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Isn’t it Pinteresting?

The Kenton County Public Library offers a gargantuan amount of programs, materials and services for all ages. To add to these services, the library has started a Pinterest videos series to guide you through great crafts for your family. Marker Robots!   Try past episodes: Erlanger Adult Programmer Laura Loechle demonstrates how to make Celtic Knot Jewelry. Covington Children's Librarian Amy Schardein demonstrates a fun Pinterest craft - how to color pasta noodles for crafts. Follow the Pinteresting board on Pinterest Find other Kenton County Public Library boards Questions?  Just ask!

Spring Flings

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Spring No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. There are many new books about spring and spring holidays that offer a welcome respite from the gloom of winter. So, while anticipating spring’s arrival, why not check out what’s blooming at the library. New Books about Spring  And Then Another Sheep Turned Up by Laura Gehl, illus. by Amy Adele Preparation and plans for a small family Passover seder are altered when the Sheep family of four is continually interrupted by unexpected guests. Kids will stay engaged with this rhyming, cumulative tale. Bug Detective: Amazing Facts, Myths, and Quirks of Nature by Maggie Li From butterflies to beetles to bees, this fact-filled guide encourages children to take a closer look at the insect world. A Butterfly Called Hope by Mary Alice Monroe, photographs by Barbara J. Bergwerf This book provides an excellent introduction to the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Beautiful, full-color, up-close photographs accompany the text. Four pages of learning activities are also included. Free online resources are available from the publisher as well. Butterfly Counting by Jerry Pallotta, illus. by Shennen Bersani This unusual butterfly book introduces facts about the insects, portrays 24 different species, gives the word for "butterfly" in 27 languages other than English, and counts from zero to 25. Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin After a baby duck is born on the farm, the entire farm is disrupted as all the animals try to get the baby to sleep. This is another installment from the duo who gave us Click, Clack, Moo and Giggle, Giggle, Quack. Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It’s Spring! by Marion Dane [...]

Oscar Film Fest @ the Covington Library

Planning to watch the Academy Awards this year? You can start the cinematic celebration early by stopping by the Covington Branch on Friday, February 20th, to enjoy a viewing of some Oscar-winning films, courtesy of Hoopla. We’ll be showing movies from 10am to 5pm. Popcorn will be provided and you can grab an Oscar ballot to make your guesses for this year’s winners. All completed ballots may be entered into a drawing for a prize. Schedule: Best of the Three Stooges -10am In the Heat of the Night – 11am The Sting – 1pm The King’s Speech – 3:15      Hoopla is the newest digital service offered through the Kenton County Public Library. With Hoopla, you can borrow movies, music, and audiobooks – all for FREE. Hoopla works with smartphones, tablets, or your home computer. You can even watch movies with Apple TV. Just click on the link, sign up with your Library card, and you’re ready to go: https://www.kentonlibrary.org/hoopla      Items are always available on Hoopla, so you’ll never have to place a hold. You may check out ten items a month and they are automatically returned at the end of the lending period—that means no  late fees ever! Here is a list of more great films on Hoopla Find out what’s new on Hoopla Get the apps:       

SCORE: Support for Learning – Financial Management

Gale Courses offers a wide range of interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.  As a Kenton County Public Library card holder (apply for a card), you can enroll in these courses at no cost. In these 6 week courses, you'll spend roughly 2 to 4 hours each week completing two lessons. Expert instructors develop every course and you'll be able to interact with them and fellow students in an online discussion area.    Mastery of Business Fundamentals Master the fundamentals of accounting and increase your knowledge about key financial terms, cash flow management, financial statements, and cost control. Additionally, learn the difference between financial and cost accounting. Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel  Using practical explanations and real-life examples, this course will show you how money flows through a typical business. You will learn the basics of how a business operates, including how to develop successful business strategies and how to use financial statements to make better business decisions. Accounting Fundamentals and Accounting Fundamentals II (See also Quickbooks Page) More Online Resources Hoopla Audiobook The Fiscal Fitness System: Understanding Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Cash Flow [PDFs: Risk Checklist, Fiscal Fitness Workbook] Overdrive e-Books: Financial intelligence for entrepreneurs : what you really need to know about the numbers and Accounting for Non-Accountants   Questions? Go to: www.kentonlibrary.org/ask

By |February 17th, 2015|Categories: Online Resources|0 Comments

SCORE: Support for Learning – Checklist

Gale Courses  offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.  As a Kenton County Public Library card holder (apply for a card), you can enroll in these courses at no cost. In these 6 week courses, you'll spend roughly 2 to 4 hours each week completing two engaging lessons. Expert instructors develop and lead every course, and you'll be able to interact with them and with fellow students in lively online discussion areas.   Leadership Gale Courses: Leadership Course from the Project Management Institute Audiobooks from Hoopla (Stream or download them on your phone for 3 weeks at a time)     Overdrive e-books: Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Decisive           Planning Gale Courses: Creating a Successful Business Plan, Introduction to Business Analysis Sample Business Plans from the Business Plans Handbook Audiobooks from Hoopla    Time management Gale Courses: Individual Excellence Hoopla audiobooks:     Overdrive e -books: Getting Things Done and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and Eat That Frog!    Business Records & Personnel Gale Courses: Understanding the Human Resources Function Employment Law Fundamentals Fundamentals of Supervision and Management Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II

By |February 17th, 2015|Categories: Online Resources|0 Comments

SCORE: Smart Owners Series Resources

Leadership Gale Courses: Leadership Course from the Project Management Institute Audiobooks from Hoopla (Stream or download them on your phone for 3 weeks at a time)     E-books: Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Decisive       Planning Gale Courses: Creating a Successful Business Plan   Introduction to Business Analysis Sample Business Plans from the Business Plans Handbook Audiobooks from Hoopla    Financial Management & Financial Records & Control - Cost & Pricing Gale Courses: Mastery of Business Fundamentals, Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel,  Accounting Fundamentals, Accounting Fundamentals II, (See Quickbooks Page) Hoopla Audiobook: The Fiscal Fitness System: Understanding Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Cash Flow [PDFs: Risk Checklist, Fiscal Fitness Workbook] Books: Financial intelligence for entrepreneurs : what you really need to know about the numbers and Accounting for Non-Accountants   Time management Gale Courses: Individual Excellence Hoopla audiobooks:      e -books: Getting Things Done and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and Eat That Frog!    Marketing / Selling Gale Courses Marketing: Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring (Instructor is a SCORE counselor), Marketing Your Business on the Internet, Business and Marketing Writing, Achieving Top Search Engine Positions Sales: Professional Sales Skills, Effective Selling Hoopla audiobooks [PDF Zigget workbooks]      E-books: Visual Marketing with the Power of Pinterest and Instagram, The Social Employee   Business Records & Personnel Gale Courses: Understanding the Human Resources Function, Employment Law Fundamentals, Fundamentals of Supervision and Management, Managing Customer Service Hoopla audiobooks:    More business skills from Gale Courses: Achieving Success with Difficult People Interpersonal Communication Keys to Effective Communication Building Teams That Work Project Management Fundamentals Total Quality Fundamentals Skills for Making Great Decisions Hoopla Video:Business Series    Digital Magazines Zinio (looks great on tablets/iPads)   Business Source Premier (PDF format, great for searching and back issues) Inc. [...]

By |February 17th, 2015|Categories: Online Resources|0 Comments

Learning Python

Documentation and the Python Software Foundation Basic Introductions Visualize and understand coding concepts with Scratch and Code.org courses Python for Everybody Codeacademy: Python Continue learning Learn Python the Hard Way Dive into Python / Dive into Python 3 How to think like a computer scientist with Python [Static version]/ EdX: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python Google's Python Class  / EdX: Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science Coursera: An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 1) Coursera: An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 2) Coursera: Introduction to Scripting in Python Specialization Udacity: Intro to Computer Science Udacity: Programming Fundamentals with Python Udacity: Design of Computer Programs   (Python learning aids) Python tutorials - Kahn Academy Python Tutor - Philip Guo, Python Tutor and Writer Mechanical MOOC - Course Sequence The Python Tutorial The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python P2PU Challenges/exercises Python Koans CodingBat Python Python Challenge Frameworks Flask Django Full Stack Python Style and coding best practices Code Like a Pythonista: Idiomatic Python Pep 8 (recommended style guide) Project based New Coder Make a PyPet Mega Project List the @unitedstates project OpenHatch Game based Checkio Arcade Games with Python Tools CodeSkulptor Repl.it IPython Organizations CincyPy Meetup PyLadies PyCon PyOhio Python Software Foundation Girl Develop It Blacks in Technology Women Who Code Black Girls Code Girls Who Code Computer science, programming, computational thinking Kahn Academy Coursera: Algorithms Part 1 More strategies for learning  Pomodoro Technique - Learning How to Learn MOOC  Pair programming Listen to podcasts and get involved with Code Newbie Seek mentors/advisors (See Organizations) Kahn Academy Top-down design and Step-wise refinement Books Al Sweigart Books A Byte of Python Think Python [PDF] [Exercises] Articles This Is Your Brain On Code, According To Functional MRI Imaging

By |February 9th, 2015|Categories: Research & Learning, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hidden Gems: Music & Magazines

Goodbye World Book OverDrive’s 10 most frequently asked questions (Go to email reference for login folder>Overdrive) Send a support request when a user needs to change their library card number Privacy and Safety resources How to use Apple TV with Hoopla Library Help Videos Music Hoopla Comedy      Music (Various - Selections from Pitchfork)        (Jazz - Selections from the Village Voice)     (Bluegrass - Selections from Rolling Stone)      Freegal           Sound effects Spoken Word Audiobooks Poetry Comedy Educational Magazines MasterFILE Premier Cincinnati Magazine Subject examples: Restaurants, Top Doctors, Schools, Neighborhoods, People (ex.Carol Tyler), Best of the City Online Searcher Subject examples: Public libraries, e-books, social media American Libraries Subject examples: Public libraries, privacy, Most recent, "What they said." Consumer Reports or ConsumerReports.org Other Library Magazines Library Media Connection, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Library Technology Reports, Computers in Libraries Other Magazines: This Week in Consumer Electronics, Interview (ex: Authors > Zadie Smith or Lawrence Ferlinghetti), Sierra General MasterFILE premiere sample search: African American Authors (book report, bibliography, interview, etc.)  Women authors Alt-PressWatch Broken Pencil (Zine Culture & the Independent Arts,ex:), Yoga Journal, Utne, C Magazine (Visual arts, ex:), American Poetry Review, Climbing, Libertarian Papers, Ploughshares (essays/writing), American Conservative, SpeciaLiving, The Stranger Zinio         

By |January 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scratch Workshop

Getting started with Scratch 1. Go to: http://scratch.mit.edu/ 2. Create an account to save your work. Click "Join Scratch" in the upper-right corner.  3.Ready to begin? You can: Watch a getting started video Download the "Getting Started Guide" [PDF] Or just get started! Follow a step by step guide (Look at the right side of the screen.) Begin with a starter project Need help along the way? Watch short tutorials Print help cards Need inspiration for what you can do? Best scratch projects of all time Check out these library books for more help with Scratch. e-books    Print books: Super Scratch 1.4 & Super Scratch 2 Find more resources for making and coding. Kids can sign-up for Curious Coders in March!

By |January 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments