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A Classic Holiday Celebration

A Classic Holiday Celebration  It’s always a bit nostalgic to rediscover gems from the past. Several holiday classics have recently been reissued for a new generation of readers to enjoy. Some are even sporting new covers and fresh art, but for the sake of reminiscing we’ve featured the original covers. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, originally published in 1971, is back in print after more than 40 years. This is the story that inspired the classic Jim Henson movie of the same name in 1977. Santa’s Moose, the holiday classic by the author of Danny and the Dinosaur, is also available again--and now with full-color art! This easy reader first appeared in 1979 and quickly became a holiday favorite. Generations of readers have treasured the international holiday classic, Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico, and its tale of a Mexican girl's excitement at the approach of Christmas. This winner of the 1960 Caldecott Medal is available once again for a new generation to enjoy. We’ve also reviewed many new holiday titles. Might one of these become a classic as well? Read and judge for yourself!   New Books The Bear Who Didn't Want to Miss Christmas by Marie Tibi, illus. by Fabien Ockto Lambert Little Bear fears he’ll miss Christmas since it’s time to hibernate, but his friends come up with a plan for him to be able to celebrate. This is simply a sweet holiday story about friendship.   A Christmas for Bear by Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton How will Bear and Mouse celebrate Christmas? With pickles and poems of course … and maybe a present or two.  Bear and Mouse first appeared in A Visitor for Bear and have [...]

By |December 5th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Cincinnati Zoo’s Thane Maynard Joins us on Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2017 Ribbon Cutting: Join us for our ribbon cutting at 6:30 Thayne Maynard from the Cincinnati Zoo There are wild times ahead for the library, and to kick us off join us for the grand opening of our new addition with a presentation from Thane Maynard of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden from 7-8 pm. Tickets are limited and registration for this event is required. Tickets are available beginning December 1, 2017. While you wait, enjoy these fun Zoo videos: Zoo! Zoo! Zoo! Show (1980) Remastered and produced by the Kenton County Public Library, in cooperation with WCET- Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Zoo. Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard teaches us all about animals in this classic television show.   View all of our classic Zoo videos on our YouTube Channel

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ready to Code

The Kenton County Public Library announced today that they have received a $25,000 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The Kenton County Public Library is one of 28 libraries around the country to receive a grant from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google, which promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking among youth. Executive Director Dave Schroeder, said, “We are honored to be a recipient of such a prestigious and generous grant. Our staff will use the funds to work with children and teens in our area to implement STEM-based programs which include a six-weeks robotics course and coding classes.” “Staff at the Library are diligent about finding new opportunities to expand children’s and teens knowledge on a variety of subjects. We do this through classes that often include a literacy component and hands-on learning experiences,” stated Schroeder. “Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Google program manager Nicky Rigg. “We are proud to include the Kenton County Public Library in our cohort of Ready to Code grantees and support them with the knowledge and skills to do what they do best: empowering youth to create, problem solve and develop the confidence and skills to succeed in their future careers.” ALA President Jim Neal said, “As centers of innovation and information, libraries are the ideal place for youth – especially those underrepresented in tech jobs – to get the CS skills they need to succeed. ALA is pleased to provide these new resources to Kenton County Public Library and other Libraries Ready to Code grantees to help young people cultivate problem-solving skills, in addition to coding, [...]

By |November 29th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

November Hot Reads

Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner The explosive debut novel - about family, power and privilege - from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men. Mark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the penthouse above them begin construction, an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives and threatens to destroy everything they've created.   Artemis by Andy Weir The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new science-fiction thriller—a heist story set on the moon. Jazz Bashara is a criminal.  Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.     The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Mary Ann Mongan 1929 – 2017

Mary Ann Mongan, age 88, passed away on November 12, 2017. Miss Mongan was the first director of the Kenton County Public Library District (1967-1999). She was hired as the director of the Covington Library in 1958. Miss Mongan had served the Library for more than 40 years, starting when the Covington Library was in the Carnegie building. During her tenure as director, bookmobile service was introduced to the county, the Kenton County Public Library District was established in 1967, a new Covington library was built, the first Erlanger Branch designed specifically as a library was opened in 1978, searching for books moved from a paper card catalog to an online system and the Independence Branch was established in 1995. In 1958, the Kenton County Public Library system did not exist as we know it today. Instead there were two libraries operating independently – the Covington Library and the Erlanger Library. The Covington Library was funded by the city of Covington as directed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1900.  In 1911, the Erlanger Woman's Club asked to create a station of the Covington Public Library. In July of 1928 the Club turned over its collection of donated books to the Covington Library and the Board, in turn, agreed to add more books and magazines to the collection. This was the first step in creating a combined city-county library system. In 1958, Rebecca Cox, director of the Covington Library, retired after 18 years of service as head librarian. Miss Mary Ann Mongan, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and former librarian for the city of Newport, was hired to replace Miss Cox. Miss Mongan lived in Cincinnati. There was quite an outcry from Covington [...]

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Thanksgiving and Autumn

Tales and Traditions A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Thanksgiving and Autumn Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. One of our new Thanksgiving books, Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade, sheds an interesting light on this annual event. In 1870, something known as a Ragamuffin Parade was introduced to New York City by its many immigrant residents. It took place on Thanksgiving Day. Children dressed like beggars and paraded through the streets asking, “Have you anything for Thanksgiving?” People referred to them as ragamuffins and gave them a penny or sometimes a piece of fruit. But as time passed, the parade fell out of fashion. Halloween became more popular, and it offered children a time to dress up and beg for treats. Also, with the passing of time, many of those immigrant children grew up and found themselves employed by Macy’s in Manhattan. These employees remembered with fondness the Ragamuffin Parades, and many historians believe that they asked Mr. Macy if he might consider sponsoring a parade for the children of New York City on Thanksgiving Day. In 1924, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place, and as we all now know, a tradition was born. Oh, the things you can learn from a children’s picture book! We hope you enjoy the story of Rettie along with the others we’ve included …   Baby’s First Thanksgiving by Dawn Sirett This board book contains bright pictures and word labels that will help little ones identify all the favorites typically associated with Thanksgiving. They’re sure to gobble this one up!         Celebrate Thanksgiving by Deborah Heiligman This National Geographic publication, with its stunning photographs, celebrates [...]

Try it Before you Buy It

Can you believe it’s already almost that time of the year? Everyone will be out and about shopping for loved ones and friends. Let the library help you out this year, come try it before you buy it! Did you know the Kenton County Public library now offers cardholders an opportunity to borrow some unique items? Shopping for a new camera this holiday season? Come out and borrow a Canon EOS Rebel T6 from the library! Shopping for a fun and educational toy for a preschooler? Come out and borrow the Code-A-Pillar. Shopping for a telescope for that star enthusiast in your family? Come out and borrow a telescope. The "Library of Things" is a new collection at the Kenton County Public Library that includes all sorts of equipment like robots, microscopes, loom knitting kit, yard games and retro gaming systems like the Atari and Sega! We continuously add to the Library of Things so there is always new items to check out. So come out to the library this holiday season and check out one of these items or put a hold on one by visiting our catalog, all you need is a library card! To sign up for a free library card, visit one of our three branches: Covington, Independence or Erlanger.

By |November 8th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |0 Comments

2017 Haunt Your Library Writing Contest Winners

The Library is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Halloween writing contest. This was our 15th year in conducting this contest, and we had a record-breaking 303 entries. Over twenty-five area schools were represented, including the homeschool community. We even had an entry from Houston, Texas! It’s interesting to note that we had three sets of siblings win this year: Frances and Ruth Maier, Matilda and Ollie Lukes, and Lillian and Jackson Grothaus. We also had a repeat winner. Ruth Maier won 2nd place last year in the Grades 1-3 Prose Division, and this year she won 1st place. She also won 1st place in 2015. 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. And the winners for the 2017 “Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest are: Grades 1-3 First Place Poetry Winner: "Stitches" by Frances Maier (Blessed Sacrament School, Grade 2) Second Place Poetry Winner: "Those Noisy Monsters" by Lillian Grothaus (Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Grade 3)                                                     Third Place Poetry Winner: "Halloween Poem" by Jahlee Etta Reinecke (Cline Elementary, Grade 3)                                                                     [...]

By |October 31st, 2017|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Digital Magazines Now Available

We recently added several new magazine titles to our digital magazine collection.  So, cozy up with your favorite device and flip through a new magazine.   Dogster is full of care and wellness, dog pop-culture, new products, adventure and playtime ideas, breed profiles, and adorable photos! National Geographic Kids magazine - the perfect balance between learning and fun! A must-have for children ages 6 and up. Each issue is packed with colorful photos, games, puzzles, fun features and facts about animals, science, technology, and more. The Paris Review publishes the best fiction, poetry, art, and essays from new and established voices, and the Writers at Work interviews offer some of the most revealing self-portraits in literature. Take outdoor enjoyment to new heights with America’s #1 bird and garden magazine. You’ll love up-close bird and flower photos, amazing reader-shared “Bird Tales”, time and money-saving backyard tips and proven birding & gardening advice!   iPad & iPhone User is the only digital magazine you need to the world of the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Subscribe to iPad & iPhone User and get more out of your Apple device with our step-by-step tutorials, straight forward buying advice and expert reviews of the latest apps, games and accessories. Your go-to guide for creating and nurturing your own unique vintage style. Turn your design dreams into reality!   Architectural Digest is the world's foremost design authority, showcasing the work of top architects and interior decorators.   The New Yorker publishes the best writers of its time and has received more National Magazine Awards than any other magazine, for its groundbreaking reporting, authoritative analysis, and creative inspiration. Experience Life is a whole-person magazine that offers in-depth and articulate coverage of [...]

By |October 25th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments