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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 […]

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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.

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Hot Reads April

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

Miss You by Kate Eberlen
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Tess can’t get the motto from her mother’s kitchen knick-knack out of her head, even though she’s in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London.

Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he’s trying to […]

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Spring Into Reading







Spring into Reading                                                                                                                                

It looks like spring has finally sprung, and it’s here to stay, hip hip hooray! In honor of this much anticipated season, we’ve included a number of books to help you celebrate spring’s arrival and spring into reading!
A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Spring

New Picture Books

Bunny Bus by Ammi-Joan Paquette, illus. by Lesley Breen Withrow

A bunny shaped bus picks up many different animals on its way to the festive Easter Parade.  The playful illustrations and rhyming, repetitive text make this a fun read-aloud. Children will delight in the refrain “hop, hop, stop!”



Do Fairies Bring the Spring? by Liz Gardner Walsh, illus. by Hazel Mitchell

This whimsical story suggests that fairies are responsible for the change in seasons, from winter to spring. Lovely pastel illustrations accompany the rhyming text. A list of outdoor fairy-related activities is included as well.



Dormouse Dreams by Karma Wilson, illus. by Renata Liwska

This is a sweet story that describes the anticipation spring’s arrival. The soft illustrations and rhyming text breathe life into the forest as it transforms from winter to spring.



Easter by Kimberley Faria

In this board book with tabs (that make turning the page so much easier), simple rhymes and colorful illustrations introduce Easter and spring.



Easter Crafts by Anita Yasuda, illus. by Mernie Gallagher-Cole

After a brief introduction to the Easter holiday, instructions are provided for making six Easter and spring related crafts, including a spring hat, a bouquet of paper lilies, and an Easter egg garland.



Easter Fun! by Jo Ryan

This touch and feel board book for babies and toddlers celebrates the season by introducing fluffy baby chicks, hopping bunnies, and daffodils swaying in the breeze.



Egg by Kevin Henkes

Caldecott Award winning author/illustrator Henkes has created another […]

Made in Covington: The Aqua-Cycle

Twenty-five year old Phyllis Brawley was installed as a living window display at Cincinnati’s Hotel Sinton on the day of Aquacycle’s debut. Clad in a “beach costume,” the blonde model peddled the newly-patented marine invention that allowed users to propel boats and canoes by foot power.
Spectators congregated around the window in such numbers that Cincinnati patrolman, Charles Ray, ordered that the live window display to cease–a proclamation that was met with jeers. Ultimately, the authorities demanded that manager of the Aquacycle Company, Earl Metcalfe, either stop the demonstration or be cited for interfering with pedestrian traffic. Metcalfe, a self-employed business consultant and manager of the Aquacycle Company of Covington, stated that he intended to defy police orders to meet public demand for the demonstration continue the next day. Arguably, their interest was likely inspired more by the visible shins and shoulders of Miss Brawley than the newfangled contraption upon which she was perched.
Metcalfe, who lived on a farm in Morning View in southern Kenton County, was not the inventor of the Aquacycle, but was assignor to the company when the trademark was registered in 1948. He was involved with the contraption as early as 1947, when the Aquacycle Company of Covington was chartered and valued at an eyebrow-raising $100,000 (over $1,300,000 today). The design for the “pedal or mechanically propelling and steering mechanism for boats” was the work of Dr. Byrel Billman, a physician of physiotherapy and proctology, educated at the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati. Billman created the Aquacycle as a device to propel and steer boats in places where motorized watercraft were either outlawed or impossible operate. Sportsmen were potential clients of interest, especially those who enjoyed hunting and fishing in marshy areas. Instead […]

March’s Most Popular Music – Download it Today

Top Freegal Music

The Shins – Heartworm

The Chainsmokers – Paris

Rag’n’Bone Man – Human

John Mayer – The Search for Everything – Wave Two 

Starley – Call On Me 

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Choosing a College

You may remember a post I wrote last fall called How to Prep for Your Child’s Senior Year. Well, my daughter Andi’s senior year will come to an end in two months. We definitely weren’t as prepared as I would have liked to have been but I am much more prepared for my son Joey, who is only a freshman. After college visits, tons of research and lots of tears, Andi has chosen a college and a major.

Over the last two years, we have toured Illinois State University, Georgia State University, Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University. We didn’t really consider cost when choosing which schools to tour, knowing that she would receive some merit money and hopefully receive other scholarships. Thomas More and Northern Kentucky University were obvious choices because of location. ISU and GSU were picked based on her interests.

Thomas More College

Thomas More offers a beautiful campus and although it is private, it can be very affordable. The school is able to offer a lot of scholarships, which actually brought the tuition down to about the cost of NKU. Andi wasn’t sure what her major would be when we toured but TMC does not offer what she ultimately chose. However, she ruled TMC out before even picking a major. Thomas More has about 1300 students, which isn’t much bigger than Andi’s high school. She wants something larger than that.

Illinois State University

ISU was our first college visit. We actually chose ISU because they offer a recreational circus program that Joey is interested in. You can read about this visit here. Andi really didn’t consider ISU but it was good to have something to compare other schools to and was a great family […]

Spring Spruce Up Ideas from our eMagazine Collection

DIY Magazine
Revive a Rusty Metal Patio Set – Page 86
Turn trash into treasure with DIY’s great ideas.

Spring Clean Your Life – Page 40
Shake off the winter blahs and rejuvenate your health

Better Homes & Gardens
Liven up your living space with this year’s hot colors. – Page 122

Vegetarian Today
Consider a Meatless Monday, or more with some “Weeknight Warriors” recipes. – Page 42

Women’s Health
Spring Clean Your Exercise Sessions – Page 130

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