Did you know that Tuesday, May 14 is Kentucky Gives Day? Kentucky Gives Day is an opportunity for Kentuckians (near and far) to come together to make donations to Kentucky charities in an effort to raise as much money as possible in 24 hours. If you would like to give of your time, talent or treasure, please consider the Kenton County Public Library. There are several ways to give:



The Library’s Volunteer Program seeks to provide opportunities for volunteers to make meaningful contributions to the operations of the library, help to expand and enhance library services, strengthen ties to the community and build public awareness of the diverse services provided by Kenton County Public Libraries. To find out more about the Library’s volunteer program, click here




Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Kenton County Public Library is a volunteer membership group that supports the Library primarily through used book sales. Future book sale dates are:

August 11-17 at the Covington Branch library

September 23-29 at the William E. Durr Branch library

December 1-7 at the Erlanger Branch library


General giving:

If you would like to make a donation to the Library Foundation, please click here to use a credit card. If you would like to send a check, please make it payable to the Kenton County Public Library Foundation and either drop off at any Library location (Covington, Erlanger or Durr in Independence) or mail to 3095 Hulbert Dr., Erlanger, KY 41018. Please fill out this document when donating with either cash or check (link to order form online).


Say Cheese…Amazon Smile 

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates to your favorite charitable organization. If you shop at amazon, you can select the Kenton County Public Library Foundation as a recipient to a percentage of your purchase price. Learn more at, smile.amazon.com.


Honoring One Through a Book

Know a reader? Honor their life, legacy or love of books by putting a book plate in a book of their liking. For a $25 donation, Library staff will work with you to identify the perfect book which will be marked with a special nameplate on the inside cover. Click here to complete online with credit card. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, please download this form and either mail to the library or bring it with you on your next visit.


Support the Library with Your Kroger Card

A percentage of what you purchase at Kroger’s can be donated to the Library Foundation when you use your reward card. Here’s how:

  1. Sign into your Kroger account at https://www.kroger.com/signin?redirectUrl=/
  2. Go to your account preferences, https://www.kroger.com/account/update/
  3. Scroll down to the Community Rewards section. Hit Edit. This will take you to the page with all the organizations. You can either search under Kenton County Public Library Foundation or type in number 89030 to select the library as your Rewards recipient.


Pet Memorials

Pets are part of the family. With a $25 donation, you can honor your pet with the donation of animal book. A special gift plate inscribed with your pet’s name will be placed in the book. Click here to complete online with credit card. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, please download this form and either mail to the Library or bring it with you on your next visit.


Donor Walls & Bricks

Each Kenton County Public Library branch has a way to recognize and show support for a loved one. Each option is a bit different. The Covington and William E. Durr branches have donor walls in the building. The Erlanger Branch has personalized bricks in the outdoor Reading Garden.  Click the item of the branch you would like to support and fill out the appropriate form. Erlanger brick, Covington wall tile, William E. Durr/Independence wall tile.



Libraries are so instrumental in the STEM movement, we’ve renamed it  STREAM (science, engineering, READING, arts and math). Each location has equipment that will allow guests to create, make and take projects for their personal, professional or educational lives. Click here if you would like to help support this effort.

Those donating over $250 to the STREAM effort at the Kenton County Public Library will have the option to have their name listed on the donor wall in the STREAM Center at the Erlanger Branch Library.


Outreach to Children & Homebound Residents

There are many people who are unable to visit the Library for a number of reasons. The Library has two services to reach these important groups.

Racing to Read is an innovative program designed by the Library to serve preschool children at child care facilities in Kenton County. The goal of the program is to introduce children to books and reading so they are prepared to learn how to read when they enter kindergarten. The Racing to Read program serves 38 childcare centers and 1,500 children in these centers.

During each visit, Library employees read stories to children, allowing them to interact with books and hear how words are formed. After the stories, children and their caregivers are invited onto the Racing to Read vehicle to check out materials from among the collection of 6,000 items shelved on board the vehicle. In addition to books for children, the program also offers teacher resources and books so that caregivers can continue exposing children to books and reading.


Homebound Delivery Service  

Homebound Delivery is a service designed to offer Library materials to Kenton County residents with a disability or medical condition that prevents them from visiting the Library. Staff in Homebound Delivery also visit congregate living centers to provide books and interactive programs to the residents.  Donations to these services go towards providing new books, program supplies and vehicle maintenance. To learn more about either service, please call Outreach Supervisor Wynita Worley at 859-962-4061 wynita.worley@kentonlibrary.org. To donate to either of these services, click here.

History & Genealogy

Photos, family files, census records…the Library’s Local History & Genealogy Department have been assisting people with their research for decades. You can help continue this work by leaving a lasting legacy with a gift to the Local History & Genealogy Department. Donate online or if use this form to drop off or mail cash or check gifts.





Planned Giving & Bequests

When doing estate planning, please consider leaving the Library Foundation in your will. You can specify where you would like your funds to go to or allow the Foundation to use funds where needed. You may designate the Kenton County Public Library Foundation as a beneficiary of a gift or part of your estate and significantly reduce the tax burden on your family. To speak about designating the Library Foundation in your long-term giving plans, please contact Executive Director Dave Schroeder at (859) 578-3600.


If you have questions about any of the options listed, please contact Robin Klaene or Mike Blum in the Public Relations and Development office:

  • Robin Klaene: (859) 578-3608, robin.klaene@kentonlibrary.org
  • Mike Blum: (859) 578-7944,  mike.blum@kentonlibrary.org
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