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Creative Castles to Inspire the Imagination

Summer Reading Celebration is in full swing at the Kenton County Public Library.  Stop by any of our branches to pick up your book log or visit to register.  People of all ages are encouraged to join the fun. If you happen to be visiting the Erlanger Branch, make sure to view the cardboard castles in our display cases in the front lobby.  Staff members and volunteers handcrafted these fantasy creations to tie in with our summer reading theme: "Imagine Your Story." Kids of all ages (and kids at heart) will enjoy viewing the colorful fortresses. This castle has amazing detail work.  The “stonework” around the windows, the battlements on the turrets, and the coat of arms on the front wall are elements that add to the whimsy of this piece. I’m not sure if purple castles exist in real life, but we have one in our display case.  This one is a real gem with lots of thoughtful details, such as the thatched roofs and aqua-colored flags. The front door is a real showstopper! The curtains are made from real fabric. Our next castle has a green pet dragon living on its roof.  The pinecone creature guards this marvelous structure against invaders. The turrets, flags, and “wooden” front door are an impressive sight.  As you can see, this dwelling is surrounded by water to help fortify it. We have lots of books at the library on castles, knights, dragons, princesses, and other topics to capture your imagination.  You may also check out any of the books in the display cases – just ask a staff member. Inspiration for the castles came from Pinterest, but staff and volunteers put their own inventive touches on [...]

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Creative Castles to Inspire the Imagination

Mirth and Merriment in the Erlanger Display Cases

We would like to invite you to stop by the Erlanger Branch and browse our front lobby display cases. We’ve turned them into a winter wonderland with all sorts of animals frolicking in the snow. Kids of all ages, as well as kids at heart, will enjoy the frosty vignettes of furry critters enjoying their frozen fantasyland. While in the building, be sure to fill out an entry form, located at the circulation and children's desks, for a chance to win a copy of the children’s book The Mitten. The drawing will be January 2, 2020. While looking at these charming beasties, we hope you will take notice of the beautiful children’s books on display. We’ve featured some animal tales with snowy settings. Be sure to ask a staff member for help if you see one (or more) you would like to check out – we encourage you to take them home with you. What better way to pass the time than with a fun book on a cold, winter day? If you are looking for additional fun activities, we have lots of festive events lined up this month at all our locations. Browse our calendar to see the complete list. We wish you glad wintry tidings! Written by: April Ritchie April is the Patron Experience Coordinator at the Erlanger Branch. She loves creating memorable experiences for library visitors.

By |December 18th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Mirth and Merriment in the Erlanger Display Cases

Every Picture Tells a Story

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 [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Every Picture Tells a Story