Ah, summertime — we dream of long, sunny days and picture-perfect moments with our nearest and dearest, perhaps on the beach or some other fun destination.  We’ve long captured such moments with our trusty cameras, and now days, our smart phones.

To inspire a summer full of promise, and to recollect joyful moments of past sunny seasons, we invite you to stop by the Erlanger branch and browse our lobby cabinet display “Every Picture Tells a Story,” featuring a collection of vintage cameras.  Many of the cameras are from a generous donation several years ago, while others are on loan from library staff members.

The library’s 2019 Summer Reading Celebration theme is “A Universe of Stories.”  It is fun to think about all the stories these cameras might have captured over the years.  If only the cameras could talk.  Do you have a favorite “vacay” photo with a treasured story behind it?

If you want to improve your photography skills so that you may preserve your treasured moments more successfully, we have books on the subject.  We also encourage you to attend a Photo Seminar at the Erlanger Branch on Tuesday, July 16th.   If you would like to improve your smartphone camera skills, we have a workshop at our William E. Durr Branch on July 18th for that, too.  Learn to take your photos to the next level during our Snapseed app class on July 25th at the William E. Durr Branch.  And finally, get crafty with one of our maker events such as Heat Press and Transfers at the Covington Branch on July 20th and our DIY photo cube program at the Erlanger Branch on July 29th and display your vacation photos in style.

We hope you will include the library in your summer plans.  You can practice your photography skills at our photo op in the front lobby, participate in our Summer Reading Celebration (and have the chance to win prizes!), check out audiobooks for road trips, and visit our digital branch from anywhere you go this summer.  For a trip down memory lane, look at our Faces and Places database, filled with thousands of historic photos from the Northern Kentucky area.

Old photos are evocative and carry emotional punch.  The images you take today will conjure nostalgia down the road.  Sometimes we do not realize the value of a moment caught be the lens until years later.  May your summer photos be picture-perfect.  And, may they tell your stories beautifully.

Written by: April Ritchie

April is the Patron Experience Coordinator at the Erlanger Branch.  She loves creating memorable experiences for library visitors.

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