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Library Bingo

The Library might be closed but you can still use the Library online (10 Ways to Use the Library Online) and Facebook Live programs. Library Bingo is a fun way to show how you have used the Library and a chance to win a $10 gift card to a local Kenton County restaurant. Once you get Bingo, post your completed card on Facebook with the #Kentonlibrarybingo. We will randomly choose three people who achieve Bingo to receive gift cards. The contest ends Friday, April 10 and Facebook does not endorse. Will you get Bingo?

By |March 31st, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Ten Ways to use the Library Online

We miss seeing our patrons and guess that you are going stir crazy. You might not be able to come into the library but you can still benefit from a lot of our resources from the comfort of your home. Here are 10 Library online resources to keep you entertain and help with school work at home. You will need your Kenton County Public Library card to access most of these services. eBooks - Borrow eBooks for teens, children and adults. Just download the book to your phone or other device. Hoopla - Borrow up to 12 free digital videos, music, and audio books per month.  Titles are always available. Audio Books - Download books you can listen to.  Freegal - Downlad and keep five songs per week. Creative Bug - Access thousands of online art and craft classes. Learn how to sew, paint, decorate cupcakes and much more. Mango Languages - Learn one of 70 languages online. Gale Courses -  Access to  over 300 online instructor led courses for lifelong learning. This includes computer courses, job search classes, LSAT prep, business and graphic design courses and much more. Learning Express - Get homework help and take practice tests.  Coding Games - Kids will enjoy learning to code with this free online service. Faces and Places - Look at thousands of photos of our community. The Library is closed until at least March 29. Check our website and social media for updates. We look forward to serving you in person again soon.    

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on Ten Ways to use the Library Online

12 Job Fair Tips

Whether you're attending a job fair at the Kenton County Public Library or another location, there are tips you should follow to get the most out of a career fair. 12 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Job Fair Bring several copies of your resume. If the fair is at the Library, you can arrive early to use the photo copier. Keep in mind others are probably doing the same thing so allow extra time. Dress appropriately. At minimum you should wear business casual but you might want to step it up depending on the organizations that will be at the fair. Have a game plan. Time could be limited so be sure to review the companies that will be present and prioritize the employers you're most interested in. Do your homework. Spend time researching background information on the organizations you are interested in so you can ask specific questions. Only take materials or samples from companies you are interested in. Some employers bring large quantities of print materials or freebies while others will only bring a few. Always ask before taking items. Prepare your "career pitch." Extend your hand, introduce yourself and be ready to talk about your career interests and goals. Be sure to emphasize your skills and experience that would be important to the company. This should be no longer than 30 to 60 seconds. Plan to follow up. Ask for the representative's business card and send a short thank you note to acknowledge them for taking time to speak with you but also so they remember you. Take notes. Personally, I like to write short notes on the back of the business card of the company I'm interested in [...]

By |January 9th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on 12 Job Fair Tips

Top Items of the Year, and the Decade

Want to know what was checked out the most in 2019 and the decade? Top Checked Out Items, 2019 Adult Fiction: Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens The Reckoning, John Grisham Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty The Chef, James Patterson The First Lady, James Patterson Adult Nonfiction Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis The Pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American Ideal West, David McCullough  ACT Prep The Whole30 the 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, Melissa Hartwig Library of Things KCPL Wifi Hotspot Portable DVD Player Brother Sewing Machine Ukulele Kit CD Player Adult DVD: Bohemian Rhapsody Mission: Impossible, Fallout Venom A Star is Born The Equalizer 2 Juvenile Fiction: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Getaway, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Long Haul, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel, Jeff Kinney Juvenile Nonfiction: Saving Fiona: the Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo, Thane Maynard More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz Hip, Hippo, Hooray for Fiona!, Jan Sherbin Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz Juvenile DVD: Incredibles 2 Dumbo The Lion King Toy Story Mary Poppins Top Checked Out Items of the Decade Adult Fiction: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty The Racketeer, John Grisham Adult Nonfiction: Killing Kennedy, Bill O'Reilly The Whole30,  the 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, Melissa Hartwig The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo Unbroken a World War II Story [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Top Items of the Year, and the Decade

Last Minute Gift Idea – Instant Pot Review

I do not like to cook. At all. Ever. It takes too long and then cleanup is a pain. I know half of America loves their Instant Pot, so I thought I’d give it a try. But in all honesty, I was nervous about it blowing up in my face. My colleague, Gina, assured me that with all the safety mechanisms that’s not typical. She offered to show a few of us how to use it. I opted to try to make a pot roast. I’ve made one in the crock pot but in the morning when I’m in a rush it’s not convenient, even if I do most of the prep in advance. I looked through the cookbook, “Skinnytaste: One and Done” by Gina Homolka. Sounded promising, until I realized I was looking at a crock pot version. With a quick search online, I found an Instant Pot pot roast with similar ingredients. The first few steps were easy… sauté meat and such, assemble, etc. Plus, I did it all in the Instant Pot pan. It was the pressure-cooking part that was a little confusing. Gina walked me through the digital menu and showed me how to make sure the venting mechanism was in the right spot. Once I figured that out, it was underway. It was to take about 45 minutes once it got up to full pressure. From there my recipe called for the pot to self-vent so the meat would get more tender. I kept having to check on it because after it vented, I needed to take everything out and add cornstarch to make a gravy. There was no way to figure out how long this would take (it ended [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on Last Minute Gift Idea – Instant Pot Review

Create Holiday Gifts at the Library

I love picking the perfect gift for each recipient. I love it even more when I can personalize the gift. The Maker Space at the Covington Branch and STREAM Center at the Erlanger Branch make this easy and inexpensive! The Covington Branch has a printer and heat press that allows you to make tote bags like this.                             You can also use the heat press on T-shirts, can Koozies, aprons and other fabric. You bring the item you want to print on. Use an image you found on a free site or a photo you have taken. It will cost less than $1.50 per item to print. The monogram on the mug in the picture above was also done at the Covington Branch on the Silhouette Cameo. The Erlanger Branch has this machine as well. Just bring your own mug. Each branch has sewing machines. The girls in this photo made these at the Erlanger Branch. Patrons do need to bring their own material.                                                       An embroidery machine is available at the Erlanger Branch. It is digital and very easy to use. Bring your own fabric and pay less than $1 for your thread and bobbin.                                     Personalized buttons and key chains can make a really fun gift. You can draw your own design or use a digital image. The father in daughter in the picture below drew their [...]

By |November 21st, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on Create Holiday Gifts at the Library

13 Things to Know When Applying for FAFSA

I follow a couple "paying for college" Facebook groups. Those groups are always hopping on October 1, otherwise known as FAFSA Day (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). I must have seen the same 10 questions asked a hundred times each. So I thought I would write a post answering those questions. That way everything you need to know, or at least most of it, will be in one spot. The most commonly asked questions with the answers: 1. Do I have to fill out FAFSA if I know we won't qualify? - Most schools and many scholarships require FAFSA to be completed so you should probably just do it. FAFSA is also required for school loans. 2. The FAFSA application states "most men must register with Selective Service to receive Federal Aid." Does my son have to be registered for the Selective Service to apply for FAFSA? - If your son is 18 at the time of the application then yes, he must be registered. If he is not 18, he does not have to be registered at the time of application. Register here. 3. I created an ID for my child but it is now asking for the parent ID. What is that? - Both the student and one parent must each have a FAFSA ID. The application will be filled out with the student's ID. The parent ID is needed to electronically sign the application. 4. I'm not paying my child's college tuition or my student lives on his own, why does he need my financial information? - FAFSA doesn't care what the living arrangement is or who is paying. A student is not considered independent until they are 24, married, both [...]

By |October 2nd, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on 13 Things to Know When Applying for FAFSA

Ghosts, Goblins and Bugs at the Kenton County Public Library

It's getting spooky at the Library. There are haunted and not-so-haunted events for everyone in October. Check out the partial list below.                 Spooky Science                                                        Tues., Oct. 1, 6:30-7:30 pm Covington Kids grades K-6 can join us in the C3Lab for some spooky science. We will build creepy structures and conduct spooky science experiments. Limited to first 20 kids in attendance. Creepy Crawly Bug Tasting! Mon., Oct. 7, 7-8 pm Erlanger Everyone Head to the Library for a night of dares and scares and a creepy, crawly bug tasting!   Not-so-Spooky Glow Party Tues., Oct. 8, 6:30-7:30 pm Covington Kids in grades K-6 are invited to party in the dark at the library. Light refreshments. Limited to the first 75 in attendance. Mystery Tea: Horror at Stratford Castle Thurs., Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 pm Erlanger This is an interactive game that requires you to play the role of a character in the story and mingle with other guests to solve the murder. Registration required at Boo Bash Sat., Oct. 12, 2-3 pm William E. Durr Kids 2-6, with a parent, are invited to celebrate Halloween with stories, games and trick-or-treating. Wear your costume!   Discover Bats! Mon., Oct. 14, 6-8 pm Erlanger Join the Cincinnati Museum Center to walk like a bat, fly like a bat and even meet a native bat! Learn about these truly amazing yet misunderstood animals through a presentation, games, artifacts and more. Not-so-Spooky Critters Sat., Oct. 19, 1-2 pm Covington School age kids are invited to [...]

By |September 26th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Ghosts, Goblins and Bugs at the Kenton County Public Library

4 Ways the STREAM Center Can Help with Your Cosplay Needs

Cosplay can have a more impactful meaning to different people, but in its most basic form it is wearing costumes in play (hence the mashing of words into one). I’ve seen cosplayers wear elaborate handmade outfits that have taken months to create, and store-bought costumes that they have saved up for. I’ve seen cosplay that has taken hours to apply and others that have been successfully taken from their own closest of street-wear. Easy or complicated- cosplay is what you make of it. 4 Ways the STREAM Center Can Help with Your Cosplay Needs! 1.)    Detail your leather goods using our Glowforge laser engraver!                     2.)    Print an accessory for your furry companion with our 3-D printer!    3.)    Use our sewing machines for your costume!                   4.)    Use our soldering iron to light it up!                     Don’t forget that these items in our STREAM Center require a 30-minute training before you’re allowed to book the equipment to use them. Reserve a time to be trained here. Need an event to wear your cosplay attire? We will be hosting a Teen Cosplay Night at the Erlanger branch on Saturday, October 19th after hours from 6-8 PM!   By LeAnn Long, Teen Librarian          

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on 4 Ways the STREAM Center Can Help with Your Cosplay Needs

Paying & Preparing for College Update

I wrote the post Paying & Preparing for College when my daughter Andi had just started her junior year of high school. Last month she started her junior year of college at Northern Kentucky University so I thought I would do an update. At the time of my last post, Andi had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, where she was going to go to school or how to pay for it. I was worried. I don't think I'll ever stop worrying about my kids but Andi's college isn't at the top of the worry list any more. She is majoring in Social Work with minors in Spanish and social justice and a focus in women gender studies. She has a high GPA, a part-time job, belongs to a few clubs and tutors high school students in Spanish. She has a full plate for sure. Andi touring NKU So you might be wondering how she made her decision on where to go and what to major in. She worked at a nursing home in high school and knew she loved the interaction with the seniors and their families. One night while going through a book I highly recommend, College Board Book of Majors, she started down the path of social work. At this point we had been on a few college tours and she was leaning toward Northern Kentucky University. Andi reached out to the social work department at NKU and scheduled a day to shadow a social work student. She was able to meet with people in the department and attend a couple social work classes. This helped her make a final decision and commit to NKU. A [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |Comments Off on Paying & Preparing for College Update