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Kentucky Gives Day & the Library

Did you know that Tuesday, May 14 is Kentucky Gives Day? Kentucky Gives Day is an opportunity for Kentuckians (near and far) to come together to make donations to Kentucky charities in an effort to raise as much money as possible in 24 hours. If you would like to give of your time, talent or treasure, please consider the Kenton County Public Library. There are several ways to give:   Volunteer The Library's Volunteer Program seeks to provide opportunities for volunteers to make meaningful contributions to the operations of the library, help to expand and enhance library services, strengthen ties to the community and build public awareness of the diverse services provided by Kenton County Public Libraries. To find out more about the Library's volunteer program, click here.        Friends of the Library The Friends of the Kenton County Public Library is a volunteer membership group that supports the Library primarily through used book sales. Future book sale dates are: August 11-17 at the Covington Branch library September 23-29 at the William E. Durr Branch library December 1-7 at the Erlanger Branch library   General giving: If you would like to make a donation to the Library Foundation, please click here to use a credit card. If you would like to send a check, please make it payable to the Kenton County Public Library Foundation and either drop off at any Library location (Covington, Erlanger or Durr in Independence) or mail to 3095 Hulbert Dr., Erlanger, KY 41018. Please fill out this document when donating with either cash or check (link to order form online).   Say Cheese…Amazon Smile  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates to your favorite charitable organization. If you [...]

Giving to the Library

Did you know that there are many ways to give to the Kenton County Public Library Foundation? You can support the Library Foundation through Kroger Community Rewards, Amazon Smile, shop for a cause at boonsupply.com and via the general donation page. You can also sponsor a book, brick or wall tile in honor of someone (makes a great gift option for those who love the Library!).   General giving: If you would like to make a donation to the Library Foundation, please click here to use a credit card. If you would like to send a check, please make it payable to the Kenton County Public Library Foundation and either drop off at any Library location (Covington, Erlanger or Durr in Independence) or mail to 3095 Hulbert Dr., Erlanger, KY 41018. Please fill out the this document when donating with either cash or check (link to order form online).   Say Cheese…Amazon Smile  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates to your favorite charitable organization. If you shop at amazon, you can select the Kenton County Public Library Foundation as a recipient to a percentage of your purchase price. Learn more at, smile.amazon.com.   Honoring One Through a Book Know a reader? Honor their life, legacy or love of books by putting a book plate in a book of their liking. For a $25 donation, Library staff will work with you to identify the perfect book which will be marked with a special nameplate on the inside cover. Click here to complete online with credit card. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, please download this form and either mail to the library or bring it with you on your next visit.   Support [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Top 10 Little Known Library Services

Staff of the Kenton County Public Library get a lot of "I didn't know the library had that!" when responding to questions. In celebration of National Library Week, the following is a list of the top 10 little known library services:   1. Free Meeting Spaces Whether you have a need to gather 400 or four people, the Library has a meeting space for you. Spaces are free to reserve, and many have A/V capability. The use of meeting space is provided free of charge to individuals and groups for civic, educational, and philanthropic purposes. To learn more or reserve a space, go to kentonlibrary.org/aboutus/meeting-room-policy   2. Tool Lending In partnership with the Center for Great Neighborhoods, the Library offers Empower Tools. Anyone with a Kenton County Public Library card will be able to borrow tools for up to a week. Items available will include everything from a moisture meter or a pressure washer, to an electrician’s kit and a hand cultivator. Tool lending is free, but there will be a $5 late fee for every day a tool is past due. For a list of tools, visit, kentonlibrary.org/tools. Empower Tools operates from a storefront located at 305 Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011.       3. Notary Services Notary service is free and available at all locations. Please call to confirm availability (859) 962-4000. The Covington Branch requires an appointment for notary services. For more information including ID requirements, see kentonlibrary.org/notary-services.   4. Free Scanning Services Digitize and preserve your family photographs, documents, films and slides in the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Covington Branch. To arrange a one-on-one photograph scanning appointment call (859) 962-4070.   All branches offer a public scanning [...]

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

No Library Fines or Fees in April

For the first time in more than a decade, the Kenton County Public Library is offering amnesty of fines during April. In celebration of National Library Week and Children’s Book Week, if you have fines on your library card account, visit the Kenton County Public Library and speak to a staff member in April and those fines will be removed. This does not include lost or damaged items. This offer is good April 1-April 30, 2019. National Library Week , April 7- 13, 2019, is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. Additionally, the Library will observe Children’s Book Week from April 29 to May 5, one of the longest-running national celebrations of books for young people and the joy of reading.   “Libraries are evolving and changing daily,” said Dave Schroeder, Executive Director. “Many people are still of the mindset that it’s a quiet place full of books. While the library still has books, it also offers an array of programs and events for all ages, maker spaces, professional workshops for job seekers, and is an office to those who can work or study remotely.”   “We wanted to remove any barriers that were prohibiting people from using their library,” stated Schroeder. There are over 157,000 people with a Kenton County Public Library card. Of this, there are 34,864 borrowers with fines greater than $10, which is the limit that prevents them from being able to check items out.” “April is a great time for spring cleaning. We [...]

By |April 2nd, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

Library of Things

Telescopes, binoculars, yard games…not what you typically associate with a library. However, that is not the case at the Kenton County Public Library. The Library is broadening its collection of items they provide to the public and are calling it the Library of Things.   You might be wondering “what are these things and how can I get them?” The easiest way to check out all that’s offered is to go to the catalog and type in Library of Things. There are nearly 600 items available however you can narrow down your search. To the left of the screen are some categories to search or you can just scroll through the offerings. While there is something for just about everyone in the Library of Things (DSLR camera, giant Jenga-like game, old school gaming systems) here are the top ten requested items:   Top 10 Most Requested Items on Hold Super Nintendo entertainment system : classic game console Sega genesis : classic game console Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Dobsonian Reflector telescope KCPL Wifi Hotspot Maker kit #03 [kit] : Virtual Reality kit Maker kit #02 [kit] : ozobots STREAM kit : ACE 300 metal detector Atari flashback 7 : classic game console deluxe STREAM kit : Canon DSLR camera and tripod Maker kit #05 [kit] : code & go robot mouse   Top 10 Most Checked Out Items Wifi Hotspot Portable DVD Player Brother Sewing Machine GoSports Giant Toppling Tower Toss Boss Larger Ring Toss Game CD Player Rollors Baden Champions Series Bocce Ball set Original Molkky ZINK Zero Ink hAppy Smart App Printer RPG Kit Ukulele Kit   To place these items on hold, or check out if they are available, all you need is a [...]

By |August 16th, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Personalizing Your Gifts at the Library

I am not originally from Northern Kentucky but my husband’s family is. And as with most Northern Kentucky families, their roots run deep. As our family runs errands he will often point out where his grandpa lived, his friends’ houses, where he played baseball, where he went to school and such. But on one trip to Covington he drove down Holman Avenue and said his (paternal) grandpa owned a bar there.   I didn’t pay too much attention until one day when one of my colleagues gave me an old photo. It was a picture of a city street, probably from the 1950’s. He said he noticed that the name on the bar said Klaene’s. I showed it to my husband and indeed, it was his grandpa’s bar. I’ve had the photo for years and always wanted to make a t-shirt of it as a surprise for my husband. However, I had no clue where to start. Fortunately, in the past few months the Kenton County Public Library has invested in items for their makerspaces. One of those items happened to be a heat press located at the Covington branch library. I made an appointment with a staff member to help me with this project. To make an appointment, call the Covington Reference Desk at (859) 962-4071 and fill out the form below.   The project itself was pretty easy. I purchased a few t-shirts from Michael’s Arts & Crafts. I was informed that 100% cotton works best and that polyester does not. I scanned the photo and put it on a flash drive so it was ready to go. Working with Gary and Kathy at the Covington branch library, we pulled up my photo. [...]

By |August 14th, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Free History & Genealogy Conference

The second annual Kentucky History and Genealogy Conference will be held at the Kenton County Public Library’s Erlanger Branch on Friday and Saturday, August 10-11, 2018. This free two-day event will include more than 30 presentations on Kentucky history and genealogy. Regionally and nationally known speakers will provide information on researching your ancestors in the Commonwealth. Sessions will include information for both beginners and advanced genealogists. More than 30 breakout sessions will take place, including topics on “Headstones and Symbolism,” “Researching Elusive Female Ancestors,” “Preserving Your Family Treasures,” “African American Family Research,” and much more. The keynote speaker of this event is Carrie Eldridge. Eldridge is a historical geographer from the central Ohio Valley. Teaching experience and the love of geography and genealogy led to abstracting county records. Understanding the need for locating lost families resulted in Eldridge creating a series of six atlases which show the migration patterns of America. She will be opening the conference on Friday morning at 9:45 am and will be speaking on the migration trails of early America. “Learning from the experiences and skills of genealogy and local history experts will inspire attendees to continue the research of their own family history,” stated Cierra Earl from the Kenton County Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Department. There is no cost to attend the conference, but registration is required. Learn more at https://www.kentonlibrary.org/kyhistory2018. The Erlanger Branch is located at 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, KY 41018. For additional information please call (859) 962-4070.

By |July 31st, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

PBS’s The Great American Read

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series on PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey) which will culminate this fall with America’s most loved novel. For book lists and more, visit website. Click on the links below to borrow the Great American Read books from the library. If you choose to purchase any of these books from Amazon, please select the Kenton County Public Library Foundation through the Amazon Smiles program.  1984 by George Orwell A Confederacy of Dunces by  John Kennedy Toole A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving A Separate Peace by John Knowles A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Alex Cross Series, Book 23 by James Patterson Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie Anne of Green Gables / L. M. Montgomery Another Country by James Baldwin Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand Beloved by Toni Morrison Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz The Call of the Wild by Jack London Catch-22 by Joseph Heller The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Charlotte's Web  by E. B. White The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1. C. S Lewis The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah The Color Purple by Alice Walker The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Crime and punishment [electronic resource] by Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Don Quixote by [...]

By |May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Community’s Public Makerspace & Meeting Spaces Open Soon

Crafters, innovators and dreamers will soon have the opportunity to make their visions become reality as the Kenton County Public Library will open its new makerspace, the STREAM Center of Learning, on Friday, January 12. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math. The STREAM Center is a new arm of the STEM movement.   The STREAM Center is located at the Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road. It will feature dozens of tools and equipment that visitors can use to make and create. Examples of items include: 3D Printer Soldering Irons Embroidery & Sewing Machines Poster Printer Silhouette Cameo Large Vinyl Cutter Looms Raspberry Pi & Arduinos Dremel Tool Welder And much more!      The STREAM Center will be open during library hours unless being used for a class or one-to-one sessions. Items are free to use but a nominal materials fee may apply on some items. The STREAM Center is open to all ages; however, children ages 12 and younger should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Free programs on using the STREAM Center equipment will be held weekly starting January 17. See the Library’s calendar of events for a complete list.   “The STREAM Center is an example of how arts, technology, reading and innovation come together,” stated Dave Schroeder, Executive Director of the Kenton County Public Library. “We are excited to provide a space in the community where makers, business owners, students, educators and hobbyists can come together with a single purpose of creating something for their personal, professional or educational use.”   The STREAM Center is made possible in part by Duke Energy, Chas. and Ruth Seligman Family Foundation, Republic Bank, DBL Law, Robert Ehmet Hayes & [...]

DUKE Energy Becomes a Partner in Library’s STEM Efforts

If you have driven by the Erlanger Branch Library recently, you may have wondered what’s going on. Last fall, construction started on three projects at the branch: a makerspace, a large auditorium/meeting room and a separate building to house the administration offices. Far left Executive Director, Dave Schroeder, Board of Trustees (left to right): Douglas Stephens, Louise Canter, Susan Mospens, Casey Ruschman (Duke Energy), Julie Roesel Belton, Dan Humpert On Tuesday, May 15, Duke Energy gave a big boost to this anxiously awaited project. Duke Energy presented the Kenton County Public Library Board of Trustees with a $10,000 grant that will go towards materials and equipment for the new makerspace. Republic Bank was the first sponsor of the makerspace with a donation of $5,000. Schultz Marketing and Communications and The Lawrence Firm, PSC, have also contributed.   Many ask “what is a makerspace?”  By definition, it is a place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. The Library provides the space, equipment and materials, and visitors are the makers.   The Library’s Executive Director Dave Schroeder explains why this space is so important.  “As we look toward the future, we realize there is great need for a stronger focus to provide STEM and STEAM related activities.  STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking[1].  However we at the Library have realized that while STEM and STEAM are wonderful movements, there is one critical component being left out – reading.”   Schroeder goes on to explain, “Without having a strong [...]