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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

From the Head of Lettice: Recipes from Historic Kentucky Cookbooks Part Two

Welcome back! As we approach the holiday season, I thought it would be the perfect time to dive back into some historic Kentucky recipes. If you are looking for a few savory ideas, please check out Part One. This time I decided to focus on baking and desserts. I once again used Lettice Bryan (1839) and The Historic Kentucky Kitchen as my two main sources of inspiration, but there are plenty of other books in our collection that can help you find the local recipe you desire. Another of my favorites is The Blue Grass Cookbook, so check that out if you’re interested. If you would like any help finding local cookbooks or recipes, please feel free to reach out to our department and talk to a staff member, or watch a periscope video that I did on how to find recipes. I wanted to use simple recipes that included ingredients I mostly had on hand. For me, that included lots of apples. However, I also love to bake bread and I couldn’t resist trying my hand at a bread recipe. Lettice has quite a few examples of biscuits, rolls, and loaves of bread. Unfortunately for the modern baker, the measurements, which are more exact in baking than other forms of cooking, are quite loose in her descriptions. This wasn’t quite so troublesome for a pie or cookies, but more complicated creations like cakes and breads run into errors of translation. Ingredients diverge from their modern counterparts more dramatically in baking than in cooking. Nineteenth century bakers would obtain yeast from beer brewers, or utilize wild yeast in the form of their own sourdough starters, instead of using the instant dry yeast that is now [...]

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

Do You Judge a Book by its Cover?

Have you ever picked out a book based on the cover? The cover draws you in (whether it's the design, color, title, pictures, etc.) and you take it with you while not even knowing the synopsis. This situation happens quite a bit whether you are at the library, shopping at a bookstore or even online. Sometimes the opposite even happens and you might be turned away from a book based on the cover because it looks boring or unattractive. Book covers are very important. Let's be honest, we judge books by their covers everyday! Looking for some book recommendations with striking covers? Take a look below! The following list is a mix of old/current books (Adult, Children's and Young Adult). American War (by: Omar El Akkad) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (by: Neil DeGrasse Tyson) Borne (by: Jeff Vandermeer) The Night Gardener (by: Terry and Eric Fan) A Separation (by: Katie Kitamura) White Tears (by: Hari Kunzru) Breadcrumbs (by: Anne Ursu) How to Murder your Life (by: Cat Marnell) Exit West (by: Mohsin Hamid) The Goldfinch (by: Donna Tartt) Red Queen (by: Victoria Aveyard) Cannibals In Love (by: Mike Roberts) Appetites Cookbook (by: Anthony Bourdain) Commonwealth (by: Ann Patchett) The Girl Who Fell From The Sky (by: Heidi W. Durrow)   Visit one of our three library locations to check out one of these books and take a look at one of our many book displays! You never know -- you might pick up your next favorite book based on it's cover. Looking for more book suggestions? Check out BookUs to connect with a librarian and get book recommendations.      

By |November 16th, 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

What’s New in Mystery

What's new in the world of Mystery?  The answer has just been found in Toronto at an annual event called Bouchercon mystery convention. The conference has an odd name, named after famous mystery fan and book reviewer, Anthony Boucher. (Ryhmes with "voucher").  Great chance to meet and see famous and up & coming authors in the mystery genre field. Check out photos of some of the leading authors who attended- Getting to know Megan Abbott. Coming from Michigan and studying literature in New York City, Megan Abbott is one versatile writer.  Her first four novels were in the so-called "hard-boiled" genre.  These books feature hard-drinking, hard-charging characters.  Except in her case, the main characters are female.  Read "Queenpin" for a great example.  Her next four books shift characters and locations to high school.  Here Abbott gets into the psychology of high school girls ranging from cheerleaders to gymnasts.   These books are very well-written, with each book in a different point of view.  "You Will Know Me" is her current bestseller and award-winning as an audiobook, too.  Megan Abbott is ready to sign a book from an avid reader. But with her level of growing success, she's just as likely to be signing a deal to bring her work to the big screen.   Getting  to know Colin Cotterill.  Born in England and living in Thailand, Cotterill's mysteries are set in the 1970s in Laos and feature Dr. Siri Paiboun.  Dr.Paiboun has just been named Laos's first coroner, a daunting job since no one really knew what that job meant at the time. What it means now, however, is a very engaging and humorous series of books full of inventive characters. When Cotterill added a character with Down Syndrome, this person [...]

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

Big Library Read – The Ultimate Book Discussion Group

Be a part of the BIG LIBRARY READ with The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti. Popular girl Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is the one fascinating mystery her town has ever had. Hawthorn immerses herself in Lizzie’s life to uncover the truth but discovers the greatest truth is within herself. Additional New Titles: In the third book in Rick Riordan's epic Norse mythology series, Magnus and his friends take a boat trip to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat. Life preservers are mandatory for this wet, wild, and wondrous adventure. Listen to the 2017 Nobel Laureate in Literature winner's classic novel.  The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in post-war England. Request the latest novel by John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars. "It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see."   Request the latest Alice Hoffman today.  While you wait, check out one of her other "always available" books from Hoopla.    

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