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Spooky Stories In Your Own Backyard

Looking to read about ghosts, spirits, phantoms, or unexplained phenomena? Want to read a spooky story about Kentucky or one that originates in your own back yard? Do you think your house may be haunted and want to research its history? Look no further than the Kenton County Public Library. We have numerous local history books and resources filled with haunting tales, ghost stories, and documented unexplained experiences that will give you a good fright just in time for Halloween. The true story of Pearl Bryan’s murder in Fort Thomas has captivated Northern Kentuckians for over a century, inspiring countless ghost stories and legends. Learn more about the macabre case in The Pearl Bryan Murder Story by Anthony W. Kuhnheim, Unwanted: A Murder Mystery of the Gilded Age by Andrew Young, and The Perils of Pearl Bryan Betrayal and Murder in the Midwest in 1896 by James L. McDonald . You can also read online newspaper accounts from the investigation and trial in the Cincinnati Enquirer - Historical 1841-1922 Database.  If you can't get enough Pearl Bryan, attend local author Larry Tippin's presentation on his new book The Betrayal of Pearl Bryan: Unraveling the Gilded Age Mystery that Captivated a National on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 7 PM at the Erlanger Library. What hair-raising stories have you been told about what happened to Ms. Bryan’s head? Leave us a reply and let us know! Join paranormal investigators Zak, Nic and Aaron as they investigate the paranormal experiences at Bobby Mackey's Music World. If you're thirsting for spooky tales from Kentucky, sink your teeth into Ghosts Across Kentucky by William Lynwood Montell or Ghosts, Spirits, and Angels True Tales from Kentucky and Beyond by Thomas Lee Freese. If you have regional [...]

Job Search Central

 Preparing for Hiring Events 2018 New Year, New Career Job Fair (Erlanger Library, 1/18/18) 2018 How to Work a Job Fair Job Skills Blog Post Job Search Sites 2018    Job Searching Job Search Sites 2018 Job Search Sites for Adults Ages 50 and Older 2018    Local Networking Organizations Maximize Your LinkedIn Profile (1/22/18) The Green Light Group Ohio Job Search Focus Group   Links to Job Search Central Bibliographies RESUME & COVER LETTER BOOK BIBLIOGRAPHY JOB HUNTING BIBLIOGRAPHY Interviewing Skills Electronic Job Hunting Books    Descriptions of Job Search Central Adult Education Classes available at the branches: Thomas More Adult Education Classes Target Your Resume:  Learn how to update, fine tune and focus your resume for specific job targets to compete in today's competitive job market. Interviewing Skills Workshop:   You never get a second chance to make a first impression! Learn how to put your best foot forward in job interviews and get an opportunity to practice interviewing with human resource professionals from Northern Kentucky. Jump Start Your Job Search:  Learn to skillfully navigate the best Job Search sites available, the importance of networking & how to do job research using databases.  LinkedIn Techniques for Job Seekers:  Basic class on LinkedIn, specifically geared  to get started using it BEFORE you need to find a new job.   Self-Paced Learning Express Software MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, etc… Occupation Practice Tests Work Keys Preparation Workplace Skills Improvement Gale Courses     KCPL Computer Learning Center Classes First Time Computer Users Create and Email MS Word I & II MS Excel I & II Power Point I & II Introduction to Publisher     Northern KY Industrial Park Company Lists: Florence, KY Industrial Park [...]

By |January 20th, 2017|Categories: Jobs & Careers|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Job Search Central

Learn Something New Today with Free Online Classes From the Library!

Learn something new today with Gale Courses, an instructor led online course. Why take a Gale Course: Easy: Sign up with your Library card Free: No fees required Accessible: Courses can be accessed anywhere, any time, on any computer with internet access. Engagement: Online discussion areas bring the learner and instructor together for feedback and encouragement. Flexibility: Learn on your own time Recognition: Patrons receive a "Record of Completion" certificate after successfully finishing a course. What Courses are Available? Career and Professional Accounting Business and Management Certification Prep Grant Writing and Nonprofit Healthcare Law and Legal Sales and Marketing Start Your Own Business Teaching and Education Veterinary Computers and Technology Basic Computer Literacy Certification Prep Computer Applications Database Management Graphic and Multimedia Design The Internet PC Networking and Security Web and Computer Programming Personal Development Arts Children, Parents and Family Digital Photography Health and Wellness Job Search Languages Personal Enrichment Personal Finance Test Prep Writing and Publishing Business Writing Creative Writing Grant Writing Publishing … and hundreds more!

By |January 18th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |Comments Off on Learn Something New Today with Free Online Classes From the Library!

Guest Post: Alia Jones’ Ten Best Picture Books of 2016

We’re experiencing a renaissance in children’s literature; never before has there been such a large pool of talented authors & illustrators. Though we’re getting more diverse books, we still have a long way to go. There simply are not enough books that feature diverse perspectives for children and we especially need more books written by authors of color and marginalized voices. Why are diverse books so important? They’re important because they give children the chance to see themselves in stories and they nurture open-mindedness. Children’s book characters are still mostly white, straight, cis-gender, non-disabled, humans…and cute animals/creatures. 2016 produced many exceptional books but these are ten that left an impression on me. They all have great stories, amazing illustrations and lots of heart! 1) Plants Can’t Sit Still written by Rebecca E. Hirsch & illustrated by Mia Posada This is a beautiful and creative book! Just like antsy children, plants can’t sit still and move around as they grow and thrive. Strong roots creep, brave seedlings fly and plants climb high! Posada’s collage and watercolor illustrations are pretty, delicate and realistic. Her art reminds me of Lois Ehlert’s. If you have a child who loves nature and learning about plants, they’ll love this book.       2) Thunder Boy Jr. written by Sherman Alexie & illustrated by Yuyi Morales A spunky Native American boy wants a name that is uniquely his own, a name that celebrates how cool he is! This is Sherman Alexie’s first picture book and his writing is heartfelt and funny. This book is excellent storytelling and makes a great read aloud. It’s encouraging to see more positive portrayals of modern Native peoples in children’s literature. Yuyi Morales’ mixed media art [...]

By |January 3rd, 2017|Categories: childrens, Featured Post|Comments Off on Guest Post: Alia Jones’ Ten Best Picture Books of 2016

Snow Books for Children

            “The Weather Outside is Frightful …” … but reading is so delightful! A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Snow The first book that always comes to mind when we think of winter is the classic story of The Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. This 1963 Caldecott Award winner was groundbreaking as it showcased an African-American child as the central character. Recently published, A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of THE SNOWY DAY, pays homage to this children’s classic. Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson, the story of Keats and his infamous little boy in the red snowsuit are brought to life through lyrical text and acrylic, collage, and pencil illustrations. New Picture Books Andy & Sandy and the First Snow by Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis, illus. by Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola is a Caldecott and Newbery Honor winning author and illustrator. Lewis is an Emmy Award winning writer for The Muppets. They have collaborated on this new easy reader series about friendship. In this episode, Sandy wants to play outside in the snow, but Andy is not so sure. This book is perfect for those just beginning to read on their own.   Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau, illus. by David Walker Big Brown Bear comes up with a fun solution when his four little bear cubs can’t all fit on the sled. The soft illustrations and lyrical text make for a fun read-aloud.     Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre This prolific writer of non-fiction has created another visually stunning work. [...]

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, Featured Post|Comments Off on Snow Books for Children

Top 5 Hiking Trails in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati

The weather has finally changed and the cool temperatures are here at last.  That also means the beautiful changing of leaves and my favorite time to hike.  I greatly enjoy long backpacking hikes but as many people know, it is hard to find the time.  One of my favorite places to hike is the Red River Gorge, but that is about a two hour drive. So I compiled a short list of my top favorite five local hikes that are closer to the Cincinnati area.  If you only have a few hours or a whole day, try to escape to the woods and enjoy the splendor of the fall season. I hope you find the time to enjoy the splendor of nature in the fall.  It can be quite fleeting.  Dress with layers because it may be cool under those trees. 5)  Big Bone Lick Trails:  3380 Beaver Rd. Union, KY. There are a choice of 5 trails ranging in length and difficulty.  You can also do them all in the 4.5 mile Discovery Trail.  The trails run through woodlands, grasslands, woody savanna, the salt-sulfur springs, and the bison viewing area. 4) Fort Thomas Landmark Tree Trail:  89 Carmel Manor Rd. Fort Thomas, KY 41075 This short loop offers great scenery and views across to Ohio.  It consists of 14 landmark trees and the colorful foliage should be a treat at this time of year.  It is a short 1.1 miles but moderate to difficult due to the few steep hills.  Dogs allowed. 3)  Devou Park Trail:  460 Deverill St, Ludlow, KY 41016 Devou Park Trail consists of several fun trails.  You can view train tracks right over the trail and know that it should [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top 5 Hiking Trails in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati

13 Reasons to Watch Fuller House

By Gina Stegner I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to find out Fuller House, basically an extension of Full House, was being made last year. I binge watched the new show on Netflix in two days. When I heard we would find out who D.J. Tanner married, how she became single, what had happened in Kimmy Gibbler’s life, see Stephanie all grown up, hear the jokes about Michelle and see Danny, Uncle Jessy and Joey again I thought… “Have Mercy!” I grew up with Full House, my kids watched reruns. I could relate to the Tanner girls. And now, D.J. is all grown up and a mom just like me. Pretty cool. To make it even better, Fuller House is releasing a second season on Dec. 9 on Netflix. According to TV Guide, D.J. will continue to find herself in a love triangle, Stephanie will find a weird new boyfriend and Kimmy will try to move on from her ex-husband. So why should you watch? The 13 top reasons, in no certain order, to watch the second season of Fuller House on Netflix: Rumor has it that the New Kids on the Block will appear in at least one episode. Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner) hints that we will learn more about her and Kimmy’s kids this season. D.J. will choose between her high school sweetheart Steve and work romance Matt. D.J.’s ex-boyfriend Nelson, played by someone other than the original Nelson, will make an appearance on the show. We will finally meet Kimmy Gibbler’s brother. D.J.’s ex-best friend Kathy Santoni (also portrayed by a different actor) will make an appearance. We will meet Joey’s wife and kids. Kimmy’s brother is rumored to be Stephanie’s boyfriend (Oh [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on 13 Reasons to Watch Fuller House

A Few Great Local Reading Spots You Should Try

The equinox is upon us and with it the official end of summer and the end of the summer reading season. It’s the end of beach reads, the end of long audiobooks for summer road trips, and the end of filling up our Kindles with all the books that didn’t fit in our carry-on bags. It's the time when we say goodbye to the freedoms of summer vacation and get back to the daily grind of work and school and life. But, September also seems to be the time when we lose something beyond the hit we take to our free time. It’s also the time when we lose something less quantifiable, something I would refer to as the spirit of summer reading. After all, more time spent reading isn’t the only benefit summer vacations provide to our reading lives. Summer vacations also involve travel and this traveling allows us the physical space in which to immerse ourselves in the narrative of a book in a way we may struggle to do in our day to day reading lives. When we have the opportunity to step out of our usual places of home, work, and school, we aren’t just allowing our bodies to wander, but our minds as well. When we read in a new location we are setting the tone for our reading experience, one that allows us the opportunity to open our minds to new ideas and helps us to reach that ultimate goal of every reader: being totally “lost in a book”. It seems a shame, then, that this sort of escape has been limited to only one brief part of our year. After all, we may not have the freedom to [...]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Adults, Around the Community, KCPL|Comments Off on A Few Great Local Reading Spots You Should Try

Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.  Celebrate Teen Tech Week with us, March 6-12, 2016.   Show us your #bookface and celebrate Teen Tech Week at #kentonlibrary! Ever notice how many book covers have parts of faces? Replace your face with the cover face and share your creativity all over Instagram. Check out our displays full of potential bookfaces, and scroll through the #bookface tag to check out everyone’s photos. By participating you are allowing the library to use the images in promotional materials and galleries both online and in print. Covington Free Earbuds Give-a-way Makers Create! Teen Tech Tuesdays Durr (Independence) ABC: Arches, Bridges, and Construction What makes bridges work? Anchors, beams, compression... We'll work in teams to build arches, a suspension bridge and a truss bridge you can actually crawl across. This program is one of Cincinnati Museum Center's Programs-on-Wheels.

By |January 19th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, teens|Comments Off on Teen Tech Week

There’s SNOW Better Time to Read

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Winter and Snow When the weather outside is frightful…reading is so delightful!  Reading can be snow much fun, and there are lots of new snowy and wintry titles from which to choose. We’ve reviewed several, so why not grab a few and cuddle up for a good read. New Books about Winter and Snow The Bear Report by Thyra Heder As homework, Sophie must compile three facts about polar bears. She isn’t interested in doing the assignment and would rather watch TV. As she settles in, a polar bear appears in her living room and takes her on an Arctic journey to complete her report. Even though this is a fictional story, lots of factual information is woven throughout.   Dear Yeti by James Kwan Two young hikers set out to look for Yeti one day. Their journey is chronicled in a series of letters trying to coax the shy creature out of hiding. When they meet a grizzly bear, Yeti appears when they most need him.   First Snow by Peter McCarty This is the newest picture book from Caldecott Honor winning author-illustrator Peter McCarty. Pedro arrives in the big city to visit his cousins and experiences his first snowfall. The illustrations are done in muted pastel watercolors and ink.   Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle A follow-up to the Caldecott Honor book, Flora and the Penguin, Flora takes up figure skating in a chillier climate. This is a wordless picture book with clever flaps throughout.     It Snows by Tamra B. Orr Part of the Tell Me Why series, this non-fiction book answers children’s questions about winter weather with age [...]

By |January 8th, 2016|Categories: A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, Featured Post|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on There’s SNOW Better Time to Read