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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

Northern Kentucky All-Stars

The region is at the eve of the Mid-Summer Classic or to the casual baseball fan the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Cincinnati and the region are set to take center stage as baseball’s best converge to face off on the diamond. What ties does Northern Kentucky have to the All-Star Game? Since the All-Star Game was first played in 1933 Northern Kentucky has had a handful of native sons break into the majors. A larger portion played before the inception of the All-Star Game. Thus we cannot really discuss them in the terms of being all-stars; many of them had fine careers that may have been all-star worthy. However a small number have stood out since then and were selected to the All-Star Game. We will talk about four individuals in this article. Two were from Northern Kentucky; well one was from Fleming County which is a neighbor of Mason County which is part of Northern Kentucky but it is close enough and we could argue all sorts of technicalities but he counts, the other was from Campbell County. The third player was born and raised in Cincinnati but played baseball in high school and college here in Northern Kentucky. The fourth was an umpire from Kenton County. So who were they? Jim Bunning, Woodie Fryman and David Justice were the players selected more than once in their careers to the All-Star Game. The umpire selected as an All-Star was Randy Marsh also a Northern Kentucky native. Jim Bunning from Southgate, Kentucky played professionally from 1955-1971. He was a 9 time All-Star. While playing for the Detroit Tigers Jim was selected to the American League squad 7 times (1957, 1959 and 1961, [...]

Paying & Preparing for College Update

I wrote the post Paying & Preparing for College when my daughter Andi had just started her junior year of high school. Last month she started her junior year of college at Northern Kentucky University so I thought I would do an update. At the time of my last post, Andi had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, where she was going to go to school or how to pay for it. I was worried. I don't think I'll ever stop worrying about my kids but Andi's college isn't at the top of the worry list any more. She is majoring in Social Work with minors in Spanish and social justice and a focus in women gender studies. She has a high GPA, a part-time job, belongs to a few clubs and tutors high school students in Spanish. She has a full plate for sure. Andi touring NKU So you might be wondering how she made her decision on where to go and what to major in. She worked at a nursing home in high school and knew she loved the interaction with the seniors and their families. One night while going through a book I highly recommend, College Board Book of Majors, she started down the path of social work. At this point we had been on a few college tours and she was leaning toward Northern Kentucky University. Andi reached out to the social work department at NKU and scheduled a day to shadow a social work student. She was able to meet with people in the department and attend a couple social work classes. This helped her make a final decision and commit to NKU. A [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , |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

Science Experiments for Freezing Weather

We definitely don't recommend spending more than a few minutes outside when temps are below freezing with high winds but if you bundle up, we have a few science experiments for you to try. Freeze Fry an egg – Put a frying pan outside for about 15 minutes and then crack an egg in it. I wouldn’t eat it but it will look like breakfast.                                                                                                                                                                          Turn boiling water into snow – Fill a super soaker with boiling water and then shoot it outside (only do this if the temps are below zero). The water will vaporize when it meets the below zero temps and turn into ice crystals (homemade snow). Make snow ice cream – Mix sugar, milk, salt and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Put the bowl in the freezer. Go outside and get about 8 cups of clean snow. Mix the snow with the other ingredients. Eat right away. Make a slurpee – Put a two-liter bottle of your favorite pop outside for about four hours. Open the cap outside and watch it form ice crystals, turning your pop into a slurpee. Frozen bubbles – Blow bubbles up in the air in below zero temps and watch them freeze. Tell us about [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

See ya’ later Munch

Munch was only a few pounds when he came to the Library. He is now 50. The Kenton County Public Library staff welcomed Munch the tortoise to the Durr Branch in 2014. The then three pound turtle had plenty of room to grow and move around. But as time went on, Munch grew and grew. The staff built a new home for him but he eventually outgrew that as well. Munch has grown so much, 50 pounds, that he is too big to live at the library. After many discussions and tears, it was decided Munch needed a new home where he could continue to grow and have space to move around. Luckily the Ark Encounter agreed to take him. Munch is scheduled to move today, July 9, 2018. Once he gets settled in, people can visit him at the Ark. Many of our patrons are sad Munch is leaving. Please know this was not an easy decision and was done in the best interest of Munch. Staff has had so much fun with him over the years. I personally had the opportunity to work with Munch on several occasions. Munch loves basketball so he made his own bracket the last few years. I had the opportunity to work with him on Munch Madness. You can watch the video here. Other staff members worked with Munch to depict what a day in the life of Munch is like. You can watch that video here. Munch truly has a personality of his own, which is why we started Tortoise Tuesdays on social media. We had to show off his cuteness.                             [...]

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post|0 Comments

Share Your Story at Writers Group

Four years ago, I was asked to start facilitating the Writers Group at the Erlanger Branch. The group had already been in existence for several years, but needed a new staff member to organize the meetings. I jumped at the opportunity and have loved being part of the group ever since. Twice a month, writers join together to share their ideas, thoughts, and writings. We talk about what we are working on, what we should do next, and how to make our ideas better. Over the years, we’ve had many different attendees, but have become a sort of support group for each other. It has even helped me become more confident in my own writing and I hope I have instilled the same feelings in my fellow writers. The group is always open to new members, but is just for adults. Each meeting is set up the same way. Three people sign up and send samples to me ahead of time. During the meeting, those three writers take turns reading their samples out loud and then the group gives them feedback and we all discuss the piece. That’s it! It’s easy, laid-back, and inviting. We have had every kind of writing shared at our group, including chapters from novels, poetry, graphic novels, blog posts, nonfiction, memoir, and more.  We’ve also had all different kinds of genres from fantasy to fairy tales to historical to science fiction. Everyone is encouraging and supportive. Along with sharing ideas and discussing writing, attendees give each other advice and share tips and tricks. Each meeting is an opportunity to bounce ideas off an unbiased, welcoming group of people who all share a common passion for writing. If you’ve always wanted [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post|0 Comments

Spark Productivity With Entertainment

What does your to-do list look like? Maybe it's tangible, a legal notepad filled with Sharpie scribbles or a whiteboard hanging on the wall of your office. Maybe it's something you keep in your head and mentally check off boxes every now and again. Or maybe lists aren't your style and your responsibilities are kept on a calendar or just dealt with as they come. However you keep track of these tasks, the big problem is completing them. Even the most determined people need a jump-start of motivation sometimes! I've heard of lots of ways to find inspiration for projects: from Pinterest to reward systems and everything in between. One of my favorite methods, however, is using entertainment. There are some books, films, television shows, etc. that, either through the story they tell or the techniques used to tell it, give me the momentum needed to get started on that aforementioned to-do list. For example, one of my favorite books is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which tells the fictional story of a young writer starting college. Reading about her experiences in Fiction-Writing Class and her struggles/successes with writing always inspires me to write more myself! I've compiled a list below of some works that have helped me in the past & that are all available right here at the library! Books Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Origins of a Story by Jake Grogan The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan The Marvels by Brian Selznick Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post|0 Comments

Spend the Break Sharing Classic Movies

    My husband Nick and I are walking movie encyclopedias. Between the two of us, we have seen thousands of movies and can quote several of our favorites. I remember going to the theater to see ET, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Ghost Busters, Goonies, Gremlins and so many more classic movies with my family as a kid. We didn't get cable or a VCR until the mid-80's so going to the theater was really the only way to see movies at the time.   These inventions made it possible to see old classics like Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Bambi. I fell in love with all of these movies. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is still one of my all time favorite movies. I think I ruined the VHS tape from watching it so many times with my older brother and our friends. I was ecstatic to see it as a musical at Broadway in Cincinnati earlier this year. I can't wait to see the Mary Poppins Returns when it is released in theaters on December 19th. Until then, I might have to check out the book or music. Just typin the titles of all of these movies takes me back to my childhood. I have shared all of these movies with my kids and hope they will one day share with their children. As a lover of most movie genres, I was shocked last week when I discovered my co-worker, who is within five years of my age, hasn't seen a lot of these movies. She hasn't seen Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka, Sound of Music, Mary [...]

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post|1 Comment

Theater in Cincinnati

Have you been to any good plays lately? What about a musical or ballet? We have a lot of great options for theater in the Greater Cincinnati area. Here are some of my favorites! Broadway in Cincinnati- I have had the opportunity to see many Broadway shows at the Aronoff downtown with friends and my husband. My favorite is probably Wicked. I actually was able to purchase lottery seats for $25 and sat in the front row. It was truly amazing. The show is basically a prequel to the Wizard of Oz and will give you an entirely different perspective of the original movie. I wanted to see it over and over and definitely plan to see it again when it returns to Cincinnati. We have also seen A Christmas Story, School of Rock, The King and I and Aladdin. They were all fantastic! A Christmas Story was really exciting for me since it is my all time favorite Christmas movie (well, tied with Elf). I can quote the most of the movie. The actors portrayed the Parker family perfectly. We are looking forward to seeing the rest of this season's musicals including Ronald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Play that Goes Wrong, Rent, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, On Your Feet, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hanson and Cats. You can find the dates and tickets to all of these shows here. Surprisingly, I have never seen Cats so I am really looking forward to this show. Actually, I'm looking forward to all of them! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory coming to Broadway in Cincinnati.                                 [...]

By |August 30th, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post|0 Comments

Top 10 Creative Projects You Can Make with the DigiCart

Ready to get creative?  Request an item from our "DigiCart" and forget all those excuses you have been using about not having the right technology.  Our DigiCart at the Erlanger Branch has just about everything you will need to get your project started.   We've created a list of projects but the possibilities are endless!     1.  Create a flyer or brochure for your small business or non-profit group.  With Adobe InDesign you can create a professional piece for your business or non-profit that just might win you a new customer or a much needed grant.  We have four MacBooks that are loaded with the full Adobe CS suite. 2.  Record a podcast.  Podcasts can be a great way to get your ideas out to a wider audience.  Not sure about podcasts?  Try searching iTunes to see all of the options that exist.  If you can think of a topic, you can create a podcast.  We have a Yeti microphone that will make you sound great! 3.  Write and illustrate a children's picture book.  Use our Wacom drawing pad and Adobe Illustrator to write and illustrate your very own children's book for a special child in your life.  It would be a keepsake for any child.  Consider adding pictures of the child in the book and they will be so excited to receive a personalized present. 4.  Make a playlist.  Bring in your old records and record digital versions of your favorite songs that might not be available in any other format.  If you have family members who years ago recorded music give them a digital copy of their album and they will never have to worry about scratching their vinyl. 5.  Mix and share [...]

By |April 8th, 2015|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Tags: , , |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

Top 15 Books of 2018

Why pay for the hottest books of 2018 when you can borrow them from the Library? I like to check out books before I decide to buy them so I know if it is something I will want to read more than once or share with my family. These are the top 15 sold by Amazon, that the Library carries, in 2018. Just click on the title to put the item on hold. Becoming by Michelle Obama Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo 12 Rules of Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines  Whose boat is this boat?: comments that don't help in the aftermath of a hurricane by Donald J. Trump (by accident) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey  Educated: A memoir by Tara Westover How many of these have you read? Which ones are you looking forward to reading? Visit the website to browse the catalog for other great reads.

By |December 31st, 2018|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Top Items of the Year, and the Decade

Want to know what was checked out the most in 2019 and the decade? Top Checked Out Items, 2019 Adult Fiction: Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens The Reckoning, John Grisham Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty The Chef, James Patterson The First Lady, James Patterson Adult Nonfiction Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis The Pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American Ideal West, David McCullough  ACT Prep The Whole30 the 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, Melissa Hartwig Library of Things KCPL Wifi Hotspot Portable DVD Player Brother Sewing Machine Ukulele Kit CD Player Adult DVD: Bohemian Rhapsody Mission: Impossible, Fallout Venom A Star is Born The Equalizer 2 Juvenile Fiction: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Getaway, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Long Haul, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal, Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel, Jeff Kinney Juvenile Nonfiction: Saving Fiona: the Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo, Thane Maynard More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz Hip, Hippo, Hooray for Fiona!, Jan Sherbin Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz Juvenile DVD: Incredibles 2 Dumbo The Lion King Toy Story Mary Poppins Top Checked Out Items of the Decade Adult Fiction: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty The Racketeer, John Grisham Adult Nonfiction: Killing Kennedy, Bill O'Reilly The Whole30,  the 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, Melissa Hartwig The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo Unbroken a World War II Story [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments