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Library Elf on the Shelf

Children have fallen in love with the Elf on the Shelf over the last several years. The magical Elf flies in from the North Pole to keep an eye on the boys and girls. He reports back to Santa nightly and then flies back before the boys and girls wake up for the day. It all sounds innocent enough but this Elf is often mischievous. He finds himself in all kinds of pickles, sometimes even a pickle jar.



Sometimes he behaves and reads a few books.

And sometimes he has dance parties.

Or finds himself in trouble.


This year the Elf on the Shelf has decided to visit the Kenton County Public Library to check on all the boys and girls. He will visit each branch every day. The first person to find him each day (don’t touch or he’ll lose his magic) will win a prize! It could be a cool book or a gift card to a local coffee house for treats and hot chocolate.


Speaking of hot chocolate…

But he isn’t the only Elf running around the Library!


You can find new pictures of our life-sized elf on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages every day. Pay attention because there will be surprise giveaways on social media throughout the month. And in case you need some ideas for your Elf on the Shelf at home, we’ve got you covered! Just check out our Pinterest page.

Please share your pictures of your Elf on the Shelf or of you finding our Elf on the Shelf on social media with the hashtag #libraryelf. We’d love to see them!


Holiday Books for Children






A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about December Holidays
While reviewing the new holiday titles, we were pleased to find this reissue of The Christmas Crocodile.  The story was originally published in 1998 and was met with rave reviews. It has been rediscovered and reissued for a new generation of children to enjoy. It has been reissued as part of the Book Crush Rediscoveries series which is devoted to reprinting some of the best, and sometimes out-of-print, children’s and young adult titles originally published from 1930 to today. Each book is personally selected by noted librarian and literary critic Nancy Pearl. Each book also includes an introduction written by Pearl. In this story, a young girl finds a hungry crocodile underneath the Christmas tree and soon finds out that he can’t stop himself from eating everything that he encounters. The humorous illustrations complement the text and make this book a perfect choice for young children. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do. And, there are many more holiday titles that we have selected for you.  Season’s Readings!


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New Picture Books
The Christmas Boot by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Jerry Pinkney

An old woman’s life is changed when she finds what seems to be a magical boot in the forest near her home. The story is beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Award winning artist, Jerry Pinkney.



Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Anna Dewdney

This story was first published in 1952, reissued again in 2004, and now reissued once again with artwork by the late Anna Dewdney of Llama Llama Red Pajama fame. The simple, rhyming text tells the story of the nativity and pairs […]

Tips for Using Faces and Places Over the Holidays!

The holidays are a great time to browse through Faces and Places! We have thousands of images of people from the Northern Kentucky area that are just waiting to be recognized and shared. Here are a few tips for using Faces and Places.

1. Share Images Instantly on Social Media

Share images instantly to Facebook, Google +, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter! At the bottom of the page for each image, you will see the boxes pictured below. To share click the social media platform of your choice! This saves time, as you don’t have to copy the link or save the image.  

2. Add Comments and Tell Your Story

If you recognize someone, or yourself, add a comment to tell us more of the story behind the image. We love reading your comments and the stories found in images. Just click on the “Add Comment” button!

3. Resize and Save Images Instantly
Take advantage of the picture tabs to view different sizes of an image. Photographs can be viewed as thumbnails, medium, and full size images. You can also view the image as a PDF and save for later!

Donate Your Own Family Photograph Collections
We collect images relating to Northern Kentucky’s people, places, businesses and events. We would be excited to work with you and make your collection available to future generations. Visit our Faces and Places collection to learn more about donating photographs.

Written by: Cierra Earl, Local History and Genealogy Department – Covington

Holiday Fiction for Adults

Get into the holiday spirit with a great book.
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Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere
The New York Times bestselling author of the timeless The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope is back with this moving and uplifting story about finding love, hope, and family in unexpected places.






Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand  
Some of the stormy weather of the past few seasons seems to have finally lifted for the Quinns. Kevin is about to tie the knot with Isabelle, and there’s hopeful news about Bart, who has been captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few dark clouds on the horizon as the family juggle health scares and love triangles. But if there’s one holiday that brings the Quinn family together, it’s Christmas. And this year promises to be a celebration unlike any other as they prepare to host Kevin and Isabelle’s wedding at the inn.




Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans
Mourning her husband’s abandonment and the loss of her stillborn child, Kelly begins an anonymous blog about her losses and catches the attention of fellow lonely-heart Tyler. By the best-selling author of The Christmas Box





Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays by Mike MacDonald & Jilly Gagnon
Christmas is full of fun surprises for kids, but for adults, it’s just an endless series of aggressive crowds, overwhelming credit card debt, and pretending to like the people you’re forced to spend it with. Once you unwrap all the holiday misery hiding in these pages, the blackness of your heart will rival any lump of coal.







A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition by Charles Dickens, with a foreword by Colm Toibin
Depicts the original manuscript of the Christmas classic on display annually at the Morgan […]

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Romance for the Holidays

Romance for the Holidays – Entire List



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13 Reasons to Watch Fuller House

By Gina Stegner

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to find out Fuller House, basically an extension of Full House, was being made last year. I binge watched the new show on Netflix in two days. When I heard we would find out who D.J. Tanner married, how she became single, what had happened in Kimmy Gibbler’s life, see Stephanie all grown up, hear the jokes about Michelle and see Danny, Uncle Jessy and Joey again I thought… “Have Mercy!” I grew up with Full House, my kids watched reruns. I could relate to the Tanner girls. And now, D.J. is all grown up and a mom just like me. Pretty cool.

To make it even better, Fuller House is releasing a second season on Dec. 9 on Netflix. According to TV Guide, D.J. will continue to find herself in a love triangle, Stephanie will find a weird new boyfriend and Kimmy will try to move on from her ex-husband. So why should you watch?

The 13 top reasons, in no certain order, to watch the second season of Fuller House on Netflix:

Rumor has it that the New Kids on the Block will appear in at least one episode.
Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner) hints that we will learn more about her and Kimmy’s kids this season.
D.J. will choose between her high school sweetheart Steve and work romance Matt.
D.J.’s ex-boyfriend Nelson, played by someone other than the original Nelson, will make an appearance on the show.
We will finally meet Kimmy Gibbler’s brother.
D.J.’s ex-best friend Kathy Santoni (also portrayed by a different actor) will make an appearance.
We will meet Joey’s wife and kids.
Kimmy’s brother is rumored to be Stephanie’s boyfriend (Oh Mylanta!).
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Gift Books for Teens

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YA Fiction
 Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor:  Are you a fan of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Triology?  Check out this new series by the same author.

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs:  Did you like the Miss Peregrine series, try this new one by Riggs.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead:  Finished with (or over) the Vampire Academy series, try this new series by the same author.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum:  Do you like Rainbow Rowell?  Try this debut novel by an up and coming author.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro:  Like mysteries?  Try this new twist with Sherlock Holmes’ ancestor as the main character.

Riders by Veronica Rossi:  Check out this new series by well-known author Rossi.

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry:  A beautiful story that is filled with mystery and folklore.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo:  A reminder of how far some have to go to claim the lives they need to live.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

And I Darken by Kiersten White:  What if Vlad the Implaer had been female?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah Maas

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

What Light by Jay Asher

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

YA Non-Fiction
Maker Lab by Jack Challoner

Cabinet of Curiosities:  36 Tales Brief & Sinister by Stefan Bachmann

Because They Marched:  The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America by Russell Freedman

Bad Girls of Fashion by Jennifer Croll

YA Graphic Novels
Shackleton:  Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi

Roller Girl  by Victoria Jamieson

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Through the Woods by Emily […]

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Nonfiction Holiday Gift Books

Not Dead Yet: the memoir by Phil Collins

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen



The Nine of Us: Growing up Kennedy by Jean Kennedy Smith

Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Love and Died under Nazi Occupation by Anne Sebba

Killing the  Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard




Appetites: a Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain

Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman



Thank and Grow Rich by Pam Grout

Whole30 Food Freedom Forever: Letting fo of bad habits, guilt and anxiety around food by Melissa Hartwig

Love your life not theirs: 7 money habits for living the life you want by Rachel Cruze




Science and Nature
The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

Star Talk: everything you ever need to know about space travel, sci-fi, the human race, the universe and beyond by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Being a Dog: following the dog into a world of smell by Alexandra Horowitz

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November Hot Reads

Normal by Warren Ellis
There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: Foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks.

For both types, if you’re good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it’s something you can’t do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the abyss gaze takes hold there’s only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest.

When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels in Warren Ellis’s Normal, Adam uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future–and the past, and the now.


The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they […]

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Pudding Dessert Bar

I can cook. I love to cook. I am an awesome cook. My friends and family will tell you that I’m an awesome cook. But they will also tell you that I can NOT bake. Not at all. I can ruin slice and bake cookies. Seriously.

So what does an awesome cook serve for dessert when she has people over for dinner? Pudding! Instant Pudding! Or even Pudding Cups!

But I can’t just serve a Snack Pack pudding cup! So I was thinking… how can I make pudding cups or instant pudding seem more appealing and fitting for a family dinner or holiday dessert? A Pudding Bar! I have never seen this done anywhere before so I thought it must be pretty unique and people will love it. I was right! Kids, adults, teens… everyone loves it.

You can have fun with this. You can offer as many toppings as you want. Chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, fruit, mint, marshmallows, crushed up candy bar, graham crackers, cinnamon sticks and cool whip are just a few of the topping you can use. Put your toppings in small plastic cups or bowls and line them up so people can add their own to their pudding. It’s delicious, easy and fun!

My favorite combinations:

The Smore: Chocolate pudding, marshmallows and crushed up graham crackers
Vanilla Delight: Vanilla pudding, crushed mint leaves, raspberries and chocolate chips
Cinnamon Swirl: Vanilla pudding, a dash of cinnamon, cinnamon stick, topped with whip cream
Chocolate Overload: Chocolate pudding, crushed Heath bar, chocolate chips, crushed nuts, crushed oreos
Peanut Butter Cup: Chocolate pudding, peanut butter chips, topped with whip cream
Fruity Madness: Vanilla pudding, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, banana, granola and whip cream

Have you tried a pudding bar? […]