Request a Book Kit Requesting a book kit for your book club just got a lot easier! Thinking about starting a book club, or have you been with the same friends for years? The Library just made requesting a book kit a lot easier! You can now request a book kit for a specific date so you'll know what you're reading next month. Save money and time by checking out a book kit and discussion guide from the Library. Our book kits contain 10-15 copies of a book, a discussion guide and come in an easy to carry tote bag. Choose Your Title (this is the hard part!) Select the date and pickup location, and enter your contact information Reserve this kit We will contact you when you book kit is available for pick up.
Shopping season is upon us! Let Consumer Reports do the heavy lifting for you when you are trying to decide what to buy. Consumer reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. I’ve used Consumer Reports for advice when purchasing a dishwasher, car seats, paint and much more. All you need is your Library card. Consumer Reports: Login first to unlock the ratings Before you buy some of the most popular gifts read the review: Coffee Makers Headphones Laptops
WHAT IS THE WINTER READ CHALLENGE? Winter Read Challenge is a reading challenge where you can complete reading missions throughout December, January, and February in order to be entered to win prizes. RULES Complete any of their choice of 5 challenges out of the 10 offered. For any challenge you complete after 5 you'll be given another entry into the prize drawing, so you can earn a total of 6 entries. Entry forms can be picked up (or printed from this site) starting on December 1st and must be returned by February 29th to qualify for the prize drawing. PRIZES Our grand prize this year is a $50 Amazon gift card. Second and third place winners will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
If you are a Hallmark movie junkie, you probably know that some of your favorites are also books! Can you find true love in a mall? In this book made into a Hallmark movie, yes. Check out The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans. Two strangers meet and agree to help each other out during the holidays by acting as a couple. They agree on "rules" of their arrangement but after getting to know one another, will they be able to keep their "Mistletoe Promise"? Wrapped Up in Christmas Janice Lynn A gift of warmth to heal two hearts… Sarah Smith in Pine Hill, Kentucky has had her heart broken in the past. She pours herself into her work at church and into special projects-like making a quilt for a wounded warrior. Bodie Lewis is lost. All he's ever wanted was his career as an Army Ranger, but he was injured in an explosion that killed his brothers in arms. In the hospital, he receives a handmade quilt. Later, he sets out on his final mission: to find and thank its maker. Bodie expected Sarah to be an elderly lady, not a lovely young woman. When she mistakes him for a handyman, he doesn't immediately set her straight. Instead, he sets about repairing the home she's turning into a bed and breakfast. Sarah's presence and the spirit of the small town bring Bodie something he thought he'd left far behind on the battlefield: hope. Christmas In Evergreen Nancy Naigle A snowy small town. A snow globe that grants wishes. A love that's meant to be. Evergreen, Vermont is about to be in the rearview mirror of Allie Shaw's vintage red pickup truck. It's [...]
Holiday reading is just the right thing to get everyone in the holiday spirit! And, libraries are a great place for children (and adults) to visit this holiday season. Everyone can pick up some of the usual holiday favorites and discover some new ones as well. So, if you’re looking for some great holiday reads, look no further. We’ve got your list! There’s no better way to celebrate this time of year than by cuddling up with your children and reading. A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about December Holidays New Hanukkah Stories Good Night, Hanukkah by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper, illus. by Katherine Blackmore In this board book children are introduced to the story of Hanukkah and all its exciting traditions as they prepare for the holiday celebration. Hanukkah Baby by Ekaterina Trukhan Share Hanukkah traditions with baby in this Indestructibles book, which means it’s rip-proof and drool-proof, perfect for baby! Noah and the Eight Trucks of Hanukkah by Nancy Rips, illus. by Marina Saumell Noah is obsessed with trucks, so he comes up with a way to have a Festival of Trucks along with the Festival of Lights. One Night, One Hanukkah Night by Aidel Backman A menorah that shone long ago now glistens in a modern home as holiday traditions pass from one generation to the next. New Christmas Stories Angela’s Christmas by Frank McCourt, illus. by Raúl Colón This was originally published in 2007 as Angela and the Baby Jesus and has recently been made into a Netflix animated film. In this Irish Nativity story, [...]
Veteran’s Day Events at the Library There are several opportunities to observe Veteran’s Day at the Kenton County Public Library. Veterans Oral History Interviews* Fri., Nov. 1 - Sat., Nov. 30 Covington Branch Library Are you interested in adding your story to our Veterans Oral History Project? Staff from the Local History and Genealogy Department are available to conduct veteran’s oral history interviews. Veterans are encouraged to bring medals, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other items related to their service to the interview. To reserve your interview time and to find out more about the interview process, please contact Casey Blackmore at (859)962-4070. To reserve your interview time or for more information, please contact Casey Blackmore at (859)962-4070. Veteran’s Yoga Project Yoga Class Mon., Nov. 11, 10-11 AM Covington Branch Library Tues., Nov. 12, 7-8 PM Erlanger Branch Library Mon., Nov. 18, 6-7 PM William E. Durr Branch Library Honor our nation's veterans by attending this basic yoga class as part of the 6th Annual Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week. This event is designed to call attention to trauma-related conditions and the power of yoga as a tool for healing. Veteran's Day Feature Presentation - Patton Mon., Nov. 11, 1-4:30 PM Covington Branch Library GenTech Tuesday: Military Records Basics Series* Tuesdays, 2-3 PM Covington Branch Library It's National Veterans Month! Each week, we'll cover one aspect of researching your ancestors’ military history using Fold3 and NARA. These one-hour classes are designed for beginners. 11/12: War of 1812 Service and Pension Records 11/19: Civil War Service and Pension Records 11/26: World War I and World War II Draft Records and Service Records Meet "On Desperate Ground" Author Hampton Sides Mon., Nov. 11, [...]
November is underway, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Families are getting ready to gather around the table, share turkey and stuffing, and enjoy the company of relatives. What better way to teach children about the meaning of Thanksgiving than by reading together as a family? Books are one of the things we are most thankful for, so we’ve put together a list of the newest Thanksgiving titles that you and your family can share this holiday. A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Thanksgiving New Thanksgiving Stories Apple Cake by Dawn Casey, illus. by Genevieve Godbout This charming book celebrates family, food, and feelings of gratitude. The colored-pencil illustrations create cozy scenes. Perfect for Thanksgiving sharing! A recipe for apple cake is included as well. Around the Table that Grandad Built by Melanie Heuiser Hill, illus. by Jaime Kim A family gathers with friends and neighbors to share a meal in this cumulative picture book. Be Thankful, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen It’s Thanksgiving under the sea in this new board book. Five Little Thank-Yous by Cindy Jin, illus. by Dawn M. Cardona This rhyming board book is shaped like a turkey handprint craft and reminds us of the important things to be thankful for. Imagine You Were There … Sailing on the Mayflower by Caryn Jenner The Imagine You Were There series helps readers imagine what it was like to be there during events that changed the world. This book chronicles the voyage of the pilgrims from England to America and [...]
“Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest 2019 The Library is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Halloween writing contest. This was our 17th year in conducting this contest, and we had nearly 300 entries! Seventeen area schools were represented as well as the homeschool community. Several of our winners were also repeat winners. Iris Laile, who took 1st place in this year’s Prose, Grades 4-6 Division, won 3rd place last year. Coen Yap won 2nd place this year in the Prose, Grades 4-6 Division. He placed 2nd last year in the Poetry Division. Olivia Salsman placed 3rd in this year’s Prose, Grades 4-6 division. She was the 3rd place winner in the same category last year. And Caroline Joyce who placed second in the Prose, Grades 7-8 Division placed third last year in the same division. As librarians, we know the importance of reading and developing a child’s reading skills, especially through hands-on, active learning opportunities. Having a child create an original story or poem promotes the advancement of those skills. Several teachers even incorporated this contest into their curriculum, having the entire class submit entries. We are pleased to have this sort of support among the educational community. Congratulations to all! And the winners for the 2019 “Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest are: Poetry, Grades 1-3: 1st place: “Broomsticks” by Tenor Jennings Homeschool, Grade 3 2nd place: “Spooky Night” by Sloane Bailey Beechwood Elementary School, Grade 2 3rd place: “Zombies are Green” by Jasper Bunte Beechwood Elementary School, Grade 1 Prose, Grades 1-3: 1st place: “The Best Halloween Ever” by Keaton Watts Homeschool, Grade 1 2nd place: “The Demon in the House Next Door” by Langston Gifford Holy Cross Elementary School, Grade 3 [...]
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Note: this article was originally written in the fall of 2017 but was updated October, 2019. It's that time of year again... It's time for 17-year-old kids to make one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. It's time for these kids to decide what they are going to do for the rest of their lives. It's time for seniors in high school to choose a college. My daughter had to make these decisions in the fall of 2016. She began her junior year of college at Northern Kentucky University last month. My son Joey is a senior in high school and going through this process now. I have two stepsons attending college as well. I'm going to tell you some of the things you are going to be told your child must do and then I'm going to tell you the truth based on our experience. Things Other People, Including High School Guidance Counselors, are Going to Tell You and Your Children: You should apply to five to seven schools to make sure you get accepted to one. You should apply to schools you know you can't afford. There are plenty of scholarships out there and you'll be sure to find one. You can wait until after you graduate to make a final decision on which college you will attend. Students with high GPAs and ACT scores will get a full ride. You have to live on campus to get the full college experience. You will find some way to pay for college, even if it's loans. College is really the only way to make something of yourself. Books will cost at least $1,000 a semester. Don't fill out [...]