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Top Baby Shower Gifts: A Newbie Mom’s Guide

When you are expecting a little one it can be overwhelming thinking about what you need for baby. You try to rack your brain of everything you think you could possibly need and your list grows and grows. I had my first LO (little one) last September and was fortunate enough to have 3 baby showers (2 family and 1 work). I was excited to start my registry and did lots of research on what others recommended to buy. I went into it really trying to only get what I thought was needed. Now 5 months later, I have compiled a short list of my favorite/most used things that I received at my showers. One of my other goals was to start my LO’s book collection, so I have included some of my favorite books below as well. Enjoy! Best Items: Diaper Pail On my registry I originally had a diaper pail (Diaper Genie) but changed it to a different brand (Baby Trend). I did this because you could use your own trash bags/grocery bags in the Baby Trend one. Many diaper pails (like Diaper Genie) require you to use their refill bags; this just adds on another cost. So depending on how much you want to invest, go the inexpensive route and get one that you can use any ol’ trash bag. The pail has done a great job and is definitely a necessity if you want to keep those stinky smells at a minimum. Bottle Warmer If you plan on using bottles, a bottle warmer is a life saver. It is a quick and easy way to warm up your LO’s bottles so you don’t have to do it the old school way [...]

Planning a Disney Vacation

Planning a trip to Disney World or Disneyland can definitely be overwhelming. Where do you even start? Maura Sudkamp (Technology & Design Specialist…and Disney enthusiast) has some tips and tricks below to help you plan the best Disney vacation! Know the difference: Did you know there are many different Disney Parks all over the world? The two here in the USA are: Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Disney World (DW) includes 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, over 15 resorts, shopping, entertainment and more. Disneyland (DL) includes 2 theme parks, 3 resorts, shopping, entertainment and more. Both are very different and have their unique experiences. Start the planning: Whether you are going to Disneyland or Disney World you must ask yourself a couple of questions to start the planning: When you would like to go and how long you will stay What you plan to do once you get there (parks, shopping, etc.) How you will get there (plane, bus, boat, car) Where you will be staying (onsite/off site) When will you go? How long will you stay? Best times to go: January, February and September Worst times to go: Summer, Holidays, March/April Going to Disney World and want to visit all 4 parks? You will most likely need AT LEAST 4 days to see all 4 parks. Going to Disneyland? You will most likely need AT LEAST 2 days to see both parks. What do you plan to do? Do you want to spend all of your days at the parks? Do you want to take a day off from the parks to swim or shop? Have some sort of loose itinerary that way you know how many park [...]

By |July 29th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Licking Riverside Historic Walking Tour An eclectically-styled multifamily home on Garrard. Look for the two decorative panels with owls on the facade. Perhaps you’ve driven through Covington’s Licking Riverside neighborhood many times, but have you ever taken the time to stroll along tree-lined Garrard Street or admired the slate shingles and ironwork on the homes of Greenup Street? This summer, the Local History and Genealogy department is presenting weekly tours that highlight the structures and stories of this historic neighborhood. The Licking Riverside Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The district has many examples of different types of historic architecture that date from the mid-1800s to the early 20th century. The tour passes homes of the Greek Revival, Italianate, Bungalow, and eclectic Victorian Vernacular styles. Over a hundred years of architectural history often mingle on a single picturesque block. This victorian vernacular home on Greenup has Queen Anne inspired detailing such as the fish scale wall cladding and asymmetrical profile. Licking Riverside has been home many of Covington’s elite, including legislators, local political figures, doctors, and mayors. Many of the beautiful homes were also built as multifamily residences, apartments, and duplexes. It is also the home of the historic Covington Ladies Home at 702 Garrard, which was built in that location in 1894. Education and the arts are also prominent in the neighborhoods’ history. The Rugby at 622 Sanford Street began as Reverend William Orr’s Covington Female Seminary. Founded after 1856, the current building at 702 Greenup that was once La Salette Academy. Down the street, the Baker Hunt campus includes the former Covington Arts Club building and still continues the tradition of art instruction today. Along [...]

Munch Madness

Munch the tortoise who lives at the Independence/William E. Durr Branch has made his NCAA bracket picks! See his bracket below. During March Madness the library has all of your basketball needs covered, from books to magazines to movies and more. (Updated as of 3/21 with his winning picks circled in red)     Watch Munch make his selections, it comes down to two local teams!

By |March 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Decadent Hors d’oeuvres on Fox 19

Seth Longland (Adult Programmer at the William E. Durr Branch) visits Fox 19 to show us how to make bacon wrapped dates stuffed with ricotta and goat cheese. Watch the clip here.  Interested in how to make other delicious and decadent hors d'oeuvres? Attend our cooking program: Let's Get Cooking Celebrations and parties abound this time of year, so come out to the William E. Durr Library to learn some simple and delicious hors d'oeuvres for any season! We'll be making Bacon Wrapped Dates, Prosciutto and Melon, and Deviled Eggs with a Smoky Twist. Thursday, December 10, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM William E. Durr Branch  -- 1992 Walton Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY 41051 859.962.4030 Registration is required to attend  

By |December 8th, 2015|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Puppy Tales visits STEAM Academy

Eight-year-old Noah Sheppard’s voice is strong and steady as he reads a story to Grace, a 13-year-old poodle. Grace lies quietly next to him, Sheppard’s arm drapes over her, resting gently against her gray curly fur. Grace is one of several dogs that visited with STEAM Academy students on Nov. 20 through the Kenton County Public Library’s Puppy Tales program. The program is for children in grades kindergarten through grade six and occurs at various times at all three library branches. “The program is important for many reasons,” said Jenny Schwartz, William E. Durr Branch children’s programmer and school coordinator. “Studies show that allowing children to read to a dog can reduce anxiety and lead to improved behavior, attendance and confidence as well as reading skills." Continue Reading the Article...   Background: Puppy Tales began in 2006. It takes place at each branch of the Kenton County Public Library. The Erlanger branch hosts Puppy Tales the third Sunday of the month; Covington the first Sunday of the month; and the Durr branch every Tuesday in the months of January, March, May, September and November. Those interested in joining should register at each branch. • Erlanger Children's Department, 859-962-4003 • Covington Children's Department, 859-962-4077 • Durr Children's Department, 859-962-4032 The library is looking for more dogs for the program. Contact your branch for more information. Author: Melissa Stewart,

By |December 8th, 2015|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Photography Resources @ the Library!

  “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” – Dorthea Lange. Photography is a hobby of many, whether you have the newest DLSR camera on the market or just your smartphone, you hold a tool that can offer a whole different perspective of an object or scene. The library offers many services, classes, books and resources to support your love of photography. So whether you are a beginner or advanced, visit our branches to utilize some of these great resources!     Just a small selection of the photography books available for checkout: It’s what I do: a photographer’s life of love and war -- by: Lynsey Addario GoPro cameras for dummies -- by: John Carucci The Ansel Adams Wilderness -- by: Peter Essick Digital SLR cameras & photography for dummies -- by: David D. Busch How to photograph everything: simple techniques for shooting spectacular images -- from the editors of popular photography Digital SLR photography all-in-one for dummies -- by: Robert Correll The Beginners photography guide -- by: Chris Gatcum Start your own photography business: studio, freelance, gallery, events -- by: Charlene Davis Photographing families: tips for capturing timeless images -- by: Michele Celentano Digital Photography -- by: Shawn Frederick Just a small selection of the photography Ebooks available for checkout: Digital Photography FAQS -- by: Jeff Wignall Clever Digital Photography Ideas Using your Camera Out and About -- by: Peter Cope Travel Photography In a Day for Dummies -- by: Serge Timacheff The Everything Digital Photography Book -- by: Ric deGaris Doble The Art of iPhone Photography -- by: Bob Weil Clever Digital Photography Starting to make the most of your camera -- by: Peter Cope 100 Ways [...]