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Library Providing Services at Home

Library Providing Services at Home About to celebrate her 90th birthday, Mrs. Jackie Linneman can honestly say she has had a lifelong relationship with the public library system.  An avid reader from a very young age, Jackie fondly recalls her trips to the former location of the public library in Covington.  In fact, the Carnegie Library at 10th and Scott was her first library. Continue Reading the Post...  

By |February 6th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , |Comments Off on Library Providing Services at Home

“Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest Winners 2019

“Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest 2019 The Library is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Halloween writing contest. This was our 17th year in conducting this contest, and we had nearly 300 entries! Seventeen area schools were represented as well as the homeschool community. Several of our winners were also repeat winners. Iris Laile, who took 1st place in this year’s Prose, Grades 4-6 Division, won 3rd place last year. Coen Yap won 2nd place this year in the Prose, Grades 4-6 Division. He placed 2nd last year in the Poetry Division. Olivia Salsman placed 3rd in this year’s Prose, Grades 4-6 division. She was the 3rd place winner in the same category last year. And Caroline Joyce who placed second in the Prose, Grades 7-8 Division placed third last year in the same division. 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. Congratulations to all! And the winners for the 2019 “Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest are: Poetry, Grades 1-3: 1st place: “Broomsticks” by Tenor Jennings Homeschool, Grade 3 2nd place: “Spooky Night” by Sloane Bailey Beechwood Elementary School, Grade 2 3rd place: “Zombies are Green” by Jasper Bunte Beechwood Elementary School, Grade 1 Prose, Grades 1-3: 1st place: “The Best Halloween Ever” by Keaton Watts Homeschool, Grade 1 2nd place: “The Demon in the House Next Door” by Langston Gifford Holy Cross Elementary School, Grade 3 [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on “Haunt Your Library” Writing Contest Winners 2019

10 Ways to Spend Your Snow Day

Local schools have had a lot of delays and snow/cold days recently. Kids are usually bored by mid-morning but the Kenton County Public Library has you covered whether you can get to the library safely or stuck at home. We have 10 ways for your to spend your snow day: Programs! Programs! Programs! Check the Library program calendar to see what types of events are happening that day. The Library offers storytimes, kindergarten readiness, art and movie programs regularly. Can you get to the Library safely but don't want to get out of the car? Go to our website to put books, movies and video games on hold and pick them up at the drive-thru window. Or come on in and browse the shelves. Once you have your items, read as a family. DIY crafts all day long! You can check craft books out from the Library (reserve them online) or check out ideas from local bloggers like 365 Days of Crafts, A Little Moore, Carla Schauer Studio or A Bird and a Bean. There are several other great local crafting blogs around as well.  Entertain the family with Hoopla. It allows you to INSTANTLY borrow digital music, e-books, TV shows and movies. Have a dance party using Hoopla or Freegal. Hoopla allows you to instantly borrow digital music and Freegal allows you to download and KEEP five songs per week. You just need your library card number and Internet access. . Visit the STREAM Center at the Erlanger Branch or the Maker Space at the Covington Branch. Kids will love the 3Doodler, 3D printer, snap circuits, Legos, craft supplies, button maker, Ozobots, Goldieblox and so much more at the STREAM Center. Just be sure [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Spend Your Snow Day

100 Years Ago, Latonia Jockey Reached Horse Racing’s Pinnacle

  On May 27, 1914 a record crowd gathered at the historic Epsom Downs in England for the annual running of the world’s greatest horse race, the English Derby.  The dramatic death of suffragette Emily Davison on the track the year prior and the nearly unprecedented 30 horse field drew a large crowd who knew that quite anything could happen at the annual event.[1]  The tension mounted precipitously at the post line as the horses waited for the starter’s signal.  Matt McGee, an American jockey born and raised in Covington sitting atop of his fine colt Durbar II, stared down the track towards the outside rail and saw the crowd favorite Kennymore growing anxious for the start.  At 9-4 odds, and with Europe’s top jockey and future racing Hall of Famer Frank O’Neill aboard, the horse was thought to be shoo-in for victory, even with the crowded field.   The other rival for the title, Brakespear, owned by none other than the King of England himself, waited patiently close to the inside rail.  The 20 minutes standing at the line must have seemed like an eternity for the horse, however, as he frequently backed away from the starting tape.  The signal to go caught Brakespear off-guard and led to a poor start while the anxious Kennymore took off perpendicular to the rest of the field, racing directly towards the inside rail. Read the rest of this post

By |April 11th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on 100 Years Ago, Latonia Jockey Reached Horse Racing’s Pinnacle

12 Job Fair Tips

Whether you're attending a job fair at the Kenton County Public Library or another location, there are tips you should follow to get the most out of a career fair. 12 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Job Fair Bring several copies of your resume. If the fair is at the Library, you can arrive early to use the photo copier. Keep in mind others are probably doing the same thing so allow extra time. Dress appropriately. At minimum you should wear business casual but you might want to step it up depending on the organizations that will be at the fair. Have a game plan. Time could be limited so be sure to review the companies that will be present and prioritize the employers you're most interested in. Do your homework. Spend time researching background information on the organizations you are interested in so you can ask specific questions. Only take materials or samples from companies you are interested in. Some employers bring large quantities of print materials or freebies while others will only bring a few. Always ask before taking items. Prepare your "career pitch." Extend your hand, introduce yourself and be ready to talk about your career interests and goals. Be sure to emphasize your skills and experience that would be important to the company. This should be no longer than 30 to 60 seconds. Plan to follow up. Ask for the representative's business card and send a short thank you note to acknowledge them for taking time to speak with you but also so they remember you. Take notes. Personally, I like to write short notes on the back of the business card of the company I'm interested in [...]

By |January 9th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on 12 Job Fair Tips

13 Reasons to Watch Fuller House

By Gina Stegner I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to find out Fuller House, basically an extension of Full House, was being made last year. I binge watched the new show on Netflix in two days. When I heard we would find out who D.J. Tanner married, how she became single, what had happened in Kimmy Gibbler’s life, see Stephanie all grown up, hear the jokes about Michelle and see Danny, Uncle Jessy and Joey again I thought… “Have Mercy!” I grew up with Full House, my kids watched reruns. I could relate to the Tanner girls. And now, D.J. is all grown up and a mom just like me. Pretty cool. To make it even better, Fuller House is releasing a second season on Dec. 9 on Netflix. According to TV Guide, D.J. will continue to find herself in a love triangle, Stephanie will find a weird new boyfriend and Kimmy will try to move on from her ex-husband. So why should you watch? The 13 top reasons, in no certain order, to watch the second season of Fuller House on Netflix: Rumor has it that the New Kids on the Block will appear in at least one episode. Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner) hints that we will learn more about her and Kimmy’s kids this season. D.J. will choose between her high school sweetheart Steve and work romance Matt. D.J.’s ex-boyfriend Nelson, played by someone other than the original Nelson, will make an appearance on the show. We will finally meet Kimmy Gibbler’s brother. D.J.’s ex-best friend Kathy Santoni (also portrayed by a different actor) will make an appearance. We will meet Joey’s wife and kids. Kimmy’s brother is rumored to be Stephanie’s boyfriend (Oh [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on 13 Reasons to Watch Fuller House

13 Things to Know When Applying for FAFSA

I follow a couple "paying for college" Facebook groups. Those groups are always hopping on October 1, otherwise known as FAFSA Day (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). I must have seen the same 10 questions asked a hundred times each. So I thought I would write a post answering those questions. That way everything you need to know, or at least most of it, will be in one spot. The most commonly asked questions with the answers: 1. Do I have to fill out FAFSA if I know we won't qualify? - Most schools and many scholarships require FAFSA to be completed so you should probably just do it. FAFSA is also required for school loans. 2. The FAFSA application states "most men must register with Selective Service to receive Federal Aid." Does my son have to be registered for the Selective Service to apply for FAFSA? - If your son is 18 at the time of the application then yes, he must be registered. If he is not 18, he does not have to be registered at the time of application. Register here. 3. I created an ID for my child but it is now asking for the parent ID. What is that? - Both the student and one parent must each have a FAFSA ID. The application will be filled out with the student's ID. The parent ID is needed to electronically sign the application. 4. I'm not paying my child's college tuition or my student lives on his own, why does he need my financial information? - FAFSA doesn't care what the living arrangement is or who is paying. A student is not considered independent until they are 24, married, both [...]

By |October 2nd, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post|Comments Off on 13 Things to Know When Applying for FAFSA

130th Anniversary of the Covington Ladies Home

Old Ladies Home is Real Haven. Kentucky Post, July 11, 1914, page 1 2016 marks the 130th year of operation for the Covington Ladies Home located at 702 Garrard Street in the Licking Riverside Historic District. The organization, originally called the Home for Aged and Indigent Women (still visible in the stone above the main entrance today), was founded in 1886 by Covington resident Ellen B. Dietrick, an early advocate for equality and education for women, with the goal of providing care for women over the age of 60. Today, 130 years later, the mission of the Covington Ladies Home is the same, “to serve senior women, regardless of their economic circumstances, by providing high quality personal care in a community based and homelike environment.” In February 1884, the Ohio River reached a level of 71 feet devastating Covington and surrounding communities. Dietrick, concerned about the plight of many women and families displaced by the flood, joined with other Covington women to form the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union. The Union provided training classes and an employment bureau for women in need. Particularly concerned about women over 60 with no family or financial support, Ellen created the Home for Aged and Indigent Women with the goal of providing care and shelter. The Home became an independent organization in 1887 and was incorporated by the Kentucky General Assembly in March 1888. Ellen Dietrick (1847-1895). Courtesy of the Covington Ladies Home. Ellen Battelle Dietrick was born in Morgantown, Virginia (now West Virginia), to Reverend Gordon Battelle (1814-1862) and Maria L. Tucker (1818-1899) in 1847. Gordon Battelle was a Methodist minister, educator, and delegate to the West Virginia’s Constitutional Convention in 1861. At the outbreak [...]

By |April 29th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on 130th Anniversary of the Covington Ladies Home

2015 Haunt Your Library Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following children and teens whose stories will be featured as part of the Kenton County Public Library Halloween Writing Contest. Since 2002, hundreds of creative children and teens have entered their creative spooky stories into the contest. This year, over 130 stories were submitted. While all the stories were wonderful, the following have been selected and will be featured in the Community Recorder the week of October 26, 2015: Grades 1-3 First Place Poetry Winner - Halloween Night by James M. - Age 8   Second Place Poetry Winner:   “Halloween’s Coming” by Devin W. - Age 8 Third Place Poetry Winner: “Halloween is Coming!” by Jayla M. - Age 8 First Place Prose Winner - All I Want Is a Pumpkin Pie by Ruth M. - Age 6     Second Place Prose Winner: “The Pumpkin” by Jude H. - Age 8 Third Place Prose Winner: "The Castle" by Eleanor D. - Age 8 Grades 4-6 First Place Poetry Winner - Spooky by Elizabeth M. - Age 12       Second Place Poetry Winner: “In Just One Night” by Kenzie J. - Age 12 Third Place Poetry Winner: “Halloween Party” by Julia G. - Age 10 First Place Prose Winner - Scary Encounter by James T. - Age 10   Second Place Prose Winner: “The Haunted Library” by Madison K. - Age 9 Third Place Prose Winner: “Halloween Night” by Piper L. - Age 9 Grades 7-12 First Place Poetry Winner - The Ground on Which You Stood by Kelsey B. - age 12   First Place Prose Winner - Rumors by Audrey D. - age 12       Second Place Prose Winner: “Forgotten House” by Nicholas C. - age 14 Third Place Prose Winner: “The Halloween” by Natalie F. - age 12

By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, teens, Teens|Comments Off on 2015 Haunt Your Library Writing Contest Winners

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)                                                                     [...]

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2017 Local History and Genealogy Periscopes

View us online by tuning into @KentonLibrary on Periscope (available on your smartphone or tablet), or at  ELI5: Family History In our ELI5: Family History broadcast we answer befuddling questions about doing family history research! January: February: Why Can’t I find my Grandmother’s Marriage Record in Kenton County? March: What is DPI? Why is it important? Explain it like I’m Five! April: What did Northern Kentucky look like 100 years ago on the eve of World War I? May: Why can't I find my great-great grandmother's death record in 1880? June: What is a First Cousin Once Removed? July: How do I read about local history on-the-go? August: How do I find my mom's yearbook photo? September: How do I find what I'm looking for in the microfilm collection? Part 1 How do I find what I'm looking for in the microfilm collection? Part 2 October: How do I find out if anyone has died in my house? November: What is goetta? What's burgoo? What's in a mint julep? What's a hot brown!? December: What is a "Christmas Pickle"? 3G2: Glitter, Glue, and Genealogy, TOO! Glitter, Glue, and Genealogy, TOO! is where we show you how to DIY popular genealogy and family history crafts. January: Learn How To Preserve and Print Cell Phone Photos February: Create Traditional Valentines of the Past March: Women's History Scrapbook Ideas  April: Learn How to use Gel Medium Transfer to Make Family Trees May: DIY EZ Family Reunion T-Shirts June: Grab an Ink Pad and Make a Thumb-Print Family Tree!  July: Create Your Own Family History Zine August: Decoupage Family Tree Project September: Family Tree Peek-A-Boo Game October: DIY Silhouette Portraits November: Family History Recipe Cards December: Family History Family Cards  Ancestor Cards DIY Sock Snowman How to Use a Button Maker DIY Coloring Sheets Fun and Easy Family Reunion Games [...]

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, History|Tags: |Comments Off on 2017 Local History and Genealogy Periscopes

2018 Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award Winner – John Reynolds

Congratulations to the 2018 Mary Ann Mongan Award:  Jon Reynolds - Kenton County Adult Education   Jon Reynolds, ESL Coordinator for Kenton County Adult Education at Gateway Community & Technical College, has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award. Since 2009, the Mary Ann Mongan Award recognizes an individual or organization that has shown outstanding service in literacy in Kenton County. The award is named after former Kenton County Public Library director Mary Ann Mongan, who served as Library Director for over 40 years. Jon was given the award at a surprise ceremony prior to his Monday night class.   In his role, Jon has and continues to provide opportunities to countless ESL students in Northern Kentucky. In addition to teaching English and literacy skills, he is also responsible for the organization that keeps the grant funded to be able to provide students with free access to classes. Jon also continues to seek and add services for his students. In addition to ESL classes, students may now take citizenship classes, English conversation and the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Additionally, he has given students advice on job hunting, continuing education and helps them navigate their new communities. Jon has impacted countless lives through his work.   “He is tireless in his efforts to continue to support those that may otherwise feel marginalized in their education and career opportunities,” stated nominator Terribeth Smith. “Jon wears many hats and touches countless lives, often without receiving the recognition for his passion and dedication.”    “Jon works so hard to make the lives of so many people rich and more rewarding,” stated Kym Grillot, social studies [...]

By |November 13th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on 2018 Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award Winner – John Reynolds

2019 Oscars

I'm a huge Queen fan and I love the movie Bohemian Rhapsody so no surprise that I was thrilled when Rami Malek won best actor. Never seeing Mr. Robot, I was not familiar with Malek's work. I almost didn't see the movie, worried it wouldn't be a proper tribute to Freddie Mercury, who I believe no one can replace. But my husband and three of our children wanted to see it so we headed to the theater. I literally forgot at times that I wasn't really watching Freddie. They couldn't have picked a better actor than Malek to portray Freddie Mercury. I  loved Malek's acceptance speech. He seemed truly sincere and appreciative. I have to say I was also excited to see that he and Lucy Boynton are dating in real life. Even though the movie is still in theaters, you can already check it out from the library. Of course there is a wait but hopefully it won't be too long since we have 39 copies. The original soundtrack on CD is also available for checkout. You can also stream the soundtrack through Hoopla with your library card number. Bohemian Rhapsody and Black Panther seemed to be the big winners of the night. Black Panther won for music (original score), costume design and production design. In addition to best leading actor, Bohemian also won for film editing, sound editing and sound mixing. I was surprised that A Star is Born didn't win more than original song (Shallow). I'll be honest, I haven't seen a lot of the other movies that were nominated so I can't speak to the actors in them or the films. I was really hoping Bohemian Rhapsody would win best picture [...]

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

2019 Reading Challenge

What's your reading goal for 2019?  Let the Library help you kick off your year of reading with the Winter Reading Challenge. The Winter Reading Challenge is a fun way to find new and interesting books.  You could even win a gift card!   St. Elizabeth's, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays.  (A book set in Kentucky) eBook Also Available     > The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655.  (A book written by multiple authors) eBook Also Available       This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids.  (A book translated from another language) eBook Also Available       Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic.  (A book you loved as a child) Audiobook Also Available       An intimate portrait of three generations of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle.  (A book that has won an award)    

By |January 5th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on 2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Summer Reading – Universe of Stories

This year's Summer Reading Celebration is filled with exciting programs, fun prizes, social media giveaways and so much more! We are so excited about the theme: Universe of Stories and the super cool glow-in-the-dark T-shirts children can win just for reading! The program will run June 1-August 31.   Children can pick up a booklog at any of the three branches - Covington, Independence or Erlanger or enter online. Read or listen to five books or 2.5 hours and win a book prize! After 10 books or 5 hours of reading, return the log to receive a glow-in-the-dark Universe of Stories T-shirt or a drawstring bag (while supplies last) and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three grand prizes: a technology basket, science basket or art basket. Keep reading for more chances to win the grand prizes! Teens who read or listen to any book or magazine or attend any program can enter online or at any of the three branches. One winner per branch will be drawn for weekly prizes. Adults who read or listen to any book or magazine or attend a book related program can enter to win prizes online or at any of the three branches. Prizes are awarded bi-weekly. The Summer Reading Celebration will kickoff on Saturday, June 1 with free Snappy Tomato Pizza at all three branches. The Covington Branch will feature Kona Ice, a video game truck, Hands-on Space Explorers and a Planetarium show! The Erlanger Branch will host a bounce house, face painting, Tech Toy Time, an iSpace presentation, Rocketry Workshop and more. The Independence Branch will offer a petting zoo, pony rides, the Cowboy in Space, Mark Wood and his out of [...]

By |May 21st, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on 2019 Summer Reading – Universe of Stories

31 Days of Local History & Genealogy

What could be better than a pumpkin spice or chai latte every day before Halloween? Thirty-one days of programs during Family History Month brought to you by your local history and genealogy library friends, of course! Starting October 1 we kick off 31 days of programming. That’s right; we are doing at least one program per day ALL MONTH LONG. Grab your rain coat and walking shoes because we couldn’t contain all of the fun to inside the library! We have a host of events that might look familiar, but we’re also hosting events on a whole bunch of fresh, new-to-us topics. We’ll be heading out into our beautiful city to explore and teach you about the iconography of headstones in Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and have a picnic amongst the cemetery’s residents. If you are sad to see the weekly walking tours of historic Pike Street come to an end, have no fear! We know you like storytelling as much as we do, so we put together a brand new tour filled with spooky, grim, or otherwise unusual stories from the Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood. Join us on Mondays, October 9 & 30 at 6:00 pm, and Wednesdays, October 4 & 25 at 10:00 am for an hour-long jaunt through the neighborhood with a side of storytelling. As a super special bonus, we’ll be doing another installment of the tour on Saturday, October 21 at 3:30 pm before our annual Evening with the Ancestors event. We’ll also be giving family-friendly tours of Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum on Friday, October 13, in case you wanted a little entertainment while waiting for Cinema in the Cemetery to start (presented in partnership with [...]

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, History, KCPL|Tags: |Comments Off on 31 Days of Local History & Genealogy

4 Ways the STREAM Center Can Help with Your Cosplay Needs

Cosplay can have a more impactful meaning to different people, but in its most basic form it is wearing costumes in play (hence the mashing of words into one). I’ve seen cosplayers wear elaborate handmade outfits that have taken months to create, and store-bought costumes that they have saved up for. I’ve seen cosplay that has taken hours to apply and others that have been successfully taken from their own closest of street-wear. Easy or complicated- cosplay is what you make of it. 4 Ways the STREAM Center Can Help with Your Cosplay Needs! 1.)    Detail your leather goods using our Glowforge laser engraver!                     2.)    Print an accessory for your furry companion with our 3-D printer!    3.)    Use our sewing machines for your costume!                   4.)    Use our soldering iron to light it up!                     Don’t forget that these items in our STREAM Center require a 30-minute training before you’re allowed to book the equipment to use them. Reserve a time to be trained here. Need an event to wear your cosplay attire? We will be hosting a Teen Cosplay Night at the Erlanger branch on Saturday, October 19th after hours from 6-8 PM!   By LeAnn Long, Teen Librarian          

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on 4 Ways the STREAM Center Can Help with Your Cosplay Needs

5 Reasons to Travel to Iceland

  I traveled to Iceland in September 2019. Here are my 5 top highlights and things I learned: 1. Beaches When I thought about Iceland, beaches didn't come to mind. However, the coast of Iceland is beautiful! I visited Reynisfjara Beach which is famous for its black sand and basalt spires. Watch out for the sneaker waves though while you’re trying to grab a picture- we saw more than one unlucky individual suddenly in cold water up to their thighs. Another noted beach is Diamond Beach, also a black sand beach, where icebergs run ashore. 2. Snorkeling/Diving The excursion I was most hesitant about was snorkeling in Þingvellir National Park at the Silfra Fissure. However, it turned out to be a beautiful experience. There, we were able to look underwater at the space in between the North American Tectonic Plate and the Eurasia Tectonic Plate. It is a famous location with some of the clearest water in the world- you don’t have to worry about an obstructed view. While chilly, the excursion ended up being one of the most educational of the trip! No, this is not the same as the beach- Silfra Fissure is inland at a lake!   3. Waterfalls Iceland has too many beautiful waterfalls to name. The largest and most famous being Gullfoss (on the left).                           4. Horseback Riding Icelandic horses are famous for their 5 gaits, be sure to use all of them! 5. People While touring the country, it can be easy to stay insulated in a tour group, or not venture outside your comfort zone. Instead, I urge you to talk to the people who [...]

By |January 7th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Travel to Iceland

5 Tips for Researching Your African-American Ancestry

Photograph of the congregation at First Colored Baptist Church in Covington. Courtesy of the collection of Ted Harris and available online at Kenton County Public Library's Faces and Places Historic Northern Kentucky Photograph Database. February is Black History Month, and a good time to focus on researching your African-American ancestry. We've put together a list of 5 tips to help you get started researching your African-American family history. Talk to living family members and write down what you know. Ask for names, birth and death dates, burial locations, obituaries, photographs or anything else that may help you with your research. There are lots of free genealogy forms online, like family charts and group sheets. Visit CyndisList, Ancestry, and Mid-Continent Public Library for free, downloadable charts and group sheets. Visit any branch of the Kenton County Public Library and use our databases! Popular genealogy databases include: (free inside any branch of the Kenton County Public Library),, and the Chicago Defender (African-American newspaper with coverage from 1909-1975). Start with the 1940 United States Census and work your way back. Follow your direct ancestors through the U.S. censuses. If you have trouble finding ancestors in censuses, follow their siblings – you might find a connection to the next generation more easily by searching for their siblings. Getting past the 1870 & 1860 censuses can be difficult, but looking at the families who lived around your ancestors may provide you with clues. Former slaves often did not move far away after emancipation. If you think your ancestors were slaves, look at the white families living nearby your ancestors in the 1870 census. Then, look at those families in the 1860 census to learn if they were slave-holders. You [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, Local History and Genealogy|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 5 Tips for Researching Your African-American Ancestry

50 Books to Read in Kindergarten

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish Bark, George by Jules Feiffer A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin Corduroy by Don Freeman Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds Curious George by H.A. Rey Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel Hi! Fly Guy By Tedd Arnold How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen I Stink! by Kate McMullan If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton The Mitten by Jan Brett Mother Goose Picture Puzzles by Will Hillenbrand Olivia by Ian Falconer Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas [...]

By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|1 Comment

7 Last Minute Gift Ideas

It's December 23rd and you just realized you are missing a gift for your great aunt or maybe it's your nephew or the neighbor. Our staff got together and came up with a few ideas for the last minute shopper. 1. DIY gifts can be a great money saver and something the gift receiver will truly enjoy. A bag or basket of your favorite cookies, candies or nuts is easy to personalize. You can even dress it up with a final addition of your favorite local coffee or adult brew. Everyone enjoys cuddling up with a good movie or book and a bunch of treats. Sticking with the DIY theme, you can also make an ornament or a card for someone special. 2. I personally love movie night baskets. It can include one or two DVDs, candy and popcorn. You can often find a great old movie for under $10. 3. Books and music are extremely easy to find and can be very inexpensive. We suggest The Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack along with a Mockingjay charm or even a new set of The Hunger Games paperback books. You can personalize it by giving your favorite CD or book in hopes of introducing the gift receiver to new music or a new author. 4. A magazine subscription can be a great gift and you can often find online deals like two years for the price of one. Grab a copy of that magazine from the local store to wrap and include a note telling the gift giver they now have a subscription. 5. Chocolates, old fashioned candies, hot chocolate gift pack, coffee gift pack and gourmet food baskets are great last minute gifts too. You can often [...]

8 Spring Break Ideas without Breaking the Bank

Spring Break is next week for most schools in Kenton County. Taking an entire week off work or financing a trip to the beach can be difficult so we have ideas that won't break the bank, or require you to take more than a day or two off work. 1.) The Kenton County Public Library - Schedule time to learn how to use the equipment in the STREAM Center, attend the movie showings each day at the Durr Branch or attend our off-site program at Lincoln Ridge Park Mini Camp:Soils, Mud and Plants. This program will be held Monday and Tuesday, April 9 & 10, at shelter three from 10-noon to explore soils, mud and plants. There will be different activities each day and you will get messy. Be sure to check the calendar of events for other programs like ACT Math Review, Anime Club, Engineering Club, Chess Club and more. You can also come to the library just to check out books, movies and games. Don't forget to take a look at our Library of Things for unique items you can borrow! 2.) The National Museum of the US Air Force - This museum is free and only an hour drive from Northern Kentucky. It is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. It is located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Visitors can actually climb aboard some of the planes, see lots of memorabilia and try out the flight simulators.   3.) Booneshoft Museum of Discovery - Admission is between $11.50 and $14.50 at this interactive science museum in Dayton, Ohio. The kids will have hours of fun with the science on a sphere, the tree house, tidal pool and discovery zoo exhibits.  4.) COSI [...]

By |April 5th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on 8 Spring Break Ideas without Breaking the Bank

87 Years of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky History Added to Kenton County Public Library Database

The Historical Cincinnati Enquirer Database now covers 1841-2009. The expanded date range offers 87 more years of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky news coverage. The database contains digitized scans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, viewable in PDF format. The database is keyword searchable and also searchable by a specific date or page number. Articles can be saved to your computer or printed. Patrons can access the database at any branch of the Kenton County Public Library and at home with their Kenton County Public Library card. If you are looking for something in the Kentucky Post, Kentucky Times-Star, or other Northern Kentucky newspapers, the Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index contains indexed entries to these newspapers. You can view the Kentucky Post and Kentucky Times-Star on microfilm, in the Local history and Genealogy Department at the Covington branch. The Local History and Genealogy Department is located on the upper level of the building. Reach us at (859)962-4070 or if you have questions about researching the database. Cierra Earl, MA, Local History and Genealogy Programmer, Covington branch

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, History, KCPL|2 Comments

The A/V Librarian’s Favorite Graphic Novels

Hello Everyone, Verna the A/V Librarian here. I've had a little more time available to read of late... so I'd like to share with you some of my favorite Graphic Novels from over the years. Some are stand-alone titles, some are series, but all are available for your reading pleasure for free with your library card via hoopla.   Fray: Future Slayer by Joss Whedon Hundreds of years in the future, Manhattan has become a deadly slum, run by mutant crime-lords and disinterested cops. Stuck in the middle is a young girl who thought she had no future, but learns she has a great destiny. In a world so poisoned that it doesn't notice the monsters on its streets, how can a street kid like Fray unite a fallen city against a demonic plot to consume mankind? Joss Whedon, the celebrated creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brings his vision to the future in this unique tale. As inventive in the comics medium as in that of television or film, Whedon spins a complex tale of a skilled thief coming of age without the help of friends or family, guided only by a demonic Watcher.     Venus by Rick Loverd and Filip Sablik In 2150, Earth's resources are depleted, and countries race to outer space to mine what they need from other planets. China has laid claim to Mars, so the U.S. and its allies have to make do with getting what it needs from the inhospitable world of Venus. But for a group of Americans making its way there, survival has become all too real. After their ship crash-lands on the planet, the scrappy crew is forced to do whatever it takes to [...]

By |April 7th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on The A/V Librarian’s Favorite Graphic Novels