group, check off the names of all kit copies returned to you
Count the total number of book kit copies
Be sure the number of copies is the same as the initial number
The person who checks out the kit is the person responsible for returning the complete kit.
Book kits must be returned as a complete set containing all of its parts.

Here is a list of some of the titles we offer as book club kits.   We also offer Young Adult Book kits.


Book Kits have an eight week loan period, and may not be renewed. Persons checking out the kits will be responsible for returning all materials contained within the kit. Kits can be requested by phone or through the online catalog, or by Asking a Librarian for assistance.

October Hot Reads

 The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true […]

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

Fun Fall Magazines

Need some Fall inspiration?
Look no further!  Update your home, make some scary treats for find a great local fall event.  Don’t forget to check back often for new issues, or sign up for new issue notifications.



By |October 11th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Halloween and Fall

Welcome, Autumn!

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Halloween and Fall

The season we call autumn was once referred to as “harvest,” when farmers gathered their crops for winter storage. However, in the early 1600’s when more people moved to cities, that term fell out of use. People began using the phrase “fall of the leaf” to refer to this season of the year when trees typically lose their leaves. Over time, “fall of the leaf” was shortened to “fall.” And today the terms fall and autumn are used interchangeably. No matter what you call it, the season is upon us. It’s time for getting out our sweaters and enjoying the spectacular colors and the cool, crisp autumn air. So why not bundle up and celebrate the season with some great books!

New Books about Fall and Halloween

Autumn by David Carter

This is the author’s third book in his pop-up series about the seasons. This serene book, written in verse, reveals the wonder of the season as animals prepare to harvest in anticipation of winter.



Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Will Terry

A young skeleton has a hard time keeping himself together – literally! Various creatures, including Franky Stein, Blacky Widow, and Mummicula, come up with different problem-solving ideas, none of which quite work. Humor abounds and the illustrations are just darling … more silly than scary!




Crayola Fall Colors by Mari Schuh

This is part of the Crayola Seasons series. Kids are invited to explore the colors of fall through the engaging text and photographs. They are also encouraged to create art based on the season’s changing colors.



Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Peter Brown

From the creators of Creepy Carrots comes […]

31 Days of Local History & Genealogy

What could be better than a pumpkin spice or chai latte every day before Halloween? Thirty-one days of programs during Family History Month brought to you by your local history and genealogy library friends, of course! Starting October 1 we kick off 31 days of programming. That’s right; we are doing at least one program per day ALL MONTH LONG.

Grab your rain coat and walking shoes because we couldn’t contain all of the fun to inside the library! We have a host of events that might look familiar, but we’re also hosting events on a whole bunch of fresh, new-to-us topics. We’ll be heading out into our beautiful city to explore and teach you about the iconography of headstones in Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and have a picnic amongst the cemetery’s residents.

If you are sad to see the weekly walking tours of historic Pike Street come to an end, have no fear! We know you like storytelling as much as we do, so we put together a brand new tour filled with spooky, grim, or otherwise unusual stories from the Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood. Join us on Mondays, October 9 & 30 at 6:00 pm, and Wednesdays, October 4 & 25 at 10:00 am for an hour-long jaunt through the neighborhood with a side of storytelling. As a super special bonus, we’ll be doing another installment of the tour on Saturday, October 21 at 3:30 pm before our annual Evening with the Ancestors event.

We’ll also be giving family-friendly tours of Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum on Friday, October 13, in case you wanted a little entertainment while waiting for Cinema in the Cemetery to start (presented in partnership with The Neighborhood […]

By |September 18th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Twelve Myths & Truths about College

It’s that time of year again… It’s time for 17-year-olds to make one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. It’s time for these kids to decide what they are going to do for the rest of their lives. It’s time for seniors in high school to choose a college.

My daughter had to make these decisions last year. She began her freshman year of college at Northern Kentucky University last month. I’m going to tell you some of the things you are going to be told your child must do and then I’m going to tell you the truth based on our experience.





Things Other People, Including High School Guidance Counselors, are Going to Tell You and Your Children:

You should apply to five to seven schools to make sure you get accepted to one.
You should apply to schools you know you can’t afford.
There are plenty of scholarships out there and you’ll be sure to find one.
You can wait until after you graduate to make a final decision on which college you will attend.
Students with high GPAs and ACT scores will get a full ride.
You have to live on campus to get the full college experience.
You will find some way to pay for college, even if it’s loans.
College is really the only way to make something of yourself.
Books will cost at least $1,000 a semester.
Don’t fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you know your child won’t qualify for free grants.
Your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is what you should be able to pay toward your child’s college.
You can’t receive new scholarships after you started college.


The Truth Based on Our Experience:


September Hot Reads

The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Matthews

June 1939. Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother Michael are on an ocean liner from Ireland bound for their brother Martin’s home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA. During the week that follows, the lives of these three brothers collide spectacularly with big-band jazz musicians, a talented but fragile heiress, a Jewish street photographer facing a return to Nazi-occupied Prague, a vengeful mob boss, and the ghosts of their own family’s revolutionary past.

When Tom Cronin, an erstwhile assassin forced into one last job, tracks the brothers down, their lives begin to fracture. Francis must surrender to blackmail, or have his family suffer fatal consequences. Michael, wandering alone, turns to Lilly Bloch, a heartsick artist, to recover his lost memory. And Martin and his wife, Rosemary, try to salvage their marriage and, ultimately, the lives of the other Dempseys.

From the smoky jazz joints of Harlem to the Plaza Hotel, from the garrets of artists in the Bowery to the shadowy warehouses of mobsters in Hell’s Kitchen, Brendan Mathews brings prewar New York to vivid, pulsing life, while the sweeping and intricate storytelling of this remarkable debut reveals an America that blithely hoped it could avoid another catastrophic war and focus instead on the promise of the World’s Fair: a peaceful, prosperous “World of Tomorrow.”



Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller

In this novel authorized by the Little House estate, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in this dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books

In the […]

By |September 6th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||1 Comment

From the Head of Lettice: Recipes from Historic Kentucky Cookbooks Part One

When looking back on our favorite family memories and holidays, food is often a highlight. Nothing can be quite so nostalgic as Grandma’s cookies or Mom’s best soup. Here at the library, cookbooks are among our most circulated items. For those of you learning to cook or wanting to add some local flair to your home cooked meal, the Local History & Genealogy department has four shelves of cookbooks that you can check out, bring home, and test out. These range from local restaurants’ favorite recipes, to chefs who focus on modern Kentucky cuisine, to historic cookbooks written as early as the 1800s.

In an effort to get to know this section of our collection better, I tried out three recipes from two different books and documented my progress. I decided to focus on dishes with earlier origins. With some of the recipes, or receipts as Lettice Bryan of The Kentucky Housewife (1839) calls them, it took a little creative reimagining in order to modernize the measurements and equipment to something I have in my kitchen. In other words, I opted to bake in a modern oven with set temperatures. I’m also a vegetarian – so, sorry to all you Squirrel Soup lovers, I stuck to finding something I could enjoy!

Let’s get started:

Baked Potatoes, from The Kentucky Housewife (1839) by Lettice Bryan

This recipe is from one of our earliest cookbooks by the thorough Lettice Bryan. The collection contains thousands of recipes along with suggestions of accompanying dishes, for which meal a recipe works best, and other tidbits which give a wonderful glimpse of the time period. I chose this recipe because it is simple, contains few ingredients, but also takes a familiar dish in […]

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books About Going Back to School

We can’t deny it any longer. It is August. Though technically still summer, many of us are now thinking “back to school.”  It’s time for new school clothes, backpacks, and school supplies. Why not include new books in that list? We’ve compiled a list of new titles to help your child with the transition – books to calm those first day jitters, lessen stress, and hopefully make the first day of school go much smoother.

New School Stories:

Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten by Candice Ransom, illus. by Christine Grove

Amanda’s first day of school doesn’t go exactly as she planned, so she decides to join her brother in second grade. The illustrations capture all of the emotion as Amanda learns that it isn’t the end of the world if things don’t always go according to plan.




Chicken in School by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. by Shahar Kober

Zoey the chicken sets up a classroom in the barn for all of her barnyard friends: Sam the pig, Clara the cow, Pip the mouse, and Henry the dog. This humorous story with playful illustrations celebrates creativity, friendship, and, best of all, tasty snacks!!




Class Pet Mess! by Dan Gutman, illus. by Jim Paillot

This early reader is the latest in the My Weird School series. The students in Mr. Cooper’s class are excited to learn that they are getting a class pet. When they get a pet snake, lots of silly antics ensue.







Curious George Ready for School by Cynthia Platt, illus. by Mary O’Keefe Young

George prepares for the first day of school, but will a curious little monkey be able to make it through the school day without getting in to trouble? This tabbed board book is told in rhyme and should be a […]

Beat the Back to School Blues with Music from HooplaDigital

Divide – Ed Sheeran(Teen Choice Nominee)

Evolve – Imagine Dragons
(Teen Choice Nominee)

Kidz Bop 35 – Kidz Bop Kidz

Moana Soundtrack –  Various Artists

Descendants 2 – Various Artists

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