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Capture (some books about) the Iron Throne

Watched the series but never read the books? Download one today.   Game of Thrones Season 7 Soundtrack   Inside HBO's Game of Thrones   Game of Thrones - Graphic Novels Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods    Recreate the braids, buns, and twists of your favorite historical, sci-fi, and fantasy heroes and heroines including Daenerys Targaryen.  

By |April 12th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Thinking Spring? Gardening for Everyone

In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome, and all the knowledge they've gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden.   For indoor gardeners everywhere, Darryl Cheng offers a new way to grow healthy house plants. He teaches the art of understanding a plant's needs and giving it a home with the right balance of light, water, and nutrients.   With as little as 50 square feet and for less than $20, gardeners can plant a colorful meadow that demands little in the way of space, mowing, or maintenance, uses less water than a traditional lawn, and provides habitat for pollinators - not to mention a natural exploration space for children.     In Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies, Groves provides 23 specially tailored garden plans for addressing the most common health needs, along with simple recipes for using each group of herbs.   Learn to create gardens and landscapes in almost any setting, from large rural backyards to tight urban spaces, and in almost any climate.  We also have many other Great Courses available in Hoopla.  

By |March 30th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Play Ball! Children’s Books about Baseball

 A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Baseball Opening Day is here! In 2019, the Cincinnati Reds will be celebrating the 150th anniversary as America’s first professional baseball team. With Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds, sitting practically in our backyard, paying tribute to books about America’s favorite pastime seems especially fitting! Our bases are loaded with a few good reads. No bloopers here, all are sure to be a home run! New Baseball Books Baseball Superstars 2019 by Jon Richards From Aaron Judge to Joey Votto, facts and stats of more than 25 of baseball’s best players are included in this work. There’s even a “How Well Do You Know the MLB” quiz included.               Calling His Shot: Babe Ruth’s Legendary Home Run by Brandon Terrell, illus. by Eduardo Garcia A legendary moment in sports history is brought to life in this graphic novel.               Cincinnati Reds by Katie Lajiness Part of the MLB’s Greatest Teams series, this book covers the team's history, memorable wins, star players, and important coaches.           Cincinnati Reds: Stars, Stats, History, and More! by K. C. Kelley Root, root, root for the home team as you meet the top players, read stories of past and present, and check out all the key stats.               First Pitch by David Sabino, illus. by Charles Lehman This book is part of the Ready to Read series for beginning readers. Children will learn about everything that happens before the first pitch thrown.                 The Funniest Man in Baseball: [...]

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Books & Authors

A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be sucked back into it. A small Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder in the next masterpiece from New York Times bestselling author Emma Donoghue.   A tense, thrilling cat and mouse game that spans two continents, from an acclaimed new Irish novelist.   It's a quiet story about love and sacrifice that manages to be extremely moving without becoming sentimental or maudlin. Morton's performance similarly brims with emotion but never overflows.  

By |March 16th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Books in Bloom

It has been said that “the promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter.” Well, I think we are all ready for a change in seasons. There are many new books about spring that offer a respite from the gloomy days of winter. So, while anticipating spring’s arrival, why not check out what’s blooming at the library. A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Spring Books Bloom Bloom! by April Pulley Sayre Sayre is an award-winning author and photo-illustrator, and this book does not disappoint. This is an exceptional book celebrating an array of different flowering plants. The sparse text is accompanied by visually stunning photographs. Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Spring Smiles by Kallie George, illus. by Oriol Vidal There’s lots to explore on a sunny, spring day but will Spike’s sneezes get in the way? This early reader is a springtime delight. Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs A little boy longs for an outdoor space where he can grow things. A community garden evolves. This diverse book is an engaging story and even works as an early reader. Bright illustrations accompany the brief text. Flowers by Gail Gibbons This book is an introduction to the basics and life cycle of flowers. Gibbons is well known for her non-fiction for young readers having published more than 170 titles. Her watercolor and pen and ink illustrations provide a visual feast! Gabi’s If/Then Garden by Caroline Karanja, illus. by Ben Whitehouse This book is part of the Code Play series. Children are introduced to coding concepts through garden planting and backyard play. Gardening with Emma by Emma Biggs Enthusiastic and passionate thirteen-year-old Emma shares her love of gardening. She provides lots [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

March Must Reads

“Like the best episodes of Behind the Music, this chronicle of the rise and fall of a fictional ’70s rock group is impossible to resist. You’ll be tempted to look up the band’s hits, only to disappointedly remember that they don’t exist. A great rock ’n’ roll ride for readers.”   From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip—a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence.   In the tradition of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train comes the psychological thriller everyone is talking about, a twisted novel about a devoted wife, a loving husband, and a chilling crime that will stun even the cleverest readers.   Follow the eccentric, cantakerous, utterly charming Professor Chandra as he tries to answer the biggest question of all: What makes us happy?       With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

By |March 9th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Children’s Books for Women’s History Month

Jane Austen for Kids by Nancy Sanders An introduction to the life and writings of Jane Austen includes coverage of the historical events that shaped her life and her achievements at a time of limited opportunities for women, sharing additional insights into the timeless relevance of her literary themes. Original. Simultaneous eBook.         Aim for the Skies : Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith's Race to Complete Amelia Earhart's Quest  by Aimée Bissonette ; illustrated by Doris Ettlinger. This book retells the story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world         She did it! : 21 women who changed the way we think by Emily Arnold McCully Offers an illustrated exploration of the inspiring lives of twenty-one women who challenged the status quo of their day and made an impact on the world.             Wilma's Way Home by Doreen Rappaport Wilma's courageous dedication to serving her people led to her election as the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.               When Ruth Bader Ginsburg Chewed 100 Sticks of Gum by Mark Weakland ; illustrated by Daniela Volpari. Ruth Bader Ginsburg led the Supreme Court in style and speech. But do you know what she was like as a child? Strong role models and encouragement to be herself led Ruth to speak her mind and to stamd up for equality. Lessons from her childhood helped her become the second-ever female Supreme Court justice of the United States.         Turning Pages : My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor ; illustrated by Lulu [...]

Short on Time? Try a Short Story

Mystery Stories by Elizabeth Peters A Christmas slaying, an Egyptian puzzle, and a night in the home of a stranger-three chillers from the New York Times–bestselling "grandmaster" of mystery (Publishers Weekly).   In Short Measures by Michael Ruhlman In his three novellas, Michael Ruhlman delves deeply into the nuanced complexity of romantic and sexual love - and the inevitable evolution of the heart over the span of years and decades.    The Collected Stories Of Eudora Welty This complete collection includes all the published stories of Eudora Welty.   At The End Of The Century by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala A career-spanning collection of stories about the collision of East and West . . . Compelling in their elegance and for Jhabvala's poised, precise eye, which stays consistent and steady through the decades." - Kirkus Reviews   Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman In this anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath.  

By |February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Empower Tools Opens for 2019

  Dreaming about your garden or your spring cleanup and home improvement projects?  Stop by Empower Tools to check out our home improvement tools before you start. Empower Tools opens this Wednesday February 20 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. for the new season.  We will be open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this season to give folks the best chance to get the tools they need for your  DIY projects. To ensure the most people can benefit from this program all borrowers must have a current Kenton County Public Library Card.  If you don’t have one, stop by your nearest library with a valid ID and a piece of current mail to pick one up. If you do have one, remember to check that it is current and all information is up to date. In addition we will be asking borrowers to email us at with the following information: Your name Your Kenton County Public Library Card number Your street address Your phone number Your email. You will be contacted by Empower Tools and Library staff to verify the information.  Once verified you will be notified that your Library Card can be used to borrow Empower Tools.  We will contact you within five (5) business days of your email. Looking forward to a successful second season.  

By |February 19th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Hamilton is Coming to Cincinnati

A remarkable story of how a group of inspired mavericks made an unlikely marriage of hip-hop and history to create the biggest show on Broadway   Hamilton Soundtrack   Hamilton Mixtape   The Revolution gives listeners an unprecedented insight into Hamilton, from the only two writers able to provide it.   Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.    

By |February 16th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments