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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||0 Comments

Countdown to Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day 2016

With the 2016 Opening Day rapidly approaching for the Cincinnati Reds, below are some fun facts and interesting stats about the professional baseball team just north of the Ohio River. Cincinnati boasts the first professional baseball team and for decades hosted the initial game of the Major League Baseball season. The Reds’ first of 162 regular season games is on April 4th.

Getting excited for the first day of the new baseball season is a long-standing tradition for people in the greater-Cincinnati area. Former Reds’ catcher Joe Oliver said, “A lot of clubs have great openers…but I never saw an Opening Day that got the attention of an entire city the way the Reds opener does.” The legendary Sparky Anderson, the winningest manager in Reds’ history, explained, “It’s a holiday—a baseball holiday! Ain’t no other place in America got that!”

The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade has been going strong since 1920 and is an excuse for many locals to suddenly feel too sick to go to work or school, but somehow well enough to attend the parade and baseball game. Cincinnati native and former Red Buddy Bell stated: “If you don’t try to get out of school on Opening Day, there’s something wrong with you! It’s right up there with Christmas.” [Not that I’m advocating truancy!]

Though many baseball experts predict Cincinnati will finish dead last in their division this year–let’s hope they are terribly mistaken–fans never know what will happen. That is why they play the games; each season is a fresh, exciting beginning. Said Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton: “I loved opening the baseball season in Cincinnati. It is a sea of red…I remember thinking, ‘Yeah, this is the way America is supposed […]

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, Uncategorized||0 Comments

Check Out These Oscar Winners

The Oscars took place last night with Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning his first Oscar for The Revenant. This was DiCaprio’s sixth nomination but his first win.

The following movies were nominated for best picture:

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant


Spotlight   – best picture

Inside Out – best animated feature film

You can click on the movie title to be put the item on hold at the Kenton County Public Library. What was your favorite movie of 2015? Were you excited to see DiCaprio finally take home a win?

By |February 29th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Leap Day Fun!

Leap Day Fun!

2016 is a leap year, meaning at the end of this month we all get an extra 24 hours to do whatever we want. Falling on a Monday this year, for most people this will probably mean simply going to work or school, as usual. But for some of you out there, this is a day steeped in tradition.

In Irish legend, this is the one day a year that women were allowed to propose to men. While this is no longer the case (it is 2016, after all), this is still a tradition observed by many. Will this be the day any of you get down on one knee?

A short plane ride away from Ireland, in Greece, however, leap years are considered unlucky when it comes to love.  Greek folklore says that if a couple gets married or engaged any time during a leap year, the relationship will be unlucky, ending either in divorce or in the death of one of the spouse’s. If you are Greek, and believe in this folklore, perhaps hold off on making any major relationship commitments this year!

For others, this day is simply used to have an extra 24 hours of fun doing whatever they want! This year, this would entail having to play hooky from work or school, so don’t get caught! Many like to celebrate this extra day by going to amusement parks, seeing movies, or just staying home and binge watching their favorite TV show.

Then there are those that just so happened to be born on February 29th, only getting to celebrate their actual birthday every 4 years. So for all of you leap babies born in 1976, remember, you’re not turning 40, you’re […]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: |0 Comments

Winter Adventurers Part 1: Kate Scudder’s Journals of Traverse in Norway and Russia

For most of us, winter is the time to sit in a blanket by the fireplace, sip a hot drink, and pine for summer. Some, however, embrace the last three months of the year, journeying far and North where the winter never ends. In this two part series, we’ll adventure with Kate Scudder, a voracious traveler, and Emma Lee Orr, a local schoolteacher who braved Alaska, as they boldly pursued the midnight sun. For those of us who can’t (or would rather not) go with these intrepid ladies, they have left behind detailed accounts of their experiences for family and friends who prefer more temperate climes.

Kate Scudder, a popular community figure, is known for her work as a founder of the Baker-Hunt Art and Cultural Centre just a block away on Greenup. She was also an avid tourist, and left florid journals of her travels, which available on the library’s website. She gives detailed information about her journeys, telling her readers everything from the size of the country she’s visiting, to what she knows of its history, down to anecdotes of her experiences at the landmarks she sees. They are, in essence, Lonely Planet Guides by an educated nineteenth century woman, and though she has some strong opinions, it is still fascinating to read.

Most famous are her travel diaries from her 1882 and 1886 expeditions through Europe, which can be read in the Special Collections section of the library website. Lesser known is her journal from her trip to Norway, which might be often dismissed for the Grand Tour of Europe, but she describes it in favorable comparison.

“Small wonder that we were in love with Norway before we put foot on her soil, and […]

Valentine’s Day at the Library


Whether you want to laugh it up, make a craft, enjoy a treat or get your face painted, the Kenton County Public Library has you covered. Check out all the cool programs we have going on for Valentine’s Day.

What: Valentine Party
When: Sunday, February 7, 2 pm
Where: Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger
Who: All Ages
Celebrate Valentine’s with balloon sculpting, face painting, crafts and cookies. Co-sponsored by Erlanger Parks and Recreation.

What: Afternoon Art: Heart Art!
When: Wednesday, February 10, 4-5 pm
Where: Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger
Who: School Age
Let’s make heart art and enjoy stories.

What: Do it Yourself Valentine’s
When: Thursday, February 11, 4-5 pm
Where: Covington Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington
Who: School Age
Create handmade valentine’s for your friends and family. Supplies provided.

What: Valentine, Schmalentine!
When: Thursday, February 11, 7-8 pm
Where: Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger
Who: School Age
Share silly valentine stories, make valentine crafts and share a snack.

What: Sweets for my Treat
When: Saturday, February 13, 2-3 pm
Where: Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger
Who: All Ages
Listen to sweet stories, make a Valentine’s card and decorate cookies. Also make chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows and a craft from Home Depot.

What: Laugh it Up Valentine’s Day – Comedian at the Library
When: Sunday, February 14, 2 pm
Where: Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger
Who: Everyone
Enjoy one of the funniest family performers in Greater Cincinnati – Mike Hemmelgam, comedy juggler and ventriloquist. His high energy craziness will delight the whole family.

There are over 100 free programs offered at the Kenton County Public Library each month. Please visit or pick up a calendar at one of the branches to see a full listing.


By |February 4th, 2016|Categories: KCPL|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Fort Ancient Mound Builders of Northern Kentucky

If you grew up on a farm in rural Northern Kentucky, you may have seen prehistoric stone artifacts that were churned up out of the earth by a plow prior to planting. We are fascinated with prehistoric peoples and their ways of life, and burial mounds are no exception. Mounds are quite common in the region and can be found throughout many Northern Kentucky and Southeast Ohio counties. With the help of archaeology, we have gotten to take a peek back in time into the daily life of the peoples who inhabited the region prior to European settlement.

One of the many cultural groups that had a prehistoric presence in the Ohio Valley region was the Fort Ancient, believed to be an offshoot of the widespread Mississippian culture that dominated the Midwest and Southeast United States. The Fort Ancients lived in the region during the Late Prehistoric Period between 1000-1750 CE. Fort Ancient habitation sites are divided into three temporal spans (3):

Fort Ancient prior to 1200 CE
Middle Fort Ancient 1200-1400 CE
Fort Ancient after 1400 CE

They lived in small villages and relied on farming to cultivate most of their food, but also engaged in hunting, fishing, and gathering of wild plants (3). Fort Ancients organized their societies differently than the Mississippians, which is why we find fewer mounds of Fort Ancient origin (3) than Mississippian. Though the Fort Ancient were not the only ones, they were the most recent to build mounds in this region.

Most notably, the Fort Ancients are known for their construction of the Alligator Mound in Licking County, Ohio and their modification of the Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio. Mound building may have served a number of functions for the Native Americans, including protection, observation, shelter, in addition ceremonial or sacrificial purposes and burials. While several prehistoric Native American cultures […]

Most Popular Items of 2015

As 2016 approaches, we reflect on the past year. There were a lot of great books and movies released but people also enjoyed the classics and stuck with familiar authors. Below is a list of the most checked out items from the Kenton County Public Library in 2015. Just click on the link to put the item on hold.



Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E L James
Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense by Katie White
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Memory Man: Amos Decker Series by David Baldacci



Guardians of the Galaxy
Gone Girl
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1


Young Adult

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Divergent by Veronica Roth
If I Stay by Forman Gayle
Paper Towns by John Green
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
Dog Days by Jeff Kinney


Adult Fiction

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Truth or Die by James Patterson

Visit for more information or to put items on hold.



By |December 31st, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |0 Comments

Last Minute Go To Gifts

It’s December 21st and you just found out your nephew’s girlfriend is coming to Christmas or realized you forgot to get something for your aunt or mail carrier. Our staff got together and came up with a few ideas for the last minute shopper.

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. We have lots of DIY ideas on our Pinterest page. This is fun for an adult gift.

I personally love movie night baskets. It can include one or two DVDs, candy, drinks and popcorn. You can often find a great old movie for under $10.
Books and music are extremely easy to find and can be very inexpensive. 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. Or turn your loved one on to free music by introducing them to our website where thousands of songs can be downloaded for no charge.
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.
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 for a reasonable price at most local stores.
Gift cards can be very impersonal but […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Top 10 YA Fiction of 2015

Whether you’re looking for a new book to read over the holidays or something to buy for the book lover in your life, we have a list for you! Here are some fantastic Young Adult Fiction books that were published in 2015. Eden Grey, the Teen Librarian at the Erlanger branch, shares 10 of her favorite YA Fiction books from the year.

There is a large variety here – stand-alones, books in a series, an anthology, some short novels and some that are very long, some super popular and a few that flew under the radar this year. I hope this helps some people discover new books to read!






By |December 18th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, teens||0 Comments