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Annie Jr. Ticket Voucher Giveaway!

The sun will come out tomorrow... The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati opens its 89th MainStage season with a production of “Annie JR.” at the Taft Theatre October 18-20 & 26, 2013.  One of the world’s best-loved musicals features little orphan Annie who wins over everyone's hearts.  She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. Leapin Lizzards! Performances of Annie Jr. will be: Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 PM Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 PM Saturday, October 19 at 5 PM Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 PM Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 PM The ticket prices are $7-$25.   Purchase tickets by calling 1-800-745-3000 or ordering from Ticketmaster. Visit The Children's Theatre for more information. You can borrow the movie Annie from the Library. Visit our website to put it on hold! Annie Jr. Ticket Voucher Giveaway We are giving away a voucher good for four tickets to see Annie Jr on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. We will draw one random winner on Friday, Oct. 11 at  12 p.m. The winner will be notified via Facebook and email. You have 24 hours to contact us via email or another name will be drawn. The winner will need to pick their voucher up at the Covington, Durr or Erlanger Branch. The voucher must be taken to the Taft Theatre box office one hour before show time to trade for tickets. Or you can call the theatre to reserve your seat in advance. Subject to availability. You have four ways to win! Be sure to comment separately for each entry. 1. Why do you [...]

Back To School

Backpack - check. Six notebooks - check. Ten pencils - check. Crayons - check. Highlighters - check. Pens - check. Six folders - check. Markers - check. Paper towels - check. Tissues - check. Hand sanitizer - check. Ear buds - check. Flash drive - check. New shoes - check. Lunch bag - check. Lots of money spent - CHECK! Going back to school is expensive. Tutoring in all subjects, language learning programs and reading help is also expensive but it doesn't have to be. There is no need for expensive homework help services when the Kenton County Public Library can help you for free. You can Book a Librarian for children in grades K-5 at the Covington Branch most days. Librarians are available (by appointment only) to help with homework, study skills, projects and more. Call 962-4077 to book an appointment. Young children are encouraged to grab a parent and attend Family or Play Art storytimes. These programs encourage the love for reading and interacting with books in young children, which is important for school. Check out the full schedule. Puppy Tales, offered at all three branches, can boost a child's reading level and make them a more relaxed reader. Students in grades 1-6 can read to a real dog. Studies show that reading to a dog boosts children’s confidence and tests scores. Reading Buddies, for children ages 2-12 at the Erlanger location, allows children to read books with an adult reading buddy. We'll even save you money on dinner by providing pizza! The Library can even help the kindergarten families save a little money on supplies. We will once again arm every kindergartener in the county with a kindergarten pack. This pack includes a pencil, [...]

Booker Buddy Club Celebration

As a child, I could never wait for my birthday. Not because I got a birthday cake or because my parents threw me a party, but because I got a key to open up the castle at the local toy store. It was a magical experience twisting that key and walking into the castle to pick out a free toy for my birthday. At the library, we’ve designed a birthday program just for kids so that they can pick out a special treat for their birthday. We don’t have a castle, but we have a giant dog bone filled with prizes just waiting for birthday boys and girls! Become a Booker Buddy! You may be asking “Who is Booker?” Booker is our lovable, furry mascot for the library. Becoming one of his buddies gives you access to fun birthday festivities and a special party each year in April! It's easy to become a member: Sign up any time! Just stop by the Children’s Desk at any of our locations for an application. Treasure Bone Children ages 0-12 are eligible for the club. Children will receive a birthday card during the month of their birthday. They can bring in their card to pick out a cool prize, like a glow-in-the-dark cup! In April, you’ll be invited to our Booker Bash, a special birthday party for our mascot, Booker, and all of his buddies! Check out Visit Booker’s website for coloring sheets and more fun! Members are invited to join us on April 18 at 7:00 PM at the Durr branch in Independence or April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Erlanger Branch to celebrate Booker’s birthday! We’ll have a visit from Wild Thing, from Maurice [...]

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Surprise Giveaway!

The Kenton County Public Library is giving away a voucher for four tickets to the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's Disney's Cinderella Kids. You get to pick the date: Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 13 at 5 p.m. The Summary: The timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love! With a beautiful score including "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and the classic "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," this musical will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true. The Credits: Music and Lyrics by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Marcy Heisler Music Adapted and Arranged by Bryan Louiselle Based on the Screenplay by Ken Anderson and Homer Brightman Directed by Jay Goodlett Dates of the Show: Friday, April 12 at 7:30 PM Saturday, April 13 at 2 PM* Saturday, April 13 at 5 PM Sunday, April 14 at 2 PM Saturday, April 20 at 2 PM How the Giveaway Works: You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Friday, March 29. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed. 1. Comment on this post saying why you want the tickets (required to enter). 2. Become a fan of the Kenton County Public [...]

Cincinnati Ballet Surprise Giveaway

The Kenton County Public Library is giving away a voucher for two tickets to the Cincinnati’s Ballet’s Prodigal Son. You get to pick the date: March 22 or 23. This triple bill includes Prodigal Son, Extremely Close and Concerto #4. The choreography for the Prodigal Son is done by George Balanchine and the music by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Carmon DeLeone. The Prodigal Son serves as a reminder of unconditional love. Prodigal Son stands as an enduring testament to the redemptive grace of a father’s love and the power of forgiveness as a wayward son finds his way back home. In conjunction with Prodigal Son, Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to present Extremely Close. The music and dance are weaved together to provide a thought-provoking and beautiful piece. Concerto #4 is a world premiere work, choreographed and created by Cincinnati Ballet’s own Associate Artistic Director Devon Carney. Set to the fourth composition of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti, Concerto #4 “is a work without story,” says Carney. How the Giveaway Works: You can enter several ways. The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win. Enter by noon on Friday, March 15. We will randomly choose a winner who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed. 1. Comment on this post saying why you want the tickets (required to enter). 2. Become a fan of the Kenton County Public Library Facebook page and comment here that you did. 3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did. 4. Follow this blog by hitting follow and comment that you did. Disclaimer: The Cincinnati Ballet gave the Library the two tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner. The winner must [...]

Cincinnati Ballet’s Alice (in Wonderland) Giveaway

  It's always tea time in wonderland. Everyone is invited to tea with Alice in wonderland! When guests reach the bottom of the rabbit hole, they should promptly follow the White Rabbit (he's got a very important date). He will escort them to the tea party, where they will be greeted by various guests. Don't feel obliged to answer the Mad Hatter when he asks why a raven is like a writing desk (unless you know the answer). Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are sure to fly by and the Cheshire Cat is slated to make an appearance, but you never know when he'll disappear. Guests do not want to offend the Red Queen or they might end up losing their heads! PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES Friday, February 13 - 8:00 pm Sunday, February 15 - 1:00 pm Saturday, February 14 - 2:00 pm Sunday, February 15 - 5:30 pm Saturday, February 14 - 8:00 pm Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Cincinnati Ballet's website. Tickets range from $32-$100. The Cincinnati Ballet has partnered with the Kenton County Public Library to offer 20% off to Library patrons. Just use the code G1415KenLib to receive the discount. Giveaway: The Cincinnati Ballet has provided the Library with a voucher for two tickets (date and time of your choice) to Alice (in wonderland) to giveaway to one lucky reader. You have three chances to win. Be sure to do each entry separately for more chances to win. The deadline to enter is Jan. 14 at noon. The winner will be announced on the Library Facebook page and have 24 hours to respond. How to enter: 1. Comment on the blog saying who you would tag with you and why. 2. Tweet this post including @kentonlibrary [...]

Classics to Share & Giveaway

I love classic music, books, movies, cars, games and pretty much anything that falls under "classic." And I love to share the classics with my children - ages 14 and 11. They might not always love it but I do! Working for the Kenton County Public Library allows me access to thousands of class books, music and movies. But you don't have to work here to have access. A free library card gives you the same opportunities I have. All you have to do is show a current ID or a piece of mail that proves you live in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. I love to share my favorite books with the kids. We have all read the Hunger Games trilogy. Reading these books at the same time sparked hours of conversation in my home. We talked about big government, the characters, what we thought would happen next and much more. We anticipated the release of the movie together and couldn't wait to see it as a family. I have shared my love for To Kill a Mockingbird with the children. My dog is even named after that book - Scout Harper. This is definitely my favorite book of all times. It can be a little difficult for a child to read on their own but we were able to read this together and I could answer questions as we went along. I love introducing the kids to music. My son has become a huge Beatles fan. My daughter uses Freegal to download three free songs per week in order to fill her iPod. All she needs is a library card number and an Internet connection. We have enjoyed hundreds of movies that we borrowed from [...]

The Day Before Christmas Giveaway

There is a flurry of activity at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer, the forest animals and even the toys themselves prepare for the biggest night of the year! It takes a lot of planning and hard work to get a sleigh off the ground and deliver toys to children around the world, but Santa’s team is ready and willing. Or at least they think they are before a tricky Jack Frost decides to try to stop the Christmas Festivities with a little comical chaos and calamity. This story: The Day Before Christmas by Ken Jones will come to life at The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati at the Taft Theatre on December 6, 7, 8 and 14. The play is recommended for ages 4 and up and runs about 55 minutes. Ticket prices range from $11-$30. But I have a voucher for four tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner! The Giveaway! A voucher from the Children's Theatre for four free tickets to The Day Before Christmas that are good for Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. The voucher must be redeemed one hour before showtime or contact the box office to make a reservation. All tickets subject to availabilty. The voucher is not for resale. You have three chances to win! Be sure to comment separately for each one so that you get each chance. A winner will be chosen randomly through random.org. The winner will be announced on Facebook and receive an email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. You have until Wed., Nov. 27 at noon to enter. [...]

Final Chance to Win a Laptop!

I know, I know, school has been going on for almost two weeks now and everyone is ready for scarves and pumpkin lattes and fall. But you know what just isn’t ready to end yet? KCPL’s Summer Reading Contest. Do you want a laptop? Now is your last chance to put in all your entries at https://www.kentonlibrary.org/src/teens/index.html or your most convenient KCPL branch’s reference desk. Each branch is choosing their laptop winner Tuesday, September 3. What counts as entries? Everything you have read cover to cover since June 1: comics, ebooks, manga, fiction, nonfiction… If you are blanking on what to read next, I just finished this and am a huge fan. http://www.blackbirdsnovel.com/ It has all sorts of things I like in a story: historical fiction about an interesting time period she doesn’t know much about (America during WWI), a pandemic (flu), science, and ghosts! If that doesn’t sound like something you’d like, why not ask your friendly neighborhood teen librarian? Erin, Eden, and I (Jessy) are all available to give you ideas on what you might want to read. If you want one more program attendance chance to win (you can put in entries for every Kenton County Library program you’ve attended since June 1), there will be a Bento Box lunch program at Erlanger tomorrow, Wednesday August 28, at 4pm. Register here. Even if you didn’t win anything this summer, don’t be sad—we have tons of great contests, events & giveaways coming up this fall at each KCPL branch! Check out our new program calendar & get weekly emails about what’s coming up at the library!

Gallery To Go Giveaway

Gallery To Go is a unique painting party experience. No painting experience is necessary. Parties are approximately 2 hours long, and include a pre-drawn canvas, pain, paint brushes and apron. Parties can be in your home, business, club or church. Or you can join Gallery To Go at an open paint party location.  Parties are intended for adults unless otherwise noted. Kids parties, for ages 8 and up,  can be arranged. The Kenton County Public Library and Gallery To Go realizes it is really cold outside and even adults are suffering from cabin fever. So we are giving away a paint session for one lucky winner and a friend at the DEP's Wine Tasting and Paint Party on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Dep's in Fort Thomas from 7-9 p.m. This is valued at $60. Note: Gallery To Go donated this prize to for the Kenton County Public Library to giveaway. You have five chances to win. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. One winner will be chosen using random.org. Enter by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The winner will be emailed and have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. How To Enter: 1. Comment on this post saying why you want to win (Required to enter). Bonus Entries 2. Like Gallery To Go on Facebook and comment here that you did. 3. Tweet this contest @Kentonlibrary and comment here that you did. 4. Like Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and comment here that you did. 5. Share this contest on Facebook and comment here that you did. Visit Gallery To Go's Events page to attend an open party. Visit the website for information about booking a private party. Note: [...]

GIVEAWAY: FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

Whether you are looking for the perfect date night or a family adventure, the holidays wouldn't be complete without The Nutcracker. The tradition returns for the ultimate family experience including stunning sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky's melodious score, played by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The beloved story of Clara and her nutcracker doll turned handsome prince is the dream-like adventure we cherish with loved ones season after season. Personally, I love the Nutcracker! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to the art of ballet or take a break and go with a friend or as a date night. Performances run Dec.20-22, and Dec.26-29 at the Aronoff Center. Single tickets start at $32, and may be purchased by visiting www.cballet.org. Thanks to the generosity of the Cincinnati Ballet, we have 2 tickets to see Frisch's Presnets the Nutcracker at the Aronoff to give away to one lucky reader. The winner will also receive the book "Mia's Nutcracker Ballet" by Robin Farley. GIVEAWAY: Thanks to the generosity of the Cincinnati Ballet, we have vouchers good for TWO TICKETS to see FRISCH'S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER at the Aronoff Center Dec.20-22, and Dec.26-29, 2013. For your chance to win tickets to see this performance, just leave a comment below saying why you want to go. BONUS ENTRIES: 1. Subscribe to the blog and comment here that you did. 2. Like Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and comment here that you did. 3. Share this post via Facebook and tag the Kenton County Public Library or on Twitter (@Kenton Library) and comment here that you did. All entries will be verified. You must comment separately for bonus entries. Kenton County Public Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to [...]

Guest Post: Staycations in Kentucky

This week we are excited to have a guest post by Deborah Kohl Kremer. Deborah is a local freelance reporter and author of An Explorer's Guide; Kentucky. We also have an awesome giveaway at the end of the post. As the summer season approaches, we tend to look forward to the longer days, warmer temperatures and finding an answer to the familiar question, where are you going on vacation?   One way to end the monotony of looking for hotel deals from the former commander of the Space Ship Enterprise, counting up for credit card points for a stand-by airline seat, and trying to figure out if your family can fit in a compact or an economy rental car, is to cast it all aside and put your efforts into a Staycation. Sleep in your own bed, make breakfast in your own kitchen then hit the open road, finding destinations full of outdoor fun, history lessons, and even….. right here in Kentucky, all  take about a two hour drive or less from Kenton County. 3rd Street in Maysville Head east to the darling river city of Maysville. In addition to their walkable downtown with cute shops, restaurants and art galleries, Maysville is home to the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center a fabulous place to learn about the area. Actually three museums in one, they host a historical reference library, a regional history museum and a miniatures museum.  The first two are a history-lovers paradise, but if you have anyone in your party who is not all that into history, it is hard to not be captivated by the Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection. The collection is giant but each scene, house and room is a recreation [...]

Kocanut Joe’s Frozen Yogurt Spring Break Giveaway

Kenton County Schools are on spring break and we are looking at a high of 80 degrees today!!! You could cool off with a $5 Kocanut Joes Frozen Yogurt gift card and Kenton County Public Library water bottle! You have three chances to win. Be sure to enter each way with a separate comment for more chances to win. The contest only runs until 2 p.m. today, Wed., April 10. Two winners will be randomly chosen. Winners will pick the prize up at the Erlanger Branch Library. How to enter: 1. Comment here telling us your favorite part of spring break (required). 2. Share this contest on Twitter or through Facebook and comment telling us you did. 3. Follow this blog and comment that you did. Good luck! Disclaimer: The gift cards were given to the Kenton County Public Library to giveaway to lucky blog readers.

Newest & Hottest YA Books + Giveaway!

Everything is hot and exciting in Young Adult Fiction right now! It's the perfect time to pick up a book and start reading. Ready or not, here are some recommendations for awesome new fiction, memoirs, non-fiction, comics, and more for you to enjoy this summer! First, let's go over some new YA fiction. There are a few you simply HAVE to read. Click the covers for links to the library's catalog. From there you can put a book on request, or find the author's other books. If you have trouble placing a hold, or maybe you want an ebook or audiobook copy, just call or email your friendly teen librarian and we'll help you out! Without further, ado, here are the books!                          John Green is one of the most popular YA authors among teens and adults, and his latest book's film adaptation is being released June 6th. The Fault in Our Stars is a must-read for everyone who is planning to see the movie! If you've already read TFioS you simply have to read the biography and memoir of the girl who inspired Hazel Grace's story: Esther Grace Earl. Her book is called This Star Won't Go Out- have your tissues ready for this one.   Speaking of YA books being made into movies, Divergent was released in March of this year and was a smashing success. Looking for more from the Divergent world? Check out these books!             Are manga and graphic novels more your thing? We've got some great new books to look forward to this summer!             What book/s are you most looking forward to this summer? Comment below and [...]

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Nutcracker Voucher Giveaway

  In a world where sugarplums dance, rats are kings and toys come to life, one little girl goes on the adventure of a lifetime through the Land of Sweets. But is it all a dream? There's only one way to find out. Accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's iconic score, Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker, presented since 1974, is Cincinnati's favorite holiday tradition. Revel in the magic as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince meet exciting characters, absorb the bright colors and enjoy the classic adventure of The Nutcracker. PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES Friday, December 19 - 7:30 pm Tuesday, December 23 - 2:00 pm SP Saturday, December 20 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 23 - 7:30 pm Saturday, December 20 - 7:30 pm Friday, December 26 - 2:00 pm SP Sunday, December 21 - 1:00 pm Friday, December 26 - 7:30 pm Sunday, December 21 - 5:30 pm Saturday, December 27 - 2:00 pm Saturday, December 27 - 7:30 pm *SP denotes Sugar Plum Parade: Take a walk across the stage to see the sets, costumes and dancers up close! International ballet dancers Venus Villa and Rolando Sarabia will be joining Cincinnati Ballet for several weeks this December to perform in The Nutcracker. Both Villa and Sarabia have enjoyed distinguished careers that have allowed them opportunities to dance all over the world. Villa is originally from Cuba and has danced with the Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet and Vienna Staatsoper Ballet. Sarabia, also from Cuba, is a gold medal winner at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, as well as multiple other international competitions. They will be dancing the roles of the Snow King and Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier for select [...]

Racing to Read 5K Walk & Run Registration Giveaway!

The Kenton County Public Library Foundation's Racing to Read 5K Run & Walk is Saturday, June 8. We are giving away a free registration and a water bottle! You can register to win below. Reasons to run in the Racing to Read 5K:  • CHIP TIMED! • Great prizes! Family friendly! • Participants receive a T-shirt with registration (while supplies last) • Beautiful course throughout downtown Covington • Free pancakes from First Watch after the race • Family-friendly, circus performers • Voted Best of NKY by NKY Magazine in 2012 • Proceeds benefit early childhood literacy efforts           Awards: • Prizes from Better Bodies, Silverlake the Family Place, Road ID, Bob Roncker’s Running Spot and more! • Overall M/F, runner/walker: 1st, 2nd, 3rd win prizes • First place in running and walking age division wins prize • Stroller: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers win prize Divisions: • Running (13 categories): 14/under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30- 34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70/over • Fitness Walking (6 categories): 29/under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70/over. Walkers must walk the entire course. Walkers who run may be disqualified. • Stroller: overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers win prize Pre-registration: Postmarked by Monday, June 3 $20 individual (do not pay for children in strollers). Includes a T-shirt while supplies last. Online registration: www.runningtime.net. Available through Thursday, June 6, 2013. Packets will be available for pick-up on Friday, June 7 at Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington from 11:45-4:30 p.m. Race day registration takes place at: Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd, Covington: $25, begins at 7:30 a.m. Includes a T-shirt* Checks or money order only. Please make [...]

Summer Reading Giveaway #2

The Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club is in full swing. Adults, teens and children can win prizes just for reading. And now, we are giving you another chance to win a cool prize! We have an awesome Summer Prize Pack Giveaway! This pack includes Kenton County Public Library cup, candy, Kenton County Public Library clings, $10 Subway giftcard, a $5 Kocanut Joes giftcard and an adult sized Summer Reading Club T-shirt designed by illustrator and author David Catrow. You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, July 1. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed. 1. What is your favorite thing about the Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club (required to enter)? 2. Like us on Facebook and comment here that you did. 3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did. If you share on Twitter please use hashtag #kentonlibrary. 4. Follow this blog by hitting follow and comment that you did. Disclaimer: Kocanut Joe’s donated the gift card. The winner must pick the prize up at the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to win.

Summer Reading Giveaway #3

We are a little more than halfway through Summer Reading Club for teens, children and adults. You have been able to win prizes all summer long just for reading books. Now is your chance to win a cool prize just for reading this blog! And we have a cool prize! The Giveaway: We are giving away a $25 Joseph Beth gift card, a $5 Kocanut Joe's gift card, Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition DVD of The Wizard of Oz and a Kenton County Public Library tote bag filled with a few books. You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, July 29. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed. Prize Pack 1. What is your favorite thing about the Kenton County Public Library? (required to enter) 2. Like us on Facebook and comment here that you did. 3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did. If you share on Twitter please use hashtag #kentonlibrary. 4. Comment here stating if you participated in Summer Reading Club. Be sure to include why or why not. Disclaimer: The movie, books and Kocanut Joe's gift cards were given to the Library. The winner must pick the prize up at the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to win.

Summer Reading Giveaway!

The Kenton County Public Library Summer Reading Club kicks off this weekend and we are pumped! You can read all the details about the Star Wars-themed kickoff on Friday, May 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Elvis-themed kickoff at the Durr Branch on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. and the circus-themed kickoff at the Covington Branch on Saturday, June 8 at Family Friendly Cincinnati or at the Library website. To get you ready for Summer Reading (where adults, teens and children can win prizes just for reading all summer long), we have a Summer Prize Pack Giveaway! The prize pack includes a sand bucket, Kenton County Public Library water bottle, an adult sized Summer Reading Club T-shirt designed by illustrator and author David Catrow, a library hand fan, Hawaiian Punch Singles to Go, chalk, bubbles and a bubble wand, a pin wheel and a $5 gift card to Kocanut Joe's. You can enter several ways. Be sure to comment separately for more chances to win. Enter by noon on Monday, June 3. We will randomly choose a winner through random.org, who will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed. 1. What is the first book you will read this summer? (required to enter). 2. Who would you share your prize pack with and why? 3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did. 4. Follow this blog by hitting follow and comment that you did. Disclaimer: Kocanut Joe's donated the gift card. The winner must pick the prize up at the Covington, Durr, or Erlanger Branch Library. Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to win.

Willy Wonka Jr. Ticket Giveaway

Most of us know Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. But it's not everyday we get to watch it come to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. featuring a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory--or suffer the consequences. Bob Herzog, Local 12 News Anchor/Reporter and inventor of Dance Party Friday, will play Willy Wonka. Tickets start at $11 each. Public performance times include: Friday, April 4 at 7:30 PM Saturday, April 5 at 2 PM Saturday, April 5 at 5 PM Sunday, April 6 at 2 PM Saturday, April 12 at 2 PM Kenton County Public Library is giving away a voucher for four tickets to Ronald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 5 at 5 p.m. How to enter to win: You have four chances to win. Comment separately for each entry for each chance to be considered. Enter by noon on Monday, March 24. The [...]