Hail February, the month of roses and lace and stamps on Valentine cards; a prime time for a story of Northern Kentucky Love!
Here’s one: Bernard Wright Southgate Jr., son of Bernard Wright Southgate Sr. and Lallie Kennedy, married Virginia D. Hilton on the 17th of September in 1929.
Romantic, I suppose, if a bit dry. One can sit at any of our computers and find that information on Ancestry.com for free, like I just did.
However, what Ancestry doesn’t have is much more interesting. Now available on geNKY, the Southgate courtship letters tell a much more relatable tale. Virginia Southgate (at the time, a Hilton) kept all the letters Bernard sent her through their extensive five-year courtship, even as they both attended school and changed residences. Even though we can only hear his half of the conversation, we have a unique look into the fancies and follies between postmarks and biographical milestones.
The first letter is dated the 11th of May, in 1924, from Buffalo, West Virginia, and in it, he writes that he was surprised to receive her letter. It is quite possible (and in fact, likely, from the way he describes her personality in his future notes) that Virginia wrote first. He does tell us she even illustrated her letters! Unfortunately, we do not possess any of those, though there are a few doodles to be seen at the bottom corner of some pages, like a Tokyo sunrise, and a black cat in a dark cellar at midnight. Bernard is modest about his artistic talents.
Virginia, or, as he refers to her, “Ginny”, starts out in her family home at 15 Calhoun St., in Cincinnati, which is now a parking lot. Most of his letters are addressed […]
Attention world, Galentine’s Day is fast approaching! You may have already marked the occasion on your calendar or you may be scratching your chin in confusion at this turn of phrase. For those that have not already embraced this beautiful land mermaid of a holiday let me give you a brief history.
A little show known as “Parks and Recreation” let it be known to all us mere mortals that Galentine’s Day would forever and always be February 13th; otherwise known as the day before Valentine’s Day. Traditionally, the second week of February has been devoted to celebrating romantic love but the glory of Leslie Knope’s creation is that it celebrates the awesomeness of female friendships. Our gal pals are with us all year long. They listen to us complain, they shoulder our tears, they dance it out with us, and they make us laugh harder than is probably healthy. Why haven’t we already been celebrating them!?
This year you can celebrate with us! The Erlanger Branch Library is having a Galentine’s Day celebration February 7th at 7:00 PM. We’ll be making our BFFs Galentine’s Day cards, watching the two hilarious Galentine Day episodes of Parks and Rec as well as stuffing our faces with waffles at our waffle bar.
After you hang out with us at Erlanger you can wander over to the Durr Branch on the actual Galentine’s Day, February 13th, for a full day of galentine shenanigans. Starting at 11:00 AM with everyone’s favorite meal: brunch with (you guessed it) waffles! Movies will be playing through the afternoon with an enviable array of crafting choices until 4:30 PM when you’ll be able to paint ceramic dessert plates, followed by an appetizer aficionado’s dream cooking […]
If I asked you what the Super Bowl is about you’d probably answer with one of the following: 1. football, 2. the half time show or 3. the commercials. All of those answers are WRONG! The Super Bowl is about the food. It’s that simple. You must have good food to have a good party. Think chili, wings, nachos, buffalo chicken dip, sandwiches, sliders, meatballs, pizza and mini hot dogs. The greasier the better. We have LOTS of cookbooks you can borrow, as well as magazines you can download from our website for free. They are filled with yummy recipes. But our staff members also have their Super Bowl favorites that we are going to share with you.
“Baked Chicken Wings! The key for me is to bake them on a wire rack in the oven. Toss them in some oil and seasoning beforehand then bake until nice and crispy. I don’t like really saucy wings as they get too soggy, so I lightly toss them in sauce afterwards.” – Seth L., adult programmer at the Durr Branch
Best Spinach Artichoke Dip Ever made with garlic, spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic Alfredo sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan and cream cheese is Durr Branch Teen Librarian Jessy G.’s favorite.
“Keep it simple and classy with popcorn. I also love good fresh veggies and several flavors of hummus-especially if somebody else cuts up the veggies,” – Julia A., Covington branch manager.
“My favorite was thick, cheesy chili dip.” – Gary P., adult programmer at the Covington Branch
“Boneless wings and nachos.” – Angela P., Erlanger Branch Manager
“Meatballs soaked in mild salsa and apricot jelly in the crock pot all day.” – Gina S., Public Relations Coordinator
“I love loaded […]
On a cold Sunday in January in 2007, the William E. Durr Branch of the Kenton County Public Library opened to an enthusiastic crowd. “It was so cold that the instruments of the band playing started to freeze up,” stated Executive Director Dave Schroeder. Ten years later, the staff at the library continue to engage, and sometimes surprise, the community through its programs and services.
Since January 28, 2007 more than 3.8 million items have been checked out. More than 1.4 million people have visited in the past 10 years. There have been 13, 614 programs with 351,930 people in attendance. The following are some of the highlights over the past decade:
Currently the library boasts of its very own Elf on a Shelf. Joel Caithamer, known as the singing librarian most of the year, magically turned into the library Elf in December of 2017. He is featured on social media doing all kinds of shenanigans including drinking syrup, pulling books off the shelves and feeding the fish Fruit Loops.
Annually each October, the Durr Branch turns into a Haunted Library. Guests can walk through a not-so-scary maze where they could be met by zombie babies, a hatchet carrying Abe Lincoln and numerous other creepy characters.
One of the most popular programs was a visit by GRAMMY-winning artist and extraordinary guitarist Peter Frampton. More than 2,000 visitors came to hear Mr. Frampton as he performed a rendition of the children’s book, “Peter and the Wolf,” with accompaniment from the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
Funk-master Bootsy Collins visited the branch to read the children’s book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” by Dr. Seuss and sign autographs for the crowd.
The Youth Media Awards took place on January 23, 2017 at 8 am in Atlanta, Georgia at the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting. Every year the ALA honors books, videos and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, and Printz Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Awarded annually, these awards are the highest honor for the winners. Winning one of these awards generally ensures that a book will remain available at libraries and bookstores for years to come, and that it will be read by vast numbers of children. To children’s and young adult librarians, the YMAs are like the Oscars of children’s and YA literature. As two seasoned children’s librarians and children’s literature enthusiasts, we anxiously await this awards presentation each and every January. Throughout the previous year we’ve read the new books, compiled our own lists of contenders, and even held and attended mock award discussions and celebrations.
And now for the results:
Perhaps the most prestigious of all the awards is the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Medal. Both are the oldest of all the awards, dating back to 1938 and 1922 respectively. The Caldecott Medal is given to the artist or illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children. It is named after nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. The Newbery Medal, named after the eighteenth-century English bookseller John Newbery, is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Honor books or runners-up, if you will, are given distinction as well. The Caldecott Awards […]
While doing your family research you might come across some towns you have never heard of. But have you ever really given any thought to where the names of towns come from? In modern times, town names come about when a post office is established. As such, it was often the post master, or someone close to them, that submitted town names to the Post Office Department. Here are 26 towns (one for each letter of the alphabet) in Kentucky with unusual names and their origins. These are certainly not the only unusual towns in the state, but a small selection. What strange town names have you come across in your research?
Arjay (Bell County): A coal town located along KY 66, 3 miles north east of Pineville. The name was created from the initials of coal operator R.J. Asher. The post office was established on Feb. 23, 1911.
Bachelors Rest (Pendleton County): 5 miles east south east of Falmouth is Bachelors Rest, so named because of the bachelors that spent time sunning themselves in front of the local store. The post office was established in 1870 (as “Batchelors Rest”) but renamed Mains in 1887 after Sarah Mains became the post master. The post office was closed in 1903
Canoe (Breathitt County): Named for the nearby Canoe Creek, this post office, 7.5 miles south by southwest of Jackson was named Canoe Fork on Aug. 14, 1891. It lost “Fork” becoming the simpler “Canoe” in 1894. Story of the creek’s name says that the creek waters got so low that a person’s canoe couldn’t be floated out and was abandoned there.
Democrat (Letcher County): Located on KY 7, 8 miles north of Whitesburg, this settlement was first named Razorblade. […]
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Are you always looking for the next great read, music or movie? Did you resolve to read more? Do you wonder what your neighbors are reading, listening to or watching? We are going to share with you the items checked out the most in 2016. Click on the title to put the item on hold.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
The Obsession by Nora Roberts
The Last Mile by David Baldacci
The Guilty by David Baldacci
Bullseye by James Patterson
After You by Jojo Moyes
See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up the Japanese Art by Marie Kondo
Killing Reagan the Violent Assault that Changed a Presidency by Bill O’Reilly
The Whole30: the 30-day guide to total health and food by Melissa Hartwig
Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer by Gary J. Byrne
March Story by Hyong-min Kim
Preacher by Garth Ennis
Spark Joy: and Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
The Witches Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies the Patriots by David Fisher
Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
Diary of the Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Children have fallen in love with the Elf on the Shelf over the last several years. The magical Elf flies in from the North Pole to keep an eye on the boys and girls. He reports back to Santa nightly and then flies back before the boys and girls wake up for the day. It all sounds innocent enough but this Elf is often mischievous. He finds himself in all kinds of pickles, sometimes even a pickle jar.
Sometimes he behaves and reads a few books.
And sometimes he has dance parties.
Or finds himself in trouble.
This year the Elf on the Shelf has decided to visit the Kenton County Public Library to check on all the boys and girls. He will visit each branch every day. The first person to find him each day (don’t touch or he’ll lose his magic) will win a prize! It could be a cool book or a gift card to a local coffee house for treats and hot chocolate.
Speaking of hot chocolate…
But he isn’t the only Elf running around the Library!
You can find new pictures of our life-sized elf on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages every day. Pay attention because there will be surprise giveaways on social media throughout the month. And in case you need some ideas for your Elf on the Shelf at home, we’ve got you covered! Just check out our Pinterest page.
Please share your pictures of your Elf on the Shelf or of you finding our Elf on the Shelf on social media with the hashtag #libraryelf. We’d love to see them!
The holidays are a great time to browse through Faces and Places! We have thousands of images of people from the Northern Kentucky area that are just waiting to be recognized and shared. Here are a few tips for using Faces and Places.
1. Share Images Instantly on Social Media
Share images instantly to Facebook, Google +, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter! At the bottom of the page for each image, you will see the boxes pictured below. To share click the social media platform of your choice! This saves time, as you don’t have to copy the link or save the image.
2. Add Comments and Tell Your Story
If you recognize someone, or yourself, add a comment to tell us more of the story behind the image. We love reading your comments and the stories found in images. Just click on the “Add Comment” button!
3. Resize and Save Images Instantly
Take advantage of the picture tabs to view different sizes of an image. Photographs can be viewed as thumbnails, medium, and full size images. You can also view the image as a PDF and save for later!
Donate Your Own Family Photograph Collections
We collect images relating to Northern Kentucky’s people, places, businesses and events. We would be excited to work with you and make your collection available to future generations. Visit our Faces and Places collection to learn more about donating photographs.
Written by: Cierra Earl, Local History and Genealogy Department – Covington