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African American History Month Books for Children

A picture book of lawyer, politician, and civil rights leader Barbara Jordan emphasizes how she used her voice to make a difference in the world.   Presents the life and accomplishments of the African American scientist, whose keen observations of sea creatures revealed new insights about egg cells and the origins of life.   Chronicles the efforts of fourteen-year-old Jo Ann Allen, who in 1956, was one of twelve African American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee and who found herself the spokesperson for the group.   Traces the life of Sojourner Truth from her enslaved childhood and remarkable emancipation through her history-shaping leadership while advocating for equal rights for women and African Americans.   Tells the story of the highly successful tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, laying out their humble beginnings, hard work, mutual support, and their resulting extraordinary achievements in tennis.   Presents the history of hip-hop including, how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and break-dancing that formed around the art form.   A collection of striking and intimate photographs of Michelle Obama, coupled with personal reflections and behind-the-scenes stories from official White House photographer and New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Light, Amanda Lucidon, presented in a deluxe format for young readers.   Georgia Gilmore was a cook at the National Lunch Company in Montgomery, Alabama. When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fund-raise for gas and cars to help sustain the boycott.   The life of Junius G. Groves, a sharecropper [...]

By |February 1st, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on African American History Month Books for Children

ALA’s Award Winning Children’s & YA Books

Each year the American Library Association awards outstanding books for children and young adults. Awards include including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards. (Complete list) This year's winners include: New Kid - Jerry CraftInstead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. The Undefeated Illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Written by Kwame Alexander The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Dig - A.S. King Five white teenage cousins who are struggling with the failures and racial ignorance of their dysfunctional parents and their wealthy grandparents, reunite for Easter. Just Ask – Sonia Sotomayor Sonia and her friends plant a garden, and each one contributes in his or her own special way, in a book that celebrates the many differences among humans. Field Guide to the North American Teenager - Ben Philippe When Norris, a black French Canadian, starts his junior year at an Austin, Texas, high school, he views his fellow students as cliches from "a bad 90s teen movie."   Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño played the piano for President Lincoln - Margarita Engle Looks at the life and accomplishments of Teresa Carreño, one of the most famous pianist who, by age nine, performed for President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.

By |January 27th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on ALA’s Award Winning Children’s & YA Books

Albums Inspired by Books

  Musician and author crossover and linkage is nothing new. Many authors have contributed lyrics to songs, or had their words adapted to song lyrics. Authors, for example Stephen King, use song lyrics when introducing chapters or sections of some novels. It isn't an exaggeration to say that the two groups are intertwined. Here are some of the musical works that have been inspired by works of literature. This is just a small sampling of the many songs and albums that fit the description. Enjoy the music and the words!   1. Animal Farm by George Orwell – Pink Floyd’s Animals Orwell makes his first appearance on this list with Pink Floyd’s Animals album. The songs, “Dogs”, “Sheep”, “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” are thematically tied to the personification in Animal Farm. Lyricist Roger Waters doesn’t draw from the plot of the book, instead leaning into the idea of people as predators (“Dogs”), followers (“Sheep”), and ruthless despots (“Pigs”). Orwell’s book was an attack on Stalinism; however Waters’ lyrics are more of a condemnation of capitalism. 2. Clockwork Angels by Kevin Anderson – Rush’s Clockwork Angels This one is a bit of a reverse. Rush lyricist Neil Peart developed the basic story and wrote the lyrics that outlined the story in concept. The lyrics became song “chapters” that drove the plot. Later, writer Kevin Anderson, who was a friend of Peart’s, wrote the novelization based on the outline the songs presented. Anderson described the novel as “In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and [...]

Anti-German Hysteria in Greater Cincinnati

Newspaper article found on microfilm in the Local History and Genealogy Department at Covington. Appeared in the Kentucky Post on September 25th, 1918 on page 1. My ancestor, Louis Lang, then going by the name Ludwig, emigrated from his home in Alsace-Lorraine in 1895 when he was 15 years old. On the passenger list for the ship traveling from Antwerp, Belgium to New York City, his family listed that they were headed directly for Cynthiana, Kentucky, where Louis’s eldest brother was a farmer. Louis lived a normal life: he got married and had two daughters, subsequently divorced his wife, and spent the rest of his life as a farming bachelor before dying at the age of 47. This all seems pretty straightforward, but Louis caused some confusion for me when I started to research him I first read Louis’s name when I found my great-grandmother, at the age of 14 months, with her family on the 1910 census. It was there that I saw Louis was listed as a naturalized American, born in Germany. Since both of his parents were listed as also being born in Germany, I simply assumed that that side of my family was German. But, I noticed on the 1920 census that my great-great-grandfather Louis was no longer claiming his German heritage. This time around, he listed his birthplace as France despite his native tongue still being listed as German. The 1920 census also listed Louis’s parents as being French instead of the previously stated German. Some may argue that the reason Louis changed his country of origin was due to Alsace-Lorraine reverting from German back to French terrain. After all, in 1870, only ten years before the Langs [...]

By |May 27th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, Local History and Genealogy|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Anti-German Hysteria in Greater Cincinnati

April Showers Bring May Flowers

 A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Flowers, Gardening, and Things that Grow   Did you know that this familiar rhyme was originally a poem written by Karen Chappell? We thought it might be fun to include the first stanza of this poem as an introduction to the many new and colorful books about flowers and gardening that can be found at your library. Enjoy! April showers bring May flowers, That is what they say. But if all the showers turned to flowers, We’d have quite a colourful day! New Picture Books Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup This book provides children with a very simple explanation of the important job bees have of pollinating flowers. The mixed media illustrations include a die-cut with a bee at the center. The die-cut gets progressively smaller as the story unfolds. This is a very colorful and engaging picture book.     The Best-Ever Step-By-Step Kid’s First Gardening: Fantastic Gardening Ideas for 5 to 12 Year-Olds, from Growing Fruit and Vegetables and Fun with Flowers to Wildlife Gardening and Outdoor Crafts by Jenny Hendy Winner of the Practical Gardening Book of the Year, with 120 fun projects for kids.     The Butterfly Garden by Laura Weston This lift-the-flap board book presents the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. The illustrations are done in black and white, but the flaps reveal pops of color. Simple language explains the transformation.     Caterpillar Dreams by Clive McFarland Henri the caterpillar sets off on a great adventure beyond the walls of his garden, but in the end discovers there’s no place like home.       Fantastic Flowers by Susan Stockdale This book includes a [...]

By |April 28th, 2017|Categories: A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, Featured Post|Comments Off on April Showers Bring May Flowers

Arjay to Zag: a Brief Collection of Strange Kentucky Places

While doing your family research you might come across some towns you have never heard of. But have you ever really given any thought to where the names of towns come from? In modern times, town names come about when a post office is established. As such, it was often the post master, or someone close to them, that submitted town names to the Post Office Department. Here are 26 towns (one for each letter of the alphabet) in Kentucky with unusual names and their origins. These are certainly not the only unusual towns in the state, but a small selection. What strange town names have you come across in your research? Arjay (Bell County): A coal town located along KY 66, 3 miles north east of Pineville. The name was created from the initials of coal operator R.J. Asher. The post office was established on Feb. 23, 1911. Bachelors Rest (Pendleton County): 5 miles east south east of Falmouth is Bachelors Rest, so named because of the bachelors that spent time sunning themselves in front of the local store. The post office was established in 1870 (as “Batchelors Rest”) but renamed Mains in 1887 after Sarah Mains became the post master. The post office was closed in 1903 Canoe (Breathitt County): Named for the nearby Canoe Creek, this post office, 7.5 miles south by southwest of Jackson was named Canoe Fork on Aug. 14, 1891. It lost “Fork” becoming the simpler “Canoe” in 1894. Story of the creek’s name says that the creek waters got so low that a person’s canoe couldn’t be floated out and was abandoned there. Democrat (Letcher County): Located on KY 7, 8 miles north of Whitesburg, this settlement was [...]

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Arjay to Zag: a Brief Collection of Strange Kentucky Places

Astronomy at the Library

What are you doing on August 21, 2017? On that date, there will be a Total Solar Eclipse visible in the United States… the first one since 1979! While we are not on the path of totality in Northern Kentucky, meaning the entire sun will not be blocked by the moon‘s shadow in our line of sight; we will be able to see about 90% of the sun covered! This will be the most exciting astronomical event in the US for quite some time, and I am very excited to share not just the solar eclipse, but space in general!   In February, there was a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, meaning that we were seeing the edges of the earth’s shadow on the moon. In order to share the experience with as many people as possible, I held a Lunar Eclipse program that evening at the Erlanger Branch. 75 people of a wide range of ages attended to learn about the eclipse, build some models of how eclipses work, and practice “becoming” eclipses themselves. We also took the library’s 8” Dobsonian Reflector telescope out on the front sidewalk to look at the moon during the eclipse. Since it was a Penumbral Eclipse and not a total Lunar Eclipse, it wasn’t a spectacular event, but the view of the moon that night was very good regardless! During the program, families created models, then used flashlights to simulate the sun’s light. If you did not make it to the Lunar Eclipse program, there are many other opportunities for you to experience the wonders of space at KCPL. I frequently hold children’s and all-ages programs related to astronomy and space. In fact, On April 13, at 7:00 pm, I will [...]

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Audiobooks — Just Added to Hoopla

  What Remains of Her - Eric Rickstad From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girls comes this chilling, harrowing thriller set in rural Vermont about a recluse who believes the young girl he's found in the woods is the reincarnation of his missing daughter, returned to help him solve her and his wife's disappearance.   If You Leave Me - Crystal Hana Kim An emotionally riveting debut novel about war, family, and forbidden love-the unforgettable saga of two ill-fated lovers in Korea and the heartbreaking choices they're forced to make in the years surrounding the civil war that still haunts us today.   Captain Underpants - Dav Pilkey The second book in Dav Pilkey's mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series, now available in Sound-O-Rama!   Keys to My Cuffs - Lani Lynn Vale Part 4 of the Heroes of The Dixie Wardens MC series   Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar In 1943 Germany, Helene is just about to wake up her children to go to school when a group of policemen break into her house. The policemen want to haul away her gypsy husband and their five children. The police tell Helene that as a German she does not have to go with them, but she decides to share the fate of her family.

By |August 14th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Audiobooks — Just Added to Hoopla

Audiobooks for Your Spring Break Road Trip

A stunning debut novel--a chilling and unexpected portrait of a female friendship set in 1950's Morocco. This is Patricia Highsmith for the 21st century.  Optioned for film by George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures, with Scarlett Johansson to star. Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him. While Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree has moved on from fixing up houses, she still can't resist the urge to snoop into the occasional murder. Something sinister is brewing in the kitchen of The Chocolate Moose - retired health inspector Alan Blake is found murdered. Jake's best friend Ellie never made a secret of her distaste for Alan. Now, with no alibi for the night of the murder, she's in a sticky situation with the police - and it's up to Jake to catch the real killer and keep Ellie living in the land of the free. Nikki has spent most of her life distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community. After her father's death she takes a job teaching a creative writing course in the heart of the Punjabi community. When one of the women students brings a book of erotica to class, Nicki use it as the basis for helping these modest women unleash creativity by telling their own stories. At a moment of crisis over our national identity, journalist Dan Rather reflects on what it means to be an American. He reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded.

By |March 30th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Audiobooks for Your Spring Break Road Trip

Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins, Please!

Crisp air and golden hues officially welcome fall each year. As the leaves start turning, it’s time to head to the nearest pumpkin patch and start thinking about those Halloween costumes. There are lots of new books to usher in the season as well. Why not pick a few and get into the spirit! A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Autumn and Halloween New Autumn Stories Froggy Picks a Pumpkin by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz Froggy’s latest adventure is a class trip to the pumpkin patch. He plans to carve a jack-o'-lantern and make a pumpkin pie, but will his plans work out?         The Great Pumpkin Contest by Angie Rozelaar Two very different cats (one prefers to stay inside and read, the other prefers to be outside with friends) are determined to win Cat County’s Great Pumpkin Contest. In the end, though, it’s friendship that wins. This is a very enjoyable story with playful illustrations.             Happy Fell by Erica S. Perl This is the latest in the Arnold and Louise easy reader series. According to Louise, fell is the season between fall and winter when all the leaves are on the ground. Arnold wants to celebrate the season indoors but Louise does not. Will they be able to find a way to celebrate together?                 The Pumpkin War by Cathleen Young In this chapter book, a twelve-year-old Billie enjoys summer on Wisconsin's Madeline Island, where she grows a giant pumpkin in the hopes of winning this year’s pumpkin-boat race. She had a falling out with her best friend Sam at the [...]

By |September 19th, 2019|Categories: A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins, Please!

Baseball and Beer: A Look at the Wiedemann Baseball Club

Summer is almost here and with it comes a lot of baseball and fine beer. After all the two go hand and hand. So lets visit a local baseball team from the past, that was closely related to the beer industry. During the early 1900s baseball was played everywhere and by everybody even women! There were often police ordinances established to prevent youngsters from playing ball in the streets in towns and cities across the area. Many businesses had their own teams, sometimes comprised of employees while others had experienced players on their teams. Several Breweries in the Northern Kentucky area aside from being in the beer making business also dabbled in the world of baseball. Breweries such as the Bavarian Brewing Company, Heidelberg Brewery and the George Wiedemann Brewing Company all at one point in time fielded baseball clubs. The Wiedemann Club and Heidelberg club played around the same time and even faced each other on several occasions. The most prominent though was the Wiedemann Baseball Club also known as the ‘Brewers’ They were a Semi-Pro team that played baseball in Newport, Kentucky. According to team letterhead from 1909 the club was organized sometime in 1903. Photograph Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum @   The above letterhead from the August “Garry” Hermann papers obtained from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Hermann owned the Cincinnati Reds from 1902 to 1927. He also had a stint as the president of the National Baseball Commission. This particular letterhead was part of a note sent to Hermann from Wiedemann manager Arthur Nieman. Notice how the letter head proclaims the club as being leaders in Semi-Professional Baseball. While [...]

Baseball-While there is no Baseball

Baseball Blog Do you miss baseball? There’s no substitute for attending a game at Great American Ballpark, is there? Fortunately, the Kenton County Public Library has plenty of online content to keep even the most avid baseball fan happy until we hear the call to “Play Ball” once again. Northern Kentucky in general, and Kenton County in particular, has a rich baseball history. Case in point is the Covington Blue sox team which began play in 1913 in the old Federal League. Despite an enthusiastic start, the team moved to Kansas City just a few weeks after the season started. The Federal League just got going in 1913, achieved Major League status in 1914 and 1915, and then disbanded. So yes, that meant that Covington was just one season short of fielding a Major League team. Pictured below are Blue Sox on opening day in 1913 playing their first home game. Trivia alert: The Blue Sox opened the season in Cleveland the prior week, playing against manager Cy Young’s Green Sox in the very first game in Federal League history.   Photo courtesy of the Kenton County Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Department. To search thousands of local pictures, visit Faces & Places While you’re there, this is  a great place to research your family tree while you’re home. Until baseball returns - and until the library reopens - there are plenty of selections available in the Library’s Digital Branch free of charge to enjoy. Hoopla Batting first, meet Hoopla. Hoopla is your utility player of the digital universe. It includes audiobooks, comics, ebooks, movies, music, and TV shows. Type in “Baseball” and you’ll get hundreds of choices in all formats; eBooks, by [...]

By |April 12th, 2020|Categories: blog, Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Baseball-While there is no Baseball

Best Bets for May – New Books to Request

From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award longlist title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.   Karen Russell's comedic genius and mesmerizing talent for creating outlandish predicaments that uncannily mirror our inner in lives is on full display in these eight exuberant, arrestingly vivid, unforgettable stories.   Nestled in New York's Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you're paid big money to stay here—more than you've ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else.   Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere-even back home. Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, The Guest Book asks how we remember and what we choose to forget. It shows the untold secrets we inherit and pass on, unknowingly echoing our parents and grandparents.  

By |May 4th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Best Bets for May – New Books to Request

Beyond Acadia: 10 Places to Visit in Maine Outside the Park

Acadia National Park is a national treasure. If you haven’t made the trek, then put it on your bucket list. I first made the trip over thirty years ago and have been there almost every year since. During those trips my family and I have visited many other places beyond the park and the tourist destination of Bar Harbor. Here are a few recommendations – with links to informational websites. 1. Roque Bluffs State Park We stumbled on this gem while on a drive up the coast. Located just over an hour north of the turn off to Acadia (Ellsworth, Maine) this secluded spot is perfect if you want some peace and quiet. The beach sits surrounded by islands and peninsulas, so the surf is gentle. Sit in your beach chair and let the beauty of nature heal you. Bring some water shoes because the rocks near the ocean can be sharp if you want to get your feet wet. Swimming is permitted, but the water will be cold. Across the road, adjacent to the parking lot are picnic areas as well as a pond suitable for warmer swimming. Kayaks for the pond are also available to rent. A series of rough walking trails take you around the pond and into the woods nearby. Another trail winds through a field that may be yielding blueberries if you are lucky. Be aware, there is a small entrance fee requested as it is a State Park.  Roque Bluffs State Park 2. Portland Portland could be a vacation by itself. There are many shops and restaurants that line the waterfront, and boat tours of all types are available. Walk along the Eastern Promenade to enjoy views [...]

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Beyond Acadia: 10 Places to Visit in Maine Outside the Park

Big Library Read – The Ultimate Book Discussion Group

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

By |October 25th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Big Library Read – The Ultimate Book Discussion Group

Biking in Northern Kentucky

There are many ways to explore beautiful Northern Kentucky and its surrounding areas. One of our favorite ways is to experience it on a bike! Biking groups hit the roads for a day or for weekend adventures. Families can leisurely explore hidden bike paths in our NKY parks. Bike trails sprawl across the countryside and merge into city areas which allow access to everyone making cycling a recreational sport for all! Here are some links to check out before making plans for your next biking excursion! Maybe some will peak your interest and get you back on a bike! Books: Mountain Biking in Kentucky The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle Be Safe on Your Bike Tracers Life is a Wheel : Love, Death, etc., and A Bike Ride Across America The Bicycling Big Book of cycling for beginners : everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding Bike safety : a crash course The Bike Lesson Duck On a Bike Safety: Biking Safety Local Bike Shops: Reser Bicycle Velocity Montgomery Cyclery Bike Rental: Cincy Red Bike Road Routes & Trails: Trail Link OKI Map My Ride Cincinnati USA Licking River Greenway Groups: BG Cycling Team Cycling and Fitness “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” ~ John F. Kennedy

By |August 19th, 2015|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Biking in Northern Kentucky

Black History Month Books for Children

Black History Month is observed every February in the United States. Black history is American history, however, observing Black History Month in February gives us a chance to be intentional in learning about this topic. There are so many wonderful books that were published this past year. Narrowing down our list has been difficult at best. In addition, the American Library Association announced the children’s literature awards for 2019 on January 27. A few of the books that we had chosen to feature during Black History Month are among those awards: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson You’ve probably heard the phrase “swept the Oscars,” well, this new picture book “swept the awards.” It won the Caldecott Medal which is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Honor titles are generally selected each year as well. Kadir Nelson is a two-time Caldecott Honoree, but this is his first Caldecott Medal. The Undefeated was also named as one of four Newbery Honor winning titles. The Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Kwame Alexander won the Newbery Medal in 2015 for The Crossover. The Caldecott and Newbery Medals are perhaps the two most prestigious awards in the field of children’s literature, so for this book to recognized in both categories, it is truly an exceptional work. The Undefeated was also awarded the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. The Coretta Scott King Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture. In The Undefeated, Alexander gives us a poetic tribute [...]

By |February 6th, 2020|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Black History Month Books for Children

A Book is a Book is a Book

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books  about Books, Libraries, and Reading Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of children’s books and the joy of reading. Established in 1919 at the urging of Franklin K. Mathiews, Librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country. Its original intent was to focus attention on the need for quality children’s books and the importance of childhood literacy. The need for Children’s Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919. The celebration is the first full week in May and this year runs from May 4-10. There are lots of great children’s books that are about books, reading, and libraries. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity to showcase those titles, both new and old.   Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay Gay answers the question, “Where does a story start?” She provides information on how a book is made, and her illustrations, full of splotches of color, bits of collage, scribbles, and scratched-out words, make each spread look like a delightfully disordered work in progress.     The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what. This is great kid-friendly comedy, perfect for a crowd or one-on-one sharing!     Books for Me! by Sue Fliess, illus. by Mike Laughead This third story in the series pays tribute to the many types of books available at the library. The sing-song text and adorable illustrations create a fun story about finding just the right book.     The Boy and the Book by David Michael Slater, illus. by [...]

By |May 4th, 2015|Categories: A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, Featured Post|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on A Book is a Book is a Book

Book Kits for Your Book Club

Request a Book Kit Requesting a book kit for your book club just got a lot easier!  Thinking about starting a book club, or have you been with the same friends for years?  The Library just made requesting a book kit a lot easier!  You can now request a book kit for a specific date so you'll know what you're reading next month.  Save money and time by checking out a book kit and discussion guide from the Library. Our book kits contain 10-15 copies of a book, a discussion guide and come in an easy to carry tote bag. Choose Your Title (this is the hard part!) Select the date and pickup location, and enter your contact information Reserve this kit We will contact you when you book kit is available for pick up.  

By |December 11th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Book Kits for Your Book Club

Books as Gifts

Library Staff Recommended Books As Gifts Whether you are shopping for a newborn or a 90-year-old, books can make fantastic gifts. Several of our staff members have put together a list of books they think would make wonderful gifts.   Babies/Toddlers  All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury Charlie Chick (pop-up book) by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker Barnyard Dance By Sandra Boynton Where is Baby's Belly Button?  by Karen Katz   Preschool The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood Waiting by Kevin Henkes Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! Hardcover by Todd Tuell Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the bus by Mo Willems   School Age Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai The Marvels by Brian Selznick Wonder by R.J. Jarimillo Holes by Louis Sachar Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney   Young Adults The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielson Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Mosquitoland by David Arnold The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons The Wrath and the Dawn—Ahdieh An Ember in the Ashes—Tahir Lumberjanes—Stevenson Under a Painted Sky--Lee   Graphic Novels Ms. Marvel vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona Deadpool: The Complete Collection vol. 1 by Daniel Way and Andy Diggle Fiction City on Fire Garth Risk Hallberg The Martian by Andy Weir   Nonfiction Kissinger: 1923-1968 The Idealist- Niall Ferguson. The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff Country [...]

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Books for the First Day of School

Summer has passed and it’s time for class. There are plenty of terrific books that are perfect for the first day of school. There are stories about everything from first-day jitters to socializing with classmates. We’ve included lots of books to hopefully make the transition a little easier and calm those first day jitters. And for the seasoned pro, we’ve included some school stories that are just for fun! New School Stories The Best Seat in Kindergarten by Katharine Kenah, illus. by Abby Carter This beginning reader is a great introduction for those who are excited, yet nervous about starting school.   Big Shark, Little Shark Go to School by Anna Membrino, illus. by Tim Budgen Big Shark and Little Shark are opposite in every way. Little Shark is excited for the start of school, but Big Shark doesn’t want to get out of bed. Will they be late on their first day of school?   Brown Bear Starts School by Sue Tarsky, illus. by Marina Aizen Brown Bear overcomes his nervousness and makes friends in the process. The illustrations are charming and have the feel of children’s artwork. Clothesline Clues to the First Day of School by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, illus. by Andy Robert Davies Who wears what on the first day of school? Catchy rhymes as well as clothing and accessories hanging on a clothesline provide clues as to what friendly faces will be encountered on the first day of school, from custodian to teacher to crossing guard. Hannah Sparkles: Hooray for the First Day of School! by Robin Mellom, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Hannah is about to begin first grade where she has a little trouble connecting with her new [...]

By |August 13th, 2019|Categories: A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books, Featured Post|Comments Off on Books for the First Day of School

Books in Bloom

It has been said that “the promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter.” Well, I think we are all ready for a change in seasons. There are many new books about spring that offer a respite from the gloomy days of winter. So, while anticipating spring’s arrival, why not check out what’s blooming at the library. A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Spring Books Bloom Bloom! by April Pulley Sayre Sayre is an award-winning author and photo-illustrator, and this book does not disappoint. This is an exceptional book celebrating an array of different flowering plants. The sparse text is accompanied by visually stunning photographs. Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Spring Smiles by Kallie George, illus. by Oriol Vidal There’s lots to explore on a sunny, spring day but will Spike’s sneezes get in the way? This early reader is a springtime delight. Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs A little boy longs for an outdoor space where he can grow things. A community garden evolves. This diverse book is an engaging story and even works as an early reader. Bright illustrations accompany the brief text. Flowers by Gail Gibbons This book is an introduction to the basics and life cycle of flowers. Gibbons is well known for her non-fiction for young readers having published more than 170 titles. Her watercolor and pen and ink illustrations provide a visual feast! Gabi’s If/Then Garden by Caroline Karanja, illus. by Ben Whitehouse This book is part of the Code Play series. Children are introduced to coding concepts through garden planting and backyard play. Gardening with Emma by Emma Biggs Enthusiastic and passionate thirteen-year-old Emma shares her love of gardening. She provides lots [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|Comments Off on Books in Bloom