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Traveling Atlanta

This was my fourth trip to Atlanta. I went with my kids Andi and Joey when they were young, my husband about four years ago, Andi and her best friend Sophie two years ago and just Joey, who is 16, earlier this month. This was mine and Joey's first mother/son only trip and it was great. We are lucky enough to have friends in Atlanta to stay with. With only living eight hours away, I have driven twice and flown twice. Joey and I flew on Frontier Airlines for only $35 each, round trip. I lucked out by finding a flash sale. We packed in a backpack that fit under the seat so no baggage fees were required. We didn't pay for assigned seats but still ended up sitting next to each other on both flights. I have seen and done a lot in Atlanta and surrounding areas since I have been there so many times. So here are my seven favorite things to do in Atlanta. Take movie tour with Atlanta Movie Tours. I have been on two; The Hero Tour and the Victory Tour. The Victory Tour was a three hour guided tour of several spots where the Hunger Games movies were filmed. We even got to hang out in President Snow's "mansion." The Hero Tour was a three hour guided tour of where several superhero movies were toured. We saw where they played basketball in Black Panther, where Peter Parker stopped the bank robbers and ate with Aunt May, where the Avengers headquarters is located, shooting locations from Ant Man and the Avengers Infinity War and so much more. We also drove by several sets where filming was actively taking place. We [...]

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books by Becca

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books by Becca Becca Stadtlander is a rising star in the world of children’s illustration, and she lives right here in her hometown of Covington, Kentucky. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her work has been featured on stationery and greeting cards, home decor products, and editorial publications, as well as both young adult and children's books. Becca describes herself as “a freelance illustrator and fine artist, inspired by the beauty of everyday objects, the comforts of home, and the lush colors and landscapes of far-off places." Cecilia and I have had the recent pleasure of getting to know Becca. We’ve visited her studio and have heard her speak at various venues, including the prestigious Mazza Children’s Literature Conference. Many months ago, the Kenton County Public Library approached Becca about creating the artwork for this year’s summer reading club. That artwork is currently featured on our summer calendar as well as the t-shirts that children can earn by reading. We think Becca is fabulous. Take a look at her books and check out her website, www.beccastadtlander.com . We’re sure you’ll agree! Meet Becca at the Erlanger Branch Monday, June 18, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Meet the Illustrator 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Art with Becca* Meet Becca at the Durr Branch Monday, July 30, 2018 6:00 PM - Art with Becca* 7:30 PM - Meet the Illustrator *Registration Required  Becca’s Books Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs by Bing Xu, illus. by Becca Stadtlander When you first glance at this book, Becca’s lovely folk art illustrations appear to be accompanied by Chinese [...]

Your Summer TBR List Just Got Longer

Your summer TBR (to be read) list just got a little longer. Request the books below and get ready to read. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll Florida by Lauren Groff A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza Southernmost by Silas House There There by Tommy Orange The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen The Third Hotel by Laura Van Den Berg The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Summer Reading Club 2018

Summer Reading Club kicks off June 2 at the Kenton County Public Library! Children, teens and adults can read for prizes all summer long. Here is what you need to know: The Kickoff events will take place on Saturday, June 2 at each branch. Covington's event is from noon-4 pm and includes a magician, the Tim Watson Trio, a history-inspired craft, face painting, balloon artists, carnival games, a showing of "Toy Story" and free Snappy Tomato Pizza. Durr's event will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 and includes the Bones of Cincinnatus, face painting, games and free Snappy Tomato Pizza. Erlanger's event takes place from 1-3 pm and includes the Discovery Dome Planetarium from the Lexington Living Arts and Science Center, a bounce house, creating fabric wall hangings, face painting, tattoos, scratch art, coloring pages, a photo board, tech toy time in the STREAM Center, a prize walk, bubbles and free Snappy Tomato Pizza. The teens will have their own special kickoff on Friday, June 1. Children, teens and adults can read for prizes but the rules vary a little. Children (ages 2-12) - Pick up a book log at the Library or register online and start reading or listening to books. After 5 books or 2.5 hours of reading, receive a book prize. After 10 books or 5 hours of reading receive a T-shirt designed by local award-winning illustrator Becca Stadtlander or a drawstring backpack while supplies last. You will also be able to enter the raffle to win a grand prize. Teens - Read or listen to any book or magazine or attend any program to enter. Enter at the website or by visiting a branch. One winner per branch will be drawn [...]

By |May 29th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

I’ve Graduated from College… Now What?

In the midst of my last semester of college at Northern Kentucky University, I wrote an editorial for the school paper about the job seeking process and all the things I wish I had learned in college. The article was a humorous piece, but at the time, I didn't find some of it very funny. I wish I still had that item so I could share with everyone now. The new 2018 graduates would know that they aren't alone and not much has changed since 1997. I double majored in journalism and speech communication. I was executive editor of the school newspaper and president of the speech team. I had an amazing internship that allowed me to be the media relations person on call, write news releases, speak to the media and much more. Finding a job should be easy, right? Ha ha ha! I started the job search in February or March of that year, knowing I'd graduate in May. I wanted a job in public or media relations. I made a list of all the places I thought I would like to work and found the names of each company's PR person. I contacted every one of them and scheduled informational meetings. I'd bring my resume and ask them to look over it, thinking that there were no mistakes. During the meetings, I asked about their job, what they liked, didn't like and what advice they had for me. I left copies of my resume for them to forward to anyone they knew hiring. I always followed up with a handwritten thank you note. Although I didn't get a job offer through any of these meetings, I did make a lot of great [...]

By |May 24th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|1 Comment

Springtime in Paris – Children’s Books About Spring

  A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Spring We’ve all heard the expression, “I love Paris in the springtime,” and the images it stirs up are those of trees blossoming, city parks bursting into bloom, and café terraces buzzing with activity as Parisians head outside to embrace spring’s soft warm days. Who wouldn’t love to enjoy spring in the City of Light? But if your budget won’t stretch to travelling abroad, why not indulge in some books to evoke the feeling? Florette and Ooh-la-la (Max in Love) are two new books that may be just the ticket. There are many other great “springtime” books as well. Ça sent le printemps … Spring is in the air! New Books About Spring The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates Spring showers require an umbrella, and in this case a big, red umbrella that seems to make room for anyone and everyone. Themes of diversity and inclusion are also at work in this lovely picture book. Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland This exquisitely illustrated book describes the different nests built by various bird species, highlighting different bird habitats throughout the world. The text is accessible to emerging readers. Crayola Spring Colors by Jodie Shepherd Children can discover the colors of spring and then explore their creativity by making art based on the colors around them. Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm by Jonathan London, illus. by Andrew Joyner Duck and Hippo are best friends. When they decide to go for a walk during a spring rainstorm, they have a little trouble sharing an umbrella. But they soon figure out how to share the umbrella as well as their adventures. This is a great [...]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Children’s Books About Baseball

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Baseball With Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds, sitting practically in our backyard, and with Opening Day upon us, paying tribute to books about America’s favorite pastime seems especially fitting! Our bases are loaded with a few good reads. No bloopers here, all are sure to be a home run New Baseball Books Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball by Heather Lang, illus. by Cecilia Puglesi In 1950 girls weren’t allowed to play the game. Kathryn cut her hair, disguised herself as a boy, and made the Little League team. This picture book biography tells her story and introduces young readers to an admirable young woman.           Baseball by Jill Murray Kids are introduced to the basic rules of the game in this easy-to-read volume in the Sports How To series.           Baseball’s Best and Worst: A Guide to the Game’s Good, Bad, and Ugly by Drew Lyon This Sports Illustrated publication includes the game’s best and worst hitters, moments, uniforms, mascots and much, much more.             The Everything Kids’ Baseball Book by Greg Jacobs This book is now in its tenth edition. Just like the title suggests, it includes everything … from baseball’s history to today’s favorite players with lots of fun packed in between. Puzzles, games and activities are included as well.           42 is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rappaport This biography brings to life the story of Jackie Robinson, the first man to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball.         [...]

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Woman’s History Month

  Women's History Month: Her Story A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Women's History Month Women’s History Month is celebrated annually each year in March. As many new books have recently been published recounting the accomplishments of women, we’d like to share some of those with you. Some names will be familiar while others may be relatively unknown. Enjoy learning about women’s history!   Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus, Illustrated by Erin McGuire This is the true story of Nellie Harper Lee who grew up to become one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Though young readers will most likely be unfamiliar with her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, they should still be able to relate to the young child full of dreams for her future.        Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong's Life in Jazz by Mara Rockliff, Illustrated by Michele Wood Lil Hardin was born in 1898 in Memphis, Tennessee. She loved music and went on to become a famous bandleader and composer, working with many of the greatest early jazz musicians, including her husband, Louis Armstrong! The acrylic illustrations are vibrant and engaging.           Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou, Illustrated by Jen Corace This is a brief biography of one of the best known writers of all time who forged a way for women writers. The stylized illustrations effectively evoke the time period during which Austen lived and worked.         A Lady Has the Floor by Kate Hannigan, Illustrated by Alison Jay Belva Lockwood was a teacher, lawyer, and presidential candidate [...]

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about African American History Month

First recognized in 1976, African American History Month or Black History Month celebrates the vital role African Americans have played in American history. Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The theme for 2018, “African Americans in Times of War,” marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day. One of the books that we are including in this post ties in nicely with this theme, so, we’ve decided to feature it here:   The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illus. by R. Gregory Chrisite Most people know that Jackie Robinson broke barriers in the world of baseball but few may know his story as a soldier during World War II. He experienced prejudice and segregation every day. When ordered to move to the back of a military bus, he refused and was later court-martialed. However, he challenged the segregation laws and won. All of this took place long before anyone had ever heard of Rosa Parks. This biography includes dramatic illustrations by Christie, a Caldecott Honor winning illustrator. A timeline and author’s note are included as well. Our blog post this month also includes many other books that explore historical issues of importance to people of African descent as well as race relations in America.         Be a King: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by James E. Ransome This book introduces and reinforces many of the principles taught by MLK. The illustrations alternate between important moments in Dr. King’s life [...]