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Summer Reading: Imagine Your Story!

This year’s Summer Reading Celebration is filled with exciting programs, fun prizes, social media giveaways and so much more. This year’s theme: Imagine Your Story allows for a lot of creativity. The program will run June 1-August 31. Things will be different than in years past though. Book logs and raffle tickets can be picked up at the drive-thru starting June 1. They can be picked up in the buildings once we open (set for June 8). We have made it easier to participate online this year. Visit kentonlibrary.org/src for information on how to participate online. Children who read or listen to five books or 2.5 hours will win a book prize! After 10 books or 5 hours of reading, return the log to receive an Imagine Your Story T-shirt or a drawstring bag (while supplies last) and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three grand prizes – Fun & Games Basket, Art Basket and Tech Basket. Keep reading for more chances to win the grand prizes! Prize pickup will be delayed until our buildings open. Teens who read or listen to any book or magazine or attend any program can enter online or at any of the three branches, once they open. 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, once they open. Prizes are awarded bi-weekly. The Summer Reading Celebration will kick off on Saturday, June 6, but will be a lot different than in years past. It will all be online and you can watch on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KentonCountyPublicLibrary/.  [...]

By |May 28th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Summer Reading: Imagine Your Story!

Cult Films to Stream on Hoopla

Cult Films to Stream on Hoopla Aaaaah! The cult film. Generally hated on release, but beloved by many as time goes by. That's not always the case, however - some films are celebrated cult experiences the day they release (see the first selection below). Well, if you're a film-lover, now is the time to jump into the cult film experience - or just take a refresher on cult film classics. Below I’ve pulled some of my top choices for cult films on Hoopla that you can stream right now. You can find a synopsis and more details in the links provided for each movie. Mandy - Rated R - 2H1M https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12253438 This hypnotic revenge story from Panos Cosmatos (son of George Cosmatos who directed Rambo II and Tombstone) showcases Nic Cage at his most unhinged. Gory, artsy, and featuring an epic chainsaw battle! This 2018 release is the very definition of a cult classic. Enemy - Rated R - 1H30M https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12404209 A haunting story that keeps its secrets guarded. Star Jake Gyllenhaal doubles up on two lead roles in this dramatic thriller from director Denis Vileneuve (Sicario, Blade Runner 2049) that will keep you guessing for weeks to come. Word of warning: if you don’t like spiders, maybe avoid this one… Equilibrium - Rated R - 1H47M https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12236466 A dystopian film featuring Christian Bale where “peace” is maintained in the form of a pill leaving its users completely emotionless. What makes this a fun film is the absurd and over-the-top “Gun Fu” combining martial arts, theatrics, and gun-fighting – all on a level that would make John Woo weep. UHF - Rated PG-13 - 1H37M https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11080163 A nonstop slapstick, spoof-ridden piece of 80s humor starring [...]

By |April 23rd, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Cult Films to Stream on Hoopla

Celebrate Birthdays while Healthy at Home

Birthdays just aren't the same when a stay-at-home order is in place. We can't have a special dinner out, have our friends and family over or celebrate at our favorite entertainment spot. I have a few ideas on how to make it special while following social distancing and stay-at-home orders that also won't break the bank. Keep it simple - My husband's birthday fell just a few days home after the stay-at-home order was put in place. We had a celebration planned with all five kids, their significant others and our two granddaughters. We were even going to have a family photo taken. Only our youngest, 18, my husband and I live in our household now. I changed my Bean Haus Bakery order from a large cake to just a half dozen cupcakes. The kids and I secretly scheduled a group FaceTime call at a set time. Everyone sang happy birthday and chatted a while. Zoom, Skype and other programs could be used for this as well. Birthday hunt- Ask family, friends and neighbors to post birthday signs in their windows or on their sidewalks in chalk. Then drive or walk around to find all the birthday wishes (kind of like the bear hunt). Have a crafting party - You can find simple craft ideas on the Library Facebook page or use Creativebug for step-by-instructions for crafts of all levels. You could just do as a family or use FaceTime, Zoom or another app to do the crafts with friends. You can order supplies from Amazon or local craft shops that are doing delivery or curbside pickup. Or just pull out the craft box and see what each person can come up with. Cards - [...]

By |April 10th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Celebrate Birthdays while Healthy at Home

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

We need fresh air and exercise even when staying healthy at home. Make your next walk an adventure with this neighborhood scavenger hunt. Once completed, post a picture of the sheet on the Library Facebook page or post with the #libraryscavengerhunt for your chance to win a book bundle.

By |April 1st, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

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: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on Library Bingo

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