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Zombie Outbreak 2015

Calling all Zombie enthusiasts. Crawl, drag, snarl, moan and make your way to the Covington Library on Saturday, October 17th, for Zombie Outbreak 2015! Zombie related events all day, for everyone in the family. Zombie costumes and makeup are encouraged. Kids, teens, adults and genealogists will find something to do! See below for a full list of events. We look forward to seeing you there.


The Mini Dead 3-5 PM

Children’s Activity Center

Calling all Walking Dads & Momsters! Unearth your little zombies for an afternoon of Halloween games, crafts, and zombie make-up. Come in your Halloween costume and enjoy frightening fun for the whole family!


Zombie Prom 6-8 PM

Covington Meeting Rooms 1/2/3

Dance with the undead at the TEENS only DJ dance party. Costumes appreciated, prizes awarded. Permission slips required.


Evening with the Ancestors 6-11 PM

Local History and Genealogy Department

Join us for an evening of research, instruction, and fellowship, as we bring up our deceased ancestors. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required.


Zombie Movies 11 AM

Enjoy popcorn and watch The Conjuring at 11 AM, The Dead at 1 PM and Night of the Comet at 2:45 PM.

Zombie Makeup 3-5 pm

Get gory finishing touches and zombie-rific tips for your Zombie makeup with the help of professional makeup artists.

Zombie Costume Judging 4:30 PM

You’ve got your costume on, your makeup done, and now it’s time to enter your Zombie look into the costume contest for prizes. Prize categories for Adults/Teens 13+ are: Best Zombie, Scariest Zombie and Funniest Zombie. For Kids (Ages 12 and under) a prize will be rewarded to the Best Kid Zombie.

Zombie Walk 5-6 PM

After the Library closes, we will walk, crawl, drag, and moan our way around the streets of Covington. The walk goes to Mainstrasse and back to the library. […]

Craig Street Burying Ground: Gone But Not Forgotten

“The cemetery is a memorial and a record. It is not a mere field in which the dead are stowed away unknown; it is a touching and beautiful history, written in family burial photos, in mounded graves, in sculptured and inscribed monuments. It tells the story of the past- not of its institutions, or its wars, or its ideas, but of its individual lives, of its men and women and children, and of its household. It is silent, but eloquent; it is common, but it is unique. We find no such history elsewhere; there are no records in all the wide world in which we can discover so much that is suggestive, so much that is pathetic and impressive.” –Joseph Anderson

Autumn is here, and while we listen close for the things that go bump in the night, there is no better way to spend the bright hours of a crisp fall day than a stroll through a cemetery in the fresh October air. If you missed our Linden Grove Cemetery Tour in September, the cemetery is always open until five for a self-guided experience. While it holds great historical significance, Linden Grove is not the oldest cemetery in Covington. Few remember the town’s first graveyard: The Craig Street Burying Ground.  Now an unassuming plot of land, anchored into the background by the 6th Street underpass and zipped shut by the old C&O Railroad Bridge approach, it was once the final resting place of those first to call Covington home. Let us then relate these distant memories, lest we forget something so dear to those who came before us.

Established in approximately 1815 with the creation of the town, the Craig Street Burying Ground was the […]

Paying & Preparing for College

My daughter Andi is a junior. This means two big things in her life are taking place this year; She will take her driver’s test and she is seriously thinking about colleges, where to go and how to pay for it. It means one big thing for me; worry.

I hear other kids talk about how they picked a college or where they plan to apply based on where their friends are going or because they heard it was a party school. My 19-year-old stepson actually picked his school based on what he is majoring it. I personally think that is the best way to pick a school, unless you’re like Andi and have no idea what you want to do with your life.

I’d love to see her attend Northern Kentucky University. I graduated from there but I also think it’s an affordable option. The tuition compares to other state universities but she could save money by living at home. Of course she argues that she wants the experience of going away to school. I also see the financial benefit of taking general study courses at Gateway and then going to a university for the rest of your classes. I’m just mom though… what do I know?

NKU and Eastern Kentucky University cost $800 per semester when I attended. Now, it’s about $4,000 a semester. So four years of school will cost $32,000 before books, a parking pass or dorms are even paid for. According to College Factual, the average cost for a degree at Eastern Kentucky University comes out to about $103,000 and $122,000 at NKU (if the student lives on campus). College Factual states the average starting salary for a college graduate working in […]

By |September 22nd, 2015|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!


Mountain Biking in Kentucky
The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle
Be Safe on Your Bike
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

Biking Safety

Local Bike Shops:
Reser Bicycle
Montgomery Cyclery

Bike Rental:
Cincy Red Bike

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

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

Taste of Kenton County 2015

Taste of Kenton County 
What: The Taste of Kenton County Fundraiser, presented by the Kenton County Public Library Foundation – Enjoy food by the bite from area restaurants, wine, silent auction, book buy, split the pot, live music, food demonstrations and much more. A few of the restaurants featured include Piper’s Café, Molly Malone’s, Texas Roadhouse and Sugar Snap Cupcakes. An autographed Xavier basketball, Xavier tickets, Corvette Museum tickets, restaurant gift cards and a food basket are just a few of the auction items. Adults only. 
When: Thursday, August 27 from 6-8:30 p.m. 
Where: Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger
Why: To raise money for Library programs and services that are not covered by the Library budget, including kindergarten kits for every kindergartener in Kenton County.  
Cost: $25 in advance at or $35 at the door, includes food by the bite, while supplies last, wine, tea, water and entertainment.
Music by Pedal Steel Trio
Strolling Entertainers Pickled Brothers
Cooking demonstration by Colonel De

By |August 11th, 2015|Categories: KCPL||0 Comments

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By |July 13th, 2015|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Northern Kentucky All-Stars

The region is at the eve of the Mid-Summer Classic or to the casual baseball fan the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Cincinnati and the region are set to take center stage as baseball’s best converge to face off on the diamond. What ties does Northern Kentucky have to the All-Star Game? Since the All-Star Game was first played in 1933 Northern Kentucky has had a handful of native sons break into the majors. A larger portion played before the inception of the All-Star Game. Thus we cannot really discuss them in the terms of being all-stars; many of them had fine careers that may have been all-star worthy. However a small number have stood out since then and were selected to the All-Star Game. We will talk about four individuals in this article. Two were from Northern Kentucky; well one was from Fleming County which is a neighbor of Mason County which is part of Northern Kentucky but it is close enough and we could argue all sorts of technicalities but he counts, the other was from Campbell County. The third player was born and raised in Cincinnati but played baseball in high school and college here in Northern Kentucky. The fourth was an umpire from Kenton County. So who were they? Jim Bunning, Woodie Fryman and David Justice were the players selected more than once in their careers to the All-Star Game. The umpire selected as an All-Star was Randy Marsh also a Northern Kentucky native.

Jim Bunning from Southgate, Kentucky played professionally from 1955-1971. He was a 9 time All-Star. While playing for the Detroit Tigers Jim was selected to the American League squad 7 times (1957, 1959 and 1961, 1962 and […]

Summer Treats

Summer Treats

Summer is a wonderful time of year for delicious seasonal treats, as well as a great time for exploring cooking as a hobby with the whole family.  Listed below are some of our fun, tasty, and FREE programs at the Kenton County Public Library this summer.


* = Registration required


Erlanger Branch

*Erlanger’s Test Kitchen:

Steak 101: Thursday, June 25, 7pm

Learn how to prepare, marinate, season and grill it.

Kabobs: Thursday, July 23, 7pm

Learn the art of making kabobs and the variety of meats and veggies that can be used.


Artisan Ice Cream with the Colonel’s Creamery: June 23, 7pm

Sample and learn tips and tricks for making your own delicious ice cream!


*Taste of Kenton County: Thursday, August 27, 6pm

Enjoy food, a silent auction, raffle and much more at the Library Foundation’s fundraising event.


William E. Durr Branch

*Let’s Get Cooking!:

Quick and Simple Lunches: July 24, 1pm

Freshen up your lunch with some new ideas!

Simple Sides: August 21, 1pm

Make delicious mashed potatoes, green beans, and baked brussel sprouts.


*Cookie Recipe Exchange:  July 9, 5pm – 8pm

Trade recipes! Email your favorite holiday cookie recipe to by July 1.  Then stop by to enjoy some samples and sign up to receive an e-book of all the recipes submitted.

Covington Walking Tours Available During #92daysofSummer

The Covington Bicentennial is in full swing and the Local History and Genealogy Department is ready with a new FREE walking tour!

Join a member of the Local History and Genealogy Department each Wednesday at 10 a.m. for a tour of the neighborhood around the library. The tour highlights and explores the people who lived in the neighborhoods around the Library 100 years ago in 1915. You’ll learn about Covington’s northern and southern heritage, architecture, and diverse commercial history. We’ll also explore some of the forgotten and lost buildings that once proudly stood in the neighborhood.

The tour is roughly a mile long, and comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Large groups, and anyone requiring special accommodations should contact the Local History and Genealogy Department a week in advance of the program at 859-962-4070.

Here is a sneak peak into one of the stories you’ll discover during the tour.

The Lovell-Graziani house at 326 E 2nd Street, formerly 174 E 2nd Street


Benjamin F. Graziani occupied 174 E 2nd Street in 1915. The house dates to the late 1870s, built in French Victorian style by Howell Lewis Lovell, of the tobacco business. Graziani was born in 1858 in Cold Spring, KY, the youngest of nine children to Italian immigrants. His father died in a steamboat explosion when Graziani was only eight years old. He attended Cincinnati Law School and graduated in 1882. In time, Graziani grew to be one of the most prominent attorneys in Covington during the late 19th and early 20th century, often appearing in the newspapers as a “promising young lawyer” at the start of his career. He worked as a criminal attorney, keeping an office building on the second floor of 510 Madison Ave. (formerly where […]

92 Days of Summer

92 Days of Summer Giveaways is back! #92daysofsummer is the length of The Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club – June 1-August 31 – and we will be giving prizes away every single day on our Facebook page! Summer can be an exciting adventure but many children get bored quickly. Shoot, even the adults do. So the Kenton County Public Library has you covered with our list of suggested activities and books for #92daysofsummer and giveaways for outings and fun stuff to do at home. This is a long list so print it off to hang on the fridge, mark things on your calendar or check the post often. Also be sure to check the Library Calendar of Events for additional activities.

We will also be giving away prizes EVERY SINGLE DAY of the 92 Days of Summer on our Facebook page so be sure to check it out every day. A coupon for a kid’s meal from Fazoli’s, donated by 4 The Love of Family, will be included with every prize.



Book: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Activity:  Clown around by learning to juggle, balance feathers, ride a unicycle and much more
Giveaway: One week of summer camp at Circus Mojo

Book: Project Kid: 100 Genius Crafts for Family Fun by Amanda Klingoff
Activity:  Get out the craft supplies and see what type of creation you can make as a family
Giveaway:  Two free youth art class at Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center

Book: 13 Modern Artists Children Should Know by Brad Finger
Activity:  Visit the Contemporary Arts Center
Giveaway:  Two free admission to the Contemporary Arts Center, two CAC T-shirts, four free admission to the June 27 Family Festival

Book: Scooby-Doo! and the Weird Water Park
Activity:  Pack up the sunscreen and head to […]