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2015 Haunt Your Library Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following children and teens whose stories will be featured as part of the Kenton County Public Library Halloween Writing Contest. Since 2002, hundreds of creative children and teens have entered their creative spooky stories into the contest.

This year, over 130 stories were submitted. While all the stories were wonderful, the following have been selected and will be featured in the Community Recorder the week of October 26, 2015:
Grades 1-3
First Place Poetry Winner – Halloween Night by James M. – Age 8

 

Second Place Poetry Winner:   “Halloween’s Coming” by Devin W. – Age 8
Third Place Poetry Winner: “Halloween is Coming!” by Jayla M. – Age 8

First Place Prose Winner – All I Want Is a Pumpkin Pie by Ruth M. – Age 6

 

 

Second Place Prose Winner: “The Pumpkin” by Jude H. – Age 8
Third Place Prose Winner: “The Castle” by Eleanor D. – Age 8
Grades 4-6
First Place Poetry Winner – Spooky by Elizabeth M. – Age 12

 

 

 

Second Place Poetry Winner: “In Just One Night” by Kenzie J. – Age 12
Third Place Poetry Winner: “Halloween Party” by Julia G. – Age 10

First Place Prose Winner – Scary Encounter by James T. – Age 10

 

Second Place Prose Winner: “The Haunted Library” by Madison K. – Age 9
Third Place Prose Winner: “Halloween Night” by Piper L. – Age 9
Grades 7-12
First Place Poetry Winner – The Ground on Which You Stood by Kelsey B. – age 12

 

First Place Prose Winner – Rumors by Audrey D. – age 12

 

 

 

Second Place Prose Winner: “Forgotten House” by Nicholas C. – age 14
Third Place Prose Winner: “The Halloween” by Natalie F. – age 12

By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, teens, Teens||0 Comments

Alternative Prom 5/2 @ Erlanger

The Erlanger branch is the location for the first ever NKY Alternative Prom! Join us for a night out with dancing, music, fun, food, and friends.
See below for details. Click to register.

By |April 15th, 2014|Categories: Programs, teens||Comments Off on Alternative Prom 5/2 @ Erlanger

Beyond the Book – CINDER

Do you love to read? Want to discuss your favorite books with other book lovers? Join the teen book club at the Erlanger branch of KCPL! We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. We discuss that month’s book, share recommendations for other great books, and do creative writing or craft activities based on the book club choice for that month. There’s something for everyone!

For June we are reading Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. 
Cinder is a retelling of the classic Cinderella story, set in a future in which cyborgs are shunned, a mysterious disease is killing not only the poor but the King of New Beijing, and strange Lunars threaten the world’s safety. This popular series has taken the YA Lit world by storm and is a must-read for all romance and dystopian fans! 
To find out more about the event, sign-up to attend, or find out how you can get a copy of the book (without a library card or being put on a wait list!) visit our website. 

Books for fans of John Green

Laurie Boyle Crompton

  Maureen Goo

Melissa Keil

  Jo Knowles
      
David Levithan

        

 
Rainbow Rowell
    

 
Robyn Schneider

 

 
Jennifer E. Smith
     

By |March 20th, 2014|Categories: teens||Comments Off on Books for fans of John Green

Books for Hunger Games fans

Ann Aguirre

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gennifer Albin

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
Patrick Carman
  

 
 

 

 

 

 

S.D. Crockett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 James Dashner
   

 

 

 

 

 

 
Tahereh Mafi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 C.J. Redwine
 

 
 

 

 

 

 
Scott B. Williams

By |April 9th, 2014|Categories: teens||Comments Off on Books for Hunger Games fans

Books for Middle Grade Boys

 A featured list of realistic novels, fantasy series, and science fiction series that are of special interest to boys in grades 5-8. Books are listed under their author, and then in order by series. Click on the cover to view the book in the library’s catalog, read a summary, place a hold, and more.
 Soman Chainani
 

Mark Frost
  
  Nick James
    

James A. Owen
      
E.E. Richardson
  
Gregg Rosenblum
  
Jon Skovron
  
Jonathan Stroud
      

Kate Thompson
    

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Books for Sports Fans

 
Carl Deuker                                                                               Thomas J. Dygard
                                            

Perri Klass                                            Bob Krech
                                                        

 Charis Marsh                                        Alfred C. Martino
                                                             

Walter Dead Myers                                    Mal Peet
                                            

Randy Powell

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Celebrate National Poetry Month – Poetry Workshop & Contest

April is National Poetry Month, and you can celebrate your creativity at the Erlanger branch all through the month of April. We’re having a poetry contest and a poetry workshops for teens grades 6-12.

KCPL’s first ever Teen Poetry Contest will be held in April! The entry period has been extended, and entries are now accepted through Sunday, April 19th!

Submit entries online April 1-19, then visit the branch to vote for your favorites April 20-27. Winners will be chosen by popular vote and staff judges. Prizes include signed YA books and bookstore gift cards.
SUBMIT YOUR POEM HERE. 
Teens are also invited to attend a Poetry Workshop on Monday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Click here to register for the Workshop. The poetry you write at the workshop can be entered into the contest!
 

By |April 1st, 2015|Categories: teens, Teens, Uncategorized||0 Comments

Classic Monster Films

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 1 – 4pm
Covington, Meeting Room A

Two classic films from Universal Studios and the Hammer House of Horror return! Join us as two celluloid classics rise from the grave just in time for Halloween. The Wolf Man will be shown at 1:00pm, followed by Dracula Has Risen From the Grave at 2:30.

By |August 14th, 2013|Categories: teens||0 Comments

Divergent Events

Each branch of the Kenton County Public Library is celebrating the new “Divergent” movie release! Check out the events below.
Erlanger
Divergent Faction Shirts Craft on Monday, March 3rd at 5:30pm: Take a quiz to determine your faction and make a t-shirt with your faction symbol on it! Please register at the event page. 

Beyond the Book – Divergent – on Wednesday, May 5th at 5:30pm: Join our teen book club, Beyond the Book, for a discussion of Divergent and get recommendations for more great books!
Durr
Attend a Divergent Party on Thursday, March 20th at 6pm: Come celebrate with other fans at the library with all sorts of crafts, activities, and quizzes to help you pick a faction.
Covington
Book Bites – every Monday & Wednesday at 4pm: Read the book, “Divergent” while waiting for the movie release in our audio book club every Monday and Wednesday in the TeenSpace.  Each time you come, enter the raffle to win tickets to see the movie.

 
Looking for a copy of a Divergent series book to read? Click on the cover below to find out where copies are checked in, or to place a hold on a copy if they’re all checked out.

Insurgent eBook

Divergent Read-a-Likes

Ann Aguirre
      
Paolo Bacigalupi
   
Leah Bobet

Alexandra Bracken
   
Aimee Carter

 Joelle Charbonneau
   
Ally Condie

 Megan Crewe
      
S.D. Crockett

Lydia Kang

Julia Karr

Alex London
   
 Marie Lu
      
Lauren McLaughlin

Caragh O’Brien
     
 Lauren Oliver
        
Susan Beth Pfeffer

C.J. Redwine
   
Jeyn Roberts
   
Veronica Rossi
         
Amy Kathleen Ryan
      
Kristen Simmons
      
Sherri Smith

Dan Wells
      
Kat Zhang
   

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Erlanger – Beyond the Book – Croak Series by Gina Damico

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Erlanger Quiet Room

This month we’ll discuss the “Croak” series by Gina Damico, including “Croak”, “Scorch” and “Rogue.” Get your questions answered in a live Skype session with the author! Pick up copies of the first book in the series at the Reference Desk or ask for help getting the other books.

 

By |November 19th, 2013|Categories: teens|Tags: |0 Comments

February Teen Books

2014 is going to be an amazing year for Young Adult Fiction! If you’re ready for a great new book pick up one of our featured fiction novels below at your library, or click the cover to place a hold on a copy.

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross is a Morris Award Finalist.

Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception. 

 

 

This was one of Eden Rassette’s favorite books of 2013. Eden is the Teen Librarian at the Erlanger branch.

Find Eden’s review of This Song Will Save Your Life on Goodreads!

Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.

 

Madman’s Daughter is the debut novel by Megan Shepherd. It’s sequel, Her Dark Curiosity, was just released in January 2014. 

In Madman’s Daughter Dr. Moreau’s daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father’s island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.

Great Teen Fiction – Sci-Fi, Adventure, and Dystopia

Looking for some great new books to read over spring break? Check out the featured YA fiction below! Click on the cover to be taken to the KCPL catalog, where you can place a hold on a book or find more great books by these authors.
 

   

 

The Glass Arrow is Kristen Simmons’ latest stand-alone novel. She describes it as her feminist novel – and it definitely is that! The Glass Arrow tells Aya’s story as she fights her way out of captivity and struggles for survival in a dystopian world where women are bought and sold.

 

This Shattered World is the next installment in the Starbound series by authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Galaxy-spanning science fiction with a healthy dose of romance, action, and mystery, the Starbound series can be read in any order.

 

Kalahari is the latest standalone novel from YA sci-fi author Jessica Khoury. Sarah and her father live in the middle of the Kalahari desert. When her father disappears in dangerous circumstances, Sarah must lead a group of teenage safari-goers on a quest to find out what happened to her family.

By |March 13th, 2015|Categories: teens, Teens||0 Comments

Holds Alert: PAINTED GIRLS

Holds are rising on  Cathy Marie Buchanan’s novel, The Painted Girls, (Penguin/Riverhead; soon to be available as Wheeler Large Print), after she was was interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

turday. Based on the true story of the three young sisters, one of whom, a rising ballerina, posed for Edgar Degas’ sculpture, “Little Dancer

By |February 11th, 2013|Categories: teens||0 Comments

Last Minute Gifts and/or Gift Wrapping at Durr

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6 – 8pm

Still need to make a present or 5? Come use our art and craft supplies to cross things off your list!
Do you already have presents but need to wrap them away from your family?

Do you know what a crafty gift wrap nerd Jessy the Librarian is?
Show up anytime 6-8!

http://www.pinterest.com/plasticbird/last-minute-gifts-12-10-at-6/
http://www.pinterest.com/plasticbird/jessy-is-a-gift-wrap-nerd/

Grades 6-12 welcome

 

 

By |November 19th, 2013|Categories: teens|Tags: , |0 Comments

Magical Realism in YA Fiction

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite books of the last year, and they all fit into a strange category of sub-genre called “Magical Realism.”

YA Highway describes magical realism in a clever way:
In a nutshell, magical realism is a very subtle genre which adds elements the surreal to a character’s everyday life. There is usually no explanation for these magical ingredients; there is no world-building; there is only a dose of strangeness to interrupt what would otherwise be a completely contemporary, realistic story. According to critic Luis Leal, “If you can explain it, then it’s not magical realism.”
Basically, these books have strange, magical, and/or fantastical elements that simply can’t be explained easily, if at all. If you’re looking for something mind-opening, twisty and strange, magical and profound, check out one of these great reads.

 

  

 

By |May 26th, 2015|Categories: teens, Teens||0 Comments

Nerdfighters At Carnegie Hall

If you weren’t a member of the sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall for John Green and brother Hank’s appearance Tuesday night, you can watch it here (take the advice to “Skip to the beginning of the show,” which is about 3 minutes in to the video): The New York Times

By |February 11th, 2013|Categories: teens||0 Comments

New Teen Reads for 2015!

The new year brings us a wealth of new Fiction & Memoirs for teens and fans of Young Adult fiction! Check out some top picks from Eden Grey, the Teen Librarian at KCPL’s Erlanger branch. Just click on the cover to find out more about the book and to reserve your copy today!
Contemporary and Realistic Young Adult Fiction
     
 Science Fiction & Fantasy

     
New Non-fiction & Memoirs
    

By |May 5th, 2015|Categories: teens, Teens||0 Comments

New Teen Reads for 2015!

The new year brings us a wealth of new Fiction & Memoirs for teens and fans of Young Adult fiction! Check out some top picks from Eden Grey, the Teen Librarian at KCPL’s Erlanger branch. Just click on the cover to find out more about the book and to reserve your copy today!
Contemporary and Realistic Young Adult Fiction
     
 Science Fiction & Fantasy

     
New Non-fiction & Memoirs
    

By |February 5th, 2015|Categories: teens, Teens||0 Comments

Newbery/Caldecott/ Printz/Sibert Buzz and Dreams

The ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced in less than two weeks and the listservs are buzzing. Below are the titles that people are talking about and my own “dream world” picks. Caldecott The major buzz is around Jon Klassen’s deceptively simple but slyly twisted, This is Not My Hat (Candlewick),

 

 

By |February 11th, 2013|Categories: teens||0 Comments

Paper Towns – Movie & Book Discussion!

My favorite book by popular YA author John Green is Paper Towns, and it’s being made into a movie! The movie releases on July 24th, 2015. I think the movie is going to be fantastic, because the casting choices were fantastic and John Green spent a lot of time on the movie set. Check out some of his videos from the movie set over here on YouTube. I particularly like this video of John Green talking about how much the Paper Towns movie is like the book!

 

 
We’re having a discussion of the book at the Erlanger branch, and you are welcome to join us! The discussion is in 2 weeks, on June 3rd. Registration is requested, but not required, and you can get a copy of the book by asking at the Reference Desk or placing a hold on one through the KCPL online catalog.

Paper Towns Book Discussion – Wednesday, June 3rd at 6pm

 

By |May 20th, 2015|Categories: teens, Teens||0 Comments

Quick ‘n’ Easy Halloween Costumes

Don’t know what you want to be for Halloween yet? Here’s 10 quick and simple ideas to try!

Starbucks drink

Tape a starbucks logo to a brown dress, white feather boa for foam, add some gold ribbon if you like caramel sauce

Hello Not a Kitty

Did you hear? The Sanrio corporation has said that their most famous cat is actually not a kitty—she’s a human girl! Wear a red skirt, white shirt, put a big bow in your hair, and get very angry at anyone who asks if you’re a cat.

Ash Ketchum

Gotta catch ‘em all! White collared shirt, blue vest, green fingerless gloves, and a red and white baseball cap. Not included: your very own Jigglypuff.

Cactus

Poke some white pipe cleaners through green clothing

Old Timey Bank Robber

Black and white striped shirt, black pants, black knit cap, paint a dollar sign on a bag for your loot

Medusa

Stick some plastic snakes in your hair with bobby pins and wear something flowing.

Be your own evil twin with a mustache and goatee!

http://powerisunderstanding.blogspot.com/2012/05/cut-out-your-darkest-timeline-beard.html

101 Dalmations

Get all your friends together and draw black spots on white outfits. Bonus points if you find a Cruella DeVille!

Hearts for eyes cat emoji

Yellow outfit, cat ears, heart sunglasses

By |October 22nd, 2014|Categories: KCPL, teens||0 Comments

Teen Photo Contest 2015

Do you know someone in middle or high school who takes great pictures? Our annual photo contest is their chance to show off!

First prize is a $100 prepaid debit card and your photo as the cover for the KCPL Teens facebook page; 2nd prize is a $50 prepaid debit card.

(Last year’s gallery show, photos by Jessy Griffith, teen services librarian at Durr/Independence.)

All the photos will be on display at our gallery show event at the Durr/Independence Branch on Friday, January 30 at 6pm. These are open to any and everyone in the community!

Submit up to 2 JPEG images as email attachments to kcplteens@gmail.com between January 1-January 26. Include your name, grade, and contact phone or e-mail. I will send a reply after I receive your photos. If you do not get a reply email, please try again or call the library.

By entering the contest you are allowing the library to use the images in promotional materials (like this blog post [except the gallery show photo]) and galleries both online and in print.

Maximum two entries per person. Judges will be library staff and volunteers.

See all of last year’s photos here!

By |January 14th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, teens||0 Comments

Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.  Celebrate Teen Tech Week with us, March 6-12, 2016.  
Show us your #bookface and celebrate Teen Tech Week at #kentonlibrary!
Ever notice how many book covers have parts of faces? Replace your face with the cover face and share your creativity all over Instagram. Check out our displays full of potential bookfaces, and scroll through the #bookface tag to check out everyone’s photos. By participating you are allowing the library to use the images in promotional materials and galleries both online and in print.
Covington
Free Earbuds Give-a-way
Makers Create!
Teen Tech Tuesdays
Durr (Independence)
ABC: Arches, Bridges, and Construction
What makes bridges work? Anchors, beams, compression…
We’ll work in teams to build arches, a suspension bridge and a truss bridge you can actually crawl across.
This program is one of Cincinnati Museum Center’s Programs-on-Wheels.

By |January 19th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, teens||0 Comments