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New Parents

So, you're ready for your new arrival!  The nursery is freshly painted, crib assembled, pictures hung, stuffed animals in place, baby clothes folded and put away...everything is ready for the wee one to make their place in your home.  You've attended childbirth classes, got your breathing down and are all set for the big day.  Your hospital bag is packed with all the essentials and by the door to make the dash to the hospital when it's time. As a new parent the Kenton County Public Library has been an invaluable resource for my family.  I prepared for my son's birth by reading as many Childbirth/Pregnancy books as possible. My favorites were the ever-popular What to Expect When You're Expecting, and Pea In A Pod. We make his baby food and have found many great recipes in baby food cookbooks especially Start Fresh:  Your Child's Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating. It's never too early to start reading up on parenting techniques. When we can find the time we enjoy taking him to baby storytime.  It's a great way for babies and their parents to be social, build comaraderie and instill a love of reading.  Finding the time is the difficult piece but it is so worth it.  Building baby's first library is easy using this booklist; these books are great selections to read to your little one. The Kenton County Public Library has a selection of links for developing early literacy on our Pinterest page.   Baby book recommendations are there too! Great Parenting Websites and Blogs to check out: A Round of baby blogs featuring all sorts of parents and philosophies.  Family Friendly Cincinnati has great ideas about activities to share with children in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. The family oriented restaurant reviews and park reviews are [...]

New Year Resolutions

Prize Pack As we kick off the New Year, many of us think of resolutions we'd like to fulfill. The Kenton County Public Library has a lot of free programs, materials and services that can help you keep those resolutions. We will even get you started with your Healthier New You resolutions by giving away a Bob Roncker's gym bag, $10 gift card to Bob Roncker's, a 2012 Racing to Read T-shirt and a KCPL water bottle. See below for your chance to win but first... Many people resolve to improve their health.  The Durr Branch Library offers Wellness Walkers in Northern Kentucky and a Diabetes Support Group each month. The Erlanger Branch will offer a class on Exercise Myths and How to Really Get Fit. Of course the Library offers a plethora of healthy cookbooks and how to exercise, as well as exercise DVDS and video games. Maybe finding a new job, improving your job skills or advancing your education is on your list of resolutions. The Library offers basic computer classes like First Time Computer Users, Microsoft Word and Excel. We also offer GED, resume writing and job searching classes. Registration is required for most. Taking up a craft like knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, jewelry making might be on your list. We have programs and books at all three branches to help discover your creative side. One book some of our staff members recommend is “Junk box jewelry : 25 DIY low cost (or no cost) jewelry projects” by Sarah Drew. Reading more, writing, exposing your children to books, doing more as a family or learning another language are things many people resolve to do. You and/or your children can learn a [...]

New Year, New Attitude for School

The Library has a lot of resources for homework help. Many of which can be accessed through our website with your Kenton County Public Library card, even from home. On our home page, under Research and Homework, there are a couple of resources that can help with homework as well as build your students’ confidence level.  First, there is the database page. This page lists all of the databases, or online resources, that our library users have access to, as well as a description of the information you can find in each resource. There is also a link titled Test Prep. This leads to the Learning Express Library. Here you will sample practice tests for all ages as well as skill building exercises. You can also watch a video on how to use Learning Express. You can also help your child brush up on their foreign language classes with Mango and Little Pim online. Did you or your student receive an e-reader or tablet over the holidays? If so, we have digital books available for check out from home.  On our homepage, right above the Research and Homework link there is a link called eBooks & eAudio. Overdrive eBooks features a few picture books and many chapter books for children. OneClickDigital is our audio book catalog.  Many students find it helpful to listen to a book while they read it.   Many students today find it fun to read on an electronic device! It also helps encourage your children to read if they see their parents reading traditional books or on e-readers. Check out our collection of relaxation and meditation CDs or perhaps you would prefer a comedian on CD or DVD. We also offer the service Freegal which allows [...]

New Year, New You at the Library

Even though we are in the middle of the joys (as well as aggravations) of the holiday season, it may be a good time to start thinking about the fact that 2014 is TOMORROW, and with that comes the opportunity to reflect and consider making some new year’s resolutions.  At the Erlanger Branch in January, we’re offering a series of events that aims to help you have fun while improving a variety of aspects of your life. January 9, 7pm:  Quick & Tasty Soup Making – If your new year’s resolution is to eat better or just make more time for cooking, then look no further.  Learn to make hearty and delicious soups in this class presented by the Kenton County Cooperative Extension.  Samples will be served! Book Suggestions: Soup by Vava Berry ; photography by Yuki Sugiura Call# 641.813 B534s 2010 Love soup : 160 all-new vegetarian recipes from the author of The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas Call#641.5636 T454L 2009 Cincinnati & soup : recipes from the Queen City and great soup by Cheri Brinkman Call# K 641.59771 B858c 2010 January 14, 7pm: Healthy Weight Loss - Join us for an informative class on how to lose weight by improving your health from the inside out and avoid common mistakes and fitness myths.   Presented by the physician-supervised, Figure Weight Loss Clinic.       Book Suggestions: No-fad diet: a personal plan for healthy weight loss by The American Heart Association Call# 613.25 N739f 2011 You, losing weight: the owner's manual to simple and healthy weight loss by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz Call# 613.25 R741yL 2011 What to eat : the ten things you really need to know to eat well and [...]

Not Your Mother’s Book Club: All-Things-Book-Discussion at the Library

Book clubs: What images do those two words conjure up for you? Ladies sipping tea and trading favorite lines from Jane Austen, right? Or a group of suburban moms huddled around adult beverages with the latest chick lit offering? Or maybe a conversation that’s a little too academic, with participants bandying around literary terms like “foreshadowing” and “malapropism” and overanalyzing every paragraph. Certainly these images are true for some groups, but don’t think that book discussion is an activity limited to any certain demographic or that you had to have majored in English to take part.     Reading and discussing a book with others is something that everyone can enjoy, and the benefits are enormous: Book groups broaden your reading horizons. You will read quite a number of books you normally wouldn’t give a second glance. Yes, you’ll probably dislike some of them (I’m looking at you, Never Let Me Go and The Night Circus), but you will also enjoy a lot of them. Some of the books that you never imagined yourself reading will become your absolute favorites (Now I’m looking at you, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and O Pioneers!). They’ll also broaden your worldview. You will learn about other cultures and perhaps gain different perspectives from your group members’ points-of-view. You get to meet new people – and sometimes establish long term friendships with your group members. (And if nothing else, sometimes you’ll find someone to snark along with you about a particularly terrible protagonist or plot.) Your communication skills will improve because you’ll be listening to other people talk about the books you read together. And with all those books, your reading comprehension skills will be sharpened as well. At the [...]

One Book, One Community

Since 2007, Northern Kentucky One Book One Community has joined together Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton County Public Libraries in a community-wide reading partnership. With participation from people all around the region, this is a great chance for everyone to read, discuss, and connect over a book specially chosen for this annual occasion. Each year staff from each of the four library systems look at a wide variety of books. I have been part of the selection committee for several years. We read several books, of both fiction and non-fiction, looking for books that have a connection to the area, an interesting and intriguing story, and an author who can come to the libraries for a final feature event. I always love the evenings with the author (David Giffels was just wonderful last year!) - who else out there has been to these nights? Do you have a favorite? Well get ready for our 2012 book, Writ of Mandamus, a fast-paced political thriller from local author Rick Robinson. In the book, Congressman Richard Thompson is about to run for reelection and his only opponent is Sean Sullivan, an eccentric lawyer known for wearing fuzzy slippers in the court room and railing about the temperature of the Guinness served at Chez Nora (one of the many places you’ll recognize). But as Thompson and his wife prepare for a long-awaited vacation in Ireland, Sullivan files a writ of mandamus against him, and Thompson realizes that Sullivan is a more formidable candidate than previously thought. Then someone is murdered and the Thompsons are plunged into an investigation involving Keeneland, an Irish horse farm, an attack on CIA operatives and the smuggling of military aircraft parts to the Middle [...]

Oscar Film Fest @ the Covington Library

Planning to watch the Academy Awards this year? You can start the cinematic celebration early by stopping by the Covington Branch on Friday, February 20th, to enjoy a viewing of some Oscar-winning films, courtesy of Hoopla. We’ll be showing movies from 10am to 5pm. Popcorn will be provided and you can grab an Oscar ballot to make your guesses for this year’s winners. All completed ballots may be entered into a drawing for a prize. Schedule: Best of the Three Stooges -10am In the Heat of the Night – 11am The Sting – 1pm The King’s Speech – 3:15      Hoopla is the newest digital service offered through the Kenton County Public Library. With Hoopla, you can borrow movies, music, and audiobooks – all for FREE. Hoopla works with smartphones, tablets, or your home computer. You can even watch movies with Apple TV. Just click on the link, sign up with your Library card, and you’re ready to go: https://www.kentonlibrary.org/hoopla      Items are always available on Hoopla, so you’ll never have to place a hold. You may check out ten items a month and they are automatically returned at the end of the lending period—that means no  late fees ever! Here is a list of more great films on Hoopla Find out what’s new on Hoopla Get the apps:       

The Perfect Holiday Gift

By Amy Schardein, Children’s Librarian                                                                              Contributed by Several Kenton County Library Staff Members Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the children in your life? Books are always the right size and can be enjoyed over and over again. You might even win a Joseph Beth gift card in order to buy a book as a gift (see below). But first, here are a few of our top picks for gift giving in 2012.  2012 Picture Books                                                                                                                                                 Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills                                                                                             Rocket the dog loves reading stories so much that he wants to create his own.  He searches for words until he is inspired by a new friend.  A perfect choice for growing readers and writers! Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems                                                       Three hungry dinosaurs insist they are not conveniently leaving a tidy house prepared to capture a little girl with gold locks.  A funny twist on an old favorite sure to tickle both children and parents. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen                                                                                             A minnow has taken a hat – it fits him perfectly and was entirely too small for its former owner, but the owner wants it back! Oh No!  by Candace Fleming                                                                                                  One after another animals fall into a deep hole as a tiger plots their demise. At the last moment, an elephant appears to save the day!  This tale is just suspenseful enough and features lush illustrations by Eric Rohman. Step Gently Out by Helen Frost                                                                                        Luminous photographs paired with a lyrical poem turn backyard insects into beautiful works of art.  A perfect choice for the nature-loving child.  2012 Chapter Books                                                                                                        Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney                                                             Fans of Greg [...]

Rereading Favorite Books

A mom sharing her favorite books with her children. What is your favorite book? Why do you love it? Who do you talk with about your favorite stories? When December comes and it’s snowy and tiny colored lights are blinking (or menorah candles are twinkling), it gets dark so early I don’t always want a new and exciting book. This is the time of year I grab an old favorite to reread. The thing about favorite books is how personal they are. I’ve had friendships that never looked the same after I admitted to hating A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’ve become insta-besties with fans of Douglas Adams and L.M. Montgomery. As librarians, it’s important for us to not get bogged down in what we love when we are helping you to find your favorites, old and new. Do you want to reread Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events but don’t remember their order? Maybe you want to listen to The Lightning Thief or see if The Fault In Our Stars is any different on your new ereader  instead of the physical, paper book. Eden at Erlanger separates her favorites into favorite this year , all-time favorite, favorite to recommend, favorite when she was a kid...which is a book I read in college and am now excited to talk about with Eden! That’s the beauty of beloved books. Is it more important that we have the same favorite stories as people around us, or that we are willing to share our favorites? This holiday, why not ask the people around you what their favorite books are, or ask them to read yours? Visit the website to browse the catalog and put items on hold. [...]

Researching Your Family History

Looking to restart your genealogy research in the New Year? The library has many resources for your family history quest. If you just getting started on your research the best way to start a family history project is to fill out a family tree. You can fill out a tree yourself or recruit your parents, grandparents and other family members to help. It may be helpful to ask your relatives where they were born, where they were married and other life events. Remember to take legible notes and keep good records of all the information you collect.  Having legible well documented notes will be helpful later in your research. Now that you have collected information for your family tree it is time to research. Start by going to Local History and Genealogy  and exploring all the resources available to genealogists. You will find links to commonly used research sites including Ancestry.com, and Familysearch.org. For more localized research check out the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index, Faces and Places Northern Kentucky Photograph Archives and geNKY. Looking for additional resources that may not be available online? Head to the Covington branch and utilize the collection of local history and genealogy books. We have books that cover vital records, county histories, cemetery internments and much more! You may also want to look through our Family Files and Local History Files to assist with your research. For more tips, and suggestions on genealogy or local history check out our Pinterest page and watch this video. What family history tips do you have to share? This post was written by Cierra Earl This blog was updated December 2013.

Romance In the Library

The Kenton County Public Library wants to help bring a little romance to your life! We have two tickets to the Cincinnati Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet and a $25 gift card to Petal Pushers Florist to give away. But first, let’s talk about some of the ways the Library can help with your love life, or at least your love for literature. Have you been looking for love in all the wrong places?  Never fear because you can always find love at the Kenton County Public Library! With Valentine’s Day coming up on February 14th, the Library is guaranteed to have something for everyone of every age and interest. Romance blossoms in the written word and the Library has books for adults that will touch your heart, like Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford; tickle your funny bone like Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding; bring a tear to your eye like Dear John by Nicholas Sparks; or lure you into a seductive past like My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander. If you’re looking for young adult books, try a twist on love with Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, or the prospect of immortal love in Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan. Prefer eBooks or Audiobooks? Do an advanced search by subject and pick “Romance.” You can read reviews of all of these books on Goodreads. Want a romantic movie to enjoy? Try a classic such as Casablanca or Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or choose modern day classic like Love Actually or The Notebook. One of my personal favorites comes from growing up in the 80’s – who can forget Lloyd Dobler and his boom box playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” from [...]

Second Week of Giveaways; Job Search Central

The Kenton County Public Library wants to help you with your job search, boost your resume and get you the computer skills you need.  We are giving away an eReader case, along with a $20 Amazon gift card (to possibly use on job search book or magazine), a bookmark on how to download free eBooks from the Library, a tote bag, library card holder and a cool cup! But first, let’s talk about some of the ways the Library can help with your job search. Do you see yourself or a friend in any of the following scenarios? Downsized professional? Stay at home Mom returning to the paid workforce? Thinking about changing careers? Recent college graduate? Senior looking for part-time work? Skilled tradesman with no computer skills? Looking to grow your current job skills? Then think of the Kenton County Public Library as Job Search Central. The library has a myriad of resources available to aid you in your job search and help you grow your career skills. Turn to the library’s website to find the best and most up-to-date books on the job search hunt, career change, writing powerful resumes, composing strong cover letters and developing fresh interviewing skills. Our collection development staff ensures that the latest editions of “What Color Is Your Parachute?”  by Richard Nelson Bolles and “Knock’em Dead Resumes”  by Martin Yate are always available to library users. No two job seekers are alike, so resources are selected to serve the needs of job searchers in diverse situations. You can find both hard cover and eBooks on resume writing for executives, preparing for positions with the Federal government or seeking a new job out of prison. The website also has links [...]

Share Your Favorite Books & Movies

I have one child in middle school and one in high school. I am lucky that they both have a natural love of reading. My son will find a series he loves and read every single book (Conspiracy 365 being the most recent). Once he's finished, he'll look for other books written by that author. My daughter mostly chooses her books based on her friends' recommendations but once in a while she'll still ask Ms. Amy at the Covington Branch what she should read next. I always loved sharing children's books with my kids but now that they are older, I really enjoy sharing some of my favorite adult and YA books with them. We are also able to discover new books together. All three of us read the Hunger Games trilogy. This led to so many discussions in our home. My kids immediately got that this was about so much more than kids killing kids. These books started conversations about how government works, the division of classes, white and blue collared jobs, how a small group can make a difference and so much more. To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time. My daughter took a stab at it in sixth grade but found it confusing. Now that she is in ninth grade she is trying again and loving it. I can't wait until she finishes it so we can watch the movie together and discuss the book in-depth. I have decided to reread Flowers in the Attic since watching the recent Lifetime Movie. I'm hoping my daughter will want to read that as well. I am looking forward to The Outsiders being a book all three of us can share a love for. It's fun to pick [...]

Spring Garden Preparation

  Whether you are getting ready to plant fruits and vegetables, or planning a beautiful flower garden, there are things that you must do in order to guarantee the best results for your garden this spring. This post, along with materials (see video and Pinterest page) from the Kenton County Public Library should help. Preparing your garden doesn’t have to be complicated. Enjoy a sunny afternoon by donning your gardening gloves and taking these four easy, basic steps for gardens big or small, perennial or vegetable. 1.  Basic Maintenance Start your spring gardening with some basic maintenance. Remove any covers you used to protect plants during the winter, and perform any repairs or servicing on gardening tools and equipment. Better to have problems with the lawnmower fixed now, rather than mid-summer. Take a walk around the garden looking for signs of winter damage. Paving stones may heave with freezing and thawing, fences may need repainting or repair work, and decks need cleaning. 2.  Prepping Garden Beds Winter snow or rain compacts bedding soil, so you’ll need to prep your beds in advance of planting. Remove winter mulch or, if it’s compostable, dig it into the soil. Use a spading fork to aerate the soil, breaking up clogs of dirt. You want to make the soil lighter and capable of holding water and air. At this point it is time to test the soil for deficiencies and amend if necessary. Soil Testing The tests provide the levels of pH, nitrate, phosphorus, potassium, organic matter and sometimes lead and other metal levels.  It is recommended to test the soil each season with a home soil test kit you can buy at the hardware store. Amending the Soil Based on [...]

Summer Travel: Far and Wide or Right at Home

Whether you are planning a trip abroad, across country, locally or fantasizing about a dream vacation; the Kenton County Public Library has your ticket to information. Begin your research with the library catalog. Browse your local branch library (Covington, Durr, and Erlanger) in the travel section beginning in the 900’s. Top travel guides are Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Rick Steves’, National Geographic Traveler, Insight Guides, Lonely Planet, and Let’s Go. Take a look at the magazine section at the library or the magazine database, Zinio for travel magazines such as National Geographic Traveler and Sierra. Or visit the Culturegrams database to learn about the culture, language and much more about countries all over the world. Need to learn the language to get by while traveling? Look in the 400’s on the library shelves or visit Mango, the language database. New travel websites to use: Trippy; Oyster; Hipmunk; Jetsetter; TripIt; Wanderfly; or Gogobot. Watch foreign movies or travel documentaries to visually travel.                                    Get a flavor of the place you’ll be visiting, check out ethnic cookbooks like these:                         Staying at home? The library offers numerous programs for you to enjoy. Interested in local events? Check out Cincinnati.com or CityBeat for up-to-date local happenings. Here's a list of recommended travel reads available at the Kenton County Public Library. Finally, don’t forget to stock up on great reads while vacationing this summer through our e-book sources. Plan your whole trip with your Kenton County Public Library card and have a fun summer!   Blog written by Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian

Surviving the end of the School Year

As the school year draws near there are lots of emotions - happiness, relief, stress, sadness and anxiety - for the kids and the parents. Children are usually excited for the school year to be over and even many parents are as well but it also causes some issues. Final exams, end of the year projects, field trips, end of the year state testing and summer childcare are a few things that stress my family out. I can't solve these issues for everyone but I can offer a few tips for surviving the end of the school year. 1. Check out Kenton County Public Library's database Learning Express. You will find practice tests and study guides for every age and most subjects. It will help your child feel more prepared for the big test. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card. 2. Visit other Library online resources to access magazines, books and research materials for big projects. Zinio will give you access to thousands of the latest magazines. Need an encyclopedia? We have WorldBook Encyclopedia online. The site also gives you access to archived newspaper and magazine articles, thousands of photos from the region, e-books and other resources to help with class projects. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card. 3. My freshman daughter is stressing out over her Spanish final but the Library's Mango database has relieved some of that anxiety. She can practice Spanish, as well as dozens of other languages, online. You can access this from home with an Internet connection and a library card. 4. Accept the fact that you probably can't be at every end of the year awards ceremony, [...]

Teen Spaces at the Kenton County Public Library

The Kenton County Public Library has a dedicated Teen Space at each branch (Covington, Durr and Erlanger) and a Teen Librarian who supports young adult patrons through programs, reference and reader's advisory. The Teen Space at the Durr Branch in Independence The Teen Space at the Erlanger Branch The Covington Branch has been undergoing a renovation project which will be completed in the fall, but the new Young Adult space is finished and open to the public.  It is in a prime location; at the corner of the building, surrounded by a wall of windows at the corner of 5th and Scott Blvd.  The room is enclosed in glass so that programs can be held in the space for teens.        Features of the new YA space: 40 seats (an increase from 8 seats in the old space) Lounge space with a gaming area 6 computers Increased shelf space A seperate graphic novel/manga room adjacent to the YA space Stop by the Covington Branch and check out the new YA Space! Blog written by Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian

Test Taking Skills

    Whether you are an experienced test taker or a newbie, the Kenton County Public Library  has how-to guides and test preparation resources available in a variety of formats:  print, electronic, audio, and video.  There are several publishers of great test guides:  Barron's, Schaum's, Peterson's, Language Express, McGraw Hill's, Princeton Review, Kaplan and Dummies.  Check out this resource list. The library subscribes to the Learning Express database which is accessible for a library card holder.  All you have to do is register and you will be on your way to improving your test taking skills.  This is an amazing resource with practice tests on everything from the GED to the ACT to the GRE and many others.  You can take timed tests and start and stop when you need; it really helps get you in the right frame of mind for standardized tests.  The database also includes software tutorials, occupation practice tests and U.S. Citzenship.     If you need any help along the way, your local library reference desk is here to support you, please give us a call or stop by, we want to see you succeed!   -post written by Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian          

Thanksgiving Preparation

So the whole family is coming for dinner and you want things to be perfect - the food, the music, the decor... everything. Where to begin? Don't worry, the Kenton County Public Library has you covered! 1. The Menu! You should finalize your Thanksgiving menu about one week in advance. So shoot for a final menu on Thursday, Nov. 21. My Thanksgiving menu is set with traditional items like turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls and stuffing followed by pumpkin and apple pie. But I like to liven things up a bit each year by picking a new stuffing or cranberry sauce recipe or even something new all together from one of the thousands of cookbooks that can be found at the library. This year I will glance through Thanksgiving: how to cook it well by Sam Sifton, 2012, The pioneer woman cooks : a year of holidays : 140 step-by-step recipes for simple sumptuous celebrations by Ree Drummond, 2013 and Fine Cooking Thanksgiving cookbook: recipes for turkey and all the trimmings by editors of Fine cooking magazine, 2012 for new ideas. 2. The Online Entertainment! You don't want your guests bored prior to dinner, dozing off after dinner or dreaming about Black Friday shopping so liven the place up with free music and movies. Freegal and Hoopla are always available on the library's website, even when the library is closed. They don't have waiting lists or holds either! All you need is an Internet connection and a Kenton County Public Library Card. You can download three free songs per week from Freegal so start stocking up now! Your music doesn't have to be Thanksgiving themed. Just something fun and upbeat. The top downloaded songs at the Library are currently Walk [...]

Third Week of Giveaways; Making Life for Educators a Little Easier at KCPL!

The Kenton County Public Library supports education in our community in several ways including special library cards for teachers and specific programs for homeschoolers. For week three of giveaways, we have a pencil pouch filled with goodies, a Library tote bag, several bookmarks and a $20 gift card to John R. Green. But first, let’s talk about some of the ways the Library can help make education a little easier at home and in the classroom. Biology, social studies, geometry; oh my! Being a teacher that provides schooling at home or in the classroom can be a lot to handle at times; balancing curriculums and finding the right books to pair with a lesson takes time, but the library is here to help.  Most people don’t know that we have services catered specifically to help teachers and students in a homeschool setting. All three branches of the Kenton County Public Library now host homeschool programs on a regular basis that teach your child the subjects they need to learn. We’ve had huge success with these programs and we’re always eager to see new faces. While at our programs, children have created rock candy and cracked open geodes while learning about geology, visited the Extension Office to learn about growing and harvesting, and explored chemical reactions by combining Mentos and Diet Coke to make a skateboard rocket. Each program offers an exciting topic and new opportunities to learn through hands-on activities and visual aids, not to mention interaction with their peers. Our programs are designed to be stand-alone lessons, making them a great supplement to what you’re already teaching your children at home. We like to have fun, but we take our programs seriously. We pay [...]

Try it Before You Buy It

Try It Before You Buy It Your kid begs you to buy them a book, movie, video game or magazine subscription? You cave. You spend $25 to $100. They read the first few pages, check out one issue, watch the first 20 minutes or beat the game in an hour and say they are done with it or don’t like it. You’re out a lot of money for maybe an hour’s worth of entertainment. The Kenton County Public Library has the solution. Try it before you buy it! Whether they are asking for Zelda, Just Dance 4 or Super Smash Bros for the Wii or Transformers, Zumba Fitness or Lego Harry Potter for the Xbox or Ratchet and Clank into the Nexus, Little Big Planet or Fast and Furious for Playstation, the Library has it, along with hundreds of other games, for you to borrow. The Library also has movies like Percy Jackson, Despicable Me, Monsters Inc., The Lost Medallion and My Little Pony; a very minty Christmas, among thousands of others that might be on that Christmas list. Of course the Library carries books like “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” “The Giver,” “The Outsiders” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” in addition to thousands of other popular and classic books for that hard to shop for teenager or adult. We also carry hundreds of magazines. You can look at a few issues before deciding to buy a subscription. You can even skip the paid subscription all together and use Zinio through the Library website to have full magazines delivered to your email inbox. Visit www.kentonlibrary.org to put items on hold and make sure your special one wants the gift before spending money.

Welcome to the Library Blog

Welcome to the Kenton County Public Library Blog. I promise this won't be boring and is totally worth the read. We will update the blog every Tuesday with posts about library materials and its services and relevant topics to the community. The posts will include topics on children's, teens, adults, history and genealogy, outreach and more. Several of your favorite staff members will contribute to the blog. We will also have fun contests and giveaways. In fact, let's have one now. I have a cool Kenton County Public Library tote bag filled with goodies, including four tickets to the Cincinnati Museum Center (donated). Ways you can win: 1. Leave a comment here letting us know what you would like us to write about (required). 2. Become a fan of the Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and comment here that you did: http://www.facebook.com/KentonCountyPublicLibrary 3. Tell a friend about our blog through Twitter or Facebook and comment here that you did. 4. Subscribe to our blog. You must do # 1 to be entered. Doing #2-4 will earn you extra chances to win. Enter to win by Monday, Oct. 1 at noon. Be sure to include your email address. Good luck!

What is Early Childhood Literacy?

When I tell people I’m a children’s librarian at the Kenton County Public Library who specializes in early childhood work they usually ask me if I teach babies to read. That is not what we do at the library.  We teach children and their parents how to develop early literacy skills.  Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can read or write. When children have strong early literacy skills they will be ready to learn to read. To read, the whole brain must be used and it takes a lot of practice to learn. Luckily, it is easy and fun to develop early literacy skills in young children.  Everyday activities like talking, singing, playing and of course, reading, all work together to help your child be ready to learn to read when the time comes.  Here are a few ways to help the children in your life become readers. Talk with them. Not just near them. Make eye-contact and give them time to respond. When your baby or toddler makes any noise in response react positively. Actively play with your children. There is no gadget better than an engaged adult.  Peek-a-boo, pretend play, blocks, trucks, and (my favorite) enjoying the outdoors all help your child develop a wide variety of early literacy skills. Share music with your children. Music can build family bonds while developing several key early literacy skills. Sing, listen to music together, and don’t forget to dance! Read every day. If your child can’t or won’t sit still for a book don’t worry. They can listen while they are moving. My son learned to walk and didn’t sit down for a book until a year later and [...]

Young Adult Books on Screen

A plethora of YA books have been made into movie and T.V. adaptations from S.E. Hinton’s, The Outsiders to Suzanne Collins’, The Hunger Games.  Teen novels are awesome, super-charged stories that brilliantly tell their tale; no matter if it is historical, supernatural, apocalyptic or realistic, the stories work for the big screen. A few months ago, The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out into the movie theaters and it stayed true to the book.  Warm Bodies and Beautiful Creatures were released in February.   Soon, we’ll have YA heavy hitters:  The Host by Stephanie Meyer and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins venture into the movie industry.  In the near future, Ender’s Game and Divergent will be released and many others are making their way from the pages of a book to our movie theatres or T.V. screens. Here’s a short list of movies that have already hit the screen: The Outsiders, The Walking Dead, The Carrie Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Flipped, Beastly, Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist,  Perks of Being a Wallflower, Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I Am Number Four, the list could go on and on… Released this Friday: The Host (In Theaters March, 29th 2013) See the trailer.                   Currently In Development:                     World War Z, If I Stay, Unwind, Ghostopolis, The Angel Experiment:  A Maximum Ride Novel, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Wake, The Bell Jar, Ender’s Game (In theaters November 1st, 2013), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (In theaters August 23rd, 2013), 13 Reasons Why, Delirium, Firelight, How I Live [...]