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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    

By |March 31st, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

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 frilling@kentonlibrary.org 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: Featured Post|0 Comments

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: 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

Black History Month Books for Children

Black History Month is observed every February in the United States. Black history is American history, however, observing Black History Month in February gives us a chance to be intentional in learning about this topic. There are so many wonderful books that were published this past year. Narrowing down our list has been difficult at best. In addition, the American Library Association announced the children’s literature awards for 2019 on January 27. A few of the books that we had chosen to feature during Black History Month are among those awards: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson You’ve probably heard the phrase “swept the Oscars,” well, this new picture book “swept the awards.” It won the Caldecott Medal which is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Honor titles are generally selected each year as well. Kadir Nelson is a two-time Caldecott Honoree, but this is his first Caldecott Medal. The Undefeated was also named as one of four Newbery Honor winning titles. The Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Kwame Alexander won the Newbery Medal in 2015 for The Crossover. The Caldecott and Newbery Medals are perhaps the two most prestigious awards in the field of children’s literature, so for this book to recognized in both categories, it is truly an exceptional work. The Undefeated was also awarded the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. The Coretta Scott King Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture. In The Undefeated, Alexander gives us a poetic tribute [...]

By |February 6th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Black History Month Books for Children

Get Creative in 2020

Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Access is FREE with your Library card.    This one-of-a-kind book will show readers how to identify and nurture their own visual identity, navigate the influence of artists they admire, push through fear and insecurity, and appreciate the value of their personal journey.   Do something creative every day! In A Year of Creativity, learn how to throw the perfect creative party with your friends-with organizing tips, 25 project ideas, and even recipes for snacks.   Stories, Advice, and Inspiration from a Community of Modern Makers An exploration of how making by hand is the key to discovering your life's passion-whether that means spinning natural fibers, carving a wooden bowl, or creating elaborate papercuts; featuring profiles of 30 creatives. Practical Advice on the Artist's Personality and Career from America's Foremost Creativity Coach. Creativity for Life offers practical ideas as well as exercises and inspiration to nurture growth as an artist and as a person.            

By |February 4th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Get Creative in 2020

ALA’s Award Winning Children’s & YA Books

Each year the American Library Association awards outstanding books for children and young adults. Awards include including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards. (Complete list) This year's winners include: New Kid - Jerry CraftInstead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. The Undefeated Illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Written by Kwame Alexander The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Dig - A.S. King Five white teenage cousins who are struggling with the failures and racial ignorance of their dysfunctional parents and their wealthy grandparents, reunite for Easter. Just Ask – Sonia Sotomayor Sonia and her friends plant a garden, and each one contributes in his or her own special way, in a book that celebrates the many differences among humans. Field Guide to the North American Teenager - Ben Philippe When Norris, a black French Canadian, starts his junior year at an Austin, Texas, high school, he views his fellow students as cliches from "a bad 90s teen movie."   Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño played the piano for President Lincoln - Margarita Engle Looks at the life and accomplishments of Teresa Carreño, one of the most famous pianist who, by age nine, performed for President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.

By |January 27th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on ALA’s Award Winning Children’s & YA Books

Fall in Love with a New Book – February

The Splendid and the Vile - Erik Larson New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and The Devil in the White City delivers a startlingly fresh portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. The Holdout - Graham Moore A woman is wrongly implicated in a murder one decade after convincing the members of a deadlocked jury to return a not-guilty verdict. By the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game. The Worst Best Man - Mia Sosa A wedding planner left at the altar? Yeah, the irony isn't lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina's offered an opportunity that could change her life. There's just one hitch... she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.   The Authenticity Project - Clare Pooley The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love.   A Well Behaved Woman - Therese Ann Fowler The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, written by Therese Anne Fowler, a New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.      

By |January 27th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Fall in Love with a New Book – February

Books to Movies in 2020

Which is better, the book or the movie? Get a head start this year on some great books that will be released as movies in 2020. Little Women (Currently in Theaters) Based loosely on Louisa May Alcott's own upbringing, Little Women follows the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Each girl has a vision of what their ideal future will bring, though ultimately experiencing, as most young do, something completely different. Little Women, originally written as two volumes, was a great commercial success and is considered one of the most widely read American novels.   Artemis Fowl (May 29th) Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius-and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of the bedtime stories-they're dangerous! Woman in the Window (May 15th) Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock. News of the World (December 25th) In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. Rebecca (Netflix - TBD) The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at [...]

By |January 13th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Books to Movies in 2020