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Dad, Daddy, Pop…Picture Books for Father’s Day

“Dad, Daddy, Pop …” No matter what you call him, June is the month in which we celebrate our fathers and fatherhood. Believe it or not, Father’s Day wasn’t made an official holiday until 1972 even though celebrations of fathers date back to the early 1900’s. Its origins may lie in a memorial service held on July 5, 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907. Then in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, one of six children raised by a widower, began a campaign for a national Father’s Day after having heard a Mother’s Day sermon at church. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers, and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful. Washington celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Many events honoring fathers were held in the years that followed, but it took a struggle of over five decades for its designation as a national holiday to become a reality. Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.  Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. Father’s Day will be celebrated this year on June 21, 2020.   A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Dads and Father’s Day   Dad and Me Fun in the Kitchen by Danielle Kartes This is a cookbook made just for dads and little chefs which celebrates the joy of just being together. This is [...]

By |June 10th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

Library Re-Opens the Drive Thru on Monday, May 18

Library Re-Opens the Drive Thru on Monday, May 18 The Kenton County Public Library will resume drive-thru service with limited hours beginning Monday, May 18. Patrons can place items on hold at Patrons will be notified when ready for pick up. Hours will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturdays, 1 to 5 pm. The three locations of the Kenton County Public Library are:   Covington Branch: 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY 41011 Erlanger Branch: 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, KY 41018 William E. Durr Branch: 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence, KY 41051   Patrons can also call during open hours to place items on hold or ask reference questions at (859) 962-4000.   This is phase one of the library’s reopening process. Library officials have been given approval by the local health departments to provide limited contact service. Also opening is Empower Tools, the Library’s tool lending service. Those needing to borrow tools and equipment for home repairs, yard work and more can go to for a list of items, hours and how to reserve.   “We have been in constant contact with local health officials and monitoring guidelines from the state,” said Dave Schroeder, Executive Director for the Kenton County Public Library. “Staff has been providing unique ways to provide programs and services during this unprecedented time, but we are glad we can get back to providing physical items for residents to read and enjoy.”   The Library will provide drive-thru service and continue to monitor the situation as reopens occur throughout the Commonwealth. “We have submitted our phased opening plans to the Governor’s office. This includes maintaining social distancing, quarantining of returned library items for [...]

By |May 6th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Library Re-Opens the Drive Thru on Monday, May 18

Spring Picture Books for Children

It looks like spring has finally sprung, and it’s here to stay! In honor of this much anticipated season, we’ve included lots of new books to help you celebrate spring’s arrival and spring into reading! A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Spring All Around Bustletown: Spring by Rotraut Susanne Berner This is a German import, and Berner is one of Germany’s well-known children’s authors. It’s springtime in this imaginary town with lots going on. Children should enjoy looking at all the springtime activities.             The Bear’s Garden by Marcie Colleen, illus. by Alison Oliver A little girl with a lot of imagination turns the empty lot across from her apartment building into a community garden. The illustrations are transformative as well, as color takes over throughout this tale of urban renewal.       Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids by Kirsten Bradley, illus. by Aitch This book for older children includes 20 projects and provides easy step-by-step instructions accompanied by watercolor illustrations. The projects include growing vegetables indoors, making seed balls, and making a terrarium, to name a few, and all should appeal to a wide variety of interests.           Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak A little boy observes how the season changes from winter to spring. This is the third in the series of seasonal books by Pak.       Grandma’s Gardens by Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, illus. by Carme Lemniscates In this picture book, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton share their memories of Hillary's mother, Grandma Dorothy, who loved gardens and gardening. This is a wonderful tribute to the late Dorothy Rodham. Also available in e-book. [...]

By |April 15th, 2020|Categories: A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, Featured Post|Comments Off on Spring Picture Books for Children

Covid-19 Resources

For more information on Covid-19, here are some helpful and reliable online resources:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) NKY Health Department KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services: COVID-19 World Health Organization Mayo Clinic Resources from EBSCO Northern Kentucky COVID-19 Service Guide in Spanish  Cincinnati Children's Hospital - Resources for Families St. Elizabeth launches COVID-19 Helpline -- St. Elizabeth has developed a COVID-19 Helpline, 1-800-737-7900, staffed by St. Elizabeth associates to help answer patient and community questions and/or concerns regarding COVID-19. The helpline is available 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Face Mask FAQ

By |March 31st, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on Covid-19 Resources

Increased Checkouts & Comedies to Lift the Spirits

Good News!  We've temporarily  increased the number of items you may check out from Hoopla to 20! If you're new to digital downloads you can ask me a question at or use our chat service. Chat is available on our website.  You can also ask a question on Facebook. How about a few comedies to lift the spirits?                                

By |March 31st, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on Increased Checkouts & Comedies to Lift the Spirits

Practicing Stress Reduction & Mindfulness

The Untethered Soul The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer #1 New York Times Bestseller! What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul offers simple yet profound answers to these questions. Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you've devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You'll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness.         A Walk In The Wood by Dr. Joseph Parent, Nancy Parent Part inspiration, part information narrative for our story is based on walking meditation, also known as mindful walking; an active practice that requires you to be consciously aware and moving in the environment rather than sitting with your eyes closed. Just as The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo's mega-selling book (over 4 million copies sold worldwide) provides readers with a life/spiritual philosophy embedded in the how-to of minimalism (with practical tips for de-cluttering of one's home), A Walk in the Wood provides a narrative grounded in the simple act of slowing down, observing what is around us, and being present.         Chemistry Of Calm by Henry Emmons The debilitating effects of anxiety can affect your sense of well-being, health, longevity, productivity, and relationships. In The Chemistry of Calm, Dr. Henry Emmons presents his Resilience Training Program - a groundbreaking regimen designed to relieve anxiety and restore physical and mental strength. This step-by-step plan for mental calmness and emotional wisdom focuses [...]

By |March 17th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on Practicing Stress Reduction & Mindfulness

Scholastic Teachables

Teachables Save hours of prep time with our online treasure trove of ready-to-go lessons and activities for PreK-6 grades, subjects, and skill levels. The Savvy Teacher’s (and Parent's) Best Friend Save hours of prep time with our online treasure trove of ready-to-go lessons and activities for grades PreK-6, Search by subject, and skill level.    

By |March 16th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Scholastic Teachables

Escape With a Cozy Mysteries

Had enough of reality?  Escape with a cozy mystery. Cozy mysteries have all of the mystery you need without the graphic content. Death in the Stacks - Jenn McKinlay Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library's annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover's dream—it's the library's biggest moneymaker of the year. The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive—but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive's dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she's not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula's future... Potions and Pastries - Bailey Cates It's been exactly two years since Katie and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery, where they serve delicious—and bespelled—treats to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery's anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy's friend Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years.   A Hiss Before Dying - A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown Autumn is in the air in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia—and all the traditions of the changing seasons are under way. Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen cleans her cupboards, her husband, Fair, prepares the horses for the shorter days ahead, and the clamorous barking of beagles signals the annual rabbit chase through the central Virginia hills. But the last thing the local beaglers and their hounds expect to flush out is a dead [...]

By |March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Escape With a Cozy Mysteries