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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

Top 10 Creative Projects You Can Make with the DigiCart

Ready to get creative?  Request an item from our “DigiCart” and forget all those excuses you have been using about not having the right technology.  Our DigiCart at the Erlanger Branch has just about everything you will need to get your project started.   We’ve created a list of projects but the possibilities are endless!



1.  Create a flyer or brochure for your small business or non-profit group.  With Adobe InDesign you can create a professional piece for your business or non-profit that just might win you a new customer or a much needed grant.  We have four MacBooks that are loaded with the full Adobe CS suite.

2.  Record a podcast.  Podcasts can be a great way to get your ideas out to a wider audience.  Not sure about podcasts?  Try searching iTunes to see all of the options that exist.  If you can think of a topic, you can create a podcast.  We have a Yeti microphone that will make you sound great!

3.  Write and illustrate a children’s picture book.  Use our Wacom drawing pad and Adobe Illustrator to write and illustrate your very own children’s book for a special child in your life.  It would be a keepsake for any child.  Consider adding pictures of the child in the book and they will be so excited to receive a personalized present.

4.  Make a playlist.  Bring in your old records and record digital versions of your favorite songs that might not be available in any other format.  If you have family members who years ago recorded music give them a digital copy of their album and they will never have to worry about scratching their vinyl.

5.  Mix and share your music.  Use GarageBand to mix […]

By |April 8th, 2015|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Will your child be ready?

Helping young children be ready to learn to read does not have to be hard – in fact, the best ways are simple and inexpensive. Here are my top five tips:


Play! Items you already have around the house make great toys that don’t break the bank. Boxes, tubes, pots and pans and old magazines are all tons of fun for young children.  Simple toys encourage creativity and imagination.

Sing! Singing develops phonological awareness by helping children to hear the smaller parts of words. Songs can also introduce new vocabulary while cementing the bond between child and caregiver.  Don’t worry about how well you sing – I promise your child will love it no matter what.  If you are stumped for songs, you can check out or download music from the library.

Talk! Make eye contact and talk with your child. Research shows again and again that talking with children builds their vocabulary and understanding of the world around them.  A voice on the television or caregivers talking to other adults near a child does not have the same affect. Respond to your children when they babble or talk and give them new words to use.

Read!  I hear from parents all the time about children who won’t sit still for the 20 recommended daily reading minutes.  Since I can barely do that either, I have a great deal of sympathy for those children.  It is fine if children stand (or walk, or run!) while sharing books. You can also break your time into smaller chunks. Read while you are waiting for appointments or in the check out line at the store. Sneak in a book during snack time or while your child is in the bath.

Write! Children […]

By |April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Meet some makers at the Coder and Maker Club.

A digital clock.
An android app.
A geodesic dome.
A new career.
An online retirement calculator.
LED bracelet and messenger bag.

What do these items have in common? They are all projects in the works at the Kenton County Public Library, Coder and Maker Club that meets twice a month at the Covington library. A mix of hobbyists, professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, new computer programmers, young adults, kids, and the curious, the club is a way to connect with other makers, learn new skills, and share what you are working on. Ann Schoenenberger, who helps organize the group, says, “I don’t think we ever get over the need to share and listen like we did in Kindergarten.” (She calls that part of the meeting “show and tell.”) “We are also very busy people with lots of competition for our time and focus. The club and the library can help keep you on track and provide motivation to get things done. Best of all, you have other people to encourage you and celebrate with. ”

If you are an artist, tinkerer, like making things (anything), curious about 3D printing, Raspberry Pi or Arduino, or want to learn how to make an app or website, new members are always welcome. Join the e-newsletter or search the library event page for “Maker.”

The club is inspired and supported by the many resources the library has for learning. Find your inspiration here: Art and Creativity, Programming and Code, & Making and Technology

The Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington recently awarded the Coder and Maker Club, B Visible Project a grant to increase pedestrian and bike safety. Read more about the grant or sign–up for the public workshops on how to add lights, LEDs and reflective tape to your clothes and accessories. Mark your calendars for […]

By |March 25th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Oscar Film Fest @ the Covington Library

Planning to watch the Academy Awards this year? You can start the cinematic celebration early by stopping by the Covington Branch on Friday, February 20th, to enjoy a viewing of some Oscar-winning films, courtesy of Hoopla.

We’ll be showing movies from 10am to 5pm. Popcorn will be provided and you can grab an Oscar ballot to make your guesses for this year’s winners. All completed ballots may be entered into a drawing for a prize.
Best of the Three Stooges -10am
In the Heat of the Night – 11am
The Sting – 1pm
The King’s Speech – 3:15

Hoopla is the newest digital service offered through the Kenton County Public Library. With Hoopla, you can borrow movies, music, and audiobooks – all for FREE. Hoopla works with smartphones, tablets, or your home computer. You can even watch movies with Apple TV. Just click on the link, sign up with your Library card, and you’re ready to go:

Items are always available on Hoopla, so you’ll never have to place a hold. You may check out ten items a month and they are automatically returned at the end of the lending period—that means no  late fees ever!

Here is a list of more great films on Hoopla
Find out what’s new on Hoopla
Get the apps:



By |February 18th, 2015|Categories: at the library, Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Make Your Own Valentine Gifts

There are hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards that you can buy in the store but we all know that it means more to receive a gift that someone made themselves. So, why not sit down with your child and make cards or gifts to give to classmates and loved ones? We have put together a Pinterest board filled with ideas for different crafts to make with your child. One of my favorites is the Tootsie Pop superhero Valentine, shown here. It comes with a printable template that you can use to make masks and capes for the pops.

It is important that you find an idea that your child is excited about so that they enjoy making the gifts. Remember to consider their age and make sure they will be able to help make the gifts. Our Pinterest board has ideas for using candy, goldfish crackers, glow sticks and more! After deciding what you are going to make, prepare the supplies you will need. Make sure you set aside time to do this ahead of time because the pressure of making cards the night before Valentine’s Day will not be fun for you or your child!

Once you have the supplies you need, sit down with your child or children and allow them to do as much as they are able to do so that it feels personal to them and they feel a part of the process. They don’t need to look perfect to be the perfect Valentine gift.

Grandparents also love child-made gifts. Why not give them a special memento of their place in your child’s heart. Here’s a sweet idea from our pinterest board:

When it is time to pass these gifts out, your child will […]

By |January 27th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

What’s New at the Library in 2015?

The Kenton County Library is planning for 2015!

A new year brings new opportunities for any organization and the Library is no exception.  One of the biggest changes patrons will see in the coming year is the renovation of the Erlanger Branch.  The branch has been open for over 12 years and has seen foot traffic of more than 5.5 million visitors.  As you can imagine, this puts a lot of wear and tear on the building.  A number of the chairs in the building have already been replaced and refinished.  Currently, many of the floor coverings are also being replaced.  This includes all of the carpets in the building.  Can you imagine a carpet that has been walked on by the feet of over 5.5 million people?  We are replacing some of the carpeting with industrial squares that will be more durable and more easily replaced.  Other high traffic areas will be replaced with rubber tile.  These two fixes will give a new and fresh look to the building and cut down dramatically on trip hazards.  Later in the year we hope to be able to paint the interior of the building.

The Library will also be working on meeting the goals of its strategic plan.  In 2015, we will be focusing on three major initiatives.  Our Children’s Departments and Outreach Department will be focusing on increasing attendance at programs that promote early childhood literacy which is so important to our families and community.  Currently our staff visit practically every public, private and parochial school in the county.  We will be working diligently to increase these visits and encourage students to use our traditional and online materials in their school work.  We will also be […]

Ring In the New Year with Old Favorites

Are you looking for a good read, some new to you music, a great movie or an awesome book to introduce your children to? The Kenton County Public Library has you covered with the top items checked out in 2014. 

Top adult fiction books checked out in 2014:

1. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham

2. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

3. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Kidd

4. First Love, by James Patterson

5. Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts

Top YA fiction books checked out in 20141. Divergent, by Veronica Roth

2. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

3. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

4. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

5. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth

Top DVDS checked out in 2014:

1. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire

2. Gravity

3. Despicable Me 2

4. Man of Steel

5. Thor, The Dark World

Top songs downloaded from Freegal:

1. Happy (Gru’s Theme from Despicable Me 2)

2. All of Me

3. All About That Bass

4. Rude

5. Say Something

Top children’s books checked out in 2014:

1. Greg Heffley’s Journal, by Jeff Kinney

2. The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney

3. Rodrick Rules, by Jeff Kinney

4. Dog Days, by Jeff Kinney

5. The Ugly Truth, by Jeff Kinney

Top children’s video games checked out in 2014:

1. Kirby’s Dream Collection Special Edition

2. Planes

3. Super Mario Galaxy

4. MarioKart

5. Sonic Unleashed

Top adult video games checked out in 2014:

1. Lego Marvel Super Heroes

2. The Lego Movie

3. Injustice Gods Among Us

4. Titanfall

5. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare

Want to check out some of these items? Visit the library catalog to the put the items on hold. Have you read, watched or listened to any of these items? Which was your favorite?

Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2014

The days are counting down on not only  the holiday season, but the end of the year. If you’re still looking for that final, perfect gift for the special child (or children) in your life, check out some favorite picks of this past year from Covington Children’s Librarians , Amy Schardein & Krista King-Oaks.

For children ages 0-4:

Flashlight – Liz Boyd

A child explores the night with his flashlight – cleverly illuminating a partially hidden world.  Lovely details and a simple storyline make this book one to be enjoyed again and again.

Mix It Up – Herve Tullet 

Herve Tullet is the master of playful interactive books and this one does not disappoint. Young readers are invited to touch and rub and tilt colors together in this clever book.

Tickle- Leslie Patricelli

This sweet little board book simply shows a baby enjoying a tickle fest with the family and presents an irresistible opportunity to tickle your own little one.

For children ages 5-8:

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla – Katherine Applegate

Author Katherine Applegates won the Newbery award for her novel The One and Only Ivan.  Now readers can learn the facts behind the novel in this fascinating look at a captive gorilla.

Lily the Unicorn – Dallas Clayton

If you are a fan of Elephant and Piggie, then you will fall in love with Lily and her penguin friend Roger in their colorful adventure of learning about feelings and friendship and all their favorite things that make the world “awesome”.

Weasels – Elys Dolan

If I-Spy and Where’s Waldo made a book, but filled it with mischievous critters, it would be Dolan’s quirky masterpiece; so many zany and hilarious illustrations fill this minimalist picture book that  will keep readers busy discovering the jokes long after the story […]

Bygone Buildings: Covington’s Changing Cityscape

Have you ever driven past an empty lot and wondered what was there before the asphalt and crabgrass? A surface lot, or even a new building in the heart of Covington, was likely erected upon the spot where another building once stood. Covington’s built environment has many intact and preserved buildings dating back as far as the early 1800s, but you might find a photo of a building in Faces and Places that you don’t recognize that was lost to development, fire, or perceived obsolescence. Here are a few examples of buildings of historic and stylistic distinction that once stood in Covington, but are now gone.

Holmes’ Castle is likely the most well-known example of lost architecture in Covington. This palatial home was the second location of Covington Public High School. The high school was originally located on Russell Street, near 12th Street, and was also torn down. Holmes’ Castle was built by Daniel Henry Holmes, a wealthy retailer. It was designed in the Gothic Revival style, which can be identified by its pointed arch windows and church-like details. With its sprawling grounds and lavishly appointed interior, Holmesdale was not D. H. Holmes’ only residence, and in 1915 (seventeen years after his death), his surviving family sold the property to the Covington School Board. The high school was moved into the residence until 1936, when it was razed and a new building constructed in its place. The décor and furnishings that remained were auctioned, and what didn’t sell was unceremoniously burned in the football field.

The Amos Shinkle Mansion is one particularly polarizing example of Gothic Revival architecture that once stood at 165 E. 2nd Street—people seem to either find it grand and exciting, or stuffy […]