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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!

Books:

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

Safety:
Biking Safety

Local Bike Shops:
Reser Bicycle
Velocity
Montgomery Cyclery

Bike Rental:
Cincy Red Bike

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

Groups:
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 http://www.kentonlibrary.org/taste or $35 at the door, includes food by the bite, while supplies last, wine, tea, water and entertainment.

Entertainment:  
Music by Pedal Steel Trio
Strolling Entertainers Pickled Brothers
Cooking demonstration by Colonel De

By |August 11th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, 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 brenda.clark@kentonlibrary.org by July 1.  Then stop by to enjoy some samples and sign up to receive an e-book of all the recipes submitted.

By |June 19th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 2 p.m. for a tour of the neighborhood around the library. (Starting July 1st, the tour will depart at 10 a.m. from the Local History and Genealogy Department). 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 […]

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.

 

#92daysofsummer

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 […]

Photography Resources @ the Library!

 
“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” – Dorthea Lange.

Photography is a hobby of many, whether you have the newest DLSR camera on the market or just your smartphone, you hold a tool that can offer a whole different perspective of an object or scene. The library offers many services, classes, books and resources to support your love of photography. So whether you are a beginner or advanced, visit our branches to utilize some of these great resources!

 

 
Just a small selection of the photography books available for checkout:

It’s what I do: a photographer’s life of love and war — by: Lynsey Addario
GoPro cameras for dummies — by: John Carucci
The Ansel Adams Wilderness — by: Peter Essick
Digital SLR cameras & photography for dummies — by: David D. Busch
How to photograph everything: simple techniques for shooting spectacular images — from the editors of popular photography
Digital SLR photography all-in-one for dummies — by: Robert Correll
The Beginners photography guide — by: Chris Gatcum
Start your own photography business: studio, freelance, gallery, events — by: Charlene Davis
Photographing families: tips for capturing timeless images — by: Michele Celentano
Digital Photography — by: Shawn Frederick

Just a small selection of the photography Ebooks available for checkout:

Digital Photography FAQS — by: Jeff Wignall
Clever Digital Photography Ideas Using your Camera Out and About — by: Peter Cope
Travel Photography In a Day for Dummies — by: Serge Timacheff
The Everything Digital Photography Book — by: Ric deGaris Doble
The Art of iPhone Photography — by: Bob Weil
Clever Digital Photography Starting to make the most of your camera — by: Peter Cope
100 Ways to Make Good Photos Great — by: Peter Cope
The Design Aglow Posing Guide — by: Lena Hyde
Gordon Parks — by: Carole Boston […]

Come to our sewing, reflective, and LED workshops.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington, the library is hosting sewing workshops to help residents increase their safety and engage in creative activities. The project started at Holmes Middle School where students are creating bike messenger bags like this in a 6 week session. The library is also hosting open workshops (anyone can attend!) where three sewing machines, fabric, reflective tape, LEDs, conductive thread, and other supplies are available for residents to create bags, belts, capes, pants protectors, and more.

Get ideas for what you can make on our Instagram and Tumblr accounts for the project:
http://bvisiblecov.tumblr.com/
https://instagram.com/bvisiblecov/
Upcoming workshops:
Thursday, May 21, 6-8PM
Friday, May 22, 11AM – 1PM
Saturday, May 23, 4-5PM
(More workshops: June 15 and July 14)
Bike Light Parade and Safety Celebration (May 23)
On May 23rd we will have an afternoon and evening celebration for safety and bike month. We have been working with some amazing partners who will provide helmets, lights, and safety training. Throughout the event, we will be giving away free head lights and tail lights (while supplies last) thanks to Queen City Bike and Reser Bicycles.

BRIDGES is a Northern Kentucky Brain Injury Support Group that provides support, education and resources. The acronym of BRIDGES means BRain Injury Demands Guidance Education and Support. BRIDGES provides brain injury awareness education through community outreach and by raising funds to advocate of brain injured survivors and their families. BRIDGES NKY will provide information and free helmets from 2-3PM in Meeting Room 1.

From 3-4PM. Annie Brown from Smitty’s Cyclery will offer advice on riding safe on the roads from what to wear to how to position your bike.  Then from 5-6PM with help from the City of Covington and Park Hills Police Departments she will guide kids through a course to practice their bike skills […]

By |May 12th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

How We Choose Your Books

Happy National Library Week 2015!  One of the most important jobs at the Library is selecting, processing and buying items.  Ever wonder how we do it?  Read on to peek behind the curtain and see how it all happens…

More than 2,000,000 books and other items were checked out from the Kenton County Public Library last year, making our library one of the highest circulating libraries in the state.  But you may be wondering how we choose the materials that end up on our shelves.  Our strategic plan outlines five service priorities; the first two of these are Create Lifelong Readers and Learners, and Stimulate Imagination.  The Collection Development department strives to ensure that these service priorities are reflected in the materials we select.

We have four staff who are responsible for selecting tens of thousands of items each year—two for adult and young adult materials, one for children’s, and one A/V specialist.  Each of us spends time reading through reviews in both professional journals and popular newspapers and magazines, looking at bestseller lists, and paying attention to online trends to discover what our patrons might be interested in reading.  We read reviews from professional publications such as Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal, and from popular magazines like People and Entertainment Weekly.

For items we know are going to be popular, we are able to set up standing orders with our vendors.  This means when a popular author like James Patterson or John Grisham has a new book coming out, they will automatically ship us a designated number of copies.  We have a similar plan for nonfiction, where, for one example, we can get the latest editions of popular travel guides sent without having to order […]

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments