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Hot New Reads – January 2016

Fallen Land by Taylor Brown Fallen Land is Taylor Brown's debut novel set in the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on horseback flees a dangerous band of marauders who seek a bounty reward. Callum, a seasoned horse thief at fifteen years old, came to America from his native Ireland as an orphan. Ava, her father and brother lost to the war, hides in her crumbling home until Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry soldiers pillaging the land, leaving destruction in their wake. Ava and Callum have only each other in the world and their remarkable horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South. Pursued relentlessly by a murderous slave hunter, tracking dogs, and ruthless ex-partisan rangers, the couple race through a beautiful but ruined land, surviving on food they steal from abandoned farms and the occasional kindness of strangers. In the end, as they intersect with the scorching destruction of Sherman's March, the couple seek a safe haven where they can make a home and begin to rebuild their lives.   Travelers Rest by Keith Lee Morris A chilling fable about a family marooned in a snowbound town whose grievous history intrudes on the dreamlike present. The Addisons-Julia and Tonio, ten-year-old Dewey, and derelict Uncle Robbie-are driving home, cross-country, after collecting Robbie from yet another trip to rehab. When a terrifying blizzard strikes outside the town of Good Night, Idaho, they seek refuge in the town at the Travelers Rest, a formerly opulent but now crumbling and eerie hotel where the physical laws of the universe are bent. Once inside the hotel, the family is separated. As Julia and Tonio drift through the [...]

Last Minute Go To Gifts

It’s December 21st and you just found out your nephew’s girlfriend is coming to Christmas or realized you forgot to get something for your aunt or mail carrier. Our staff got together and came up with a few ideas for the last minute shopper. DIY gifts can be a great money saver and something the gift receiver will truly enjoy. A bag or basket of your favorite cookies, candies or nuts is easy to personalize. You can even dress it up with a final addition of your favorite local coffee or adult brew. We have lots of DIY ideas on our Pinterest page. This is fun for an adult gift. I personally love movie night baskets. It can include one or two DVDs, candy, drinks and popcorn. You can often find a great old movie for under $10. Books and music are extremely easy to find and can be very inexpensive. You can personalize it by giving your favorite CD or book in hopes of introducing the gift receiver to new music or a new author. Or turn your loved one on to free music by introducing them to our website where thousands of songs can be downloaded for no charge. A magazine subscription can be a great gift and you can often find online deals like two years for the price of one. Grab a copy of that magazine from the local store to wrap and include a note telling the gift giver they now have a subscription. Chocolates, old fashioned candies, hot chocolate gift pack, coffee gift pack and gourmet food baskets are great last minute gifts too. You can often pick these up for a reasonable price at most local stores. Gift cards [...]

By |December 21st, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Lawsuit Against Kentucky Libraries Over – Libraries Prevail

A lawsuit that has threatened the funding of more than 100 libraries in the state of Kentucky has come to an end. On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Kentucky Supreme Court let stand the March 19, 2015 decision of the Kentucky Court of Appeals which that the Library acted in good faith according to the correct statute in determining its annual tax rates. “We are pleased that both the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court have recognized that the way that the Library has been setting our tax rate is legal and proper and has been so for the last 40+ years,” stated Kenton County Public Library Executive Director Dave Schroeder. “We can now focus all of our energy on providing the best service and materials to the residents of Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati.”

By |December 14th, 2015|Categories: KCPL, Library in the News|0 Comments

Books as Gifts

Library Staff Recommended Books As Gifts Whether you are shopping for a newborn or a 90-year-old, books can make fantastic gifts. Several of our staff members have put together a list of books they think would make wonderful gifts.   Babies/Toddlers  All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury Charlie Chick (pop-up book) by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker Barnyard Dance By Sandra Boynton Where is Baby's Belly Button?  by Karen Katz   Preschool The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood Waiting by Kevin Henkes Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! Hardcover by Todd Tuell Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the bus by Mo Willems   School Age Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai The Marvels by Brian Selznick Wonder by R.J. Jarimillo Holes by Louis Sachar Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney   Young Adults The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielson Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Mosquitoland by David Arnold The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons The Wrath and the Dawn—Ahdieh An Ember in the Ashes—Tahir Lumberjanes—Stevenson Under a Painted Sky--Lee   Graphic Novels Ms. Marvel vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona Deadpool: The Complete Collection vol. 1 by Daniel Way and Andy Diggle Fiction City on Fire Garth Risk Hallberg The Martian by Andy Weir   Nonfiction Kissinger: 1923-1968 The Idealist- Niall Ferguson. The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff Country [...]

By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: Book Lists, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

New Children’s Holiday Books

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about the Holidays Sharing stories is what the holidays are all about. Buy (from your favorite retailer) or borrow (from the Library) these wonderful children’s books during this holiday season. List compiled by Kenton County Public Library children’s librarians Terri Deibel and Cecilia Horn. Visit the catalog to search for seasonal books, movies, music and more. All the books listed below can be found on the Library’s Pinterest Board.   A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, retold by Adam McKeown, illus. by Gerald Kelley This is a picture book version of the classic tale adapted for young readers. It makes for a great family read-aloud. The lovely watercolor illustrations enhance the retelling.     Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin This slapstick story finds Farmer Brown getting ready for Christmas. Duck tries to play Santa but gets stuck in the chimney along with all the other animals who try to help. In the end, Santa saves the day.     Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer, illus. by Christine Davenier The fact that Rachel is Jewish doesn’t deter her from wanting to celebrate Christmas so she writes a letter to Santa explaining her plight. This story is also good for introducing children to other cultural celebrations.     The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray, illus. by Mike Lowery This is a jolly addition to the other two tales, The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School and The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck. Here, the Gingerbread Man and his classmates make a trip into town to deliver goodies to community helpers.   [...]

Veteran’s Day 2015

Veterans Day with the Kenton County Public Library The Kenton County Public Library is proud to offer databases, programs and displays honoring our Veterans in celebration of Veterans Day (November 11). Fold3 is a database of documents, images, and other material covering American military history. Fold3 has significant collections covering African-American history, Native American history, the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and other aspects of American’s history and military organizations and conflicts. Fold3 is free to use through the Library’s website and can be accessed from any device with Internet access. The Covington Branch Library has a Veterans Day Display including World War II era model airplanes and tanks. Stop by during library hours to check it out. The Durr Branch Library has the Gilder Lehrman Civil War 150 Travelling Exhibit all month long. The exhibit explores the Civil War, with letters, personal accounts and images. Civil War 150 invites Americans to understand how soldiers, presidents, freedmen and families struggled to address the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war and the role of a president in wartime. Veterans Day Related Programs Veterans Day Observance, Wednesday, November 11, 4-5 pm – Erlanger Branch Library Join us for Veteran’s Day stories and history. We will create “Thank you Veterans” messages to hang in the library. Snack provided. Ages 6-12. Uncommon Valor – The Common Virtue, Wednesday, November 11, 7-8:45 pm – Covington Library Join Kentucky author Donald Curtis for a look at the life of Marine Franklin Sousley. Sousley, Kentucky native was one of six famous Marines who raised the flag on lwo Jima during World War II. Let’s Get Cooking! Civil War [...]

By |November 10th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Kenton County Public Library Star Ranked Library

Kenton County Public Library Star Ranked Library For the third year in a row, the Kenton County Public Library in Northern Kentucky has received a Star ranking from the publication Library Journal. The Kenton County Public Library was the only library in Kentucky and one of 16 libraries in the southeastern United States, to receive this prestigious honor. The Library was ranked 23th in its category based on libraries across the nation. Rankings are based on four per capita service outputs which include: library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. Library Journal measures libraries from across the country. The LJ Index gives an overall indication of how libraries stack up to their peers nationally. Library Journal ranks libraries on a three, four or five-star rating. Kenton County received a three star rating. “It’s always exciting to see our library ranked on a national level,” stated Dave Schroeder, executive director for the Kenton County Public Library. “Our Board of Trustees and staff work very hard to provide the best collections, facilities and customer service to our patrons each and every day.” The LJ Index is a national rating system designed to recognize and promote America’s public libraries, to help improve the pool of nationally collected library statistics, and to encourage library self-evaluation. More information on the Library Journal’s Star Ranking Index can be found at http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/11/managing-libraries/lj-index/class-of-2015/the-star-libraries-2015-by-expenditure-category#10M29M  

By |November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Hot New Reads – November 2015

Hot Reads November 2015 Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew Tannie Maria (Tannie meaning Auntie, the respectful Afrikaans address for a woman older than you) is a middle-aged widow who likes to cook—and eat. She shares her culinary love as a recipe columnist for the local paper—until The Gazette decides its readers are hungrier for advice on matters of the heart rather than ideas for lunch and dinner. Tannie Maria doesn’t like the change, but soon discovers she has a knack—and a passion—for helping people. Of course she shares her recipes and culinary advice whenever she can! Assisting other people with their problems, Tannie Maria is eventually forced to face her own issues, especially when the troubles of those she helps touch on the pain of her past, like a woman desperate to escape her abusive husband. When the woman is murdered, Tannie Maria becomes dangerously entwined in the investigation, despite the best efforts of one striking detective determined to keep her safe. Suddenly, this practical, down-to-earth woman is involved in something much more sinister than perfecting her chocolate cake recipe . . . The Grownup by Gillian Flynn A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the psychic visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan's terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in [...]

Get Cookin’

Need some inspiration for your Thanksgiving dinner?  Download a free magazine from one of our great magazine services.  There is no limit to your ideas or to magazine checkouts.  So let's get cookin'!  The magazines also have great ideas for creating a beautiful table to display your feast.                                    

By |November 1st, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: |0 Comments