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2019 Summer Reading – Universe of Stories

This year's Summer Reading Celebration is filled with exciting programs, fun prizes, social media giveaways and so much more! We are so excited about the theme: Universe of Stories and the super cool glow-in-the-dark T-shirts children can win just for reading! The program will run June 1-August 31.   Children can pick up a booklog at any of the three branches - Covington, Independence or Erlanger or enter online. Read or listen to five books or 2.5 hours and win a book prize! After 10 books or 5 hours of reading, return the log to receive a glow-in-the-dark Universe of Stories T-shirt or a drawstring bag (while supplies last) and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three grand prizes: a technology basket, science basket or art basket. Keep reading for more chances to win the grand prizes! Teens who read or listen to any book or magazine or attend any program can enter online or at any of the three branches. One winner per branch will be drawn for weekly prizes. Adults who read or listen to any book or magazine or attend a book related program can enter to win prizes online or at any of the three branches. Prizes are awarded bi-weekly. The Summer Reading Celebration will kickoff on Saturday, June 1 with free Snappy Tomato Pizza at all three branches. The Covington Branch will feature Kona Ice, a video game truck, Hands-on Space Explorers and a Planetarium show! The Erlanger Branch will host a bounce house, face painting, Tech Toy Time, an iSpace presentation, Rocketry Workshop and more. The Independence Branch will offer a petting zoo, pony rides, the Cowboy in Space, Mark Wood and his out of [...]

By |May 21st, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Covington Makerspace

The Covington branch has a makerspace? Why, yes they do! The Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library makerspace currently consists of the following equipment that is available for the public to use. A 2.25” Button Maker A light box for taking quality photographs of your small but valuable possessions (either for insurance purposes or perhaps to list and sell them on an auction site such as eBay) A laminator that will handle business card sized paper up to standard 8.5x11 paper A large format printer. The printer can handle print jobs from 17 inches wide up to 24 inches wide. Its rolls of paper can be used for long, banner-like jobs as well (indoor only, sorry!) A high-quality photo printer for family photos, individual photos or even larger individual photos (up to 8x10) A 58-inch cutter (for trimming those poster prints you make with our large format printer) An assortment of office related items from 3-hole punches to paper cutters to a heavy-duty stapler A Cameo Silhouette paper and vinyl cutter for making fancy designs and imprints A heat press to make yourself or you family a fun design on a t-shirt, bag or even a baby onesie! A sewing machine for minor repairs or major projects. All these items are available to use by patrons, though some may require training by staff for best outcome. We have helped many patrons with advice on how to craft some interesting items and some patrons have become regular users of the above equipment. The Cameo Silhouette has been used to make paper crafts for parties, vinyl stickies to personalize water bottles as well as heat transfer images for clothing and bags. The heat press has [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Every book has the potential to be the perfect book

Nothing makes me happier than a patron coming up to the desk, excited over a new book they discovered. Except, of course, when they come back and tell me how much they loved it! A love of books is a must for working at a library, and it then feeds into a new obsession: readers’ advisory. Readers’ advisory is basically getting the right fiction or nonfiction book into a reader’s hands (or onto their e-reader). This can happen over time, with your librarian seeing what you check out and making recommendations occasionally based on that, or it could be a request from you at that time for them to find items based on your current wants and needs. As a reader myself, I use readers’ advisory every day, whether I’m at work or not. Loving a book, then scouring to find out what others recommend reading next until the author writes another. Or (le gasp!) maybe the author no longer writes due to ending a series or retiring for various reasons. Even the most voracious reader, however, doesn’t always have time or energy to go to the library, or maybe wants to be able to find books with ease. In that case, what’s needed is a simple lesson in readers’ advisory! You start with a simple series of questions, trying to figure out what would satisfy that book tooth. (There’s such a thing as a sweet tooth, shouldn’t there be one for people who yearn for books?) 1) Mood This is the most important question. Do you want something by a tried and true author, or are you wanting to dip your toes into a new genre? Do you want something scary, romantic, hopeful, sad? [...]

By |April 23rd, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

2019 Oscars

I'm a huge Queen fan and I love the movie Bohemian Rhapsody so no surprise that I was thrilled when Rami Malek won best actor. Never seeing Mr. Robot, I was not familiar with Malek's work. I almost didn't see the movie, worried it wouldn't be a proper tribute to Freddie Mercury, who I believe no one can replace. But my husband and three of our children wanted to see it so we headed to the theater. I literally forgot at times that I wasn't really watching Freddie. They couldn't have picked a better actor than Malek to portray Freddie Mercury. I  loved Malek's acceptance speech. He seemed truly sincere and appreciative. I have to say I was also excited to see that he and Lucy Boynton are dating in real life. Even though the movie is still in theaters, you can already check it out from the library. Of course there is a wait but hopefully it won't be too long since we have 39 copies. The original soundtrack on CD is also available for checkout. You can also stream the soundtrack through Hoopla with your library card number. Bohemian Rhapsody and Black Panther seemed to be the big winners of the night. Black Panther won for music (original score), costume design and production design. In addition to best leading actor, Bohemian also won for film editing, sound editing and sound mixing. I was surprised that A Star is Born didn't win more than original song (Shallow). I'll be honest, I haven't seen a lot of the other movies that were nominated so I can't speak to the actors in them or the films. I was really hoping Bohemian Rhapsody would win best picture [...]

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

10 Ways to Spend Your Snow Day

Local schools have had a lot of delays and snow/cold days recently. Kids are usually bored by mid-morning but the Kenton County Public Library has you covered whether you can get to the library safely or stuck at home. We have 10 ways for your to spend your snow day: Programs! Programs! Programs! Check the Library program calendar to see what types of events are happening that day. The Library offers storytimes, kindergarten readiness, art and movie programs regularly. Can you get to the Library safely but don't want to get out of the car? Go to our website to put books, movies and video games on hold and pick them up at the drive-thru window. Or come on in and browse the shelves. Once you have your items, read as a family. DIY crafts all day long! You can check craft books out from the Library (reserve them online) or check out ideas from local bloggers like 365 Days of Crafts, A Little Moore, Carla Schauer Studio or A Bird and a Bean. There are several other great local crafting blogs around as well.  Entertain the family with Hoopla. It allows you to INSTANTLY borrow digital music, e-books, TV shows and movies. Have a dance party using Hoopla or Freegal. Hoopla allows you to instantly borrow digital music and Freegal allows you to download and KEEP five songs per week. You just need your library card number and Internet access. . Visit the STREAM Center at the Erlanger Branch or the Maker Space at the Covington Branch. Kids will love the 3Doodler, 3D printer, snap circuits, Legos, craft supplies, button maker, Ozobots, Goldieblox and so much more at the STREAM Center. Just be sure [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Science Experiments for Freezing Weather

We definitely don't recommend spending more than a few minutes outside when temps are below freezing with high winds but if you bundle up, we have a few science experiments for you to try. Freeze Fry an egg – Put a frying pan outside for about 15 minutes and then crack an egg in it. I wouldn’t eat it but it will look like breakfast.                                                                                                                                                                          Turn boiling water into snow – Fill a super soaker with boiling water and then shoot it outside (only do this if the temps are below zero). The water will vaporize when it meets the below zero temps and turn into ice crystals (homemade snow). Make snow ice cream – Mix sugar, milk, salt and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Put the bowl in the freezer. Go outside and get about 8 cups of clean snow. Mix the snow with the other ingredients. Eat right away. Make a slurpee – Put a two-liter bottle of your favorite pop outside for about four hours. Open the cap outside and watch it form ice crystals, turning your pop into a slurpee. Frozen bubbles – Blow bubbles up in the air in below zero temps and watch them freeze. Tell us about [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

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 3rd, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Top 15 Books of 2018

Why pay for the hottest books of 2018 when you can borrow them from the Library? I like to check out books before I decide to buy them so I know if it is something I will want to read more than once or share with my family. These are the top 15 sold by Amazon, that the Library carries, in 2018. Just click on the title to put the item on hold. Becoming by Michelle Obama Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo 12 Rules of Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines  Whose boat is this boat?: comments that don't help in the aftermath of a hurricane by Donald J. Trump (by accident) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey  Educated: A memoir by Tara Westover How many of these have you read? Which ones are you looking forward to reading? Visit the website to browse the catalog for other great reads.

By |December 31st, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Spend the Break Sharing Classic Movies

    My husband Nick and I are walking movie encyclopedias. Between the two of us, we have seen thousands of movies and can quote several of our favorites. I remember going to the theater to see ET, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Ghost Busters, Goonies, Gremlins and so many more classic movies with my family as a kid. We didn't get cable or a VCR until the mid-80's so going to the theater was really the only way to see movies at the time.   These inventions made it possible to see old classics like Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Bambi. I fell in love with all of these movies. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is still one of my all time favorite movies. I think I ruined the VHS tape from watching it so many times with my older brother and our friends. I was ecstatic to see it as a musical at Broadway in Cincinnati earlier this year. I can't wait to see the Mary Poppins Returns when it is released in theaters on December 19th. Until then, I might have to check out the book or music. Just typin the titles of all of these movies takes me back to my childhood. I have shared all of these movies with my kids and hope they will one day share with their children. As a lover of most movie genres, I was shocked last week when I discovered my co-worker, who is within five years of my age, hasn't seen a lot of these movies. She hasn't seen Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka, Sound of Music, Mary [...]

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post|1 Comment

How to Prep School Lunch

Life is busy as a mother of four boys between the ages of 2 and 10 and stepmom of a teen girl. For the past two school years I allowed my boys to get lunch at school since it is provided for free to all students. I thought this was a great way to save money and assumed they were getting a decent meal but they always came home starving. They would eat a such a large snack that they didn’t want dinner but would be hungry again by bedtime.                   The school offered free breakfast and lunch over the summer and since my children were attending a summer program, I allowed them to eat there. Again, they would come home hungry. I know my children are bottomless pits, but this was over the top. I discovered the portions were more snack size than meal size. Lunch included a choice of two cheese filled bread sticks, a Trix yogurt or two pieces of sliced cheese, as well as milk, fruit and a vegetable. This just wasn’t enough to get them through the day. This year is full of changes for my family, which includes a new school. Their new school doesn’t offer free meals for everyone, so breakfast is 75 cents and lunch is $2. The menu is very similar to their old school, so I decided they will be packing most days since full bellies, allowing them to focus on learning, is important to me. In the past, we let them pack for themselves, but they would take at least 10 minutes to do so and what they chose wasn’t always the best lunch. This year [...]

By |September 4th, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post|0 Comments