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DIY Holiday Books – Create Your Own Special Gift

Author Cristin Morgan of Marigold + Mars outlines the basics of 10 classic embroidery stitches and then teaches you how to use them to create 20 beautiful and practical projects for hoops, for the home, and to wear.   Extraordinary Hand Lettering opens your eyes to the endless possibilities in the world of creative lettering, showing you how to work with types of surfaces, such as wood, glass and acrylic, chalk, and even mirrors.   The holidays can be overwhelming, but Yvette shows you how to make them easier with her "make ahead" recipes, giving you time to enjoy your company when they arrive.   Using instructions for five different sizes - from child through adult large - at five different gauges, knitters can produce styles ranging from delicate dress socks to thick and furry slipper socks.   Twenty simple sewing projects are tied together with a thread of memoir that tells the story of how sewing brought Sanae Ishida profound happiness.

By |December 8th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Children’s Holiday Books for 2018

“A-Caroling We Go!” Holiday songs are without a doubt incredibly popular year after year, and some songs have remained classics for decades. Several of this year’s new holiday titles are centered around many of these familiar songs. Several Christmas carols have been reimagined as picture books. Silent Night by Brigitte Weninger, illus. by Julie Wintz-Litty provides the history of this world-famous carol. The Little Drummer Boy by Bernadette Watts is a beautiful retelling based on the beloved Christmas song, while Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite by Anna Harwell Celenza, illus. by Don Tate and The Dance of the Realms by Calliope Glass, illus. by Marco Bucci both pay tribute to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. And several board books continue the theme as well. Christmas Songs illus. by Abigail Dela Cruz, Frosty the Snowman by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson, illus. by Lisa Reed, Hanukkah by Allan Morey, illus. by Luke Séguin-Magee, and Away in a Manger: A Christmas Story are all based on songs which manage to capture the spirit of the holidays. Why not check out a few and sing along! A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Holiday Books All-of-A-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky This picture book captures the charm of the middle grade series by Sydney Taylor, All-of-a-Kind Family. Five sisters prepare to celebrate Hanukkah, but is four-year-old Gertie too young to help? Zelinsky’s artwork and use of perception draws readers into the story.   The Broken Ornament by Tony DiTerlizzi When Jack accidentally breaks a keepsake ornament, his greed turns to understanding as he learns about the true spirit of Christmas.   The Cat Who Ate Christmas by Lil Chase, illus. by Thomas Docherty After the [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Make Time for True Crime

With autumn and winter approaching, it's the perfect time to dig into true crime! Find the entire list of ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive.   As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.   In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson, revealing for the first time how she became the youngest member of his Family and offering new insights into one of the twentieth century's most notorious criminals and life as one of his "girls."   Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and "pioneer of sizzle history" (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.   The Day of the Locust meets The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this juicy, untold Hollywood story: an addictive true account of ambition, scandal, intrigue, murder, and the creation of the modern film industry.   On a cold, drizzly fall afternoon in 1958, a trio of duck hunters stumbled on the charred remains of Cincinnati resident Louise Bergen. When investigators learned that her estranged husband was living with an older divorcée, Edythe Klumpp, they wasted no time in questioning her. When she failed a lie detector test, Edythe spilled out a confession.

By |November 17th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

2018 Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award Winner – John Reynolds

Congratulations to the 2018 Mary Ann Mongan Award:  Jon Reynolds - Kenton County Adult Education   Jon Reynolds, ESL Coordinator for Kenton County Adult Education at Gateway Community & Technical College, has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award. Since 2009, the Mary Ann Mongan Award recognizes an individual or organization that has shown outstanding service in literacy in Kenton County. The award is named after former Kenton County Public Library director Mary Ann Mongan, who served as Library Director for over 40 years. Jon was given the award at a surprise ceremony prior to his Monday night class.   In his role, Jon has and continues to provide opportunities to countless ESL students in Northern Kentucky. In addition to teaching English and literacy skills, he is also responsible for the organization that keeps the grant funded to be able to provide students with free access to classes. Jon also continues to seek and add services for his students. In addition to ESL classes, students may now take citizenship classes, English conversation and the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Additionally, he has given students advice on job hunting, continuing education and helps them navigate their new communities. Jon has impacted countless lives through his work.   “He is tireless in his efforts to continue to support those that may otherwise feel marginalized in their education and career opportunities,” stated nominator Terribeth Smith. “Jon wears many hats and touches countless lives, often without receiving the recognition for his passion and dedication.”    “Jon works so hard to make the lives of so many people rich and more rewarding,” stated Kym Grillot, social studies [...]

By |November 13th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Kenton County Public Library Star Ranked again in 2018

Kenton County Public Library Star Ranked again in 2018   The Kenton County Public Library has been given a four-star ranking by leading trade publication Library Journal. The Kenton County Public Library has been consistently highly ranked over the past six years and only one of two library systems in Kentucky to receive this honor. Annually Library Journal, ranks libraries across the country based on library visits, circulation, e-book circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use.  The LJ Index gives an overall indication of how libraries stack up to their peers nationally. Library Journal ranks libraries on a three, four or five-star rating. Kenton County received a four-star rating and was ranked 16th in its category based on libraries across the nation. “We are honored to be recognized again by Library Journal,” stated Dave Schroeder, executive director for the Kenton County Public Library. “Our staff consistently works on new ways to engage residents whether it be in the Library or out in the community. We are constantly monitoring and responding to the needs of our community. Most recently we have expanded services for job seekers and created maker spaces at each of our branches. We strive for innovation and engagement with those we work for in our community. Last fiscal year, the Kenton County Public Library was visited by 845,576 guests who checked out more than 2.2 million items. The Library welcomed 198,529 people to its programs and staff answered 263,750 questions. “Libraries are critical to the community,” stated Schroeder. “In addition to finding books, people now use the Library to conduct business, find jobs, create items in our maker spaces and relax in a welcoming environment. It is always an honor to be [...]

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Thank-fall for Books

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Fall and Thanksgiving Thanksgiving celebrations are all about showing gratitude for what we have. We are certainly thankful for the books we’ve read and the authors and illustrators who create them. We’ve included here a few seasonal selections that will hopefully make you thank-fall for books as well!           Autumn Babies by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illus. by Adela Pons This board book features a diverse cast of babies at play in the park on a fall day. Perfect for little hands.           Duck and Hippo Give Thanks by Jonathan London, illus. by Andrew Joyner Hippo is determined to enjoy a good old fashioned feast for Thanksgiving with Duck and their friends. However, he’s in for a big surprise!               A Fall Ball for All by Jamie A. Swenson, illus. by Chiara Fedele All of the forest animals gather for a harvest celebration before the onset of winter. The rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, capturing the colors of the season, are a perfect tribute to autumn.           Fangsgiving by Ethan Long It’s the fourth Thursday of November and the monsters have all gathered for a frightful feast!           Happy Thanksgiving, Tiny! By Cari Meister, illus. by Rich Davis When Elliot is cast in the Thanksgiving play, his dog Tiny wants to help, but only gets in the way … until the day of the show!                 A Kiss for Akaraka by Richard Jackson, illus. by E.B. Goodale A little girl and her father spend an autumn [...]

By |November 1st, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Haunt Your Library Writing Contest 2018

“Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest 2018 The Library is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Halloween writing contest. This was our 16th year in conducting this contest, and we had a record-breaking number of entries – 400 to be exact! Eighteen area schools were represented as well as the homeschool community. One of our first place winners, Michael Callioni of Villa Madonna Academy, actually won third place in 2017. 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. In fact, this year, for the first time, we have decided to give out an Honorable Mention award for classroom participation. We would like to recognize Jodi Klaiss’s 6th graders at St. Joseph Crescent Springs. Her students submitted entries using “blackout poetry” as the format. Blackout poetry is when a page of text is completely blacked out (colored over with permanent marker so that it is no longer visible) except for a select few words. When only these words are visible, a poem is created from the existing text. We felt that these entries were unique and worthy of Honorable Mention. Congrats to St. Joseph Crescent Springs and congrats to all the winners and participants! And the winners for the 2018 “Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest are: Poetry, Grades 1-4: 1st place:             “Never Smile at a Graveyard” by Abrianna Schrand Homeschool, Grade 3 2nd place:           “Creepy Sounds” by Coen K. Yap [...]

By |October 31st, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|1 Comment

Singer-Songwriters: Listen to John Prine & More

Did you catch John Prine on Austin City Limits?  You can download his latest album from the Library for free...and keep it. John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness   Tyler Childers, a singer/songwriter from Kentucky was his special guest: Tyler Childers - Purgatory   Other Artists from this season of Austin City Limits are available on Hoopla: Sam Smith - The Thrill of It All   Brandi Carlile - By The Way, I Forgive You   Anderson East - Encore

By |October 27th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Scary Movies You Won’t Find on Netflix

After being challenged by the town bullies, three socially inept best friends must spend an entire night in a mansion long rumored to be haunted. Kevin Nealon stars in this fun-filled adventure sure to bring the whole family thrills and chills.     The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp.     Since its release in 1979, director Don Coscarelli's epic tale of The Tall Man, his deadly silver Sentinel Spheres, and the group of small town friends who must band together to stop his dimension-hopping schemes has captivated and terrified horror and sci-fi fans around the world.     After a series of mysterious deaths, an offbeat group of friends get caught up in a lively mix of thrills and chills in the smash hit movie that transformed the horror genre into a phenomenon.     Martin's peaceful graveyard shift at the city morgue fast becomes a time of terror when a serial killer begins wreaking havoc... and leaving behind clues pointing to Martin's guilt! A stylishly original motion picture that leads you on a shocking series of twists and turns.     Are you watching Hoopla on your TV?   Hoopla Help will get you started.    

By |October 26th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments