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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! https://glowforge.com/discover/t/38548/leather-grimoire                     2.)    Print an accessory for your furry companion with our 3-D printer! https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2839481    3.)    Use our sewing machines for your costume! https://www.leatherfashionvalley.com/blog/sewing-cosplay-costume-made-easy                   4.)    Use our soldering iron to light it up! https://www.instructables.com/id/Tron-Costume/                     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|0 Comments

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: , |0 Comments

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