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Library Providing Services at Home

About to celebrate her 90th birthday, Mrs. Jackie Linneman can honestly say she has had a lifelong relationship with the public library system.  An avid reader from a very young age, Jackie fondly recalls her trips to the former location of the public library in Covington.  In fact, the Carnegie Library at 10th and Scott was her first library.

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By |February 6th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , |0 Comments

10 Tips to a Great Thanksgiving Meal

Does holiday meal planning have you stressing out?  Do not worry I am here to help! Below I have compiled a list of 10 ways to help make your Thanksgiving meal a little less stressful.  I have also linked some fantastic resources that are available through the library.

Create your guest list and send out invites via email, text messaging, or social media. Ask guest to let you know if there are dietary restrictions and plan on how you will accommodate those restrictions. I usually create a Facebook event.
Do not put off your grocery shopping to the last minute. Not because the store will run out of food, but it is crazy busy at the grocery the week of Thanksgiving. Purchase what you can ahead of time.  I purchased cranberry sauce a month ago!
Create a checklist   – include all menu items you will be preparing; include the cooking times and temps for each item. Plan when each item needs to be cooked.  Please take into consideration that the turkey will be in the oven for 6-8 hours, depending on the weight.
Make sure the turkey is completely thawed. Have everything you need to season the turkey ready to go before you start preparing the turkey. If it is your first time, preparing a turkey, prepare yourself on the fact that you will have to grab out the neck and giblets. It is somewhat gross! I am glad I am not in charge of the turkey this year.
If you are hosting Thanksgiving for your family and friends, you can ask them to bring a dish. I usually ask people to bring specific dishes, so I do not have five people bringing mashed potatoes.
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100 Years Ago, Latonia Jockey Reached Horse Racing’s Pinnacle

 

On May 27, 1914 a record crowd gathered at the historic Epsom Downs in England for the annual running of the world’s greatest horse race, the English Derby.  The dramatic death of suffragette Emily Davison on the track the year prior and the nearly unprecedented 30 horse field drew a large crowd who knew that quite anything could happen at the annual event.[1]  The tension mounted precipitously at the post line as the horses waited for the starter’s signal.  Matt McGee, an American jockey born and raised in Covington sitting atop of his fine colt Durbar II, stared down the track towards the outside rail and saw the crowd favorite Kennymore growing anxious for the start.  At 9-4 odds, and with Europe’s top jockey and future racing Hall of Famer Frank O’Neill aboard, the horse was thought to be shoo-in for victory, even with the crowded field.   The other rival for the title, Brakespear, owned by none other than the King of England himself, waited patiently close to the inside rail.  The 20 minutes standing at the line must have seemed like an eternity for the horse, however, as he frequently backed away from the starting tape.  The signal to go caught Brakespear off-guard and led to a poor start while the anxious Kennymore took off perpendicular to the rest of the field, racing directly towards the inside rail.

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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!).
We […]

130th Anniversary of the Covington Ladies Home

2016 marks the 130th year of operation for the Covington Ladies Home located at 702 Garrard Street in the Licking Riverside Historic District. The organization, originally called the Home for Aged and Indigent Women (still visible in the stone above the main entrance today), was founded in 1886 by Covington resident Ellen B. Dietrick, an early advocate for equality and education for women, with the goal of providing care for women over the age of 60. Today, 130 years later, the mission of the Covington Ladies Home is the same, “to serve senior women, regardless of their economic circumstances, by providing high quality personal care in a community based and homelike environment.”

In February 1884, the Ohio River reached a level of 71 feet devastating Covington and surrounding communities. Dietrick, concerned about the plight of many women and families displaced by the flood, joined with other Covington women to form the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union. The Union provided training classes and an employment bureau for women in need. Particularly concerned about women over 60 with no family or financial support, Ellen created the Home for Aged and Indigent Women with the goal of providing care and shelter. The Home became an independent organization in 1887 and was incorporated by the Kentucky General Assembly in March 1888.

Ellen Battelle Dietrick was born in Morgantown, Virginia (now West Virginia), to Reverend Gordon Battelle (1814-1862) and Maria L. Tucker (1818-1899) in 1847. Gordon Battelle was a Methodist minister, educator, and delegate to the West Virginia’s Constitutional Convention in 1861. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he volunteered for service with the First Virginia Volunteers (a Union unit), but, sadly, died in 1862 of Typhoid Fever, possibly contracted while […]

By |April 29th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||1 Comment

2015 Haunt Your Library Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following children and teens whose stories will be featured as part of the Kenton County Public Library Halloween Writing Contest. Since 2002, hundreds of creative children and teens have entered their creative spooky stories into the contest.

This year, over 130 stories were submitted. While all the stories were wonderful, the following have been selected and will be featured in the Community Recorder the week of October 26, 2015:
Grades 1-3
First Place Poetry Winner – Halloween Night by James M. – Age 8

 

Second Place Poetry Winner:   “Halloween’s Coming” by Devin W. – Age 8
Third Place Poetry Winner: “Halloween is Coming!” by Jayla M. – Age 8

First Place Prose Winner – All I Want Is a Pumpkin Pie by Ruth M. – Age 6

 

 

Second Place Prose Winner: “The Pumpkin” by Jude H. – Age 8
Third Place Prose Winner: “The Castle” by Eleanor D. – Age 8
Grades 4-6
First Place Poetry Winner – Spooky by Elizabeth M. – Age 12

 

 

 

Second Place Poetry Winner: “In Just One Night” by Kenzie J. – Age 12
Third Place Poetry Winner: “Halloween Party” by Julia G. – Age 10

First Place Prose Winner – Scary Encounter by James T. – Age 10

 

Second Place Prose Winner: “The Haunted Library” by Madison K. – Age 9
Third Place Prose Winner: “Halloween Night” by Piper L. – Age 9
Grades 7-12
First Place Poetry Winner – The Ground on Which You Stood by Kelsey B. – age 12

 

First Place Prose Winner – Rumors by Audrey D. – age 12

 

 

 

Second Place Prose Winner: “Forgotten House” by Nicholas C. – age 14
Third Place Prose Winner: “The Halloween” by Natalie F. – age 12

By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, teens, Teens||0 Comments

2016 Haunt Your Library Writing Contest Winners

The Library is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Halloween writing contest. This was our 14th year in conducting this contest, and we had nearly 100 entries. Over twenty area schools were represented, including the homeschool community.  Several teachers even incorporated this into their curriculum, having the entire class submit entries. We are pleased to have this sort of support among the educational community.

As librarians, we know the importance of reading and developing a child’s reading skills, especially through hands-on, active learning opportunities. Having a child create an original story or poem promotes the advancement of those skills.
Grades 1-3
First Place Poetry Winner – “A Halloween Limerick” by Kay Mayer, Age 6 Homeschool, Villa Hills, KY, Grade 1
Second Place Poetry Winner:   “A Witch has a Black Hat” by Alexandra Mechlin, Age 8 Ryland Heights Elementary, Grade 3                                                                
Third Place Poetry Winner: “Haunted School” by Lilly Hunt, Age 7 St. Anthony School, Grade 2                                                                                                            

First Place Prose Winner – “Being Watched” by Joseph Mayer, Age 8 Homeschool, Villa Hills, KY, Grade 3
Second Place Prose Winner: “A Scary Romance” by Ruth Maier, Age 7 Blessed Sacrament School, Grade 2                                             
Third Place Prose Winner: “Hook!” by Iris Laile, Age 7 Prince of Peace, […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, teens, Teens||0 Comments

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

32+ speeches, songs, films, comics and books for MLK Day

One of the ways to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is to learn more about the history of social justice and civil rights on this day and every day. We have many books, movies, speeches and audiobooks to explore and deepen your knowledge. Below you’ll find links to our digital collections that you can access anytime with your library card number and email, some ways to reflect on MLK Day and events in NKY and Cincinnati where you can celebrate with others.

 
National Book Award Winning: March: Book One

Read, Watch & Listen
Films
      
Ebooks
              
Kid and adult ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive on civil rights
  
Stream and download music and spoken word
  Stream or download his and other great speeches.

  Search for social and civil rights music new and old.
Reflect
Reflect on these articles on how to celebrate MLK Day:
Do’s and Don’ts of Celebrating MLK Day
Going the Extra Mile for MLK Day
Teaching MLK With the Social Justice Standards

Services & Ways to Serve
Northern Kentucky
Dr. Monica Posey, President Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will be the Keynote Speaker at the Northern Kentucky Branch, NAACP 14th Annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Community Outreach Luncheon. Tickets are $40.00 and can be purchased by contacting the NAACP at 859-442-7476, or at the door the day of the luncheon.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and in solidarity with the diverse people of our community, NKY Unites! will present its second peaceful demonstration for unity. The demonstration will take place in Florence, Kentucky on Saturday, January 14th from noon to 1:45 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 
Church of Our Savior
246 East 10th Street
Covington, KY 41011
Information: Sister Janet Bucher, (859) 491-5872

Annual Northern Kentucky Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  March
1:30 […]

By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: blog, Featured Post||0 Comments

7 Last Minute Gift Ideas

It’s December 23rd and you just realized you are missing a gift for your great aunt or maybe it’s your nephew or the neighbor. Our staff got together and came up with a few ideas for the last minute shopper.

1. DIY gifts can be a great money saver and something the gift receiver will truly enjoy. A bag or basket of your favorite cookies, candies or nuts is easy to personalize. You can even dress it up with a final addition of your favorite local coffee or adult brew. Everyone enjoys cuddling up with a good movie or book and a bunch of treats. Sticking with the DIY theme, you can also make an ornament or a card for someone special.

2. I personally love movie night baskets. It can include one or two DVDs, candy and popcorn. You can often find a great old movie for under $10.

3. Books and music are extremely easy to find and can be very inexpensive. We suggest The Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack along with a Mockingjay charm or even a new set of The Hunger Games paperback books. You can personalize it by giving your favorite CD or book in hopes of introducing the gift receiver to new music or a new author.

4. A magazine subscription can be a great gift and you can often find online deals like two years for the price of one. Grab a copy of that magazine from the local store to wrap and include a note telling the gift giver they now have a subscription.

5. Chocolates, old fashioned candies, hot chocolate gift pack, coffee gift pack and gourmet food baskets are great last minute gifts too. You can often pick these up at […]

Anti-German Hysteria in Greater Cincinnati

My ancestor, Louis Lang, then going by the name Ludwig, emigrated from his home in Alsace-Lorraine in 1895 when he was 15 years old. On the passenger list for the ship traveling from Antwerp, Belgium to New York City, his family listed that they were headed directly for Cynthiana, Kentucky, where Louis’s eldest brother was a farmer.

Louis lived a normal life: he got married and had two daughters, subsequently divorced his wife, and spent the rest of his life as a farming bachelor before dying at the age of 47.

This all seems pretty straightforward, but Louis caused some confusion for me when I started to research him

I first read Louis’s name when I found my great-grandmother, at the age of 14 months, with her family on the 1910 census. It was there that I saw Louis was listed as a naturalized American, born in Germany. Since both of his parents were listed as also being born in Germany, I simply assumed that that side of my family was German.

But, I noticed on the 1920 census that my great-great-grandfather Louis was no longer claiming his German heritage. This time around, he listed his birthplace as France despite his native tongue still being listed as German. The 1920 census also listed Louis’s parents as being French instead of the previously stated German.

Some may argue that the reason Louis changed his country of origin was due to Alsace-Lorraine reverting from German back to French terrain. After all, in 1870, only ten years before the Langs left Europe, the region had belonged to France. (The history of the Alasce-Lorraine territory is very complicated and convoluted. Including any sort of summarization of the difficulties the region went through would […]

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 […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers

 A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Flowers, Gardening, and Things that Grow
 

Did you know that this familiar rhyme was originally a poem written by Karen Chappell? We thought it might be fun to include the first stanza of this poem as an introduction to the many new and colorful books about flowers and gardening that can be found at your library. Enjoy!
April showers bring May flowers,
That is what they say.
But if all the showers turned to flowers,
We’d have quite a colourful day!

New Picture Books

Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

This book provides children with a very simple explanation of the important job bees have of pollinating flowers. The mixed media illustrations include a die-cut with a bee at the center. The die-cut gets progressively smaller as the story unfolds. This is a very colorful and engaging picture book.

 

 

The Best-Ever Step-By-Step Kid’s First Gardening: Fantastic Gardening Ideas for 5 to 12 Year-Olds, from Growing Fruit and Vegetables and Fun with Flowers to Wildlife Gardening and Outdoor Crafts by Jenny Hendy

Winner of the Practical Gardening Book of the Year, with 120 fun projects for kids.

 

 

The Butterfly Garden by Laura Weston

This lift-the-flap board book presents the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. The illustrations are done in black and white, but the flaps reveal pops of color. Simple language explains the transformation.

 

 

Caterpillar Dreams by Clive McFarland

Henri the caterpillar sets off on a great adventure beyond the walls of his garden, but in the end discovers there’s no place like home.

 

 

 

Fantastic Flowers by Susan Stockdale

This book includes a wide array of unusual flowers that resemble other things, including animals and even people. The illustrations are visually striking. Back matter includes information about pollination. […]

Arjay to Zag: a Brief Collection of Strange Kentucky Places

While doing your family research you might come across some towns you have never heard of. But have you ever really given any thought to where the names of towns come from? In modern times, town names come about when a post office is established. As such, it was often the post master, or someone close to them, that submitted town names to the Post Office Department. Here are 26 towns (one for each letter of the alphabet) in Kentucky with unusual names and their origins. These are certainly not the only unusual towns in the state, but a small selection. What strange town names have you come across in your research?

Arjay (Bell County): A coal town located along KY 66, 3 miles north east of Pineville. The name was created from the initials of coal operator R.J. Asher. The post office was established on Feb. 23, 1911.

Bachelors Rest (Pendleton County): 5 miles east south east of Falmouth is Bachelors Rest, so named because of the bachelors that spent time sunning themselves in front of the local store. The post office was established in 1870 (as “Batchelors Rest”) but renamed Mains in 1887 after Sarah Mains became the post master. The post office was closed in 1903

Canoe (Breathitt County): Named for the nearby Canoe Creek, this post office, 7.5 miles south by southwest of Jackson was named Canoe Fork on Aug. 14, 1891. It lost “Fork” becoming the simpler “Canoe” in 1894. Story of the creek’s name says that the creek waters got so low that a person’s canoe couldn’t be floated out and was abandoned there.

Democrat (Letcher County): Located on KY 7, 8 miles north of Whitesburg, this settlement was first named Razorblade. […]

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 […]

August Hot Reads

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

Or did she?

The Driver by Hart Hanson

Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He’s spent the last twenty-eight hours ferrying around Bismark Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn’t going home any time soon. Suddenly the […]

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Baseball and Beer: A Look at the Wiedemann Baseball Club

Summer is almost here and with it comes a lot of baseball and fine beer. After all the two go hand and hand. So lets visit a local baseball team from the past, that was closely related to the beer industry. During the early 1900s baseball was played everywhere and by everybody even women! There were often police ordinances established to prevent youngsters from playing ball in the streets in towns and cities across the area. Many businesses had their own teams, sometimes comprised of employees while others had experienced players on their teams.

Several Breweries in the Northern Kentucky area aside from being in the beer making business also dabbled in the world of baseball. Breweries such as the Bavarian Brewing Company, Heidelberg Brewery and the George Wiedemann Brewing Company all at one point in time fielded baseball clubs. The Wiedemann Club and Heidelberg club played around the same time and even faced each other on several occasions. The most prominent though was the Wiedemann Baseball Club also known as the ‘Brewers’ They were a Semi-Pro team that played baseball in Newport, Kentucky. According to team letterhead from 1909 the club was organized sometime in 1903.

 

The above letterhead from the August “Garry” Hermann papers obtained from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Hermann owned the Cincinnati Reds from 1902 to 1927. He also had a stint as the president of the National Baseball Commission. This particular letterhead was part of a note sent to Hermann from Wiedemann manager Arthur Nieman. Notice how the letter head proclaims the club as being leaders in Semi-Professional Baseball.

While researching the club between 1903 and 1907 other than a few game announcements and outcomes not many details […]

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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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

Biking in Northern Kentucky

There are many ways to explore beautiful Northern Kentucky and its surrounding areas. One of our favorite ways is to experience it on a bike! Biking groups hit the roads for a day or for weekend adventures. Families can leisurely explore hidden bike paths in our NKY parks. Bike trails sprawl across the countryside and merge into city areas which allow access to everyone making cycling a recreational sport for all! Here are some links to check out before making plans for your next biking excursion! Maybe some will peak your interest and get you back on a bike!

Books:

Mountain Biking in Kentucky
The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle
Be Safe on Your Bike
Tracers
Life is a Wheel : Love, Death, etc., and A Bike Ride Across America
The Bicycling Big Book of cycling for beginners : everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding
Bike safety : a crash course
The Bike Lesson
Duck On a Bike

Safety:
Biking Safety

Local Bike Shops:
Reser Bicycle
Velocity
Montgomery Cyclery

Bike Rental:
Cincy Red Bike

Road Routes & Trails:
Trail Link
OKI
Map My Ride
Cincinnati USA
Licking River Greenway

Groups:
BG Cycling
Team Cycling and Fitness

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” ~ John F. Kennedy

By |August 19th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

A Book is a Book is a Book

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books  about Books, Libraries, and Reading

Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of children’s books and the joy of reading. Established in 1919 at the urging of Franklin K. Mathiews, Librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country. Its original intent was to focus attention on the need for quality children’s books and the importance of childhood literacy. The need for Children’s Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919. The celebration is the first full week in May and this year runs from May 4-10. There are lots of great children’s books that are about books, reading, and libraries. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity to showcase those titles, both new and old.

 

Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay

Gay answers the question, “Where does a story start?” She provides information on how a book is made, and her illustrations, full of splotches of color, bits of collage, scribbles, and scratched-out words, make each spread look like a delightfully disordered work in progress.

 

 

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what. This is great kid-friendly comedy, perfect for a crowd or one-on-one sharing!

 

 

Books for Me! by Sue Fliess, illus. by Mike Laughead

This third story in the series pays tribute to the many types of books available at the library. The sing-song text and adorable illustrations create a fun story about finding just the right book.

 

 

The Boy and the Book by David Michael Slater, illus. by Bob Kolar

In this nearly wordless picture book, a young boy carelessly mishandles a library […]

Books about Snow for Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Weather Outside is Frightful …”
… but reading is so delightful!
A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Snow

The first book that always comes to mind when we think of winter is the classic story of The Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. This 1963 Caldecott Award winner was groundbreaking as it showcased an African-American child as the central character. Recently published, A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of THE SNOWY DAY, pays homage to this children’s classic. Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson, the story of Keats and his infamous little boy in the red snowsuit are brought to life through lyrical text and acrylic, collage, and pencil illustrations.

New Picture Books

Andy & Sandy and the First Snow by Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis, illus. by Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is a Caldecott and Newbery Honor winning author and illustrator. Lewis is an Emmy Award winning writer for The Muppets. They have collaborated on this new easy reader series about friendship. In this episode, Sandy wants to play outside in the snow, but Andy is not so sure. This book is perfect for those just beginning to read on their own.

 

Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau, illus. by David Walker

Big Brown Bear comes up with a fun solution when his four little bear cubs can’t all fit on the sled. The soft illustrations and lyrical text make for a fun read-aloud.

 

 

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

This prolific writer of non-fiction has created another visually stunning work. The wintery world of snow, ice, and frost is depicted through amazing photographs and simple verse.

 

 

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Books as Gifts

Library Staff Recommended Books As Gifts
Whether you are shopping for a newborn or a 90-year-old, books can make fantastic gifts. Several of our staff members have put together a list of books they think would make wonderful gifts.

 

Babies/Toddlers 

All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury

Charlie Chick (pop-up book) by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker

Barnyard Dance By Sandra Boynton

Where is Baby’s Belly Button?  by Karen Katz

 

Preschool
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! Hardcover by Todd Tuell

Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the bus by Mo Willems

 

School Age

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Wonder by R.J. Jarimillo

Holes by Louis Sachar

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney

 

Young Adults

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielson

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Wrath and the Dawn—Ahdieh

An Ember in the Ashes—Tahir

Lumberjanes—Stevenson

Under a Painted Sky–Lee

 

Graphic Novels
Ms. Marvel vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

Deadpool: The Complete Collection vol. 1 by Daniel Way and Andy Diggle

Fiction

City on Fire Garth Risk Hallberg

The Martian by Andy Weir

 

Nonfiction

Kissinger: 1923-1968 The Idealist- Niall Ferguson.

The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Country Living American Style: Decorate * Create * Celebrate
Want to read the book but don’t want to buy it? Visit http://catalog.kentonlibrary.org/eg/opac/home to put the item on hold at the Kenton County Public Library. Have you read any of these books? What do you think?
 

 

 

 

 

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Bygone Buildings: Covington’s Changing Cityscape

Have you ever driven past an empty lot and wondered what was there before the asphalt and crabgrass? A surface lot, or even a new building in the heart of Covington, was likely erected upon the spot where another building once stood. Covington’s built environment has many intact and preserved buildings dating back as far as the early 1800s, but you might find a photo of a building in Faces and Places that you don’t recognize that was lost to development, fire, or perceived obsolescence. Here are a few examples of buildings of historic and stylistic distinction that once stood in Covington, but are now gone.

Holmes’ Castle is likely the most well-known example of lost architecture in Covington. This palatial home was the second location of Covington Public High School. The high school was originally located on Russell Street, near 12th Street, and was also torn down. Holmes’ Castle was built by Daniel Henry Holmes, a wealthy retailer. It was designed in the Gothic Revival style, which can be identified by its pointed arch windows and church-like details. With its sprawling grounds and lavishly appointed interior, Holmesdale was not D. H. Holmes’ only residence, and in 1915 (seventeen years after his death), his surviving family sold the property to the Covington School Board. The high school was moved into the residence until 1936, when it was razed and a new building constructed in its place. The décor and furnishings that remained were auctioned, and what didn’t sell was unceremoniously burned in the football field.

The Amos Shinkle Mansion is one particularly polarizing example of Gothic Revival architecture that once stood at 165 E. 2nd Street—people seem to either find it grand and exciting, or stuffy […]

Caledcott & Newbery Awards

 

The Youth Media Awards took place on January 23, 2017 at 8 am in Atlanta, Georgia at the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting. Every year the ALA honors books, videos and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, and Printz Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Awarded annually, these awards are the highest honor for the winners. Winning one of these awards generally ensures that a book will remain available at libraries and bookstores for years to come, and that it will be read by vast numbers of children. To children’s and young adult librarians, the YMAs are like the Oscars of children’s and YA literature. As two seasoned children’s librarians and children’s literature enthusiasts, we anxiously await this awards presentation each and every January. Throughout the previous year we’ve read the new books, compiled our own lists of contenders, and even held and attended mock award discussions and celebrations.

And now for the results:

Perhaps the most prestigious of all the awards is the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Medal. Both are the oldest of all the awards, dating back to 1938 and 1922 respectively. The Caldecott Medal is given to the artist or illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children. It is named after nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. The Newbery Medal, named after the eighteenth-century English bookseller John Newbery, is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Honor books or runners-up, if you will, are given distinction as well. The Caldecott Awards […]