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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

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.
Schedule:
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:
http://www.kentonlibrary.org/hoopla
    
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