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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.