2019-2020 for the Kenton County Public Library was one of booming activity. However in March 2020, that all came to a halt when our region shut down as cases of the Coronavirus increased and businesses were ordered to close. The library closed its doors on March 13, 2020 but by March 27 had quickly pivoted to online service by way of programming and e-offerings. By mid-May the library was offering drive-thru service and the doors once again opened on June 8th.

Through all the changes, the library never stopped serving the community. Here is a snapshot of key statistics:       

Library visits: 602,686

Computer use by number of sessions:  119,809

Reference Transactions: 189,237

Number of meeting room uses by outside groups:  6,410

Book collection:  376,307

eBook collection: 129,547

AV collection: 93,846

Periodical subscriptions:  383

Databases: 112

Total Circulation:  1,939,426

Total number of in-house programs:  4,985

Inhouse program attendance:  125,654

Online program attendance:  136,052

Number of computers available to the public:  258

Number of people formally trained in computer use:  15,211

Another area of focus this year was the library’s Workforce Development program.

For the past decade, the library has been working on helping people find work. This is done at all levels, from those just getting started to those who have been in their profession for years and have been downsized or are looking for a change. A key component in this is the Northern Kentucky Accountability Group. This group meets weekly to share resources and tips. Those who have participated in the group says it has changed their lives:

Your program made a major impact in my life and helped me to get through one of the most difficult experiences that I have ever encountered. I was let go from my job at TriHealth during their COVID-19 cuts. I had been the supervisor of Good Samaritan Hospital Outpatient Physical Therapy for 27 years and at TriHealth for 33. I was lost and totally devastated. I did not know even where to begin. I had no resume, interview skills or current LinkedIn page. I did not know how to market myself or network. In came your program!!! What a difference it made. I plugged into so many classes and watched old ones. I built a resume and a LinkedIn page and learned how to use Google. I plugged into course on interviewing, marketing, networking, Zoom, and building my own brand. Your program gave me confidence and the skills I needed to move forward. I cannot tell you how eternally grateful I am. Your program changed my life. Thank you so very much!! – Suzanne

To date the program has helped hundreds of individuals find professional level jobs.

2019: 261 Workforce Programs held, 7450 people attended

January to August 2020: 221 Workforce Programs held, 7886 people attended

Success stories like Suzanne’s are regularly featured on the library’s LinkedIn page.

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