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Summer learning is a priority at the Kenton County Public Library. I am lucky enough to be the Children’s Services Coordinator at the Erlanger Branch, and I am so proud of the work our Library does to support summer learning!  Both inside our Library buildings and out in the community, KCPL staff members spent the summer of 2018 working hard to make sure all children had plenty of educational and recreational experiences to continue learning throughout the summer. Let me share a few highlights from this past summer!

One of the most important things that children need to do during the summer is to READ! To encourage reading, KCPL’s Summer Reading Club provides incentive prizes. Every child ages 2 through 12 who read, or listened to, 10 books, OR spent 10 hours reading or listening to books, received a free book and a choice of a drawstring bag or our KCPL summer reading tee shirt, designed this year by local artist Becca Stadtlander.

These are the incentive prizes that children received for reading during the summer!

Library storytimes at all locations kept our youngest patrons engaged and entertained!

Preschoolers enjoyed Rise ‘n Shine Storytime with Miss Morgan on Monday mornings at Erlanger.


Music, Motion and Stories with Mr. Joel the Singing Librarian was a big hit with preschoolers at Durr on Tuesday mornings.

Programs for school aged children included arts and crafts, science, and technology.

Canvas Art at Erlanger provided an opportunity for tweens to exercise their creativity and artistic skills!


School aged children in Covington enjoyed Bubble Art!


There was always something fun going on at the Trailblazers program on Tuesday afternoons at Durr!


The Maker Club, held in the STREAM Center at the Erlanger Branch on Thursday evenings, provided exciting science and tech programming.

Special events at our Libraries included entertainers, animal shows, and museum presentations.

Families at the Durr Branch enjoyed a visit from the Madcap Puppets.


Mr. Cowpie shared his music and his animals, entertaining the crowd at Durr.


The Cincinnati Museum Center spent time Uncovering Egypt with the children in Covington.

Out in the community, you could find the Library at summer schools, community centers, day care centers, and parks!

Our Outreach Services Department, as well as our Racing to Read outreach van, brought books and storytimes to day care centers, school summer camps, and day camps throughout Kenton County.


Children and families enjoyed library presentations at the Erlanger Depot Park every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00. The Erlanger-Elsmere School District also provided free lunch for children during the program. The Library participated in other park programs at Devou Park, Mills Road Park, Pioneer Park, and Lincoln Ridge Park.

Our Library buildings served as host sites for the USDA Summer Nutrition Program, helping children receive the nutrition support they needed to stay healthy for the summer!

Children lined up to receive lunch at the Erlanger Branch every Monday through Friday, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, from June 4 through July 27.

Whether inside the library or out in the community, KCPL staff members were making a difference for children, helping them to continue learning throughout the summer!  And now that children are back in school, we are still busy providing enriching and educational experiences for people of all ages.  Be sure to visit to find out how you can take advantage of all that KCPL has to offer!

Submitted by Lise Tewes, Children’s Services Coordinator at the Erlanger Branch Library.  Lise is the mother of 7 and grandmother of 8, so reading to children is one of her passions, whether at home or in the Library.  Visit Lise at the Erlanger Branch every Monday or Tuesday morning, where she presents the”Baby Music and Rhyme Wiggletime” programs.  

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