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A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Woman’s History Month

  Women's History Month: Her Story A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Women's History Month Women’s History Month is celebrated annually each year in March. As many new books have recently been published recounting the accomplishments of women, we’d like to share some of those with you. Some names will be familiar while others may be relatively unknown. Enjoy learning about women’s history!   Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus, Illustrated by Erin McGuire This is the true story of Nellie Harper Lee who grew up to become one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Though young readers will most likely be unfamiliar with her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, they should still be able to relate to the young child full of dreams for her future.        Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong's Life in Jazz by Mara Rockliff, Illustrated by Michele Wood Lil Hardin was born in 1898 in Memphis, Tennessee. She loved music and went on to become a famous bandleader and composer, working with many of the greatest early jazz musicians, including her husband, Louis Armstrong! The acrylic illustrations are vibrant and engaging.           Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou, Illustrated by Jen Corace This is a brief biography of one of the best known writers of all time who forged a way for women writers. The stylized illustrations effectively evoke the time period during which Austen lived and worked.         A Lady Has the Floor by Kate Hannigan, Illustrated by Alison Jay Belva Lockwood was a teacher, lawyer, and presidential candidate [...]

By |March 1st, 2018|Categories: A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |Comments Off on A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Woman’s History Month

Do You Judge a Book by its Cover?

Have you ever picked out a book based on the cover? The cover draws you in (whether it's the design, color, title, pictures, etc.) and you take it with you while not even knowing the synopsis. This situation happens quite a bit whether you are at the library, shopping at a bookstore or even online. Sometimes the opposite even happens and you might be turned away from a book based on the cover because it looks boring or unattractive. Book covers are very important. Let's be honest, we judge books by their covers everyday! Looking for some book recommendations with striking covers? Take a look below! The following list is a mix of old/current books (Adult, Children's and Young Adult). American War (by: Omar El Akkad) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (by: Neil DeGrasse Tyson) Borne (by: Jeff Vandermeer) The Night Gardener (by: Terry and Eric Fan) A Separation (by: Katie Kitamura) White Tears (by: Hari Kunzru) Breadcrumbs (by: Anne Ursu) How to Murder your Life (by: Cat Marnell) Exit West (by: Mohsin Hamid) The Goldfinch (by: Donna Tartt) Red Queen (by: Victoria Aveyard) Cannibals In Love (by: Mike Roberts) Appetites Cookbook (by: Anthony Bourdain) Commonwealth (by: Ann Patchett) The Girl Who Fell From The Sky (by: Heidi W. Durrow)   Visit one of our three library locations to check out one of these books and take a look at one of our many book displays! You never know -- you might pick up your next favorite book based on it's cover. Looking for more book suggestions? Check out BookUs to connect with a librarian and get book recommendations.      

By |November 16th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Do You Judge a Book by its Cover?

Children’s Maker Kits

The Children's Department now offers Maker kits for checkout! What is a Maker kit? A Maker kit is a kit that includes a technology related item, books to go along with the item and an idea book full of ideas and/or lesson plans. Below is an example: What Maker kits are available for checkout?  We have 9 kits that you are able to check out: Code-a-Pillar Kit Ozobot Kit Augmented and Virtual Reality Kit Raspberry Pi Kit Code and Go Robot Mouse Kit Record and Learn Kidistudio Kit Sphero Kit Circuits and Magnets Kit Makey Makey Kit Magformers Kit Who can checkout a Maker kit? Anyone with a library card can check it out for 28 days. What ages are the Maker kits targeted for? Code-A-Pillar: Ages 3-6 Ozobots: Ages 8 and older Augmented and Virtual Reality: Ages 8 and older Raspberry Pi: Ages 8 and older Code and Go Robot Mouse: Ages 5 and older Record and Learn KidiStudio: Ages 3-6 Sphero: Ages 8 and older Circuits and Magnets: Ages 8 and older Makey Makey: Ages 8 and older Magformers: Ages 6 and older

By |May 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Children’s Maker Kits

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.          

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Munch Madness

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 [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|Categories: At Home, childrens, Featured Post, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top Baby Shower Gifts: A Newbie Mom’s Guide

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|Comments Off on Planning a Disney Vacation

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 [...]

By |June 9th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, Local History and Genealogy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Licking Riverside Historic Walking Tour

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|Comments Off on Munch Madness

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: , , |Comments Off on Decadent Hors d’oeuvres on Fox 19