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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 [...]

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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 [...]

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.  

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: Book Lists, Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

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 [...]

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|0 Comments

Bygone Buildings: Covington’s Changing Cityscape

D. H. Holmes' grand home was located where Holmes High School now stands, near Wallace Woods and Levassor Park. Have you ever driven past an empty lot and wondered what was there before the asphalt and crabgrass? A surface lot, or even a new building in the heart of Covington, was likely erected upon the spot where another building once stood. Covington’s built environment has many intact and preserved buildings dating back as far as the early 1800s, but you might find a photo of a building in Faces and Places that you don’t recognize that was lost to development, fire, or perceived obsolescence. Here are a few examples of buildings of historic and stylistic distinction that once stood in Covington, but are now gone. Holmes’ Castle is likely the most well-known example of lost architecture in Covington. This palatial home was the second location of Covington Public High School. The high school was originally located on Russell Street, near 12th Street, and was also torn down. Holmes’ Castle was built by Daniel Henry Holmes, a wealthy retailer. It was designed in the Gothic Revival style, which can be identified by its pointed arch windows and church-like details. With its sprawling grounds and lavishly appointed interior, Holmesdale was not D. H. Holmes’ only residence, and in 1915 (seventeen years after his death), his surviving family sold the property to the Covington School Board. The high school was moved into the residence until 1936, when it was razed and a new building constructed in its place. The décor and furnishings that remained were auctioned, and what didn’t sell was unceremoniously burned in the football field. Covington does not have many residential Gothic Revival [...]

Capture (some books about) the Iron Throne

Watched the series but never read the books? Download one today.   Game of Thrones Season 7 Soundtrack   Inside HBO's Game of Thrones   Game of Thrones - Graphic Novels Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods    Recreate the braids, buns, and twists of your favorite historical, sci-fi, and fantasy heroes and heroines including Daenerys Targaryen.  

By |April 12th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Caring for Seniors During the Holidays

With all the hustle and bustle the holiday seasons brings it can become overwhelming quickly and we can easily forget about those who may need extra attention during the holiday season. The holidays can be tough for senior citizens who may not be able to attend holiday parties (due to physical limitations) or travel to see their family (health conditions prevent them from flying or driving for long periods). Holidays can also bring back fond and emotional memories of loved ones passed. These memories can make the holidays tough to get through. You may find that some of your senior friends, neighbors or those you work with moods have changed. During the holiday season it is not uncommon for senior citizens to experience the holiday blues. With the holidays approaching I cannot help but think of the Homebound patrons the Kenton County Public Library Outreach department serves. Some of our patrons have no family or their family members live out of town. So, what can we do to help our patrons, senior neighbors, grandparents and our senior friends through the holidays? Listed below and some tips on how to cheer up senior citizens during the holiday season. Sit and chat with them for a while. You might be the only human contact they have throughout the holiday season. Allow them to reminisce about holidays past. Holiday cards: Send a holiday card to your neighbor, friend or relative who may be alone for the holiday season. Let them know you are thinking about them and you wish the very best holiday season. I can tell you from experience this can really make their day and they will talk about it for months afterwards. Invite them over [...]

By |October 14th, 2014|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL, Outreach|0 Comments

Celebrate Family History Month at KCPL

We are spooktacularly delighted that October is coming (and it's not just because of cooler weather, fall leaves, pumpkins, or Halloween)! Family History Month is our favorite part of October in the Local History and Genealogy Department. To celebrate, we've got a month full of programs to help you with your family history research and learn more about the history of our area. Learn more about the sensational stories in the Licking Riverside neighborhood this month at KCPL. Photograph courtesy of Faces and Places. On Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, attend our Scandals & Mayhem: A Historic Walking Tour of Licking Riverside and Governors Point neighborhood. We'll recount the grim stories of the neighborhood's prior inhabitants and share some of the scandals that rocked the neighborhood. You have two chances to take the tour, once at 2 PM and then again at 6 PM. The tour will depart from the Local History and Genealogy Department at Covington. The Kenton County Historical Society is sponsoring an Antiques Appraisal Fair on Saturday, October 13 from 11 AM - 2 PM. Always wondered what that old vase was worth? Talk with antiques appraisal experts to see if you might be sitting on a pile of antique "gold." Photographs of large furniture pieces are preferred. The fair will take place in the BB&T meeting room at the Covington Branch. Are you researching your ancestors who might have served in the American Revolution? Interested in joining the DAR? Then mark your calendars and plan to meet with members of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Tuesday, October 16 @ 9 AM at the Covington Library. Members of the DAR will discuss the necessary steps toward [...]

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Books & Authors

A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be sucked back into it. A small Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder in the next masterpiece from New York Times bestselling author Emma Donoghue.   A tense, thrilling cat and mouse game that spans two continents, from an acclaimed new Irish novelist.   It's a quiet story about love and sacrifice that manages to be extremely moving without becoming sentimental or maudlin. Morton's performance similarly brims with emotion but never overflows.  

By |March 16th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments

Celebrate Your Heritage During Family History Month – October 2014

October is Family History Month, and what better time to celebrate your family’s heritage! Tracing the heritage of your family can produce so many insights into the struggles and the accomplishments of one’s ancestors – the story of why your family came to live in a certain place, how family members learned a trade, what religious, fraternal or civic organizations your ancestors belonged to, what sort of awards and recognitions your ancestors received, who might be your distant cousins. With the ever-increasing amount of information available in print and online, researching the lives of your predecessors has never been easier – and more complicated at the same time! So, where to begin? The best way to begin a family history project is to start in the present and work backwards in time – from the known to the unknown. Gather up any family documents, talk to older relatives, and peruse family photographs. Look for birth, marriage, and death information on your family members, as these are the “building blocks” of a family tree. As you work your way backwards in time, also take note of family friends, neighbors and associates. Knowing about them can sometimes provide clues to your own family’s stories. But what do you do when you finally hit that “brick wall” in your research? What steps can you take to discover more about your ancestors’ lives? To help you with your research and in honor of Family History Month, the Local History and Genealogy department is offering a variety of programs in October to enhance your family heritage sleuthing. The month begins with a program titled, “Did He Say Regiment, Squadron, Battalion, Destroyer or Attack Transport?” presented by Bill Stolz on Thursday, [...]

Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Women’s History Month Before 1970, women's history was rarely the subject of serious consideration. However, two significant factors contributed to its emergence as a topic worthy of study. The women’s movement of the sixties caused women to examine their exclusion from traditional American history textbooks. Second, the study of history in general was being transformed, and women’s history was a part of this movement that ultimately transformed the study of history in the United States. History had traditionally meant political history – a study of the key political events and of the leaders, primarily men, who influenced them. However, by the 1970’s, social history began replacing the older style. Women’s History Month in the United States began as a small-town school event, “Women’s History Week,” in Sonoma County, California in 1978. The week that was selected included March 8, International Women’s Day. In 1981, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Representative Barbara Mikulski of Maryland co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women’s History Week. In 1987, after much lobbying by the National Women’s History Project (NWHP), Congress expanded the celebration to a full month, and March was declared Women’s History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, U. S. Presidents have issued annual proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month. The NWHP, founded in 1980, remains a national clearinghouse for multicultural women’s history information. Each year this organization selects a theme that highlights achievements by distinguished women in specific fields, from medicine and the environment to art and politics. The theme for 2014 is “Celebrating Women [...]

Check Out These Oscar Winners

The Oscars took place last night with Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning his first Oscar for The Revenant. This was DiCaprio’s sixth nomination but his first win. The following movies were nominated for best picture: The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight   - best picture Inside Out - best animated feature film You can click on the movie title to be put the item on hold at the Kenton County Public Library. What was your favorite movie of 2015? Were you excited to see DiCaprio finally take home a win?

By |February 29th, 2016|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Children’s Books Celebrating African American History Month That Will Inspire You

             “Because of Them, We Can …” Celebrating African American History Month    Our nation’s celebration of black history was expanded to a full month in 1976, the year of our nation's bicentennial. At President Gerald R. Ford’s urging, Americans were encouraged to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” In February, 1976, fifty years after the first black history celebration, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of African American history in the drama of the American story. Each year, many children’s books that focus on African American history are published. February is the perfect time to introduce those titles! New Picture Books The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman, illus. by E.B. Lewis In 1847 four year old Sarah Roberts was removed from her all white school in Boston and told she could not return. Her parents fought back, and though they lost the case in court, their actions set in motion the events which led to Boston voluntarily integrating its schools in 1855. Lewis’s illustrations effectively capture the historical era and mood of the times.   Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by R. Gregory Christie Slaves in New Orleans, Louisiana were allowed to congregate on Sundays in Congo Square to make music, sing and dance. The poetic text and folk-art style illustrations combine to pay homage to this bit of African American history.     Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives [...]

Children’s Books for Women’s History Month

Jane Austen for Kids by Nancy Sanders An introduction to the life and writings of Jane Austen includes coverage of the historical events that shaped her life and her achievements at a time of limited opportunities for women, sharing additional insights into the timeless relevance of her literary themes. Original. Simultaneous eBook.         Aim for the Skies : Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith's Race to Complete Amelia Earhart's Quest  by Aimée Bissonette ; illustrated by Doris Ettlinger. This book retells the story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world         She did it! : 21 women who changed the way we think by Emily Arnold McCully Offers an illustrated exploration of the inspiring lives of twenty-one women who challenged the status quo of their day and made an impact on the world.             Wilma's Way Home by Doreen Rappaport Wilma's courageous dedication to serving her people led to her election as the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.               When Ruth Bader Ginsburg Chewed 100 Sticks of Gum by Mark Weakland ; illustrated by Daniela Volpari. Ruth Bader Ginsburg led the Supreme Court in style and speech. But do you know what she was like as a child? Strong role models and encouragement to be herself led Ruth to speak her mind and to stamd up for equality. Lessons from her childhood helped her become the second-ever female Supreme Court justice of the United States.         Turning Pages : My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor ; illustrated by Lulu [...]

Children’s Holiday Books for 2018

“A-Caroling We Go!” Holiday songs are without a doubt incredibly popular year after year, and some songs have remained classics for decades. Several of this year’s new holiday titles are centered around many of these familiar songs. Several Christmas carols have been reimagined as picture books. Silent Night by Brigitte Weninger, illus. by Julie Wintz-Litty provides the history of this world-famous carol. The Little Drummer Boy by Bernadette Watts is a beautiful retelling based on the beloved Christmas song, while Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite by Anna Harwell Celenza, illus. by Don Tate and The Dance of the Realms by Calliope Glass, illus. by Marco Bucci both pay tribute to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. And several board books continue the theme as well. Christmas Songs illus. by Abigail Dela Cruz, Frosty the Snowman by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson, illus. by Lisa Reed, Hanukkah by Allan Morey, illus. by Luke Séguin-Magee, and Away in a Manger: A Christmas Story are all based on songs which manage to capture the spirit of the holidays. Why not check out a few and sing along! A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Holiday Books All-of-A-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky This picture book captures the charm of the middle grade series by Sydney Taylor, All-of-a-Kind Family. Five sisters prepare to celebrate Hanukkah, but is four-year-old Gertie too young to help? Zelinsky’s artwork and use of perception draws readers into the story.   The Broken Ornament by Tony DiTerlizzi When Jack accidentally breaks a keepsake ornament, his greed turns to understanding as he learns about the true spirit of Christmas.   The Cat Who Ate Christmas by Lil Chase, illus. by Thomas Docherty After the [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments