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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

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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By |April 11th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , , , |Comments Off

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 […]

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Caring for Seniors During the Holidays

With all the hustle and bustle the holiday seasons brings it can become overwhelming quickly and we can easily forget about those who may need extra attention during the holiday season. The holidays can be tough for senior citizens who may not be able to attend holiday parties (due to physical limitations) or travel to see their family (health conditions prevent them from flying or driving for long periods). Holidays can also bring back fond and emotional memories of loved ones passed. These memories can make the holidays tough to get through. You may find that some of your senior friends, neighbors or those you work with moods have changed. During the holiday season it is not uncommon for senior citizens to experience the holiday blues.

With the holidays approaching I cannot help but think of the Homebound patrons the Kenton County Public Library Outreach department serves. Some of our patrons have no family or their family members live out of town. So, what can we do to help our patrons, senior neighbors, grandparents and our senior friends through the holidays? Listed below and some tips on how to cheer up senior citizens during the holiday season.

Sit and chat with them for a while. You might be the only human contact they have throughout the holiday season. Allow them to reminisce about holidays past.
Holiday cards: Send a holiday card to your neighbor, friend or relative who may be alone for the holiday season. Let them know you are thinking about them and you wish the very best holiday season. I can tell you from experience this can really make their day and they will talk about it for months afterwards.
Invite them over for a holiday […]

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By |October 14th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, Outreach||0 Comments

Celebrate Your Heritage During Family History Month – October 2014

October is Family History Month, and what better time to celebrate your family’s heritage!

Tracing the heritage of your family can produce so many insights into the struggles and the accomplishments of one’s ancestors – the story of why your family came to live in a certain place, how family members learned a trade, what religious, fraternal or civic organizations your ancestors belonged to, what sort of awards and recognitions your ancestors received, who might be your distant cousins. With the ever-increasing amount of information available in print and online, researching the lives of your predecessors has never been easier – and more complicated at the same time! So, where to begin?

The best way to begin a family history project is to start in the present and work backwards in time – from the known to the unknown. Gather up any family documents, talk to older relatives, and peruse family photographs. Look for birth, marriage, and death information on your family members, as these are the “building blocks” of a family tree. As you work your way backwards in time, also take note of family friends, neighbors and associates. Knowing about them can sometimes provide clues to your own family’s stories.

But what do you do when you finally hit that “brick wall” in your research? What steps can you take to discover more about your ancestors’ lives? To help you with your research and in honor of Family History Month, the Local History and Genealogy department is offering a variety of programs in October to enhance your family heritage sleuthing.

The month begins with a program titled, “Did He Say Regiment, Squadron, Battalion, Destroyer or Attack Transport?” presented by Bill Stolz on Thursday, October 2nd at […]

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Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Women’s History Month
Before 1970, women’s history was rarely the subject of serious consideration. However, two significant factors contributed to its emergence as a topic worthy of study. The women’s movement of the sixties caused women to examine their exclusion from traditional American history textbooks. Second, the study of history in general was being transformed, and women’s history was a part of this movement that ultimately transformed the study of history in the United States. History had traditionally meant political history – a study of the key political events and of the leaders, primarily men, who influenced them. However, by the 1970’s, social history began replacing the older style.

Women’s History Month in the United States began as a small-town school event, “Women’s History Week,” in Sonoma County, California in 1978. The week that was selected included March 8, International Women’s Day. In 1981, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Representative Barbara Mikulski of Maryland co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women’s History Week. In 1987, after much lobbying by the National Women’s History Project (NWHP), Congress expanded the celebration to a full month, and March was declared Women’s History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, U. S. Presidents have issued annual proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month.
The NWHP, founded in 1980, remains a national clearinghouse for multicultural women’s history information. Each year this organization selects a theme that highlights achievements by distinguished women in specific fields, from medicine and the environment to art and politics. The theme for 2014 is “Celebrating Women of Character, […]

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Cincinnati Ballet’s Peter Pan Flash Ticket Giveaway

For those who never want to grow up, there’s Never Never Land. Luckily, for the Darling family children, Wendy, John and Michael, there’s Peter Pan to guide them through this magical place full of pirates and Indians and Lost Boys. The foursome (with the help of the mischievous Tinkerbell) fly to Never Never Land where the cranky pirate Captain Hook, a hungry crocodile and more adventures await. Follow along on this swashbuckling journey, past the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning, as these classic characters learn what growing up is really all about. The Kenton County Public Library would like to help one lucky winner experience Never Never Land. See the giveaway details below.

 
Tickets can be bought at the box office or by visiting the Cincinnati Ballet Website.
 

Friday, November 7 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 8 – 2:00 pm

Saturday, November 8 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 9 – 2:00 pm

 
Giveaway
The library has a voucher for two tickets to the performance time of your choice. Library employees and those living in their household cannot enter to win. A winner will be chosen randomly by the end of the day on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The winner will be announced on the Kenton County Public Library’s Facebook page and will have 24 hours to respond to claim the voucher. The voucher must be picked up at one of the Kenton County Public Library locations.

How to enter:

Comment on this post stating why you want to win.
Share this post on Facebook or Twitter and comment here stating that you did. (Entries will be verified)

 
Good luck!

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By |November 4th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post||81 Comments

Classic Book Discussion

Classic Books Discussion Series at Covington

The Classic Book Discussion Series is a new program at the Covington Branch designed to provide readers with the opportunity to discuss books that have proved to be of enduring interest.  This season’s discussions began in September with Sinclair Lewis’ “Main Street” and will continue with one discussion each month, concluding in May with a modern retelling of the ancient story of “The Ramayana” by South Asian author R. K. Narayan. Diversity was an important selection criterion for the books we selected.

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Classic Book Discussion Series – Covington Branch

Love the classics?  Join us to discuss “A Christmas Carol”
December 11, at 7 p.m.
Each month the Covington Location of the Kenton County Public Library discusses a classic book.

Copies of this book that is credited with reviving Christmas as a holiday of merriment and festivity may be picked up at
Covington Reference Desk or Drive Thru Window up to 6 weeks before the discussion.

Anyone requiring special accommodations is asked to contact the Library one week in advance of program, (859) 962-4070.
 
 

 

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By |November 14th, 2013|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Classic Book Discussion Series – No Exit

Love the classics?  Join us to discuss “No Exit”
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7 – 8pm
Each month the Covington Location of the Kenton County Public Library discusses a classic book.

Join us for a discussion of Jean-Paul Sartre’s play” No Exit”, voted the Best Foreign Play in New York in 1946.  The play is considered by many to be Sartre’s best play and most accessible dramatization of his philosophy of existentialism.  Three damned souls, Garcin, Inès, and Estelle are brought to the same room in hell by a mysterious Valet. They had all expected medieval torture devices to punish them for eternity, but instead find a plain furnished room.

Copies of the book may be picked up at the Covington Reference Desk up to six week before the discussion.

Anyone requiring special accommodations is asked to contact the Library one week in advance of program, (859) 962-4070.
 
 

 

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By |December 18th, 2013|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Classic Book Discussion Series – The Souls of Black Folk

Kenton County Public Library
Covington Branch
Classic Book Discussion Series
April Title:
W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk
Wednesday, April 16, 7p.m.
Copies of  this work in which Du Bois drew on his own experience to create a classic in sociology may be picked up at  the Covington Reference Desk or Drive Thru Window up to 6 weeks before the discussion. Call 859-962-4060 ext. 4241 for more information.

 

 

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By |March 24th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Cooking for Two

While many of the library patrons served by the Outreach department are residents in facilities that provide them with daily meals, not all of them are. Several are retired couples, or individuals who live in their own homes and apartments. They are responsible for their own food choices and preparation and in that respect; they fall into a category of household that is becoming more and more standard these days.
No longer is the large family the norm.  There are many singles and couples, and they all want to feed themselves well.  Statistics back this up, with at present one-third of American families containing only two people. 
-from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two
Whether you’re a retired individual, a young adult moving into your first apartment, a bachelor or bachelorette, a pair of newlyweds, or an empty-nester, you will be faced with the new territory of either cooking for yourself for the first time, or cooking smaller sized meals than you have in the past. During these challenges, it’s dangerously easy to fall into the takeout/pizza delivery trap. Learning how to adjust your skills and cook at home is better in the long run for both your health and your wallet. Plus, you’ll avoid the dreaded, “what do you want?”, “I don’t know, what sounds good to you?” exchange that can go on endlessly and frustrate even the most generally unflappable individuals.

According to research, most people who cook for themselves use and rotate, at most, only a dozen or so recipes…thus everyday meals can become so routine that any mealtime excitement is lost.
-from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two
I can say from personal experience that the statement above is true. While living alone, and even now […]

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By |July 31st, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, Outreach||0 Comments

Cooking With Kids

Dinner.

The word strikes fear into my heart.  I have to cook it almost every day.  In the most stressful times I will find myself stuck in a cooking rut faced with whiney children.  What’s a parent to do?

Cook with the kids.

It’s a bit counterintuitive because it definitely takes more time than cooking solo. However, when my children are invested in the meal through planning and effort we reap several benefits:

Cooking becomes family time instead of a chore for Mom or Dad.
 The children are excited to eat the dinner they helped prepare
 We tend to eat healthier meals.

Ready to try it out?

Plan: Let your children (if they are old enough) help choose the meal to cook. You can browse cookbooks or websites together or just ask them for their ideas.  In our home, I prompt them to include seasonal fruits and veggies, or let them know ingredients we have on hand. Even letting them choose from a list pre-approved by me makes them feel more invested in the meal.

Prep:  The last thing you want to do when you are cooking with children is fumble around for equipment and ingredients.  An advantage of planning is that it gives me a grocery list.  We go through our recipe together and get out what we need. Even my 8 year old still needs a footstool, and everybody gets an apron.

Read the recipe as you go: When you model reading directions it helps your child’s reading development.  Directional reading requires different reading skills than reading a story.  If your children are reading independently, let them read the recipe to you.

Be safe:  Excited children can forget that stoves are hot and knives are sharp so keep a sharp eye out. For […]

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Cooking with the Library Month – Kentucky Inspired Cooking

July is Cooking Month at the Kenton County Public Library and today’s blog focuses on what’s available from the Local History and Genealogy Department in Covington.

Do you know how to make jellied chicken? How about hominy puffs? Have you ever had Bouilli soup? You can find recipes for these and other unusual and delicious regional dishes in our cookbook collection located in the local history and genealogy department.

Many of our books can serve as historical sketches of the region. It’s interesting to see some of the older recipes like one for Kentucky burgout from The Blue Grass Cook Book that calls for “6 squirrels and 6 birds” or what was included in the book’s recipe for a “very fine omelet.” But, while many of our cookbooks are a glimpse into kitchens of the past, there’s no reason you shouldn’t try to make some of these delicious concoctions in your own home.

If you’re looking for a challenge, you might want to try a recipe from The Kentucky Housewife by Lettice Bryan. This compilation uses a paragraph format for each dish instead of the list presentation that is commonly used in today’s cookbooks. It also calls for measurements and techniques that are atypical in today’s modern kitchen, but don’t let that scare you. In fact, we highly recommend the “plain potato soup” on page 24.

Why not give one of the books below a try (or another from our four shelves of cookbooks in the local history department)?

The Blue Grass Cook Book – K 641.5975 F793b
The Kentucky Housewife – K 641.59 B915k
Appalachian Home Cooking – K 641.5975 S682a
The Blue Ribbon Cook Book – K 641.5973 B463b
The Historic Kentucky Kitchen – K 641.5975 S278h
The Delta Queen Cookbook – K 641.5975 N753d
The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook – K 641.625 S348k

You can also check out our […]

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Covington Library Stats & Stories – One Year Later

Covington Library Stats & Stories – Snapshots of the revitalization of Covington Library One Year Later

The Covington Library is one of those unique places. Smack in the center of an urban renewal. It’s one of the few places in Northern Kentucky where you can see people struggling to survive sitting next to a Federal judge. All are welcomed, none are judged. This month marks one year since the Covington Library has been fully operational after a 24 month expansion and renovation. A few questioned the need for expansion; citing books were a thing of the past. That couldn’t be further from the case. Since 2013, the Covington Library has seen a tremendous amount of use and has radically impacted the community and the people it serves.

The following is a brief snapshot on how the Covington Library remains relevant not only by providing books, materials and services, but also by being a critical part of the Northern Kentucky Community.

Stats and stories

The Kenton County Public Library records statistics on the fiscal year, beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of the following calendar year. Here is a look at the statistics for the Covington Library for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014:

Circulation of items for adults: 413,076 (up 31%)
Circulation of items for children: 92,461 (up 25%)
Overall circulation of items including books, movies, music , magazines and more: 505,537 (up 29%)
1,618 programs for adults, teens and children were offered including computer classes, book discussions, job skills education, storytimes, literacy enrichment and more. 37,595 people attended these programs.
Volunteers contributed 2,516 hours to the Covington Library, a value of $45,061.56
Staff answered 136,104 reference questions.
From July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, 407,516 people visited the Covington Library.

Stories and […]

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DIY Prom

DIY PROM

It’s prom time, so let’s talk about hair and makeup!

If there’s one thing I (Jessy the Librarian) love as much as stories, it’s probably lipstick. Or maybe eyeliner. One of the best place I’ve found for (non-video) makeup/hair tutorials is The Beauty Department. I love the idea of a metallic eye, especially if your dress is more of a matte texture, like tulle.

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Everything Old is New Again

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books Suitable for Holiday Gift-Giving

The holidays are right around the corner, and chances are you’re looking for great gift ideas. You’ve come to the right place. There’s nothing like a classic book, and this year there’s a bumper crop of beautiful new anniversary editions sure to make adults nostalgic and kids engaged.
Reissued Classics and Anniversary Editions
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Robinson’s classic story of the Herdman children first appeared in 1971. A picture book version is also available.

 

 

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Originally published in 1964, The Book of Three is the first book in the Newbery Award winning fantasy series.

 

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, illus. by Quentin Blake

Can Charlie Bucket really be fifty years old? Yes he is, and everyone can celebrate by reading this 50th anniversary edition printed on candy colored pages.

 

 

The Christmas Alphabet: Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition by Robert Sabuda

This book launched Sabuda’s career in 1994. The anniversary edition of this famous pop-up classic is a joy to open.

 

 

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Included in this 25th anniversary edition is a free audio download, a “How to Draw a Monkey” activity, and music and lyrics for the much-loved song.

 

 

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illus. by Anita Jeram

First published in the United Kingdom in 1994, this cherished tale now celebrates twenty years.

 

 

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

This 50th anniversary edition features a map of Harriet’s spy route and a section in which grown-ups, including many writers, share their feelings about the book.

 

 

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot, illus. by Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Stock up on your reading material at the Friends of Kenton County Public Library Used Book Sale. 
The sale will take place May 11 to May 17.  

Hours of the sale are:

-Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Nearly-new and used books, music and movies will be sold with prices ranging from 25 cents to  $4.  Proceeds from the sale will go towards programs and services that support the Library. The Durr Branch is located at 1992 Walton-Nicholson Independence, KY 41051

 

 

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By |January 16th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Get Started With Homeschooling at the Library

Being a homeschooler can be tough; not only do you have all of the usual household responsibilities to tend to, but you’re also your child’s teacher and mentor. Finding the time to plan a lesson and gather all of the materials can be difficult, but the library is a valuable resource and we’d love to help you out!

Homeschool teachers can apply for a special library card as an educator, just as a traditional teacher could. They’re a little different than normal cards, so here are the basics:

*You can check out 100 items

*You can request up to 30 items on the same subject

*We’ll renew your items, without you even having to ask, up to five times

*All items that were returned overdue receive a one week grace period where overdue fines are not charged

Sounds great, right? That’s not even the tip of the iceberg! We can also put together a teacher collection for you and save you time. Just let us know what you’re teaching, grade/reading level of your students and when you need it and we’ll have it ready for you to pick up.

You can also request book kits containing 15 copies of the same elementary-level book so that your children or co-op can all read the same book as part of a lesson. We have lots of titles that will keep your kids reading all year long!

We’re not stopping there! We’ve put together curriculum packs, essentially a lesson plan in a bag! They’re bags of materials (books, music, manipulatives, games) geared for elementary-age children on different subjects like fractions, anatomy, poetry and world cultures, just to name a few. You can request these and use them in your classroom as a supplement or as a lesson in itself.

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Haunt Your Library Writing Contest 2014

Writing Contest for Grades 1-6
Enter an original poem or tale in the Library’s 12th annual Spooky Writing Contest (700 word limit).Winning stories will be featured in the Community Press! Submit entries to the Covington Children’s Department or email a Word document to writingcontest@kentonlibrary.org.
Winners will be announced and awarded prizes on October 17. Winning stories will be featured in the Community Press paper. Entries must be received by October 10.
Entries must include child’s name, age, address, phone, email address,school, grade and a color photo of the child.

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Healthy Cooking With the Library

Hi. I’m Erin. I write at A Bird and A Bean and I love summer. Hot, lazy days with the kids. Gardening. Cookouts. Swimming. Vacations with the family. Time “off.” But, moms don’t really get a vacation….even on vacation. I actually don’t mind. Vacations look different when you have little kids. Still awesome and fun, but just not as relaxing. The Onion sums that whole thing up pretty well in this hilarious article that I like to share, “Mom Spends Beach Vacation Assuming All Household Duties In Closer Proximity To Ocean.”Cracks me up.
One thing I do try to do less of in the summer whether we are on a vacation or a stay-cation… is turn the oven on. It just heats the whole house right up. No thank you. But, I like to still get the veggies in and keep things on the healthy side. We love utilizing the grill and crock-pot in the summer. But, things can get boring. Grilling the same burgers and hotdogs. Making the same old chili in the crock-pot.
I decided to keep things interesting by checking out the library’s cookbook and food magazine selection. There are so many choices. You know all those magazines you see in the line at the grocery store and want to buy?? They are all at the library!

Look at this fantastic cookbook selection! And this is just a small portion of what they have. You can easily find some new fresh and healthy recipes for your family this summer. It was hard to narrow it down. I was drawn to so many.. crockpot books, grilling cookbooks and a popsicle recipe books. I loved the zucchini and tomato recipe book idea, too. I could’ve used […]

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Hot New Reads – August

Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof

Tom Putnam, an English professor at a Virginia women’s college, has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. For more than ten years, his wife Marjory has been a shut-in, a fragile and frigid woman whose neuroses have left her fully dependent on Tom and his formidable mother-in-law, Agnes Tattle. Tom considers his unhappy condition self-inflicted, since Marjory’s condition was exacerbated by her discovery of Tom’s brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess. But when Tom and Marjory meet Rose Callahan, the campus bookstore’s charming new hire, and Marjory invites Rose to dinner, her first social interaction in a decade, Tom wonders if it’s a sign that change is on the horizon. And when Tom returns home that evening to a letter from the poetess telling him that he’d fathered her son, Henry, and that Henry, now ten, will arrive by train in a few days, it’s clear change is coming whether Tom’s ready or not.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

Inheriting an eerie estate in the Virginia woods, a skeptical man wonders about his family member’s suicide and realizes that the house harbors both ghosts and terrible secrets, in a story told through journal entries, scrawled notes, security footage, audio recordings and advertisements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier

In a snowbound valley, deep in the French Pyrenees, a dark story of madness and revenge is unfolding. The first victim is a horse: its headless, flayed body hangs suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. On the same day as the gruesome discovery takes place, Diane Berg, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a high security asylum for the criminally insane, just a few miles away. She is […]

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Hot New Reads – July

The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day

For sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic—until a student she’d never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he’s dead and she’s stuck with a cane and one question she can’t let go: Why her? All she wants is for life to get back to normal. Better than normal, actually, since life was messy before she was shot. Then graduate student Nathaniel Barber offers to help her track down some answers. He’s got a crush and his own agenda—plans to make her his killer dissertation topic. Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives.
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Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s Chicago jazz scene, a highly ambitious and stylish literary debut that combines the atmosphere and period detail of Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility with the emotional depth and drama of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, about a talented but troubled singer, her precocious ten-year-old daughter, and their heatbreaking relationship.
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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her—Neal is always a little upset with Georgie—but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up […]

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Hot New Reads – November

Color Blind by Colby Marshall

There is something unusual about Dr. Jenna Ramey’s brain, a rare perceptual quirk that punctuates her experiences with flashes of color. They are hard to explain: red can mean anger, or love, or strength. But she can use these spontaneous mental associations, understand and interpret them enough to help her read people and situations in ways others cannot. As an FBI forensic psychiatrist, she used it to profile and catch criminals. Years ago, she used it to save her own family from her charming, sociopathic mother.

Now, the FBI has detained a mass murderer and called for Jenna’s help. Upon interrogation she learns that, behind bars or not, he holds the power to harm more innocents—and is obsessed with gaining power over Jenna herself. He has a partner still on the loose. And Jenna’s unique mind, with its strange and subtle perceptions, may be all that can prevent a terrifying reality…

 

Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism by Bartow J. Elmore

How did Coca-Cola build a global empire by selling a low-price concoction of mostly sugar, water, and caffeine? The easy answer is advertising, but the real formula to Coke s success was its strategy, from the start, to offload costs and risks onto suppliers, franchisees, and the government. For most of its history the company owned no bottling plants, water sources, cane- or cornfields. A lean operation, it benefited from public goods like cheap municipal water and curbside recycling programs. Its huge appetite for ingredients gave it outsized influence on suppliers and congressional committees. This was Coca-Cola capitalism.

In this new history Bartow J. Elmore explores Coke through its ingredients, showing how the company secured massive quantities of coca leaf, caffeine, sugar, […]

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Hot New Reads – October

Ruth’s Journey: The Story of Mammy from Gone with the Wind by Donald McCaig

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s Peoplemagnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

 

 

 

 

 

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel  Faber

The Book of Strange New Things tells the story of Peter Leigh, a devoted man of faith called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him literally light years away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment and the ego-gratifying work of ministering to a native population hungry for the Bible-this “book of strange new things.” But he soon begins to receive increasingly desperate letters from home. North Korea is devastated by a typhoon; the Maldives are wiped out by a tsunami; England endures an earthquake, and Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

A separation measured in galaxies, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. Peter’s and Bea’s trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and the responsibility we have to others.

 

Us by David Nicholls

The highly anticipated new novel from David Nicholls, author of the mega-bestselling fiction sensation One Day, which follows one man’s efforts to salvage his marriage–and repair his troubled relationship with his teenaged son–during the course of a trip around Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By |October 7th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, Hot New Reads|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hot New Reads – September

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.

 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five […]

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If You Love It, Gift It

If You Love It, Gift It

The holidays are upon us! A time for celebration, good cheer, being together with friends and family, and giving and receiving gifts. Now, my mom is the best person to shop for. She told me that she appreciates everything she gets because it means someone took the time to think about her and what she would like. I think that’s the key – something that brings enjoyment and interest, that says “I remembered”. (And thank you mom. You are a great gift giver too.)

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By |December 3rd, 2013|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , |0 Comments

Libraries Change Lives

Add your name to the Friends of Kentucky Libraries “Declaration for the Right to Libraries”

Sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries Today
In the spirit of the United States Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we believe that libraries are essential to a democratic society. Every day, in countless communities across our nation and the world, millions of children, students and adults use libraries to learn, grow and achieve their dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIBRARIES EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL
LIBRARIES SUPPORT LITERACY AND LIFELONG LEARNING
LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN FAMILIES
LIBRARIES ARE THE GREAT EQUALIZER
LIBRARIES BUILD COMMUNITIES
LIBRARIES PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO KNOW
LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN OUR NATION
LIBRARIES ADVANCE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
LIBRARIES HELP US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER
LIBRARIES PRESERVE OUR NATION’S CULTURAL HERITAGE  

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By |October 21st, 2014|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Library in the News

Kids get a taste of World War I technology
Kamellia Soenjoto Smith, Community Recorder Contributor

ERLANGER – “There’s nothing cool about World War I,” instructor Ethan Palmer began. “It was horrifying and should never be repeated.”

It was a conflict that introduced the world to machine guns, chemical weapons and the inhuman life of trench warfare.

But it also brought about great advances in aviation.

On Aug. 21 about 20 kids from grades 6 to 12 participated in a program called STEAM Explorers at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library. They came to learn about the history of World War I and to understand the secrets of flying.

Read the complete article at Cincinnati.com
Sign up for an upcoming STEAM Explorers program

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By |September 8th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, Library in the News||1 Comment

New Books about Autumn and Halloween

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Autumn and Halloween
Where did the summer go? It’s hard to believe that we’re already thinking about Fall and Halloween. The crop of new books is simply “spooktacular,” and many of our old favorites are sure to make for ghoulish fun. So, enjoy! Happy Haunting ….. and Happy Reading!

 
 At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman, illus. by Nate Wragg

Ketteman, author of Heat Wave, one of our all-time favorites, gives us a Halloween rendition of the classic rhyme “Over in the Meadow.” From goblins to vampires to bats, the creatures increase in number from one to ten. This is a stand-out begging to be read aloud.

 Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Dog and Bear are back, just in time for Halloween. They prepare costumes, receive trick-or-treaters, and go trick-or-treating themselves. Simple text and illustrations make for a fun book for beginning readers.

 Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland, illus. by Elly MacKay

This poetic picture book captures both the art and science of the change in seasons. The ink and photography illustrations are visually appealing. This book can be used on a variety of levels. Instructions for making leaf prints are included.

 The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman, illus. by Adam Record

A second book by Ketteman is worth noting. This time the rhythm is that of “The Ants Go Marching” and provides another fun read aloud.

 Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney

In this board book, Dewdney’s Llama Llama is excited over choosing a Halloween costume and going trick-or-treating.

 Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli, illus. by Tim Zeltner

A tiny pumpkin seed wants to be scary but must wait until it grows into a pumpkin and Halloween arrives. […]

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New Books About School

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about School
August is coming to an end, and with that comes the start of a new school year. For many children this can be an anxious time. We’ve included lots of books to hopefully make the transition a little easier and calm those first day jitters. And for the seasoned pro, we’ve included some school stories that are just for fun!

New Books about School

B. Bear and Lolly Off to School by A.A. Livingston, illus. by Joey Chou

Evidently Baby Bear and Goldilocks became best friends after their famous encounter because now they are embarking on another adventure, their first day of school together. Children should enjoy finding other fairy tale characters in the illustrations.

 

 

 

Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Adam Rex

In this sequel to the New York Times best-seller, Chu’s Day, the sneeze-prone little panda is nervous about his first day of school and worried that others won’t like him. Chu’s teacher is nice and the other animals at school are friendly, but too much chalk dust leads to an explosive end.

 

 

 

Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea

In this sixth Dinosaur vs. book by Shea, Dinosaur faces his newest foe … school. The cartoon style illustrations provide kid-friendly humor.

 

 

 

Dinotrux Go to School by Chris Gall

In this beginning reader, it’s the first day of school for the Dinotrux and they are worried. But when you’re part dinosaur and part truck, school can be lots of fun!

 

 

 

Dog Days of School by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Brian Biggs

This story is reminiscent of Freaky Friday. Instead of going to school, Charlie wishes he could change places with his dog, Norman. For an entire week, Norman goes to […]

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NKY Fandom Fest

Each year the Teen Librarians at KCPL, BCPL, and CCPL get together to host an event celebrating anime, cartoons, and comics! In the past it was known as NKY Cosplay, and is now called NKY FANDOM FEST! 

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Quick ‘n’ Easy Halloween Costumes

Don’t know what you want to be for Halloween yet? Here’s 10 quick and simple ideas to try!

Starbucks drink

Tape a starbucks logo to a brown dress, white feather boa for foam, add some gold ribbon if you like caramel sauce

Hello Not a Kitty

Did you hear? The Sanrio corporation has said that their most famous cat is actually not a kitty—she’s a human girl! Wear a red skirt, white shirt, put a big bow in your hair, and get very angry at anyone who asks if you’re a cat.

Ash Ketchum

Gotta catch ‘em all! White collared shirt, blue vest, green fingerless gloves, and a red and white baseball cap. Not included: your very own Jigglypuff.

Cactus

Poke some white pipe cleaners through green clothing

Old Timey Bank Robber

Black and white striped shirt, black pants, black knit cap, paint a dollar sign on a bag for your loot

Medusa

Stick some plastic snakes in your hair with bobby pins and wear something flowing.

Be your own evil twin with a mustache and goatee!

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101 Dalmations

Get all your friends together and draw black spots on white outfits. Bonus points if you find a Cruella DeVille!

Hearts for eyes cat emoji

Yellow outfit, cat ears, heart sunglasses

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By |October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, teens||0 Comments

Rereading Favorite Books

What is your favorite book? Why do you love it? Who do you talk with about your favorite stories?

When December comes and it’s snowy and tiny colored lights are blinking (or menorah candles are twinkling), it gets dark so early I don’t always want a new and exciting book. This is the time of year I grab an old favorite to reread.

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Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime

Rhythm and Rhyme: Sensory Storytime is a monthly interactive and educational program. It is specially designed for children ages 2-6 with sensory integration challenges.

It combines the books, rhymes and music of other storytimes along with physical activities to promote learning in a sensory friendly environment. Many children with Sensory Processing Disorders are extra sensitive to loud noises, bright lights, or other strong sensory environments. In this program, the lights are dimmed, the music is not as loud, and there are minimal distractions while the program is taking place.

There is repetition from month to month so the children know what to expect. We also go over the activities for the day before beginning each program. After we share a short book, rhymes, and songs there is social time where interactive experiences are offered to the children. These activities include sensory tubs to search through, toys to play with, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and other activities to stimulate tactile learning.

Although this program is aimed at children with Sensory Processing Disorders, if your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library’s other storytimes, this inclusive program of stories, songs, and activities may be a better fit for him or her.

If you would like to register for the program, please check our Event Calendar.

If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me at julie.mills@kentonlibrary.org regarding the Erlanger Branch programs or Joel Caithamer at joel.caithamer@kentonlibrary.org regarding the Durr Branch programs. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: The Earliest “Street View”

Have you wondered what your town or neighborhood looked like 100 years ago? Want to know what that large building at the end of your block was originally used for? If you answered yes, you will want to check out the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. In 1867, the Sanborn Map Company, which is still in business today, began making detailed fire insurance maps to help “insurance agents determine the degree of hazard associated with a particular property.”[i] The Sanborn Company estimates they created maps for 12,000 cities and towns in the United States[ii]. The maps are very intricate and detail the size, shape, placement and number of windows and doors, property boundaries, and type of business or industry located within a structure. They are also coded to reflect the various types of building material used and to distinguish residential from commercial property.

While the maps are no longer used for insurance purposes, they are now a wonderful way to supplement your historical and genealogical research. They are also essential tools for anyone interested in the history of their home or a particular structure. The maps can be used in conjunction with city directories and newspapers to locate the homes of individuals or businesses in a town and even on a specific street. Because the maps were constantly updated, researchers can track changes that took place in towns, business districts, and neighborhoods. Street addresses and street names have also changed over time, and sometimes more than once, so the maps are an excellent way to find the original address for a specific home or business.

The Local History and Genealogy Department, located on the 2nd floor of the Covington Branch, has Sanborn Maps in original map format, […]

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By |August 12th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, History, KCPL|Tags: , |0 Comments

Save Money & Time with Handmade Gifts

 

Welcome this week’s guest blogger: Heather Tenney Owner, InGodsEconomy.com and Heather Tenney Photography

From the moment Thanksgiving week begins, the countdown to chaos begins–we begin shopping and cooking and cleaning and crafting and cleaning and cooking and cleaning…as much as we love the holidays, they are a lot of work! As much as we talk about great deals and great sales, year after year we end up spending more money than we did the year before. Every year just seems to get crazier, and many of you are just trying to survive the dash to the great finish line: Christmas morning.

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By |December 13th, 2013|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , |0 Comments

Season’s Readings

 

It’s time for Season’s Readings at the Kenton County Public Library!
Beginning December 1, children ages 2-12 can visit any Kenton County Public Library
location and pick up a “Season’s Readings” book log. Read or listen to five books and
return your log to the Library for a prize and raffle entry. Complete as many book logs
as you like for more chances to win.

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Seasons Readings

All the children in my life know I will give them books every year for Christmas. Here are a few of my favorite books from 2013 that I would be proud to give any child. I know that for my own children, books are the gifts that keep on giving as we pass them down and reread treasured favorites for years.  Can’t afford all of these gems? Click on the covers and you can borrow them from the library.

Season’s readings!

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By |November 21st, 2013|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Share Your Favorite Books & Movies

I have one child in middle school and one in high school. I am lucky that they both have a natural love of reading. My son will find a series he loves and read every single book (Conspiracy 365 being the most recent). Once he’s finished, he’ll look for other books written by that author. My daughter mostly chooses her books based on her friends’ recommendations but once in a while she’ll still ask Ms. Amy at the Covington Branch what she should read next. I always loved sharing children’s books with my kids but now that they are older, I really enjoy sharing some of my favorite adult and YA books with them. We are also able to discover new books together.

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By |February 18th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Simple Cooking for Teens

Maybe you think that cooking is difficult, nearly impossible or you want to kick your basic cooking skills up a notch. Maybe you’re a fast foodie or tired of your same old ramen noodle diet. Whatever your skill level the Kenton County Public Library has you covered with a variety of resources and programs.

You’re busy, you don’t have a lot of time to cook but fast food doesn’t have to be junk food. Top Ten Time Tips from Real Food, Real Fast by Sam Stern, young adult author of cookbooks for teens.

Don’t waste time wandering round your kitchen looking for an ingredient or piece of equipment. Get organized!
Vegetables chopped small take a shorter time to cook.
Need the oven? Switch it on-first thing you do.
Save time and energy by using the right size pan.
Water can take ages to boil, so try not to use too much. Get that lid on the pan for speedier heating.
Use time well. If you’re waiting for something to boil or marinate, prep something else.
Extra time suits some food like marinating meat, so do’em the day before and fridge’em.
Make more food than you need at a time. Double recipes. That’s lots of time saved and other meals taken care of.
Take opportunities. If you’ve got bread left over, make breadcrumbs and stick them in the freezer for later. Make stock from roasts. Freeze fruit for crumbles, yogurt bowls and smoothies.
Speed things up by using the right stuff. A sharp knife’s faster than a blunt one. Try a hand mixer. Get good equipment and a sharp grater.

This book might be for you, it’s organized by minutes for the length of time it takes to prep and make a recipe, check it out.

 

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Technology Personality Types

6 technology personality types: which class sounds like you?

The Apprentice
Not all of us have used a computer, created a free email account or mastered how to use a scanner.   Are you new to computers? Maybe you have a friend or grandparent who is ready to try?  All three branches offer classes for new or inexperienced computer users. Our teachers are skilled at helping people who are just starting out. Durr even has open labs for one-to-one help.

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By |March 17th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |0 Comments

Top 10 reasons to have your friendly neighborhood teen librarian visit your middle and/or high school classroom

1.  Facebook may start labeling satirical posts so users don’t think they’re real, but you know who has been dedicated to information literacy and teaching students how to objectively evaluate information? Librarians.

 

 

2.  Are you a teacher looking for extra credit ideas? Some teachers include attending events at the library.

a. Covington has Write On!, a teen writers group, Sunday, September 7 at 2pm.

b.  Durr/Independence has Teen Crafternoon, an art program with lots of fun supplies.

c.  Erlanger has STEAM Explorers, whose meeting on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7 – 8pm  will be all about computer programming with the Scratch! programming method. 
d.  …and tons more at each location!

3.  Do you want your students to research current topics and events from multiple angles? The Opposing Viewpoints database lets users browse issues to explore different positions on topics.

4.  Have an activity or assignment that takes up about half a class period? The librarian can take the other half!

5.  KCPL has an AWESOME* and FREE database you can get to from any computer with internet access and a KCPL Library Card that has all kinds of test prep: ACT, AP, SAT… You create a free account in the database and can stop and come back to their timed practice tests at any time. The tests are also scored, including explaining why answers are correct. A librarian can come and show your students all about this service, or if possible, we can arrange to have you visit our on-site computer labs and get library cards.

6.  In most situations, a visiting public librarian does not mind if you leave for a few minutes to have your own bathroom break.

 

 

 

7.  If you teach in Kenton County, you can get a KCPL teacher card, no matter where you […]

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By |October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, teens||0 Comments

Top Ten Fall YA Books

If you’re looking for a good book to read this fall look no further than the newest and most popular Young Adult Fiction! With several of these books being made into movies, or already on the big screen, everyone is talking about them!

Click on the titles to find the book in our online catalog and request the books for pickup, find an e-book copy, or get put on the wait list for an item.

Check out the top 10 YA books to read this autumn season:

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner: The blockbuster movie came out in theaters last week and has been getting rave reviews! This book is a popular dystopian series.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: With the movie being released on DVD next month, TFiOS has taken the world by storm and is a must-read for all book lovers.

3. Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson: One of the best books of the year, Alaya Dawn Johnson’s newest political and dystopian thriller releases on September 30th.

4. Unraveled by Gennifer Albin: The final book in the thrilling and unputdownable dystopian “Crewel World” series by a popular YA author.

5. The Graveyard Book – Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman: the brand new graphic novel adaptation of the classic novel by Neil Gaiman.

6. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers: The 3rd book in the popular “assassin nun” series, a great historical fiction read.

7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: With a movie soon to be released, this is a must-read for fall!

8. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith: the latest novel by an award-winning author, about first love, epilepsy, and making your own story in life.

9. Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo: the final book in the extremely popular Grisha series!

10. Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian: Intense realistic fiction for boys, […]

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By |September 25th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, staff picks, Teens||0 Comments

Turning Clutter Into Cash

Many people have trouble decluttering because they see their clutter as piles of cash that they spent. I know that I am less of an impulse shopper now that I have given away items that I had to have but then never used.

Decluttering is humbling. You realize you have more than you need and often wish you could have a “do over” and get that money back.

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You & Your Pets

Pets are an integral parts of our families, our lives, and our hearts. Whether you have cats, dogs, fish, a snake, a family of tarantulas or ferrets, you understand the importance of those amazing creatures and the impact they have on you and your life.

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