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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

Lawsuit Against Kentucky Libraries Over – Libraries Prevail

A lawsuit that has threatened the funding of more than 100 libraries in the state of Kentucky has come to an end. On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Kentucky Supreme Court let stand the March 19, 2015 decision of the Kentucky Court of Appeals which that the Library acted in good faith according to the correct statute in determining its annual tax rates.

“We are pleased that both the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court have recognized that the way that the Library has been setting our tax rate is legal and proper and has been so for the last 40+ years,” stated Kenton County Public Library Executive Director Dave Schroeder. “We can now focus all of our energy on providing the best service and materials to the residents of Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati.”

By |December 14th, 2015|Categories: KCPL, Library in the News||0 Comments

Books as Gifts

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



All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury

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

Barnyard Dance By Sandra Boynton

Where is Baby’s Belly Button?  by Karen Katz


The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! Hardcover by Todd Tuell

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


School Age

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Wonder by R.J. Jarimillo

Holes by Louis Sachar

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney


Young Adults

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielson

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Wrath and the Dawn—Ahdieh

An Ember in the Ashes—Tahir


Under a Painted Sky–Lee


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

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


City on Fire Garth Risk Hallberg

The Martian by Andy Weir



Kissinger: 1923-1968 The Idealist- Niall Ferguson.

The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

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





By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: Book Lists, Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

DIY Ornaments

Creating your own ornaments will make your Christmas tree all the more special!  Years later, you can look back and remember how much fun it was to create them.  The Kenton County Public Library can help you make those memories.   Along with all of the materials you can check out to inspire your holiday creations, we have many free events for all ages.








Books available from the Kenton County Public Library to inspire your Holiday crafting:










What are you waiting for?  Get crafting and make some memories!

By |December 4th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

These Are The Ads You’re Looking For…

Have you felt the awakening yet? Have you fallen for the hysteria of the brand new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens that will be hitting theaters very soon? I for one am extremely excited and have been ever since they first announced it. Once that first trailer hit the web and I saw the Millennium Falcon streak across my screen I was speechless and overtly excited about the new film. Then when the full trailer dropped back in October the anticipation level went through the roof. We are now just days away from the film’s opening, my enthusiasm can no longer be contained. So what does Star Wars have to do with local history and genealogy? Well from a certain point of view quite a bit actually. I wanted to see what I could uncover about Star Wars using the resources the Local History and Genealogy department has available. Some of the stuff I found was pretty incredible.

The first resource we will discuss is the vast collection of newspapers the library has on microfilm. I began looking through the newspapers hoping to find a few items. First I was hoping that I would find the old Star Wars comic strips that ran from the late 1970s until about 1984, but it seems our area did not pick up those daily comic strips as I was unable to find any. Next I wanted to find old toy ads. I played with Star Wars toys as a kid and wanted to see how they were advertised in ads back in the 1980s. Earlier this September a good deal of the merchandise for the new film was released. Today a basic action figure will run you […]

Teen Winter Reading Club at the Erlanger branch!

Fill out entry forms at the library and online to enter to win signed YA books, DVDs, and other bookish prizes. Weekly winners will be chosen and notified by phone or email. Prizes can be picked up from the Erlanger branch. Open to grades 6-12, from December 1 – January 1 at the Erlanger branch only. 
Online entries can be completed by filling out THIS FORM. 
Questions can be sent to the Erlanger Teen Librarian at

By |November 30th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, teens||0 Comments

Local Music Legend Series: Adrian Belew

Over the years, Greater Cincinnati has quietly been a boundless source of musical talent.  Whether it has been from the birth of contemporary rock and roll from King Records, underground hip hop from the acclaimed Scribble Jam festival, or indie rock mainstays the Afghan Whigs, Cincinnati has maintained an important role in a wide variety of musical genres in the US.  This is the first installment of blogs exploring the local talent from the area.

Adrian Belew, most famously of the prog-rock band King Crimson, is a Northern Kentucky native and Boone County High School graduate.  After picking up the guitar as a child, Belew became one of rock’s most critically acclaimed singer/songwriters and guitar virtuosos.  Besides being the longest member of King Crimson alongside founder Robert Fripp, he has recorded and toured with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Talking Heads, and Nine Inch Nails.  He is also a founding member of the Tom Tom Club (with members from the Talking Heads), the Bears, GaGa, as well as a successful solo musician.  Belew is known for a distinct guitar sound, often making his guitar mimic the sounds of animals and machines.  His art direction and guitar work have proved invaluable to dozens of records over the years.

Belew, born in Covington in 1949, spent his childhood performing in Ludlow’s Marching Band and formed his first band with friends while attending Boone County High School.  During a short time in his teens when he was unable to perform in the marching band due to illness Belew taught himself to play guitar.  A natural talent, Belew understood the complexity of the guitar and immediately picked up playing the instrument.  Belew’s first band was called the Denims, a […]