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After the Hour of Code: what’s next for little coders?

Coding Continued... Did you complete your first Hour of Code and are ready for more learning? The library can help with that! Link to great websites and checkout amazing resources right here at your library. Thanks to Google and ALA for sponsoring our Hour of Code activity this year. Complete a Course for your Grade Level at   Checkout a Maker Kit Ozobot Code & Go Robot Mouse Raspberry Pi Check out a book and complete a Scratch Project We have tons of books that will lead you through amazing projects for any age and interest. Kids around 2nd grade and up can use Scratch for simple and advanced projects. This block based language teaches coding and computer science concepts through dragging and dropping blocks in the coding work space. This helps prepare kids to learn when they are older and can handle the tricky syntax of text based languages. Younger kids age 5-7 can use Scratch Jr which is a free app.         You can even find fiction books and history books to inspire kids to keep coding. Computer science is really about problem solving which kids are naturally drawn to in the form of games, stories, and creativity. Middle Grade   Early Readers and Picture Books    

By |December 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on After the Hour of Code: what’s next for little coders?

Reading (and watching) the Royal Wedding

Hoopla Films: Royalty We’re days away from the wedding. Even though we’re an ocean away and, though our Founding Fathers might be upset to hear it, we just can’t seem to get enough of the British Royals. Prince Harry Windsor’s upcoming wedding to American Meghan Markle is not a ‘royal’ wedding, per say, but it is an opportunity to see the Royal Family out with Monarchy on full display.  Though we remain proud citizens of a republic, it’s always nice to read up on how our old metropole is doing across the pond. BookUs is no exception to this and one need only look at several of our library staff selections to see how popular the British Royals remain. For my particular selection, there is a whole section related to British History. The British Royal Family is one of the most talked about subjects when discussing contemporary Britain.   While working on my Masters in British History, I received several questions about the Royals from fascinated onlookers. With this in mind, here are a few reading suggestions for those who can’t seem to get enough of Britain or her Royals. Christopher Anderson’s Game of Crowns is an excellent read for those readers curious about the rumored gossip of Buckingham Palace. The book is written by a former palace insider who discusses the history and scandal of the current Windsor Royals. Princess Diana, Camilla Parker Bowles, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Her Majesty, the Queen all feature prominently. Anderson also speculates on the fate of the Monarchy once the Queen’s successors inherit the throne.  Maybe you’d like to read up on some of the more scandalous history of Britain’s Royal Family. Andrew Morton’s 17 Carnations looks at [...]

By |May 16th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Reading (and watching) the Royal Wedding

Ada Lovelace: Celebrating Women in Technology, Math and Science

Image source: Kate Beaton Image board Video Walter Isaacson on Ada Lovelace Talks from Ada Lovelace Day 2014 - Royal Institute Studying the Mundane Step Troeth Toying with Physics: Space, Scorpions and Software Engineering Helen Czerski A rap about technology Konnie Huq Gramaphonica  Naomi Kashiwagi Can Maths Predict the Future? Hannah Fry Audient, My Dear Caro C Three Bridges Roma Agrawal Richard III and the Greyfriars Project Turi King    More Videos from Ada Lovelace Day 2013 Women and Technology TED Talks Why good hackers make good citizens Catherine Bracy Why do ambitious women have flat heads? Dame Stephanie Shirley [article] How we're teaching computers to understand pictures Fei-Fei Li The rise of personal robots Cynthia Breazeal Hackers: the Internet's immune system Keren Elazari The curly fries conundrum: Why social media "likes" say more than you might think Jennifer Golbeck How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too) Margaret Gould Stewart Meet a young entrepreneur, cartoonist, designer, activist... Maya Penn Building blocks that blink, beep and teach Ayah Bdeir Computing Heritage shorts Mary Coombs shares her story Operating the Bombe: Jean Valentine's story Joyce Wheeler shares her story Margaret Marrs shares her story Freelance Programmer: the story of Dame Stephanie Shirley Megan Smith on the lost history of technical women, including Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley Women Techmakers and CS on Air [Google] Articles and Stories The New Yorker "Ada Lovelace, the First Tech Visionary" Brain Pickings "How Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's Daughter, Became the World's First Computer Programmer" Mashable "Ada Lovelace, a Computer Programmer Ahead of Her Time" Wikipedia "Ada Lovelace" Communications of the ACM "Innovators Assemble: Ada Lovelace, Walter Isaacson, and the Superheroines of Computing" The Atlantic Happy Ada Lovelace Day! A Collection of Essays on Gender [...]

By |September 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ada Lovelace: Celebrating Women in Technology, Math and Science

Getting to know the Raspberry Pi

E-books Overdrive                Hoopla (always available) for kids Guides and Tutorials Adafruit Introducing the Raspberry Pi 2 - Model B Introducing the Raspberry Pi Model B+ Electricity Basics Sparkfun Voltage, Current, Resistance, and Ohm's Law     Light-emitting Diodes (LEDs)     Resistors How to Use a Multimeter Analog vs. Digital     Electric Power Series and Parallel Circuits Circuits - Ohms Law - Khan Academy GPIO Guide Raspberry Pi GPIO Guide Adafruit's Raspberry Pi Lesson 4. GPIO Setup Interactive Raspberry Pinout Guide Videos Raspberry Pi GPIO Tutorial 1: Setting up and First Raspberry Pi GPIO - The Easy Way

By |September 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Getting to know the Raspberry Pi

Middle and High School Research

Pathfinder for successful research Catalog Searching Go to the Kenton County Public Library website. Click on Catalog Search.  Type in your search term by title of book, subject, keyword or author and limit your search.  Look through your search results and select one.  If the material fits your research needs then you can place a hold on the item, click place hold and enter your library card number and your PIN (usually the last four numbers of your phone number or your birth year).  Select which Library you want to pick up your item (Covington, Durr or Erlanger) and click Submit. You can also access our e-book collection through our catalog, just look for (electronic resource) after the title of the item. E-Books Click on E-Media. Click on Overdrive eBooks to check-out e-books or Reference & Research eBooks to search for articles in reference books. Both cover a wide range of topics. If you don't find a book on your topic, ask us how to recommend e-books on Overdrive! E-Resources Click on Research & Learning.  These are the databases that the library subscribes to for library patron’s research needs.  You can click on alphabetical listing of resources if you would like.  Depending upon your research topic, you will have many databases to choose from.  You will need to enter your library card if you are outside a library building. Most databases have tools for you to find the MLA citation for any article you find. You can also print and email the articles. Research Help Britannica Research Tools and Materials Britannica is a good source for getting a basic overview of your topic, finding quality websites and reviewing links to further reading. They have a specific site for research on [...]

By |June 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Middle and High School Research

Come to our sewing, reflective, and LED workshops.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington, the library is hosting sewing workshops to help residents increase their safety and engage in creative activities. The project started at Holmes Middle School where students are creating bike messenger bags like this in a 6 week session. The library is also hosting open workshops (anyone can attend!) where three sewing machines, fabric, reflective tape, LEDs, conductive thread, and other supplies are available for residents to create bags, belts, capes, pants protectors, and more. Get ideas for what you can make on our Instagram and Tumblr accounts for the project: Upcoming workshops: Thursday, May 21, 6-8PM Friday, May 22, 11AM - 1PM Saturday, May 23, 4-5PM (More workshops: June 15 and July 14) Bike Light Parade and Safety Celebration (May 23) On May 23rd we will have an afternoon and evening celebration for safety and bike month. We have been working with some amazing partners who will provide helmets, lights, and safety training. Throughout the event, we will be giving away free head lights and tail lights (while supplies last) thanks to Queen City Bike and Reser Bicycles. BRIDGES is a Northern Kentucky Brain Injury Support Group that provides support, education and resources. The acronym of BRIDGES means BRain Injury Demands Guidance Education and Support. BRIDGES provides brain injury awareness education through community outreach and by raising funds to advocate of brain injured survivors and their families. BRIDGES NKY will provide information and free helmets from 2-3PM in Meeting Room 1. From 3-4PM. Annie Brown from Smitty's Cyclery will offer advice on riding safe on the roads from what to wear to how to position your bike.  Then from 5-6PM with help from the City of Covington and Park Hills Police Departments she will guide [...]

By |May 12th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Come to our sewing, reflective, and LED workshops.

Meet some makers at the Coder and Maker Club.

A digital clock. An android app. A geodesic dome. A new career. An online retirement calculator. LED bracelet and messenger bag. What do these items have in common? They are all projects in the works at the Kenton County Public Library, Coder and Maker Club that meets twice a month at the Covington library. A mix of hobbyists, professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, new computer programmers, young adults, kids, and the curious, the club is a way to connect with other makers, learn new skills, and share what you are working on. Ann Schoenenberger, who helps organize the group, says, "I don't think we ever get over the need to share and listen like we did in Kindergarten." (She calls that part of the meeting "show and tell.") "We are also very busy people with lots of competition for our time and focus. The club and the library can help keep you on track and provide motivation to get things done. Best of all, you have other people to encourage you and celebrate with. " If you are an artist, tinkerer, like making things (anything), curious about 3D printing, Raspberry Pi or Arduino, or want to learn how to make an app or website, new members are always welcome. Join the e-newsletter or search the library event page for "Maker." The club is inspired and supported by the many resources the library has for learning. Find your inspiration here: Art and Creativity, Programming and Code, & Making and Technology The Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington recently awarded the Coder and Maker Club, B Visible Project a grant to increase pedestrian and bike safety. Read more about the grant or sign--up for the public workshops on how to add lights, LEDs and reflective tape to [...]

By |March 25th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Meet some makers at the Coder and Maker Club.

SCORE: Support for Learning – Customers

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    Customer Service Gale Courses: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. Entrepreneur Harvard Business Review Cincinnati Magazine

By |March 24th, 2015|Categories: Online Resources|Comments Off on SCORE: Support for Learning – Customers

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!

By |March 13th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Isn’t it Pinteresting?

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 [...]

By |March 3rd, 2015|Categories: A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, Featured Post|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Spring Flings