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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. […]

Learn Something New Today with Free Online Classes From the Library!

Learn something new today with Gale Courses, an instructor led online course.

Why take a Gale Course:

Easy: Sign up with your Library card
Free: No fees required
Accessible: Courses can be accessed anywhere, any time, on any computer with internet access.
Engagement: Online discussion areas bring the learner and instructor together for feedback and encouragement.
Flexibility: Learn on your own time
Recognition: Patrons receive a “Record of Completion” certificate after successfully finishing a course.

What Courses are Available?
Career and Professional

Business and Management
Certification Prep
Grant Writing and Nonprofit
Law and Legal
Sales and Marketing
Start Your Own Business
Teaching and Education

Computers and Technology

Basic Computer Literacy
Certification Prep
Computer Applications
Database Management
Graphic and Multimedia Design
The Internet
PC Networking and Security
Web and Computer Programming

Personal Development

Children, Parents and Family
Digital Photography
Health and Wellness
Job Search
Personal Enrichment
Personal Finance
Test Prep

Writing and Publishing

Business Writing
Creative Writing
Grant Writing

… and hundreds more!

By |January 18th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |0 Comments

Most Popular Items of 2016

Are you always looking for the next great read, music or movie? Did you resolve to read more? Do you wonder what your neighbors are reading, listening to or watching? We are going to share with you the items checked out the most in 2016. Click on the title to put the item on hold.

Adult Fiction

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
The Obsession by Nora Roberts
The Last Mile by David Baldacci

The Guilty by David Baldacci
Bullseye by James Patterson
After You by Jojo Moyes
See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Adult Nonfiction

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up the Japanese Art by Marie Kondo
Killing Reagan the Violent Assault that Changed a Presidency by Bill O’Reilly
The Whole30: the 30-day guide to total health and food by Melissa Hartwig
Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer by Gary J. Byrne
March Story by Hyong-min Kim
Preacher by Garth Ennis
Spark Joy: and Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
The Witches Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies the Patriots by David Fisher

Juvenile Fiction

Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
Diary of the Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

Library Elf on the Shelf

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



Sometimes he behaves and reads a few books.

And sometimes he has dance parties.

Or finds himself in trouble.


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


Speaking of hot chocolate…

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


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

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


Tips for Using Faces and Places Over the Holidays!

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

1. Share Images Instantly on Social Media

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

2. Add Comments and Tell Your Story

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

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

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

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

Holiday Fiction for Adults

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






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




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





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







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

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

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 […]

Nonfiction Holiday Gift Books

Not Dead Yet: the memoir by Phil Collins

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen



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

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

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




Appetites: a Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain

Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman



Thank and Grow Rich by Pam Grout

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

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




Science and Nature
The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

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

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

By |November 15th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Pudding Dessert Bar

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

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

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

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

My favorite combinations:

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

Have you tried a pudding bar? […]

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.