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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

By |March 24th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Irish Music to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Hoopla Celtic Music Collection
Bell X1
Lisa Hannigan


Damien Rice
Sinéad O’Connor


By |March 17th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Munch Madness

Munch the tortoise who lives at the Independence/William E. Durr Branch has made his NCAA bracket picks! See his bracket below. During March Madness the library has all of your basketball needs covered, from books to magazines to movies and more.






By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Local Librarian Named as a Mover & Shaker

Ann Schoenenberger of the Kenton County Public Library has been named a “Mover & Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication Library Journal.

In its March 15, 2017 issue, Library Journal named 52 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. Ann was selected for her commitment to the profession and innovation in working with the community.


Ann currently serves as a Digital Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. As Digital Librarian, Ann oversees the Library’s e-newsletter, the library’s marketing segmentation program and chat services. Ann has also been using innovative technology to engage people who may not otherwise use the library.


This year’s class of 52 joins a group of talented professionals who are dedicated, innovative, and passionate about their service to the library and their community.


The STEM/STEAM movement, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, (arts), and math, has been steadily working its way through schools and libraries across the nation. From this movement, maker spaces have been developed. A maker space is a place where people of all ages can go to conduct hands-on activities and projects with a variety of traditional tools, such as a sewing machine, or by using more current digital technology such as a 3D printer.


Ann has worked to make strong partnerships with local web developers, tech companies and the maker community. She encouraged user groups to use the library and hosted Coder & Maker Club workshops on soldering, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Python and physical computing. Through the use of Coursera MOOCs and help from tech mentors, she offered a complete 12 week “Beginning Programming” course that evolved into a project-based learning experiment.


She has cultivated a relationship with Kenton County Public Schools. She […]

Don’t Get Left Behind – Learn the Latest Tech Trends in our Free Magazines

  Page 50 – A New Era for Apple TV
Will the Apple TV revolutionize television?
Page 39 – iOS 10 Guide
Tips & Tricks for iOS 10

Page 87 – Connecting Everything to the Internet: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Vulnerabilities and the internet of things
Page 50 – The News in Crisis
Includes a fun flow chart to find out if an article is fake.

Page 24 – Things Come Apart
The Amazon Echo – surprisingly simple.
 Magazine Pro Tip: Click or Tap the article in the table of contents to go directly to the article.

By |March 8th, 2017|Categories: staff picks||0 Comments

Top Baby Shower Gifts: A Newbie Mom’s Guide

When you are expecting a little one it can be overwhelming thinking about what you need for baby. You try to rack your brain of everything you think you could possibly need and your list grows and grows. I had my first LO (little one) last September and was fortunate enough to have 3 baby showers (2 family and 1 work). I was excited to start my registry and did lots of research on what others recommended to buy. I went into it really trying to only get what I thought was needed. Now 5 months later, I have compiled a short list of my favorite/most used things that I received at my showers. One of my other goals was to start my LO’s book collection, so I have included some of my favorite books below as well. Enjoy!
Best Items:

Diaper Pail

On my registry I originally had a diaper pail (Diaper Genie) but changed it to a different brand (Baby Trend). I did this because you could use your own trash bags/grocery bags in the Baby Trend one. Many diaper pails (like Diaper Genie) require you to use their refill bags; this just adds on another cost. So depending on how much you want to invest, go the inexpensive route and get one that you can use any ol’ trash bag. The pail has done a great job and is definitely a necessity if you want to keep those stinky smells at a minimum.

Bottle Warmer

If you plan on using bottles, a bottle warmer is a life saver. It is a quick and easy way to warm up your LO’s bottles so you don’t have to do it the old school way (warm up […]

Hot Reads March

The Gargoyle Hunters by John Freeman Gill
In 1974, with both his family and his city fracturing, thirteen-year-old Griffin Watts is recruited into his estranged father’s illicit and dangerous architectural salvage business. Small and nimible, Griffin is charged with stealing exuberantly expressive 19th-century architectural sculptures– gargoyles–right off the faces of unsung tenements and iconic skyscrapers all over town. As his father explains it, these gargoyles, carved and cast by immigrant craftsmen during the city’s architectural glory days, are an endangered species, hundreds of them consigned each month to the landfill in an era of sweeping urban renewal.
Desperate both to forge a connection with his father and to generate income from gargoyle sales so that his father can make the mortgage payments on the brownstone where Griffin lives with his mother and sister, he is slow to recognize that his father’s deepening obsession with preserving the architectural treasures of Beaux Arts New York is also a destructive force, imperiling Griffin’s friendships, his relationship with his very first girlfriend, and even his life.
As his father grows increasingly possessive of Griffin’s mother as well as of the lost city, Griffin must learn how to build himself into the person he wants to become and discover which parts of his life can be salvaged– and which must be let go. Maybe loss, he reflects, is the only thing no one can ever take away from you.


The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she goes to live with her maternal grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, at the Roanoke family estate in rural Osage Flats, Kansas, following the suicide of her mother. Lane knows little of her mother’s family, other than the fact that her mother ran away […]

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Joel’s Book Blast – March

Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey
The second installment of the Dog Man series! Dog Man does battle with Petey the Cat, a paper cut out version of Petey the Cat named, Flat Cat and a mysterious stranger driven to spread havoc throughout the city. Can Dog Man focus long enough to pursue his adversaries or will he succumb to distractions like rubber balls and bones? Great stuff here! Awesome for you reluctant readers out there! Dav Pilkey includes the usual Flip O Ramas and How to Draw sections found in the Captain Underpants series.






Sneeze of the Octo-Schnozz by Troy Cummings
Sneeze of the Octo-Schnozz is the 11th book in the series, The Notebook of Doom. The Super-Secret Monster Patrol is on high alert! They are still without their Notebook of Doom, a top secret guidebook about monsters. To make matters worse, an eight nosed creature called Octo-Schnozz has begun terrorizing their beloved hometown of Stermont with its horrible smells and high-powered snot-filled sneezes. Lots of fast paced action with buckets full of corny humor! The questions and activities section at the end of the book was nice for a little reading comprehension quiz. Fun illustrations. A quick read. Number 12 is on the way.




Where Do Pants Go? by Rebecca Van Slyke ; illustrated by Chris Robertson
Indeed. Just where do pants go? On your arms? On your neck? Certainly not! They go on your legs. Despite the title, Van Slyke delves into other mysteries of getting dressed. The reader will discover the answers to conundrums such as: Where do hats go? Where do jackets go? And of course, where does underwear go? A good participation book for preschool story time.



I Do Not Like Al’s Hat by Erin […]

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

You Saw the Movies Now Read the Books – Oscar Nominees Based on Books

Arrival was based on a story in: Stories Of Your Life And Others by Ted Chiang








Hidden Figures, based on: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly







Lion, based on: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley









Nocturnal Animals – The tie-in uses the original title of the novel, Tony & Susan by Austin Wright.








Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library Book), Newt Scamander, J.K. Rowling.